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






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Private Dining

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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.

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Established January 30th, 1998

Celebrating Twenty Years (for all of 2018!) 


Domaine Turgy, Collection dosage Zero, Brut, Grand Cru, blanc de blanc, Millesime, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Champagne, France   195.


Chapoutier, Ermitage Blanc, Le Méal, Rhône, France, marsanne   115.

Nikolaihof, Steinriesler, Wachau, Austria, riesling   140.

Littorai, Thieriot Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, California, chardonnay 70.

Littorai, Mays Canyon, Russian River Valley, California, chardonnay 70.

Domaine des Baumard, Quarts de Chaume, Loire, chenin blanc 67.


Château La Mission Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France, cabernet blend  600.

Château Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France, cabernet blend  210.

Corison, Kronos, Napa Valley, California, cabernet  235.

Diamond Creek, Volcanic Hill, Napa Valley, California, cabernet  395.

Ridge, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz, California, cabernet  365.

Conterno, Cascina Francia, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy, nebbiolo  350.

Voerzio, Vigna Serra, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy, nebbiolo  150.

Clos du Mont Olivet, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France, grenache blend  80.

Clos de Papes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France, grenache blend  150.

Château Léoville-Barton, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, France, cabernet blend  170.

Littorai, Savoy Vineyard, Anderson Valley, California, pinot noir  125.

Storybook Mountain, Mayacamas Range, Napa Valley, California, zinfandel  60.

Léoville-Las-Cases, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, France, cabernet blend  225.

Saddleback Cellar, Nils Venge, Napa Valley, California, zinfandel  45.

Ridge, York Creek, Napa Valley, California, zinfandel  75.

Melka Chloe & Jeremy, Napa Valley, California, cabernet  60.

Dunn, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California, cabernet  130.

Venge Family, Napa Valley, California, cabernet  115.

Château Rayas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France, grenache blend  425.

Jaboulet, Hermitage ‘La Chapelle’ Rhône, France, syrah  260.

Bodegas Roda 'Reserva', Rioja, Spain, tempranillo   $135


Jean Vesselle, Brut Reserve, Petit Clos, Bouzy, Champagne, France 1.5L,   405.

Château Rayas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France, grenache blend  1.5L,    825.

Gombaude Guillot, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, merlot blend 1.5L,   225.

Vieux Télégraphe, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France, grenache blend  1.5L,   390.

Pichon-Baron, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France, merlot blend  3L,  950.

Jaboulet, Hermitage ‘La Chapelle’ Rhône, France, syrah 1.5L,   500.


Lang & Reed, Premier Etage, Napa Valley, California, cabernet franc   30./140.

For reservations please call 415-551-1590 or visit OpenTable.com.

Press Room

Where to Eat and Drink in Hayes Valley

“…perfect for the Symphony or for the most highbrow day-drinking San Francisco can muster,” via SFWeekly, February 2018.

The Most Romantic Restaurants in San Francisco

“Like a jaunt to Paris without the jet lag.” Read more on the food and space via Thrillist, February 2018.

Valentine’s Day dinners in San Francisco for a romantic night out

“The spirit of bohemian France is reborn in San Francisco at this boisterous brasserie,” and more on TimeOut San Francisco, February 2018.

23 Essential San Francisco Cookbooks

The Art of the Bar is listed as one of the San Francisco’s essential cookbooks: “…this reference book from Hayes Valley’s Absinthe Brasserie still brings classic craft cocktail know-how to the bar, with handsome photos, details on ingredients and techniques, and context for the city’s ongoing cocktail renaissance,” via Hoodline, November 2017.

Why You Should Visit The Absinthe Group’s Restaurant Empire

“The always bustling bar and adjacent restaurant offer classic cocktails and upscale French Mediterranean food like coq au vin and grilled octopus with squid-ink risotto. Pro tip: Dinner is served until midnight Thursday-Saturday, so if you’re hungry after the ballet or symphony, this is the place to go,” read more on Haute Living, October, 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.