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Cafe Absinthe
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1954 W North Ave Chicago, IL 60622
1954 West North AvenueUSIllinoisChicago60622
$$Restaurant, Fine Dining Restaurant
Fine Dining Restaurant
American Restaurant
French Restaurant
Today 5:30–10PM
Tuesday 5:30–10PMWednesday 5:30–10PMThursday 5:30–10PMFriday 5:30–11PMSaturday 5:30–11PMSunday 5:30–9PMMonday Closed
Elegant, romantic, French contemporary restaurant serving Wicker Park and Bucktown since 1991.
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Candlelit bistro with a hidden entrance serves modern French & American fare in an intimate setting.- Google
"Salmon, french onion soup, scallops were all fantastic."
"Great start: foie gras!"
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Carly Hegle
4 months ago
Perfect low key atmosphere combined with excellent service and some of the best French food I've had in a long time! Prices reasonable as well. All around great dining experience compared to restaurants everywhere in the country.
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Maggie Meier
7 months ago
This place is a hidden-in-plain-sight gem. Classy, metropolitan atmosphere and over-the-moon delicious food await. Their beet salad is phenomenal - and I don't particularly like beets. Their beef tenderloin is very good, and their salmon is the best I have ever had. The wine list is fine - not overly long, but solid, and even their cheapest selections are very satisfying. The desserts round out an already fantastic meal - try their molten chocolate cake with Grand Marnier sauce. The wait staff is cheerful, not-snobbish, and easy going - they do not hover but allow you to sit back and savor the meal. This quieter, laid-back-sophisticated place is off-beat for its hipster surroundings. I love it and go back every few months. If you like a delicious, relaxing meal in a chic yet casual setting, you may make it a habit too!
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Chris Carter
4 months ago
Look for the trap door, Scooby-doo style
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Ken Campbell
11 months ago of the greatest restaurants in Chicago land...Happy Birthday Rachael!
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Christie Grace
4 months ago
Delightful ambiance. Scallops were delicious. Our waiter was great.
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Zach Raizen
a year ago
It is a fairly quaint place, not very large on the inside, but roomy. The wine list was decent, but not extensive, and they seemed to be out of many of the listed bottles. The food was good, but not as great as one would expect. In many cases it just lacked sufficient seasoning. The salmon was actually very good, and perfectly cooked, but the mashed potatoes with it tasted like someone just smashed a potato. The duck was tasty but tough and chewy, which also seemed a little off. Bottom line: nothing was bad, just not outstanding, and many other very good options exist nearby which stand out much more.
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Andrew Rosenkranz
2 years ago
Food was very good. Entrance was hard to find though (front door is in an akward alley). We were the only people in the restaurant (opentable 1000-pt table) and the service was surprisingly slow with that considered. Food was excellent though. Restaurant was pretty dark so we asked to sit on the side lit by lnaterns so we could read our menus. Salmon, french onion soup, scallops were all fantastic. Would go back but wish it were brighter and quicker
Isabella Camargo de Ratti
2 years ago
Great start: foie gras!! I loved the way they prepare and the presentation for all dishes are beautiful too!


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