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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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$$$
Neighborhood:
Hayes Valley
French, American, Contemporary, Bistro
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398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421 (Gough)
415-551-1590
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 135
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 21
    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
Charming restaurant in Hayes Valley!

Seeing as how we love New Orleans so much, we just had to try Absinthe for dinner during a recent stay in S.F. First off, the location is perfect, especially with the views of the street/trees in the main dining area (lovely). Our waitperson was very attentive and we ordered drinks almost... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
CADreamin
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Felton, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Everything was perfect for this special dinner! We chose Absinthe for our last dinner in San Francisco and we did not regret it! Our waiter was excellent and made very judicious recommandation to us. The soft garlic pretzels with melted cheese was an exciting discovery, the coconut-corn soup a pure delight as well as the heirloom tomato and melon salad... More 

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Felton, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Seeing as how we love New Orleans so much, we just had to try Absinthe for dinner during a recent stay in S.F. First off, the location is perfect, especially with the views of the street/trees in the main dining area (lovely). Our waitperson was very attentive and we ordered drinks almost immediately upon being seated. I have to say,... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Small but well-executed menu. Interesting cocktails. I enjoyed the Coke Family farms greens salad and a cheese selection as well as the fried padron peppers. Among desserts, the panna cotta had a topping that was too sweet, but the pot de creme was excellent.

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Paradise, Ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Enjoyed dinner here late on a week night. The food was great, the service was great. I enjoyed eating here and would recommend dining here. We didn't have reservations, but they got us in after a short wait. The place was packed, even at the late hour we arrived about 9pm. Our waitress was fantastic. We asked her to hail... More 

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Oakland, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Excellent service from Carlos. Interesting cocktail selection and comprehensive and well-priced wine list. Wonderful beef tartare, which made the hamburger a logical entree choice. It did not disappoint. Carrot cake dessert was only disappointment. This is a great place to eat before a show. Reservations were not available, but we had no problem obtaining a table at 5PM.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

After our wedding at the San Francisco City Hall (just around the block), we took the wedding party to a meal at Absinthe. From our initial contact in making the reservation to the time we stepped out the door after the meal, the communication and service with Absinthe was excellent. They provided us with a couple options for the set... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The Absinthe drinkers by Degas is a famous painting of 18th century French absinthe drinkers. this restaurant serves absinthe in the old classic way along with some fantastic food and a real French bistro atmosphere, well worth a visit and do try the Absinthe it is a unique drink

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San Francisco, California
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Very good concept for either a loud active bar scene or a quiet dinner for two. The bar and dining room are separated. Also, food is served in the bar. Food is good in both places. Good pick near Symphony and Opera houses.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Had a very enjoyable and delicious brunch. Our waiter Robert made our expericnece delightful. He was so professional and attentive and made us feel like the only ones dining even though the restaurant was packed! My poached eggs were perfect! In fact entire meal very good.

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San Rafael, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Absinthe has been around for quite some time and it was good it wasn't excellent. When we first visited my husband and I we thought it was amazing, that was 13 years ago. Although it was lunch I expected it to be more vibrant and it was very quiet. Our service was wonderful, my husbands burger was very good. I... 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 to 40
  • Cuisine: French, American, Contemporary, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Doing business
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

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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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