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$$ - $$$French, European,
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
+1 613-761-1138
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“steak frites” (61 reviews)
“duck” (44 reviews)
“dessert sampler” (15 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 PM - 10:00 PMAll hours
French, European, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
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1 - 10 of 517 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Excellent in all ways. Flavorful soup and great advice on wine pairings. My friends had the duck which they tell me was perfectly prepared. Not a scrap left. All tables are good. They have the nice added service of taking your coats away so that...More

Thank BarreMP
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Birthday dinner out with my wife. Great food, better service - recommend it highly. Pork cheeks pretty well melt in your mouth. Varied and interesting wine list.

Thank 409JimM409
Reviewed 6 days ago

I came here for lunch, very satisfied! We had the rainbow trout niçoise. The service was great and atmosphere too. We chose to add a soup and creme brûlée for 6$, both portions were very very small but very good. You should go!

Thank laurencemz
Reviewed 1 week ago

Their food is good but I found staff not caring enough to write down your reservation. I was extremely disappointed.

Thank Liz B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has very friendly and helpful staff and we were pleased by the quality of the food we ordered. We enjoyed their NYE Tasting menu with wine pairing and were quite satisfied.

Thank FrancisP01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absinthe is a cool place - nice atmosphere, exceptional service and creative food. The meal was tasty - a selection of vegetarian options including tomato soup, salads and ravioli. The steak was well cooked and the sides were delicious. The bartender was fantastic and creates...More

Thank Kylie M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visited here a few years back and had not a great experience as the flavor of the food was below par. We decided to give them another chance and thoroughly enjoyed the entire meal. There was a minor glitch with the...More

Thank Keith B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a favourite. Urban hip setting with a very creative team of kitchen wizards. As a vegetarian, a simple note when making a reservation and a custom and thoughtful meal awaits. Highly recommend this cafe. A reservation is recommended because it is has a...More

Thank lemenar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service and atmosphere were great. Steak was a good value, except my friend's portion was obviously bigger than mine.

Thank fortrip2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the top rated restaurants in the city. Have been a few times, overall have always had a good meal. It is well priced for its rating as well, from the meals to the wine, etc and the service is also good...More

Thank norphano
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Questions & Answers
Julie A
30 September 2017|
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Response from Rhomar3 | Reviewed this property |
Pets aren’t allowed in any restaurant in Canada
17 May 2016|
Response from Redbirdie3142 | Reviewed this property |
I don't see them having a problem with kids
29 March 2015|
Response from Patrick G |
Hello thank you for your inquiry we are closed all statutory hollidays and December 24th.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$32
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-761-1138
  • E-mail
Absinthe is a Restaurant where you can eat too much, drink too much, put your elbows on the table and laugh out loud... all at the same time and nobody cares. Absinthe is a restaurant of the people for the people.
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