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Absinthe Bistro

1260 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
+1 604-566-9053
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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French, European, Gluten Free Options
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1260 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to this restaurant with my family a couple months ago and it was amazing. Every meal we ordered was something to be in awe of and our taste buds were ecstatic. The atmosphere is awesome and they have beautiful vintage chandeliers. We met...More

Thank kelseylambs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here around 18:00 without reservation, and told no available spaces. After leaving it and looking around, the waitress found us and told that they have arranged a table for us for 90 minutes, that is really kind. The food is good. The entree...More

1  Thank 937meit
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located just outside downtown Vancouver, I would definitely recommend this restaurant. It's cozy, there are about 25 seats. The menu and the dishes were top quality. Cory and Juliana received our group of 19 family and friends as kings. We were not asked to choose...More

1  Thank OVGDB
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This drive bistro serves a seasonal menu with prix fixe options. The food is remarkably well prepared & presented. The best part is that the portions are not so small as to elicit the potential cringe that a hungry male may make when weighing the...More

1  Thank drumz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for my wife's birthday. She had the ceviche appetizer and sable fish as a main, which she said was great. I had the beef which was also good. We ate on the small patio - which offers a 'colourful' view of the locals....More

1  Thank Jammer05
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Walking home from Absinthe, my wife said "The last time I had a meal that good was the last time we were at Absinthe". Their summer menu is excellent. The "Beet Gazpacho" was a fresh and tasty surprise. he recently added Bouillabaisse has a beautiful...More

2  Thank Bob S
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Had meal here with two good friends and was delightfully surprised at the quality of the food. Limited set menu but something there for any taste. I had the lamb loin which was wonderful and my pals had the Sablefish which they both enjoyed. Limited...More

1  Thank VancouverHipster
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

We called ahead to be sure there would be a table for us- and I'm glad we did! We got a spot out on the patio on a beautiful day. Both waitresses were attentive and friendly. Music was interesting at times but not imposing. The...More

1  Thank Alexandra W
Reviewed 27 May 2017

My husband and I went here for dinner. The restaurant is kind of small, so the tables are somewhat close together, and it was more noisy than I had hoped. However the food was outstanding! The flavors were well thought out. You savor every bite...More

1  Thank helene282
Reviewed 16 May 2017

We have taken friends to Absinthe Bistro a number of times in the last year. We keep coming back because the quality is so high. The menu is small - you choose from three appetizers, three main courses and three desserts. The menu changes regularly,...More

1  Thank old-jogger
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$26 - US$41
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 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1260 Commercial Dr, 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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