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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF, San Francisco, CA

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF

4.6
4.6
6594 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.

Vaccination Card Requirement
Effective 3/11/2022:
To help ensure the safety and health of our staff and guests, everyone dining indoors must still show proof of vaccine and valid ID, despite the recent repeal of the mandate by the city. We hope this will give continued assurance to our valued clientele that the same safety measures required at the local performing arts venues also apply to indoor dining at Absinthe.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 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 6,594 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    French

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance, great service, excellent cocktails and food!
  2. SR

    SusanRoAne

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the outdoor parklet and the mushroom sauce pasta and pot au creme. Our server Martine was superb. He was efficient, pleasant and so positive.
  3. TM

    ThomasM

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been several times and it has always been excellent across the board. Most recent was for leisurely lunch that didn't disappoint.
  4. J

    Juno

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great pre-show dining experience. Food was excellent and service was impeccable. Outdoor dining- very pleasant.
  5. S

    Symphonygoer

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We elected to sit outside, where it was noisy. Our call, so cannot complain about that. Friends ate inside and have survived.
  6. AC

    AlexCol

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Absinthe is my go to place for a special occasion. My visits are always superior. Last night, there was a diner seated a few tables who was exceedingly loud in her conversation. That was not pleasant. My order was not as I had ordered despite the waiter making note of it (the kitchen must have goofed). Nevertheless the waiter, David, was super apologetic and fixed the issue immediately. He was great!
  7. FG

    FoodieGal

    San Francisco

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was good and the cocktails were decent. The overall experience was ho-hum. I would really give it 3.5 stars. I don't understand "nice" restaurants that give you menus that are stained and overused and how for a noted "birthday dinner" you are seated by the exit door and not even a candle is added to the dessert. Everything from the creativity of the menu, to the worn cafeteria-style plates, to the stained and worn menus, was just underwhelming and seemed a bit tired.
  8. SP

    SusanP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were a large table trying to have dinner prior to a show at SF Jazz. The waiter was prompt and was able to get us in and out in record time. Perfect!
  9. j

    jylly

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Two glasses of wine, two burgers, one soup, and one dessert was more than $125. That is pretty pricey in my book. Every few minutes there was really loud horns and people in traffic honking. I definitely suggest indoors instead.
  10. B

    Boon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and service. Very happy with the evening we had.
  11. j

    janiceh

    San Francisco

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent! Everything we had was outstanding- the Petrale sole, the lobster, the tomato and watermelon salad and the green salad - was all delicious and prepared beautifully. The service was also outstanding. Our waiter was always attentive and served us promptly and very courteous. The wait staff, too, were very courteous and prompt and unobtrusive. It was more noisy than I would have liked, as there was next to us a group of 8 very noisy women. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed Absinthe, and we highly recommend it.
  12. J

    Jims

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Walter, our waiter, was outstanding!
  13. CC

    ConC

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful flavors. Portions ok. Wild Mushroom Tagliatelle delicious, but wish had more. Honey Pinenut Tart was wonderful.
  14. l

    lorac

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor seating was comfortable. Staff brought a heater too. A unique selection of items on the menu and of course, traditional onion soup. Also a fine wine list and cocktails too.
  15. JS

    JohnS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great evening. Went to see Marcia Ball. Great food to start.
  16. AR

    AidaR

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely great! Very tasty and well done dishes, excellent service!
  17. RC

    RubenC

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another amazing meal at Absinthe. Definitely a place to go before the theatre, opera or symphony.
  18. CS

    ColleenS

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Pour une experience culinaire qui faite echo a une bistro Parisien, L'Absinthe est le choix parfait.
  19. MM

    MichaelM

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Service has in the past always been one thing that stands out at Absinthe. That was not the case last night. The bus boys were there usual industrious and friendly workers, but the wait staff both in taking orders, delivering food, including the correct order left much to be desired. Not really up to the usual high standard.
  20. C

    Catherine

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Salad with duck was weird. Egg in the middle was off-putting. No
  21. B

    Betty

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Never disappoints! Excellent service and delicious food.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Great food. Highly recommended. We had a loud birthday party sitting next to us so that made it noisy.
  23. ND

