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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
+1 415-551-1590
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good42%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (30 reviews)
“pretzels” (16 reviews)
Closes in 27 min
All hours
French, Bar, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
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1 - 10 of 443 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great, vibrant establishment with very attentive and Courteous staff as well as knowledgeable regarding the dinner and drink menus .. The cauliflower soup was beyond great .. I can still taste it and want more ! It is vegetarian based as well. We were too...More

Thank ddkpp
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was pleasantly surprised by the relatively inexpensive pricing compared to good quality of the dishes. The environment was a bit noisy but overall nice ambience. Parking is tricky so recommend the $15 valet parking.

Thank travelgirl282
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had a late, leisurely lunch here and it was thoroughly enjoyable, with excellent food and great, attentive service, with no pressure to get us out. It's a large, warm space and one could easily imagine oneself being in Paris. We walked...More

Thank ejgRochesterNY
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Among the city’s most beloved and longest-running dining institutions since 1998 Absinthe is located on the corner of Hayes and Gough in what is now one of the city's premier neighborhoods. The atmosphere is casual and evokes turn-of-the-century France with dark wood, maroon velour accents...More

1  Thank Mark H
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Not cheap ... We paid 10 dollars for a Sambuca. But an excellent place to people watch and see the real way of serving absinthe.

Thank sjhorrox
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Absinthe is an unabashed homage to Paris Brasserie, resplendent with cloth napkins, rich bread, attentive wait staff, and knowledgable wine service, nice stemware. This was our first trip to Absinthe since their revamping. I, for one, didn't notice any difference, that is to say that...More

Thank James B
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We enjoyed the restaurant - quirky and cool place in San Francisco Chickpeas and burgers were all fantastic! Loved the mixed drinks too :)

Thank KathrynCupcake
Reviewed 16 October 2017

What a fun place enjoy an evening with excellent... and I mean, EXCELLENT, service and food. The oysters were fresh and delicious. The steaks were tender and well cooked with excellent potatoes and aus jus. Try the cod dish also - it was outstanding with...More

Thank DeepInTheWoodsMike
Reviewed 5 October 2017

The food here is good, and so is the atmosphere and service. The drinks were all craft cocktail quality!

Thank WinoExtreme
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Randomly showed up in this neighborhood, and asked where to go...and looked up some reviews. It led us to this place. Very happy that it did. the service was great, the food was delicious, and the wines were yummy. We had lunch outdoors, but the...More

1  Thank rgstrip
Hayes Valley
Chock full of designer boutiques, art galleries, funky
shoe stores, and great restaurants, it’s hard to
imagine Hayes Valley once languished in the shadow of
a major freeway. Its removal allowed for the creation
of an attractive boulevard on Octavia Street with a
community park at its center and dozens of trendy
businesses to satisfy visitors looking for a stylish
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21 February 2017|
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Response from johnny_yeadon | Reviewed this property |
nope they are not! They're a medium/high end bar/restaurant with an extensive drinks/wine list, some reasonable wine prices and others off the freakin' chart expensive!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Hayes Valley
  • Neighbourhood: Hayes Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 415-551-1590
  • E-mail
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