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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

French Restaurant, Lounge, and Bar · Civic Center
398 Hayes St (at Gough St), San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed, Fri
    • 11:30 AM–Midnight
  • Thu
    • 10:30 AM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

With its lively, informal décor evocative of turn-of-the-century France, Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood romances locals and visitors alike.


Based on 612 votes

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    "7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the soft garlic pretzels are delicious."(9 Tips)
    Erica H.
    "Best Spanish coffees in the city."(8 Tips)
    Jake B.
    "the coq au vin is one of my favorite dishes anywhere"(7 Tips)
    Alexis G.
    "Best French Onion soup I've had since La Routonde"(13 Tips)
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  • soft garlic pretzels
  • good for dates
  • French onion soup
  • oysters
  • spanish coffee
  • burgers
  • coq au vin
  • romantic
  • brunch food
  • cozy
  • Bloody Marys
  • wine
  • good for a late night
  • desserts
  • lively
  • caviar
  • fancy
  • alcohol
  • trendy
  • martinis
  • Katie C.

    Oysters, pretzels, French onion soup, the burger - we had it all and everything was delicious!

    Katie Congleton · October 17
  • Anna M.

    Too fancy.

    Anna Morozova · October 10
  • Miguel L.

    Love it, great for drinks and food

    Miguel Lozano · September 21
  • Amy B.

    Busy, busy, busy. One negative. Don't expect a quiet meal and you'll do alright.

    Amy B · September 13
  • Jade J.

    The food and drinks here are amazing and the bartenders are really nice too get the pomegranate martini!! The Nevada was pretty good too

    Jade Jennings · September 9
  • Tanner C.

    Amazing weekend brunch, mimosas, burger, or duck!

    Tanner Christensen · August 30
  • Team S.

    dog-friendly, dog friendly area for you and your pup!

    Team Slobbr · August 26
  • Nahid A.

    The best burger even ... you must also try the coconut corn soup

    Nahid Ashri · August 13
  • Areej A.

    The burgers.. Amazing! and the coconut-corn soup is so creamy and delicious.

    Areej Ashour · August 13
  • Jake B.

    the coq au vin is one of my favorite dishes anywhere

    Jake Boxer · August 2
  • Kim B.


    Kim Barry · July 17
  • Ashley M.

    Con: $11 for a fruit bowl that I could've made for $2? No. Pro, the breakfast potatoes were amazing. Painfully pleasant servers who appear to be begging you to set them free, & seniors everywhere.

    Ashley Mowrey · June 23
  • Phil T.

    The Steak Tartare is very solid. Don't second guess yourself.

    Phil Toronto · May 31
  • Jay M.

    Great bar. Enjoyed the coq au vin.

    Jay Martin · May 27
  • Katie M.

    Always buzzing!

    Katie McMahon · May 17
  • Ashok L.

    Very lively and yet very cozy to go on special occasions. I have been here 2 times and both times for late night desserts. Delicious deserts and pair them with wine recommendations.

    Ashok Lalwani · May 11
  • Dave C.

    The scotch collection oh my god

    Dave Cummings · May 6
  • Irene M.

    Delightful, comfortable, mature brasserie. Perfect for after theater. Great cocktails.

    Irene M · April 30
  • Kristine D.

    Best French onion soup ever! Also if the drink you want is not on the menu, no problem. The bar tender will still make it for you.

    Kristine Dier · April 28
  • Rem K.

    Well crafted cocktails.

    Rem Koning · April 23
  • Udi M.

    The private room is great for events

    Udi Milo · April 23
  • Yev P.

    Amazing restaurant. Love the tartare appetizer. Menu changes often so recommendations are hard to make, all good!

    Yev Pusin · April 21
  • Marie B.

    I waited more than 30 minutes for an overcooked omelette and really bad potatoes. I am not coming back.

    Marie Bigorie · March 21
  • Cody H.

    Food was great, nice atmosphere, wait staff was incredibly helpful. Cocktails were a little sweet for me. Ordered pretzels and spaghetti, both were great. They also did a great job celebrating a bday!

    Cody Hard · February 26
  • Seph M.

    Excellent cocktails. Try the Ginger Rogers.

    Seph M. · February 20
  • Andrew A.

    Cocktails taste like sugar water with color

    Andrew Ander · February 8
  • Pawel P.

    Nice French style food. Good atmosphere. Coq au vin and oysters were really good.

    Pawel Pietryka · January 29
  • Magnus J.

    Fabulous drinks and pretty good food.

    Magnus Jern · January 19
  • Aly O.

    Open late - great for tea and dessert...

    Aly Orady · December 28, 2014
  • Bertie W.

    Octopus, Onion Soup & Chocolate desserts!

    Bertie Well · December 2, 2014
  • Teresa Y.

    Romantic for dates. Cocktails. Great food.

    Teresa Yao · November 29, 2014
  • Frank K.

    Their ceviche dish is pretty flavorful and spicy, the French onion soup and buttersquash soup were excellent.

    Frank Kim · November 11, 2014
  • Dom

    Good night late night eats. The Mac and cheese is satisfying after a hard evening of drinking.

    Dom · November 2, 2014
  • Brian N.

    Spanish coffee - get it

    Brian Nguyen · October 26, 2014
  • Tasting Table

    Stop by Absinthe for a glass of organic bubbly or the namesake cocktail. Grab a sidewalk table and snack on Parmesan-garlic popcorn or spicy fried chickpeas. Read more

    Tasting Table · September 29, 2014
  • Sandra S.

    Excellent cocktails & yummy food too!

    Sandra Szilasi · September 27, 2014
  • Brad T.

    Brunch menu changes often but if you come across the duck confit ragout: don't hesitate.

    Brad T · September 21, 2014
  • Olof M.

    Unpleasant personal but nice cocktails.

    Olof Moriya · September 20, 2014
  • Tasting Table

    Grab a sidewalk table and snack on Parmesan-garlic popcorn ($4) or spicy fried chickpeas ($4). Read more

    Tasting Table · September 9, 2014
  • Brian N.

    Lamb chop for dinner is better than their stack. But the coq au vin is the best anywhere.

    Brian Nguyen · August 30, 2014
  • Renato H.

    Brunch, cocktails, wine

    Renato Hoyle · August 22, 2014
  • Jean-Michel H.

    The cocktails are great, especially the ones with chartreuse and rye.

    Jean-Michel Hoffman · August 20, 2014
  • Alex P.

    French cuisine, duck

    Alex Plutzer · August 7, 2014
  • Aaron R.

    Best oysters. Of. My. Life.

    Aaron Reardon · August 1, 2014
  • Scott W.

    galapagos drink

    Scott Wilson · July 6, 2014
  • Kendra S.

    The ceviche, pork belly, and mussels were delicious! Walking distance to the Opera House, and servers are conscious of show times to remind you to skedaddle!

    Kendra Storm · June 23, 2014
  • Roshan V.

    Get a Danish Mary for brunch. It's a bloody mary made with Akvavit

    Roshan Vyas · June 2, 2014
  • Roshan V.

    Really great burger. Get it with cheddar and bacon.

    Roshan Vyas · June 2, 2014
  • David Z.

    Love that steak tartare

    David Zhang · May 28, 2014
  • Asher Y.

    Croque Monsieur and cocktails!

    Asher Yanich · May 16, 2014

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