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About Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF
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.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Wed 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Thu–Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call for more 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.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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 email@example.com
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.
Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF Ratings and Reviews
The food was not bad, but the rude hostess and the extremely slow service made for an unenjoyable experience. One hour and forty minutes should be more than enough time for a leisurely meal, but here, we barely had time for a rushed two course meal. I have eaten in this restaurant many times in the past, but I will not be returning.
1) We a bit disappointed with their menu.
The reason we picked up this restaurant was, we wanted to have "Seared Foie Gras"
shown in their menu by web site(home page). However, it was replaced to "Pork Belly"
in their actual menu there.
2) We also a bit disappointed with their service of serving first order of drinks.
Before the drinks came to the table, a couple of hors d'oeuvres were served on the table.
The brasserie is a couple of blocks from Davies Symphony Hall. It was a perfect location for an early solo dinner after a Sunday matinee concert. The staff was attentive and the food was superb; my dining experience was a pleasure. The cauliflower soup was delicate and full of flavors. The grilled octopus on its bed of black squid-ink risotto was a treat. The Absinthe is a small restaurant, but did not feel crowded, although it was a full house.
Have been to Absinthe about 4 times on Sundays before going to see a play. The food is exceptional and typically different in a good way. This past Sunday a friend and I shared the French toast stuffed with ricotta with rum soaked banana's and the Heirloom tomato grilled cheese sandwich with macadamia pesto. Both were delicious. My friend is vegetarian and there were plenty of options for her to choose. The service has always been excellent. Love the atmosphere and it is just a comfortable place to be with friends and family.
the main strength of Absinthe is location -- it is one block from the symphony, opera & ballet. The food is good but no bargain -- the two of us had four appetizers, a glass of wine, a coffee and a shared desert with tax and tip the was $100. Everything was better than "just ok" but nothing outstanding. We will return.
- The food. I've never had potato-crusted salmon and it was fantastic. Excellent flavor. The ravioli was unique and very tasty. The pot de creme for dessert was great, particularly if you like dark chocolate. Just enough to split for two and not too filling.
- The service. Our server was Shannon and she was very good. Timely, made spot-on recommendations, accommodating to a few special requests and never rushed us.
- The ambiance. Considering how busy this restaurant gets, it still felt relatively intimate and the noise level wasn't too bad.
- I can't think of anything.
As a longtime customer, I think Absinthe's ambience remains superb, but the quality of the cooking and service have deteriorated over time. The menu desperately needs some new creative thinking, and the wait staff seems demoralized and sullen. All in all, whoever is running the restaurant these days seem to be phoning it in.
I’ve been there several times past 20+ years to grab dinner prior to opera and/or symphony... Love their French bar food, attentive services by happy people and authentic onion soup, especially. This time, we had octopus dish that was tender, tasdty and authentic.
We had been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile, and finally made it the dinner reservation for mom's birthday. We were extremely impressed! Pricey but well worth it. They made her birthday special with decorating her dessert with happy birthday and a candle. We did not even have to make any special requests. A bit noisy as all the tables were filled on a Friday night. Great ambience, and would be perfect for date night. Service was among the best we ever have experienced. All staff must take great pride in their work, and it shows. Best pork chop I have had in my life! Absinthe made the whole evening unforgettable. Can't wait to return.
I give Absinthe especially high marks for service, both before we arrived (we were nearly a half hour late and one member of our party didn't arrive for another half hour or more), and after. We called when we were already 15 minutes late and the person who answered the phone was wonderful, telling us not to worry, our table would be waiting. When we (finally!) arrived, we were made to feel like special guests. The food was good, although not as good as the last time we had been there. Two members of the party had the octopus, one had the hamburger, and I had the butternut squash ravioli, which is a favorite of mine. Speaking only for myself, it was not the best that I have had. Good, but not outstanding. One of the people who had the octopus was not impressed. Again, good, but not outstanding. The service, however, was excellent, (our server was very attentive and helpful), and the energy in the room was great. Lots of people having lots of fun. We will probably go again.
This was our second dining experience and it was awesome. Melt-in-your mouth pork chop. Raviolis. Octopus. Mornay sauce with appetizer devine. My daughter, a resident of SF, introduced us to Absinthe. I have developed a love of French food and can't wait to return. Service incredible!!!
Oh, my lifelong search for the best French onion soup has ended! Perfect!!!
We wanted to celebrate after an awards ceremony. The ceremony ran overtime but Absinthe graciously seated us even though we were late, and on the sidewalk, too, as was our preference. We ordered steak tartare, the cheese plate, and some bread with our cocktails. The waiter forgot to bring the cheese plate, acknowledged it as his mistake, and gave us the Brie free. A lovely spot and mistake handled as it should have been. Enjoyed it and will return.
OMG the baked goat cheese was incredible. We also got the burrata with melon salad which was light and fresh. For our mains, my friend got the potato crusted salmon and I got the burger. We split them so we could each have different tastes. The burger was good, but not the best burger I've ever had. The salmon, however, was incredible: perfectly cooked and I would happily get it again.
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