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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
Absinthe Brasserie and Bar

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.absinthe.com
  • Email: talk@absinthe.com
  • Phone: (415) 551-1590
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday & 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
    Closed Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Californian
  • 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 & Promotions: 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 vharris@absinthegroup.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gough
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available 5:00pm-Close Tuesday-Saturday. Street parking is also available. Public lots located on the corner of Hayes & Franklin and on Grove between Franklin & Gough.
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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Our dinner on Saturday night was wonderful. Best gnocchi I have ever had. Good wine by the glass. Kaitlin, our waitperson was very professional; there when needed but not when not needed. We were taking our time over dinner and there was no pressure to turn the table around. One of our favorite San Francisco restaurants."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "everything about this place was good. we had a nice easter brunch and felt the food was good, but nothing overly special. a nice place to try, especially if you like cocktails!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We visit San Francisco often and have been trying to come here each of the past visits. Wound up just having drinks and appetizer food was great. Bar was lively and service was attentive with out being overbearing. I look forward to returning for a proper meal. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Stopped in for lunch after going to the De Young. We were seated at a table for two with a lovely semi circle velvet bench type seat. We shared a bottle of wine and the the cheese Seastack, my friend ordered the croque monsieur and I had the portabella mushroom grilled cheese. Loved the pear compote and housemade walnut bread that came with the seastack. Both sandwiches were generous, cheesy and very good. My friend didn't care for the mint that came in her side salad but I ate all of the chips that came with my sandwich! Service was top notch from beginning to end. This was a Thursday afternoon, so no crowds or noise to compete with but am looking forward to going back for drinks and small plates."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The food was delicious - every dish ordered was delightful. Service was attentive and gracious. Atmosphere was chic and charming. I will return very soon."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "It is noisy in here but after a couple of their delicious, funky cocktails you don't notice! The round booths are romantic and you can do some street/people watching from other tables if you like. The ceviche and pork belly were excellent (wouldn't mind a thicker cut pork belly) and the braised waygu steak was cooked perfectly. Salmon entree with potato crust had a sliced potato crust - nice surprise- and a perfectly sized salad with it. We would like to try everything on the menu at least once!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "What a great find, thanks to Open Table. Awesome restaurant and the food was superb."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I have been here several times and I'm never disappointed. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Absinthe is a great restaurant. First and foremost is the food--they do a great job and the quantity is just right. I really hate restaurants that provide a trivial amount of food. I'M THERE TO EAT, SO GIVE ME FOOD. At absinthe, they get it--not an excessive amount but certainly one that is ample. Their soups are well prepared, very flavorful and arrive at just the right temperature. The main courses are excellent, well presented, and creative. The same goes for desserts. Service is very attentive, professional (none of that "how are you guys doing" stuff) and there is no hovering. Been there many times and will return many more. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "great drink menu great wine list innovative and creative brunch/lunch dishes, ours were excellent extremely good and knowledgeable waiter"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I had requested the seat we had a few months ago and was given that seat - I was so happy. It's just a wonderful place for a special occasion. Thanks !"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Absinthe for a couple of years, but it didn't disappoint. Even with the crush of pre-ballet performance dining, it was calm and well-paced. Waitstaff was friendly and attentive. Food was simply excellent--unusual enough to be interesting, but not so weird that you're left wondering "What were they thinking?" Even though my companion chose a non-chocolate dessert to share, it was really delicious (and I didn't miss the chocolate). It is really nice to see that at least one longtime favorite hasn't let its standards slip."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I've spent most time here bellied up to the bar - they have fantastic cocktails. I have also had brunch here a couple times - always good. Had a special night out here recently and had a solid experience. Monk fish was very good - nice blend of sweet and savory in the dish. My fiancee had the Coq au vin with a super deep flavor base. The servers were knowledgeable and friendly. Room is really loud, but still enjoyed the evening. There's a reason it has been a staple of the neighborhood - they continually deliver solid food in a nice atmosphere with great wine and cocktails."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our three experiences were each superb. The service was warm and friendly. Each time the foods were far above our expectations. The quality of the service was impeccable. What more can we say? Except we'll certainly be back."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I have been to Absinthe several times over the years and the food is always fabulous. The servers have been familiar with the food to help me make choices, available at the right times, and patient with my needs for a fast/slow/complicated dinner experience. It's hard to get a reservation on short notice, but if you can plan ahead I would strongly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Although we arrived 20 minutes past our reservation, but were seated immediately (albeit in the cafe). I had a delicious croque Madame and oysters with a glass of fresh grapefruit juice. It was delicious and the service was better than my first experience with Absinthe. Beautiful atmosphere and people enjoying their Saturday all around!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We had : Seafood Ceviche Beef Tartare Onion Soup Gratinee Angus Beef Filet The food was good. The filet was tender. I expected a little more from the tartare though. The ceviche was soooo yummy, wish I had some more right now. The service was ok, our waitress was friendly. We came here for my boyfriend’s birthday so I guess I expected a little bit more from the service. In my opinion, this is a nice place for a nice dinner out or feeling fancy with friends but not really a 'special occasion' kind of place."