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Absinthe

1208 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
6137611138
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Ranked #29 of 2,170 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: International, Bistro
Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Ottawa
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The service was friendly, attentive and discreet. Didn't feel over served or spied on. The tomato salad appetizer was a lovely surprise - well balanced flavour and a nice diversity of texture in the different tomatoes (kind of a soup/dressing - you will need a fork and a spoon). Steak Frites for the main. The steak was perfect, the frites... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Absinthe, I cannot say enough good things about this place! The servers (we had Partick tonight) also highly recommend Nosh (sorry if I spelled incorrectly). We've eaten there quite a bit and every time they recognize us, and the service is ALWAYS fantastic. On the menu they did not have fois terraine, which is amazing. I asked if I could... More

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Ottawa, Ontario
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The soup of the day was a spicy corn and coriander - it was excellent. My main was steak frites, and both the steak and the frites along with the yellow and green beans were excellent. The seasoning on everything was done well, not over done, not under done. And the steak was tender, juicy and cooked to perfection. The... More

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Toronto, Canada
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86 reviews 86 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Four of us shared dinner here on a Saturday night. It was quite busy - a good sign. The starters, mains and wine lists were delightful - original and thoughtful presentations and super tasty (I had the sockeye salmon and it was the best salmon I've had for ages), and the desserts were delicious. We <did> find it hard to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My boyfriend and I went to Absinthe for an anniversary dinner. The service and atmosphere are amazing! We both had the duck and we couldn't have been happier. Excellent food, service and drink selection. Made for an absolutely wonderful night!

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ottawa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Absolutely fantastic restaurant! Great service, great atmosphere & most importantly great food! Will definitely be back.

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Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Been here a few times, and it is consistently good every time. Chacuterie plate is playful and substantial, if you're not very hungry, you can probably get away with not having a main. Servers are bilingual and explained the menu clearly to help me decide, drinks are fun too. My go to place for special occasions and splurge.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Another excellent meal in Ottawa. Absinthe is an outstanding restaurant. Creative and top of the notch menu, extraordinarily helpful and competent staff, excellent service and food quality. Close to perfect.

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Ontario
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Casual dining, no need to dress which is great when you are travelling. The waiter "Michael" was excellent. The Absinthe salad with lemon thyme dressing was the best ever, wonderful dressing with tender greens. The beet salad was full of so many flavours that complimented one another. It was the best beet salad I have ever experienced. My husband had... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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97 reviews 97 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The service here is simply splendid and the food is varied and wonderful. We enjoyed a salad dressed in a light thyme vinaigrette with toasted pepitas. The duck had a great salty crust but the mini pot pie that accompanied it really had nothing to do with the plate. The asparagus soup met with rave reviews. Unfortunately the hamburger, while... More

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