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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

French Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Civic Center, San Francisco
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  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 11, 2012
    Arlequin Wine Merchant, just down the street at 384 Hayes Street, is owned by the same people behind Absinthe, making it easy to pick up a bottle of that fabulous wine you had at the restaurant. Read more
  • Ashok L.
    Ashok LalwaniMay 11, 2015
    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.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 27, 2011
    Adam Keough has revived this bustling Hayes Valley fixture. Its lively, yet comforting brasserie scene remains, but now there’s an energized bar food program & the menu has new soul. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableSeptember 29, 2014
    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
  • Becherovka Voyager
    Becherovka VoyagerSeptember 4, 2013
    If you are looking for a staff knowledgeable about herbal drinks like Becherovka, this is the place to be. Enjoy every last bite of even the simplest foods, with the perfect drink pairing every time.
  • Cody H.
    Cody HardFebruary 26, 2015
    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!
  • Albert T.
    Albert TreatNovember 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The baked Mac & Cheese is delicious - and entree sized! Also, try the 3 cheese trio of Humbolt Fog, Cloth Wrapped Cheddar, and the Pecora. Feeling Bond-ish? Their Vesper Martini is great!
  • Simon E.
    Simon EdwardsFebruary 3, 2016
    Friendly staff (call for table if Open Table doesn't have availability), good food (rock cod was tasty although lacked a little texture, octopus was second to none), and extensive wine list (~2,500)
  • Aisha
    AishaAugust 5, 2013
    Great place to go for lunch. Burgers are delicious - made to perfection. Entire staff is friendly - from hostess, servers, bus boys and everyone! They will make menu recommendations too!
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyJune 23, 2015
    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.
  • Kristine D.
    Kristine DierApril 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Annie 🌺 J.
    Came here with a friend to get some dinner late in the evening after drinking for a bit. We're vegetarian and got the soup and pasta - both delicious!
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew ChungAugust 31, 2012
    Get the Spanish Coffee- its not on the menu and it's fun to watch them make it. Oh, and one of the bar tenders is allergic to the cinnamon in it so thank the poor dude.
  • Yev P.
    Yev PusinApril 21, 2015
    Amazing restaurant. Love the tartare appetizer. Menu changes often so recommendations are hard to make, all good!
  • Kendra S.
    Kendra StormJune 23, 2014
    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!
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰November 12, 2012
    Get there at 11 on weekends to beat the brunch crowds. Yummy French toast and huge portion. Skip the open face trout sandwich unless you love mayonnaise and eggs
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WittApril 29, 2016
    Traditional, typical french-style bistrot-restaurant … food is good, but not awesome. They kind of rushed us through the menu.
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BassmanFebruary 13, 2012
    Try the Soft garlic pretzels - Guy next to me at the bar: "If you want to drink the rest of that beer cheese sauce, I won't judge you."
  • Brian N.
    Brian NguyenAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Lamb chop for dinner is better than their stack. But the coq au vin is the best anywhere.
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesNovember 21, 2010
    2007 was an incredible vintage in the Southern Rhone. Try the Gigondas, Vacqueryras, or Telegramme (from Chateauneuf du Pape) off the half bottle list. These grenache-based blends will not disappoint!
  • Kim F.
    Kim FujiwaraFebruary 16, 2013
    Try the Dungeness Crab Omelette - Fresh crab meat and spinach tucked within a light, fluffy omelette with green onions and chiles ... Must try!
  • Jade J.
    Jade JenningsSeptember 9, 2015
    The food and drinks here are amazing and the bartenders are really nice too get the pomegranate martini!! The Nevada was pretty good too
  • Siv
    SivMay 29, 2011
    A perfect spot to have a cozy birthday dinner. The service, food, and ambiance was super warm and friendly. I thoroughly enjoyed the birthday mango ice-cream. :)
  • Samantha B.
    Great cocktails! Go for a Manhattan and accompany it with garlic pretzel bites
  • Djem Y.
    Djem YoudjelOctober 23, 2010
    If you are looking to get a light meal, try marinated mixed olives, hudson valley camembert domestic cheese and beef tartare... And as for dessert, gaufrette with pistachio mousse and pistachios...
  • Asha S.
    Asha ServiaNovember 18, 2010
    Great ambiance, filled with chatter but dimly lit. The hot dog's the 7x7 list of things to try but I just found out from the server but they have a new chef and no longer have it on the menu.
