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#3 of 2,187 Restaurants in Ottawa
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1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Mon - Tue 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Wed - Sun 17:30 - 23:00
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My friends and I had a wonderful evening last night at Absinthe. Food was outstanding as well as the service. We already booked our next visit. Amazing Cod - delicious soup!!!

1 Thank Sarah J
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76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Love everything about this restaurant! First , service was perfect, from beginning to end! Food was amazing , and very tasty, served as well the right temperature! Good selection of wine by the glass, suggested they offer 2 sizes of glasses when you buy wine by the glass, ex.: 5 or 9 ounces, loved the idea of writing the sommelier's... More 

Thank carmen514
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hadn't been for a while but happily impressed with menu and quality of food and excellent staff. Patrick is still doing a great job. The restaurant was busy and consequently a little noisy - minor detail.

Thank Elizabeth K
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a delightful restaurant. It's everything I like about a good casual restaurant. A small but complete menu with imaginative dishes, great food, and excellent attentive service. They are known for their Steak-frites, which my diner companions had, and very much enjoyed. I had a Niçoise salad, with wild salmon, fresh and perfectly cooked, and a lemony vinaigrette. Very well... More 

Thank LizzieandRed
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was delicious and the atmosphere very friendly. Lots of time to visit over an enjoyable meal; no pressure to get going.

Thank Susan C
Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The atmosphere was very lively and the food really good. I had the steak frites. The steak was very tender and cooked perfectly. One companion had the enormous burger with bacon mushroom pouting. It was huge, but good. Others had the three course table d'hôte with wine pairings and were happy, although they thought the wine with the charcuterie platter... More 

Thank Zabella10265
Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant has been on my list of "must visit " for quite some time. What would have made this an overall rating of "excellent" due to the very good service and good food in an elegant restaurant, was the very uncomfortable noise level. The noise of patron voices continued even as the restaurant started to empty. There were only... More 

Thank SandPale
Ottawa, Canada
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101 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The three course meal is a great option. The price was below I expected. Impeccable service. The awesomeness is the little treats at the end: the Mini creme brûlée with vanilla is to come back for.

Thank estelalutero
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My cousin was celebrating her 65th birthday on this occasion. We both ordered the 3 course lunch special which included a cup of butternut squash soup, the lamp burger which was smothered with caramelized onions and served with a tasty side salad. followed by a petite vanilla bean creme brulee. The soup was fragrant with cinnamon and apples and very... More 

1 Thank cappucin0
Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Absinthe for a girls dinner, food and service were good but some items were overpriced. For my main I had the Cod in a curry sauce very delicious. For dessert we decided to split the chocolate fondue we were shocked to find out the fondue was 18 dollars per person. It was definately not worth the price. A... More 

Thank Lena C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$38
French, European, Canadian, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 16137611138

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?