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Absinthe

1208 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
6137611138
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Ranked #39 of 2,093 restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: International, Bistro
Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Brockville, Canada
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Saturday evening, our group of 4 attended Absinthe for the first time. We had booked reservations for seats as soon as they opened on Saturday (5:30pm), with the considerations that we had 7:30 pm prepaid tickets for a show elsewhere in the city. Their online reservations claim to take this into consideration with their seating and service, to work with... More

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Absinthe_Manager, General Manager at Absinthe, responded to this review

Hi Jeff, We made mistakes that night. You did everything right, letting us know on your reservation when you needed to be gone. We did not follow our own procedures for ensuring we served your meal in a timely way to get you to your event in an unhurried fashion. Our first mistake was being short-staffed that evening unexpectedly. Which... More

Ottawa
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This was on my radar for a bit. Ended up going for my birthday dinner and it was amazing. I loved the local beers (from Beyond the Pale, a couple blocks over) and the carpaccio was excellent. Service was fantastic too. Was greeted with a welcome drink on the house which was a nice touch. They make ice cream in... More

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Ottawa On
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We went last evening for our anniversary. On Mondays they offer a three course fondue dinner. It was excellent, start with a cheese fondue with apple pear, broccoli and bread, then a meat fondue with hanger steak with 4 sauces and a salad. To finish a chocolate fondue with strawberries, bananas, oranges and home made warm Churros. Our server Erin... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We are staying in Ottawa for three months and wanted to try out one of the best restaurants in the city. As we are living close to Absinthe we decided to visit the restaurant on a Saturday evening. We hadn't made a reservation, but they still had a table for us at the restaurant. We ordered the Escargot Gratin and... More

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

I love this restaurant. I have been there many times for both lunch and dinner and have never been disappointed. Their signature entree is the hangar steak with salad and fries. Steak is grilled medium rare and spot on. Tender and moist. Salad is usually frissee greens with a divine in house thyme vinaigrette that is available for sale with... More

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ottawa canada
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63 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Read the reviews and was looking forward to this place. The menu is pretty small, with very little variety. I liked the meal, but really with very few other dishes that I wanted to try, not sure I will go back of the food. The drink was great. First time I had this. Was well presented and explained, lot of... More

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I went there for dinner the other day, after looking on the web page I was excited to try the menu. The resto had great ambiance and our server was nice ...but at the end of the day such a limited choice on the menu along with undercooked veg made me look at the bill twice and wonder. Must've only... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Because of my job (VP of sales in a software/solutions company) I have to travel and eat out quite a bit. Not as glamorous as you may think, and hard on the waistline. But occasionally you do get to enjoy a place, and a meal, that rises above the mediocre and rewarmed linguini or stale chicken that passes for lunch... More

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Pickering
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I had the opportunity to attend a business dinner which was hosted at Absinthe. In a word, Awesome. In two words, deliciously awesome. The restaurant was closed for our group, which made it an intimate affair. Funny term to use for a business dinner, but I can't describe it any other way. The 3 waiters that were our "hosts" for... More

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Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Tried this resto in a very cool area of Ottawa. I ordered the roasted halibut and it was proportioned and cooked perfectly. Came nicely presented and served with fresh roasted veggies in a little velouté sauce. Service was great and I would certainly go again!

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