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You can get anything you want, including absinthe, at this extremely pleasant French restaurant in Hayes Valley's restaurant row, which services the Opera House and Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. Every gustatory desire, including exquisite cocktails and ripe cheeses, can and will be satisfied. Excellent before or after a performance, or instead of one.
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Absinthe's bar manager Carlos Yturria and executive chef Adam Keough host Pickled on the last Monday of each month (except December). It's essentially a pop-up bar within a bar, with a set menu that features a selection of seasonal cocktails and bites that aren't typically available elsewhere. While the permanent cocktail menu is a page-turning read of literary references and historical adaptations, Pickled is a jumping-off point for even deeper experiments into the beyond. Artichoke... More »
The bar at Absinthe is one of our favorite bars in the city, and Absinthe is one of our favorite restaurants near the opera and symphony, for before- or after-concert dining. Hell, Absinthe is one of our favorite French restaurants anywhere. OK, to tell the truth, we love Absinthe immoderately, for its multiple menus (brunch, lunch, dinner, bar, oyster bar, cheese, dessert -- and remember, as its Web site says sternly, "All Menus Change Daily"), its posh setting, its late hours, and its... More »
Whether it's Wagner or Offenbach (or even the ballet or the symphony or City Arts & Lectures), our favorite act is always the last one, which takes place at Absinthe, a thoroughly professional restaurant that's well aware of the responsibility conferred on it by its location adjacent to Civic Center. Reservations are imperative for the before-event meal, but we prefer arriving after: The kitchen is open until midnight Tuesday through Saturday (and the bar is open until 2 a.m. on Friday and... More »
It's not what you'd call unknown, but Absinthe doesn't automatically come up when people are discussing San Francisco's best restaurants or competitively assessing celebrity chefs. Yet it consistently serves memorable, delicious food (we're still dreaming of a chilled Dungeness crab with truffle oil mayonnaise and sea beans, and the only boeuf à la ficelle we've seen on a menu in many years, perfectly prepared) in a comfortable, posh setting. Its good food is supported by thoughtful... More »
Although hangover as lifestyle is a career choice best avoided, there are those occasional mornings when even the best of us pay the piper for the previous night's revels. While we don't advise the hair of the dog on a regular basis (you might learn to rely on it too much), we must at this point quote from Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man, in which the perpetually soused Nick Charles greets Nora and a new morning with, "How about a drink to cut the phlegm?" Absinthe mixes up a marvelous... More »
Unlike any other meal of the day or week, brunch is all about laziness, and languor, and the civilized appreciation of sloth as both lifestyle and art form. It's the time you either spend on the couch with lox, bagels, and the Sunday paper, or out at a stupefyingly lavish buffet spread that will do nothing to erase your acedia. The third alternative is to go to a place like Absinthe (make that exactly like Absinthe), where the preparation and presentation of this most indolent of meals is... More »
I love Absinthe for any meal of the day. For brunch I love the wild mushroom omlette or the blueberry souffle pancakes. For lunch the Dungeoness crab sandwich is a favorite. I have not been there for dinner yet, but I have a feeling I would love it also.
I was lucky enough to visit Paris for the first time a few months ago, and dining at Absinthe took me right back to the Parisian streets, and the amazing restaurants in the city. I'm not a huge fan of the taste of absinthe the drink, but could go on about Absinthe the restaurant for hours...check it out!
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