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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
+1 415-551-1590
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good42%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (30 reviews)
“pretzels” (16 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
French, Bar, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

I had dinner here with a friend during a recent visit. We didn't have dinner reservations but they were able to "fit us in." Unfortunately, the table where we were seated was in the bar area, next to a pole. We spent our meal surrounded...More

1  Thank oriahlee
Reviewed 3 November 2013

Went here for brunch with my girlfriend and some friends; the brunch options were plentiful and culinarily fine and we had a great time. We would go back.

Thank Sunny K
Reviewed 26 October 2013

I have been to Absinthe a few times, and I always have a wonderful time. The staff are really lovely and considerate, making me feel welcome and spoiled. I adore the food, especially the humble fried chickpeas. But the glory of this place is the...More

Thank hulaori
Reviewed 18 October 2013

I was in San Francisco for the weekend visiting some friends and I had always wanted to go here. I had previously purchased their cocktail book and always said that the next time I find myself in the city, I am going to find myself...More

1  Thank The_Grumpy_Gourmand
Reviewed 18 October 2013

My bf booked us a table here to celebrate my birthday... arrnaged it such that we caught the opera and dinner and frankly, I preferred dinner. Not knowing much about the house specials, he insisted that I order the burger . He'd tried it out...More

Thank ashleyp85
Reviewed 11 October 2013

I was in San Francisco on a business trip, focusing mainly on entertaining media and journalists. It was therefore important for me to chose a good restaurant with a nice atmosphere, where the music is not so loud that you can't have a conversation. A...More

Thank VickyLauda
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Party of six had a very fun Saturday evening, got a cosy round table in the window and enjoyed great cocktails, efficient and friendly service and very tasty food all round. Really couldn't fault anything at all and would recommend this place without hesitation.

1  Thank tenpercent
Reviewed 6 October 2013

More than that wonderful cocktail of course. I wonderful dining experience with all the feel of an upscale restaurant in New Orleans. Our server was Erin and she was excellent although I spoke to several others and they were all delightful. The dining selection of...More

1  Thank CrossCountryJennifer
Reviewed 24 September 2013

Absinthe is a very class restaurant with a nice selection of wines. The service was excellent. I would give the food 4.5 stars, and the dessert 5 stars. The chocolate pot de creme was really good! The only draw back is that this place is...More

Thank Trev C
Reviewed 15 September 2013

This was one of the worst meals I've had in San Francisco. Granted, SF has a high average level of food quality, so it wasn't a terrible meal, but it wasn't even good. I went to brunch with 2 friends. I had the pancakes and...More

Thank g_do
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
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21 February 2017|
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Response from johnny_yeadon | Reviewed this property |
nope they are not! They're a medium/high end bar/restaurant with an extensive drinks/wine list, some reasonable wine prices and others off the freakin' chart expensive!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
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
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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