  • Alice L.
    Alice LouieSeptember 18, 2013
    The soft garlic pretzels is very tasty and the dipping sauce is delicious. Hamburger is cooked perfectly and Croque Monsieur is great!
  • Wilson F.
    The menu doesn’t cater to classic brasserie fare but a few dishes - the onion soup, sweetbreads and coq au vin - somewhat rescue it. All are on the highly heavy, indigestible side however.
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  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MinorMarch 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Pickled is a monthly pop-up bar on the last Monday of the month (excepting December). Artisan, culinary cocktails, select wines, beers, and small plates served in the Absinthe private dining room. Awe
  • AskMen
    AskMenDecember 9, 2010
    This upscale French bistro serves plenty of absinthe if you want to get your inner Van Gogh going. Think wild mushroom pot pie, rabbit stew & other hearty mains. Read more
  • Phil T.
    Phil TorontoMay 31, 2015
    The Steak Tartare is very solid. Don't second guess yourself.
  • Joerg R.
    Joerg RingsOctober 21, 2012
    Don't eat here, the cocktails are amazing but the guy we got at the bar was a dick...so...have a burger and cocktails at a table? The waiter was fantastic!
  • Inman News
    Inman NewsMarch 6, 2012
    Their deconstructed German chocolate cake is amazing! It consists of milk chocolate mousse, pressed coconut and candied pecans. Delicious!
  • Jose
    JoseApril 18, 2012
    Specialties: Any cocktail; French onion soup; coq au vin; hamburger; oysters; Tcho chocolate pot de creme; German chocolate cake.
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    With a menu that lives up to its reputation, Chef Adam Keough has a lot to be proud of - and so do we! We’re so proud of everything our alumni accomplish.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 24, 2011
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST POP-UP BAR NIGHTEssentially a pop-up bar w/in a bar, a set menu features seasonal cocktails & bites that aren't typically available elsewhere. Read more
  • Daddy said I'm special
    Great selection of drinks. Oysters are a must! Grilled cheese with mushrooms is good but way to big
  • Rebecca G.
    Rebecca GobersteinMarch 19, 2012
    Okay, so if you're fine to shell out $15 for a cocktail, then do it, cause they make them right here. The food is unbelievable, but for the price, it better be. One of the pricier go-to's in SF.
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimNovember 11, 2014
    Their ceviche dish is pretty flavorful and spicy, the French onion soup and buttersquash soup were excellent.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 24, 2011
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST POP-UP BAR NIGHTEssentially a pop-up bar w/in a bar, a menu features seasonal cocktails & bites that aren't typically available elsewhere... Read more
  • Areej A.
    Areej AshourAugust 13, 2015
    The burgers.. Amazing! and the coconut-corn soup is so creamy and delicious.
  • Rose A.
    Rose AlvarezJanuary 21, 2012
    The Soft Garlic Pretzels are a great way to start a meal. The pot de creme is the perfect way to end it.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 11, 2010
    Open late, Pre and Post theatre. Great food. Busy NY feel. Extensive cocktail list. -Tim Nugent, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • SF BRAVO! CLUB
    SF BRAVO! CLUBAugust 25, 2011
    Walking distance to the opera house- great place for a sit down meal or a glass or wine before or after the show!
  • laurie b.
    laurie brescollMay 2, 2012
    Devoured the RANCH LAMB SUGO: papardelle pasta, pancetta,peas & favas, mint, crumbled-herb croutons, fruity olive oil.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    Francophiles crowd the copper-topped tables at this San Francisco institution. The draw: stellar cocktails and brasserie-style dishes from Top Chef Season 5 contestant Jamie Lauren.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableSeptember 9, 2014
    Grab a sidewalk table and snack on Parmesan-garlic popcorn ($4) or spicy fried chickpeas ($4). Read more
  • Rachel R.
    Pop into the bar for a cocktail and the pretzel bites with hot cheese!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BaumNovember 9, 2012
    Rather than ordering from the extensive cocktail menu, tell the bartender what you mood you're in and let them choose.
  • Pawel P.
    Pawel PietrykaJanuary 29, 2015
    Nice French style food. Good atmosphere. Coq au vin and oysters were really good.
  • Anjelika P.
