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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF, San Francisco, CA

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

4.6
4.6
6523 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

We are currently accepting reservations for lunch, brunch, and dinner, and will have heated and covered outdoor seating as well as indoor seating in our dining room. Since weather in SF is unpredictable, we also recommend you bundle up for your meal when dining outdoors.

As always, the health and safety of our employees and guests are top priority. We recommend that all non-vaccinated guests continue to mask up per CDC guidelines. If you’re feeling less than your best just give us a call and we’ll happily reschedule your reservation.

Vaccination Card Requirement
Effective 3/11/2022:
To help ensure the safety and health of our staff and guests, everyone dining indoors must still show proof of vaccine and valid ID, despite the recent repeal of the mandate by the city. We hope this will give continued assurance to our valued clientele that the same safety measures required at the local performing arts venues also apply to indoor dining at Absinthe.

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Booked 59 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 551-1590

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ian Begg

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Gough

  • Parking details

    No valet. Street parking and nearby public lot located on Grove between Franklin and Gough.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Served Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm

Brunch Cocktails

  • Bellini$12.00

    white peach purée, prosecco

    • Bloody Mary$13.00

      vodka or gin, house bloody mary mix, splash of lemon juice

      • Negroni Sbagliato$12.00

        Campari, sweet vermouth, prosecco

        Snacks

        • Warm Mixed Olives$6.00

          citrus, garlic confit, herbs

          • Mixed Nuts$6.00

            almonds, candied walnuts

            • Aged Gouda$9.00

              goat's milk cheese, house-made nectarine preserves

              • Pommes Frites$8.00

                dijonnaise, Heinz, beef tallow

                • Nueske's Bacon$9.00

                  maple, cracked black pepper

                  Fruits de Mer

                  • Oyster Selection

                    chef's selection, changes frequently

                    • Tsar Nicoulai Caviar

                      brioche, crème fraîche, chive, hard-boiled egg

                      • 1 oz. Estate$60.00
                      • 1 oz. Reserve$78.00

                    STARTERS

                    • French Onion Soup$14.00

                      gruyère, crouton

                      • Vegan Tomato Soup$14.00

                        cherry tomatoes, basil, oregano, lemon oil

                        • Farmer's Market Salad$16.00

                          alfieri apricot, spiced labneh, Japanese cucumber, charred dates, green almond, crouton

                          • Summer Green Salad$15.00

                            radish, cherry tomato, baby carrot, serpent cucumber, white balsamic vinaigrette

                            • Salmon Tartare$18.00

                              avocado creme fraiche, citrus-soy vinaigrette, poppy seed crostini

                              • Steak Tartare$20.00

                                quail egg, shallot marmalade, dijon, grilled Acme levain

                                Sandwiches

                                add fries or side salad +5.

                                • Vegetarian Sandwich$14.00

                                  grilled maitake mushroom, mozzarella, pistou

                                  • Trout-Salad Sandwich$14.00

                                    smoked trout, house dill pickle, shredded romaine

                                    • Croque Monsieur$16.00

                                      Bayonne ham, gruyere, Dijon

                                      ENTREES

                                      • Classic Chicken Caesar$20.00

                                        romaine, Agostino Recca anchovies, levain crouton, fried egg

                                        • Seasonal Quiche$15.00

                                          grilled spring onion, gruyère, asparagus, chicory salad

                                          • Blueberry Lemon Poppyseed Buckwheat Crepes$18.00

                                            poppyseed crumble

                                            • Bay Area Breakfast$20.00

                                              soft scrambled eggs, bacon, brioche toast, seasonal vegetables

                                              • Six-Cheese French Omelette$20.00

                                                heirloom tomato, basil, frisee, balsamic, potato crumb

                                                • Pepita Crusted Ora King Salmon$36.00

                                                  curried summer squash coulis, grilled toy box squash, pickled squash ribbon

                                                  • Steak Frites

                                                    bordelaise, chicory salad

                                                    • filet$42.00

                                                  Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                  What 6,523 people are saying

                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                  4.6
                                                  4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                  • 4.6Food
                                                  • 4.7Service
                                                  • 4.6Ambience
                                                  • 4.2Value

                                                  NoiseModerate

                                                  Loved For

                                                  • San Francisco

                                                    French

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                                                    Kika

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Such a wonderful experience. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Definitely recommend.

                                                  2. RP

                                                    RodneyP

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Always good service and food

                                                  3. GM

                                                    GuiveM

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Host made us and other customers feel genuinely welcome. Food quality, taste and presentation were excellent. Price for some dishes a bit too high, but not too out of ordinary for SF.

