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
Just not worth it – We'd heard so many good things about Cafe Absinthe, we had to give it a try. And yes, the food was good, and the service was friendly and helpful. But, the noise was excessive, and it was a weeknight at less than capacity. But the real kicker was the high cost of the meal, which can be summarized in five little words: six bucks for iced tea.
Nice treat – Inventive food that doesn't blow your socks off but satisfies. Warm, cozy setting, if a bit cramped. Excellent service and manageable wine list. An out-of-town foodie who would return.
Nice place for a date! – I visited this restaurant when in town from Cleveland. We had to wait quite a while for our (reserved) table and as a result weren't seated until 10pm, but they were pretty gracious about it. Lovely restaurant, and the only 'tude I detected was from patrons, not staff...get over yourselves, anyone can get a reservation at a restaurant. Food was great, particularly the gelato!
Great food for the price – My wife and I went for our anniversary and it was great. I didn't think the restaurant was romantic at all but the food was prepared well and there was the right amount. We spent $65 per person, just food, but the wine is overpriced (as it is everywhere in Chicago).
What is so romantic? – The food was decent and the ambience was fine, but this restaurant should by no means be listed as one of the top 10 romantic restaurants in Chicago. That is unless Chicagoans find sitting within two feet of the table next to you and being able to listen to their converastions romantic.
Special occasion – Love the ambience, expensive but great choice for a special occasion. Watch out if smoke bothers you. One big open room with no barrier to the smokers at the bar. Ruined a wonderful meal for us.
Asolutely Absinthe – Well it was the restaurant I fell in love at. What could be more memorable?
Chic, pricey and almost worth it – The environment is as trendy and current as you would hope in Wicker Park and the presentation of the food matches it. We had appetizers, soups, salads and some entrees and all of the dishes were good, only a few were great. The honey chocolate tart was amazing and the mint, sorrel and corn sprouts salad was unique and surprising. For vegetarians the choices were minimal and the dishes lacked a bit in flavor.
Trendy Bucktown venue – My friend from New York was visiting and I decided to take her to Cafe Absinthe for dinner. We were not disappointed. The night we went was "VOX" martini night so we received a free martini - and got to enjoy the great atmosphere. I think that's one of the best qualities of this restaurant - the ambiance is so great. The food was also good!
Great time! – I have eaten at Café Absinthe many times and continue to enjoy this place. The food is top notch and changes frequently. My only complaint would be the noise level on the weekends (thus I only go during the week and its less crowded). The staff has always been courteous and knowledgeable. I like the open kitchen, you can walk right up and watch them work and even talk to the chefs. I highly recommend this place.
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