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Absinthe Bistro

1260 Commercial Dr | between Charles and Williams St., Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
+1 604-566-9053
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“gazpacho” (18 reviews)
“lava cake” (16 reviews)
“creme brulee” (25 reviews)
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French, European, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1260 Commercial Dr | between Charles and Williams St., Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Vancouver. The food is fresh and all the dishes are done to perfection. There is not a myriad to choose but that’s what makes this place unique. Focussing on delivering the customer the best. Menu comes...More

1  Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don’t know what else to say other than “eat at this restaurant.” It’s a real gem, both in terms of service and food: excellent!! The ambiance is simple but charming. This was our second dinner here, and we will return the next time we’re...More

1  Thank Poxbox61
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first visit to this restaurant, and I was extremely impressed! The service was impeccable (prompt, efficient, and unobtrusive yet friendly), and the food equally exceptional. Absinthe has now become one of my favourite restaurants, and worth the trip to the Drive.

2  Thank Mark_YVR
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here for my parents 42nd wedding anniversary and had a really great evening. The husband/wife duo have a wonderful little bistro on the north side of Commercial drive that's definitely worth a visit! We were seated promptly by the window (requested in advance) and...More

2  Thank DirtyDanglez
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

From the time you walk in the door the owners and staff make you feel so at home. The atmosphere was very romantic but casual and ethnic. The food was some of the best we have ever had! We highly recommend taking time to visit...More

2  Thank Karen D
Reviewed 4 October 2018

It's a wonderful feeling when you walk out of a restaurant at the end of the evening realizing that all your expectations had been exceeded. That's precisely how we felt after dining at Absinthe Bistro last night. This unassuming eatery on Commercial shares a block...More

3  Thank allstaryvr
Reviewed 19 August 2018

My husband travels all over the US and agrees that this quaint bistro is amongst the best. We had octopus appetizer which was tender, tasty and artfully presented. The duck was delicious and desserts yummy. The bread was crusty on the outside and just right...More

2  Thank Pvossler
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Absolutely terrific little bistro with great food & service! I had the duck which was done to perfection. Will definitely be going back.

1  Thank johnmG6718PO
Reviewed 5 August 2018

I was really excited to find this place because I love small bistros like this. I had even made reservations like a month before coming to Vancouver! The menu does change a little bit everyday but so far what I had seen, looked and sounded...More

1  Thank megankX3063QF
Reviewed 27 July 2018

My last evening in Vancouver and took my niece to her favourite restaurant - Absinthe - for her birthday. What an absolutely divine evening. The food was excellent and the cherry on the top were the owners. What a stunning couple who took time out...More

2  Thank NixBeautement
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
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23 July 2016|
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Response from Sandy C | Reviewed this property |
We also enjoyed our dinner there. I am not vegan or vegetarian, but am lactose intolerant, so I always check out a menu before going to a place. Once there I alert the server of my issue to make sure whatever I choose will... More
Sharon M
10 April 2016|
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Response from Shawniebear | Reviewed this property |
You can take sky train to commercial drive then a bus...or walk from sky train.
8 August 2015|
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Response from old-jogger | Reviewed this property |
I would advise staying downtown Vancouver and taking a taxi or public transport (Skytrain) to Commercial Drive.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 31
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1260 Commercial Dr | between Charles and Williams St., Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Commercial Drive
  • Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
  • Phone Number: +1 604-566-9053
  • E-mail
Absinthe Bistro offers modern and classic french cooking on Commercial Drive
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