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££ - £££French, European,
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
+1 613-761-1138
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“steak frites” (61 reviews)
“duck” (50 reviews)
“dessert sampler” (16 reviews)
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French, European, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

This was a return visit and will go again. Service was pleasant and timely and well informed. The food was tasty cooked perfectly and well presented. I'll go again

Thank E P
Reviewed 13 March 2018

We were in Ottawa for 24 hours and my colleague found this spot as a possible venue for dinner. Once we checked into the hotel and had a quick drink at the bar, we were probing for info on where to have dinner. When we...More

1  Thank Wasfou
Reviewed 12 March 2018

super cool staff and wicked food. Loved the absinthe such a cool touch in the city. it's about time Ottawa get some cool spots! The wine left something to be desired but the absinthe made such a great difference. Also the frites and steak were...More

Thank paige m
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Weekday visit, not too crowded, nice jazz music playing. We had the vegetarian selection and the pork chhek bourguignon. The quantity was just right, tender, flavourful.the wine pairing was just right. We shared the lemon tart.overall, hoghly recommended.

Thank cantraveller_10
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Absinthe is a favourite but I seem to get there only once a year so I was glad that the quality of the atmosphere, service and food met my recollections and expectations. My friend had duck tartare to start (excellent and she orders tartare everywhere...More

Thank Mystic Realm C
Reviewed 28 February 2018

I had lunch with a friend on Tuesday. We were greeted at the door by a smiling waiter and sat at the window. After a discussion on the merits and ingredients of Absinthe, we ordered a glass. The presentation was very impressive and it certainly...More

1  Thank Spartantraveller2014
Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

Went out with my sweetie for what I thought would be a nice romantic time. We had the three course fondue dinner. Shoddily done. The best part was the cheese fondue. The beef fondue came with four "sauces" that were obviously Kraft salad dressings ....More

Thank Trish W
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Four of us arrived last evening for dinner. Please do us all the favor of putting salt on the icy sidewalk in front of the restaurant so that your guests can survive the entrance - common courtesy. Service was friendly but VERY slow - 3...More

Thank 114Rainer
Reviewed 20 February 2018

We went there for an experience diner. At arrival, we are happily surprised to be welcome by a fully bilingual team!!!! We were able to live our whole experience in French (our first language) and it mades it so much more personal and enjoyable!!! Happy...More

Thank Guylaine T
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

We went as a late valentine's day dinner. The atmosphere was great, and the food was even better. We each had a 3 course meal. The duck tartare and escargot were fantastic, especially paired with their mouthgasmic bread. However both paled in comparison to the...More

Thank Justin D
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Julie A
30 September 2017|
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Response from nolikewinter | Reviewed this property |
I hope not!! Why would you want to take a pet to a quality restaurant?.
16 May 2016|
Response from Redbirdie3142 | Reviewed this property |
I don't see them having a problem with kids
28 March 2015|
Response from Patrick G |
Hello thank you for your inquiry we are closed all statutory hollidays and December 24th.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$31
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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Absinthe is a Restaurant where you can eat too much, drink too much, put your elbows on the table and laugh out loud... all at the same time and nobody cares. Absinthe is a restaurant of the people for the people.
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