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything was very good but the noise level was intolerable. I don't think we will be going back. I couldn't hear anything my wife said and she was not more than 2 feet away. Too many choices in that area where we can hear ourselves talk to one another. Energetic I can put up with. This was for those who want to talk to each other better know sign language. We don't!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This restaurant has a great selection of artisan/ craft drinks. The food is really good as well. Will definitely return when coming back to San Feancisco."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great old-school atmosphere. Fun cocktail menu. Gracious staff. Delicious food. Convenient for pre-show dining near the Opera House and Symphony Hall."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "After a month, I'm still thinking of those wonderful devil eggs!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I can't comment on the quality of the wine list or bar because I don't drink anymore, although my friends say they're great, I can say that I like going to Absinthe because I know I'm going to get what I expect: great food from pleasant people. I have yet to have tried anything from them that hasn't been exactly what I wanted or expected. Absinthe is in my top ten, now and when I considered myself a Foodie. Cheers!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Very good and creative cuisine. Also friendly and casual service. However my pet peeve was again employed when my food was served before I got my wine. This always seems to happen here in the states."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Absinthe is clearly popular and we understand why. The restaurant was almost full when we arrived for brunch, but they did have a table reserved for us. The menu choices were good, a nice variety of breakfast and lunch items. We enjoyed our meal choices and the service was very good. We will definitely keep this restaurant in our active file."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Everything is on point here: Food was tasty and unique. The duck confit or as I call it the "duck benedict" is delicious although a bit heavy because of the potato patty and the hollandaise but still worth a try. The pretzel appetizer is a MUST: so soft and warm... i wanted this all to myself. Griled cheese with mushrooms was also pretty delicious. Drinks here were also delicious and plentiful. So many delicious cocktails and drinks to choose from that I spent more time deciding what to drink than to eat. The one criticism was the rude hostess that was being difficult to one of the members of our party upon arrival. The hostess apparently was confused about our seating location or something to that extent."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We used to live in this neighbourhood and after we moved to Sunset district we keep coming here once in a while. And that's a big deal because we don't like to drive across town to eat."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had a great brunch with some out of town friends--I highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Carrot bisque, cow au vin, ceviche are all tasty. We made the talk at SF Jazz with no difficulty. Absinthe is a wonderful venue for dinner or brunch."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Never disappointed here. Whenever I fly in to San Francisco for business I try and stop by Absinthe. Great food and a good scene. Loved the big wine list as well."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Wait staff not attentive. Had to wait to order and to call on them for additional service."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Went for my birthday dinner and was very happy with that decision."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "As vegetarians, it's challenging to find superior and unique menus. Absinthe was all this and MORE--superb Appetizers, wine and entrees. Only weak link was dessert-- dairy over-dose in every item. This was our first visit to the SFJazz CENTER. Dinner at Absinthe dramatically enhanced our 23 hour experience in the BAY!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "i had not dined here in years and was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the food and service were. We were there for Sunday brunch and the menu had great selections of breakfast items as well as lunch options.. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Had a great time on a double date here. Will definitely come back, but try not spend $300 next time"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I arrived at Absinthe to discover they had no record of my reservation. Fortunately, they had room for us. The hostess didn't seem too interested in the cause of the mistake because she had space available. The impression lingered that perhaps she believed me to be dishonest, something I find irritating indeed. Henceforth, do I need to write down confirmation numbers and print out confirmation e-mails each time I book through OpenTable? Peter Hanson"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was delicious, the service excellent and the ambience lively. I eat there often, and I am never disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Absinthe is a special kind of place for special events and special food. The decor is simply gorgeous, from the Art Deco wall sconces to the round tables set into the snaky curved, deep red/ violet booths. The wait staff is well-trained and completely professional; with this kind of beautiful ambience, one would expect no less. But it is for the food that the diner really comes to eat in Absinthe. Last week, a friend and I split one of the delicious appetizer cheeses, which are complemented by the perfect jam and served with small walnut toasts. She had the monkfish, firm but reminiscent of lobster and served in an incredible herb sauce. I spoiled myself with the house made gnocchi in a rich mushroom and cheese sauce. Magnificent!p"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "French food, wine and restaurant culture are close to my heart and Absinthe is a beautiful Californian take on the classic bistro style. The ambiance is romantic and relaxing (in the main room, the overflow tables near the bar are BAD), making it a perfect spot for a special amorous occasion, or if you just feel like treating yourself. I tend to go for the classics here -- liver pate, steak tartar, the potato crusted salmon, rib eye steak -- you really can't go wrong. I will say I've had mixed experiences with the cocktails though, so I stick with the wine. The selection is considerable! One word of advice, order a Sauternes with your cheese course, or with a tangy, dairy influenced dessert (like the goat cheese tart). Thank me later :)"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I like this restaurant. It's a nice place to go before a symphony, opera, or just for a romantic dinner. Generally the food is good, they have a good bartender, and the service is excellent. My only negative comment is that the coq au vin I had during my last visit was terrible. Maybe I am misunderstanding something about the dish, but having ordered it at many restaurants in France etc., this was something different - kind of a thick stew. It could have been off that night, or perhaps that's just the way this restaurant does it (the waitress didn't see the problem), but I found it virtually inedible. The rest of the meal was fine, however."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Did apps and drinks here on a week night. Relaxing vibe, great food, drinks are well made. Service was good, and definitely plan on coming back. Not cheap, but worth what you get and the bistro feel."
    Dined on 3/18/2014