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Absinthe Brasserie and Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
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  • Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
    Molly Freedenberg
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    3 Oct 18, 2013

    Too pretentious to be casual, but not quite striking enough to be a special occasion restaurant, this Hayes Valley restaurant and bar isn’t quite right for dinner. But it’s perfect for a high-heels-and-make-up cocktail hour (due in part to a stellar cocktail selection and a pared-down bar menu). Try the Ginger Rogers, a classic concoction of gin, mint, lemon and ginger ale, accompanied by another classic: a cone of French fries.

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and BarPro 2014
    Travis Katz
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    4 Aug 31, 2013

    This place is great. It's always packed - we showed up for dinner at 10 pm on a Thursday and had to wait. The Ossa Bucco was out of this world. The sashimi was decent but not amazing. The atmosphere is fun and intimate. If the service were better I would give it 5 stars. Alas, only 4.

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and BarPro 2014
    Julia P
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    5 Aug 30, 2013

    A cute little French brasserie, Asbinthe has an extensive wine list from which I only had time to sample a very nice Cava. The food is a good match, although not that French - I had a delicious heirloom tomato grilled cheese and my friends a fat, juicy burger. Close to the SF Symphony, it's perfect for cocktails and snacks before or after your cultural experience.

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and BarPro 2014
    Alex
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    5 Aug 05, 2013

    I'm fairly certain my hipness quotient goes up no less than 14.3% the moment I walk into Absinthe. Serving the kind of food you'd want on a rainy day in a Parisian cafe (think artisan cheeses, wild mushroom pot pie and San Francisco's best French onion soup), Absinthe is perfect for a pre- or post-event dinner or drink.

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
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    5 Jul 22, 2013

    Walk into Absinthe on any given night of the week, and you automatically feel like you're in a Parisian cafe in the 1920s, about to discuss existentialism with literary luminaries such as Sartre, Foucault, or Hemingway. Instead, you might have just come from the nearby symphony, or opera and, best of all, you're most likely ordering their to-die-for fries or French onion soup.

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and BarPro 2014
    Caroline Carlos
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    4 Dec 05, 2013

    Try the chickpeas - they're not crunchy like you'd expect, but rather soft, curry-like, and addictive. The oyster shooters are deconstructed, the Croque Monseur is pleasantly simple, and the duck is what you really want. Craving greens? There's a persimmon salad with pomelo, hazelnuts, and pomegranate. If for nothing else, go for the white chocolate cremeaux.

    The bar is an aged coppertop with thick wooden trim, which surprisingly fits right into the chic venue. There's absinthe on the menu, as one might expect from the restaurant name, but if that's a bit much for you, they also have a wide absinthe cocktail selection.

    It's easy to lose track of how much you've had to eat and drink at this bar - particularly the latter because the food takes some time to arrive (but it's worth the wait). The bartenders are really attentive despite the crowds, and the atmosphere is a muted sort of high energy.

    Perhaps the lights are low to better observe the making of Flaming Spanish Coffees, or perhaps the flaming coffees are on the menu to complement the low lighting. If you're truly still pondering this, perhaps it's time to put down that drink.

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
    Gisele Muller
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    5 Jan 08, 2013

    A charming french restaurant with great ambiance, impressive service and amazing food. From cheese plates to a huge selection of wine and beautifully crafted entrees and desserts, Absinthe is a good place to enjoy the famous french cuisine with its unique combinations and great flavors.

    Since the restaurant is pretty close to the Opera and SF Orchestra, it is a really good option before/after your Ballet, Opera or Orchestra event.

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
    Courtney Regan
    4 Dec 19, 2012

    This really has been an exceptional restaurant in San Francisco for quite some time now. When I first dined here four years ago, I was blown away by the decadent meal. Two years ago I realized just how expensive the menu was, but the cocktails were well worth it. Today I am so overwhelmed by the plethora of incredible dining options around this neighborhood, it has fallen down the list of "must-trys". Perhaps something new and exciting will happen here to entice me back.

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
    Corey Hart
    4 Dec 05, 2013

    This neighborhood is just killer. So many great spots!

    The Absinthe Brasserie and Bar was a lot of fun, and I stumbled into it on accident. Well, not so much by accident as I just wasn't planning on bar hopping that particular night.

    Absinthe was poppin'! So busy. But we had no problem ordering our slew of cocktails from the tender and chatting up the theater crowd that packed the place.

    I'd definitely like to try the food... as I'm a sucker for a French restaurant. But I can definitely attest to the strength of the martinis!

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and BarPro 2014
    Eduardo Sasso
    5 Oct 01, 2012

    This restaurant went to the top of my list of the best restaurants ever. The food was simply fantastic, from the cheese to oysters to main entree and desert. Sooo tasty.

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
    Joanna Sun
    4 Sep 01, 2012

    Garlic soft pretzel, fried chickpeas, duck confit with pasta, pork belly and pork entree. You can't go wrong with anything here. Cocktail favorites: the pisco one and ginger Rogers

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
    Vered Sharon
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Swanky, old SF-style restaurant in hip Hayes Valley neighborhood. Great for parties. Can't go wrong with the menu! As to whether or not they actually serve Absinthe, which I'm not quite sure is yet legal in U.S., you'll have to inquire! Enjoy :)

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and BarPro 2014
    suki
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    Yes, you can go there just for the French onion soup! Trust me, I've asked. It is a solid choice for wining and dining in the area. Order a fancy cocktail!

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
    SaraLua
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Recently introduced to ice cream floats, my next visit must include Absinthe's Rhubarb ice cream float. However I can tell you that the classic French onion soup gratinee here is stellar, as is the buttermilk panna cotta. This is an ideal meeting place of neighborhoods and French, American, and California cuisines.

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
    Jennifer B
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    If you're willing to wander north into the Hayes Valley neighborhood, Absinthe servers an indulgent brunch on weekends. Their signature oysters and cocktails are still served at this hour, and the brunch menu complements these with buttery eggs and brioche french toast. Luncheon foods are also served. Arrive by the opening time or even a bit before to avoid an extended wait.

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and BarPro 2014
    Ingrid Katz
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    4 Jun 24, 2014

    Very good food and great ambiance. Service was slow - that why only 4 stars. Otherwise cool spot.

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and BarPro 2014
    Todd C
    4 May 20, 2014

    French, Breakfast & Brunch, Bars

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
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    5 May 20, 2013
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  • Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
    JoAnne Kao
    3 Dec 14, 2012

    great ambiance, food is okay, friendly staff

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  • Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
    Erez Dickman
    4 Oct 13, 2012

    Killer cocktails

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4.5 out of 5
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2,264 people visited Absinthe Brasserie and Bar

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