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#8 of 2,190 Restaurants in Ottawa
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1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Tue 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a great time on a date night with SO on Saturday. Reservation process was outstanding - even a cute thank you note afterwards. Menu was great - The beet salad was to die for, as was the butternut squash soup. I wasn't overly keen on the smoked trout ravioli (too heavy and pasta a little too al dente), but... More 

1 Thank leebish0p
Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Steak Frites were delicious service was excellent, great wine list and a very good atmosphere.highley recommend it.

1 Thank Margaret D
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful meal last night at Absinthe: as always, thoughtful and delicious plates, and a great wine list. They have a great system for Table d'hôte, but one can also order à la carte. Particularly loved the lemon tart for dessert: wonderfully zingy.

1 Thank suzmum
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I went out to Absinthe for dinner last night. We both ordered the Steak Frite and a glass of Rioja. It was the most delicious dinner we have enjoyed our together in some time. Everything was cooked to a turn and the best part was there was a nice serving of green beans with it! It was... More 

Thank Jillian B
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food, wine, service and atmosphere. One of my favourite restaurants in Ottawa! Had dinner with a friend visiting from toronto and we had a great time. I have been there several times over the years with friends and always have a fantastic time.

1 Thank NC365
Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The staff were courteous and attentive. The drinks were great too! It's a bit pricey, but not out of line with other good bistros.

Thank A123G
Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was invited here for a friend's birthday and was really looking forward to it because I had heard the food was to die for. The atmosphere was tidy and welcoming and we were quickly seated even though it was a busy Friday evening. The menu is not too extensive so I was able to quickly choose my appetizer (charcuterie,... More 

Thank JoanGreenfromOttawa
Gatineau, Canada
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was looking for a new fresh place to take someone special for her birthday and this place was highly recommended. It did not disappoint. In fact it was way above expectation. The staff was courteous and professional, the atmosphere was perfect for those that love to hold a conversation, the food was even better. Worth a visit.

Thank chnadeau
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was delicious and the staff were very attentive. The steak and frites with salad was perfection! I'll definitely be going back.

Thank Carole G
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great evening out with friends! Extensive wine list, great salad with delicious dressing, good steak and frites and yummy burger with fries. Service was attentive and food was tasty!

Thank BeaverOttawa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $38
French, European, Canadian, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 16137611138

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?