    Anjelika ParanjpeAugust 24, 2011
    On one of those rare warm summer nights, put your name down 45 min before you want to eat and get a cocktail or two out front. So lovely.
  • Brad T.
    Brad TSeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Brunch menu changes often but if you come across the duck confit ragout: don't hesitate.
  • Katie C.
    Katie CongletonOctober 17, 2015
    Oysters, pretzels, French onion soup, the burger - we had it all and everything was delicious!
  • Monty H.
    Monty HamiltonMarch 19, 2014
    OK... If you're lucky enough to spot the Apple Pie Panna Cotta... Just say YES! Right up there with the best...
  • Mario S.
    Mario SundarSeptember 28, 2013
    Try the Spanish coffee. Rumor has it, they make some of the best cocktails here.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SheppardAugust 11, 2012
    Try the Corn Soup W Roasted Poblano Peppers - Made me long for the cream corn of old #comfortfood
  • Irene M.
    Irene MApril 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Delightful, comfortable, mature brasserie. Perfect for after theater. Great cocktails.
  • SFGate
    SFGateApril 26, 2011
    You can't dine here without trying one of the bar's incredible cocktails. Hungry? Order the French onion soup. Read more
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    The cocktails here are expertly mixed and stand up against classic brasserie items like French onion soup and duck confit. Read more
  • Violet B.
    Violet BlueAugust 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Visit Triple Ought for urban tactical gear, then come here to sip an exquisite cocktail.
  • Muggins
    MugginsApril 23, 2011
    One of the best burgers I've ever had, and great fries too. Excellent steak tartare. Great place, great ambience.
  • Jessie M.
    Jessie MaiJanuary 19, 2014
    The duck breast is out of this world - so succulent and flavorful!
  • Jean-Pierre P.
    Jean-Pierre PommetDecember 31, 2015
    Desserts and digestive drinks are excellent! I highly recommend this place
  • Nahid A.
    Nahid AshriAugust 13, 2015
    The best burger even ... you must also try the coconut corn soup
  • Gustavo P.
    Gustavo PerezApril 21, 2013
    Coq au vin is amazing. Make sure you ask for extra bread!
  • Teresa
    TeresaNovember 29, 2014
    Romantic for dates. Cocktails. Great food.
  • Brian
    BrianJanuary 24, 2012
    7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the soft garlic pretzels are delicious. Yum!
  • Edmund B.
    Edmund BoeyDecember 17, 2016
    If you're not white, or someone in your party is not white, you'll have to put up with terrible service...but apart from racism everything is great!
  • Tinne
    TinneFebruary 22, 2014
    Friendly staff and amazing food. Recommend the crab and gnocchi.
  • Rich B.
    Rich BrightNovember 10
    Try the steak tartare and oyster shooters! Enjoyed my meal there thoroughly!
  • Roshan V.
    Roshan VyasJune 2, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Really great burger. Get it with cheddar and bacon.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CaoFebruary 4, 2012
    Try the Deviled Eggs With Salmon And Caviar - Sometimes we work on Saturday.
  • Robert Jan d.
    Robert Jan de VriesApril 27, 2013
    They have an impressive Scotch selection, worth stopping by if you're a fan.
  • Will
    WillFebruary 28, 2014
    Get the duck and the pretzels. You will not be disappointed.
  • Miguel G.
    Miguel GouveiaJune 16, 2016
    The salmon with salad and the French onion soup are superb
  • Maribel L.
    Maribel LopezAugust 14, 2011
    Sunday brunch duck confit on potato pancake. Daily roast was awesome as well!
  • ivy♥
    ivy♥January 23, 2011
    Oyster shooter! Nuff said! Their caviar is super good too :) But your wallet won't like you much :p
  • Jake B.
    Jake BoxerAugust 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    the coq au vin is one of my favorite dishes anywhere
  • Tanner C.
    Tanner ChristensenAugust 30, 2015
    Amazing weekend brunch, mimosas, burger, or duck!
  • Team S.
    Team SlobbrAugust 26, 2015
    dog-friendly, dog friendly area for you and your pup!
  • Jean-Michel H.
    Jean-Michel HoffmanAugust 20, 2014
    The cocktails are great, especially the ones with chartreuse and rye.
  • Blair H.
    The cocktails are stellar, and not as eye-poppingly expensive as the rest of the menu, either.
  • Burt H.
