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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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About
Absinthe is a Restaurant where you can eat too much, drink too much, put your elbows on the table and laugh out loud... all at the same time and nobody cares. Absinthe is a restaurant of the people for the people.
PRICE RANGE
$7 - $29
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
French, European, Canadian, International
FEATURES
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The menu offered good choices, the service was efficient, the cuisine was tasty and was well presented - in a relatively quiet ambiance for a fun family get-together. Notwithstanding a poor beer selection, the four of us had a good customer experience and would happily...return on another such occasion.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The food is brilliantly assembled for taste and portion. The chef is creative and well matches flavours. The service was very friendly and attentive. This is a great little restaurant, perfect for a pre-theatre meal. We loved our experience there.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Patrick G, Chef at Absinthe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks a million and thanks for taking the time out to review us.

Reviewed 5 days ago

Our experience at Absinthe was wonderful. From the moment we arrived until we left, we were welcomed and treated so well. We had the four course prix fixe dinner, and it was amazing. The fish cakes in the sea food appetizer were fragrant and subtly...flavoured. The salad was fresh and was not smothered in dressing but you still got all the seasonings and taste you wanted. And the beef Wellington was so tender, perfectly seasoned. Everything was above and beyond what we were expecting and we will be back! Thank you!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Very well prepared and delicious French bistro style food. The restaurant is comfortable and unpretentious. The service was very attentive but not overbearing. Great value forth money considering the very high quality of the food and service.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked a reservation at Absinthe based on the reviews on TripAdvisor and we were not disappointed. We both had the Steak Frites and the steaks were cooked perfectly. Other highlights were the mushroom soup and crème brûlée. Laurie was delightful and offered a great...wine suggestion. Service overall was fantastic.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Patrick G, Chef at Absinthe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Fantastic, thank you so much. Hope to see you again soon. Pat G

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great service. My wife and I decided to try Absinthe for the first time to celebrate her birthday. We would go again.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place a trusted place that usually never disappoints. I had not been in a while but I find I can always depend on Absinthe when I do a lay minute booking or run out of ideas of places to go. The food is consistent...and good overall. The Table d’hôte is also a great option. Overall the service is also consistent and friendly.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an amazing lunch yesterday. Fish cakes and steak frites. Excellent food, great service and ambiance.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good service. Good food (wish the fries with the steak frites were crispier, but the steak itself was excellent and the green beans really good, too; mushroom soup was delicious, as was the creme brule) Ambiance was not bad--room is a bit cavernous but...still felt convivial enough and not too noisy. Will most definitely visit again!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great experience for a special occasion. Our server, Laurie, was great. She was very helpful and her suggestions were perfect. Loved the cocktails and the starters. We had the salmon and the steak for our mains, which were excellent and would recommend. The...ambience was cozy and the place was clean. Would definitely go back. ChristineMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 25, 2022 via mobile

Nothing absolutely nothing less than complete excellence from Absinthe! The bread, the duck and the dessert was simply excellent. Wait staff were attentive without being overbearing. Highly recommend this to everyone!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 25, 2022

My wife and I made reservations here for our Anniversary. Everything from start to finish was excellent. We were greeted cordially and seated. Our waiter was very attentive, explained all our options and even allowed some modifications. We had the Beef Wellington dinner for two....Everything was perfectly prepared. Our waiter explained everything to us as we were being served. ingredients etc. The entire experience was wonderful. We will definitely return and also share our experience with friends and family.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 17, 2022

Always a delight to dine at Absinthe … always delish , consistent lovely service …what we lee is there for a perfect evening ?

Date of visit: August 2022
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Patrick G, Chef at Absinthe, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2022

thank you very much for your kind words.

Reviewed August 17, 2022 via mobile

My husband and I went to Absinthe for our 20th anniversary dinner. We were greeted by an intensive and friendly server who continued to check in regularly and had amazing recommendations. We had the three course with an incredible wild mushroom soup with crème fraiche,...steak frites and chocolate mousse and crème brûlée. All for $49 pp! Best yet, we ate outside in their lovely back patio! (They have a street one too). Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Patrick G, Chef at Absinthe, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2022

Thank you for celebrating your anniversary with us, hope to see you soon. Pat G

Reviewed August 16, 2022 via mobile

It’s really tasty, well cooked, the portion are good because I finished every single things and it’s rare (lol). I loved the salad sauce, the meat was really good, and the mousse of the dessert had a good density ! + the cocktail are so...good too. In fine, you should come you will not be disappointed!!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Patrick G, Chef at Absinthe, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2022

Amazing! Thank you!

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We ask that you wear clothing, thank you for asking. We hope to see you soon. Team Absinthe
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Frequently Asked Questions about Absinthe

Yes, Absinthe offers takeout services.

Yes, Absinthe is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Absinthe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4