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Café Absinthe

4.0
4
473 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Café Absinthe serves American and French fare in a candlelit bistro in Chicago. Diners can come in and experience dinner and wine in an intimate setting that seems away from it all. Start the night off with an artisanal cheese plate, Pernod mussels, lump crab cake or Hudson Valley foie gras to prepare the taste buds for the adventurous entrées. Café Absinthe main courses include Atlantic salmon, sea scallops, crispy duck breast, Australian lamb rack and much more. Those looking for something lighter can enjoy a roasted beet salad or the lobster Boston salad. Café Absinthe also offers an extensive desserts menu, where guests can enjoy a chocolate brownie, rustic apple tart, vanilla Trinity cream and many others to finish the meal.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of Operation
    Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Phone number
    (773) 278-4488
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Jose Garcia
  • Catering
    We do large parties of up to 60 people. You may buy the entire cafe out for an event Sunday-Thursdays. Please enquire with James Romeo for details. <br />773-278-4488 <br />
  • Private party facilities
    Cafe Absinthe can accommodate parties up to 65.
  • Private party contact
    James Romeo: (773) 278-4488
  • Neighbourhood
    Bucktown / Wicker Park
  • Cross Street
    Damen
  • Parking Details
    Valet Parking is $11.00 for patrons. Pull car to the entrance located in alley just north of North Ave. There is also street parking available. <br />
  • Public Transit
    Damen stop - Blue Line <br /><br><br><br />North Ave Bus\Damen Bus <br /><br><br><br />Taxis Available
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 473 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 0.1Value

NoiseModerate

473 Reviews
  1. RICKZ123

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I went here on valentines day. The Prix Fixe menu was very good and fairly priced for the special occasion. The food was all well-prepared. The atmosphere is great for date night.

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  2. AMG41

    St. Louis

    98 reviews

    3.0

    98 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice romantic place. Food didn't wow me.

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  3. WindyCityLo

    Chicago

    193 reviews

    4.0

    193 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    What a lovely occasion - a fine meal with good friends on a cold winter's night - very few folks but it WAS d**ned cold out ... TRICKY to find the entrance but now that we're "in the know", all future visits will be easy! A smallish but upscale menu, beautifully prepared and presented. Started with the mussels which were tremendous. had an amazing chilean sea bass for entree which chef happily swapped out some food-issue sides for something i could have. portions were generous and, i hear, the bread was amazing! of course, the absinthe soothed the wild beasts who were then braced to return to the chicago wintry wind.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Great service & food, too loud for my age group. No view, little ambiance. Great staff!

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  5. MaryD

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food--especially the sea bass; fun vibrant neighborhood; parking a challenge so valet service a big plus

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  6. OfteninPhilly

    Milwaukee

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband I had a very nice dinner here. He loved the mussels in Pernod sauce and said his rack of lamb was fantastics. I had the duck and it was very good.

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  7. Layne

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every dish was excellent and the tastes were perfectly balanced.

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  8. Janie

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My wife's Australian Rack of Lamb was excellent, as always. My Duck Breast was awful. Tough and Grisly. Very disappointing. This was our fourth visit and possibly the last.

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  9. Robin

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My husband and I enjoyed a last minute NYE dinner The service was excellent as was the bar service. The food was good but not exceptional.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Loved the food and ambiance. Cheese plate was on point. Definitely will be back.

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Google Map for Café Absinthe

1954 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Damen
  • Neighbourhood
    Bucktown / Wicker Park
  • Hours of Operation
    Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Valet Parking is $11.00 for patrons. Pull car to the entrance located in alley just north of North Ave. There is also street parking available. <br />
  • Public Transit
    Damen stop - Blue Line North Ave Bus\Damen Bus Taxis Available
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Jose Garcia
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (773) 278-4488
  • Catering
    We do large parties of up to 60 people. You may buy the entire cafe out for an event Sunday-Thursdays. Please enquire with James Romeo for details. <br />773-278-4488 <br />
  • Private party facilities
    Cafe Absinthe can accommodate parties up to 65.
  • Private party contact
    James Romeo: (773) 278-4488
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