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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

4.6
5424 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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 for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Absinthe’s lively bar offers classic and creative cocktails and full menu dining.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Californian
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Hours of operation
Mon–Wed 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Thu–Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sunday Dinner
Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Weekend Dinner
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(415) 551-1590
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Adam Keough
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Catering
Please call for more details.
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Cross street
Gough
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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.
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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 Stephanie Kimura, 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 Kat Womer at 415-551-1453 or email kat@absinthegroup.com
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Absinthe Private Dining reflects the romantic atmosphere of Absinthe’s main dining room, with whimsical hand-painted murals of the garden of Versailles designed by Willem Racké, plush upholstered furniture, a large century-old, richly framed, pre-1906 earthquake mirror from Blue Rock Inn.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Overall experience was very good. Have eaten here before, and depending on how busy, have always been able to get a table, even without a reservation. Will definitely continue to come back as we work our way through the menu.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

I have been coming here for over 30 years usually before the SF Symphony. As always, the food is very good and the service is greater! And we always get to the Symphony lecture on time.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We make Absinthe our regular dinner spot before SF Symphony. It is very convenient to Davies Hall and the food and wine is excellent. Service is always impeccable. We were informed that there is new executive chef and noticed our favorite appetizer of mussels & clams was not on the menu. We did try the scallop appetizer and it was very good. Want to put a big plug to bring back the mussels and clams! Looking forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Excellent all around.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

One of our favorites. We will be back soon

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Excellent service and the staff was very helpful with the menu. When leaving we needed directions and the hostess went on goggle map to show us route we should take.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Food too salty. Too few of highlighted ingredients in dishes. Waitstaff professional but noticeable in preference of male at the table Not what it used to be

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

The potato crusted salmon with an accompanied green salad was excellent as was the service. Our server was pleasant and attentive. Never had to wait for Wine or any additional requests. Excellent!

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

In the past, we have thoroughly enjoyed Absinthe and dine here quite often as it is close to the Opera House and the Symphony Hall. This was my 1st time for lunch at Absinthe and, unfortunately, the server was either quite new or not too swift. It took nearly an hour to receive our entrees - which were 1 simple salad and 1 small 'raclette'.

The hostess finally stepped in and we received our lunch which we ate very quickly and then needed to leave.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

It was great. They split the food for us on separate dishes and everything.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This is one of our staple dining venues in SF. We love the bar and the variety of choices. The wine selection is excellent, and the sommelier is very knowledgeable and honest.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Staff were not at all attentive. Food used to be better. Seems tired.

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1.0Dined on May 11, 2018

1. I kindly requested a quiet table for business meal. We were put next to a 12 people birthday lunch party. We could barely hear our conversations.

2. I asked for an extra chair to put my bag, the staff & manager refused, citing that all the chairs are taken.

THERE OUT OF TWELVE TABLES WERE OCCUPIED DURING THE ENTIRE THREE HOURS LUNCH WE HAD.

RUDE.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

It was a lovely dinner. Really lovely. I recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Wonderful meal and experience! We loved the creative menu and the atmosphere was excellent for catching up with friends.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great Bloody Marys and variety of Brunch entrees to choose from. Very European in feel with excellent service and well prepared and interesting food. Would definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

My wife and I have been coming here for many years and we have always left happy and satisfied. We love the classic San Francisco feel of the space; a place where you know you are in the City. The food was great as usual and the waiter was cordial but a bit rushed even though we were dining after 10:30 pm.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

You can always come here and count on good food and service. There’s enough variety so everyone can choose something to please their palate.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Really enjoyed both the drinks and the meal. Wonderful selection of signature cocktails and the oysters were superb. I especially enjoyed the Pork Osso Bucco, a unique twist on a classic that was lighter and as tasty as the traditional beef or veal one, but with bone marrow to enjoy too. Great meal!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We have eaten at Absinthe several times and are never disappointed. The restaurant decor is reminiscent of being in France. Our seasoned waiter was very helpful and added some extra levity to my birthday celebration. We had ballet tickets and he was very good at gently making sure we left the restaurant in time. We shared the Cerviche (excellent), the very unique kale & apple salad, the Coq au Vin and the sauteed Broccolini. All quite good.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Always Wonderful! I eat there often, and it never disappoints. It is one of my favorite restaurants before going to the Ballet, Symphony, Opera or SFJAZZ. I recommend it!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We arrived at 5:30pm, about 15 minutes late due to traffic. The hostess was very gracious and took us right to our waiting table. There was a string of people hoping to be seated. Our server (a woman from Marin) was exceedingly helpful in particular by pointing out the restaurant was starting to get quite busy and if we wanted to truly relax and enjoy our meal before our 7:30 event we should order promptly. This turned out to be important. The server was very attentive, pouring wine as needed and folding napkins when either party needed to leave the table, but not obtrusive. Food service was excellent. All in all a nice visit with very good food (Really loved the pea soup!)

