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Absinthe

#55 of 2,190 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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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 118
    Excellent
  • 60
    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
Excellent food , some portion are small though

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
farm2099
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Ottawa, Canada
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Ottawa, Canada
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104 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

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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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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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22 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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Ottawa, Canada
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18 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

What a really terrible dining experience. This restaurant is coasting on its reputation. Food was adequate but over priced. Service was absolutely terrible. It took 15 minutes for the starter to arrive but it was the one item that was worth the wait. After another 20 minutes or so, the salad arrived. It was merely a bunch of lettuce, some... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I live in Ottawa and just returned from a family Friday night dinner (party of four) at Absinthe. I had to write this review right away because I did not want to forget any of the details. The reason we had dinner there is because one of us had received a 100-dollar gift certificate at Absinthe. The first thing you... More 

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Additional Information about Absinthe

Address: 1208 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
Phone Number: 6137611138
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
Cuisine: International, Bistro

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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?