FALL 2020

Kat Womer, Director of Events

As Director of Events for The Absinthe Group, Kat Womer collaborates with the teams at the group’s five unique restaurants to plan private events and off-site catering. Previously a Floor Manager at The Absinthe Group’s Bellota, Kat is now responsible for Absinthe Private Dining, Arlequin Café’s catering program, events at Barcino, and Bellota’s semi-private dining room and buyout options.

Born in Baltimore and later raised in Texas, Kat is a graduate of the University of Washington who moved to the Bay Area in 2013. She got her start in the hospitality industry as a cocktail server during college, and later became a bartender at Twenty Five Lusk in SoMa. It was at Twenty Five Lusk that Kat took an interest in event planning, aiding with event coordination and program management. In 2016, Kat was hired as a Floor Manager at Bellota, where she created and developed the in-house event program. At the start of 2017, The Absinthe Group hired Kat as the Director of Events for the restaurant group’s five individual venues.

In her role as Director of Events, Kat is committed to The Absinthe Group’s high quality of service and delights in every opportunity to help guests celebrate and create their personal events. In her free time, Kat enjoys spending time in Golden Gate Park, hiking in the Bay Area, and of course, partaking in delicious food and drink.


398 Hayes St at Gough, San Francisco, CA


We've crafted a menu of provisions for takeout and delivery for you to safely enjoy at home - or - if you're wanting some fresh air, join us in our seat-yourself parklet on Hayes Street.

Wednesday to Thursday, Sunday

12 pm to 8 pm

Friday to Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm Closed Monday and Tuesday.






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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 Ryan McIlwraith, 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

The Best Private Dining Rooms In San Francisco

“The upscale Hayes Valley mainstay has a private dining space with a separate entrance, its own bar, coat room, and restrooms. Decorated similarly to the main restaurant with dark wood, paintings, and old-school charm, the menu offers French fare and a raw bar,” via 7×7, September 2019

Where To Go When You’re In The Mood For A Martini

“Obviously, this place has a good-sized menu of absinthe drinks, but we’ll happily order a martini and eat some pate at the bar while we decide if we want to join all those people sitting outside by the weird sculpture on Octavia,” via The Infatuation SF, September 2019

A Fast-Israeli Food Favorite Is Coming Back to Oakland; A New Chef is Shaking Up Absinthe

“Hayes Valley’s longtime favorite brasserie, Absinthe, has a new executive chef, Ryan Fowler, and to kick things off, he’s jazzing up the brunch menu with pain perdu and Dungeness crab and avocado omelettes,” via Eater SF, August 2019

The San Francisco Shopping Guide To Hayes Valley

“Just because it’s one of the oldest restaurants in Hayes Valley doesn’t mean that Absinthe Brasserie and Bar has lost its shine. An outstanding cocktail program, along with French and Mediterranean-inspired dishes, makes Absinthe a neighborhood go-to for locals and hungry shoppers alike,” via SF Travel, August 2019

A Little Slice of Paris in Hayes Valley: Absinthe Brasserie and Bar

“An homage to all things French, Absinthe is still one of my favorite places to eat in the city. Why? It’s a buzzy destination that feels glamorous and special, evoking a one-of-a-kind feeling of Belle Epoque-era Paris,” via SF Bay Times, June 2019

About Absinthe


Absinthe Brasserie & Bar is in San Francisco's vibrant and charming Hayes Valley neighborhood, and is among the city’s beloved 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 is currently offering a menu of provisions for takeout and delivery for you to safely enjoy at home - or - if you're wanting a bit of fresh air, join us in our seat-yourself parklets on Hayes Street.