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1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
+1 613-761-1138
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Closes in 20 min
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French, European, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
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Reviewed yesterday

Three of my friends took me for lunch at Absinthe on a Monday which was not very busy in the restaurant. The waitress was amazing. She brought 4 or 5 different wines for us to sample before we each chose our wine. Two of us...More

Thank Zaiga B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I really like the beef tartare and the chocolate fondant. The waitresses were very attentive and friendly. We enjoyed our experience.

Thank 4c0ugar
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was my second visit to Absinthe. Food was delicious. Nice ambience and great service. I didn't try the Absinthe but one of my friends did. Excellent experience but my friends are always the best part.

Thank Andrea18182014
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had the pleasure of tasting Absinthe's mushroom soup at a fundraiser for the Ottawa Food Bank earlier this year, and decided we would try a full meal for our anniversary. Incredible! The service was above and beyond, and the atmosphere was really cool!! Loved...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

Lunch here was wonderful. Great timely service, delicious salad, perfect seating near the window. Great value for such a lovely experience.

Thank linda_street
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Delicious food. We had the beef bourguignon and cheese pasta followed by a sampling dessert of four different items. All excellent, though very rich. The two-person menu looked the most appealing. Our only issue: everything took far too long, including getting to our seats. We...More

Thank ShazPopsMcNeedleson
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food, service and ambiance with generous portions. I would definitely return. The only concern (if any) is that the menu is limited. I'm not sure how often it's updated.

Thank HonestReviewsOnly11
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious food and excellent, attentive service perfect for a special occasion. Chose the three course with wine pairing which we really enjoyed. The portions were not tiny either. I was stuffed. Nice atmosphere. Try the absinthe margarita. Yum!

Thank GriffindorOtt
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great establishment. The atmosphere was nice, if a bit bland, but the music was nice. The staff was great, very attentive, pleasant and helpful. And the food was delicious with a simple, well focused menu. Only complaint was that it may have been slightly overpriced,...More

Thank Meaghan P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a restaurant we keep coming back to. Menu is always great and staff are friendly and knowledgeable. We like the Canadian theme to many of the dishes. Also love that they manage to balance the flavours. I had the beet salad and one...More

Thank KruzinKiwi
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We have friends coming form Toronto. They have a 9 month old and a 4 year old. Do you mind children?
17 May 2016|
Response from Redbirdie3142 | Reviewed this property |
I don't see them having a problem with kids
Are you open Easter Sunday?
29 March 2015|
Response from Patrick G |
Hello thank you for your inquiry we are closed all statutory hollidays and December 24th.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 21
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-761-1138
  • E-mail
Absinthe is a Restaurant where you can eat too much, drink too much, put your elbows on the table and laugh out loud...all at the same time and nobody cares. Absinthe is a restaurant of the people for the people.