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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.

398 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Wed 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Thu–Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sunday Dinner
Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Weekend Dinner
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

Cross Street:
Gough

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 551-1590

Website:
http://www.absinthe.com/

Catering:
Please call for more details.

Parking 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.

Executive Chef:
Adam Keough

Additional:
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 kat@absinthegroup.com

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us for lunch or dinner - we'll bring you into the New Year with style and ease. We will feature some special additions to the dinner menu including Lobster & Grilled Fillet Mignon, as well as some special wines from the cellar. Come dine & toast to 2018!

Private Dining

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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (86)
Special Occasion (65)
Good for a Date (63)
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Fit for Foodies (60)
Neighborhood Gem (60)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Romantic (48)
Vibrant Bar Scene (47)
Good for Birthdays (42)
Handcrafted Cocktails (37)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Bar Seating (35)
Hot Spot (34)
Cozy (32)
Authentic (31)
Great for Lunch (27)
Fun (25)
People Watching (24)
Comfort Food (23)
Notable Wine List (23)
Great for Brunch (22)
Business Meals (22)
Casual (21)
Good for Groups (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Happy Hour (18)
Worth the Drive (16)
Late-night Find (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Healthy (11)
Seasonal (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food. Great service. Prety quiet. Very nice ambiance. A defnite repeater

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

I’ve gone here off and on for years. I made my reservation online via open table with a request to be seated in the bar area if the restaurant. It wasn’t until we showed up that the reservationists in a rather rude and sour manner said “we don’t take reservations for the bar area.” No apology or any sense of remorse about it. It wa clearly a take it or leave it attitude. With all of my contact information on record, I could have been informed of that policy BEFORE we arrived. Clearly moving forward I will be spending my money with their competition half a block away, the new French restaurant!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Always one of my favorites both for lunch and late dining! Great service, awesome selection! Could be in Europe anywhere!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was super, attractively presented and delicious. Our waitress was accommodating, pleasant, efficient and polite. I have been to Absinthe many times over the years and have always enjoyed it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We have not been there 10+ years and the food is still very good. We're very impressed with the service of all staff this time. The service is impeccable and better than 5 stars hotel. My adult daughter usually doesn't like duck, but she's licking the last bite of the duck. The vegetables (carrots & parsnips) that come with her and my entrée are the stars of the dish. Again, my daughter usually doesn't like carrots & parsnips and she enjoys it all. This is definitely the place to return again & again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

It is always a pleasure to have Emma as our waitress!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Horrible service! I ve never seen this in my life. They just wanted us out the moment we arrived.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Great place for post performance meals. Good limited can’t miss menu of classics, some reasonable wines by the bottle on the dinner paper menu, and excellent service. Can be a bit noisy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great spot after the opera for a drink and a bite, or for a small group to toast a celebrating friend. Open until midnight. Make a reservation. They take walk-in but are a bit sniffy about it.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My friend and I had our annual christmas lunch at Absinthe and everything was delicious and fun!! Great service and excellent champagne.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Absinthe is a favorite for before opera dining. It opens early enough to allow you to get to a 7:30 curtain, the traditional French menu is always well prepared. Highly recommend the pot de crime.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised by the good quality vs. relatively inexpensive pricing. It was a bit noisy but overall a nice dinning environment. Parking was a bit tricky so would recommend the $15 valet parking.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always a fun place before the symphony or opera. Great service .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great food and attentive waitstaff in an attractive, informal setting. Perfect spot for dinner before an evening at the SF Opera or Symphony.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food is always good, no gluten free bread option, too dark as food difficult to see.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Customer Service is lacking but the Grilled Octopus was very tasty. Called ahead to ask if we could be 5 minutes late so we could take advantage of the $5 opera parking at the Civic Center Garage and the women who answered was very rude and said no. So we paid much more for parking so we could get there on time only to find out the dining room wasn't set up so we sat there for 20 minutes waiting for them to set up. We were the only ones in that room for about 30 minutes so I am not sure what her problem was.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We met friends for lunch and had an enjoyable afternoon. Good food, good service, and friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The service was excellent. The host was friendly and informative and made us feel welcome. The drinks were unique and tasty. We wanted to go to the pre-opera talk which made us a little rushed, but we were able to to do this without feeling as if we rushed our meal. An excellent experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Check- in totally fun. Maiter'de was very attentive and kind to us, as was wait staff, making sure we got cool booth and out in time for opera at 2. Cocktails and food yummy.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always a great experience. Food and Service are top notch.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always fantastic and classy. The restaurant in SF I keep going back to over and over.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had 7:45 reservations and arrived a little early, but we're seated right away at a lovely window table. We purchased a nice bottle of wine at the wine shop next door, and they reduced the normally $30 corkage fee to $15. There were four of us, and to a one we all loved our meals. So nice they offer a small bowl,of French Onion Soup because then you are not to full to also,order an entree. Two got,the Coq au Vin, one the Spanish Oxtopus, and I got the potato-crusted salmon. Everything so delicious, well-prepared. Service staff were attentive but not intrusive. This is our 4th time at Absinthe, and our friends' first. They loved it and were quite impressed, and they know their way around a kitchen!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great place before a show. Excellent bar. Food is mostly quite good. Coq au vin was a surprising disappointment.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Indifferent waiter, duck was tough, coq au vin very little chicken, service slow, citrus salad was good. Valet warned they cannot guarantee parking after dinner for SF Symphony !! Very shocked and disappointed in overall experience. Won’t hurry back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very hard to hear and uneven menu. Disappointed

