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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
380 reviews since July 3, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (216)neighborhood gem (204)special occasion (160)vibrant bar scene (154)romantic (117)notable wine list (106)great for brunch (92)hot spot (86)great for lunch (82)late-night find (58)good for groups (51)great for outdoor dining (17)kid-friendly (14)scenic view (3)Show More
- Fantastic luncheonOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/27/2014One of the best lunches I've experienced in a long time. The French Onion Soup was amazing!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great foodWsncVIPDined on 10/26/2014We had a wonderful night. Great food and service. The hostess was so dedicated to assuring our good time. I had heard great things about his place and it was even better.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just okoftenouttastingVIPDined on 10/26/2014The wines by the glass leave something to be desired. Most do not have body and bouquet. On Sunday night though we were not in a hurry the service was quite slow. My hamburger was good but the fries were not great. For a restaurant of this renown handcut french style potatoes would be appreciated. My Husbands cod was fine.
- SeatingScooterDined on 10/25/2014What I really like is that when I make a reservation, they always seat me immediately. There are other restaurants where you make a reservation and have to wait when you get there. Not so at AbintheSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CarolVIPDined on 10/23/2014Loved the butternut squash soup, a nice addition to the autumn menu. French onion soup is always delicious! The duck in berry sauce was a new treat with the duck confit in the hash.Special Features:
- It was great!EatRealDined on 10/23/2014We were celebrating a staff transition and it everything was delicious and very nicely presented. We liked it very much.Special Features:
- Absinthe addictGrossFamilyDined on 10/19/2014I recently moved her from Washington, D.C. which is a great restaurant city. This is the 4th place I've eaten out at and it is my favorite. We had brunch (group of 4 hungry people)on Sunday 10/19 . The menu looked as if the options were few but what they did offer was spectacular. In the middle of eating we noticed a rich, sweet, woody, fragrance in the air. when we asked about it the server told us it was the Spanish Coffee. Well, how could we not order it after smelling that aroma. It is a warm dessert type coffee (with liquor). The ricotta stuffed toast, the breakfast sandwich, thoing back when my family comes in Decembere seafood ceviche, and my cocktail (Death in the Afternoon) were all soooooo good. GSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not exactly as I expectedbonvivantDined on 10/18/2014I had been dying to try this restaurant for a couple of years. It has a good reputation and looks so romantic and authentic. It was very good as far as atmosphere and food were concerned. But the service was very slow and lackluster. we were at a terrible table with a cold draft and kind of forgotten in the corner. Not sure I will return.Special Features:
- Great food and ambianceJae1Dined on 10/18/2014This was my first time to eat at Absinthe and the food didn't disappoint; such a great selection! The service was a bit slow, but it just looked like they were understaffed for the night. Drinks and cocktails were also amazing.Special Features:
- Consistent qualityFoodieDined on 10/18/2014We like the traditional bistro/brasserie offerings which make us feel like we are dining in Paris. Absinthe stands the test of time.Special Features:
- ExcellentchrisDined on 10/17/2014Wonderful evening. EXCELLENT food, great service. Very noisy inside!!!!!! Hard to talk to each other.Special Features:
- DisappointedRiverQVIPDined on 10/15/2014I was disappointed with the food. The fries tasted like frozen cardboard and the menu choices are very limited. The burger was good.
- nice evening ~Diner44Dined on 10/12/2014We really enjoyed our entrees (octopus & coq au vin) and appetizer (ceviche) We asked for more bread (twice) but it never came. We had a second glass of wine but she forgot to bring it so we had to snag another waiter. The panna cotta was on the too sweet side - true Italian panna cotta is more subtle. Overall, a great food experience and excellent location.Special Features:
- Just okEstherVIPDined on 10/11/2014I was expected much more, the food was simply OK good service. The place so so. Tables very small, price very expensive for what we gotSpecial Features:
- Always fine dining, slight issuestonybrokeDined on 10/10/2014Absinthe always has seasonal and delicious menu items -- tho choices may be a tad limited, there're always enough options to satisfy. On our 20th (+/-] visit, the soup was Michelin ***, just amazing flavors, magnificently balanced -- maybe the best soup I'll ever have! Salads are always quite nice, entrees always fresh, tasty, served at the appropriate temperature. I love beef tartare and Absinthe's is imaginative but slightly over-flavored. Desserts nicely-sized, also imaginative. Unfortunately, one server we occasionally get is nice but VERY slow to deliver and slow to attend. She is the exception -- Absinthe service is normally attentive and fast enough. Special kudos to the table bussers, they are outstanding!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful, As AlwaysjanesingsVIPDined on 10/10/2014I eat at Absinthe very often, and it is always wonderful! The Food is delicious, the ambience nice and the service good. Jane C.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MarilynVIPDined on 10/8/2014We enjoyed our meal very much. But, we were seated directly next to a large group of business professionals having dinner. It was notably louder each bottle of wine they consumed. Perhaps, you could seat large groups in the bar area instead of the restaurant.Special Features:
- Excellent brunchMarinGeorgeDined on 10/5/2014The food was great. The corn and chick pea appetizers were excellent "nibbles" and all the main courses were perfect for brunch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Come for the foodADinerVIPDined on 10/4/2014Love the food. Service is casual and really friendly. Always a busy and good vibe.Special Features:
- Wonderful, As Always!janesingsVIPDined on 10/3/2014I eat there often, and it is always wonderful! The food is delicious and the service is attentive. The location is convenient for the Ballet, Symphony & SFJAZZ performances.Special Features:
- A go to restaurant for uskieran1Dined on 9/30/2014whenever we go to the opera or symphony or just want to enjoy good food and excellent service. Always a lot of good energy at Absinthe which we enjoy. The dining room is a little quieter but wherever you dine it's a delight. It is consistently excellent and has been so for years. Our favorite!Special Features:
- Too many winesTime2EatVIPDined on 9/30/2014The good news is that Absinthe has many wines on their list. The bad news is that they can not find them. We ordered a bottle of wine. It did not come. So we did not have a drink before our food came. Our first course came. Still no wine. We waited to eat. Then we were informed that they could not find the bottle. We waited. Then they informed us that the wine had been found but it needed to be cooled. We waited to eat. There is no excuse for that.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 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.
- Just as good after the showCgorhamDined on 9/27/2014We arrived after a seeing a mid-afternoon show and had a super supper. Our cocktails were impeccably made. The first sip told us that it was made by a true mixologist using top ingredients. We dined on appetizers and light fare and enjoyed everything from the smoky tomato soup to the heirloom tomato and melon salad. Gretchen came out to help us choose half bottles and directed us to a winery that proved her knowledge of wines. Absinthe has a great ambiance - we've been here for Sunday brunch before - and we'l be back again for sure.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.
- once againthankskdVIPDined on 9/26/2014we find absinthe no different from its usually outstanding self; we had a delightful time at any gastronomical level!Special Features:
- 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.