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“Good food, service just ok”

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
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Ranked #159 of 5,693 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, French, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Cross street: Gough
Middletown, CA
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Good food, service just ok”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I just wish they would give a little more training to the servers at this place. They do not know the dishes, ingredients, unfortunately. Also, the place is a bit loud and has a crowded feel. I do like the food, so I keep going back anyway.

Visited November 2012
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USA
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great eats”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Wonderful bar, friendly staff, great food, good atmosphere. That about sums it up. I highly recommend Absinthe and will be telling my friends about this place. A dozen kumamoto oysters, some excellent wine, steak, halibut, all wonderfully done. If you're in San Fran and you've got time, stop by and have a drink and some good food.

  • Visited October 2012
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Napa
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Food and Location”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

We decided to eat at Absinthe before going to the Symphony. The food was fantastic. Delicious Caesar, soup, and Fish. Burger is the best around. Loved the quieter room in the back. Our waitress was a little slow, but all the other wait staff were very attentive. The nearby boutique shopping is not to be missed.

  • Visited October 2012
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WI
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231 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Some of the cocktails we've had, ever!”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

We didn't eat at Absinthe but the cocktails were wonderful! The bar and atmosphere, very old world SF, felt like we had gone back to an earlier time. I could almost imagine Sam Spade walking in. The place was obviously a well loved neighborhood joint as it was packed.

Visited October 2012
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San Francisco, CA
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great drinks, atmosphere & more”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

the after-ballet or symphony or opera scene/energy is huge. The cheese sampler plates extraordinary, as is the special drinks menu.

Visited April 2012
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