Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

4.6
6457 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
We are currently accepting reservations for lunch, and dinner, and will have heated and covered outdoor seating as well as indoor seating in our dining room. Since weather in SF is unpredictable, we also recommend you bundle up for your meal when dining outdoors.

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 6457 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TaniaF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place, excellent drinks, service outstanding.

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JDHH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Four of us were looking forward to dining indoors for the first time in 18 months and then attending a limited attendance concert at Herbst Theater. We indicated on our reservation for 6:15 that we had to complete dinner by 7:30 in order to go through the pre-performance Covid-protocols. We also told our server and the wine steward that we had to complete dinner by 7:30. Two of us ordered the Prix Fixe; two ordered a salad and an entree. The first course was served around 6:40 and was delicious, especially the farmers market salad and the vegan tomato soup. Then we waited and waited for our entrees, finally signalling to another server at 7:05 that we had not been served. She assured us the entrees were on their way. We weren't served until 7:15 and ate so quickly that we couldn't enjoy the salmon or lamb shanks. We asked for the bill at 7:25, thinking we would not be charged for the two desserts we'd ordered but had no time to eat. Instead, we got the bill and a paper bag with two fruit sherbets and were out the door. Of course, we weren't allowed to bring food into Herbst and we left the by then melted sherbets with the person who checked out vaccination cards. Not a good experience at Absinthe!! We understand that it has been difficult to hire or re-hire staff after the pandemic lockdowns; nonetheless, everyone who served us knew about our time constraints and unfortunately failed to respond to them, thus denying us the pleasure of a relaxed dinner.

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AmyF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service. It's obvious the staff is happy to be back open and we were thrilled to dine at this excellent restaurant. We felt very welcome and the food hit the spot!

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JJESS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great post-pandemic birthday spot. The entire family really enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

At this point there’s no excuse— Absynthe is a shell of what it was before. The rotating menu is not my thing, because I loved the menu before. The food was just fine, and service was lacking.

Overall not happy with this new Absynthe.

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Jenny
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absinthe is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Approachable menu, and the staff is always lovely. The food is always perfection and I always leave there happier than when I entered.

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vipScherm
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The chefs need to up their game to pre pandemic creation and prep. Do not accept old and cold Frits!

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CharlesK
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A Covid-safe restaurant observing all the recommended precautions.

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Roshiy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and very delicious with excellent service and reasonable prices. One of my favorite places and the new chef does magic in the kitchen

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Stacio94
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful ambiance. Gave the option of putting in an occasion and one of them was like a date night which what my SO and I were going for. I don’t know if it influenced it or not, but they gave us an intimate booth which we loved. The food was beautiful; we had a couple oysters as appetizers, she had a Cesar salad which had a fried egg on top that complimented the creaminess of the salad dressing, and the steak from the steak frites dish was so rich and cooked to perfection. Cocktails did not disappoint, nor did the desert. 10/10 would go again.

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gringo
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven't been here in years... kind of like the old Yogi Berra saw, "no one goes there anymore, it's too crowded."

Glad I went tonight! Everything was perfect. Gracious maitre d'. Nice socially distanced table.

Food was extraordinary. I was celebrating a birthday so started with caviar. Smartly presented, and I love fish eggs.

We had the Caesar salad, which was tasty. My partner had the bone marrow, which was exquisite! So rich and flavorful.

My steak frites was also perfect. I prefer the cheaper bavette cut (more "authentic" and I find filets sometimes lacking in taste). This cut was packed with flavor and perfectly cooked.

I relied on the bartender and waiter to bring me accompanying wines because I was the only one drinking. They did not disappoint. Perfect accompaniments.

The espresso really capped the night for me. And the waiter and busboys were attentive without being intrusive.

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ClaireT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favs! Consistently great food and service.

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MB49
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was wonderful. All four of us were very happy with our meals. The serving staff were warm and welcoming. It was sometimes hard to get their attention, but, since we were there for lunch on the first day they had opened to indoor dining, the restaurant may have been short-staffed. All the servers were, however, very gracious and accommodating.

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vipMealsmama
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once traffic on Hayes died down, we could visit. We opted for outdoors, so noise couldn’t be helped. The private table area was well protected and lovely. My roast chicken with its polenta, mushroom, asparagus accompaniments was delicious, so was my husband’s steak frites.

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LynnM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful experience! We were among the first to be able to eat inside and it was an honor. Thanks, Absinthe, for a memorable and delicious meal!

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vipDebH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Let’s just say I hope when everything moves back inside we will have a better experience than we did, menu was not the norm, wait staff very absent throughout and food was way over salted...

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vipmaryh
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I don’t love sitting outside, but they have tried real hard to make it as nice as possible. But the food ... I have never had a better omelette in my life. The food was simply the best. Bellinis wax really great too!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out after Van Gough show!