    Burt HermanJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the halibut for dinner, leave room for dessert -- try the beet cake!
  • Jacob G.
    Jacob GyllenstiernaOctober 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy fried chickpeas - best bar snack ever!
  • Robert G.
    Robert GreenFebruary 17, 2013
    Try the Dungeness Crab Omelette - Simply amazing!
  • Stacey L.
    Stacey LamirandMarch 16, 2012
    Grilled onions on the burger could be omitted. Vinegar used changes the burgers flavor.
  • Angelica
    AngelicaJune 16, 2010
    The most amazing French onion soup and the bacon is ... Best bacon I've ever had. Good list of house cocktails
  • Dom
    DomNovember 2, 2014
    Good night late night eats. The Mac and cheese is satisfying after a hard evening of drinking.
  • Kim F.
    Kim FujiwaraFebruary 16, 2013
    Try the Soft Boiled Egg - Creamy yolk on a perfectly toasted bread stick with bites of salt. Yummy!
  • Robert G.
    Robert GreenFebruary 16, 2013
    Try the Manhattan - Perfectly made cocktail!
  • Dustin B.
    Dustin BlakeJanuary 18, 2010
    The housemade chicken liver pâté is a perfect complement to a martini at the bar. They double fry their fries in peanut oil—damn tasty!
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan RobinsonDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Logic is a terrific gin cocktail. Give it a try...
  • Cat R.
    Cat ReynoldsDecember 31, 2012
    The crab filled omelette is something super special. ❤.
  • Seph M.
    Seph M.February 20, 2015
    Excellent cocktails. Try the Ginger Rogers.
  • Alisa S.
    Alisa SharpApril 20, 2013
    Pretzel was yummy, great cocktail options
  • Karen H.
    Karen HammondOctober 22, 2013
    Simply the best cocktails ever - and I've drunk quite a few ;-)
  • Megan S.
    Megan SailorsAugust 16, 2010
    Get the Goat Cheese Pierogies for dinner. They come with the best mushrooms in truffle butter!
  • Matt B.
    Matt BiddulphDecember 17, 2012
    The braised American Wagyu beef is fantastic.
  • Sandra S.
    Sandra SzilasiSeptember 27, 2014
    Excellent cocktails & yummy food too!
  • Brigitta K.
    Brigitta KopAugust 22, 2013
    The French 75 cocktail is really nice for a hot day !
  • Ali U.
    The burrata and stone fruit salad was delicious.
  • Roshan V.
    Roshan VyasJune 2, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Get a Danish Mary for brunch. It's a bloody mary made with Akvavit
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 28, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Absinthe Brassiere & Bar!
  • Lauren
    LaurenNovember 11, 2013
    Creative absinthe drinks, but I had really terrible service. It took about two hours for dinner - we ordered two appetizers, one drink each, and an entree each. They forgot an app & still charged us
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanDecember 28, 2015
    Braised pork shoulder and buttermilk pancakes for brunch. Yum!
  • Kristen M.
    Kristen MalzoneNovember 15, 2013
    Don't use your phone in front of the bartender. He'll make you wait for your drink. He's an asshole, but it's highly entertaining!
  • Kay E.
    Kay EleniMay 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Bloody Mary is divine :)
  • BordeauxWines
    BordeauxWinesJuly 16, 2012
    If you don’t feel like drinking absinthe, a glass of Bordeaux will cheer you up!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RichMay 10, 2012
    Try the Daedalus - Jameson, ginger, orange bitters. Delicious.
  • Aly O.
    Aly OradyDecember 28, 2014
    Open late - great for tea and dessert...
  • Kim F.
    Kim FujiwaraFebruary 16, 2013
    Try the Bloody Mary - Spicy and perfect!
  • Molly W.
    Skip the foies gras and get the pretzels.
  • John T.
    John The BastardSeptember 4, 2013
    The "soft garlic pretzels" are glorified Olive Garden bread sticks. Don't kid yourselves.
  • Asha S.
    Asha ServiaNovember 19, 2010
    The rabbit meatballs are juicy and tender. And the steak.. Delicious!
  • PersonalTraining S.
    PersonalTraining SFJune 12, 2011
    You just can't go wring here. Great date place ;)
  • Omar Jordan F.
    Omar Jordan FSeptember 16, 2012
    Try the Duck confit ragout - #delicious
  • ChefLanvert L.
