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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

) #148 of 4,553 Restaurants in San Francisco ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ French, , European
398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
+1 415-551-1590
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good42%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (27 reviews)
“pretzels” (16 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:00All hours
French, Bar, European, American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
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1 - 10 of 431 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good food and excellent drinks. I had the coq au vin and it was excellent. Service is a bit slow.

Thank MSYMd
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a superb place. The wine and ceviche are unique. First rate. The cheese selection is solid. Excellent service and ambiance.

Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Delicious, Coq au vin one of the best we've eaten, excellent onion soup, nice presentation. Excellent, friendly and fast service. Highly recommend.

1  Thank Julie M
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

The Absinthe is a kind pf French brasserie. We had fantastic food - the typical French onion soup and different types oysters. Also the cocktails are outstanding. Service was extremly friendly. The atmosphere is very pleasant. Highly recommended!

1  Thank MochiMundo
Reviewed 28 June 2017

This is my favorite place to have a nicer dinner before seeing performances at the War Memorial Opera House or Davies Symphony Hall, and I know a lot of other people for whom it is their go-to restaurant for this purpose. Delicious food and drinks....More

1  Thank PamelaWright
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Thanks to a friend who frequents SF and lives in NYC told us to eat here. We were lucky to book (essential) and get a table The service in arrivals was efficient The waitress was great. The mussels and clams starter was so tasty and...More

1  Thank Lily A
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Lovely atmosphere, great service and above average food at fair prices. The salmon was excellent. Butterscotch pudding not as butterscotchy as it might be, but still very good. Large pours for champagne by the glass. Although it gets busy, the noise level is not annoyingly...More

1  Thank YpsilantiFoodie
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Our family chose Absinthe for a late lunch before a recent performance of Hamilton. The restaurant is perfectly located for before-theatre food or drink, and it has a friendly, fun atmosphere that we always enjoy. Our group enjoyed a selection of perfectly made cocktails at...More

1  Thank Revlucky
Reviewed 2 May 2017

We had dinner here before seeing the San Francisco Symphony. They seated us within minutes without a reservation and the service and food were top-notch!

1  Thank Juli D
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We were with a large group and we were treated very well, We had a delicious pear salad, it was lovely to look at and just as good to eat. My entree was chicken over polenta and it was excellent. Everyone at the table was...More

Thank erf
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, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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