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Absinthe

#62 of 2,226 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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5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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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, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 118
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Feeling Parisian

We went to Absinthe for our anniversary and were greeted with complimentary Kir Royales to celebrate. This was the first of many lovely touches to the evening. We also did the whole absinthe ritual for the first time, which felt very 1920's Paris. Food was delicious, local and fresh, the table... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Lyn3_3_12
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Ottawa, Canada
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  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We went to Absinthe for our anniversary and were greeted with complimentary Kir Royales to celebrate. This was the first of many lovely touches to the evening. We also did the whole absinthe ritual for the first time, which felt very 1920's Paris. Food was delicious, local and fresh, the table d'hotes reasonable considering the level of fine dining, and... More 

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The food was lovely, generally I would describe it as elevated American classics. The tuna tartare was very good, and nicely seasoned. The menu changes frequently and seasonally. Friendly staff, who were perhaps a little too "foodie", but very professional. The wine-pairing menu is well worth the reasonable price and the pours are very generous. Great for a small group... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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116 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We had a work lunch and decided to go to Absinthe again. The food was good , some of the portion small and one of the server should smile once in a while. The experience wasn't as good as before and we are not sure we will go again.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Absinthe provides an exceptional experience. Four of us went recently and ordered soup, appetizers, and four different main courses. Not a negative comment to be made on any of the food that set before us. The server was attentive, without being cloying and his advice was always excellent. This is not a place to go, if you are concerned about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Absinthe offers a well priced, tasty three course lunch that is light on calories and strong on flavour. The chef knows what he is doing and service was very friendly. Really hard to find any fault.

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Gatineau, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

My friend and I went to Absinthe last night for dinner. The food was good but not great and the service was excellent when we arrived and then dwindled as the evening progressed. Somewhat disappointed but would make a second attempt.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Had lunch with a friend this past week and as always, the menu had many tempting items, the wine list was very good, the server was pleasant and knowledgeable and the food was wonderful. If I lived in the neighbourhood I would eat there once a week!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Amazing food, wine and service. The restaurant was also very accommodating to guests with allergies/food sensitivities, which can be hard to find. Recommend this restaurant to anyone planning a special night out, or to just splurge on a truly memorable dining experience. Everyone at our table of 4 thoroughly enjoyed their meals - will definitely be back.

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Ottawa, Canada
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24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

My first time back in about 3 years and it's still excellent. Nothing seems to have changed as far as the layout or decor but that's just fine. They had a nice menu which I think excelled at Apps in particular. The beet salad was really nice. I chose the cheese plate as my app which was really good. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I went with my family this past Saturday and chose this from the good ratings and reviews. Service: Very fast service. We had a great server, very accommodating and was really genuine (I forgot his name but he had a ginger beard?). We had ordered 3 duck plates, 1 quail and 1 trout. What came out of the kitchen was... More 

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