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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Hayes Valley
French, American, Bar, European, Contemporary
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398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421 (Gough)
+1 415-551-1590
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 23:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Short walk to SF Jazz venue performances. Tables near jumping, locally active, bar scene are deafening making so-called "fine dining" an impossibility. Onion soup terrific and featured Petaluma raised duck over wild rice very tasty albeit a small serving for huge price. Huge wine list is rediculous with virtually all selectons above $200/bottle up to $5,000. Few, local, California wines... More 

Thank Jerry C
Boca raton
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went with my family for drinks after a City Hall wedding. The staff was friendly, drinks were great and we had a fantastic time. Will go again next time I am in the city!

Thank marjoriem750
Toronto, Canada
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90 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This establishment has been reviewed often and well by our fellow travellers. We concur with the assessment that the food and service is generally good but the noise level is deafening. Management should consider getting some professional advice on noise abatement. Some textiles on the tables and walls might help. The food... was very good. The beet salad and the... More 

Thank Adrian S
Los Angeles, California
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78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I had a nice meal a few nights ago at Absinthe but to be honest it was nice but certainly not great. The steak and duck were nicely plated and flavorful but hardly memorable given the price. Our team of servers were unusually friendly but did not seem to respond to my comment that the steak and... More 

Thank Joepure
Huntsville, Alabama
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195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our research into the better restaurants a short walk from the Orpheum Theater paid off. Everything was great, from the greeting and service, creative cocktails (some with absinthe), appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. All the dishes were creative with very tasty ingredients. For appetizers, one example is the CAULIFLOWER SOUP with roasted grapes, pomegranate, brown butter croutons, and micro arugula.... More 

Thank Umfrid
Manteca, California
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211 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had brunch across the street at Chez Maman and wanted to take a look inside this restaurant. We decided to have a drink at the bar since it was an hour wait to get a table.I looked inside the dining room and decided that I must come back here for a meal some day. It looks fabulous! The pictures... More 

Thank Tina C
Berkeley, California
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88 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and I have been eating lunch here after seeing the 11:00 Nutcracker perform and we have enough doing this for 20 years, or so. We love the ambiance and the French fare. As always, we had great service. I hade the croque Monsieur and she had the soup a l'ongion. We ordered a couple of other sides and... More 

Thank Leapsandbounds
Oakland, CA
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78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I made a reservation for 8 of us a few weeks before our night at the symphony. It was a little difficult doing so, as the first two individuals I spoke to indicated they don't make reservations for more than 6. The hostess was pleasant, and we were seated promptly. Two additional friends were allowed to join us, and the... More 

Thank FoodieDoodie58
Los Angeles, CA
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best large group meal I have had in a very long time. Three entree choices, each of them beautifully prepared and absolutely delicious. Salmon, chicken, croque monsieur -- each was excellent. And the salads were also terrific. Chocolate cream dessert topped it all off. Very pleased.

Thank DrJerryLosAngeles_CA
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Food was fantastic. Atmosphere was warm and lively. Service as mentioned by others functional but brusque ( google it!😀). Nice cocktail... served between soup and mains - if that's what you expect? Wine - very average. Conclusion- good location, but there has to be better, no sorry only been in SF 24 hours - there are better places! Find somewhere... More 

Thank Keithdxb

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 40
French, American, Bar, European, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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 respite.
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