Amuse - Le Meridien Hotel- Philadelphia
1421 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $30 and under
Amuse - Le Meridien Hotel- Philadelphia
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.amusephiladelphia.com/
- Phone: (215) 422-8222
- Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am-10:30am,
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, French, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Sonny Ingui
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
- Entertainment: Nouvelle Vague is a collective of talented artists, featuring a rolling cast of popular Parisian musicians. Translated literally as “New Wave” in the French language, the group’s music pays homage to the swooping elegance of Bossa Nova, melancholic melodies of the “New Wave” era and 1960’s French cinema, providing a modern twist on the classics. Our partnership with Nouvelle Vague honors our French heritage and offers guests a unique 24-hour, curated playlist of music that promotes discovery and culture. Won't you join us?
- Cross Street: On Arch, between Broad Street and 15th Street
- Public Transit: We are close to the City Hall stop for all transporation (Subway: Orange Line, Ell: Blue Line, and all major bus routes traveling through Center City).
- Parking: Valet
- Parking Details: Valet is $18+tax ($21.60) for up to 6 hours. This is very convenient if you care to walk to City Hall or some local attractions or lounge in our chic and sophisticated bar.
A word from Amuse - Le Meridien Hotel- Philadelphia
Amuse is a chic bar & brasserie in the luxe boutique hotel, Le Meridien. Chef Sonny Ingui serves up traditional, French bistro fare including classics such as onion soup gratinée, salade niçoise, lobster bouillabaisse & extraordinary signature steak frites. The kitchen also cures all of its charcuterie meats, including violet mustard veal sausage, duck prosciutto & fruitwood-smoked bacon. The open, sexy & inviting bar offers a range of specialty cocktails carefully crafted and changing seasonally.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
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Amuse - Le Meridien Hotel- Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 27, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
scenic view (19)special occasion (16)romantic (15)fit for foodies (15)great for lunch (7)neighborhood gem (7)notable wine list (6)good for groups (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- Dining at Amuse was an unforgettablOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/25/2010Dining at Amuse was an unforgettable experience. Our waiter Michael did an outstanding job, we always had anything we needed or wanted. The food was outstanding, the best ever. I enjoyed the short ribs for dinner, which were braised to perfection. I will be sure to recommend Amuse to friends and family and i look forward to dining here again.Special Features:
- I have visited Amuse 3x, theOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 10/22/2010I have visited Amuse 3x, the last two- service was very slow and rude. Beautiful atmosphere, I would recommend sitting at the bar and not dinningSpecial Features:
- The main dining room is veryLuv2eatVIPDined on 10/6/2010The main dining room is very impressive, especially for lunch, beautiful large windows, chandeliers and great colors. However the back room, where we were seated, feels a little secluded from all the rest....almost like an after thought. Our food was reasonably well prepared, but I expected better. The chicken paillard was a disappointment! It was half a breast, and extremely overcooked, which made it dry and hard. When I told the waitress, she said that she would mention it to the chef. They did not offer to replace it or take it off the check. Most restaurants in that category would have offered one of the two options. On that note, I will not be dining there again, but would stop in for a cocktail in the pretty lobby.Special Features:
- Excellent addition to CenterOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/4/2010Excellent addition to Center City. Near City Hall. Hidden among smaller stores, the hotel restaurant serves wonderful French Cuisine at a solid price. Perfect place for work-related meetings in a small, more intimate setting. Basically a hidden gem that is well worth a visit. Have lunch near the fireplace with time to get back to the office.Special Features:
- Hate to say anything bad aboutOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 9/24/2010Hate to say anything bad about this place because our food was so incredible, but the service was a tad lacking. We waited for quite some time before anyone took our drink order, even longer for our drinks and our dinner order to be taken. I was served soup with no spoon which wouldn't have been an issue if everyone in the place didn't disappear directly afterward, leaving me salvating over my blue hubbard bisque. It took so long before I saw a member of the waitstaff, I contemplated using my fork. That said, our entrees came out quickly and were fantastic. Dessert was another scenario where I could have used a little more service. A runner brought out my pot du creme (amazing!) but we never saw our waiter. I would have killed for a coffee!Special Features:
- Very pretty place. ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 9/24/2010Very pretty place. Service was excellant. Food was great.Special Features:
- Worst dinning experience inOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 9/21/2010Worst dinning experience in Philly for me. Food was just terrible and I had to wait an hour and a half for the food to come out... the waiter gave me a lame excuse that they overcooked the chicken... I waited patiently but once I received the food I was disappointed once again... would not recommend this place for this price. the only positive thing I have to say for this place is that it has a warm ambiance but take my word THE FOOD IS TERRIBLE....
