Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

★★★★★
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415-551-1590

398 Hayes St

San Francisco, CA

94102

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Loved it. We went there for late lunch...so sat in bar area. The oysters were fresh and just what we wanted. We also tried the Sauteed Dungeness Crab! Expensive, but I loved the garlic butter sauce. Also...we have decided Absinthe has THE best burger in the city.
THE BEST. SO good. Bun was perfect and the burger itself was melt in your mouth. I still like Slow Club and Fog City (need to try Sepenetine's).

4
★★★★☆

Loved it. We went there for late lunch...so sat in bar area. The oysters were fresh and just what we wanted. We also tried the Sauteed Dungeness Crab! Expensive, but I loved the garlic butter sauce. Also...we have decided Absinthe has THE best burger in the city.
THE BEST. SO good. Bun was perfect and the burger itself was melt in your mouth. I still like Slow Club and Fog City (need to try Sepenetine's).

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I've been to Absinthe a few time and it's never been overly impressive. I think that its best to pop in for lunch sometime during the week as it can be overly busy if you try and go after a show or opera or for brunch on the weekend, and it just isn't worth the wait. If you do go in for lunch, try the croque monsieur (grilled ham and cheese w/ an egg). It's one dish that stands out. The french onion soup on the other hand, is a total let down. Service is fine, not amazing but also not bad. The atmosphere is nice with a good decor. I would give it a 2 1/2 if that was an option. There is just no excuse for average food in SF.

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★★★☆☆

I've been to Absinthe a few time and it's never been overly impressive. I think that its best to pop in for lunch sometime during the week as it can be overly busy if you try and go after a show or opera or for brunch on the weekend, and it just isn't worth the wait. If you do go in for lunch, try the croque monsieur (grilled ham and cheese w/ an egg). It's one dish that stands out. The french onion soup on the other hand, is a total let down. Service is fine, not amazing but also not bad. The atmosphere is nice with a good decor. I would give it a 2 1/2 if that was an option. There is just no excuse for average food in SF.

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...If not a little pricey. It was great food and great service, within walking distance of the Civic Center area. I especially enjoyed the privacy of the "booths."

4
★★★★☆

...If not a little pricey. It was great food and great service, within walking distance of the Civic Center area. I especially enjoyed the privacy of the "booths."

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The ambiance of the place is great, I've been there for drinks and dinner and for sunday brunch and both time it was delicious. Their brunch menu is yummy french, I had the hamburger with gruyer cheese and it was soo good.

PROS: Great food
CONS: Price

4
★★★★☆

The ambiance of the place is great, I've been there for drinks and dinner and for sunday brunch and both time it was delicious. Their brunch menu is yummy french, I had the hamburger with gruyer cheese and it was soo good.

PROS: Great food
CONS: Price

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I had a sandwich here. It was by far the greasiest sandwich I have ever eaten. I liked it though, but felt really guilty eating it. I will try Absinthe again someday, maybe when I have to cure a hangover...

6
★★★★★

I had a sandwich here. It was by far the greasiest sandwich I have ever eaten. I liked it though, but felt really guilty eating it. I will try Absinthe again someday, maybe when I have to cure a hangover...

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When I go out to eat, I expect to pay a lot for my meal. I also expect to get a lot of food for that money. I'm a bit of a foodie and only want the best. Well, Absinthe did deliver a great meal that I really enjoyed, only the portion was

6
★★★★★

When I go out to eat, I expect to pay a lot for my meal. I also expect to get a lot of food for that money. I'm a bit of a foodie and only want the best. Well, Absinthe did deliver a great meal that I really enjoyed, only the portion was

Pros: delcious food and terrific service

Cons: price; small portions

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I enjoy their food here. I don't know if it's also the same chef cooking as the one in Top Chef this season, but at least I like the super fast way they get the food out to you, without feeling hurried. More accurately, I think I should

6
★★★★★

I enjoy their food here. I don't know if it's also the same chef cooking as the one in Top Chef this season, but at least I like the super fast way they get the food out to you, without feeling hurried. More accurately, I think I should

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Triple French Martini all day, there is something about apple flavors that drives me crazy, lol... anywho... its the best

6
★★★★★

Triple French Martini all day, there is something about apple flavors that drives me crazy, lol... anywho... its the best

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I know this is supposed to be a review, but I wanted to ask reviewers what their favorite or best absinthe mixed cocktail they had?

