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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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€€ - €€€
Hayes Valley
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398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421 (Gough)
+1 415-551-1590
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
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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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Louisville, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner here before seeing the San Francisco Symphony. They seated us within minutes without a reservation and the service and food were top-notch!

Thank Juli D
phx, az
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were with a large group and we were treated very well, We had a delicious pear salad, it was lovely to look at and just as good to eat. My entree was chicken over polenta and it was excellent. Everyone at the table was served at the same time and the food was plated beautifully. You could tell that... More 

Thank erf
Lafayette, California
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465 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We were six lively friends for dinner. After drinks in the bar we were seated at a nice circular table facing the street. We ordered several appetizer to share such as tartar with a quail egg and a couple of dishes with ceviche. The bread and the chips were very good. For dinner I ordered the local cod. It came... More 

Thank reise-tanta-di
San Francisco Bay Area
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51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Absinthe is great! Great location, lively atmosphere, friendly and attentive service, and delicious food! The fried chickpea appetizer is something simple, yet delicious, that I've never seen anywhere else. It's also one of the more reasonably priced offerings. Absinthe isn't cheap, but from what I experienced today, it's worth the money.

Thank ReisenistmeinHobby
Singapore, Singapore
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106 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

When we walked in the hostess, with messy curly hair that is half grown out blonde at the bottom and brown at the top, looked my daughter up and down and pulled a rude face at her. Then pulled another rude inappropriate face. We couldn't believe it! She showed us to our table and thankfully our waitress was nicer as... More 

Thank GillyKiwi
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

We went to Absinthe with some of my daughter's friends for dinner. It was very busy for a Tuesday night so make a reservation. The food was delicious especially the French onion soup! The service was impeccable and we had a great evening.

Thank mu4lf
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99 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

I lunch downtown SF pretty often for business meetings, and with one party needing a "fast getaway" to the airport, we decided to come to Hayes Valley. It was perfect location. A feel for the "upscale hipster" side of San Francisco, but still a professional atmosphere appropriate for a business lunch. Plentiful open tables for a Friday lunch. Our party... More 

Thank Christian F
San Francisco, California
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136 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Ate here twice for brunch on Saturday before ballet. Get there at 11:30-11:45 with a reservation. Order classic Bloody Mary, fruit scones or cinnamon bun, dungess crab scramble or French toast, and super coffee.

Thank Robert G
London, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

All three of us had the coq au vin, which was tasty but heavy. You need to like that strong taste, rather than a delicate chicken flavour. Service was very fast – they really seem to want you in and out to get the next diners in.

Thank Jayellbee
Level Contributor
29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

In a place like this one cannot escape an absinthe cocktail. Strong and straight. The menu has interesting dishes and traditional ones like a burger with gorgonzola and mushrooms as extras. Farmers market salad is a good compensation for that burger if you share!

Thank Aalbersberg

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
French, Bar, European, American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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 respite.
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