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Excellent all around, as usual.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We had to wait 20 minutes for our 6:30 reservation , which was a little concern as we had ballet tickets for an 8 pm performance. However, our waitress was apprised of our situation and she facilitated getting our order placed promptly. The food was brought out quickly and were were finished in plenty of time to walk to the SF Opera House for the ballet performance.

The food was tasty, nicely presented, and servings were abundant. The hostess had provided us with a complimentary glass of champagne while we waited and had our server bring some spicy roasted nuts to the table because of the unexpected wait for our table....a nice touch.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

We had 7:30 dinner reservations, but it was so cold outside---they made our table ready at 7:05! We got our drinks super quick and the waitress even talked us out of our original drinks because neither one of us liked lickerish. The food also came fast and almost all at once, so we had a really nice meal out of 4 shared appetizers. The atmosphere was really lovely, i LOVE Absinthe and always have a good time there, whether just stopping for a drink or a full meal. The service is always friendly, but without being overly sweet or fake.
We paid $80 bill for 2 ,including drinks, which i find VERY reasonable.
They also have the best bread!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Absinthe is one of my absolute favorites. As always, the ambiance and service were perfect. The menu is varied enough for everyone. As a vegetarian, I always find options. In particular, their soups are almost always vegetarian (not vegan) and there's always a beautiful vegetarian entree.

The Two Apples/Kale salad was both beautiful and delicious. For dessert, I've usually gotten the lovely chocolate Pot de Creme, but I had the Vacherin "Creamsicle". Oh my goodness, it was brilliant. My friends all tried a bite and said it was one of the best desserts they'd ever had. A beautiful mix of ice cream, sorbet and crunch in a perfect meringue bee hive.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Absinthe is a very favorite place of mine!! Each time i’ve been there has been GOOD!! Am plotting when can next add another evening @Absinthe to my calendar....

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Grilled cheese with a fried egg on top -- great menu item!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We had a great experience. The food was excellent as was the service.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Made attempts to make the meal special. Went for lunch since dinner reservations were not possible. Love to return.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I took a child to Absinthe for lunch before a symphony concert. Over all, everything was good, but the waitress called me sweetie and darling and I found that off-putting. Also, her accent was so thick I could hardly understand her. However,the one thing I didn’t like was, when I said the child and I wanted to share a $13 salad, she gave us two smaller salads at $9 each. Thus I paid I paid $5 more than I would have. I don’t like things like that, it makes the waitress seem as if she wanted a larger bill and thus a larger tip. I think her name was Emma and next time I go there, I will ask to avoid sitting in her station.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Absinthe is a fave when I'm in SF for lunch before a ballet performance. The streets in Hayes Valley are all torn up right now, so when we were there the whole place was vibrating due to the street construction outside. Made for an interesting meal. Food was great, service was great. Will be back.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Atmospheric restaurant with good food and friendly service

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Absinthe delighted me and my not-so-foodie partner! The "Secret Garden" absinthe cocktail was outstanding, the oysters heavenly and the entrees, mine the octopus and my partner's the osso bucco, inspired my partner to swear our first-born child to our wonderful waiter Robert. (We're in our late 40's with no plans to try to produce offspring, but it's the thought that counts, right?) Overall, a blissful dining experience.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

It was our first time going to the symphony and we got stuck in traffic and arrived late (we did call ahead to warn them). However they were still able to seat us and Erin even expedited our order so we wouldn't be late for the concert. Excellent service!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

I've loved this place for years and keep coming back. The room(s) are beautiful, the food delicious, whether for lunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Great food, great service, took a friend for a Birthday dinner, an excellent place for a special celebration. Friend said it was one of the best meals she’s ever had! We had raw oysters, English pea soup (superb), she had the mac and cheese and I had sautéed cod with mushrooms. Everything was delicious, including the cocktails and desserts. Waitress was knowledgeable and helpful, attentive. Enjoyable experience all around.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Our evening was terrific!! Great food! Great service! Great atmosphere! Overall noise level low enough that we 4 could easily have a good conversation too!
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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We dined here on a Sunday evening before a Davies Hall event. The restaurant was packed and seating was close together .... so the many pleasant conversations created a noisy environment but not so noisy you couldn't talk yourself. Vibrant. It was an enjoyable dinner. Service was above and beyond. The food was fresh, nicely presented and very good. My only slight knock was the room was slightly too warm. Would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Nice spot, not over-the-top amazing food but solid. The duck pate and pretzels were delicious, the coq au vin flavorful and satisfying.

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