                                                  4. HN

                                                    HollyNorth2

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                    overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                    Staff was very helpful as usual especially regarding whether to sit indoors or outside. The French toast was interesting with the basil drizzle and addition of rhubarb, but we miss the "old" version and prefer it for brunch.

                                                  5. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 4 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We enjoyed a wonderful pre-concert luncheon with excellent service and marvelous food. The staff goes out of its way to make guests feel welcome and appreciated. We had not visited in years but now we plan to return often.

                                                  6. CM

                                                    CMilne

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 5 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I am a regular at Absinthe and have never been disappointed with my food or cocktails. It can get quite busy, so having a reservations ahead of time helps with the wait.

                                                  7. DH

                                                    DennisH

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    28 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    28 reviews

                                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                    As always, excellent food and service. Inflation is beginning to show up, I think.

                                                  8. AS

                                                    AnneS

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined 6 days ago

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Just lunch with my son.

                                                  9. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    Los Angeles

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Awesome, I miss the pepita crusted ora king salmon

                                                  10. SU

                                                    SUMMERLINMOM

                                                    Las Vegas

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Fantastic service and atmosphere. The bar is also terrific.

                                                  11. PS

                                                    ParisinSF

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    It was my first time at Absinthe; had, of course, heard about it for a very long time, but this was a special occasion with a grandson flying up from LA to join me in a special treat for Mother’s Day! It fulfilled all my expectations.

                                                  12. CH

                                                    ClaudiaH

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Excellent service. Had a table in the back next to the street after the ballet. Food was delicious Wait staff knowledgeable and Professional.

                                                  13. SF

                                                    ShirleyF

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                    The food was excellent, service was nice.

                                                  14. JT

                                                    JohnT

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I'm rating them a 5-star, however there were some minor stuff, which I won't make a big deal. We had the French onion soup, which was very delicious, but a bit on the salty side. We also had the truffle burger. The burger was great, but the fries were over salted. Again, just some minor stuff. Food overall was great. Service was good. We were seated promptly. My reservation was for outdoor seating, but it was a chilly day, so we asked the hostess if we could sit inside. Luckily there was a table available, and my family was able to enjoy the beautiful and enjoyable Mother's day lunch. Thank you very much, Absinthe. Keep up the great food and service.

                                                  15. RO

                                                    ROBERTD

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Absinthe has found the sweet spot in serving outstanding cuisine in pleasant surroundings; the staff is superlative.

                                                  16. JS

                                                    JohnS

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    22 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    22 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                    Menu is limited but tasty as ever. Excellent service. Sadly, the wine list has shrunk considerably but still on par with typical fine restaurants.

                                                  17. VD

                                                    VanessaD

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    14 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We split the truffle cheeseburger and the mushroom tagliatelle- both were phenomenal! Our waiter was spot on with his recommendations and excellent service. Great place that I love to keep coming back to!

                                                  18. HC

                                                    HarrietC

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience3

                                                    The food is delicious, and we wanted to sit outside. Of course the outdoor environment is not quiet due to traffic. But the staff does a fine job.

                                                  19. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                    I’ve been going to Absinthe for years after concerts and on New Year’s Eves. As soon as you walk in you know you’re in the right place. It just has a great feel. Service is always friendly like it was last night. (Shout out to Shannon.) When we go to Absinthe we generally order several small plates that the whole table can share. Oysters on the half shell; orders (plural) of their pommes frites; warm, crusty bread; small salads, tuna carpaccio niçoise; fois gras. You can always count on the quality of the food. Their cocktails are well-made and delivered quickly to your table. Their wine list is curated beautifully, by bottle or glass. The guests there are obviously in good moods if the livelinesses of conversation is an indication. Absinthe. The right place.

                                                  20. G

                                                    Greenrose

                                                    Palm Springs

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    7 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    We were reminded that we needed to have our COVID card, mask and ID for the ballet. We did not have the required items, but were able to get them by the time we finished our lovely dinner. One of group would have been turned away at the entrance to the performance. Many thanks for the heads up.

                                                  21. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    3.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                    I didn’t think the service was great. The wait staff gave us 1 butter for 6 people. And then dropped the food and never once came back to check on us if we needed anything or wanted to order anything else. I literally had to get out of my seat and find waitstaff to come order more items. Not good.

                                                  22. ML

                                                    MartinL

                                                    Detroit

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Amazing experience. The sommelier was incredible. Exceptional service and food.

                                                  23. KS

                                                    KatyS

                                                    Sacramento

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    I never write reviews but felt compelled to write some words about Absinthe. The experience here was wonderful from delicious food to a really exceptional experience with staff. I am typically a non-critical restaurant-goer and value food over customer service but the care we received at Absinthe was really impressive. From start to finish, all the staff worked seamlessly, conveying both subtlety and attentiveness. In this pandemic time, I feel that those in the restaurant industry who show up should be appreciated but Absinthe is clearly striving to be more. We had never been there before but felt like valued customers. We will be back.

