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Absinthe

#51 of 2,159 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
International, Bistro
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1208 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
6137611138
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Today
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 108
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
One of Ottawa's Best

A group of eight of us enjoyed a really superb dinner at Absinthe. The menu's varied and imaginative, offering something attractive to everyone (in our group, at any rate). Presentation was first rate and more than matched by the quality of the ingredients and their preparation. The service was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Paul G
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Ottawa, Canada
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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199 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Horrible experience. Almost walked out without even eating. Rude and arrogant behaviour. Mike our waiter was excellent. The food was ok. The wine pairing was ok but not great. The menu had not changed in forever. Will not go back.

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

A group of eight of us enjoyed a really superb dinner at Absinthe. The menu's varied and imaginative, offering something attractive to everyone (in our group, at any rate). Presentation was first rate and more than matched by the quality of the ingredients and their preparation. The service was attentive without being intrusive, the wine list suitably comprehensive, the atmosphere... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I met two other friends there for a catch-up dinner. Service was great and our waitress didn't rush us at all. We all enjoyed our first course: two of us had the beet salad while the other ordered the charcuterie plate. The latter offered a very generous portion and is probably best shared with at least another dinner. Our main... More 

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Ottawa
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We were five ladies who chose to go to Absinthe on a Wednesday for lunch. When we arrived the music was very loud but it was turned down immediately when we suggested we would like it subdued. The restaurant was nearly empty so the noise level we've experienced here on other visits was mercifully missing. Our server was attentive and... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Absinthe never disappoints! From the first time we stumbled upon this restaurant, the service excellence, and quality of food and preparation have not waned. It's nice to know that you can count on Absinthe to be consistent; especially in a climate of ever competitive costs and quality limiting measures. We had a wonderful evening and wonderful meal! Kudos to the... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Dinner for 8 at Absinthe last night was so wonderfully memorable. Our server / sommelier, Patrick, was attentive, friendly, and caring. Food was delicious, without exception. I had a three-course meal (tartare, soup, and mushroom cannelloni) and added a wine pairing for 33$. What a deal. Pairings were spot on and really complimented the meal. I knocked over three (count... More 

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Toronto Canada
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25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Dinner with friends from Ottawa couldn't have been better. The food was excellent: creative and delicious. We should have shared the charcouterie. Actually we did because it was too much for the person who ordered it to eat. The other appetizers, mushroom velouté & escargo gratin were easily tasty. The menu changes but I don't think you could go wrong... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Excellent lunch, great atmosphere, and super service. The steak was excellent, fries crispy and salad yum!

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Gatineau, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We went to this restaurant on a Saturday evening. The food is very good and tasty. The service is excellent and the staff very pleasant. The only negative thing I would mention is that it is very noisy!! Very hard to have a conversation with my husband. So if you want a quiel romantic dinner, go elsewhere!

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Very good food with excellent service from Manuel. Every dish was delicious, complemented by recommended wine pairings.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1208 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 6137611138

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
  • Cuisine: International, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?