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

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  • 128
    Excellent
  • 145
    Very good
  • 21
    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
Excellent meal in a very good restaurant

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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Dublin
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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San Rafael, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Palm Springs, California
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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
103 reviews 103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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
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112 reviews 112 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
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48 reviews 48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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, Californian, Contemporary, Brasserie

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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, Californian, Contemporary, Brasserie

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Doing business, Bar scene
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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