                                                  24. O

                                                    Overserved

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    181 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    181 reviews

                                                    Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    My favorite place in Hayes Valley. the outdoor seating is comfortable albeit a bit noisy when the trucks roll or the horns honk! The fish dishes are always good. Petrale sole with mushrooms, turmeric and mashed potatoes was perfect. The salmon with sorrel sauce was a great classic combination and those little potatoes were so tasty . We were too full for dessert but great cocktails prefaced all. the service is always good and helpful

                                                  25. VH

                                                    VanessaH

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    11 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Always great food. Staff are super accommodating. Love the parklet.

                                                  26. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Excellent service and food

                                                  27. LH

                                                    LeslieH

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                    Absinthe is back! Last meal here over 3 years ago was such a disappointment. Our recent meal was absolutely incredible. Such a pleasure to be out eating wonderful food again. Our server was helpful and charming. Great experience. Thank you!

                                                  28. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                    Delicious!!

                                                  29. JK

                                                    JuliaK

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    9 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Three is us we’re celebrating birthdays and we all had a great time.

                                                  30. b

                                                    birder

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    115 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    4.0

                                                    115 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                    overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                    My friend and I liked the food very much. The portions have gone a bit smaller, like everywhere. We were disappointed though, not to see the potato crusted fish on the menu anymore, that used to be our favorite!! Can you re-consider to bringing that back??

                                                  31. DL

                                                    DeborahL

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                    Bar service could be a tad faster, also prices are a little high. Food was fabulous.

                                                  32. R

                                                    Randall

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    5.0

                                                    5 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Another beautiful evening and dinner at Absinthe. Reservation was for outside. The day of, it was cold and the restaurant graciously moved us indoors. Very much appreciated. And then followed with great service, beautiful food, and warm ambiance. We had a great time.

                                                  33. s

                                                    sparky

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    29 reviews

                                                    vip
                                                    5.0

                                                    29 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                    Greeted by charming host. Table was in a quiet corner. Lovely ambiance. Velvet banquet. Server came to take drink order immediately. Lovely cocktail menu. Delicious offerings. Limited menu but everything we ordered was perfection. Desserts were decadent. We will return. Love it!

                                                  34. MV

                                                    MVdiner

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    1 review

                                                    4.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                    overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                    The burger was dry. It would be great if they invested in some black napkins so those of us in black don’t leave speckled in white!

                                                  35. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    4 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                    Excellent service. Great food plated in a lovely manner. Portions generous. I asked for a fruit salad due to dietary limitations and they prepared a lovely one. Comments from our group was that there was a little too much bacon in the quiche and the pea soup. Although everyone enjoyed those dishes as well.

                                                  36. r

                                                    ronaldw

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    4.0

                                                    3 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                    Please bring back other food options, especially Coq Au Vin.

                                                  37. JR

                                                    JoeR

                                                    San Francisco

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    2.0

                                                    2 reviews

                                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                    overall2food3service2ambience3

                                                    we arrived early and was asked to have a seat at the bar while waiting for the table. The hastiest did not come and tell us our table was ready at 8:30. I had to go back the hostess stand. Poor service.

                                                  38. KS

                                                    KatiaS

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Very nice restaurant with outstanding service and food! Beef tartare was amazing!

                                                  39. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                    Excellent food and service! We had a wonderful night, thank you!!

                                                  40. OT

                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                    1 review

                                                    5.0

                                                    1 review

                                                    Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                    overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                    Fantastic food. It had an authentic French vibe throughout. Loved it.

                                                  Safety precautions

                                                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                  • Physical distancing

                                                    • Limited number of seated diners
                                                    • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                    • Extra space between tables
                                                  • Protective equipment

                                                    • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                                  • Screening

                                                    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
                                                    • Staff temperature check required

                                                  FAQs

                                                  Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF is rated 4.6 stars by 6523 OpenTable diners.

                                                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                  Booked 59 times today
                                                  Google Map for Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

                                                  398 Hayes Street San Francisco, CA 94102

                                                  Additional information

                                                  • Cross street

                                                    Gough

                                                  • Neighborhood

                                                    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

                                                  • Hours of operation

                                                    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                  • Cuisines

                                                    French, Californian

                                                  • Dining style

                                                    Casual Elegant

                                                  • Dress code

                                                    Smart Casual

                                                  • Parking details

                                                    No valet. Street parking and nearby public lot located on Grove between Franklin and Gough.

                                                  • Payment options

                                                    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                  • Executive chef

                                                    Ian Begg

                                                  • Additional

                                                    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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