Chicago >Food & Dining > Cafe Absinthe
1954 W North Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6062241.910475 -87.676785
Tues: 5:30pm-10pm Wed: 5:30pm-10pm Thur: 5:30pm-10pm Fri: 5:30pm-11pm Sat: 5:30pm-11pm Sun: 5:30pm-9pm
Neighborhoods: Wicker Park, West Side
For the Love of Money – I thought I was downtown because of the prices and the overall effect was bad the cafe was small and I will not be returning ever
Enter with Caution – Food is okay. Menu is pricey. Wait staff is only good part about this place.
Rome does not need to fall. – I give Cafe Absinthe 2 stars. And I will stand by this rating...... but if the server staff and bartenders improve their demeanor and the food is actually brought back up to what it was 7 months ago......well.... then i would give it the 5 stars it once had!!! OH!! And it wouldnt hurt to keep the place clean ( ESP THE BATHROOMS) Either make the improvements or lower your prices!!! Id rather see improvements.. because the place is lovely.. Hello Owner and staff!!!!!!
Our old standby.......... – Im sorry to say, but after a recent visit this place is no longer the gem of Wicker Park. This was once an old standby for my wife and I. The menu which use to be top notch and inventive was the same when we visited 6 months ago, and so were the specials (the waitress said they change daily). As creatures of habit we miss the great bartenders that made the best cosmos, replaced by a bartender that doesnt care about his craft and "doesnt drink" Wheres the jazz, always a key feature. Time for a revamp CAFE ABSINTHE.
Really Great Food – We went on a Friday night and it was dead. Our waiter was great, very knowledgable, the wine was great. I liked the menu selection, and our food was very good. I asked the waiter a question, and she didn't know the answer, but came back 10 minutes later with the answer, so she did follow up. The decor is nice, very urban, a little drafty, so if you are a cold person, you might not want to sit near the door. The hostess was very nice to us, took our coats, and seated up promptly. No complaints. Will be back.
Good date place. – Good food, great ambiance, only neagative would be that it's extremely loud and hard to have a quality converstation
service was bad on a slow night; over cooked duck breast – Overall, my family (7) had a very enjoyable night out - everyone else loved their entrees, it was a pretty quiet venue, conversation was great - though I had some serious issues. We went on a Thursday night recently, and we were pretty much the only diners there.
The server didn't know the French side of the wine list well. Considering it was half the list, this was a disappointment. She could only recommend one Bordeaux ("a lot of people order this one"), and she pushed us into a more expensive Cote du Rhone despite asking for less expensive alternatives. She didn't have a suggestion for a "medium bodied, fruit-forward, dry red". Oh well.
The duck breast was medium-to-well, despite our insistence that it be "medium-rare". It should never leave the kitchen like that. Next time order it "rare." They did much better on the traditional Midwest fare - beef tenderloin was juicy with a nice crust, the lamb was perfectly cooked. The salmon was pretty standard for any restraint (it could have been easily done at home), so the >$20 price was shocking.
we had a great time – tucked away from the street , this place is very intimate and dark and casual. I like that. our waiter was amazing . He knew the menu up and down and made excellent wine selections. we were a party of three and all ordered different things from lamb to beef and salads and such. we all tried each others food, drank wine and had an amazing time. from what i understand the menu changes frequently so i'm sure what i had might not be on the menu when we return. the after dinner capp's and coffee's are awesome too as well as the sweet stuff.
DON'T GO! – The words that would properly describe my experience there would surely be blocked by Citysearch's censors! I have never been treated so POORLY by the staff at a Wicker Park eatery in my life. This place is a pathetic attempt at trying to be a trendy upscale "cafe". BUT wait...walk inside and you will be greeted by an additional failed attempt at wanting so bad to be important? but you are a hostess!!?? This blatantly RUDE reality T.V wannabe thought we were beneath her prestigious hostess ranking. She proceeded to scold our entire group because we used "their" valet service and went to the adjoining bar and not their restaurant. The two (Wicker Park Tavern and Cafe Absinthe) are by the way connected by a glass door located inside. This place is sad and with service like this ABISMAL!
A Wicker Park favorite for fine dining in a romantic, intimate atmosphere. – Candlelight flickers off exposed brick walls and muted curtains in this cozy, hip space. A well-dressed, established crowd buzzes at close tables while cooks work up a sweat in the open kitchen just beyond. The inventive, contemporary American menu usually hits the bull's-eye. Fab grilled ostrich is complemented by a fragrant avocado chimichurri, while creamy seared foie gras in sauterne may be one of the best in the city. Sauteed skate wing stands out among the entrees, thanks to a subtle, flavorful porcini beurre blanc. For dessert, don't pass up the house-made ice cream or the wonderful, light apple blueberry galette with vanilla ice cream.
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