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Cafe Absinthe

$$$
Northwest Side
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 - 9:00 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

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  • 18
    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
Beautiful food and service

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
smdds
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Chicago
Good for:
  • Romantic
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English first
Chicago
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This is the second time me and my husband has been here. We enjoyed it better as we are seated in a better lit area. I know theyre going for the romantic mood, but first time we were here we cant really see our food and those 2 itty bitty votives did not help at all. I am pretty sure... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A quiet atmosphere, charming and elegant. Exceptionally well prepared food. Portions are moderate with emphasis on fresh ingredients and light flavors.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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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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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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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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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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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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, 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?