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) #6 of 2,233 Restaurants in Ottawa ₹₹₹₹ French, European,
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
+1 613-761-1138
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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French, European, Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
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Reviews (464)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my second visit to Absinthe. Food was delicious. Nice ambience and great service. I didn't try the Absinthe but one of my friends did. Excellent experience but my friends are always the best part.

1  Thank Andrea18182014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the pleasure of tasting Absinthe's mushroom soup at a fundraiser for the Ottawa Food Bank earlier this year, and decided we would try a full meal for our anniversary. Incredible! The service was above and beyond, and the atmosphere was really cool!! Loved...More

1  Thank LBREF
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lunch here was wonderful. Great timely service, delicious salad, perfect seating near the window. Great value for such a lovely experience.

2  Thank linda_street
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food. We had the beef bourguignon and cheese pasta followed by a sampling dessert of four different items. All excellent, though very rich. The two-person menu looked the most appealing. Our only issue: everything took far too long, including getting to our seats. We...More

Thank ShazPopsMcNeedleson
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Excellent food, service and ambiance with generous portions. I would definitely return. The only concern (if any) is that the menu is limited. I'm not sure how often it's updated.

1  Thank HonestReviewsOnly11
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Delicious food and excellent, attentive service perfect for a special occasion. Chose the three course with wine pairing which we really enjoyed. The portions were not tiny either. I was stuffed. Nice atmosphere. Try the absinthe margarita. Yum!

1  Thank GriffindorOtt
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Great establishment. The atmosphere was nice, if a bit bland, but the music was nice. The staff was great, very attentive, pleasant and helpful. And the food was delicious with a simple, well focused menu. Only complaint was that it may have been slightly overpriced,...More

1  Thank Meaghan P
Reviewed 14 May 2017

This is a restaurant we keep coming back to. Menu is always great and staff are friendly and knowledgeable. We like the Canadian theme to many of the dishes. Also love that they manage to balance the flavours. I had the beet salad and one...More

1  Thank KruzinKiwi
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Monday evenings are very quiet and today was no exception. Our party of four went to celebrate a birthday, the service or actually the server was very good, pity she was let down to some extent by a kitchen that seemed to be a little...More

1  Thank Samphe L
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This was my first visit, we were celebrating an anniversary and we had the best service. The atmosphere was really nice and comfortable. The server had great knowledge of the menu and wine selection. She was also able to provide added information :) Great Evening!

1  Thank LindyJohnny
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We have friends coming form Toronto. They have a 9 month old and a 4 year old. Do you mind children?
17 May 2016|
Response from Redbirdie3142 | Reviewed this property |
I don't see them having a problem with kids
Are you open Easter Sunday?
29 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$ 23
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
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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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