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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
French Restaurant$$$
Today 11:00 am – 2:00 am
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398 Hayes St San Francisco, CA 94102
398 Hayes StUSCASan Francisco94102
$$$French RestaurantToday 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Monday ClosedTuesday 11:30 am – 12:00 amWednesday 11:30 am – 12:00 amThursday 11:30 am – 12:00 amFriday 11:30 am – 2:00 amSaturday 11:00 am – 2:00 amSunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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Upscale, Parisian-style brasserie serving French-Mediterranean cuisine & creative cocktails.- Google
People talk about opera, french onion soup, coq au vin, pot de creme and cocktail menu
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dena berkson
reviewed a month ago
I've been to this upscale French brasserie a few times, and I have always enjoyed myself. From the heart-warming french onion soup to the classic coq au vin, they do everything just right. Bonus points for opening at 11 am for brunch, you can slip in without a reservation if you're on time, be sure to a bloody mary and the duck confit benedict to start the day off right.
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Jerome Fried
reviewed a month ago
Situated in Hayes Valley, this place is somewhat famous. Why? I don't know. It's French? Other than that, the food is just OK. The cocktails are served up in the pretentious setting that is the bar, by pretentious bartenders, charging ridiculous prices for the level of quality and service they offer. Trendy? Yes. Good? Not very. Skip it...
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Nalani Ngoon
reviewed 2 months ago
I've been a few times, and every time the experience is just ok. The food is average, definitely not worth the price point. The service is also just average. I'd rather go to Chez Maman.
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Coni Warren
reviewed 2 months ago
I had seen this place for a while and it always looked packed. I now see why. The food was delicious. We had an assortment of appetizers including oysters on the half shell, spicy fried chickpeas, marinated mixed olives and soft garlic pretzel with some Vermont cheddar cheese to dip it into. It was all fantastic. I had the carrot bisque and duck breast. I could not believe how good it all was. I was so full, but kept wanting to eat more. My only disappointment was my first drink. It was a French '75, which I normally love. They called it a long drink. I was used to it in a champagne flute, but it was in a very tall glass, hence the name. It was served over ice, which I haven't ever had it before and diluted the taste so much that I would preferred it in the smaller glass with no ice. My second drink was a Palermo Buck, which was much better. I took the first drink as a fluke because everything else we were served was outstanding. The service was excellent. The place isn't too big, but you never feel crowded. It was completely packed when we arrived and left, which I now understand why. I can't wait to go again.
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Marie T. Fisher
reviewed in the last week
Absinthe is a great spot to take your older out-of-town relatives who are looking for a classic San Francisco pre-Symphony (or Opera, or Ballet) experience. The bar and dining room have seen better days, but they have a threadbare luxury about them, which is part of the charm. The crowd is diverse in terms of age, and you should expect a few tourists, but you won't feel at all out of place ordering a Manhattan straight up.
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Jillian Sands
reviewed 4 weeks ago
One of my favorite brunch spots in the city. If you come close to when they open on the weekends you can normally get a seat immediately. They have a wide variety of choices and everything I've had I enjoyed. I had some great pancakes and the deviled eggs are always a staple.


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