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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 127
    Excellent
  • 142
    Very good
  • 20
    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
Feels Like A Visit To French Countryside

I had heard it is always packed, and the evening I was there was no exception. Cozy, loud, mix of people dressed up for the nearby symphony with friends in jeans. Feels like a neighborhood place because it is a little off the tourist beaten path and felt like it was full of local regulars. I had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
Jack H
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Provo, Utah
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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305 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Palm Springs, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We visit SF frequently and Absinthe has been a frequent stop because of its location and ambience. This time we had no reservation and even though they were fully booked the greeter found us a table near the bar at 6:05. Our beverages came quickly and we ordered dinner at 6:15. At 6:45 no food had arrived so they sent... More 

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Provo, Utah
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I had heard it is always packed, and the evening I was there was no exception. Cozy, loud, mix of people dressed up for the nearby symphony with friends in jeans. Feels like a neighborhood place because it is a little off the tourist beaten path and felt like it was full of local regulars. I had the roasted beet... More 

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Portland, OR
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We had a small snack of cheese and champagne cocktails on a sunny afternoon. The little tables outside are very Parisian and perfect for people watching. Love the neighborhood too.

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Berkeley, California
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Last night, a group of 8 gathered for dinner here after a City Hall marriage. The manager of Absinthe was truly so cooperative and helpful, much thanks goes to Brian. The place is amazing...so many years in business, yet there is an energy and attention to details that is fresh and welcoming. Drinks at this bar were perfect (and 3... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

On a recent business trip I was brought here with colleagues for lunch and it was a great choice. I had the onion soup to start and it was delicious. When I am away from the wife, I like to indulge in my passion for hamburgers and the one I had did not disappoint! Apparently they make it using two... More 

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
368 reviews 368 reviews
280 restaurant reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Dined as part of a birthday gift from family. Firstly that in itself was a humongous pain in itself. Absinthe truly know how to make it an incredibly frustrating process for the gift giver. Having dined here many times previously this restaurant has dropped the ball the last few times. Our server although nice was so flaky she asked for... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

They serve a burger made with a custom blend of 2 premium beef cuts served on an artisan roll and a range of topping choices (I had the gruyère). Even served medium rare the texture was firm and flavor was wonderful. To make the experience even better they served a wonderful Foie Gras. Great choice of beers and the fries... More 

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Sonoma, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We were unable to obtain a table at three other nearby restaurants and were advised to check at Absinthe. It was a good suggestion as we were seated right away although the restaurant was very crowded. We were offered a small table in the bar area. As it turned out the best spot in the house for people watching and... More 

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sebastopol, ca
Top Contributor
313 reviews 313 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
285 helpful votes 285 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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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: Doing business, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic, 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

Questions? Get answers from Absinthe Brasserie & Bar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
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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