- 3 Martini lunch was an amazingJulesVIPDined on 9/19/20103 Martini lunch was an amazing deal. Food and drinks were delicious.Special Features:
- This first visit was interestingOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 9/14/2010This first visit was interesting but not encouraging to put AMUSE on the list of regular stops. The space, design, decor ... all the ambience ... were lovely and in spite of being fairly busy the dining room was quiet enough for easy conversation even though the tables are large enough to spread out a bit, but also too large for very intimate conversation. The disappointment was the very limited menu (though we went for Restaurant Week we ordered from the a la carte menu as well.) And even within the limited menu, none of the dishes was exceptional. Chicken was tasty but dry; salmon was nicely served in a good lentil base, but not tasty; steak frites was probably the best of three entrees. Desserts and soups were both sadly bland.Special Features:
- From the time you walked inEttorestyleVIPDined on 9/11/2010From the time you walked in till the time you left the service was great! We had the muscles, and the special rack of lamb which was deliciousSpecial Features:
- Interesting. The staff wasAwesomeVIPDined on 9/8/2010Interesting. The staff was very pleasant. The bread was fantastic. Unfortunately, if I am in the mood for french food...........there are much better choices in Philadelphia. The onion soup is much better at A la Maison in Ardmore. Dissapointed in the salmon. It was supposed to be mustard crusted salmon but it taste like salmon with country dijon mustard just spread on top. The chef should try the dijon crusted salmon at Mon Ami Gabi.
- Went labor day weekend onOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 9/4/2010Went labor day weekend on Sat at 8pm. We were the only ones in the dining room! Felt a little awkward, but we were pleasantly surprised by dinner. Started with shared charcuterie platter - it was very good, maybe one of the best we've had lately. For main course we had braised short rib and pork chop special and loved them both. The pork chop was one of the best pork cuts I've tasted. My husband is not a pork eater and he came back for second bites of my dish. Service was laid back and good (but we were the only ones there). Other dinners eventually did start filling up the room, but they seemed mostly like hotel guests than foodie locals. Will definately go back for another visit. Nice view of city hall and decor was modern and cool.Special Features:
- We went for the special "ThreeLTA100163Dined on 9/3/2010We went for the special "Three Martini Lunch" special which includes a wonderfully savory French onion soup, hanger steak, and pomme frittes along with three martinis of your choice, all for $30. Timid on consuming 3 martinis at lunch? No problem. You can get raincheck coupons for the unordered martinis. This special runs through the end of September and I really hope they extend it. I went with a colleague to celebrate a transition we were going through at work and it is something I will remember for a long time.Special Features:
- Food is not necessarily theOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 8/27/2010Food is not necessarily the strong point of this restaurant. Decor and "it" factor seems to be higher on the priority list. But, although stylish, even these fall short, since the restaurant is not yet in the urban zone that fosters that. The hotel maybe hip but that's not enough. A hip destination is nothing without someone to see it and notice it. And noone really does. Restaurant was empty on a Friday night. The food could be the salvation, but in this case it is not; it is far from the comfortable fare one would expect of a bistro, and even farther from what one would expect from a stylish nouvelle bistro. Comfort does not match the decor, and the decor does not match the food.
