Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

4.6
6403 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
We are currently accepting reservations for lunch, and dinner, and will have heated and covered outdoor seating in our parklets on Hayes and Gough streets. Since weather in SF is unpredictable, we also recommend you bundle up for your meal.

As always, the health and safety of our employees and guests are top priority. We’re keeping a safe distance, masking up, and following all recommended safety and sanitization procedures. If you’re feeling less than your best just give us a call and we’ll happily reschedule your reservation.

Support Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 6403 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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vipMaryann
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food for the 4 of us for brunch outside in the parklets. Food came out together and hot and was very tasty. Everyone at our table was happy with their choices. Cocktails were good. Overall good experience and will be back. Happy supporting the city to get back up and running.

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SuSu
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, service was great. Outdoor setting well-designed, with heat lamps and each table well-separated. Parking easy in Performing Arts garage. As would be expected, a bit too much street noise, but otherwise outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great but omelette cold

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DianeL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wanted their hamburger. The menu is too limited.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service, just tough sometimes sitting alonsgside Gough as the cars are really noisy/honking and random loud people walk by

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RalphP
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Well, it's not the old Absinthe. Too much stripped from the indoors experience in moving it outdoors, starting with the limited menu. Looking forward to a return to the good old days.

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scallops4me
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu for brunch was a little skimpy. But the French onion soup was fantastic, the buckwheat crepes were marvelous, other members of my family enjoyed the quiche and duck confit. We wanted a croque miseure (sp) or madame and that was possible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around.
Terrific meal

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Roshiy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food along with wonderful service.
I was very happy they finally opened and I could do va k

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EmilyR
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steak frites I've ever had + great service!

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ElizabethR
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absinthe always delivers. The food is thoughtful and scrumptious, the ambiance delightful ( even the parklet is lovely) and the service is perfect and friendly. Martine is the ultimate professional.

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Olive
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the food. We had the Miyagi oysters, the steak tartare and the steak frites. Everything was really delicious and service was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a great job for being outdoors. The menu is different and smaller but everything was excellent as always. One of my favorite places in SF. Wonderful staff as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Service was inexplicably, painfully SLOW. Though their Covid dining restrictions require customers to vacate the table after 90 minutes, we weren’t even served our main course until after waiting 90 minutes. The 1 cocktail and 1 beer were served within a reasonable delay, but we had to beg after about half an hour of waiting for our bottle of wine. The outside tables were a great set up, though the occasional hot rod zoomed by loudly. Glad we ordered several appetizers because the young children basically ate those as their dinner!

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1919
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a great restaurant. Can't wait until we can dine inside again!

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GinaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service. Delicious Food. Perfection! Thank you!

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vipBetty
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect Frites! Excellent service - outside dining worked!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was a bit slow but the food was amazing and the drinks came out quick ! Great park let set up. Would go again. Just with the service time in mind. :D

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JohnJ
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place to dine! The staff were so friendly too!

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NicoleD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Great service and a good time. They just reopened, so I can't wait for them to have the full menu for brunch. :)

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vipGeneW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Restaurant had just opened a few days prior. Menu was limited but all else excellent.

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RanniH
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little cold outside, but glad to support Absinthe on its first day back! Wish you all the very best and safe serving!

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vippam642
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious citrus salad so tasty waiters great love this place

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vipDavidLandis
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absinthe is back (March 24) and what a joy it is to have this French-inspired restaurant open once again. The outdoor dining makes you truly believe you're in Paris - white tablecloths, French music and you can even bring your dogs (just like Paris). The menu is pared down from the normal menu but there's plenty from which to choose, including the legendary French onion soup and chocolate pot de creme. Go now!

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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
6 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
78 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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a wonderful birthday lunch!

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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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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF is rated 4.6 stars by 6403 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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