Absinthe Brasserie and Bar is a Hayes Valley hot spot with upscale bistro fare and popular bar within walking distance to the performing arts centers. ... More
Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
Absinthe Brasserie and Bar is a Hayes Valley hot spot with upscale bistro fare and popular bar within walking distance to the performing arts centers. 7x7's 2007 EAT + DRINK AWARD: Best Restaurant Cocktails (http://www.7x7sf.com/eat_drink/restaurants/3461191.html)
Not a lot of recent reviews, so here goes. Had brunch there, and the food was wonderful. Service was fine and the food was served quickly. Perhaps the trick is going when they are not super busy? I highly recommend the crab sandwich with bacon, it was sublime.
I enjoy their food here. I don't know if it's also the same chef cooking as the one in Top Chef this season, but at least I like the super fast way they get the food out to you, without feeling hurried. More accurately, I think I should say that the food comes out in successions, at the perfect timing.
If you like being ignored, then this is the place to go!
The server took 20 minutes to get our order and drinks. When the food arrives, the busboy was the one taking care of everything. I got so fed up w/ asking where my water was (after 30 mins), that I had to call on the busboy. The server never asked us how we were doing, or if we need anything. When we asked for the bill, it took another 15 minutes and she didn't bother to thank us. I got up and tipped the busboy instead; at least he gave us the attention that customers should be getting.
I have worked in customer service for years, and never have I seen a restaurant not care for their customers. I would definately NOT recommend anybody to dine here. It's just not worth it.
For a late night meal, Absinthe served the purpose. We had a late dinner at 10:30 pm in the bar since the restaurant area was still pretty packed. The bar area was just as busy, but the service was good. We ordered the burger, fries and a couple of cocktails. All were good and worth the price.
If you are attending the SF Symphony, Opera or Ballet, or if you're just in the neigborhood, treat yourself to an evening at Absinthe. I recommend that you start with the Perfect Pear martini and your favorite oysters, then try the Coq au Vin - not to be missed. End with Lavender Cr�me Br�l�e and cognac. Absinthe is elegant without being pretentious, the food is consistently excellent without being overpriced, and the ambiance is warm and fun. Having visited all the restaurants in the neighborhood, I heartily recommend Absinthe. Valet parking available.
I love Absinthe - the brasserie/bar area in the front I actually like better than the more formal dining room in the back. They offer great wine and cheese pairings for $5 each. 3 cheeses with accompanying wines for both people is filling enough for a light supper. So you get great ambiance, delicious cheese and fun wines for a great price. You never need a reservation to sit in the front either. The longest we've had to wait is about 5 minutes. A great date place.
San Francisco is the place to go to check out new and exotic restaurants. But Absinthe has been around for a few years and it is the one place I consistently recommend to friends and out-of-towners. Why? Because Absinthe has a great bar with awesome cocktails, great ambiance and decor, GREAT service, late night dining, and most of all, consistently great dishes throughout the year. While their menu does not vary much, nor do they have exotic dishes, i have never walked away without thoroughly enjoying my meal. The flavors are always right, their wine and desert recommendations never fail to complete a meal, and they always have a fresh selection of oysters from both coasts.
My favorite dishes are actually their oysters, the Niman Ranch burger, the french fries, and the Scharfenberger (SP?) chocolate pot-de-creme. My least favorite, the lavender creme-brulee (though I understand this is a critic favorite...). And this is certainly the place to enjoy a sidecar, martini, or manhattan, at the bar with a date or friends.
The restaurant has a very classy atmosphere with a muted old-world decor, but it never feels stuffy. There's always an eclectic clientele and whether you are in formal attire or in jeans, you never feel out of place. I hope that Absinthe will maintain their style and quality for years to come, it's a place that reminds me why I love SF!
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