FALL 2017


398 Hayes St at Gough, San Francisco, CA



Monday to Wednesday

11:30 am to 11:00 pm

Thursday & Friday

11:30 am to midnight


Brunch, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm;

3:00 pm to midnight


Brunch, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm;

3:00 pm to 10:00 pm






Press Inquiries







Special Request Form

Gift Cards

Private Dining

Select a Menu

42 Guests, Banquet

18 Guests, Long Table

30 Guests Maximum, Long Tables

10 to 28 Guests, Rounds

40 Guests, Rounds

Reception, Up to 60 Guests


Absinthe Private Dining provides an intimate and elegant setting for wedding receptions up to 45 guests.

Absinthe Private Dining is a completely separate room, with its own entrance from Hayes Street, and a private restroom, coat closet, and bar. The room is richly decorated with hand-painted murals, fresh-cut flowers, plush upholstered furniture, and mohair curtains. Natural light pours in the front windows, and is reflected in the sparkle of a pre-1906 earthquake mirror.

The Private Dining menus are created by Absinthe Executive Chef Adam Keough, and change frequently, to provide seasonal freshness. Cocktails and desserts may be customized for your special day, and we can assist you with menu design, floral arrangements and other details to make your wedding reception an extraordinary occasion.

Press Room

Group Dynamics: San Francisco’s Restaurant Empires

“Absinthe Brasserie & Bar landed in Hayes Valley about 20 years ago, introducing French brasserie fare to a neighborhood overshadowed by a double-decker freeway…Now try: The Absinthe Group launched Barcino in the former Boxing Room space in summer 2017, bringing Catalan small bites and Spanish drinks to a bright Hayes Valley corner spot,” read more on Where San Francisco, October 2017.

Chronicling The Cocktail Revolution

Robert Simonson, a writer for The New York Times, highlights 10 of the most important events in the last 25 years that brought about the “cocktail revolution”. He notes that Absinthe (est. 1998) was the first modern cocktail bar in the city. Read the full timeline via Cheers, August 2017.

The Bigger, the Better: Best Restaurants for Groups in San Francisco

“Absinthe recalls the days of Dorothy Parker and her circle of witty, sardonic critics. Along with dicing celebrities, they took great pleasure in good food and drink. Plenty of both can be found here, and weekend brunch is especially delightful.” Read more on USA Today: Travel, August 2017.

“The World of Fine Wine,” World’s Best Wine Lists 2017

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar earns a three out of three-star award in “The World of Fine Wine’s,” World’s Best Wine Lists, which highlights excellent and interesting wine lists on a global scale. Find out why in the feature piece via The World of Fine Wine, June 2017.

The Bay Area 75 Years Ago And Today

“Absinthe has combined a touch of San Francisco history with the ambiance of a Parisian bistro of the ‘20s. Absinthe serves what I refer to as truthful cuisine. The offerings speak for themselves: fresh ingredients exquisitely crafted,” and more from Stuart Faber via In Flight USA, April 2017. 

About Absinthe


Absinthe Brasserie & Bar lives the heart of San Francisco’s charming Hayes Valley neighborhood, and is among the city’s most beloved and longest-running dining institutions. It features a creative menu of French brasserie fare, along with an inspired selection of classic cocktails. With lively, informal décor that evokes turn-of-the-century France, Absinthe’s warm, convivial atmosphere has romanced locals and visitors alike since its founding in 1998. Located within walking distance of Civic Center and the performing-arts centers, Absinthe offers lunch and dinner daily, and weekend brunch. To book a table, please visit OpenTable.com or call 415.551.1590 for more information.