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Absinthe Bistro

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$$ - $$$
Commercial Drive
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1260 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
+1 604-566-9053
17:30 - 20:30
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Sun 17:30 - 20:30
Wed - Thu 17:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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117 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

When was the last time you looked around a restaurant and nobody was looking at their cell phone. That's the way it was last night at Absinthe Bistro. The food, the service and the typically French Bistro ambiance draw your full attention to eating and enjoying the presence of other diners. We had the Lamb shank and the Sablefish which... More 

1 Thank Bob S
Edmonton, Canada
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105 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited Absinthe Bistro on a Wed evening without reservation and was immediately offered a table for one. Servers were friendly and gracious. I ordered the Prix Fixe 3-course meal of Chicken Liver Terrine, Sablefish and Caramel Rice Pudding, and a glass of Riesling. The terrine was tasty and better than average. What blew my mind was the Sablefish dish... More 

Thank Kien G
Manchester, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easily one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver. Small, cosy and intimate restaurant with no suggestion of being pretentious. The staff are welcoming and engaging friendly and they know the menu and the wines that come with it. The menu format is simple - 3 starters, 3 mains, 3 desserts and these change regularly and very reasonably priced. For this... More 

1 Thank NSM20
olympia, washington
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Three weeks ago, my wife and I enjoyed dining at the delightful Absinthe Bistro. Do begin with one of many fine absinthe cocktails, and wine selections are nice. Three- course dinner selections were very well prepared. Raw Tuna marinade, Roasted Pork Belly, and Filet of Sablefish were delicious, and I cannot replicate the intricate flavors at home, though I will... More 

1 Thank ra1irc
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

The food and service were excellent. I Went with a total of four people, everyone loved their meals. You can tell a lot of thought and love goes into the presentation and menu. The rice pudding brought me back to my childhood. I had a seat that allowed me to view the kitchen. The staff seemed to run like a... More 

1 Thank ZIa888
Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

A perfect intimate French bistro. One could easily imagine they were dining along the rue Rivoli. Or on Iles St Louis. Absinthe is Paris personified in Vancouver.

1 Thank Jillian F
Vancouver, Canada
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

I am so disappointed with this place. Went for drinks and dinner with my gals. The tuna tasted rotten, service was terrible, enough said.

1 Thank wilycomet
West Vancouver, Canada
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148 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

My husband and I had two friends visiting from Australia and we wanted to take them to an interesting place for dinner one night. Having read the reviews of Absinthe Bistro I decided that it was the place to go. This very small restaurant is authentically French and very cosy. We started with the signature absinthe cocktails which nicely set... More 

Thank Siwa08
Ottawa, Canada
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77 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Great bistro atmosphere and very friendly staff. However, I was a bit disappointed by the food after reading such good reviews; I expected a bit more. I had the soup, the pork belly and the caramel rice pudding. I found the rice pounding too sweet, so perhaps try another dessert on their menu. Everything was good and okay in general,... More 

Thank lilyyhan
Baltimore, Maryland
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78 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This one is a gem on Commercial Drive! Ordered the 3 courses menu and you won't regret a bit. Try the osso bucco if it is offered on the menu. The wine list is small and the prices are reasonable. It is well worth a visit.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 26 - USD 41
French, European, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1260 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Commercial Drive
  • Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
  • Phone Number: +1 604-566-9053
Absinthe Bistro offers modern and classic french cooking on Commercial Drive

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Staying in Commercial Drive

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Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy counter-culture. Straddling the line between sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups, and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit of self-aware graffiti, Commercial Drive has resisted gentrification in favor of continuing to build a thriving den of affordable multiculturalism. Once known as Vancouver's "Little Italy," it has also been the immigration point for Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Portuguese to the city. The resulting hodgepodge makes for poetry readings in espresso cafes, social debates in early-open bakeries, and eco-activism posters pinned up in the many multi-ethnic markets in the area. Commercial Drive is where you go to feel like a local, and if you have them, bring the kids – The Drive has a number of bookshops, toy stores, and attractions to get them involved too.
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