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Absinthe Cafe Resto Bar

1208 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON, K1Y 2Z7

613-761-1138 | Website | Email

A lovely bistro located in the trendy Westboro Village, Absinthe specializes in French regional cuisine and good times.

Category: Restaurants


Cuisine Type | Eclectic, French
Ambiance | Meet For Drink, Patio Dining
Meals Served | Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Pricing | $21 - $30
Payment | Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa


Neighbourhood | Westboro/Parkdale
Cross Street | Between Parkdale and Holland


Mon-Fri: 11AM-2PM Dinner: Daily 5:30PM-10PM

Profile Last Updated: February 19, 2008

Living Up to its Name
Absinthe Café is named after the notoriously "inspiring" liqueur of the same name that was popularized in the 19th century and enjoyed by many artists and writers of that era. The staff at Absinthe Café Resto Bar can elaborate much further on the history of this green-coloured aperitif, including the traditional technique of using a slotted spoon to sweeten the drink's taste. At the bar you'll find three varieties of absinthe ranging in alcohol content as well as several tantalizing absinthe-based cocktails.

French Cuisine with a Twist
The food is undeniably the best quality of Absinthe's restaurant, as it arguably should be. The chef uses fresh local produce to produce innovative and sumptuous dishes such as the Gratiné of mushroom and escargots appetizer. The menu is not extensive, but it does offer something for everyone, and each item is a work of art. Some house specialties include steak-frites, a cornish hen duo, roasted poblano pepper and grilled bison sirloin. All dinner entrées can be ordered a la carte or table d'hôte, which includes an appetizer and soup or salad. Wine suggestions accompany all dinner menu items and wine selections are diverse and well-picked.

Intimate and Inviting
This bistro’s décor is modern, while being welcoming and comfortable. The wall lighting is dim and candles throughout the restaurant enhance the soothing ambiance. Cozy brown leather chairs and solid wood tables add to the class of this upscale establishment. Thankfully the active bar, reasonable prices and unpretentious jazz lounge and ambient music make Absinthe a place worth visiting without a special occasion. Located in the heart of Ottawa's Holland Village neighbourhood, this bistro draws heavily on French influences for both its menu and sultry-chic atmosphere.


Call Ahead: reservations are recommended, though walk-ins are more than welcome