Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

4.7
6478 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.

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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 6478 people are saying
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ArthurC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food is excellent but the piped-in music was substandard pop.

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roseg
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for the French onion soup and it didn't disappoint.

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vipRuthR
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Such an SF classic! Great food, and love the location.

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LindaB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I have always loved Absinthe. There were a couple of disappointments on this visit. The fries were not crisp - they tasted good but the crispness wasn't there. The french omelette was tasty but I felt the blue cheese was a bit overwhelming and I like blue cheese. The mixed green salad had some sad leaves in it. All in all it was "nice" but not as "nice" as I have had in the past. They did a great job with the outdoor seating and I felt like I was at a bistro in Paris.

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Mark
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and service. Have been here several times before and it just keeps getting better.

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BonnieD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ve been coming here for 20+ years. It’s a warm atmosphere. The benches need to be reupholstered. I’m sure it’s hard due to cash flow. The menu is consistent. The staff are helpful, especially the bus boys. We were running late so perhaps they were rushing but the onion soup was disappointing.
The ribeye was great. The potatoes needed salt! I’ll be back. Second time in two months.

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vipSusanC
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absinthe is absolutely fabulous. No exaggeration. I am not really picky so perhaps my judgement is not one you should depend on. I have NEVER EVER had an omelette this good. I know it’s a basic cooking school thing but I could eat this every day. If I lived close by, I’d spend a dangerous amount of money and time here. It set a beautiful feeling for our first night at the opera and we are so appreciative. Absinthe will be a go-to for SF activities!

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GiancarloBacio
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed the meal, very good preparation. Only lunch menu online, big departure from dinner service.

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vipFlobee
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything as usual here - great food, service, and fun and lively restaurant. Happy to be back dining at this restaurant and good spot before Symphony, Opera, or Herbst events.

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ChasR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service. I ordered the warm olive plate and they were delicious and I don't even like olives, I ordered them for my girlfriend.

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BobbiCap
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wait staff was good. My water was filled regularly which I appreciate
Food was good

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Getse
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Service was outstanding by Emma. The food was divine. The host Mark was welcoming. Thank you for a lovely Birthday Lunch!

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OutandAbout
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice outdoor setting to accommodate COVID including heat lamps and nice wooden dividers. Staff was great and were most generous when we informed them the wine was corked. They immediately provided us with a new bottle. However, the server poured the new wine in the glasses with the corked wine. We just let it go. All was good.

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AnnaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Marcus was fantastic, and offered excellent suggestions. We enjoyed everything we ordered, however, I found the garlic in the Caesar dressing to be a bit overpowering. It eliminated any chance of tasting the anchovy which should be the star.

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vip94521diners
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was lovely and the service was examplary. We look forward to returning.

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ShahramS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

There is much better French restaurants in SF for the price. There was only four main entrees available because of of them was out and they didn't have a daily special. I was very disappointed in the food as I had read such great reviews. This was my first time and last time visiting.

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dtakit
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved the outside dining option and you should keep it as it gives the place a Paris flavor.

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carlam
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Maitre "d was professional attentive and friendly. The waitstaff had good timing. We will definitely revisit.

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vipMedLib
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive but relaxed service AND: we had requested a quiet corner, and the staff actually had us seated in a quiet spot in which we could talk without raising our voices. The food and drinks were wonderful, and staff helpful and attentive.

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JoeG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend the steak frittes - service is excellent, great wine list as well and ample outdoor seating

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Loud, mediocre food, great service

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EthanS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar evening. Service was great. Marcus was perfect. The right combination of timing and personality. Management was super. You can definitely tell these are player coaches and understand their role is to help everywhere. Food was outstanding in both flavors and portions. Overall fantastic.

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BelleBR
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and attention. They call me to update me on the reservation timing. I was impressed by the staff genuine warming welcome and services in general. The food was amazing!

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vipPAJan
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back at Absinthe for a pre-opera dinner. The server was responsive and we were out in plenty of time. Drinks and food (especially the lamb) were delicious. I hope they expand their days of service soon.

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Elaine
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for outdoors, but after checking our proofs of vaccination, we were given the choice to eat indoors which we greatly appreciated as the evening was very hot and the street quite noisy. Service was prompt and efficient, the food was delicious, and we were able to make our 7:30 performance with plenty of time to spare. A wonderful experience!

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a lovely lunch with a thoughtful waiter, wonderful food and a quiet corner table!

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BonnieN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal and great service. We chose to be outside, so the street noise was unavoidable.

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vipCherylT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Absinthe before the pandemic hit, and since we were going to SF to see Hamilton, we needed a place to have dinner that we trusted, that we’ve been to before and enjoyed. Absinthe met all those marks. Checking vaccinations, wearing masks, we all felt very safe and comfortable in the indoor environment. I think the menu has been reduced down a bit but it still had some very nice, fresh choices. I had a Caesar salad with some very good vegan heirloom tomato and squash soup. My husband had the ratatouille with branzino. We split the pommes frites. Very happy to be back in SF and enjoying our very nice dinner at Absinthe!

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vipSLPemberton
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner before going to see Hamilton. Hosts and waitress were welcoming and the food outstanding - as always

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vipDiner65
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside. It was a comfortable space. The food was excellent and the service friendly.

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vipMoMonki
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch on Friday. The trout sandwich was perfectly portioned & super tasty with a side salad. The traditional steak tartare was nicely updated & was already spread on a slice of bread - very convenient & delicious. The Prosecco was fresh & bubbly & the vodka on the rock was on a generous side. It’s one of the best bars in SF.

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DanU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend, food was great! Service was awesome! Definitely would come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was just wonderful

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vipJuliaW
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So nice to see familiar staff again—really enjoy our server,
Remembering her from pre-pandemic (tho I forgot her name)—but this was lunch inside on Friday 8/20.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, it was great!!

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vipNinaW
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

During these difficult times. The food was fresh, service extremely friendly and attentive and food was yummy

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vipMrsT2U
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it. Our server was a doll, the food was great, the atmosphere was jovial. Highly recommend.

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LoriC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration dinner - outside in the parklet. The service was outstanding and friendly. We brought a birthday cake, which was served with lit candles - exceeding my expectations.

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trampnurseNoshes
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there before seeing Hamilton which starts pretty early. Our server made sure that we got out of there on time and the food was excellent. Great experience all around!

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PattiB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed recent lunch staff was super, food excellent and ambiance was beautiful and was not rushed. Have been there several times always a favorite. Thanks to the staff.

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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF is rated 4.7 stars by 6478 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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