6
★★★★★

I know this is supposed to be a review, but I wanted to ask reviewers what their favorite or best absinthe mixed cocktail they had?

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We went for the Spanish coffee !! But all three courses were great - good fresh tasty food and wine. The waiter selected a very nice red for our mains since we know nothing about US wines (Aussies). The Buttermilk Panna Cotta was

6
★★★★★

We went for the Spanish coffee !! But all three courses were great - good fresh tasty food and wine. The waiter selected a very nice red for our mains since we know nothing about US wines (Aussies). The Buttermilk Panna Cotta was

Pros: Service, food, wine, Spanish coffee

Cons: Tables a bit close in some sections

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Excellent for brunch, dinner menu is a bit pricey. Try the soufle pancakes as well as most of the egg based dishes, they are very tasty. The croque monsieur is mediocre compared to Foreign Cinema's. Make reservations because you will be

6
★★★★★

Excellent for brunch, dinner menu is a bit pricey. Try the soufle pancakes as well as most of the egg based dishes, they are very tasty. The croque monsieur is mediocre compared to Foreign Cinema's. Make reservations because you will be

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Absinthe leaves a lot to be desired. For the money, I had to deduct one star, otherwise it may have been a three star restaurant. \r
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First, the location is great. For Opera or Symphony, you could not have a better location. Make a

6
★★★★★

Absinthe leaves a lot to be desired. For the money, I had to deduct one star, otherwise it may have been a three star restaurant. \r
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First, the location is great. For Opera or Symphony, you could not have a better location. Make a

Pros: Staff is wonderful, location is first rate

Cons: menu is odd, with a few exceptions food is just so-so

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WE LOVE the selection of fresh ingredients on their seasonal menu. This year we had a perfectly picked Heirloom Tomato salad with a very tasty Balsamic Syrup that we have been duplicating for our family dinners ever since our visit. My

6
★★★★★

WE LOVE the selection of fresh ingredients on their seasonal menu. This year we had a perfectly picked Heirloom Tomato salad with a very tasty Balsamic Syrup that we have been duplicating for our family dinners ever since our visit. My

Pros: Large Dining Room, Nice Bar, Fresh Ingredients, Near Shops & Theaters

Cons: Changing Servers, Only Mildly Romantic

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The bar its fun, the drinks are good, the food is good and the service is ok. The problem with Absinthe is the plentiful homeless that hang out in front of the door. They are agressive, obnoxious and not the greeting you want when you

6
★★★★★

The bar its fun, the drinks are good, the food is good and the service is ok. The problem with Absinthe is the plentiful homeless that hang out in front of the door. They are agressive, obnoxious and not the greeting you want when you

Pros: The bar

Cons: The homeless who are allowed to remain at the front door

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This is the first and only restaurant in SF where I wasn't asked if I had a reservation when there were clearly a lot of tables open. The hostess was so welcoming and the waitress was really wonderful. The food was absolutely wonderful.

6
★★★★★

This is the first and only restaurant in SF where I wasn't asked if I had a reservation when there were clearly a lot of tables open. The hostess was so welcoming and the waitress was really wonderful. The food was absolutely wonderful.

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I have to agree with most of the reviews on here. The food is mediocre. The oysters I had were very fresh, and very good, but the rest of the food was anything but spectacular, compared with many other of san francisco's restaurant

6
★★★★★

I have to agree with most of the reviews on here. The food is mediocre. The oysters I had were very fresh, and very good, but the rest of the food was anything but spectacular, compared with many other of san francisco's restaurant

Pros: the bar, the ambience (definitely a date place) and the oysters

Cons: service, food

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I went to Absinthe last night for a work dinner and had the worst service. The waitress didn't approach our table until 30 minutes after we sat down. She never explained the menu and took forever to bring us each entree. She never filled

