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#7 of 2,187 Restaurants in Ottawa
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1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
+1 613-761-1138
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
Closed now
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Mon - Tue 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Wed - Sun 17:30 - 23:00
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I really love Absinthe. I've been going since its earliest days and the quality of the food, service and experience has never flagged once. My favourite and go to dish is their steak frite served with green beans, followed by creme brûlée. It's one of my favourite treats!

2 Thank Nic F
Ottawa, Canada
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived for our reservation with an extra person and the staff moved tables around to accommodate us. It was all done without any fuss and made us feel very welcome.

2 Thank Susan P
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I went for dinner in early January. It's very open concept and the ambiance is nice but it can get noisy. Part of the fun if you are up for it; not for an intimate dinner however. We were greeted at the door and taken to our table right away. Our server was lovely and we enjoyed... More 

3 Thank Doug H
Chevreuse, Centre, France
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Probably one of the best restaurants in Ottawa. The food is very fine of the quality you would find in Europe in gastronomic restaurants, yet affordable. Good choice of wine, I had an Italian Greco di Tufo cold to perfection. It was Fondue Monday, but the choice went on a steak and salmon which were properly cooked and well garnished.... More 

Thank Jean-daniel A
Ottawa, Canada
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88 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent food and service. Very nice presentation. This was our 1st visit and we will clearly return. Sooner rather than later. Was a very nice date spot.

1 Thank Stratus222
Ottawa, Canada
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390 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 656 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'll forgive Absinthe for the uninspiring starters and the boring desserts and for the wait staff who could never be bothered to work out which guest had ordered what and there is one reason why -- the fantastic main courses. My wife had the duck and I had an out-of-this-world dish of pork cheeks with mashed potatoes that must be... More 

2 Thank Faience44
Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I chose the restaurant after reading many reviews of many different restaurants. The menu was fairly small but the food was delicious! The option to have three courses paired with wine is the best in my humble opinion. The staff were friendly and well informed about the food and drink(s). The restaurant itself was very nice in the way it... More 

5 Thank Camp_1791
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We will definitely go back. The service was outstanding. Great people... great atmosphere and, this is how cuisine should be done....Presentation and taste...WOW !!! What an atmosphere ! We simply loved it and we are difficult to please. Thx you staff...Thx you Chef !

3 Thank fredlavoie7
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my wife for our 21st marriage anniversary. We were greeted with two glasses of sparkling wine as a welcome gesture. We took 2 host table menus with a starter, then a salad or a soup, and a main dish. I chose the Steak Tartar and my wife the Ceviche as starters. We then had one salad and one... More 

4 Thank Raphael I
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was excellent. We did not have reservations and initially the hostesses seemed confused over seating but we got a table. But everything else was amazing so I would definitely recommend and go back. Had salad, ravioli, coffee and dessert and all were absolutely delicious.

2 Thank Carleigh Z

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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, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, 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: +1 613-761-1138

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