    ChefLanvert LanvertApril 4, 2011
    Try the Cafe Calva - When doing a Cafe Calva for lunch you know you're not going back to work
  • Jay M.
    Jay MartinMay 27, 2015
    Great bar. Enjoyed the coq au vin.
  • Sandra
    SandraMarch 22, 2014
    If you don't mind the LOUD bistrot ambiance
  • Charles W
    Charles WApril 3, 2014
    A great place to have dinner before heading over to the symphony.
  • almando a.
    almando andreaFebruary 1, 2013
    great beer with great lover, GREAT NIGHT!
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXDecember 1, 2011
    Great bar staff, delicious cocktails, great atmosphere.
  • Tommy L.
    Tommy LeepJanuary 21, 2013
    Get the Uptown Manhattan, then the Sazerac, then good luck.
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterFebruary 11, 2013
    Garlic pretzels are on 7x7's Big Eat 2013.
  • Udi M.
    Udi MiloApril 23, 2015
    The private room is great for events
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer TerryMarch 25, 2016
    Great spring pea and carrot salad!
  • Magnus J.
    Magnus JernJanuary 19, 2015
    Fabulous drinks and pretty good food.
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LiaoFebruary 13, 2011
    Try the soft garlic pretzels with cheese dip. It's on 7x7's Top 100 list for 2011.
  • Miguel L.
    Miguel LozanoSeptember 21, 2015
    Love it, great for drinks and food
  • Keegan Y.
    Keegan Y-VDecember 14, 2011
    Great cocktails and food. Enjoy!
  • V
    VNovember 8, 2010
    Breakfast Sandwich-duck egg, bacon on a pretzel roll with a butter lettuce salad.. delish!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 7, 2015
    If you are in Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Bertie W.
    Bertie WellDecember 2, 2014
    Octopus, Onion Soup & Chocolate desserts!
  • Matthew A.
    Matthew AllredNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    New pork terrine. You need to try
  • Sean W.
    Sean WilkinsSeptember 29, 2013
    Spanish Coffee! Spanish Coffee! Spanish Coffee!
  • Amy B.
    Amy BSeptember 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Busy, busy, busy. One negative. Don't expect a quiet meal and you'll do alright.
  • Sav B.
    Sav BanerjeeApril 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bloody's Marys are my favorite here
  • Olof M.
    Olof MoriyaSeptember 20, 2014
    Unpleasant personal but nice cocktails.
  • Eliane F.
    Eliane FioletAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food - good for dinner or brunch
  • Christina G.
    Christina GAugust 28, 2013
    Great grilled cheese sandwich
  • John W.
    John WJanuary 19, 2013
    Get the oyster shooters and have a great time.
  • James H.
    James HJanuary 22, 2016
    CRÈME FRAÎCHE PANNA COTTA
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 6, 2012
    Try the Soft garlic pretzels
  • Philip K.
    Philip KirkSeptember 26, 2013
    Best cocktail = corpse reviver #2
  • Vyoma
    VyomaJuly 15, 2013
    Awesome sandwiches and lattes!
  • Robert B.
    Robert BelnapSeptember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great drinks, great food, great atmosphere ... fun times!
  • Cheryl ❤️ M.
    Try the Chocolate Pot de Creme
  • Sean S.
    Sean SheppardAugust 11, 2012
    Try the PNW Kumamoto Oysters - #fresh
  • Katie M.
    Katie McMay 17, 2015
    Always buzzing!
  • Seema A.
    Seema AmbleFebruary 14
    Been here 5+ times
    the mac and cheese is amazing
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaJuly 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Ascot: Four Roses select bourbon; Sibilla Amaro; lillet blanc.
  • JoAnne K.
    JoAnne KaoFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the chicken and rice - Awesome!
  • Erica H.
    Erica HendersonMarch 18, 2011
    Best Spanish coffees in the city. Hands down.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchofieldMarch 19, 2012
    Garlic Soft Pretzels. Just do it.
  • Douglas P.
    Douglas PerryJanuary 30, 2011
    In short walking distance from Davies Hall and the Memorial Opera House.
  • almando a.
    almando andreaFebruary 1, 2013
    having great beer with great lover!
  • Eric W.
    Eric WheelerJanuary 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Coq au vin. Do it.
  • Shadi M.
