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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 #197 of 4,936 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $40
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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
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Discovered this by accident as we were staying nearby. The short wait for the table was worth it. There was a great atmosphere and buzz about the place, a good menu and reasonable wine selection and the food was really delicious.

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Oakland, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Fine food, great service and atmosphere. We go there often, and have always been delighted. The coq-au-vin is the best I've ever had -- one of these days, I might try something else on the menu, but I don't count on that.

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Absinthe is a great place for a romantic dinner or a delicious meal before the ballet or the symphony. Classic French bistro food with a fresh, California twist. Everything on the menu is tasty and delicious. Their French onion soup is the best in SF and their beef tartare is spectacular! Entrees change regularly but there is always something yummy... More

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San Francisco
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

What a place! Never have had an unpalatable meal or poor experience. The lighting, the French posters, the sensuously-curved handles on the entrance door all set the stage for a great meal. This past Friday wonderful hubby and I enjoyed a meal that was superb. Special thanks to J.P., our server, who was simply perfect and should teach others how... More

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Philadelphia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had a wonderful dinner here last Monday to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. We ordered small plates so we could maximize trying different things, and each and every one was terrific. the service by Erin was great, and she overheard me mention that it was his birthday, and put a candle in his dessert when it came out. I highly... More

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Napa, California, United States
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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
74 reviews 74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
32 helpful votes 32 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
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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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