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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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$$$
Neighborhood:
Hayes Valley
American, French, Contemporary, Californian, Brasserie
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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/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 122
    Excellent
  • 136
    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
Most recent review
sometimes I wonder if I am in the same place as the reviewers

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Magellan008
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Nome, Alaska
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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292 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Nome, Alaska
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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127 reviews 127 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 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
40 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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san diego
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192 reviews 192 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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251 reviews 251 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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
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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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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: American, French, Contemporary, Californian, 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?