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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421 (Hayes Valley)
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Ranked #174 of 4,938 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
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
Cuisines: American, French, Contemporary, Californian, Brasserie
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Cross street: Gough
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English first
San Anselmo
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I would have given Absinthe an outstanding rating, except we weren't able to eat there THIS TIME. With a long-standing reservation, they tried to seat us in the bar. It is uncomfortable and exceptionally noisy. This time, we left. Before, we have had excellent meals and service.

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Santa Cruz, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Beautiful, intimate restaurant in the Hayes District. Walking Distance from Union Square through the Civic Center, City Hall, Opera House, and Symphony Hall (OK during the day but NOT AT NIGHT!) hayes District is lovely with a small park and many restaurants and interesting shops. Anything on the menu here is relish and prepared with care. Excellent servers and worm... More

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Sacramento, CA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

My husband and I dine here often during opera season. When there is a Sunday opera, we tend to sit at the bar and order a half dozen oysters that are always delicious. In the last couple of months we've arrived at dinner time and managed to snag a small table near the bar. I ordered a bowl of French... More

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My wife and I started here for cocktails on a Saturday night, and ended up staying for dinner. We had drinks at an outside table, and we also enjoyed some appetizers, all of which were very good. We then decided to stay for dinner and shared caviar, a heirloom tomato salad and the salmon entree. All were very good and... More

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San Francisco, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We seem to always end up here at Absinthe before or after a show ~ be it the symphony, opera or rock concert. Last weekend we came after a matinee performance at the Orpheum and it was only a few blocks away ~ it was open by 5:30, thankfully, didn't have to wait. It's a beautiful place to dine in... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Absinthe is worth a detour for dinner. It has a Paris bistro feel to it (high ceilings, a boisterous but not overly loud buzz). A good selection of interesting cocktails; the wine list was small but good choices - I did not think the bottle prices were wildly inflated as you sometimes see. Our appetizers and main courses were all... More

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Upstate N.Y.
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175 reviews 175 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

Some lady happened upon on the street mentioned this place as having a good reputation, when we asked about a local bar having spent the last ten hours in airports and cramped 737s. So we wandered in, sat at the bar. After trying the really fine concoctions Raul gave us, we decided to order some apps. I had cerviche and... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I went to dinner with a girlfriend a couple days ago while visiting San Francisco. They name pulled us in and we made reservations for late evening. The appetizer and drinks we ordered were fantastic. Although the portion of the main dish was smaller than I'm used to (I live in the Midwest), I left completely satisfied. I would definitely... More

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Brandon, Canada
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175 reviews 175 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place has one of the best cocktails on the planet - and I am more of a wine person. But this pomegranate, tequila, absinthe concoction is spectacularly great. It is reason enough to come here, but the food on the plat is first rate as well. There is a short menu here, but everything was "lick the plate" great.... More

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San Francisco, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went here earlier in the summer after going to the SF Opera. The service was very smooth and solicitous, with some good recommendations. I was a bit disappointed in the cheese course as we've had better elsewhere and the cheeses seemed to be those readily available in other restaurants and cheese shops. At this calibre restaurant, I expected a... More

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