Primrose Hill

  • Mid-range

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

User ratings:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5
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Venue details

  • Address:

    L'Absinthe 40 Chalcot Road
    NW1 8LS

  • Venue phone:

    020 7483 4848

  • Venue website:


  • Opening hours:

    Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 6-9.30pm Sun

  • Transport:

    Tube: Chalk Farm

  • Price:

    Main courses £9.95-£18

  • Map

    1. L'Absinthe

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Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:2
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Eaten here 3 times in the last two years. Menu is simple and seemingly never varies. Cooking is bland and you could o much better for the money, the pub opposite for a start.


I absolutely love this place! Entertaining service, friendly atmosphere, wonderful French bistro style food, unpretentious and full of flavour! I am slightly worried that with an increased size the standards may drop, I really hope JC and the team can keep the standards as high as they have been for the past few years! A wonderful neighbourhood restaurant that knows what it does and does it almost faultlessly.


The Frenchest of French restaurants I have been to outside France. The food tasted home cooked and authentic, the service was genuine and friendly and the ambience cozy and unpretentious. Already booked my second visit in a space of 10 days.


I don't understand all the reviews i have seen about this restaurant. Have you ever try a real french restaurant , Please ! It's not good. It's simple. I can do it at home. The staff is wearing trainers, nothing smart. The jug of water was dirty ! I use to go in another french restaurant not too far and i wanted to try this one because of the reviews it has but i'm disappointed :(- I'll never come back and go back to my favourite in NW3 2QY !!!


'Everything expensive, nothing good' . At least they are honest. I have ordered french onion soup which managed to taste completely bland. The steak was fatty and I managed to pick out about 1/3 that was edible. Fries soggy..... It is by far the worst meal I had - and the first review I have ever written. The owner tries to cover up bad food with charm, not impressed!