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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

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Hayes Valley
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398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421 (Gough)
+1 415-551-1590
11:00 - 15:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 00:00
Thu 10:30 - 00:00
Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

If you are looking for a sure bet for food and service, Absinthe always delivers. Great for lunch or dinner or Sunday brunch Have a cheese sandwich with soup or an omelette.

Thank rsba
Hawi, Hawaii
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84 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The vibe and the food here were both great.We had a delicious brunch in this beautiful Hayes Valley bistro but the service really let us down.Our server was pleasant but dis interested and her support staff seemed like zombies going through motions.Requesrs for water and cream for coffee required multiple flaggings of different people.I would certainly return but hope management... More 

Thank alohapeter
East Bernard, Texas
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116 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We were relegated to one of several tiny tables for 4 in front. Took some time to get a server who then disappeared several times for 15 minutes at a time. Try the Lucid

Thank TexanFansFromKaty
Leeds, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We had travelled from the UK to San Francisco to get married and honeymoon. We had looked at this place on-line with a view to possibly holding our (small) after wedding reception dinner event. We were so glad we chose to do so! The ambiance (Friday afternoon/evening) was fantastic and whilst the place was busy with customers we had great... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We've been for brunch and for drinks and apps, and have had a consistently excellent experience at Absinthe. The cocktails are top notch, real standouts for a restaurant. And all the food we've had has been really good, from popcorn to a little gem salad to perfectly scrambled eggs to butternut squash pancakes to a duck confit eggs benedict.

Thank Laura C
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696 reviews
518 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I have to admit that my first marriage died here during a very awkward meal but I don't blame this place. The food is fine. It used to be cool but cool has moved on. A solid choice for the hood.

Thank Scrappleking
Santa Rosa, California
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63 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Hemingway's cocktail is on the menu here, along with a lot of other interesting things. I have dined here perhaps 10 times, and have never been disappointed. In fact, it is a go-to favorite when I am in SF, and I love showing it off to people who haven't had the pleasure yet. When I dined there last, I had... More 

Thank Patricia W
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Absinthe is a good place to go with guests driving in as it has valet parking. The service has always been amazing and the food is good too. Normally not into french fries but I always make an exception for my visits to Absinthe.

Thank kates0713
San Francisco, California
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223 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We came to this restaurant to celebrate a friend's birthday. We shared a few dishes and they were all pretty good. We had the salad, baked mac and cheese (pretty amazing!) and the mushrooms (delicious). We also shared a steak. (Okay). For dessert, we shared a chocolate dessert. Our service was okay. Expected better. A good restaurant to go to... More 

Thank Avrilx
Roanoke, Virginia
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75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Super ambience. Mostly locals. Good bar tenders and drinks. I haven't eaten there, but my daughter says that the burgers are great. A wonderful spot for a night-cap.

Thank 2Yummy4U

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 40
French, American, Bar, European, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:00 - 15:00
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Hayes Valley

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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 respite.
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