- Although we were almost theTomSWatVIPDined on 8/26/2010Although we were almost the only diners on a Thursday night in August, we had an excellent dining experience. Te cocktail list is well varied, though the bartender could us a somewhat lighter hand with the simple syrup. The menu is not long, but offered a decent choice of mainly class French dishes. My wife's goat cheese and onion tart was very tasty and my frisse and mustard green salad with blue cheese, lardon, croutons, and a poached egg was hearty and satisfying. We both had steak frites with the hanger steaks cooked exactly as ordered and splendid frites with an outstanding bernaise aoli to dip both in as well as ketchup and pesto. Wine pours from a short but interesting list were reasonable in both 6 and 14 oz. versions. waSpecial Features:
- A great find; tucked awayMPaulJCVIPDined on 8/17/2010A great find; tucked away in Le Meridien Hotel, with decor inspired by Philip Glass, this French-country inspired spot did not disappoint. Do not miss the duck, and be sure to avail yourself of a wine list that is better priced than many. My server, Cheryl, displayed a true passion for fine food and wine that belied her youth. Magnifique!Special Features:
- This place is relatively brand-newGreatVIPDined on 7/31/2010This place is relatively brand-new so they are still working out some of the kinks. However the food was very good with a long selection of daily specials. Extensive wine list with a surprising number of choices that wont break the bank. Service was hit or miss. Our server in the dining room was fantastic, while the woman behind the bar was dreadful. The Maitre D was very accomodating.Special Features:
- The food was good and theOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 7/31/2010The food was good and the ambiance was nice as well. The only issue was the waiter overcharged us on the bill and then never returned our change even though he added the gratuity to the check. It was a little disappointing but otherwise I would say everything else was nice. The duck was very good but I will probably not dine there again because of the service.Special Features:
- I went to Amuse to celebrateOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/31/2010I went to Amuse to celebrate my anniversary. We had a wonderful experience! The view was phenomenal as we were met with a small amuse, sent from the chef. I was expecting the prices to be much higher than they were. Everything was within our budget, and we ate like royalty. The hand pulled mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes was amazing! So fresh. The mussels and the salmon tasted like they just came off the boat and I couldn't get over the layers of flavor. Try the tart tatin, its the perfect ending. Michael was our server. He was attentive and informed. Thank you, Amuse, for a great anniversary meal.Special Features:
- A Little disappointed. TheyOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 7/31/2010A Little disappointed. They tried hard, but just didn't really make the grade. The bread was horrible, they had a million different servers, but none of them really brought what I wanted, and the fries were amazingly greasy. I love French food, but it needs to be carefully made. Next time I'll return to the Sofitel where they are careful.Special Features:
- Loved it! Great creative foodOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/24/2010Loved it! Great creative food and attentive, professional service. Will absolutely be back.Special Features:
- LOVED YOUR WAIT STAFF! EVERYONEOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 6/25/2010LOVED YOUR WAIT STAFF! EVERYONE WAS SO ACCOMMODATING AND EFFICIENT AND VERY FRIENDLY.Special Features:
- Very nice overall experience.BigBillVIPDined on 6/21/2010Very nice overall experience. We miss Brasserie Perriere, but Amuse eases the pain. Staff very helpful and food & wine both good and priced fairly.
- Being a restaurant that'sOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 6/19/2010Being a restaurant that's located in a hotel it was very good. It was a bit noisey since it's right next to the bar. It's a very small dining room but still spacious. Didn't feel crammed in at all. It has your notable french menu. Very good food. Our server was very good. The lighting and ambiance had a very modern look and feel. We were also seated next to the window which was nice because we looked out to the city street. Overall a very good experience.Special Features:
- I thought the restaurant wasOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 6/7/2010I thought the restaurant was doing well given it has been open for so short a time. My only complaint was the awful sourdough bread served in a paper bag!! What Frenchman would eat this terrible American bread? I was only there for lunch but will return for dinner.Special Features:
- The new hotel, new staff,PhillyFoodieVIPDined on 5/30/2010The new hotel, new staff, and new kitchen are working hard to live up to the reputation of le Meridien. Unfortunately, they don't have it right at present. Hopefully, in another 6-8 months, they'll work out the kinks and evolve into a hotel and restaurant worthy of the name. The young staff is not very well trained, but trying hard to please. They are likeable, but not entirely dependable. The kitchen is trying hard also, but fails in too many areas to mention in this review. I will continue to visit and update my observations.
- The food was good, very minimalOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 5/28/2010The food was good, very minimal menu. The ambiance was nice as well.Special Features:
- Was staying in nearby hotelmiloVIPDined on 5/20/2010Was staying in nearby hotel for only one night and had last been in Philly decades ago. Poked around on google and somehow found Amuse, despite it being very new. A wonderful place for a respite after all-day art viewing (or whatever). Lovely staff, great food and a truly beautiful environment.Special Features:
- Located at Le Meridien, aPhilEdinerVIPDined on 5/14/2010Located at Le Meridien, a very slick new hotel at 15th and Arch. The dining room is actually smaller than I expected. The dining room is connected to the main bar and I was afraid it would be too noisy when I sat down, but it ended up being fine. The food was excellent. Very attentive staff.Special Features:
- Had the Steak Frites. TheOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 5/14/2010Had the Steak Frites. The Steak and the sauces were good. The fries however were limp. They would be better it they were crisp, though they were well seasoned.Special Features: