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#8 of 2,171 Restaurants in Ottawa
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1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You won't be disappointed by absinthe! We had wonderful meal and the service was absolutely perfect. We will definitely go back!

Thank Valerie R
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53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It;s been a while since we ate here and, as on the first visit, the place does not disappoint. The Tuna Carpaccio starter has to be rated highly for its freshness and taste. The mains of Duck Breast, Steak and Fries and the Sockeye Salmon were cooked to perfection. Service was pleasant, helpful and generally efficient. The exemption was with... More 

Thank nolikewinter
Ottawa, Canada
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We celeberated our anniversary there with our 2 daughters and their husbands. The food was very good, as usual. It should have been a great evening, but unfortunately, the good edge was blunted by the very high ambient noise level. It's a bistro, so you expect a lively atmosphere, but when you can't hear each other or the server without... More 

Thank Glen S
Ottawa, ON
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was amazing (beet salad, steak-poutine and chocolate fondant) and service very courteous. Will be back for sure.

Thank icarriere23
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere and the food were fantastic. Can't believe I've never been there before. I will definitely be back.

1 Thank David R
Ottawa, Canada
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When a restaurant has been around for many years, they must be doing something right... That's the situation with Absinthe. My first visit dates back to early 2005 when they were in a different location in Wellington West. They have kept some of the same menu - steak-frites for instance. Always great food. Friendly service. Congenial atmosphere. Interesting area. One... More 

Thank ozincan5
Calgary, Canada
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137 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant isn't much inside but it doesn't matter much because the food is excellent. The steak frites were slightly salty but perfectly charred which made them EXACTLY what I was after especially when smothered in peppercorn sauce! We all enjoyed our meals and had a nice evening. Our experience was 4/5 and would have been a solid 5 if... More 

Ottawa, Ontario
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85 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just love the whole Absinthe experience, the service is spot on, the drinks are unique (if you want, or not if you don't), the fresh bread is just beyond words, the dressing on their mixed green salad is just light enough to add a tang that isn't overwhelming and their steak frites are probably the best around.

Thank Buzzus
Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was good, however, the service was terrible. Our waitress spoke so softly that we couldn't hear her. She was slow on bringing the drinks that were sitting ready at the bar.

Thank Loubou1962
Ottawa Canada
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to Absinthe many times. It is always very good food. I like the laid back atmosphere of the restaurant. It is a fairly large restaurant compared to others in the area. The staff is always friendly and just attentive enough without being too attentive!! The menu is quite diverse and always great. The wine selection is good. It... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $38
European, French, International, Canadian
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
Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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?