Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF
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Absinthe is a San Francisco classic. We had a flawless meal -- very French, but modernized in the loveliest ways. Everything was perfect. It's a busy and vivacious place, there is noise, but we had no trouble hearing each other, speaking at normal volume. The service was impeccable -- attentive without being obsequious, smart and knowledgeable waitron, polite and friendly and professional. I can't say enough. What a lovely experience!
We were grateful for a quiet table and were very pleased with the service and meal.
Escargot over cooked with fennel, tasted terrible
Ordered lemon drop cocktails with a special request to make the drinks sweet. The drop no’s were very tart and the waitress brought liquid sugar instead of having the drinks remixed
The trout was overcooked and dry
The coq vin was chicken was dry
The desserts were sensational
the quality of the food has gone down in the last year. The appetizer portions were miniature, the burger bun was poor quality and cold. The fries are no longer what they used t o be. we went for the convenience, but there are too many other options in the neighborhood. We won't be back
We went for lunch on a Saturday at 2:30 and it wasn't crowded at all. We had the caviar and a glass of champagne, the deviled eggs and cheese assortment. Our focus was to eat small plates and didn't order anything that was "cooked" so I can't speak to that.
The food is predictably good and the service is quick to support all the patrons attending events. The menu is rather limited but everything I've tried has been excellent. Not an adventurous place but doesn't disappoint. It is a little noisy though so not a good spot for a quiet conversation.
Very noisy. Food took a long time. People at other table were complaining about how long it took to eat. Food tasted good and the vibe of the place was nice, but I expected better.
Great dinner before the Opera - food was excellent as was service. Highly recommend the trout.
Excellent and tasty French bistro food---quiet enough at lunch for a real conversation to flourish---Elegant and professional service. I don't eat here often enough and it should be more prominent in my business lunch list.
Nice food and snappy service. Not the cheapest but good quality and nice old school vibe
Wonderful Sunday brunch! Everything, from the table to the service and food was terrific. We had a really good time and will be back for brunch again! Thanks!
I was not a huge fan of the table that we were given. I made this reservation MONTHS ago but were given a small table by a door - so there was a lot of traffic going past us.
Excellent dining experience. Excellent food, ambiance and service make this a special place before the opera or symphony. A great place for a date or special occasion.
They were most helpful creating a meal for a most hard to please customer. And very patient!!!
Great food and staff
The restaurant was fine. I probably wouldn’t go back. The food was very good. The service was fine. The ambiance was like a bar.
Absinthe was good, but there was nothing special about the meal. My potato encrusted salmon was creative, but bland in flavor and nothing to write home about. My girlfriend’s pasta dish was tasty but lacked luster. Not what one would expect from a popular San Francisco restaurant. Drinks were excellent and the service overall was spotty. Can’t say that I was really all that impressed with this restaurant as a place I would go out of my way to get back to.
Have not been here in 3 years( world travels part 1 of 3?)!
Used to come here late night after SF JAZZ,
Always had 5 star experience!
This evening was kind of Luke warm- the Absinthe Burger failed to inspire! Yes- it’s made with shoulder”chuck” and brisket meat... failed to inspire also because it. Ones bare bones @ 20.00 so to add tomatoes and cheese is now a 24.00 burger( not an issue if it DELICIOUS....it was not delicious sadly....)
We also had French Onion soup- Superb, Shaved Brussel Sprout salad- Yummy but a bit over priced!!
Wait staff= Excellent!!
Busers = Excellent!!
Clientele... a bit oldish!!!
Probably not coming back... reason= Hayes Valley neighborhood has way more Exciting Restaurants nowadays!!!
The ambiance and decor are perfectly matched to the delicious food. Friendly greeters and waitstaff enhanced the dining experience. We paid what we expected to pay for the evening.
Wonderful meal and they can keep you on time for a nearby show
We have only had lunch on the occasions we have eaten here, and it has always been good. We really need to have dinner here some time.
My husband and I went to Absinthe for Sunday brunch. It's a lovely restaurant on Hayes Street. They had a new item on the menu called BLT Benedict. We both ordered it and it was so delicious and different than your normal Eggs Benedict. Instead of an english muffin it had an onion ring and an heirloom tomato topped with the poached egg and hollandaise sauce on a bed of arugula surrounded by bacon bits. Very creative and great presentation. The service was excellent!
Pre-Symphony dinner in our favorite place!
We ate here with old friends and were tucked into the corner window table which felt super intimate so we could catch up, yet still see outside and enjoy people watching. The cocktails are innovative and delicious and we enjoyed some of the best salmon I have ever eaten. Highly recommend, but it is a bet spendy.
Over priced food, quality is decent. Not many options for food. Disappointed with how many 5 star reviews it had.
I would recommend for ambience and maybe drinks, but food was mediocre
They just never miss. Not cheap but worth every penny.
The salmon and the trout were stupendous. Try some of the absinth-based cocktails, such as the death in the afternoon, it’s magnificent. Waiter service was scattered, could have used more check-ins throughout the meal. Overall, Absinthe keeps being one of the best classic restaurants in San Francisco.
This was a perfect place before the theater and the food was perfect. The drinks I would recommend. Delicious. The wait staff was professional and accommodating for getting us to our show. Everything we ate was scrumptious.
From drinks at the bar to dinner at the table. Seamless service.
It was a little noisier than I was expecting, but everything was lovely and the service was fantastic. The Barre du chocolat is insanely good.
I'd made OpenTable reservations and asked for a center booth, also mentioning that it was a birthday dinner.
Nobody knew any of these details accept that we had made a reservation for 7:00 PM.
t is a beautiful restaurant. Service was very, very good. However, the food needs some help, I think.
We had a market salad that consisted of big pieces of acorn squash, roasted, skin left on and cut up into too large chunks spread across a very large, long plate. While I know the skin is inedible, this large amount, in an otherwise nice salad, was a bit too much to really enjoy.
We asked for bread-- it was a whole grain type and was dry and chewy, served without olive oil or butter.
I ordered the potato encrusted salmon. It was delicious, but it was a very tiny piece counterbalanced with a huge pile of salad greens on the other end of the plate. Not very well thought out.
Our dessert, warm gingerbread with caramelized pumpkin was delicious-- but the odd ice cream or sorbet served ont eh side was watery and flavorless. Actually awful.
Our waitress was fantastic.
Until the food finds its center of gravity, it will be a while before we go back.
From the initial cocktails to the final desserts and everything in between: excellent presentation and flavors. We were trilled.
Loved brunch at Absinthe! Very enjoyable all around. Perfect for my gift of brunch and an opera for my granddaughter's birthday. She loved it also. We'll be coming back.
Absinthe is a favorite place of ours, and has been for years. It's consistently delicious with great wines, food and service is top notch.
This was our second pre-SF Jazz dinner at Absinthe. We shared the shaved Brussels sprouts salad and a bottle of Beaujolais. I had the fungi pasta. Everything was excellent. A great location for pre-show fare.
Overall, I love this place! The waitress was attentive, energetic and seemed to love her job.
The food was classic French with some good variations, as well. All well done.
The drinks are fun and they had some options I hadn't had before. I always love some infused spirit based options.
The only draw back was how hot it was...
The itself was OK but the portions were extremely small. The same was true for the glass of red wine that I ordered. Wine itself was OK but the "pour" was tiny. Disappointing.
The service was good. I would be reticent to recommend this place to a friend.
Such a wonderful place to eat whether you are going to a performance or not. The service is efficient and delicious food comes out quickly! Love it!