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The raclette was amazing ! I loved the herbs in it. Also, I think that was the best french onion soup I've had yet. The booth we sat in was very comfortable and cozy - good for sharing plates.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Terrible experience — poorly seated (lied to about availability of another table), waited 25 minutes for menus, I another 20 for drink orders, another 15 for drinks, etc. Had put in a note / was celebrating my mother’s birthday (she was in from across the country) and was shocked and disappointed by the lack of attentiveness, quality of service, insignificance of food, and overall experience (e.g., the need to flag down the woman every time we needed a refill on water).

I’ve been to Absinthe countless times (north of 20) but without an explanation, likely will not return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Last minute our party of three became a party of seven. Absinthe was accommodating in finding a table for us. We got seated by the window and our table was round which was excellent so we could all talk to each other. Maybe this happened because it was a Tuesday night but the point is the food was good, drinks were flowing, and the service was great!

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Romantic, Quick Bite, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This place has been there for many years now and seems tired and faded. It definitely needs rejuvenation, particularly in the food and menu. The desserts are especially dreary.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We had the special absinthe cocktails, caviar toasts, beet and blood orange salad, followed by grilled octopus and rock cod- delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was awesome! Pot du Creme was to die for. Coq au vin has amazing favors.
Lighting was a bit odd, the lights turned off at one point and kept adjusting themselves, and the heat was on high, very uncomfortable.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The Maitre de was kind and courteous. The one in charge later in the evening went out of his way to help us find our "misplaced" car. He was wonderful!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We really enjoyed the ambiance, the service, the food, and can't wait to return.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was quite spotty. Menu not very interesting. It was all okay, but not sure I would go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always a Hayes Valley classic. We went right before going to the theater, and our server asked us right off the bat when our showtime was so she could get the order in quick and get us on our way on time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Beautiful restaurant. Street parking was hard to find so we used the valet service for $15 which gets added to your dinner bill. It was our first time at Absinthe, and we were pretty excited about the absinthe cocktails and dinner menu. Our cocktails were strong and tasty. Our fave things on the menu were the French onion soup, the pork belly appetizer, and the coq au vin (braised chicken) for $29. Loved the food and the atmosphere. Their service was great too. We had 8pm reservations but got there at 7:30, and we were seated right away by the friendly hostess. The waiter was very helpful. We didn’t have much room for dessert so we ordered one scoop of pear sorbet for $3. For valet, two drinks, dinner, a little dessert, and a big tip... $150. Great value. The food was excellent. Fun, friendly, cozy, and romantic.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fun, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Excellent tasting food. Outstanding bread on the table.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Good food and service, but a bit pricey. Convenient to SF Jazz and other civic center events.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The place is noisy. $16 for a glass of house wine . We had a bad waiter so that didn't help . The food was good though.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Lovely. Delicious. Excellent service. Great ambiance.

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