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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Hayes Valley
French, American, Californian, Contemporary, Brasserie
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398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421 (Gough)
415-551-1590
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thu 10:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 125
    Excellent
  • 139
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Pre-concert Dinner

We were unable to obtain a table at three other nearby restaurants and were advised to check at Absinthe. It was a good suggestion as we were seated right away although the restaurant was very crowded. We were offered a small table in the bar area. As it turned out the best spot in the house for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
Bebe31750
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Sonoma, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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299 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
363 reviews 363 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Dined as part of a birthday gift from family. Firstly that in itself was a humongous pain in itself. Absinthe truly know how to make it an incredibly frustrating process for the gift giver. Having dined here many times previously this restaurant has dropped the ball the last few times. Our server although nice was so flaky she asked for... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

They serve a burger made with a custom blend of 2 premium beef cuts served on an artisan roll and a range of topping choices (I had the gruyère). Even served medium rare the texture was firm and flavor was wonderful. To make the experience even better they served a wonderful Foie Gras. Great choice of beers and the fries... More 

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Sonoma, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We were unable to obtain a table at three other nearby restaurants and were advised to check at Absinthe. It was a good suggestion as we were seated right away although the restaurant was very crowded. We were offered a small table in the bar area. As it turned out the best spot in the house for people watching and... More 

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sebastopol, ca
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303 reviews 303 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
275 helpful votes 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This restaurant has the pre-concert thing down... we forgot to mention that we were going to the symphony, and our server asked us at the outset if our event was at 7:30..... thanks for that! We may have otherwise lingered too long. Great salad with lots of different tastes. Delicious meat and veggies. Very French, while being very local. Great... More 

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Tilburg, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Dinner and service was perfect and the price was good. It had a crouwded and fun bar. I suggest if you are in the neighbourhood you must go visit Absynth

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California
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150 reviews 150 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

First, be forewarned that parking can be a real problem, especially during the busy times of the day - which happen to coincide when you would most like to eat. It took me a number of times around a number of blocks before I finally found a parking space. We had a celebration lunch for 6 people. I loved the... More 

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Berkeley, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My wife and I have been to Absinthe a number of times and have never bee disappointed. The decor is interesting, the wait staff is friendly and very efficient, and the food is wonderful. I had coq au vin that was just to die for. The only problem is that the restaurant is right near the SF Symphony, Opera, Herbst... More 

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Nome, Alaska
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141 reviews 141 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

First the good: the servers were excellent. Now the not so good: The prices are unbelievable for what is served. My $14 beet salad (the equivalent of less than 1 beet plus some lettuce) The dried out $15 hamburger with skinny cold fries The $29 Salmon, which came with lettuce and a 3 ounce (if that) skinny piece of fish.... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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142 reviews 142 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We had a late Saturday brunch with our daughter who recommended us Absinthe. The cocktail selection was very curious and interesting, and did not disappoint at all. I had the pulled pork sandwich on San Francisco style sourdough baguette, which was excellent. The service was good although a bit hurried, since we wanted to enjoy the pleasantries of having brunch... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

After attending to the San Francisco Symphonic, this is one of the best choices, walking distance, from the Davies Concert Hall. It's better to book in advance as the place is very well located and it's always busy. French onion soup is a must! Good wine selection and great service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
    (Gough)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Hayes Valley
  • Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
  • Phone Number: 415-551-1590

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: French, American, Californian, Contemporary, Brasserie

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
10:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Chock full of designer boutiques, art galleries, funky shoe stores, and great restaurants, it’s hard to imagine Hayes Valley once languished in the shadow of a major freeway. Its removal allowed for the creation of an attractive boulevard on Octavia Street with a community park at its center and dozens of trendy businesses to satisfy visitors looking for a stylish respite.
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