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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF, San Francisco, CA

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

4.6
4.6
6701 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
We are currently accepting reservations for lunch, brunch, and dinner.

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.


Effective 09/26/2022:
Outdoor seating will not be available for the remainder of 2022.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 551-1590

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ian Begg

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Cross street

    Gough

  • Parking details

    No valet. Street parking and nearby public lot located on Grove between Franklin and Gough.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 6,701 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    French

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  1. SW

    SarahW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Would like more menu options. The omelette was delicious, like custard, happy it was mentioned as it wasn’t on the menu.
  2. MB

    MaryB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my third time at Absynthe. I was surprised at how much the prices have risen. Our very expensive meal did not disappoint. They have probably the best French Onion Soup I've ever taste. Their Pomme Frites are out of this world. Oysters were fresh. Service was prompt. Nice SF style ambience but a little loud.
  3. RR

    RRankin

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Where is the beef bourgineon on the menu? Disappointed.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Put us in the back room . It was quiet but cold. Food and waitress outstanding
  5. B

    Baywanderer

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    We had problems. It was very busy and the service was slow. Understandably, this is often the case post Covid. The big disappointment was the food. The Lyonnaise salad was awful. We should have sent it back. The quiche was overcooked. The eggs Benedict were well cooked. My sense is that sometimes you may get the food properly cooked but be prepared for disappointment. The restaurant has fallen far from its past. The decor is still lovely.
  6. MB

    MuttiB

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It is a big loss that the Coq au vin has disappeared from the menu (not from one of the websites) - the Petrale sole is wonderful, but a bit on the expensive side. Not surprisingly. It is a beautiful restaurant but most of my friends cannot afford to eat there.
  7. A

    Aptos

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Have been there many times pre Covid This is first time since 2020. Menu is much more limited, Service was just okay, a bit slow. The mixed greens salad was literally that and nothing else. New York steak was great!
  8. E

    Essie

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    they increased the price by at least 30% for lots of the items on the menu. overpriced but it's the best french restaurant in my opinion.
  9. o

    outoftowner

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    One of our favorite places when we're in SF. Great place for Sunday brunch. Love the ambience. Best ever Eggs Benedict. Everything would be 5 stars except it was pretty chilly on a November weekend. Don't know if that was a temporary situation or normal for the cooler months.
  10. WW

    WaylandW

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best eggs Benedict I have ever had. The service was attentive and efficient. Atmosphere was excellent. An overall outstanding experience.
  11. RK

    RobertK

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A real restaurant, great to walk into, beautiful, comfortable, unpretentious, first rate food, we had a wonderful evening with an important old friend, we don’t see often. It’s just the kind of place for that experience. Now, unfortunately, rare.
  12. EF

    EatFreshFeelGood

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sole & scallops & salads were delicious. The potatoes gratin were decadent. Our waitperson was great. We had a 9:15 reservation & the kitchen closed before we were able to order another dish. Perhaps there shouldn’t be a 9:15 reservation if the kitchen closes so early. San Francisco is a sleepy town.
  13. O

    Overserved

    San Francisco

    188 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    188 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were late due to traffic and parking issues and had only 50 minutes to get dinner prior to the opera and the staff did it for us. The sole is always a fabulous dish and those mashed potatoes are to die for!
  14. DE

    DENNIS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were outstanding. We enjoyed the experience.
  15. s

    sdia

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious and we love David who is so cool and helpful with gluten allergy folks, see you again soon
  16. LC

    LisaC

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Going to the Symphony Martin was a great waiter Delicious food
  17. B

    Bobeatswell

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absinthe is a great spot in the opera house, symphony area. Always good!
  18. DB

    DanB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great menu. Couldn’t decide because so many good choices. Had the Sole and was very good. Personally I don’t think mashed potatoes go quite right. Sole is very soft so the dish is a bit all soft. I’d go with small potatoes or a rice/wild rice dish. My wife had the bacon with duck salad. She’s dying to go back and have it. The steak sounded great, but heavy and I didn’t want to sleep through the Opera. They seated us in the back room which really lacks the ambiance of the rest of the restaurant. So I had them move us in the second room. But that has a door to the kitchen which is not visually appealing.
  19. B

