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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421 (Hayes Valley)
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Ranked #191 of 5,005 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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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
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 NEW

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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1,759 reviews 1,759 reviews
505 restaurant reviews
1,034 helpful votes 1,034 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

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
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Fort Collins, Colorado
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279 reviews 279 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Almost like sitting on the street in Paris, tiny crowded table, delightful food and drinks and plenty of people watching. Go. Get a decent drink. Enjoy.

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Greenwood Village, Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We visited for lunch and everyone had a wonderful sandwich with excellent sides, but the desert blew the lid off. We split a deconstructed German chocolate cake, with the cake in one area of the plate, roasted pecans separate, coconut and chocolate powder combined, sweet icing, all tasting extraordinary. I've loved German chocolate cake since childhood and this is my... More 

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Los Angeles, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Although it is a French brasserie the food has some French influence but it I snot really French. We were a party of five and all of the the dishes were excellent and very interesting. They have a main dish of octopus which is excellent, the most tender and delicious octopus I have ever had. All of the other dishes... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The food was very good, really liked the brown butter mashed potatoes. Our table was a little cramped--too close to the next table.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

What a day to kick off my 50th birthday weekend, Played golf at the Lakes Course at the Olympic Club and then had dinner at the Absinthe Brasserie & Bar with my Wife and two best friends. We arrived a little early, so we had a round of cocktails to start, we were seated soon after, the restaurant was lovely... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Our party of six was wrapping up a 10 day tour of CA and couldn't have chosen a better place to cap off a great trip! Wine and cocktails first: try the Ginger Rogers for something not too sweet and a little bit fiery! I had an elegant Romaine salad presentation with very generous shavings of Parmesan followed by the... 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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