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$$ - $$$French, European,
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
+1 613-761-1138
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“steak frites” (70 reviews)
“duck” (65 reviews)
“dessert sampler” (20 reviews)
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French, European, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

All four of us agreed that the meal at Absinthe was wonderful.The servers were attentive and knowledgable. The squash soup, which we all had, was excellent. As mains, we had duck, pork cheeks, and pasta. All of the dishes were presented beautifully and absolutely delicious....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ShB2014
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had been eyeing this restaurant for sometime, but never had the occasion to come. So, our team decided upon this place for a lunch out. Gotta say, that this place rocks. The decor is fantastic, and the service is great without being overbearing. Now,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank PDMM_Gourmands
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our party of four enjoyed a wonderful Monday evening with the three course fondue. Our server Ben made the evening superb.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank kojak21
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My lunch at Absinthe reminded me that I should be going more often given that it's right around the corner from my condo! I had the steak tartar, and my friend had the steak frites. Her steak was done to perfection and very tender. My...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank cherbear55
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us enjoyed the restaurant this evening. The beet and goat cheese salad is amazing. I had the pasta as the main entree and it was delicious. The atmosphere is chic and sophisticated. You’ll like this place if you love upscale food and wine....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank gotchatoday28
Patrick G, Owner at Absinthe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed, thank you.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant surpassed our expectations. The food was amazing and the wine pairing with each course was excellent. The service was also impeccable with the timing of each course perfectly orchestrated and the meals cooked and seasoned to perfection. We will certainly return. It may...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Claude L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our first family visit to Absinthe was many years ago at their Holland/Spencer location. We had had a great meal and each time we go back we wonder "Can it meet or beat our last meal?" Each time the evening is wonderful. Last night was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Escape43260749029
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absinthe is one of my go-to restaurants. The food is consistently good. Among my favourites are the fries, stroganoff and whatever special is on offer. On my last visit I had the butternut squash soup - a must-have if it's available - and a great...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 323brigidh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I brought my wife and two teenage children here for dinner and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. We all ordered something different but were all equally praiseworthy in our choice, with rich flavours, plate presentation, and ample portion size. I had the duck which i...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank gibson737
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I loved the atmosphere, the staff is friendly and the shower you with attention. The food is excellent.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank France G
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Julie A
September 30, 2017|
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Response from nolikewinter | Reviewed this property |
I hope not!! Why would you want to take a pet to a quality restaurant?.
Ian M
May 16, 2016|
Response from Redbirdie3142 | Reviewed this property |
I don't see them having a problem with kids
March 28, 2015|
Response from Patrick G |
Hello thank you for your inquiry we are closed all statutory hollidays and December 24th.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, 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
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
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: +1 613-761-1138
  • E-mail
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.
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