Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
398 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102Neighborhood:
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
FrenchPrice: $30 and under
Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.absinthe.com/
- Phone: 4155511590x
- Hours of Operation:
Monday to Wednesday: 11:30 am to midnight
Thursday & Friday: 11:30 am to midnight (bar open til 2 am)
Saturday: Brunch, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm; 3:00 pm to midnight (bar open til 2 am)
Sunday: Brunch, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm; 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Californian, French
- Executive Chef: Adam Keough
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: Please call for more details.
- Special Events: Absinthe Private Dining, directly adjacent to Absinthe Brasserie & Bar on Hayes near Gough, is designed to function as a completely private dining room with its own private entrance, coat closet, restroom and bar.
The menus at Absinthe Private Dining, created by executive chef Adam Keough and executive pastry chef Bill Corbett, offer classic and contemporary San Francisco brasserie fare for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The private dining menus reflect those in the main dining room at Absinthe, and change frequently, allowing variety and seasonal freshness.
Absinthe Private Dining is available for business meetings, wedding events,
cocktail receptions, birthdays, showers, wine dinners, pre- or post-performance dinners, and holiday parties.
For more information, please contact Vanessa Harris at 415-551-1453 or email email@example.com
A word from Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar is one of the longest-running and most convivial dining institutions in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. Located within walking distance of Civic Center and the performing arts centers, the establishment features French and Northern Italian-influenced brasserie fare for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Absinthe’s lively bar offers classic and creative cocktails and late-night dining.Continued
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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
398 reviews since June 4, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (217)neighborhood gem (199)special occasion (162)vibrant bar scene (156)romantic (131)notable wine list (119)great for lunch (86)great for brunch (85)hot spot (76)late-night find (54)good for groups (40)kid-friendly (15)great for outdoor dining (14)scenic view (3)Show More
- lovely lunchMaatkareVIPDined on 9/28/2014I had the Alsatian tart with a salad that included salmon. Both were very good, but this onion tart was not as superb as another tart that I'd had there recently. We sat in an adorable curved seat that was good for getting to know someone. Our server was caring and attentive.Special Features:
- A memorable gift!SebdancaDined on 9/27/2014We probably would not have found Absinthe on our own, but came as a result of a gift certificate. The place was packed for our 7:00 p.m. reservation, but as we have found at other times, our OpenTable reservation got us seated right away with the best table in the house. (Kudos to OpenTable!) The service was outstanding from beginning to end and we never felt rushed or waiting for anything. We had the spiced chickpea appetizer, the Spanish octopus (outstanding!) and petrale sole - all creatively presented and delicious. The wine list was small with carefully selected great wines. The german chocolate cake dessert w/coconut-lime sorbet was not what your grandma made, but was outstanding as well. We will be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing drinks and foodtravelgurlDined on 9/26/2014I've been coming here every time I visit the city for at least the past 7 years. The alcoholic drinks are always spectacular, the espresso drinks are the best I've had in the city, and the atmosphere is lively but elegant. The meals are great as well, although the list is pretty short so make sure you check the with picky/restricted eaters first. I've had almost all the deserts, and. You really can't go wrong. Great place for a date night or if you want to show a visitor an awesome time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lowered the barCucumberDined on 9/25/2014I judge a restaurant which has a French heritage by its French food. The coq au vin was not coq au vin. The chef cooks the "coq" in this dish separately from the vegetables served with it, which were shockingly crisp, even slightly uncooked. The under cooked root vegetables did not work as a savory accompaniment. That said, my husband said that his salmon was perfectly cooked and the fried chickpeas as an snack were a refreshing new experience. The Loire Valley Sancerre by the glass was quite fine. So if you don't hold the expectation of this being a French restaurant, and order something other than the coq au vin, you will likely have quite a nice dining experience. Service was great too.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always excellentRBC1VIPDined on 9/23/2014The restaurant really knows how to treat their patrons. When we go to the Opera the staff excels at pacing our dinner so it enjoyable and not rushed. The food is always consistently well executed and wonderful fresh ingredients. Such a pleasure to dine here . As we're dining I find myself thinking about the next time we can dine here and what we'll eat.Special Features:
- good food - distracted serverMaui2visitDined on 9/20/2014The food is good though rich - depends on your taste. I felt a little "weighed down" all afternoon! Our server was a lovely woman but seemed very distracted. We had to wait to ask for things just a little too long, and the bill with credit card was not picked up off the table for ages. I typically have better service here and will definitely come back.Special Features:
