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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%
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French, European
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1260 Commercial Dr | between Charles and Williams St., Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

1  Thank Karen D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

2  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 6 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 4 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 Megan K
Reviewed 26 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
Reviewed 15 July 2018

We LOVED this restaurant. The hostess was very friendly and attentive. The chef and the food was FANTASTIC. One of our guests had some food allergies and the chef came to our table to assist her with making choices from the menu that would be...More

1  Thank spiderterp
Reviewed 22 June 2018

If I could give this restaurant a 6/5, I would--my boyfriend and I came here for my birthday dinner and were blown away. This family owned restaurant serves delicious food and what really made the experience 6/5 stars was the ambiance and service. There is...More

2  Thank Rachel F
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

So lucky to have such high caliber dining establishment in our city !! I’ll be delighted to take my friends from Paris to our hidden gem on Commercial! Nice wine list, menu planning taken to the ultimate and so stylishly French !

1  Thank Terrysoup
Reviewed 28 May 2018

We have been to Absinthe several times previously but not for a year or more so we were interested to see if the quality had been maintained. We need not have worried--from the friendly greeting and atmosphere to the superbly prepared food everything was as...More

2  Thank JandVVancouver_BC
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
9 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.
7 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
US$20 - US$32
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
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
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Absinthe Bistro offers modern and classic french cooking on Commercial Drive
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