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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

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$30 and under
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French

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In an effort to support the health and safety of our community and staff, Absinthe Brasserie & Bar has opened for takeout and delivery. To order, visit our website at www.absinthe.com!

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 American-influenced brasserie fare.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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Justine
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were exceptional. Cocktails, appetizers, entrees and dessert. What a treat!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely dinner. Server was delightful. Food was excellent.

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Peterp
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food had outstanding flavor. One of the best restaurant experiences in recent times. I would definitely go back

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vipSSKK
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food in an exceptionally beautiful setting - it is always a pleasure to dine at Absinthe

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suzanne
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An extremely nice dining experience. Restaurant was very crowded on a Friday evening, but we were shown to our table right away and greeted by our wait person very cordially and given information on the dinner and wine choices in a friendly and helpful manner. Food was well prepared, served and enjoyed. Wine selections were fairly priced and good. Dessert was shared by my guest and myself. Good value for a very nice environment, food, and service !

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SandraL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absinthe continues to bring richly flavorful, excellently prepared, soul-satisfying food in generous portions. I love dining here.

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vipMarkM
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and service! We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great onion soup.

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vipoxfordstreet
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The service was terrible. We arrived at 5:45, got our first course shortly thereafter and did not receive our second course until 45 minutes after we were done with our first course, despite repeated inquiries. The salmon with potato crust was mediocre and overpriced.

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OtfriedK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

A completely overrated operation.
No atmosphere, no decor, everything is bare. No table cloth. It’s like a simple bar.
I was so embarrassed to bring my guest into your house.
Onion soup was overcooked, small order. The tartar was poor quality too.
I don’t think I will return. Sorry

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vipjeffk
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food. Save it for a special night!

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RichH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed a wonderful business luncheon with my two coworkers. We sat next to the window and had a great view of the neighborhood scene. Our server was really great and friendly. Our food choices were all excellent. Salmon, tartare, croque monsieur, french onion soup and caesar salad along with a bottle of Champagne. Ambiance was very relaxing. I will definitely go back again soon. I wish we stopped at the bar for our final drink.

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vipRobin
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The fish en papillote was superb, every bite of it as was the pasta.

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TLaniA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at Absinthe for over 25 years. Today I joined friends for brunch. I had the Mushroom Omelette which I rank as the best omelette I have had in my life. That even includes dining in Paris.

Some of my favorites are the French Onion Soup as well as the Croque Monsieur. I also enjoy their half cracked Dungeness crab along with a Cesar salad.

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FoodE
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Ordered their Absinthe burger cooked MEDIUM. Waiter confirmed. When I received it, it was RARE with bright red interior. Took 15 minutes to flag someone since they are understaffed. Waitress asked if I want it cooked more or want a new burger. I told her new burger cooked medium. The waiter who took my order delivered it 15 minutes later without an apology. Any time this has happened at previous restaurants they offer free dessert or don’t change. I got the full bill with no apology.

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Simgeek
San Joaquin
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can I give a 6th star for service? They were attentive without being intrusive.

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vipSSKK
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the most beautiful and comfortable dinning rooms in the City - the bar is fun and vibrant -the new chef has made some great menu changes and the food is excellent - it is always such a pleasure to be at Absinthe

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vipElroysf
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent portobello grilled cheese sandwich. The cocktails were delicious.

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vipwags
San Francisco
168 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Their always stellar onion soup did not disappoint. A shout out for the the delicious, crisp and interesting market salad with citrus notes. Service was excellent

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Millvalley
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinner was absolutely delicious. However, we were seated at a table that was smashed so close to other tables that I felt like we were sitting on our neighbor's laps. I understand the need to fit as many people as possible BUT a little more room would be good.

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vipEileen
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good place but we had one glass of wine and one entree each and the bill was $130 before tip. Seems more expensive than it used to be for good but not great food. It is convenient for the ballet and concerts so we keep going pre-performance for the location.

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SamJ
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Always have a good meal here. This time, service was a little slow. Soup was cold and the onion soup was too salty. Main courses were good.