- Food as good as the drinks!ChristinaDined on 9/20/2014Absinthe is known for its top notch cocktails, but the people in the kitchen are no slouches! I had a duck confit concoction that was outstanding and the house made fennel sausage is to-die for! It has a nice touch of heat on the finish that makes you want more. The bloody mary is predictably outstanding and the servers were very accommodating to our one year old guest. Very, very pleased with the experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful, As Always!janesingsVIPDined on 9/19/2014The food is delicious, the ambience is lively and the service is good. I eat there often, and it is always wonderful! Jane C.Special Features:
- Duck onn ThursdayDucksoupDined on 9/18/2014A favorite place for Symphony going if one picks the Thursday matinee. Food is good and designed for quick but Thursday's special is the duck. Not to be missed. Work up similar specials for the rest of the week and you will have a week of winners.Special Features:
- DisappointedfrannyzDined on 9/15/2014I've had several really positive moments at Absinthe over the years (its a special treat spot for me) but last night the food was NOT good and I felt bad that I had taken my very special guest there for dinner. What upset me the MOST about my dinner last night was the ingredients: the watermelon in the salad was not tasty, nor crisp. The honeydew not yet ripe. The cheese and the tomato tasteless. I make a killer version at home, very careful to be sure all the ingredients are good, as it is a simple dish. Our main courses - fish - were both dull. Is Absinthe resting on their Laurels? I used to feel like I could always count on Absinthe; I no longer do. I wonder if anybody in the kitchen - and who? - really cares about excellence?Special Features:
- Lovely but priceyMovieNightsDined on 9/14/2014It was too pricey for the food/drink we had... Although lovely, really lovely!!!, I think it was overpriced.Special Features:
- A GemJTEaterDined on 9/14/2014The brunch menu at Absinthe was a surprise for me. I thought the dishes would be staid French fare. Instead they offered a cool selection of breakfast items such as stuffed French toast, polenta with soft boiled egg and veggies. It was all delicious. I want to go back soon!Special Features:
- Fantastic timeAJBeatsDined on 9/13/2014We loved the cocktails and the absinthe. The food was amazing and the service very attentive. Our table was a bit small and the resteraunt a bit crowded but I thought that made it lively. Valet parking was a plus. We'll be back again for sure.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Birthday dinnerOutAboutTownDined on 9/13/2014Nice festive bar with interesting cocktail choices! Dining room area enough room so that you are not crowded against the dining neighbors, not too loud to enjoy the conversation at the table. Tasty appetitizers and entreesSpecial Features:
- Menu needs tweeting4JiMDined on 9/12/2014Food well prepared but lacks imagination. Wine list good. Service good. We have eaten there before. I am not sure we will go back. It has settled into a routine. And decibel level is very high. Notably, the dining room was not full during prime hour on Friday night. But still awfully noisy. Kitchen needs a shake up.
- Desserts need workOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 9/12/2014WE have been eating here for years. It is very good before or after theatre dining. HOWEVER, they need a new pastry chef or the chef needs to get more enthusiastic and change the dessert menu creatively more often. It used to be creative and interesting, for example, a rhubarb float.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- No compromisesMarinaDined on 9/8/2014Absynthe has been one of my favorite restaurants for years now. They seem to be able to refresh themselves and stay at the same consistent high quality/superb service throughout the years. Highly recommended.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 9/7/2014My friend and I had a delicious after theater dinner. The ceviche was amazing as were the main courses. What a treat. I would definitely return, hopefully soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect End to a Lovely DayEC2travelersDined on 9/7/2014When I write to the restaurant asking for a quiet table, I didn't expect the best table in the restaurant, but that's what we enjoyed. And we arrived with a plethora of dietary restrictions--no problem, the waiter had a list of every ingredient used to create the delicious items on the menu. Add to that local, sustainable and fresh ingredients with a lovely presentation on the plate. From the mac and cheese to the swordfish (thank you Monterey Bay Aquarium for taking it off the restricted list), all four of us enjoyed fabulous meals.Special Features:
- Great BrunchNittlerDined on 9/7/2014Age range from 11 to 58 - lots of great options for us all - loved the Duck Ragout and deserts were to die for - chocolate pot was the bestSpecial Features:
- Too noisy and poor food selectionSomaVIPDined on 9/6/2014This was our 2nd time to this restaurant. Our first visit was on a Sunday for lunch. The menu was very good and the ambiance was good. This time the menu was very disappointing and the restaurant (noise, confusion etc...) was insane. You could not even hear the person from directly across the table. We informed the hostess that we could not stay in this environment even if we could find something decent to order. Unlikely we will return even for lunch. There are many other great dining options in SF...
- Absinthe is always greatFogpirateDined on 9/6/2014The service, food, cocktails are all top notch....it's the kind of place that doesn't feel fancy but delivers the fine dining experience. The Spanish Coffee is the most dramatic and delicious after dinner drink you will ever order.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worth it just for the mousseCoronaHeightsNonFoodieDined on 9/6/2014Everything was delicious. I would go back just for the chicken liver mousse--it was perfect.
