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“loud and overpriced”
Review of Absinthe

Absinthe
Ranked #4 of 2,823 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $24
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed December 27, 2012

went for my birthday this year. heard amazing things about it, but it was a major letdown. so noisy that we couldn't have a conversation (and i don't usually complain about noise levels - i like the places i eat to be buzzing). super dark. food was good, but way over-priced. the service and decor, however, were great, but don't think i'd return.

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Absinthe_Manager, General Manager at Absinthe, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your visit to Absinthe. I'm glad that you enjoyed the food.

I am very sorry to hear that you found it so noisy, and even more upset to hear that it ruined what should have been a wonderful time. Although most of the time it isn't an issue, noise levels periodically become an issue when we are busy and have a large group that gets exuberant.

We have been planning for some time to add more sound dampening to the restaurant, and your review and the one after it have moved that project forward to being a priority in the new year.

Thank you again for the feedback, and I hope that you will give us another chance, perhaps on a quieter night when you will have the experience that you should have had in the first place.

Cheers!
Thom


Thomas McVeigh
General Manager Absinthe

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Reviewed December 20, 2012

Hard to know what kind of rating to give here. The food was very good, but it was unbelievably noisy. We were 2 couples, and couldn't hear each other, and couldn't hear the waitress. In the end, it was just exhausting and we were happy to leave.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

My husband and I have eaten here a few times. We both enjoy the food, the service, and the atmosphere. The last time we were there the as always friendly and helpful staff introduced us to an excellent red wine. They also have a selection of absinthe
I would reccomend this restaurant to anyone looking to go out with a few friends or on a nice date.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Thanks to Google Translate, I said: Great Food! Nice Atmosphere. Excellent Bar, Courteous Wait Staff! I was at Absinthe for a company holiday party. I would say it was an excellent choice of venue! Would definitely come back upon a future Ottawa visit.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

I went here wtih my boyfriend as a treat to us both to celebrate our engagement. It was a real find. Driving through Westboro we had seen it, looked it up online, read fabulous reviews and booked our reservation a week in advance (highly reccomend doing this).

I don't think there are enough restaurants in Ottawa like this one, and thats to their advantage. The atmosphere, service, drink and dinner menu were amazing. Definitely a hip restaurant. The drink menu was awesome, featuring a bunch of local micro-breweries and we both tried two that we've been anxious to taste.

The food was incredible. My boyfriend got the three course meal available as an option on their menu. He started out with the Korean BBQ Quail which was so good, followed by the Arugula Salad, and I had the Butternut Squash soup, which I thought was just the right portion. We then both had our mains, I had a dish that isn't available online, but it was so so delicious. It was a roasted chicken stuffed with mushroom and cheese and sat atop creamy kale. Kale - We've been feeding it to our reptile for years, but I've never had it before, and honestly, it was cooked to perfection, the dish was also sided with a unique spin on mashed potatoes.

For desert we shared a creme brule with coffee.

The service was excellent, atmosphere was bustling and cozy, the food was amazing. I left with the mindset that I couldn't wait to come back and try something else on their diverse menu.

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Thank Stephanie H
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