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vipdebs13
Chicago
173 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad I made reservations in advance, Absinthe was crowded on a Monday night. The best coq au vin I've had in ages and one of their house specialties. Another house specialty was the french onion soup. Very rich broth and delicious to the last spoonful (get a cup not a bowl if eating an entree). Mac and cheese was out of this world (noodles were not the spotlight and were not al dente). Belgian mussels were small but tasty. Cocktails with absinthe were plentiful and tasty. Good wine selection. Excellent wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love this French Bistro. Have been going for many years and it never disappoints. The potato encrusted salmon was killer.

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chris
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We started with cocktails and a delicious garlic pretzel.
I had mussels and others had the pork cheeks with pasta.
For dessert we had what Carlos called a “deconstructed snickers bar.”
By the way Carlos was charming and fabulous.

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Dustin
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I guess I might still suggest Absinthe to a friend, because the ambiance and service is and was very nice.
The food has always been great except this time my hamburger was not cooked like I requested and the french fries were not good.
It was much louder than I recall to have a conversation.

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vipJoanM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Thought the Caesar salad was average and the onion soup was bad.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

There was a table in the corner with some very loud (very drunk) patrons which I realize the restaurant cannot fully control but zero attempts were made to address (even to ask them to keep it down a bit)...we were not the only couple affected and the group was served at least 2 more rounds of drinks well after it was obvious some in the group were past their limit. This wasn’t just loud talking but shouting and slamming on the table, so it kind of ruined our night unfortunately.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went there to celebrate our anniversary. It was a very nice old school dinner. Love the vibe - very classic :)

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Mavin
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We always have brunch there, which has always been a pleasant dining experience. We decided to have dinner there, thinking it would be our usual wonderful service. When we initially asked for an olive appetizer, our server, Marcus said he needed our entire order first, but he would do it. When another server brought our food, she mistakenly set a side order at the wrong place, not a big deal. When we asked her about the order of the three burgers, she said she was putting them down the way the server put in the order! She got it wrong and my husband had taken a big bite out of a very pink hamburger (he ordered it well done). The food was good, but they didn't get it that night about giving excellence service, so we will not be having dinner there again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was professional, excellent, and had exceptional al balance between being attentive but not intrusive.
Seats were - luckily - at the window, facing the street and so were both cozy but not cramped feeling.
Colors of the restaurant were pleasantly warm (the ceiling of the restaurant could use the same tin-like charm of the bar section though).
Food was fresh and tasty.
Overall, we had an excellent experience for our family outing.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have always felt Absinthe was consistent for food, value, and service. My meal on Sunday was good but not as good as I remember past meals. Still, I would go to Absinthe again.

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HannahK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had a delicious late dinner here after a symphony concert. The service was excellent and included knowledgeable advice from the waiter while I was choosing what to order. I highly recommend the charred octopus!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Has gone downhill over the years. Cesar overdressed; rack of lamb tasteless.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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JamesK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic Coq Au Vin, wonderful Steak Tartare. Perfect Valentines day dinner!

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vipMarionL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Decoration is nice. Food and service are average. If you are looking for a french one, pass your way.It is definitely not a french restaurant and we tried 2 supposedly french dishes which were really disappointing.

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vipRavens
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

First time back here in a while. The food is still very good, although the menu doesn't seem to have been updated a lot in recent years. The service was OK, but not as good as last time. But it's nice to see this restaurant is still busy and buzzing with people out, and some of them celebrating special occasions.

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vipsixseto
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was awesome r to get together for dinner before ballet performance. We had a party of 11 and all dishes came out promptly except for the first two orders which somehow got lost.

Overall is good!

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vipRowex
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had their delicious French Onion Soup and their Quiche Lorraine. The soup was just what I wanted, nice and cheesy and onion-y, but it was the Quiche that stole the show. It is more like an egg custard with chunks of bacon in a very thin crust. The custard was light, luscious, tasty and probably the best Quiche I've ever had - frankly so many others are thick and chewy, but this was amazing!

FAQs

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 551-1590.

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF is rated 4.5 stars by 6378 OpenTable diners.

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.absinthegroup.com/giftcards.php?uuid=091298439192345.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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