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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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$$$
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 11
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  • 5
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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
A real French bistro

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
csimmamps
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Oakland, CA
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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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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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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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Dublin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

If you are in the area make sure you visit his restaurant, Service was excellent with a very knowledgeable waiter who looked after all our needs. Started with cocktails that came well prepared and tasty. For starters I had the PEI MUSSELS & MANILA CLAMS was complemented by an very good sauce that encouraged many dips of bread. Entrée was... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This place sticks out in the area. With a definite French / European vibe, it was a nice break from all the other restaurants I had visited the days before. The menu was very good, staff quite friendly and their contrails quite tasty I must say. It's also located in a central area where many hip places are around to... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Interesting menu. Portions were a bit small, but food was very good. Ambience was great, service was very prompt.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Table was ready when we arrived. Ordered oysters which were fresh and sweet. The ceviche was also quite tasty. We ordered 4 different entrees and none disappointed. We even tried the absinthe after dinner...mixed with water over ice it was more than tasty!

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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 to $40
Cuisine: French, American, Contemporary, Bistro

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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: Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
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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  • 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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