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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

5295 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar is one of the longest-running and most convivial dining institutions in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. Located within walking distance of Civic Center and the performing arts centers, the establishment features French and American-influenced brasserie fare for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Absinthe’s lively bar offers classic and creative cocktails and full menu dining.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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French, Californian
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Hours of operation
Mon–Wed 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Thu–Sat 11:30 am–12:00 am
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Sunday Dinner
Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Weekend Dinner
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(415) 551-1590
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Adam Keough
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Please call for more details.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Valet parking available 5:00pm-Close Tuesday-Saturday. Street parking is also available. Public lots located on the corner of Hayes & Franklin and on Grove between Franklin & Gough.
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Special events & promotions
Absinthe Private Dining, directly adjacent to Absinthe Brasserie & Bar on Hayes near Gough, is designed to function as a completely private dining room with its own private entrance, coat closet, restroom and bar.

The menus at Absinthe Private Dining, created by executive chef Adam Keough and executive pastry chef Stephanie Kimura, offer classic and contemporary San Francisco brasserie fare for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The private dining menus reflect those in the main dining room at Absinthe, and change frequently, allowing variety and seasonal freshness.

Absinthe Private Dining is available for business meetings, wedding events,
cocktail receptions, birthdays, showers, wine dinners, pre- or post-performance dinners, and holiday parties.

For more information, please contact Kat Womer at 415-551-1453 or email
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great place to celebrate a Birthday!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

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.

vipRowex (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

I have eaten at Absinthe before, and found the food amazing (and the desserts unbelievable). This time we went for brunch, and it was, well, underwhelming. Unfortunately Absinthe has fallen for the can't be bothered to think our own thing up so let's do what everyone is doing that good bacon can be improved upon by slathering it with sugar. IMHO, CANDYING BACON MAKES IT TASTE LIKE CRAP. And adding sugar to onions to "caramelize" them is a lousy shortcut that gives you a weirdly sweet taste. It isn't rocket science to caramelize onions, all you have to do is cook them slowly and for awhile, then the NATURAL sweetness comes out. If you can't be bothered to do them correctly, just saute or grill the damned things and get it over with.

My friend had much better luck with her seafood scramble, tho she didn't much care for what looked like a frise salad.

Then there were the desserts. I had the Vacherin "Creamsicle" which was die and go to heaven worthy, and my friend had a scoop of raspberry sherbert.

So would I recommend Absinthe for brunch? Maybe, but likely not. I would suggest it as a great place for dessert and coffee or tea tho, and defnitely for dinner when the stuff that "everybody's doing" is not in sight.

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

There is no point making a reservation at this place if one has to stand in a long line of drop ins. We came in at the appointed time, and I walked to the hostess, after making sure that the people waiting did not have reservations. She, politely but firmly told us to go back to the end of the line which had gotten even longer by thus time.
Food was fair. Server was excellent.

4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

I’m from Texas met a friend who lives in the neighborhood. I thought it was a little pricy for what it was but I guess that’s SF it was an enjoyable. Would have been nicer if had a comfortable place I had a reservation to wait bar was full no seats bar tenders could have been friendlier a little arrogant but our waiter was nice

5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Delicious food and excellent service! I went solo, which was fine, but I’d definitely share the experience with someone next time.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

The food was outstanding. The octopus was the best I have ever tasted.

vipdrzeppo (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Had a wonderful lunch. Great burger and fries. Very good Campari and soda.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

It was our Anniversary, and we had a great meal! Special thanks to our waiter, Patrick, who was excellent!

3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent service and good cadence to the pace of courses. Timely, but not rushed.
While the food is prepared perfectly; not over or under cooked, the menu lacks originality and uniqueness. Good if traditional, safe cuisine is what your'e looking for. Cocktails are a highlight.

Good for "before the theater meal".

B4theconcert (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

The service was very attentive and unobtrusive. Food was good and wine/bar selection extensive.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Very consistent. I really like everything about Absinthe except the potatoes they serve with the eggs. Yuck.

5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a brunch here before a matinee of the SF ballet. My husband said that the hamburger he ordered was one of the best he had ever eaten. I enjoyed a very good crab scramble with artichoke hearts and asparagus. I noticed that the artichoke hearts were not the canned and pickeled type, but still tasty and of a good texture. We will eat here again when ever we are in San Francisco for an event nearby.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Absinthe is one of my favorite SF restaurants---great food, good drinks, excellent service, and not so loud as to impede conversation. My date was experiencing Absinthe for the first time, and he loved it too. Absinthe is an expensive restaurant but you get good portion sizes, fresh and imaginative food, and a great overall experience.

dgg42 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. The food is great, the service is great and this time we got to sit in the third room which is quiet!