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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421 (Hayes Valley)
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Ranked #276 of 5,039 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
Hayes Valley
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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
Cross street: Gough
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English first
san diego
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192 reviews 192 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I was very excited to eat at this restaurant. It was selected from a Michelin list and reviews. Sadly, my visit missed. First off, the best thing I had was the fried garbanzos. The ceviche was chewy and less impressive than many street food places in San. Diego and LA. Moving on to the French Onion soup- we ordered one,... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

On a Hayes St corner, near many of San Francisco's best music venues, this Old-World-inspired restaurant has been attracting flocks of concert goers, food lovers, and loyal locals for years. What a wonderfully tasteful place! With an always buzzing bar and bistro during the day, for lunch and dinner Absinthe opens the adjacent intimate dining room evoking French brasseries from... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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243 reviews 243 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Although noisy we found a quiet booth at the back and could enjoy each other and the food. The octopus "soup", the steak tartar , the buger, and the salmon were done to perfection. The service was attentive and friendly. A good dinner choice near the symphony hall.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I have been PAINFULLY QUIET after reading the recent "Awful Atmosphere" review at Absinthe on Tripadvisor simply because I'm shocked and disturbed by this incident at Absinthe Restaurant as anyone else would be. So Kudos to the gal who was brave enough to put herself in harms way to come out in the open and vent her feelings to this... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Went to Absinthe for a nice lunch and to talk. Halfway through lunch 30 protest marchers stormed in and for 15 minutes yelled on a bullhorn how the San Francisco police were murderers. Huge people stood by the door so you were frightened to leave. After this all was over I asked the hostess why they didn't protest outside the... More 

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San Jose, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Had the most amazing meal pre-symphony. It was so amazing we'll be back w/out symphony! DH did have truly the best burger. Finally the perfect med-rare burger! My artichoke tart was the best and salad w/octopus crazy perfect. I'll be craving this now ... It was super busy but we still had great service, can't wait to come back ...... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Finally had a late dinner here after hearing from so many about their fabulous burger. The place was slammed but the service was decent. Cocktails were interesting. Loved the fried chickpeas and expected them to set the pace for the rest of the meal. Ordered a burger and fries. The burger was so salty my mouth was burning (and I... More 

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Fremont, California
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1,903 reviews 1,903 reviews
567 restaurant reviews
1,133 helpful votes 1,133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We were seated in the quieter section of the restaurant. Since we were there on a Saturday night, the bar area was quite busy. We made our reservations on open table. We enjoyed warm chickpeas and also ordered one of their cheeses as appetizer. For dinner I had their french onion soup and their pasta dish with vegetables. We enjoyed... More 

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Austin, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

The wine was great as well, so were the oysters. The salad, cheese, and cheesecake were nice as well. I really liked the atmosphere here. Dark tables with red velvety booth type seating along the wall. The waiter was a total professional and very helpful and knowledgeable. I wished I had not been sitting next to this super pretentious couple... More 

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Davis, CA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Absinthe is on our A list for a great meal before an opera or symphony in San Francisco (both the opera house and symphony hall are less than two blocks away). However, reserve a table a month or so in advance or you won't get in, particularly on Sundays when a brunch before a matinee is just the thing. On... More 

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Additional Information about Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

Address: 398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
Phone Number: 415-551-1590
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Hayes Valley
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: American, French, Contemporary, Californian, Brasserie

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