As General Manager of The Absinthe Group's Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, John Snell manages the Hayes Valley French brasserie's daily operations, skilled staff, and restaurant offerings. Having most recently served as the General Manager of Comstock Saloon, Snell stands as a cultured expert to help guide guests through a memorable dining experience.
Origianlly from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Snell studied Economics at The University of Virginia before moving to San Francisco in the early 2000s. Eager to continue his experience in the restaurant industry, Snell became one of the original opening team members of North Beach's Comstock Saloon. Snell served at both Comstock and Absinthe before becoming appointed as General Manager of Comstock Saloon in 2016. In 2019, Snell moved to Absinthe Brasserie & Bar to oversee all aspects of the Parisian brasserie.
After working for The Absinthe Group for nearly 10 years, Snell's knowledge and respect has deeply grown for Absinthe's ownership and the restaurant industry as a whole. In his spare time, Snell enjoys spending time outside hiking, scuba diving, or downhill skiing.
“The upscale Hayes Valley mainstay has a private dining space with a separate entrance, its own bar, coat room, and restrooms. Decorated similarly to the main restaurant with dark wood, paintings, and old-school charm, the menu offers French fare and a raw bar,” via 7×7, September 2019
“Obviously, this place has a good-sized menu of absinthe drinks, but we’ll happily order a martini and eat some pate at the bar while we decide if we want to join all those people sitting outside by the weird sculpture on Octavia,” via The Infatuation SF, September 2019
“Hayes Valley’s longtime favorite brasserie, Absinthe, has a new executive chef, Ryan Fowler, and to kick things off, he’s jazzing up the brunch menu with pain perdu and Dungeness crab and avocado omelettes,” via Eater SF, August 2019
“Just because it’s one of the oldest restaurants in Hayes Valley doesn’t mean that Absinthe Brasserie and Bar has lost its shine. An outstanding cocktail program, along with French and Mediterranean-inspired dishes, makes Absinthe a neighborhood go-to for locals and hungry shoppers alike,” via SF Travel, August 2019
“An homage to all things French, Absinthe is still one of my favorite places to eat in the city. Why? It’s a buzzy destination that feels glamorous and special, evoking a one-of-a-kind feeling of Belle Epoque-era Paris,” via SF Bay Times, June 2019
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar is located in San Francisco's vibrant and charming Hayes Valley neighborhood, and is among the city’s beloved longest-running dining institutions. It features a creative menu of French brasserie fare, along with an inspired selection of classic cocktails. With lively, informal décor that evokes turn-of-the-century France, Absinthe’s warm, convivial atmosphere has romanced locals and visitors alike since its founding in 1998.