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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Celebrate our 20th birthday with these special 1998 Vintages


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   200.

Nikolaihof, Steinriesler, Wachau, Austria, riesling   140.


Château La Mission Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France, cabernet sauvignon blend 700.

Château Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France, cabernet sauvignon blend   250.

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

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

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

Conterno, Cascina Francia, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy, nebbiolo   435.

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


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

Château Rayas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, grenache blend  1.5L    900.

Gombaude Guillot, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, merlot blend 1.5L   250.

Vieux Télégraphe, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, grenache blend  1.5L   445.

Pichon-Baron, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France, merlot blend     3L   1,000.


Lang & Reed, Premier Etage, Napa Valley, California, cabernet franc   35./140.

For reservations please call 415-551-1590 or visit

Press Room

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.

Where to Drink in San Francisco

“One of the oldest kids on the Hayes Valley block, Absinthe has serving creative cocktails long before mixologists became a thing,” read more on Suitcase Magazine, October 2017.

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.

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 or call 415.551.1590 for more information.