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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
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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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