6
★★★★★

I went to Absinthe last night for a work dinner and had the worst service. The waitress didn't approach our table until 30 minutes after we sat down. She never explained the menu and took forever to bring us each entree. She never filled

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Everyone seems to be raving about Absinthe and I think it's one of those places that people like to be "cool" so they say they like it. Not that the place is bad. Food is average, leaning more toward the good side. I ordered the halibut

6
★★★★★

Everyone seems to be raving about Absinthe and I think it's one of those places that people like to be "cool" so they say they like it. Not that the place is bad. Food is average, leaning more toward the good side. I ordered the halibut

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Absinthe is such a classy restaurant, the ambiance is true to Parisian taste and culture. \r
The service was prompt and polite, not overly friendly, just right! We had the most delicious oyster shooters, the sauce was perfect and the

6
★★★★★

Absinthe is such a classy restaurant, the ambiance is true to Parisian taste and culture. \r
The service was prompt and polite, not overly friendly, just right! We had the most delicious oyster shooters, the sauce was perfect and the

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This is a nice place, but any place that still only has a grilled portobello sandwich as their sole veggie option is kind of lame. Too many places to try in Hayes - I'm unlikely to go back since there wasn't anything particularly

6
★★★★★

This is a nice place, but any place that still only has a grilled portobello sandwich as their sole veggie option is kind of lame. Too many places to try in Hayes - I'm unlikely to go back since there wasn't anything particularly

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Very overpriced and overhyped. Service was abrupt and cold. I ordered a vodka martini -- even called the name of the vodka -- and was brought a gin martini. Waiter argued for a moment before bringing me another drink.

6
★★★★★

Very overpriced and overhyped. Service was abrupt and cold. I ordered a vodka martini -- even called the name of the vodka -- and was brought a gin martini. Waiter argued for a moment before bringing me another drink.

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We'd heard it was fabulous, and my boyfriend and I just moved to this neighborhood, so we decided to try out a local haunt. We waited for at least 8 minutes before someone walked up to the table -I should mention... It wasn't busy at all.

6
★★★★★

We'd heard it was fabulous, and my boyfriend and I just moved to this neighborhood, so we decided to try out a local haunt. We waited for at least 8 minutes before someone walked up to the table -I should mention... It wasn't busy at all.

Pros: Good Sorbet and Coctails

Cons: Overpriced, Boring Bland Food, Average Service

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Terrific for romantic dinners, first dates, or small groups who enjoy sampling different appetizers - the oysters and cheeses are outstanding. I made reservations for 8 for my husband's birthday, and the staff were very accommodating,

6
★★★★★

Terrific for romantic dinners, first dates, or small groups who enjoy sampling different appetizers - the oysters and cheeses are outstanding. I made reservations for 8 for my husband's birthday, and the staff were very accommodating,

Pros: wine list, appetizers, great service

Cons: limited entrees

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So Absinthe gets my vote for having an all around excellent menu. Cheeses are great and excellent wine selection. The main entree selections are somewhat limited and I wish there was more choices. They got some really great drinks on

6
★★★★★

So Absinthe gets my vote for having an all around excellent menu. Cheeses are great and excellent wine selection. The main entree selections are somewhat limited and I wish there was more choices. They got some really great drinks on

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Id only recommend Absinthe if you have extremely bland tastes. The years have taken their toll on this once hip restaurant. Pandering to a bourgeois opera crowd has left dulled knives in the kitchen and a complacent overfed middle-aged

6
★★★★★

Id only recommend Absinthe if you have extremely bland tastes. The years have taken their toll on this once hip restaurant. Pandering to a bourgeois opera crowd has left dulled knives in the kitchen and a complacent overfed middle-aged

Pros: Nice wine list

Cons: Average fare , over priced menu

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Went here after the symphony and our waitress seemed nervous, like a newbie. After bringing our cocktails, the napkin would not stay put on the table so she said, "Release!" Aside from the mediocre service, food is consistently good.

6
★★★★★

Went here after the symphony and our waitress seemed nervous, like a newbie. After bringing our cocktails, the napkin would not stay put on the table so she said, "Release!" Aside from the mediocre service, food is consistently good.