    Shadi MehraeinAugust 7, 2009
    Post opera or symphony bite and drinks. Long and impressive cocktail list and great food, especially late at night.
  • SillyCamilly
    SillyCamillyOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The apricot cocktail thingy is pretty good.
  • Felipe O.
    Felipe OliveiraSeptember 9, 2012
    Old Havana cocktail is heavenly good
  • Asher Y.
    Asher YanichMay 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Croque Monsieur and cocktails!
  • Sandhya N.
    Sandhya NMay 8, 2011
    The gin bloody mary is great!
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WoolfFebruary 7, 2013
    Skip the burger. One of the more expensive and overrated burgers in town. I've had it twice and been disappointed twice.
  • Aaron R.
    Aaron ReardonAugust 1, 2014
    Best oysters. Of. My. Life.
  • Cheryl ❤️ M.
    Try the Bistro Filet
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgMay 2, 2016
    It's all about the French onion soup.
  • Renato H.
    Renato HoyleAugust 22, 2014
    Brunch, cocktails, wine
  • David Z.
    David ZhangMay 28, 2014
    Love that steak tartare
  • Ariel Z.
    Ariel ZachFebruary 24
    Brunch, French onion soup
  • Ting S.
    Ting SFebruary 11, 2016
    I go for the brunch.
  • papadopulos
    papadopulosNovember 26, 2010
    Fries are most delicious with smoked ketchup.
  • Catherine B.
    Catherine B.September 4, 2011
    Impossible to go wrong here. Seriously.
  • Vandana N.
    Vandana NairMarch 4, 2012
    Duck confit for brunch. Awesome.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CMay 6, 2015
    The scotch collection oh my god
  • Morgan S.
    Morgan SOctober 22, 2009
    French onion soup & croque monsieur were great. Creative cocktails as well.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ChuckMarch 22, 2014
    Great Cheese platter!
  • Eric C.
    Eric ChapterMay 16, 2013
    French onion soup is a must
  • Jeff M.
    Burger deliciousness
  • Marie T.
    Marie TrimbleFebruary 10, 2013
    Excellent margarita!
  • Clare T.
    Clare TudorJanuary 14, 2011
    Let Carlos make you an amazingly creative cocktail..
  • Eric P.
    Eric PanSeptember 1
    Mezcal Bloody Mary 😈
  • John M.
    John MarcomJuly 28, 2009
    The hot dog on the bar menu is great. You have to go after 8 or in the afternoons.
  • Vilmos N.
    Vilmos NJanuary 8, 2016
    Great cocktails.
  • Alexis G.
    Alexis GeorgesonAugust 14, 2011
    Best French Onion soup I've had since La Routonde
  • Alex P.
    Alex PlutzerAugust 7, 2014
    French cuisine, duck
  • Brian N.
    Brian NguyenOctober 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Spanish coffee - get it
  • Rohit
    RohitMarch 24, 2014
    moules! Get the muscles
  • Robert G.
    Robert GreenFebruary 17, 2013
    Try the French Onion Soup
  • Conery W.
    Conery WilbanksMarch 2, 2014
    Osso buco. Delicious.
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineJanuary 27, 2010
    The housemade hot dog is great...it's #68 on 7x7's Big Eat SF 2010. Read more
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AnderFebruary 8, 2015
    Cocktails taste like sugar water with color
  • Robert G.
    Robert GreenFebruary 17, 2013
    Try the Caesar Salad
  • Valerie M.
    Valerie MeyerMarch 3, 2013
    Get duck confit for brunch!
  • Robert G.
    Robert GreenFebruary 16, 2013
    Try the Bloody Mary
  • Kim B.
    Kim BarryJuly 17, 2015
    Meatballs.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MeadowsFebruary 12, 2011
    Try the Soft garlic pretzels
  • Eva N.
    Eva NievesFebruary 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the "Ginger Rogers", can you say OMG!
  • Mikahla V.
    Mikahla VicinoSeptember 10, 2016
    Pretty in Pink cocktail. A +.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 11, 2011
    Try the Housemade Hot Dog
  • Oliver O.
    Oliver Op de BeeckApril 21, 2014
    Customize your burger!
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MarzuoliOctober 25, 2011
    Excellent fillet!!
  • Zora C.
    Zora ChungFebruary 28, 2014
    Get the ceviche!!
  • Beau H.
