Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

4.6
6422 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
We are currently accepting reservations for lunch, and dinner, and will have heated and covered outdoor seating in our parklets on Hayes and Gough streets. Since weather in SF is unpredictable, we also recommend you bundle up for your meal.

As always, the health and safety of our employees and guests are top priority. We’re keeping a safe distance, masking up, and following all recommended safety and sanitization procedures. If you’re feeling less than your best just give us a call and we’ll happily reschedule your reservation.

Support Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 6422 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love the food at service at Absinthe. Their outdoor setup was delightful -- private and pretty quiet, with great heaters!

We enjoyed the Mother's Day Prix-fixe. The only minor flaw and a note for your reference was that the optional dessert for the pot-de-creme was supposed to be $8, and we were charged $9. No big deal; we're happy to support Absinthe!

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Katnip
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The roast chicken was dry. The duck confit was more like duck bacon. It was hard and almost too salty to eat. Service was confused about a lot of things. I would like to support restaurants now, but it seems they are having difficulty getting things up and running correctly. Considering with a 30% tip, this was $174 for two people, and the food was pretty terrible, it wasn't anywhere near worth it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Been coming here since 2018 and I still love it! Sad that they don’t serve the pretzel appetizer anymore. Hope they’ll bring it back!

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LisaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. I had the steak frite and banana pudding. It’s was delicious !

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carlaa
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the greeter to the bartender to the server all amazing staff!!! Wonderful experience!! Food just made it even more of a beautiful experience!!! It’s one of our favs!! So glad they made it thru the pandemic!!!

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SanRafaelEater
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Because we are eating outdoors it's very noisy on Gough.
The servers were terrific and the limited menu was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Food not great anymore

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The food is always excellent and the staff is fantastic! My husband loved the duck confit and said it was the best he ever had! We missed the pretzels so hopefully they will be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Same delicious food but the outdoor tables are difficult to keep warm & noisy so close to heavy Gough traffic

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FransM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Made a Sunday evening dinner reservation but must have set our expectations too high. The French Onion Soup and Trout Dip were fantastic. The Steak was extremely salty while the Chicken had so much lemon juice on the skin that they were both not edibles. Our drinks were heavy poured but it made up for the poor food quality. For the price I wouldn’t recommend the restaurant for those looking for a nice meal outside of tapas.

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vipGilbertG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Skip this one

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vipSeanaS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. My friend could not stop saying how much she loved the vegan soup.

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vipMark
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The outside seating on Gough street is noisy and I wouldn’t recommend it. For this price point, I would expect a better experience.

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StephyK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

I am sad to write that Absinthe good was so terrible this week. Steak was not good at all. Cocktails great but server seemed so grumpy. The maitre de was great. Ambiance outside great though freeZing.

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Anonymous
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed our lunch! Lovely service, spring vegetable soup was outstanding! Everything fresh & delicious!

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AnnM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very lovely lunch!
Good food and a safe place to eat.

MA
MarjA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

It was really lovely, but frankly we didn’t love the food. The French onion soup was a little too sweet. The chicken had some unrecognizable herbal taste. The salad was too tangy.

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vipcobaline
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and wonderfully pleasant midday birthday lunch for my husband. Only request is to bring back the burger!!!

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vipMaryann
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food for the 4 of us for brunch outside in the parklets. Food came out together and hot and was very tasty. Everyone at our table was happy with their choices. Cocktails were good. Overall good experience and will be back. Happy supporting the city to get back up and running.

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SuSu
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, service was great. Outdoor setting well-designed, with heat lamps and each table well-separated. Parking easy in Performing Arts garage. As would be expected, a bit too much street noise, but otherwise outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great but omelette cold

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DianeL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wanted their hamburger. The menu is too limited.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service, just tough sometimes sitting alonsgside Gough as the cars are really noisy/honking and random loud people walk by

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RalphP
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Well, it's not the old Absinthe. Too much stripped from the indoors experience in moving it outdoors, starting with the limited menu. Looking forward to a return to the good old days.

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vipscallops4me
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu for brunch was a little skimpy. But the French onion soup was fantastic, the buckwheat crepes were marvelous, other members of my family enjoyed the quiche and duck confit. We wanted a croque miseure (sp) or madame and that was possible.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around.
Terrific meal

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Roshiy
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food along with wonderful service.
I was very happy they finally opened and I could do va k

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vipEmilyR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steak frites I've ever had + great service!

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ElizabethR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absinthe always delivers. The food is thoughtful and scrumptious, the ambiance delightful ( even the parklet is lovely) and the service is perfect and friendly. Martine is the ultimate professional.

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Olive
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the food. We had the Miyagi oysters, the steak tartare and the steak frites. Everything was really delicious and service was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a great job for being outdoors. The menu is different and smaller but everything was excellent as always. One of my favorite places in SF. Wonderful staff as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Service was inexplicably, painfully SLOW. Though their Covid dining restrictions require customers to vacate the table after 90 minutes, we weren’t even served our main course until after waiting 90 minutes. The 1 cocktail and 1 beer were served within a reasonable delay, but we had to beg after about half an hour of waiting for our bottle of wine. The outside tables were a great set up, though the occasional hot rod zoomed by loudly. Glad we ordered several appetizers because the young children basically ate those as their dinner!

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vip1919
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a great restaurant. Can't wait until we can dine inside again!

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GinaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service. Delicious Food. Perfection! Thank you!

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vipBetty
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect Frites! Excellent service - outside dining worked!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was a bit slow but the food was amazing and the drinks came out quick ! Great park let set up. Would go again. Just with the service time in mind. :D

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt so safe with all their protocols!

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JohnJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place to dine! The staff were so friendly too!

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NicoleD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Great service and a good time. They just reopened, so I can't wait for them to have the full menu for brunch. :)

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vipGeneW
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Restaurant had just opened a few days prior. Menu was limited but all else excellent.

FAQs

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF is rated 4.6 stars by 6422 OpenTable diners.

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.absinthegroup.com/giftcards.php?uuid=091298439192345.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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