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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

4.4
5250 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Californian
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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
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Phone number
(415) 551-1590
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What 5250 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

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!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

We really enjoyed it after a concert at SF Jazz. Perfect late evening meal!

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viplesliedorn (Orange County)
4.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a lovely dinner here before the symphony. The service was excellent and the food was very good. We were seated a very small table, so it was a bit cramped, but overall I would recommend this restaurant and will probably go again!

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vipwags (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants in SF. Probably the best burger in the Bay Area. Our waiter Patrick made it even better with his attentive service and good advice. Salads and mussels also excellent as is the Very French chicken dish...coq au vin.

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Squid (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

Our waiter was wonderful and he recommended a perfict wine in our price range that went perfictly with the dinner.

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vipScarlett (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 12, 2018

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 !!!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on January 10, 2018

This is my go to Restaurant for a business lunch or dinner.. food is always good. Service is usually better than it was this time.

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Tucana (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 10, 2018

Started with the clams and mussels. It was excellent especially the broth. Coq au Vin did not disappoint. My husband enjoyed his duck breast with orange glaze.
Service was rather slow. Staff is friendly.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on January 9, 2018

Favorite restaurant in San Francisco year over year.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Californian
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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
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Cross street
Gough
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(415) 551-1590
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Catering
Please call for more details.
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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.
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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
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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

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.

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