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#4 of 2,193 Restaurants in Ottawa
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1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
+1 613-761-1138
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Mon - Tue 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Wed - Sun 17:30 - 23:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First time visit, we enjoyed the evening. The welcome and ongoing service was very good, with the server having excellent knowledge of the menu and happy to make recommendations on both food and beverage. The restaurant was full, however we found the space to be not loud at all. Easy to have a conversation at the table. Many tables seemed... More 

Thank 3CanadianBears
Ottawa, Canada
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere and service at Absinthe is awesome. But 2 returns for lunch in a 3 week period offered up the same daily soup both times (mushroom tarragon with a creme fraiche (I enjoyed but my dining companion found to sharp with sour cream) and the same creme brulee both times (very good but easy to flavour up). The food... More 

Thank wcottawa
Gatineau, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely friendly staff; food was very good although my friend found her choice less tasty than mine. Soup and desert delicious served in tiny dishes which was fine as rest of meal was quite copious .

1 Thank yjroycyr
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to Absinthe on April 1 to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were a large group (12), and the service – from making the reservation to paying the bill – was excellent every step of the way. The menu is small, but that's not a bad thing. The food is fresh and locally sourced. Everyone in our group loved their... More 

1 Thank Patrick G
Gatineau, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Perfection of the welcoming and courteous staff, and perfection of the food!! Our meal was soooo good, one visit is definitely not enough!

1 Thank Nancy471969
Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Purposefully reserved at Absinthe for a birthday celebration because of their connection to Savour Ottawa. Interesting and tasty selections on the menu; and the service was friendly, prompt and informative. I also like that you can on street park right by the restaurant.

1 Thank Pauline D
Vancouver, British Columbia
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for a business dinner last Thursday, March 23rd, we were seated at the front window, and the service was excellent as was the food - everyone enjoyed their menu choices. Small menu - but that is because everything is fresh!

1 Thank Laura B
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The evening ticked all the boxes--great food, attentive and professional service, and a sense of personal touch throughout the evening. The menu is not as broad as one might find elsewhere but we'd much rather go somewhere where every choice is imaginative and excellent. We definitely recommend this restaurant.

1 Thank greenwilliam750
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53 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Been to Absinthe many times and always have stunning food and impeccable service. Highlly recommend for a date night, business meeting or out with friends and family.

1 Thank Christine3131
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We went to Absinthe for lunch. We were seated so quickly and front and wait staff were so friendly. The place is so beautifully decorated. We orderdered the lunch special with mushroom soup (good but a bit sour), the roasted chicken with potato salad (chicken was sooo delicious and the salad was plain, and the creme brulle was the best... More 

1 Thank Afcan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$21
French, European, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-761-1138
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?