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“Soup and salad before ballet”

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
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Ranked #161 of 5,741 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, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Cross street: Gough
Alameda, CA
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Soup and salad before ballet”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

A little crowded and busy, and fairly noisy, but still a comfortable place to lunch with friends before a performance. The food is fine, but more important is the service and a lack of rushing. Very much enjoyed a reunion while eating a pleasant lunch.

  • Visited February 2013
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Southern California
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Charming brasserie”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

I found this place while hanging out in Hayes Valley with a friend. Although we only ordered snacks and coffee, the service was attentive and excellent. So was the food. The ambiance is very French, very sophisticated. We will be back.

Visited May 2012
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New York
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Best burger. Ever.”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

We ate in the bar after a Sunday symphony matinee, and though there was a bit of a wait, that burger certainly made it worthwhile. Ordered it with gorgonzola. A fabulous pairing. The burger was so good that a guy we had met at the bar, from abroad, peeked around the room divider as he was leaving and told us that it was his best burger ever, too. The pickles, which are apparently house-made, were noteworthy, and the fries retained their crispness to the end. By contrast, the Croque Monsieur was pedestrian, even a little too hammy. We started with an order of soft garlic pretzels, which were oily/tasty but lacked the advertised Vermont cheddar flavor. At $8 per order, wouldn't spring for them again. But that's coming from a New Yorker, from a place where garlic knot/soft pretzel permutations are plentiful. The bar atmosphere was bustling and pleasant, and service was efficient and friendly. Would definitely return.

  • Visited February 2013
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Silicon Valley
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160 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Eclectic menu, lots of house cocktails”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

We came on a last minute reservation with some friends who happen to be vegetarian. The bad news is that they only offer a single vegetarian entree, their Winter Vegetable Ragout. The good news is it is excellent. I ordered the Coq au vin; which was also very good. The menu has the offerings of a "new" French bistro, including fish, beef, duck and pork. Portions are relatively small, and everything is ala carte - so if you are looking for typical American portions; suggest you order appetizers and sides with your entree.

The back of their single page menu is their drink menu - which is extensive. Here is one example of one of their house drinks: GALAPAGOS - Campo de Encanto Pisco, kaffir lime leaf & pepper 11 syrup, lemon & grapefruit juices.

They have their own valet parking, which costs $12, and they can add to your dinner check - which is helpful for those of us who do not carry cash.

Table service was excellent; and we appreciated the hostess seated us immediately on arrival; even though we were 15 minutes early from our reservation time.

  • Visited February 2013
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Staten Island, New York
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112 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Hayes Street local place”
Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

Corner restaurant draws local crowd - fun place with attentive wait staff. Salads and lunch offerings are well worth the price.

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