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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF, San Francisco, CA

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

4.7
4.7
7135 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
We are currently accepting reservations for lunch, brunch, and dinner.


Effective 09/26/2022:
Outdoor seating will not be available.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 7,135 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    French

7,135 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been coming here over 30 years. They have a new chef and the food is fabulous! Yay Absinthe!

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  2. MarilynnN

    New York City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Obviously, Absinthe is one of my favorite restaurants, but I must mention how wonderful our waiter was. We have two young girls, ages 4 and 6, and he remembered that they love extra foamy steamed milk, oysters, and crab salad. He is always so professional and patient.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were great. A little on the rich side (it's French).

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  4. SBils

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful restaurant for a belated Valentine's dinner. The food was delicious, particularly the sol. Our waiter was very friendly, and gave good recommendations. We also loved how the music wasn’t too loud - we were able to enjoy a conversation without sensory overload.

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  5. LucindaL

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    delicious food with excellent service in a lovely setting; always reliably good

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  6. mng3707

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the Petrale Sole and the Hamburger. And the wines by the glass are always top-notch. Everything about the Absinthe pre-performance experience is first rate!

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  7. SuzieP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and food. Perfect place before a show.

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  8. CydG

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location in Hayes Valley, convenient to the arts, theaters, entertainment.

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  9. RobertY

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Returning to one of our favorite Hayes Valley destinations! We ate at the bar...the bar staff was very welcoming and helpful. the cocktails and the wine list was very good! we also enjoyed our meal!

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  10. Ariadne15

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    In addition to impeccable service, Absinthe's personnel, either servers or greeters always ask about time limits - and they hold to them! My dining companion had to leave by 7 and they made it happen. Plus, we also had dessert. The food is consistently good, so it's a pleasure to dine @ Absinthe. We will, of course, be back.

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  11. SueN

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Walking distance from BART, cozy atmosphere. Very good service, waitress knowledable, menu could have been a bit more varied, but choice all delicious.

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  12. Sherm

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and even better service. I loved the cheese recommendation.

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  13. TamaraW

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal I have had in a long time! I recommend the squid and crab salad.

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  14. DanaK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There is no better food and service in San Francisco! Steak prepared to exact requirements. Superb always fresh coffee. Spotlessly clean restroom. Very friendly, welcoming hostess and management. Very expensive and worth it!

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  15. MichelleM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    1st time at the restaurant, would come back again!!

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  16. Pezhu

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Friendly staff. I'm a usual customer and the only suggestion I have is to make updates to the menu at least once a season.

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  17. Coco

    San Francisco

    171 reviews

    5.0

    171 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service- friendly, welcoming! Food is scrumptious, great menus selection, cocktails and wine list.

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  18. AnnW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was really outstanding and I wish we could have the same waitress on every eating out occasion.

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  19. TimS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    A little underwhelming. Although our reservation was for 8 on a Friday, they were out of two of the things we wanted. We split an app, a salad, an entree and a dessert and only the entree was exceptional. Our table was in a not so nice area of the restaurant and right on a major thoroughfare. Our server was not particularly helpful and the food did not come in the order we requested. All in all, a rather ho-hum experience. Last time we were there, everything was amazing so we will probably give it another try.

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  20. Bella

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a great time for a celebratory dinner! Will be back.

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  21. Arlekin

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing atmosphere! Fantastic menu, food is exceptional! Service is 5 stars. Love Hayes Valley. My favorite place in SF!

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  22. KimyK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service. The drinks are especially wonderful.

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  23. JeffO

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was exquisite. Walter, our server, was not. Spent too much money for a mediocre experience.

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  24. RoyF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The lamb chops were cooked to perfection, and the food was excellent overall. Highly recommended

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  25. EvanH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, authentic French cuisine that cannot be found anywhere else outside of France. I make it a priority to dine at Absinthe every time I visit San Francisco.

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  26. AllaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed lunch over there. The duck salad was very tasty.

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  27. PennyT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience. We had brunch before the ballet and we had a short amount of time. The waiter was fantastic and the food met all expectations.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent restaurant for special occasions. The ambience and mood were great, all the soups and entrées are fantastic, and the cocktails are perfect. 

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  29. Rick

    Hawaii

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service at their best! Wait staff was fantastic!

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  30. MichaelF

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
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  31. RobinG

    Sacramento

    109 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My crab salad was fresh and wholesome. My friend’s onion soup looked yummy and she ate it with relish. I wasn’t very impressed with the cheese/ beet plate, it was uninspired to say the least. Our waiter was kind and thoughtful. It was a fun place to have a girls luncheon.

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  32. josephn

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining here and we’ll definitely return. Superb ambience, especially b/c of the lack of background music. Excellent and expert service by a well-trained and very professional team. Great seafood menu and excellent wines by the glass. Menu was well designed and flavorful, though definitely on the rich side.

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  33. JohnD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food , service, ambiance was excellent. However, the lunch entrees were very limited so a return for lunch would be put off so that I can enjoy lunches at other restaurants. You might consider a simple special.

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  34. Barbara

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent as usual. We have been coming to Absinthe for many years and this was the first time we had any problem with our waiter. He was rude! Hopefully we get a different waiter next time we come

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  35. Mickie

    Yosemite

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and our waiter outstanding. Hostess could have been a little more caring. We arrived early and were told there was no seating available and to sit at the bar.......It was a Saturday night and the bar was packed with no seating. We danced around trying to avoid servers and patrons and finally a waitress came by asking us if we wanted a drink. Told her we had a reservation and it was she who finally got us seated...never even had a backward glance from the hostess

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  36. KevinW

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service was rushed and courses were not paced properly.

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  37. SheilaP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had brunch there before our show at the Orpheum. There were 5 of us and we had a great time. Our server was the best and very attentive. The food was amazing and so was the champagne.

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  38. Dave

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great neighborhood restaurant near the music venues with a wonderful bar, good decor and excellent food.

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  39. Gigi

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner before the ballet. The food was excellent, and our waiter was aware of our timeline, and so the dishes and drinks arrived promptly. And we love the ambiance at Absinthe. The only thing was the drinks seemed a little light on alcohol. We will return again.

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  40. anonymous

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was exceptional. I could come back for 4 different dinners. Love the new menu.

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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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF is rated 4.7 stars by 7135 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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