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Absinthe Bistro

1260 Commercial Dr | between Charles and Williams St., Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
+1 604-566-9053
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“scallops” (91 reviews)
“gazpacho” (18 reviews)
“rice pudding” (20 reviews)
French, European
$$ - $$$
1260 Commercial Dr | between Charles and Williams St., Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw great views about this restaurant on Tripadvisor and the restaurant didn't disappoint. Liked that they offer a 2 or 3 course menu option. Not many places do this in Vancouver. And the price point is good. Felt full afterwards. Too many restaurants charge entree...More

1  Thank Speedy688
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My lady and I had a fantastic time at Absinthe Bistro , the place is small and cosy with Amazing staff,Amazing food and wine selections are nice.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 29 December 2017

I love French as does my DIL, so for her birthday earlier this month, we ventured out to a new eatery for me and my guy. My son and his wife have frequented this bistro before so I had reasonably high expectations. And they delivered...More

Thank MillerTouch
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

First off the couple that runs this place and the nicest people you will ever meet. The food though, I was dancing in my chair with each bite. We both ordered the 3-course meal each so we could try everything. The food is fantastic and...More

Thank Jen A
Reviewed 20 December 2017

A very nice little cozy French restaurant in Vancouver. The food is awesome and you would think your in France or Quebec. A highly recommend a reservation for this place. Especially on weekends. Definitely worth the price for the quality of the food.

1  Thank lorenso7891
Reviewed 6 November 2017

This really feels like a bistro in Paris & both the chef, Corey & his partner, Julianna met & trained there. It is good for both a romantic dinner & my go-to place to meet friends or to impress visitors to Vancouver with the city's...More

Thank VancouverMahout
Reviewed 20 October 2017

I have had the good fortune to have enjoyed on two different special occasions, the absolutely delectable food at Absinthe. Both times I visited the menu was different and both times I was served an outstanding meal. This is a small, cozy, yet dignified restaurant...More

Thank Peggy8819
Reviewed 2 October 2017

One of best dining experiences in a long time. The food, classic French bistro cuisine, was superbly executed. (The beet gazpatcho was so good, one of our party asked for another bowl instead of the dessert in the prix fixe. Every other dish was almost...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 25 September 2017

I dined at Absinthe when in Vancouver three years ago and couldn't wait to go back this visit...and introduce it to the Man of The House. When something is as good as this, and you hype it up when recommending, you always hope the magic...More

2  Thank SisPerth
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We had a wonderful experience - in part - because they modified a dish due to one of our dinner members having an onion allergy. What was surprising is that they didn't just eliminated onions from the dish, they completely changed the sauce to something...More

Thank jbchow
Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises
of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy
counter-culture. Straddling the line between
sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by
students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups,
and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat
counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which
well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit
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23 July 2016|
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Response from Sandy C | Reviewed this property |
We also enjoyed our dinner there. I am not vegan or vegetarian, but am lactose intolerant, so I always check out a menu before going to a place. Once there I alert the server of my issue to make sure whatever I choose will... More
Sharon M
10 April 2016|
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Response from Shawniebear | Reviewed this property |
You can take sky train to commercial drive then a bus...or walk from sky train.
8 August 2015|
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Response from old-jogger | Reviewed this property |
I would advise staying downtown Vancouver and taking a taxi or public transport (Skytrain) to Commercial Drive.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$31
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1260 Commercial Dr | between Charles and Williams St., Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Commercial Drive
  • Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
  • Phone Number: +1 604-566-9053
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Absinthe Bistro offers modern and classic french cooking on Commercial Drive
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