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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
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Ranked #241 of 4,851 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $40
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
Cross street: Gough
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88% Recommend
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Monroe Township, NJ
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We were immediately seated for our reservation at a lovely table by the window. Our server greeted us and took drink orders right away. He was knowledgeable and pleasant. The atmosphere was pretty but it got a bit loud as the evening wore on. Pacing of the food was fine, not rushed at all. The food itself was delicious. Would... More

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Los Gatos, California, USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This Restaurant is usually very crowded, but is a great place to have a good meal and to see the diversity of the San Francisco vibrant scene. If you have no reservation, it is not easy to get in but you can dine at the bar , which serves the same menu and usually can sit you in a few... More

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San Jose, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We have been going to Absinthe for at least 15 years. They are consistently good. We try to sit in the room without the bar as the other room is too noisy. We have tried most of the restaurants within walking distance to the symphony hall. We tend to alternate between Jardiniere and Absinthe, mixing it up with Absinthe's sister... More

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Great place for a lazy weekend brunch. We didn't have reservations but were seated after a very reasonable, short wait (there was 2 of us). The food was delicious, as expected, but nothing in my top ten. The service was attentive and didn't bother us for staying 3+ hours and the atmosphere was vibrant and fun, at least during brunch.

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Washington, DC
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61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Nice restaurant. Good food. Good service. Cute atmosphere. High energy. Not incredible but fine. A bit pricey for the food that is good but not memorable.

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The noise level here is just awful. It is not like workmen with jack hammers tearing up a street or the New York subway, but you couldn't possibly talk to anyone here. If you are alone and have an iPhone with good quality in-ear headphones and don't mind pretentious and overpriced food, you might like the place. But with 50... More

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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Starting with bar the cocktails menu is rather interesting. The Sazerac is worthy of a mention. Its a shame I could not venture to some more, but the Martinez was pretty good too! Food here is unfortunately hit and miss. Liver mousse was great chickpeas were disappointing, the Monkfish was great, but the Salmon was bland. Service is excellent and... More

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Palo Alto, California
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119 reviews 119 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

A surprisingly good meal, served quickly, a pleasure to look at and eat. We both enjoyed our entrees - potato crusted salmon and hamburger. They exceeded expectations in both their visual display and flavor. A little pricey, but very good. Good selection of cocktails and wines. Dessert selection is special No happy hour specials here.

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Palo Alto, California, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Next door to the main restaurant, they have a private dining room. We had a team offsite here so I can't say anything about the cost (I'm assuming it was pricey for the quality of food and service we experienced), but if you're planning a special event, I bet it'll be worth it. The room can easily sit somewhere between... More

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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We went to Absinthe before a show at the SF Symphony. It is almost around the block. Park for one, walk to the other. We showed up about half an hour early, but they seated us with no problem--and that left us enough time for a cocktail before ordering a bottle of wine. The three-cheese plate was good for two... More

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