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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

₹₹ - ₹₹₹French, , European
398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
+1 415-551-1590
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good41%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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French, Bar, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Famished after our drive to the city. Stopped by for a snack and a drink. Had the melted cheese in a iron pot with toast. Delicious. Good martini and wine. Nice bar and will go back for a real meal.

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 4 days ago

We always make a stop at Absinthe before the ballet or symphony. The bar is very convenient to stop in and have soup,salad, cocktails and even caviar. It gets really crowded but the vibe is great and I always enjoy the time that I spend...More

Thank Maria O
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our review of this “Brasserie” on Hayes street, SF, would have rated 5 stars had we not made reservations and come back for post concert nosh. Pre concert cocktails and cheese plate at the bar was outstanding, real attentive bartenders, my wife’s champagne last of...More

Thank Vahan K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is outstanding, some of the best food we found over a 6 day stay. Right up there with what you will find in Paris; make sure to get reservations as it fills up quickly at lunch and in the evening. You will not...More

Thank Chuck M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

2nd visit with 12 months between; feels like 4 weeks. You can hardly get more French outside of France than Absinthe. Cool interior, attentive and professional waiters plus the food classics you never get tired of. I will be back next year.

Thank Troels J
Reviewed 1 week ago

A weeknight spontaneous trip to SF and to this lovely establishment. As my first time at Absinthe after living in the Bay Area over a decade, my girlfriends were surprised that this was my first trip to the renowned restaurant. As we walked in, it...More

Thank Sonia W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant I had a reservation at had to close that night due to electrical outage and they recommended Absinthe around the corner. I have eaten there before and the cuisine is always excellent. The hosts knew about the other restaurant problems and had my...More

Thank Anne S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful French café near the Opera House and Symphony Hall. It seems to be very “hip" as most of the patrons were young enough to be our kids. We ate brunch there and the food was very good. The French onion soup...More

Thank Marfak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stylish restaurant with a fun atmosphere with a good menu in a great location. I've never had a bad meal here.

Thank Jon H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good service, nice ambience, popular place for drinks and dinner (separate quiet room). Delicious food, served in a timely manner but we never felt rushed. Loved the roasted beet salad and butternut squash ravioli. Perfect pre-Opera destination.

Thank Kathy984
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of an attractive boulevard on Octavia Street with a
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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
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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
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