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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, Gluten Free Options
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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

This has been my favourite restaurant on the Drive for sometime. The food, ambience and service are all delivered with style and quality. On my last visit, I had the seafood courses. The tuna appetizer and Sea Bass on lemon fennel main course were both...More

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank brianmcrae
Reviewed 14 December 2018

You can order a la carte or a 2 course or 3 course (includes dessert) for set price. Limited selection and seasonal menu, Very tasty but smaller portions. You can bring your own store bought wine for a 24 dollar corkage fee as long as...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank jpr453
Reviewed 11 December 2018

I went with my boyfriend for a romantic dinner. I was really impressive because it's so cozy and people are so friendly. It's an absolute great place to have a delicious French food. Also, the service was excellent. Hope I can go back soon!!!

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank Adriana_BMelo
Reviewed 9 December 2018

We ate here 2 years ago and decided to go again as they had a menu that appealed to us. The service is very good. We decided to have an appetizer and main course each. My husband had the steelhead with goat cheese, pecans and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank vbrother
Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

Had dinner here last night and it was perfect. They offer three apps, three mains and three desserts with fixed price options, so we tried them all. They were all excellent. The owners who built the interior themselves which is creative and comfortable, made us...More

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank Glen W
Reviewed 3 December 2018

We had our staff party here and it was absolutely wonderful! Delicious food, great service and a great atmosphere. We will be back and I'm sure many of our staff will too! :) Thank you!

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank CindyT100
Reviewed 30 November 2018 via mobile

I decided to take my wife and son out for a dual celebration for our anniversary and my son finishing his first semester at UBC. It was our first visit here and it was far beyond any of our expectations. The day started with a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank red5fred
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Vancouver. The food is fresh and all the dishes are done to perfection. There is not a myriad to choose but that’s what makes this place unique. Focussing on delivering the customer the best. Menu comes...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

I don’t know what else to say other than “eat at this restaurant.” It’s a real gem, both in terms of service and food: excellent!! The ambiance is simple but charming. This was our second dinner here, and we will return the next time we’re...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank Poxbox61
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

This was my first visit to this restaurant, and I was extremely impressed! The service was impeccable (prompt, efficient, and unobtrusive yet friendly), and the food equally exceptional. Absinthe has now become one of my favourite restaurants, and worth the trip to the Drive.

Date of visit: October 2018
2  Thank Mark_YVR
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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$31
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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>  > Grandview-Woodland
  • Neighbourhood: Grandview-Woodland
  • Phone Number: +1 604-566-9053
  • E-mail
Absinthe Bistro offers modern and classic french cooking on Commercial Drive
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