Café Absinthe serves American and French fare in a candlelit bistro in Chicago. Diners can come in and experience dinner and wine in an intimate setting that seems away from it all. Start the night off with an artisanal cheese plate, Pernod mussels, lump crab cake or Hudson Valley foie gras to prepare the taste buds for the adventurous entrées.
Café Absinthe main courses include Atlantic salmon, sea scallops, crispy duck breast, Australian lamb rack and much more. Those looking for something lighter can enjoy a roasted beet salad or the lobster Boston salad. Café Absinthe also offers an extensive desserts menu, where guests can enjoy a chocolate brownie, rustic apple tart, vanilla Trinity cream and many others to finish the meal.
My wife and I went here on valentines day. The Prix Fixe menu was very good and fairly priced for the special occasion. The food was all well-prepared. The atmosphere is great for date night.
Nice romantic place. Food didn't wow me.
What a lovely occasion - a fine meal with good friends on a cold winter's night - very few folks but it WAS d**ned cold out ... TRICKY to find the entrance but now that we're "in the know", all future visits will be easy! A smallish but upscale menu, beautifully prepared and presented. Started with the mussels which were tremendous. had an amazing chilean sea bass for entree which chef happily swapped out some food-issue sides for something i could have. portions were generous and, i hear, the bread was amazing! of course, the absinthe soothed the wild beasts who were then braced to return to the chicago wintry wind.
Great service & food, too loud for my age group. No view, little ambiance. Great staff!
Good food--especially the sea bass; fun vibrant neighborhood; parking a challenge so valet service a big plus
My husband I had a very nice dinner here. He loved the mussels in Pernod sauce and said his rack of lamb was fantastics. I had the duck and it was very good.
Every dish was excellent and the tastes were perfectly balanced.
My wife's Australian Rack of Lamb was excellent, as always. My Duck Breast was awful. Tough and Grisly. Very disappointing. This was our fourth visit and possibly the last.
My husband and I enjoyed a last minute NYE dinner The service was excellent as was the bar service. The food was good but not exceptional.
Given Cafe Absinthe's location, you'd imagine it to be packed 100 percent of the time, but instead, it is a cozy little nook that has no TVs, and plenty of room for diners to enjoy a quiet, lovely meal together.
Unfortunately, they do not rotate the menu selections often enough, so the food options are super limited, but they do change the drinks and desserts, and that is enough to visit and revisit them.