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Absinthe Bistro

1260 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
+1 604-566-9053
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“rice pudding” (20 reviews)
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French, European
$$ - $$$
1260 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have had the good fortune to have enjoyed on two different special occasions, the absolutely delectable food at Absinthe. Both times I visited the menu was different and both times I was served an outstanding meal. This is a small, cozy, yet dignified restaurant...More

Thank Peggy8819
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of best dining experiences in a long time. The food, classic French bistro cuisine, was superbly executed. (The beet gazpatcho was so good, one of our party asked for another bowl instead of the dessert in the prix fixe. Every other dish was almost...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I dined at Absinthe when in Vancouver three years ago and couldn't wait to go back this visit...and introduce it to the Man of The House. When something is as good as this, and you hype it up when recommending, you always hope the magic...More

1  Thank SisPerth
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful experience - in part - because they modified a dish due to one of our dinner members having an onion allergy. What was surprising is that they didn't just eliminated onions from the dish, they completely changed the sauce to something...More

Thank jbchow
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Tried Absinthe, a French Bistro smack in the middle of the Italian neighbourhood strip on Commercial Drive. We were 4 in our little dinner party and had two of us order the two course menu (appetizer and main) and two order the three course menu...More

Thank VancTraveller
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Cory and Julianna have just returned from France. The new menu has been inspired by their travels. The Chicken Liver mousse and the Pork Hock Terrine have so many flavours. All of the mains are really tasty. Absinthe Bistro excels by serving a limited menu....More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

I went to this restaurant with my family a couple months ago and it was amazing. Every meal we ordered was something to be in awe of and our taste buds were ecstatic. The atmosphere is awesome and they have beautiful vintage chandeliers. We met...More

Thank kelseylambs
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We came here around 18:00 without reservation, and told no available spaces. After leaving it and looking around, the waitress found us and told that they have arranged a table for us for 90 minutes, that is really kind. The food is good. The entree...More

1  Thank 937meit
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Located just outside downtown Vancouver, I would definitely recommend this restaurant. It's cozy, there are about 25 seats. The menu and the dishes were top quality. Cory and Juliana received our group of 19 family and friends as kings. We were not asked to choose...More

1  Thank OVGDB
Reviewed 21 July 2017

This drive bistro serves a seasonal menu with prix fixe options. The food is remarkably well prepared & presented. The best part is that the portions are not so small as to elicit the potential cringe that a hungry male may make when weighing the...More

2  Thank drumz
Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises
of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy
counter-culture. Straddling the line between
sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by
students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups,
and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat
counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which
well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit
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23 July 2016|
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Response from Sandy C | Reviewed this property |
We also enjoyed our dinner there. I am not vegan or vegetarian, but am lactose intolerant, so I always check out a menu before going to a place. Once there I alert the server of my issue to make sure whatever I choose will... More
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10 April 2016|
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Response from Shawniebear | Reviewed this property |
You can take sky train to commercial drive then a bus...or walk from sky train.
8 August 2015|
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Response from old-jogger | Reviewed this property |
I would advise staying downtown Vancouver and taking a taxi or public transport (Skytrain) to Commercial Drive.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$26 - US$41
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1260 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Commercial Drive
  • Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
  • Phone Number: +1 604-566-9053
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Absinthe Bistro offers modern and classic french cooking on Commercial Drive
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