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!
We really enjoyed it after a concert at SF Jazz. Perfect late evening meal!
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!
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.
Our waiter was wonderful and he recommended a perfict wine in our price range that went perfictly with the 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.
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.
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.
Favorite restaurant in San Francisco year over year.
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.View Private Dining Details