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Cafe Absinthe

$$$
Northwest Side
French, American, International, Mediterranean
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1954 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Damen)
Damen stop - Blue Line North Ave Bus\Damen Bus Taxis Available
(773) 278-4488
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    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
Cafe Absent-any-customers

The title speaks for itself - I've been to this restaurant several times and, even during peak times/days, there's rarely more than a handful of diners. I've been told that the owners also own the bar next door, which is where they supposedly make most of their money, so this restaurant is more of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Sarah G
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The title speaks for itself - I've been to this restaurant several times and, even during peak times/days, there's rarely more than a handful of diners. I've been told that the owners also own the bar next door, which is where they supposedly make most of their money, so this restaurant is more of an artistic side project that they... More 

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Thank Sarah G
Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

This was the first time that my hubby and I tried this restaurant and it was really worth it! I saw this place at groupon and thought that it looks like a good place for a nice dinner for his birthday --and yes, we loved it! The food was beautifully prepared and tasted as wonderfully as it looked--Chef did a... More 

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Thank NORMZZ
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

I took my family here back in August, and they loved it. Pricey, but went here with a Groupon and it was a great deal! I had the seabass, my mom had the salmon and my dad a steak. Waiter was kind and informative; as was the supporting waitstaff! The food was delicious! And extremely innovative! I will be back... More 

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Thank fravelj
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

We were pleased to have found Cafe Absinthe on a recent trip to Chicago. After an hour of indecision and searching, we somewhat randomly settled on CA because it was near our hotel. The menu was varied and our dishes were fantastic. That said, we especially enjoyed the extensive cocktail menu and the ambiance of the restaurant. I especially found... More 

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Thank Kyle K
Southington, Connecticut
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

Purchased a Groupon for my son-in-law for his birthday. It was supposed to be a romantic dinner. Down an alley. Ambiance was shabby. The food was inedible. The waiter was new an nervous. He could not make any food recommendations. The white fish was tasteless and the scallops had a strong fishy taste and chewy. Wine was mediocre. Manager was... More 

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Thank xomannycindyxo5
Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We have been here several times now, with a Groupon. This is one of my favorite restaurants. Even my 8 and 10 year old kids like it! The bread is absolutely delicious as is the rest of the menu. We haven't had anything we didn't like. The only thing is that it is very pricey. The only way I would... More 

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Thank gddo
Bethesda, MD
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144 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Perhaps it was the vibe in the neighborhood that gives the first hint of a coming up area. Entrance is around the back since the front shares a common restaurant with the more bar oriented neighborhood. Loved the decor. Sparse and 40s! So what was tasty? The lamb rack, two meaty chops, was a good start after wine and a... More 

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Thank Jean A
Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The Cafe Absinthe is a great spot for a couple's evening out. It is great for a good time with friends or for a romantic evening with a special person. The lighting is mellow, the noise level is great and you can hear one another without shouting. The wait staff is pleasant and attentive. Drinks are good (a friend said... More 

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Thank Michael F
Chicago, Illinois
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72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Last night my wife and I had dinner for the first time at Cafe Absinthe. We're always apprehensive and excited when we go somewhere new. I bought a Groupon which is one of the ways we like to try new places. WOW...some of the best surprises in life are the unexpected. From start to finish I'd say this place nailed... More 

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Thank Jim P
Chicago
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176 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

My wife and I took my teenage son with us to this very cool spot in Bucktown. Only a few tables were occupied when we arrived on this early Sunday evening. This place is a gem! We started with the roasted beet salad, which was artistic and delicious - also, a very generous serving which we all could happily split.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1954 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
    (Damen)
  • Public Transportation: Damen stop - Blue Line North Ave Bus\Damen Bus Taxis Available
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Northwest Side
  • Neighborhood: Northwest Side
  • Phone Number: (773) 278-4488

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: French, American, International, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
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?