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I just moved into the neighborhood and 'discovered' Absinthe. It looks exciting and beautiful from the outside, so it was one of the first places that I tried. Now I hang out in the bar with some homework and it's a great energy with an

6
★★★★★

I just moved into the neighborhood and 'discovered' Absinthe. It looks exciting and beautiful from the outside, so it was one of the first places that I tried. Now I hang out in the bar with some homework and it's a great energy with an

Pros: decor, service, food&wine

Cons: valet can be slow

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went in for lunch and to be honest there was nothing notable about the place. my burger was good but not outstanding. service wasn't very warm. the place is beautiful though. for the price i say don't bother.

6
★★★★★

went in for lunch and to be honest there was nothing notable about the place. my burger was good but not outstanding. service wasn't very warm. the place is beautiful though. for the price i say don't bother.

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I was so intrigued with the menu and the server's excellent knowledge, I ended up going with all the recommendations and loved it! What a great time. Thanks!

6
★★★★★

I was so intrigued with the menu and the server's excellent knowledge, I ended up going with all the recommendations and loved it! What a great time. Thanks!

Pros: great price on caviar, excellent wine list, service!

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The place has a low key bohemian kind of feel to it & a nice energy! The decor is romantic with lots of deep reds in the dining room. There seems to be a little under the radar whimsy in the murals, nooks and general decor. Menu was

6
★★★★★

The place has a low key bohemian kind of feel to it & a nice energy! The decor is romantic with lots of deep reds in the dining room. There seems to be a little under the radar whimsy in the murals, nooks and general decor. Menu was

Pros: Ambiance, Service, Cocktail list

Cons: None!

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Maybe it was an off day but terrible service, absolutely average food. I've eaten here before so I ws expecting alot better. Went during Sunday Brunch, limited selection for a place with a normally inventive menu. Waiter was all over the

6
★★★★★

Maybe it was an off day but terrible service, absolutely average food. I've eaten here before so I ws expecting alot better. Went during Sunday Brunch, limited selection for a place with a normally inventive menu. Waiter was all over the

Cons: Unimaginative, terrible service, overpriced

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nice service, nice food but a little too expansive for what you get !
Salads are 9.50 for a small plate. Onion soup was good but not exceptional. Service was great.

6
★★★★★

nice service, nice food but a little too expansive for what you get !
Salads are 9.50 for a small plate. Onion soup was good but not exceptional. Service was great.

Pros: good for buss.meeting, neat place, nice service

Cons: parking

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OK, the food was fairly good, but incredibly overpriced! If the food were half the price, it would be a good value ... but I can and do eat at San Francisco restaurants that are excellent (i.e. much better) for the same price. With so

6
★★★★★

OK, the food was fairly good, but incredibly overpriced! If the food were half the price, it would be a good value ... but I can and do eat at San Francisco restaurants that are excellent (i.e. much better) for the same price. With so

Pros: decent food

Cons: overpriced, mediocre service

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We had an outstanding experience at Absinthe last night. It was my partners birthday and everyone from the moment we entered the restaurant made us feel special. The food, oysters and coq au vin was superb. We will definately return as it

6
★★★★★

We had an outstanding experience at Absinthe last night. It was my partners birthday and everyone from the moment we entered the restaurant made us feel special. The food, oysters and coq au vin was superb. We will definately return as it

Pros: Ambience, Food, Service

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I would definately recommend Absinthe. We went there for brunch after we got married at City Hall and it was a wonderful experience. I can't stop thinking about the Croque Monsieur! Everybody was happy with their choices as well. Great

6
★★★★★

I would definately recommend Absinthe. We went there for brunch after we got married at City Hall and it was a wonderful experience. I can't stop thinking about the Croque Monsieur! Everybody was happy with their choices as well. Great

Pros: Food, Knowledgable Service

Cons: expensive

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Waitress was inattentive and had a horrible attitude. We ordered a bottle of wine and a plate of cheese to start...our waitress disappeared for over 20 minutes, only to tell us the wine we ordered was not available, with no apology or

