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Cafe Absinthe

1954 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park / Bucktown)
(773) 278-4488
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Ranked #881 of 8,270 restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Wicker Park / Bucktown
Cross street: Damen
Transit: Damen stop - Blue Line North Ave Bus\Damen Bus Taxis Available
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23 reviews from our community

69% Recommend
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English first
Fox Valley
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53 reviews 53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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174 reviews 174 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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nahe Wien
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

We had an absolutely delcious meal at Cafe Absinth. The oysters were excellent, the smoked salmon was equally good, but the best was the tenderloin steak! It seemed to melt on the tongue, so soft it was, it cutted like butter. Definitely the best steak we ever had.

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Chicago, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

On the constant search for new to try in Chicago. Found this on open table so gave it a try prior to a show. Started with a nice bottle of wine, French onion soup, and halibut for the main course. Nicely done! My wife had the salad an risotto, and she was very pleased with both! First time here and... More

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Monee, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

So we made reservation on Open Table. This place had some good reviews. I know it was a Thursday night but I really expected to be more people in there besides me and my husband. Waitstaff was friendly but I mean we were the only ones in there. I ordered the foie gras as an appitizer and my husband ordered... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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69 reviews 69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Cafe Absinthe is a gem hidden in the midst of the Bucktown/Wicker Park area. It is a warm, welcoming environment - a perfect place for a quiet meal with a loved one or good friends. The menu is somewhat limited, but covers a nice range of choices... and what they offer is terrific. And, surprisingly robust portions. The service was... More

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Paris, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

Used to be packed and good food. Now just pretty good food but bad atmosphere. Nobody goes anymore. Too dim to see food. Smells like a damp basement. Good service and staff just clean the place up and remodel a bit! Lots better places elsewhere in Bucktown.

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

My wife and I dined here late on a Saturday night after seeing a play. First, even though the address is on North Avenue, you have to enter through the alley off Damen. Only a small sign on the store front will inform you of this. However, the alley entry is rather quaint and did remind me of Paris, a... More

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