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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
My husband and I went to Absinthe for a 5:45pm dinner before the Symphony on a Friday. I loved my meal, the Coq au vin, however the service was a bit sluggish. We wanted to make the pre-show talk at the symphony, so we told the server about the 7pm talk. However that didn't quite come together for us.
Met three lady friends for birthday celebration. Service was discrete and efficient; food
was delish. Cauliflower soup was wonderful salads excellent, chicken good and desserts
really special. Appreciate the special attention to my birthday....candle and all....; }
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It was our first full-blown experience at Absinthe to celebrate our 25th anniversary on a Sunday. Our reservation for 3 was early at 6 pm-- but the restaurant and bar were filling rapidly. We were seated right away and ordered cocktails including the signature Sacred Heart and Sanctuary. The drinks took a few minutes to reach us-- one of the few downsides is the bar is busy and drinks do not arrive until 15-20 minutes after being ordered. I liked my Sacred Heart and enjoyed the Absinthe flavor but my wife's order of the Sanctuary was a superior drink. We ordered the hearts of romaine, soft pretzels and french onion soup as appetizers. Each one was excellent with the unusual soft pretzel chunks laying in a shallow pool of garlic butter and accompanied by a melted cheese dip taking it to over the top of luscious decadence. We ordered Brut Rose and a glass of Syrah which were both really good accompaniments to the apps and our entrees including the burger with gorgonzola and bacon, the fettuccine pasta with chanterelles and pecorino cheese and the grilled duck breast on a bed of mashed potatoes and vegetables in a reduction sauce. The fettuccine tasted house made and was very well received by my wife as was the hamburger with pommes frittes enjoyed thoroughly by my daughter. The duck was superb-- tender yet with a crispy crust, flavorful but not fatty and with a reduction sauce that complemented the meat and vegetables without overwhelming the flavor of the duck. Our server was very competent appearing at the right times but not being overly intrusive. The only issue was again a fairly lengthy period between ordering drinks and their receipt. I suggest you order more drinks as your initial beverage gets to the half way point. We also ordered the pistachio bavarois, coffee and salted caramel ice creams for dessert with ruby port. The pistachio dessert was tasty with poached pears and the ruby port accompanying the dessert was top notch. Great dinner!
Got us seated and served in plenty of time to make the show at SFJazz, even though we were late for our reservation ! I had the cauliflower soup and husband had the fettuccine .... both super yummy. Specialty cocktails are superb . Love the atmosphere here . I wanna go back !!!!
I love this restaurant. Have been coming here for many years. Always great food, attentive service, cozy Parisian ambience. We were there in. Wednesday night prior to going g to SF Jazz. Was perfect early dinner and the main room was buzzy but quiet so we could have a conversation. But as we were about to leave a group of 3 sat next to us and proceed to talk loudly to each other using a lot of profanity. Seriously who does that? People need to get some manners.
We had a great meal here on a date night prior to seeing a performance at the War Memorial Theatre. Very easy walking to the main Show Venues. I had the Cod and my wife had an awesome Butternut Squash Pasta Dish.....I am coming back to have it for myself next time. They have a Huge Wine List....everything from wine by the glass to a $20k bottle! We did however bring our own wine this trip since it was our first time at the restaurant and the corkage fee is $30 per bottle, max of 2 bottles. We started with a 5 variety Cheese Plate, very nice....you can also get one that has 3 varieties if you want something smaller. We split a great Greens Salad and we ended our meal with a unique desert (can't remember the name) but it was good. Definitely recommend this restaurant.
Absolutely fantastic restaurant! The entree, main course, and dessert were all beyond the ordinary. We chose the insatiable garlic pretzels as our entree, the amazing hamburgers and fries as our main course, and the delicious mandarin sorbet as our dessert. Concerning the drinks, it is wise to pick at least one of the many different variations of absinthe incorporated cocktails.
Nonexistent service . I suppose that's better than overly attentive, nevertheless the restaurant was half empty and the wait between courses was inexplicably lengthy to the point of annoying. The deflated ambiance (no food on the table, few people at other tables) felt a bit depressing that no amount of actual Absinthe could possibly remedy.
Still... very solid, satisfying food when it did finally arrive.
So, the restaurant is nice and staff is friendly but the value is not there and it is not as close to Orpheum theatre as noted. Especially with the decline in the overall San Francisco experience, it is my opinion that I will seek a smaller venue or city to enjoy a play or performance. San Francisco is headed for a catastrophe and the liberal agenda will win their social experiment battle but lose the war.
A really solid place serving classic dishes.it was my wife's birthday and the hostess was super friendly. She recommended we have a drink at the bar so we could wait for one of their nice booths. My steak was perfect and the Sardinian cheese we finished with was great.
I have been going to Absinthe for 30+ Years, a very favorite place in my heart. The service on this occasion was difficult, perhaps it was New Year’s Day and things were off. This won’t stop me from going back, just a little disappointed on the anticipated experience.
Service was good, had to ask for the bread to be warmed but the food was amazing. Had the ceviche as an appetizer and the ribeye for main entree. Ceviche was chilled, fresh, and crisp the way good seafood crudo should be. The steak was medium rare and perfect, the finish was silky and buttery with a one of kind the flavor, completely satisfied. Highly recommend both the ceviche and ribeye, I'll be back to try more of the menu.
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