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“Fabulous meal, great service” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Absinthe

Absinthe
Ranked #5 of 2,710 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $37
Cuisines: French, European, Canadian, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Oxford Mills, Ontario
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fabulous meal, great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

Last night, i ate at Absinthe with my girlfriend. I had not been in a long while and was most pleasantly surprised. Wow!! The service is professional, efficient and nice. The menu is not too large which i appreciate (it means the chef is concentrated on these dishes). A good martini and a lovely glass of Prosecco started the evening and we were brought 4 lovely complimentary small gougères. The appetizers are huge and delicious. I had the beet salad - smoked beets, pickled beets on some leek oil, a small chèvre and crème fraiche tart and an apple beignet - it sounded like an odd combo but together it was so, so good. My friend had the quail appetizer....also delicious. I had steak frites (because i'm addicted to steak frites). A perfectly done, super tender piece of steak sat on some beautiful green beans with a little pottery bowl of frites with aioli. Absolutely yummy. What i also liked about my plate was that it looked 'honest' - not tampered with but simply nicely laid out. My friend had perfectly cooked tuna. The wine list has some reasonably priced wines. What a great restaurant. Bravo to the owner, chefs and servers - you made for a really nice evening.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Came recommended by friends”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

It was o.k.; my husband and I tried Steak & Frites which we love to eat in France. Here is was "a Steak & French Fries" - nothing special. A bit pretentious. Haven't been back; may be different now.

Visited November 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Cool interior, Good food, Good service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

This is a neat spot, probably more similar to places on Queen W. in Toronto than to anywhere else in Ottawa. Menu can be a bit pricey, but you're generally getting what you pay for, with quality food and interesting options all throughout the menu. The only downside for travellers is that it's a bit outside of downtown, but it's not a long drive from downtown, even by Ottawa standards.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 491GregB
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Many happy returns”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

Love to sit way at the back (southwest corner) were it is very intimate. Food is always very good and the service is fantastic. Servers are very knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend Absinthe.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Miccuzzu
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent food, very prompt service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

Very good lunch, neat add-on of soup and small desert, great decor, loved it, and recommend it for a great lunch in Hintonburg

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