    NancyD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a perfect dinner and evening. Thoroughly enjoyed.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Food was excellent. We sat outside and not the best atmosphere out there. busy . loud. Not that much ambiance. But appreciate they offer it. Inside looked much nicer. Don’t know if they could decorate it a little bit nicer to improve the atmosphere outside although I know that’s hard. Again Food was excellent. Would definitely go back!
  25. GS

    7378GS

    San Francisco

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the atmosphere and excellent food as well as superb service.Our waiter David continues to be wonderful.
  26. S

    Suzy641

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the round table in the second room in the window, my favorite, which works perfectly for 6. Walter, our waiter, took excellent care of us from water to dessert. The ever popular burgers were chosen by some. I had the tuna carpaccio which was lovely to observe and glorious to consume! We ordered desserts and coffee with not much time to spare, but Walter made it all happen! The final bill was not towering, which is the new order with food prices and salaries rising(and still not enough)...worth every cent!
  27. EZ

    ElenaZ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    What happened to this vibrant space with delicious food and unique ambiance? The choices of food were so few and uninspiring that we simply left and went across the street. Our waiter wasn’t accommodating either. Disappointment all around.
  28. ML

    MargL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My friends and I had lunch outdoors before a matinee. The parklet seating was nice and cozy, and the waitress was very friendly and attentive. If only the food had been up to par. My French onion soup was passable—not OK for a French restaurant. The “mixed greens” salad was dressed with a bland oil and vinegar (mostly oil) dressing; no pepper offered (and when I asked for it was brought a finely-ground pepper shaker). My friend said her asparagus sauce tasted “funny, sort of bitter”. My other friend’s French toast tasted “charred” (and not in a good way, he said). We were disappointed.
  29. DF

    DavidF

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great Brunch here with my friend this past Sunday, we had a nice corner booth inside, the music was so fun, the drinks were great and the server was perfect. Thank you!
  30. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding in every way. The food was beautifully presented and delicious, the drinks were creative and equally delicious and the service was outstanding. Our waiter I believe his name was James was just an artist
  31. A

    Ariadne15

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Since this was a pre-event dinner for us,, we ate light. I could not resist the octopus which was prepared so differently from other restaurants, with creme fraiche and potatoes. Actually the potatoes were in the creme fraichc. I could have had a few more octopus slices, but the taste was delicate and the octopus was tender. My dinner companion had steak tartare, which she devoured. Next time, we will share the steak tartare and share an entree. Absinthe just never disappoints! The food quality is superior and the service was spot on. We will definitely be back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    service was excellent and food delicious
  33. LN

    LeeN

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our friend’s birthday at Absinthe Brasserie. It was a great experience. We will definitely be back for more!
  34. b

    billbob

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    A great ambiance near the Van Ness culture zone, the restaurant is practiced at meeting concert/opera deadlines but less practiced at making its dishes flavorful. After a gap of a few years I was surprised that the fungi tortellini was bland, with little mushroom flavor and the sole meuniere lacking in distinction. The French pinot at $16/glass was not a bargain and somewhat less than crisp or bright. Bland is maybe a safe note but folks with a deadline but not a great one for a leisurely meal one wants to remember. I'd recommend this for a drink or appetizer but more may be disappointing.
  35. PG

    PaulaG

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    night out with my daughter
  36. DR

    DanR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service were both great. Our waiter made sure we were out in time to make a 7:30pm performance at Davies. Given COVID concerns, the outdoor dining option was appreciated - but with it comes street noise and the occasional ambulance siren. All things the restaurant has no control over. All and all, a very pleasant experience. Definitely plan to return soon.
  37. GR

    GaryR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Absinthe every time we go. Eating outdoors is especially nice becasue it's quieter than eating in the lively dining room. The food there is excellent!!
  38. BC

    BillyC

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was great. Best Quiche Lorraine I've ever had--so creamy! However, we had ordered fresh oysters, & they forgot them. Staff had to be reminded. Oysters didn't arrive until after our entrees.
  39. AV

    AmsterdamVintageWineCo

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Closest thing to real European Bistrot food you will get and one of the best winelists in town. What’s not to like
  40. A

    Adelaida

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed the delicious drinks and food. I was mostly impressed with the excellent customer service! Staff was attentive, nice and friendly — our host, our waiter Walter and the three bartenders! This was my first time, and I will definitely go back again.

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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF is rated 4.6 stars by 6594 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 28 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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