    Betty

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Continues to be a gem in Hayes VAlley! Superb service and delicious food.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    F A B. Loved every minute
  21. TH

    THIERRYD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Une très bonne adresse : accueil, ambiance, décor, qualité de service, plaisir de l'assiette ! À refaire sans hésiter.
  22. JC

    JCDssssssssssssssssss

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    David N. is a courteous, sensitive, very efficient server. We might go back to Absinthe simply because of him.
  23. PC

    PeterC

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a superb brunch with an excellent waiter and Ryan ensuring all went well.
  24. OP

    OperaPatron

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Prices have gone up, but the food was delicious. It was very chilly inside the restaurant, but we enjoyed our meal.
  25. KK

    KatieK

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been eating here for years, but hadn't been in since before Covid. We were thrilled to have the most lovely pre-opera brunch yesterday and to see that our 'old' favorite is still bustling and providing excellent food and service. A trip to Absinthe Brasserie is like a mini Paris get-away in the heart of San Francisco!
  26. CT

    ColinT

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Been going here for about 12 years. Reliably good food. Service usually good on the whole. Great for an after-concert dinner. Would like things a little more if the prices didn’t keep going up, and the wines by the glass have always seemed over-priced, but I usually enjoy dining there.
  27. k

    kcbythesea

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific as always. Best onion soup in the city, foie gras was otherworldly.
  28. S

    Suzy641

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We were in a room which was new to me. It appears to be a room rented to groups. Not too friendly, with 2 big tables for 6 and a couple of 2 tops. Best thing was the ability to hear one's dining partners! Also, I changed our booking from 4 to 6 on very short notice and feel that would never have been possible without the table (and room) to which we were assigned. Food was very good, as usual.Our server did a great job until our dessert request...we had to leave for the opera before a requested tart arrived...one of our group came back to claim it post-performance, I think!
  29. EC

    ElenaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone at our table loved what they ordered. They didn't have a good Tequila but otherwise everything was fantastic.
  30. L

    Larry

    Los Angeles

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambience!
  31. BS

    loveBSide

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A+ on service, food and atmosphere. Absinthe never disappoints. Special shout-out to the host - Emma - who was extra attentive. I cannot recommend Absinthe enough.
  32. J

    Jez1

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    Our evening began well- wonderful cozy ambiance, our server asked if we had tickets to a show -!: we replied yes. Our salad and wine came out in a timely manner. Then we waited, and waited. The table next to us who had arrived well after we did was served and left before we received our main course. It was over an hour before our food arrived and left us feeling rushed as we had only 25 minutes to eat and pay. We would have loved a second glass of wine but there was no time. This was so disappointing. Our reservation was made for 5:15 and our shoe tickets were at 7:00 so we thought we had adequate time to have a relaxing meal. The visit has soured me on Absinthe.
  33. JS

    JayS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience. Great food, great staff, great ambiance.
  34. M

    Maren

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Close to Symphony and Opera House AND my favorite shop !!! Always a pleasure to have reservations and a pleasant experience.....
  35. SB

    StacyB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Eggs Benedict was fabulous! Salade Lyonnaise was too salty and overdressed. Would have been better to have the duck confit bone-in on top of salad rather than shredded and mixed in. Overall food was good.
  36. LK

    LarryK

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good classic French fare with amiable and unpretentious service. The chocolate pistachio croissant was the most novel item, and it was obvious that the chefs fussed over it with care and pride.
  37. JC

    JimmyC

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Absinthe is great. Atmosphere, food, drinks, etc. look forward to going back soon.
  38. HM

    HeidiM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The burger is amazing. Loved the salad with fuyu persimmon. And Ethan our waiter was professional, caring and made the meal memorable. Absinthe is one of our favorite restaurants.
  39. B

    Betty

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood spot - delicious food and great service.
  40. MV

    MichaelV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, David, remembered us from last time & asked about our trip to Italy! He was excellent as was the food. As we got ready to leave at 7:15 it got kind of noisy.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF is rated 4.6 stars by 6701 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today
Google Map for Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

398 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gough

  • Neighborhood

    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    No valet. Street parking and nearby public lot located on Grove between Franklin and Gough.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ian Begg

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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