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Absinthe Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Commercial Drive
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1260 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
+1 604-566-9053
17:30 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:30 - 20:30
Wed - Thu 17:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to Absinthe Bistro for a celebration dinner. Loved the one price for dinner and choice of 3 appetizers, 3 entrees and three desserts. All choices were attractive, hot, fresh and tastefully presented. Chef is very innovative re mixing ingredients to make a most tasteful experience. Book early, as seating is somewhat limited and they are booked solid on... More 

Thank Don L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been here twice now. The first time I went was with my boyfriend for my birthday, the second was with friends for his birthday. Both times were great, but I recommend it more-so for couples than with friends. Either way, the food here is absolutely amazing and you won't be disappointed!

Thank iLoveHotels2010
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice place to try but not sure if I would go back. The ambience is very nice and service is amazing. My rabbit loin was very tough and the lamb not as tender as I like, but both were very beautiful. Had a really nice time.

Thank Tina W
Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place. Small and comfortable. Friendly, naturally, not forced, food terrific. Menu is changed regularly with limited choice so they do a great job on the few offerings. Had lobster soup, lamb shank in reduction sauce (fell off the bone), and lemon tart, excellent. Others had scallops, pork belly, salads, with only kudos all around. Wine list needs... More 

Thank KRead3
Surrey, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Small and cosy restaurant. From the time we walked in to the time we left it felt like we had travelled back to Paris. Had the 3 course menu. Cauliflower soup with dungenous crab was to die for. Pork belly and Lamb shank was so good and what can I say about dessert. Yummy. The hosts made us feel very... More 

Thank _jss50
Province of Rome, Italy
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A friend offered me a gift card for that Bistro I did not know in my own city. I love the neighbourhood where it is located, on Commercial Drive, and decided ti try it last Friday night. What a welcome surprise; lovely European ambiance, short menu (3 starters, 3 main, 3 desserts) on a 'prix fixe'. Excellent and well-priced wines... More 

Thank SylviaOpera
Mission, Canada
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Our favourite type of meal is one that is cooked and served in a small bistro setting and Absinthe fits the bill perfectly. We had tried to get a reservation before but had never managed to connect but on this Sunday evening the stars aligned and came in 40 miles to try the food. The setting is that of a... More 

Thank Brian R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Went for our one year anniversary dinner and I cant say enough about this restaurant. Already thinking about the next time I'll be coming back. Everything from the starters to the dessert was amazing! Service was excellent. Restaurant isnt too big but we had made reservations about a week in advance. The prices for what we got was amazing! I've... More 

Thank Kalapreet G
Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Always great service and never had a bad meal. Price point can't be beat! One needs reservations at least a week in advance.

Thank CynthiaRx
Carlsbad, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This restaurant is tiny---about 6 or 7 tables, we did sit outside where there were three tables. All of the food is made a la minute and is very, very fresh!!! It was a long trip from our hotel, but worth it!

Thank floribel1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$26 - US$41
French, European
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
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
Absinthe Bistro offers modern and classic french cooking on Commercial Drive

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Staying in Commercial Drive

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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 of self-aware graffiti, Commercial Drive has resisted gentrification in favor of continuing to build a thriving den of affordable multiculturalism. Once known as Vancouver's "Little Italy," it has also been the immigration point for Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Portuguese to the city. The resulting hodgepodge makes for poetry readings in espresso cafes, social debates in early-open bakeries, and eco-activism posters pinned up in the many multi-ethnic markets in the area. Commercial Drive is where you go to feel like a local, and if you have them, bring the kids – The Drive has a number of bookshops, toy stores, and attractions to get them involved too.
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