    Beau HaleMarch 23, 2012
    36. Soft garlic pretzels.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SheppardAugust 11, 2012
    Try the Beef Tartare
  • Danny T.
    Absinthe drinks
  • Mthos
    MthosNovember 26, 2011
    have an Uptown Manhattan and French onion soup.
  • Matthew A.
    Matthew AllredOctober 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Vesper in town, not gonna lie
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningApril 23, 2015
    Well crafted cocktails.
  • George M.
    George MurrayOctober 18, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    order a sazerac. it's the oldest cocktail in the us and the best in SF is at Absinthe.
  • Joel A.
    Joel AntipuestoJanuary 27, 2013
    Garlic pretzels
  • Chinarut R.
    onion soup!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 29, 2010
    Try the Banana & Pecan Pancakes
  • Dana O.
    Dana OstfeldJanuary 23, 2013
    Try the Cheese
  • Marie B.
    Marie BigorieMarch 21, 2015
    I waited more than 30 minutes for an overcooked omelette and really bad potatoes. I am not coming back.
  • B
    BDecember 20, 2013
    Spanish Coffee
  • Marcia D.
    Marcia D'OraziJune 7, 2011
    Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder
  • Benny S.
    Benny SooAugust 2, 2012
    The burger!
  • Suzanne H.
    Suzanne HollowayJanuary 10, 2014
    This was an accident
  • Kieren M.
    Kieren McCarthyFebruary 19, 2010
    If you are ever going to eat escargots (snails) this is the place to do it
  • Austin B.
    Austin BalesMay 25, 2011
    Try the fried Odopod. Read more
  • papadopulos
    papadopulosNovember 26, 2010
    Burger w/ Dijon mustard is devine.
  • Scott W.
    Scott WilsonJuly 6, 2014
    galapagos drink
  • Hugo B.
    Hugo BarraFebruary 17, 2013
    Zagat 24, recommended by SF Magazine
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 23, 2010
    Try the Basted Eggs
  • Richard C.
    Richard ChenJune 25, 2011
    Free WiFi! Yeah, geeky.
  • Reese H.
    Reese HerrickAugust 13, 2010
    Citron Lemonade! Yum!!!
  • Diana M.
    Diana MNovember 22, 2010
    Try their Bloody Mary!
  • Toby C.
    Toby C.July 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    order Absinthe
  • Michael A.
    Michael AlgerMarch 14, 2010
    Chocolate pot de creme. So decadent!
  • mat h.
    mat honanMarch 10, 2010
    Try to go on a night when Eric is behind the bar.
  • Wendy N.
    Wendy NessApril 12, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Go to Absinthe after 10pm, get the bar menu, order the Madame Croquette.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.December 24, 2016
    So pretentious
  • Jesse
    JesseApril 22, 2013
    Don't bother going beyond the bar as the restaurant service is lacking.
  • Ryoko Y.
    Ryoko YamamotoAugust 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The best French onion soup ever!
  • Jess C.
    Jess CliftonMay 8, 2010
    Best bacon in the universe
  • Wilfredo S.
    get a bottle of the Pahlmeyer 2005 Jayson, cuz it's nice.
  • Caryl S.
    Caryl ShawMarch 20, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Absinthe and have the Scallop testing menu, by Jamie from Top Chef fame.
  • Alice M.
    Alice MyerhoffOctober 27, 2009
    It's all about the oysters and martinis.
  • Valentina C.
    Valentina COctober 11, 2010
    drinkees. :)
  • Paolo E.
    Paolo EvangelistaAugust 6, 2010
    Jamie from Top Chef
  • Ulla B.
    Ulla BowersAugust 31
    Its closed till September 8th
  • Anna M.
    Anna MorozovaOctober 10, 2015
    Too fancy.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SarabiaJuly 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sorry to say but service is not like it use to be! Sad! :-(
  • Courtney P.
    Courtney P. KranzkeMarch 5, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Eat dinner at the bar and order a drink off the chalkboard.
  • heddi c.
    heddi cundleMay 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    onion soup!
  • Umang S.
    Umang ShahApril 23, 2010
    One word...wonderlust!
  • Heidi g.
    Heidi groshelleNovember 26, 2009
    yummy olives
  • Jasmine M.
    Jasmine MaApril 22, 2009
    had delicious dinner
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BssileApril 4, 2010
    Banana blueberry soufflé pancakes...tdf!
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