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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421 (Hayes Valley)
415-551-1590
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Ranked #228 of 4,929 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, French, Contemporary, Californian, Brasserie
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Cross street: Gough
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English first
Napa, California, United States
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This place is happening! We love it. Over the top service, exceptional food, killer cocktails! There's really a menu for all price ranges. Sit at the bar or outside or at a nice table inside.

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Hayes is a nice neighborhood and Absinthe is a nice place to stop. Good selection of drinks, cosy seating outside. Nice to have a break here while strolling in the area).

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San Leandro CA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The up town Manhattan was the best! The french fries with aioli were the best! Then perfect pork steak and lamb with macaroni and cheese and terrific asparagus along with oysters and wonderful French onion soup made for a very great meal. The service was spectacular and I want to thank Katie for giving us great food suggestions and for... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a quaint and apparently popular place in the Civic district of SF. It seemed a little pricey but the food was excellent and the choice of drinks respectable.

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Napa, California
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Always in search of dining within walking distance to SF Opera House & Davies Hall, we always try new ones...can't go wrong with Absinthe, good food, prompt service, and by requesting a quiet table we were seated in the PDR...very nice...good clams/mussels & traditional French Onion Soup, the salmon with the thin crisp layer of thinly sliced potatoes was delicious...we... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

My wife and I were in San Francisco for the first time and we are total foodies. We were looking for a good french restaurant and were able to get a reservation without any problems. One we arrived we first noticed the neighborhood. It was so nice, beautiful tree lined street full of boutique shops and restaurants!! When we got... More

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Montville, New Jersey
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We arrived an hour early for our reservation and were seated right away. The restaurant is definitely noisy and the decor is a bit dark. The pretzels and French onion soup were delicious! Drinks were interesting. Our dinners were very good (Coq au Vin and Cheeseburger). I mentioned that it was my husband's birthday when I booked through Open Table... More

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We like to go here before the symphony but it has gotten so loud that you can't talk to anyone. The food is good so I guess I'll bring my noise canceling earphones next time.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I read several reviewers were troubled by the acoustic and the noise of this restaurant but we did not mention that at all. Perhaps because we were late but we could perfectly have a conversation while having great food. This is a cosy place, a somewhat dark bistro like interior, and indeed almost like as if you're in Paris. Start... More

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New York
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143 reviews 143 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I've been to Paris several times and have always enjoyed my meals at the local bistros. Absinthe in San Francisco managed to capture some the Parisienne vibe and making it work in San Francisco offering dishes that are French inspired. Each dish is lovingly prepared and I had the pleasure of sampling their Dungeness crab and duck confit with poached... More

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