6
★★★★★

Waitress was inattentive and had a horrible attitude. We ordered a bottle of wine and a plate of cheese to start...our waitress disappeared for over 20 minutes, only to tell us the wine we ordered was not available, with no apology or

Cons: , poor service, below average food

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The waiter was rude, slow and snotty. He made no effort to speed things up after we complained of food and drink we had ordered not arriving! The food, when it arrived, was very ordinary and not worth the price. Not that it is very

6
★★★★★

The waiter was rude, slow and snotty. He made no effort to speed things up after we complained of food and drink we had ordered not arriving! The food, when it arrived, was very ordinary and not worth the price. Not that it is very

Pros: busboys, prompt seating

Cons: , Bad food!! (for money

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We planned on going just for after-work cocktails, but couldn't help ourselves to order something tasty from the menu. The something turned into a meal. They have a large selection of tasty, briny oysters which were oh-so-good with the

6
★★★★★

We planned on going just for after-work cocktails, but couldn't help ourselves to order something tasty from the menu. The something turned into a meal. They have a large selection of tasty, briny oysters which were oh-so-good with the

Pros: coq au vin, cheese, pear cocktail

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I took my girlfriend to Absinthe for brunch on Mother's Day. I really liked that I could do a reservation online using Open Table. Upon entering the place was swanky but looked a little run down. We sat down in some very uncomfortable

6
★★★★★

I took my girlfriend to Absinthe for brunch on Mother's Day. I really liked that I could do a reservation online using Open Table. Upon entering the place was swanky but looked a little run down. We sat down in some very uncomfortable

Pros: Reasonable prices, Unique food combos, Online reservations

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We went there recently for Sunday brunch. The staff was polite and friendly, the cappuccinos average, and the food great!
Recommended: The Niman Ranch burger, banana-blueberry pancakes (JUST right - not overly sweet!), and the orange

6
★★★★★

We went there recently for Sunday brunch. The staff was polite and friendly, the cappuccinos average, and the food great!
Recommended: The Niman Ranch burger, banana-blueberry pancakes (JUST right - not overly sweet!), and the orange

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

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After staring at the homeless people with Prada shoes who were sitting on the sidewalk, I thought I'd pay more attention to my meal. So, I ordered a fruit salad that the young woman waitress touted as so perfect. I got a few pieces of

6
★★★★★

After staring at the homeless people with Prada shoes who were sitting on the sidewalk, I thought I'd pay more attention to my meal. So, I ordered a fruit salad that the young woman waitress touted as so perfect. I got a few pieces of

Pros: french fries, bloody mary's

Cons: wait staff, ham and cheese, specials

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I am surprised to see so many bad reviews. I have never had a bad experience at Absinthe. The aptmosphere is cozy, the staff was good and the food was well prepared and tasty. It is my place of choice before a night at a show or book

6
★★★★★

I am surprised to see so many bad reviews. I have never had a bad experience at Absinthe. The aptmosphere is cozy, the staff was good and the food was well prepared and tasty. It is my place of choice before a night at a show or book

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There are many SF restaurants far better. Reservations were well done and the waitperson initially regaled the menu including cooking technique quite nicely. He forgot to bring any bread and the pacing of the meal was horrible, with a

6
★★★★★

There are many SF restaurants far better. Reservations were well done and the waitperson initially regaled the menu including cooking technique quite nicely. He forgot to bring any bread and the pacing of the meal was horrible, with a

Pros: Decor & atmosphere, Wine list, Bar and cocktails

Cons: Service subpar, Food below average, Not a good value

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From the moment we where greeted at the door to the time we where thanked on the way out, everything was great. The food is perfectly seasoned and presented, the service was friendly and proffesional and the selections of wine was

6
★★★★★

From the moment we where greeted at the door to the time we where thanked on the way out, everything was great. The food is perfectly seasoned and presented, the service was friendly and proffesional and the selections of wine was

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Absinthe is an anchor of the fashionable Hayes Valley dining scene. At this casually elegant corner brasserie and bar, styles mix effortlessly. You'll see some regulars in jeans and others in tuxedos (thank you, Opera House)---all with…

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