- Good place near the OperaDavidDined on 9/6/2014We went there prior to an Opera on Saturday. The waitress asked us if we were attending an event and what our curtain time was so that she could be sure to get us out in time. We had a lot of time, but it was nice that they asked... Food was generally very good and creative. Heirloom tomato and melon salad was a nice starter. The soft pretzels were amazing. Try them. My wife had the Coq au Vin which was definitely better than my pork "skirt steak". Drinks were good. I've had a better Old Fashioned elsewhere, but their Vieux Carre was good. Overall I'd go there again.Special Features:
- Brunch before going to a playCherylDined on 9/6/2014We were a group of four and everyone one of us raved about the food. The service was exceptional and the ambiance very elegant and relaxing. We will be coming back here soon!Special Features:
- Superb pre-OperapetercarpDined on 9/3/2014Just around the corner from SF Opera and a great place for an early pre-Opera meal.Special Features:
- Amazing!sasstasticmadDined on 8/31/2014Went to Absinthe for my 21st birthday and had what was probably one of the best meals of my life. The cocktails were wonderful as was the food (shout out to the pretzel bites which made my inner toddler happy). Can't wait to come here again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- JaceeDined on 8/31/2014I enjoyed the ambience -pretty restaurant in a lively area and the restaurant itself was hopping. My friends had steaks and said they were great, but unfortunately my salmon was overcooked and a bit tasteless. The cocktails were great and offered many choices. Our server was wonderful - pleasant, efficient and made good suggestions. Check out the photos in the hallway by the restrooms - they ar amazing. I have a friend who lives in the neighborhood and he referred to Absinthe as a reliable, fun neighborhood spot which sums it up.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fine dinnerAcedVIPDined on 8/31/2014Nothing extraordinary but the sole was nice and the onion soup was classic. Overall a nice evening
- Amazing!!!!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/31/2014This was the most wonderful brunch. The duck confit ragout was to die for. Our server, Josh, was great. The level of service he provided was beyond excellent. He had several tables but I felt like I was the only person in the restaurant. Just go, eat, enjoy, and ask for Josh!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AMJVDined on 8/30/2014My husband and I dine here frequently; love the ambiance, decor, food, location, cocktails and wine offerings. Have dined here with friends and family often; great for post performance dining.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful eveningJAHODined on 8/30/2014this is a darling restaurant. The food was delicious and the service outstanding. Attentive but unobtrusive. My friends and I had never been there before and we thoroughly enjoyed it.Special Features:
- Good choicegeannDined on 8/30/2014It's a Nice place with a Good price, but nothing special. Perfect to meeting your friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always Great!AbsintheorgreenwithenvyDined on 8/29/2014Food prepared perfectly, every item! Cheese plate selections are top-shelf. Service is attentive, with a smile.Special Features:
- Delicous brunch!NS3101VIPDined on 8/23/2014Started out with the cinnamon buns, and spent a while before choosing the open faced pork sandwich. Every bite was perfect! Can't wait to come back and try out the other brunch entrees!Special Features:
- Good food but overpricedluv2golfandeatDined on 8/20/2014Felt the food and wine list were very overpriced for what you got. Would recommend but only if someone likes a lot of noise and doesn't mind paying #15 for valet parking. I know this is San Francisco so I guess you have to pay $$$. Also was not happy with the first table they gave us, right next to the kitchen. They did move us but seemed unhappy that we requested another table even though the restaurant was not busy and lots of open tables.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice lunch location for an occasionSFstudentDined on 8/18/2014I met a friend here for lunch after reading reviews online. Very cool atmosphere. I enjoyed the ice tea which came with refills without me asking-which I appreciated. I ordered a cup of french onion soup and a side salad and my friend ordered a different soup and a side sale. The server brought us both french onion soup forgetting that my friend ordered a different type of soup. Oh well, we both had french onion soup which paired nicely with a side salad. This is still more than I would normally spend on a lunch, but a neat atmosphere and other than the hiccup with the soup this is a fun place.I would recommend this to a friend.
- hostess was especially helpful...OpenTable Diner Since 1999VIPDined on 8/17/2014the hostess was especially helpful in trying to find a table to our liking. the salmon entree was outstanding, served with salad. dining room was noisier than we like...Special Features:
- View from FloridaOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/17/2014We had a lovely meal before a performance. The waitress was delightful, the food very good and the atmosphere memorable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- incredible appetizerswinkyDined on 8/16/2014we always sit in the bar area bec it is so atmospheric and great for people watching -- cafe style round tables in corners so one has privacy as well as a good viewing spot -- the menu changes regularly this time we had the appetizers-- last time we had delicious duck -- great before or after the opera/symphony and it has valet service.Special Features: