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
Always delicious food and drink. We especially love their fries, onion soup and drinks.
Service usually good.
Great atmosphere, romantic table seating was great. Yummy oysters, incredible duck & octopus entrees.
Haggar, Martine & Ramsey are stars !!!
Foods good but service lacked. Had to waive waiter down for everything. Didn’t bring bread or water.
Lovely pre-theatre meal with friends. Great service, nice table
in the corner, no rush on a Sunday night.
Wait staff very knowledgeable and helpful with wines.
Food was wonderful....except for the fries--what happened there?
Not as crispy and yummy as I remembered.
While we have been here for dinner several times, this was our first brunch. The dungeness scramble was outstanding.
This is my favorite place for lunch before going to the ballet. The food is delicious. The service is great. We eat here every chance we get. Thank you!
We love Absinthe. The ricotta stuffed French toast & Dungeness crab scramble were delicious as always. Don’t miss the potatoes with onion jam!
The service is always attentive but not cloying. We love the ambience. Returning next week before the ballet!
We have been going to ABsinthe for years before the ballet. While the food is still excellent, we were so disappointed in the very dark lighting (like being in a cave) and the noise level. They no longer have white tablecloths and that has contributed to the noise level. I don’t know what happened to the lighting but it is now so dark that it is unpleasant. After being loyal patrons for years, we we will not go again. It was very hard to have a conversation and that defeats the purpose of dining out with friends. So disappointing and sad.
This was our first visit after more than 3 years in SF and we will definitely be back!
Amazing food and service
Try the octopus
As a solo diner it was very clear that I was being rushed to turn the table. My entree came out as I was 1/2 into my salad and they thought it was OK to just leave it on the table and suggest it came out faster then expected.
Food and service, as always, very, very good. A favorite. But the noise level, even at this lunch time was way over the top, way beyond "energetic," even in the second room with a lot of other seemingly retired folks going to the symphony at 2 in the afternoon. Please, please, get some softer sound absorbing surfaces in there. Quite of few of my friends who regularly dine before the opera or a jazz concert will no longer go here, despite the good food, because it is so difficult to carry on a conversation. While the bar seems to attract the 30-somethings, much of the dining crowd seems to be older. Make it more pleasant for us older folks who like to converse while we eat and prevent the 30-somethings from losing their hearing, as well as try to meet OSHA standards on noise level for your staff. Next time I come, I plan to bring a deciblemeter and if the sound is as high as I think it is, report the workplace hazard of high noise level to OSHA.
Great place to celebrate a Birthday!
I have enjoyed the restaurant for many years, however this visit was disappointing the Host at the desk was a but surly and the service and dropped considerably. Hope you iron things out after the renovation and return to the gracious service I have always enjoyed.