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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

4.4
5311 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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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Cuisines
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
Brunch
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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Catering
Please call for more details.
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Cross street
Gough
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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 kat@absinthegroup.com
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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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What 5311 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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4.0
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

We continue coming to Abinsthe and enjoying our time here.

We are bar flys so we prefer to eat our meals at the bar.
The Staff are friendly and helpful. The cocktails are devine...
Great meal!

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Deborah (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Octopus for dinner was absolutely incredible! Everything was top notch. Only wish I still lived in SF so I could dine there once a week! I’d love to come back ASAP!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Our server was a little snooty for my taste but the host was very pleasant and the food was impeccable.

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Sandy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Always delicious food and drink. We especially love their fries, onion soup and drinks.
Service usually good.

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OpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great atmosphere, romantic table seating was great. Yummy oysters, incredible duck & octopus entrees.

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vipoldenoughtoknow (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely wonderful.
Haggar, Martine & Ramsey are stars !!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Foods good but service lacked. Had to waive waiter down for everything. Didn’t bring bread or water.

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viplapeligrosa (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Lovely pre-theatre meal with friends. Great service, nice table
in the corner, no rush on a Sunday night.
Wait staff very knowledgeable and helpful with wines.
Food was wonderful....except for the fries--what happened there?
Not as crispy and yummy as I remembered.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

While we have been here for dinner several times, this was our first brunch. The dungeness scramble was outstanding.

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Food4TT (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

This is my favorite place for lunch before going to the ballet. The food is delicious. The service is great. We eat here every chance we get. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

We love Absinthe. The ricotta stuffed French toast & Dungeness crab scramble were delicious as always. Don’t miss the potatoes with onion jam!
The service is always attentive but not cloying. We love the ambience. Returning next week before the ballet!

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vipSuzanne (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

We have been going to ABsinthe for years before the ballet. While the food is still excellent, we were so disappointed in the very dark lighting (like being in a cave) and the noise level. They no longer have white tablecloths and that has contributed to the noise level. I don’t know what happened to the lighting but it is now so dark that it is unpleasant. After being loyal patrons for years, we we will not go again. It was very hard to have a conversation and that defeats the purpose of dining out with friends. So disappointing and sad.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

This was our first visit after more than 3 years in SF and we will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Amazing food and service
Try the octopus

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vipkristen212 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

As a solo diner it was very clear that I was being rushed to turn the table. My entree came out as I was 1/2 into my salad and they thought it was OK to just leave it on the table and suggest it came out faster then expected.

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vipEllen (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Food and service, as always, very, very good. A favorite. But the noise level, even at this lunch time was way over the top, way beyond "energetic," even in the second room with a lot of other seemingly retired folks going to the symphony at 2 in the afternoon. Please, please, get some softer sound absorbing surfaces in there. Quite of few of my friends who regularly dine before the opera or a jazz concert will no longer go here, despite the good food, because it is so difficult to carry on a conversation. While the bar seems to attract the 30-somethings, much of the dining crowd seems to be older. Make it more pleasant for us older folks who like to converse while we eat and prevent the 30-somethings from losing their hearing, as well as try to meet OSHA standards on noise level for your staff. Next time I come, I plan to bring a deciblemeter and if the sound is as high as I think it is, report the workplace hazard of high noise level to OSHA.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great place to celebrate a Birthday!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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vipRowex (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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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.

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CliffB (Miami)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 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

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PeterV (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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MichaelS (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 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".

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vipB4theconcert (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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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.

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MargaretN (San Francisco)
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 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.

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