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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
+1 415-551-1590
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good40%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (32 reviews)
“pretzels” (18 reviews)
“onion soup” (18 reviews)
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French, Bar, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
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Reviewed today

From the vegetables to the fries, everything was cooked with style. The burger was beautiful, juicy and tasty, and not overdone. The Pretzel Bites were amazing and recommended as a starter. Cocktails were well mixed and decent beer selection. Service was fast and friendly and...More

Thank technique
Reviewed 2 days ago

The four of us went pre-Ring and had a great table in a window alcove. Had to make the opera but it didn't seem rushed and everything was smooth. Pate and appetizers terrific and fish and meat dishes were great. Best of the bunch around...More

Thank Donald S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at 5:58 for our 6 pm reservation and we’re greeted horribly. The blonde woman with bright lipstick who seated us stalled for 3-4 minutes, apologized, then seated us (or tried to seat us) at the worst table in restaurant. Not sure why she...More

Thank Dulcinea2009
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had lunch before heading to the airport at Absinthe. Really lovely decor and a comfy bar area as well. The lunch menu was excellent and I opted for the burger. One of the best I have had. Good beer and wine selection. Highly recommended.

Thank StuckinBangers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great service with Carlos and other friendly employés. The food was excellent . Loved the pretzel appetizers and the fresh oysters. We also had the osso boco and the potato encrusted salmon, lovely.

Thank Lynne A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had missed this restaurant when we were here in December, so we made sure to have a meal this time. Met our expectations completely, comfortable, great food.

Thank DTLinSB
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are long time San Franciscans who eat out on many occasions and are not adverse to sending money on good food. We also know that the price of food in the city has increased, but give me a break! We spent more than 150...More

Thank KenIreland8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been coming here for several years and it never fails to impress me. The food is always prepared with attention to details, and the service is always impeccable. Great job you guys!

Thank Joe A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Bar tend puts on a pretty good display. He certainly takes charge of his space (peacockesque). Has a repertoire of cocktails and 🍻. First time I’ve tried a black lager (quite an aniseed flavour) and a white negroni. Very interesting.

Thank Richard H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here the other night. The food was extraordinarily good and we literally enjoyed every single item we ordered. And it was a varied menu. The service was omnipresent and we never lacked for anything. The drinks (especially the ones including absinthe) were...More

Thank Durwood N
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February 21, 2017|
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Response from johnny_yeadon | Reviewed this property |
nope they are not! They're a medium/high end bar/restaurant with an extensive drinks/wine list, some reasonable wine prices and others off the freakin' chart expensive!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Hayes Valley
  • Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 415-551-1590
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