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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
Hayes Valley
French, American, Contemporary
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398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421 (Gough)
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Drinks, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Close to the Symphony

It is a nice restaurant. The food and wine is good, but the noise level is just to high. Close to the Symphony within walking distance.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Patricia A
Cologne, Germany
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Cologne, Germany
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a nice restaurant. The food and wine is good, but the noise level is just to high. Close to the Symphony within walking distance.

Thank Patricia A
El Cerrito, California
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had an online 7 pm reservation but staff kindly moved it up to 5 p.m. when my friend and I got there earlier. While waiting I ordered a whiskey sour. This was the perfect one - I have searched the country trying to find a place that serves one that I remember from the 1960s! Absinthe came through. The... More 

Thank lfodea
San Francisco, California
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absinthe is a well run, attractive, extremely comfortable restaurant with an excellent menu. Each dish is prepared beautifully. Service is always professional. On my recent visit, the grilled octopus entrée was outstanding, as was the salmon. While the wine list tends towards the higher end, it offers some very interesting choices. If you're not attending a performance at the nearby... More 

Thank Kay R
Camarillo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We dined at Absinthe after we saw the Nutcracker at the War Memorial Opera House. This restaurant is within walking distance and the food is delicious. We dined on the bacon wrapped monkfish and the grilled rib eye steak. We would definitely come back to this restaurant.

Thank FitzMichelleM
Lafayette, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Absinthe is in a beautiful building on a bustling corner in Hayes Valley. Service is very friendly and professional. The main dining room is beautiful, with a mural and sunlight filtering through trees outside the large windows. Extensive cocktail list, with high quality and fresh ingredients. There's also a huge wine list and nice selection of non-alcoholic beverages. The olive... More 

Thank Cassietrip
Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

Hayes Valley is my favorite SF neighborhood. And with so many food choices it's hit or miss. Absinthe was a hit. We were there on a very busy Saturday but they were very accommodating - great service! It was too late for brunch so we had the delicious onion soup, the unique grilled cheese, the succulent ceviche and spicy bloody... More 

Thank ohdonnaoh
Arlington, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Ate here with a colleague - they were very knowledgeable about gluten-free concerns and while they didn't have a bun to offer me the burger was delicious (added cheese and mushrooms). The fries weren't an option as they were cooked in cross-contaminated oil but they subbed in a lovely little salad instead and really, that was probably a good choice... More 

Thank Belle W
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Romance can be more enhanced with a get away stop in this place of charm and great service. As a quick visit in the lovely beautiful city of San Fransisco, we were out to find an absinthe bar to chill at. Stopping here is the best idea. The drinks were good as well as the good menu of the best... More 

Thank justusone
San Francisco, California
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Stopped in after a concert for a drink and something "light". Chose a drink from an extensive and interesting cocktail list and it was very good. I should have quit while I was ahead. I chose 3 cheeses from a choice of 5: 1) "cow milk, soft...earthy", with grape compote; 2) "goat milk, semi-firm, tangy", with fig compote; 3) "sheep... More 

Thank Jean G
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

Booked this for a private dinner when let down by another venue Couldn't fault the venue, a lovely private room and the staff were so very helpful We had a set menu which was great but would definitely go back to be able to sample full choice

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
  • 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, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
10:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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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