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Cafe Absinthe

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Northwest Side
American, Mediterranean, International
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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
Today
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance

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Visitor rating
  • 15
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    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
Most recent review
Close to perfection

The best mussels ever. Great grilled octopus and beet salad. Very good steak, and sea bass. Nice, casual ambiance. Very good service. I think their wine list is short and on the expensive side, especially the per-glass offer but other than that, perfect - delicious food free of pretense. Arrive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
wind_n_water_01
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Reservations
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29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
170 reviews 170 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The best mussels ever. Great grilled octopus and beet salad. Very good steak, and sea bass. Nice, casual ambiance. Very good service. I think their wine list is short and on the expensive side, especially the per-glass offer but other than that, perfect - delicious food free of pretense. Arrive early to avoid crowds. If you can get the current... More 

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Joliet, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I had never heard of Café Absinthe. Found a Groupon offer and took advantage of a great deal. I went to the address and was surprised that you entered through the alley. A business associate and I ordered the Sea bass and the lamb. Food and service by Rachel were impeccable. The beet salad was incredible. Great service and food,... More 

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Rockford
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We had Groupon for 4 people prior to visiting the restaurant. It was our first visit there. The food always was exceptionaland so was the the service. The waiter did whatever he could to make us enjoy the evening. We really enjoyed the evening. We will definately be back as we have bought another Groupon already!

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I had Grupon for 4 people prior to visit that restaurant. It wasn't our first visit there. The food always is exceptional, as the service. The waiter did whatever he can to make us happy. We were just bunch of happy campers after visiting that nice restaurant with a great atmosphere. Will certainly be back.

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Chicago
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My girlfriend and I went to Cafe Absinthe on a Groupon, and it was well worth it! We got mussels for an app and Salmon/Scalops for entree. The food was fresh, delicious, and well worth the price. The ambiance was very romantic and the waiter was great. This place is a little pricey if there wasnt a groupon, but well... More 

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Chapel Hill NC
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

Four of us ate at Cafe Absinthe on 9/19/14 and I felt compelled to write a review this morning. Access to the cafe is off the alley, and even though I found that a little weird, once inside it is a chic bar and cafe with an extensive cocktail menu and wonderful food. Portions are generous, prices are moderate for... More 

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Wisconsin
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108 reviews 108 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Our group of four ate here for the first time recently, for a celebratory dinner. We have eaten in large cities and small towns. Our waiter was excellent - friendly, funny, attentive. He found out we were celebrating and later brought a dessert that he said the chef wanted us to have 'on the house'. The place was a bit... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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163 reviews 163 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Lovely dinner out at this charming restaurant with an entrance located in an alley - really underscores the clandestine theme of the place as in the history of Absinthe. Our server was wonderful & made great suggestions! I had the seared foie gras appetizer which was very good. Hubby had cheese plate with only goat cheeses, very accommodating of them.... More 

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chicago
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207 reviews 207 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Wicker Park, the area where this restaurant is located, is known to be a popular gathering spot for young professionals and hipsters. Lively night spots offering music, beer etc dot the landscape. This restaurant which is next door to one of the lively bars (and apparently co-owned) is a delightful oasis offering serious French inspired dishes at relatively modest prices.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We knew the entrance was off the alley and reminded us of going to small restaurants in Barcelona and Paris so just wrap yourself around Damen to the alley north of North Avenue and you will easily find the little green fairy and the arrow pointing to the entrance. The setting is very bistro/Parisian feel, great ambience, low lighting a... 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: American, Mediterranean, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance
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?