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Absinthe

#51 of 2,173 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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 115
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 22
    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
Always excellent

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Kathy D
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Ottawa, Canada
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  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Ottawa, Canada
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

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
3 reviews
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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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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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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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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Ottawa, Canada
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14 restaurant reviews
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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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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

A great restaurant to have lunch with a friend. Yesterday I had the cold asparagus soup and it was sublime as was the Salad Nicoise which used fresh asparagus instead of the usual green beans. A lovely change, as were the fingerling potatoes which were slightly warm. Every mouthful was delicious and my friends Lemon Tart was the very best.... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

Meeting a friend before a play at the Great CAnadian Theatre Company is made easy by this wonderful restaurant. Great energetic vibe without being too loud. Service is friendly and smart, which has been consistent over the years. Wine list is both reliable and adventurous. My steak frites was done to perfection and on the table in a flash leaving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This French Bistro was well worth every penny. The service was excellent, describing each type in the Absinthe flight, presented each stage of the 3-course meal with a wine pairing. The staff were very friendly. The food couldn't have been prepared any better. Although not inexpensive, I highly recommend this to anyone

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

I often go to Absinthe for lunch and get the steak frites with soup and mini creme brulee which is both fabulous and very cost-effective. We also go for dinner regularly and have had great meals every time. Last night we had the salad and asparagus soup to start, both very good. Then we had the duck and pork. These... 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: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Doing business
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?