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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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$$$
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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11:30 am - 12:00 am
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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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 124
    Excellent
  • 138
    Very good
  • 18
    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
Delicious Meal, Strong Drinks, Good Service

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
kawh
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sebastopol, ca
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
sebastopol, ca
Top Contributor
290 reviews 290 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
272 helpful votes 272 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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139 reviews 139 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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140 reviews 140 reviews
112 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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130 reviews 130 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Absinthe still looks fresh and classy even after 15 years. If you want to have a conversation with you dinner partner(s), make sure you reserve a table in the dining room as the lively bar area dining can get quite loud. The menu choices are somewhat limited, but feature high-quality, in-season ingredients, perfectly prepared and nicely presented. Service is professional... More 

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Southern California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Was unable to book a favorite restaurant and chose this place based on its ratings. Good choice. Lively bar. Nice menu with a variety of offerings. We enjoyed several appetizers and entrees. Good wine list. Great service. The four of us had a good dining experience and would certainly return on another visit to San Francisco.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

My fiancé and I were visiting family in San francisco last July. We had a free night and they recommended Absinthe. Soooo pleased! We were able to make a last minute reservation on open table - live that. We ordered the pretzels - do it. They are amazing. I had the swordfish. I've never had it before but I was... More 

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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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Hayes Valley
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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