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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St. (Gough St.) Send to Phone
415-551-1590 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
This fashionable Belle Époque-inspired neighborhood brasserie is a favorite for dinners or after-work snacks and sips.
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Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar Restaurant Review

: Absinthe is an anchor of the fashionable Hayes Valley dining scene. At this casually elegant corner brasserie and bar, styles mix effortlessly. You'll see some regulars in jeans and others in tuxedos (thank you, Opera House)---all with full plates and glasses, chattering madly. Thanks to chef Adam Keough, Absinthe’s menu is scored with meaty dishes, from lighter fish and seafood to slow-cooked roasts and confits. The heaviness is balanced by seasonal vegetables---a simple, pedigreed pile of mixed cresses tossed with toasted hazelnuts will wow. The nightly crudo---maybe hamachi with a ramp purée, trout roe and a sea-salt crunch---makes a solid argument for straying from the oyster menu. Expert cocktail pairings from the venue’s famed bar are a fun alternative to wines. Service is smooth and knowledgeable. Brunch is also a specialty here. No matter the meal, be sure to order dessert. Pastry chef Bill Corbett's inventive beet cake surprises, but if you're feeling less daring, we recommend the German chocolate cake.

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