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DaleW
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Absinthe made a fine effort - my wife and I went for our first dinner out since the Covid pandemic, and our anniversary. We were seated outside - I had expected a patio and got a parking spot on a busy street! The cocktails were delicious. The gouda appetizer was good, my soup quite good, I really enjoyed the lamb shank. My wife said her steak was too salty. The service was attentive and good. A for effort, -1 star for the salty and not awesome meal for my wife. Overall, I'd recommend for a nice night out. We'll probably go back.

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Roshiy
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absinthe has always been one of my favorite spots in San Francisco. I am very happy to see they started full service again with the same great service and ambiance and even better food!!

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CaryK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, very generous portions and great service!

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vipljse
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Because of a horrendous traffic jam, we arrived -- totally frazzled -- 45 minutes late for a pre-concert dinner. Absinthe said relax, we'll take care of you. We had a lovely, albeit foreshortened, dinner and arrived at the concert hall in plenty of time. The food was great as well.

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vipEpicure
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

We will note on Sunday evenings, oysters may not be available. The only reason we came to Absinthe was for oysters, and we compromised with other choices, which were delicious but not what we wanted.

Also, we had to ask the wait staff to bring over a heater as we were seated at the very last table of the Gough street tables and it was very cold. Understandably, because of SFFD code requirements, the heater wasn't very effective because it couldn't be placed closer to our table. Other restaurants have better outdoor seating accommodations with heaters in place.

MJ
vipMommaJEats
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thank you dinner for our dear friends!
Food was delicious...outdoor “booth” cozy...cocktails colorful and a splendid evening!
Felt well taken care of, only mishap was slanted smallish table and a spilled water glass.

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vipcwilson
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely parklet, attentive but never intrusive service, delicious food. As always, the French onion soup was perfect and the arugula salad was a surprising blend of textures and flavors. My bavette steak was tender and tasty. Michael’s leg of lamb was flavorful.

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vipBetty
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salmon was done perfectly ! Service is always good and even though we ate outside, the noise level was not bad. Highly recommend !

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TomM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor pallet on Hayes was ideal for safe dining, as well as adequately protected from the elements. Only caveat was the occasional loud bus or motorcycle, but benefits far outweigh any temporary annoyance.

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HughO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff and food were excellent. We arrived early for our lunch reservation and they were able to seat us immediately. They were still only seating at their outside tables. The tables were comfortable and the ambiance was pleasant and sheltered from the windy day. The only drawback was the occasional loud truck or bus passing next to us that momentarily halted conversation due to the noise. It is nice that they are open again as it is one of our standby favorite places to eat in the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was phenomenal! The staff was amazing. My cocktail was divine. It was incredibly windy that night but we had fun nevertheless.

Very good place to dine after the Van Gogh exhibit.

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vipPCM627
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Outdoor only. Service a little slow and no heaters that I saw. Food was good, not great, Limited menu, Better when we can eat inside and have the full menu, A bit pricey, but good wines by the glass.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. Good COVID protocols and outdoor seating was very well set up!

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Viola
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staffs follow public health safety measures. Food was yummy! We ordered buckwheat pancake for our kid. He loves it. I had an omelette and my husband has steak & fries. Steak cooked in perfection. Meat is very fresh. We also order steak tartare. Yummy!! Cocktails are also my favorite!! Galapagos & Bellinis!! Love it!

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ReneeP
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and drinks were great! Server was attentive. Only complaint is that the patio heaters were not there upon arrival and it was a bit chilly.

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TimH
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our event finished earlier than we had planned, so we stopped by the restaurant an hour before our reservation to see if we could be seated earlier. There were no tables available, but the host said he would text us as soon as a table was ready. We took a pleasant stroll down Hayes and got a text within 30 minutes that a table was ready!

The staff was attentive and accommodating. I had the onion soup and the lamb shank. Both were delicious.

I will definitely bring my wife and guests here again.

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Scout
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service. We enjoyed the outdoor seating which is semi-private with heaters.

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vipKateA
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love the food at service at Absinthe. Their outdoor setup was delightful -- private and pretty quiet, with great heaters!

We enjoyed the Mother's Day Prix-fixe. The only minor flaw and a note for your reference was that the optional dessert for the pot-de-creme was supposed to be $8, and we were charged $9. No big deal; we're happy to support Absinthe!

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Katnip
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The roast chicken was dry. The duck confit was more like duck bacon. It was hard and almost too salty to eat. Service was confused about a lot of things. I would like to support restaurants now, but it seems they are having difficulty getting things up and running correctly. Considering with a 30% tip, this was $174 for two people, and the food was pretty terrible, it wasn't anywhere near worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Been coming here since 2018 and I still love it! Sad that they don’t serve the pretzel appetizer anymore. Hope they’ll bring it back!

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LisaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. I had the steak frite and banana pudding. It’s was delicious !

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carlaa
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the greeter to the bartender to the server all amazing staff!!! Wonderful experience!! Food just made it even more of a beautiful experience!!! It’s one of our favs!! So glad they made it thru the pandemic!!!

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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF is rated 4.6 stars by 6457 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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