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$$ - $$$French, European,
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
+1 613-761-1138
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“steak frites” (62 reviews)
“duck” (61 reviews)
“dessert sampler” (18 reviews)
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French, European, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This restaurant surpassed our expectations. The food was amazing and the wine pairing with each course was excellent. The service was also impeccable with the timing of each course perfectly orchestrated and the meals cooked and seasoned to perfection. We will certainly return. It may...More

Thank Claude L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our first family visit to Absinthe was many years ago at their Holland/Spencer location. We had had a great meal and each time we go back we wonder "Can it meet or beat our last meal?" Each time the evening is wonderful. Last night was...More

Thank Escape43260749029
Reviewed 4 days ago

Absinthe is one of my go-to restaurants. The food is consistently good. Among my favourites are the fries, stroganoff and whatever special is on offer. On my last visit I had the butternut squash soup - a must-have if it's available - and a great...More

Thank Brigid H
Reviewed 4 days ago

I brought my wife and two teenage children here for dinner and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. We all ordered something different but were all equally praiseworthy in our choice, with rich flavours, plate presentation, and ample portion size. I had the duck which i...More

Thank gibson737
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I loved the atmosphere, the staff is friendly and the shower you with attention. The food is excellent.

Thank France G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I always thought this was a bar and not a restaurant. I had no idea that such a nice French restaurant existed in Wellington West. Nice vibe and really good food. I liked that you could make your own “table d’hote” and get an appetizer...More

Thank halfkiwi2
Patrick G, Owner at Absinthe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank You!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Absinthe has always been my go-to restaurant for fine food at a moderate price. The bistro features an open concept with a modern, yet warm, atmosphere. The menu includes many French-inspired items such steak frites, beef tartare, fresh soups and salads, and Crème Brûlée, all...More

Thank PaulaM2492
Patrick G, Owner at Absinthe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Chef Pat say's Thank You and Absinthe Loves You!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the restaurant Absinthe for our 50th anniversary. The place was sunny, very pleasant and the seating comfortable. Our waiter was a charming young man and when I told him I've never tasted absinthe (a very strong drink), he explained what he suggested...More

Thank md041019
Patrick G, Owner at Absinthe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank You! glad you chose to celebrate with us. Pat G

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first time visiting the restaurant and we had an amazing time and meal...our server friendly and knowledgeable about their menu......and when each course was delivered explained each meal and what was in it...........the meals were fabulous and the desserts outstanding. Would highly recommend this...More

1  Thank Travel386788
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing food and service! What a great evening! Everything we tried was well balanced and the server did a wonderful job and added to the overall experience!

Thank cstemarie2018
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Julie A
1 October 2017|
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Response from nolikewinter | Reviewed this property |
I hope not!! Why would you want to take a pet to a quality restaurant?.
Ian M
17 May 2016|
Response from Redbirdie3142 | Reviewed this property |
I don't see them having a problem with kids
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 8 - USD 30
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, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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.
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