15 North First Street
Ashland, OR 97520Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.amuserestaurant.com/
- Phone: 5414889000
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner Wednesday-Sunday: 5:30-9:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: French, Northwest
- Executive Chef: Erik Brown
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: Small dining room seats up to 14 people. Patio seats up to 35 people.
- Private Party Contact: Jamie North 5414889000
A word from Amuse Restaurant
We seek the finest ingredients, utilizing organic, small-producer items. Shaded outdoor dining in summer months. Voted Best New, Oregon 2002 by Northwest Palate.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
- Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
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Amuse Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since June 23, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (101)special occasion (78)romantic (42)neighborhood gem (37)notable wine list (36)great for outdoor dining (13)hot spot (6)great for lunch (3)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
- Wonderful mealOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/16/2014From the amuse offering to the finish this was a wonderful experience. The scallops were the best I ever had! The desert was so-so but everything else was really tasty.Special Features:
- ImpyDined on 10/12/2014Amuse is my favorite restaurant for special occasions, and Amuse has never let me down,Special Features:
- Fortunate to get in... a busy nightOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/11/2014We wanted to have a pleasant dining experience and yet had theater tickets so we had a time constrain. Our server was delightful and very knowledgeable of her establishment and all ingredients in the various selections. The presentation of each dish was unique and artistic. I am not referring to the overused signature drizzle of creme or truffle oil like many others so often do. A most unique desert was shared of cinnamon ice creme and pear sorbet. Wow. We will remember this next spring for sure. Thanks for a memorable experience!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amuse ReataurantSeattleFoodie526Dined on 10/10/2014I have eaten at Amuse several times and it never fails to excite me. I love the way they cook! They find a way to create memorable dishes every time. I plan to return as many times as I can.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedRestatsVIPDined on 10/8/2014We had been there in august and found the food outstanding. This time the food was a disappointment. My pork was dry and the parsnips hard as rocks. The cheese board was also a disappointment as last times was phenomenal. We won't be going back for a while.Special Features:
- Always excellentPjacrouxVIPDined on 10/8/2014We attend the OSF every year and always eat at Amuse because the food and service are consistently excellent. This year the scallops were superb and the pork two ways was delicious.Special Features:
- Best in Ashland!rja1953Dined on 10/7/2014This is just an assumption, since I haven't been to all the restaurants in Ashland. My wife and I did try a couple of other "top 10" listings and Amuse was far and away better than the local competition. Highly recommended...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worth the WaitlitloverDined on 10/5/2014After two unsuccessful attempts to book a table at Amuse, we were delighted with our dinner this week. Our large scallops were perfectly cooked, the pea shoot salad was a delicate starter, and the apple cake we ended with evoked "aah's." Accompanying this fine meal was David's attentive and considerate service. We will be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- nice eveningwandererDined on 10/5/2014We went before the theater. The food was interesting and delicious. Best for us was the sweetbreads as they are a family favorite. The rest of the meal was good but not memorable. The service was friendly but very intermittent and slow. Great if you're there without any deadline.Special Features:
- amuseannazVIPDined on 10/4/2014Chef accomdated us when we requested seared foie gras which wasn't on the menu that evening. .it was perfect.our waitress was excellent. .will return when back in ashland..Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Superior food!EssieDined on 10/4/2014A rather mediocre environment but very superior food. The best in Ashland!Special Features:
- The meal says it allGAJ2Dined on 10/1/2014Amuse never disappoints in service and ambience, but it is the food that says it all. The best halibut I've ever eaten served by attentive supportive personnel. Josh is truly a great chef.Special Features:
- A must when in AshlandMikeVIPDined on 10/1/2014Amuse came highly recommended and did not disappoint. The service was excellent and the classic bistro-style menu offered a number of delicious choices--the ribeye was the standout. Pacing was good and tailored to the needs of theater goers. The wine list emphasizes local offerings, was quite interesting and well-priced. Our waiter's wine suggestions were spot-on. We're already looking forward to our next visit.Special Features:
- An off night?TDRfromMdRVIPDined on 9/30/2014A disappointing dinner despite favorable reviews for the restaurant on line. The amuse-bouche of beets three ways was oddly large and of mixed quality. My wife's pea-shoot salad should have been cut up more; she gave up part way through the stringy mass. My celery-root soup was OK but sharp. Our gnocchi main was dry and uninspired, although with some good potato nuggets. The recommended white wine was good, but the server never poured anything after the first pour. Sometimes we had to collar a server to get what we wanted. Recent TripAdvisor reviews gave Amuse ratings of only four or three (out of five) stars, with one of the latter saying that the place seemed to have declined. When we're next in Ashland, we'll look elsewhere.Special Features:
- Outstanding, creative foodLisaSDined on 9/30/2014I would give it a 4.5 if allowed. I highly recommend it.Special Features:
- LukewarmOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/27/2014Our entrees (2 had sable fish and 1 had pork) were not hot when they came to the table. Jerusalem artichokes were part of the fish dish. They were tough and unable to be portioned into bite size pieces with a fork. We were headed to a play and didn't have a lot of extra time to send anything back to the kitchen. Plus our waitress didn't really come by to check on our meals until they were half eaten.Special Features:
- Very attentive wait staff .........janon1987Dined on 9/25/2014the celery soup (starter) and game hen (main) are musts to have at this centrally located restaurant. We reserved two days in advance and had a 6pm seating in order to make our 8pm show. Wine list was decent but lacked a deep European presence . Food was hot and sauces were excellentSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not up to parpickyeaterVIPDined on 9/25/2014We have eaten at Amuse several times over the past years, had great meals but this last visit was very disappointing. We had salad, soup and fish. The salad was good, the soup was tepid and the fish was overcooked (likely because they had to delay serving our food while they heated up the soup). My normal approach when a restaurant has an off night is to contact them directly instead of posting something online. I left two (2) messages for Amuse on their website e-mail "contact us" asking that someone do just that but almost two weeks later- no word. Hopefully they will see this and understand that if they are going to charge fine dining prices, when a customer wants to share an experience with them, they should respond.Special Features:
- A Joyful Mealinaka19Dined on 9/25/2014Being from Portland, I'm used to wonderful food at very good restaurants, but the food and service at Amuse was better than anything I have found in Portland. Our server was so friendly and knowledgeable about her menu. Her recommendations were honest and fun. The halibut I had was cooked superbly as were the local vegetables. The cheese plate was fabulous, a Gouda with candied fennel and fennel dusted popcorn. The wine pairings were wonderful, thanks to the server. A wonderful evening. I will make it a point to eat at Amuse when I return to Ashland the next time.Special Features:
- A good meal but not great.BethDined on 9/24/2014The food was good but not great. The portions were small. I felt that the courses came too quickly and that had a negative effect on the dining experience. (We were there after the shows had begun and clearly were not needing to rush.) The carrot amuse and the beignets were amazing. The maitake salad had lovely flavor but very few maitake. The sweetbreads were good but the pineapple did not belong in the dish and overwhelmed the flavor. The quail was a bit overcooked.
- Good Dining ExperiencedininginsactoDined on 9/24/2014Well-paced service, and perfectly prepared food (I especially recommend the pan-roasted halibut). We were in a small room off to the side, and with 5 tables in this small space it became quite noisy. But overall it was a good dining experience and we will return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ashland DinnerJP11Dined on 9/23/2014We ate at Amuse in Ashland, Or on the one night we did not have a play so we were not rushed. The food was local and very good as was the service in the restaurant. The restaurant is small, but nicely done and we sat by the window and looked out on the street scene in Ashland. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is visiting Ashland for the OSF.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good, but not great18theatsDined on 9/23/2014Amuse is a good restaurant that serves food in the French style and has a limited, but well-balanced menu. Most of the dishes we had were good. Halibut just slightly overcooked for my taste, and the sorbets pretty horrible, actually. We had heard over-the-top things about the restaurant, and so, felt a bit disappointed. The venue, at least the section where we sat, was unappealing, and the wait staff, although accommodating was surprisingly ignorant (couldn't tell us anything about the wine list--which was limited). The prices are very reasonable.
- Amuse - a must if you can afford itgoodfoodloverDined on 9/23/2014An elegant dining experience - white table cloths and crystal wine glasses. Interesting combinations of food. We tried the Oregon albacore because it was accompanied by sunchokes and a celery root puree; all very tasty, with a lovely crust on the seared tuna. My partner didn't like the pea shoot salad, but I found it nice. We were too full to eat a dessert, but that selection looked delicious. The wine list includes many Rogue Valley wines - a nice opportunity to drink local while eating local.Special Features:
- Nice spot!MsmmmattieDined on 9/18/2014I would give food 4.5, so overall would be 4.5. It is a bit noisy, but the staff makes up for everything with their professional & friendly manner...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/18/2014Outstanding evening! Server was excellent. Food was everything I was told it be! The best!!! Do try it! We could not find any faults with it and we are kind of snobs!!!!Special Features:
- LOMaxVIPDined on 9/17/2014Always a treat. Our table of 4 each had a different starter and different entree. All were excellent. One of the top 3 places in Ashland-Talent.Special Features:
- Service LapseRAZZMOVIPDined on 9/16/2014We have been coming here since 2007, when we go to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We have always loved it. This time our experience was sub-optimal. Started out fine and our wine and starters came up promptly. When they were cleared we sat for a while waiting for our entrees and our server asked if we had everything we needed. We quickly realized something had gone wrong. We asked about our mains and he said they were coming right out. Then he said they were being plated in a minute or two. After a few minutes I started timing it and they came out 8 minutes later. No explanation, no apology. Another diner was quite irate about waiting and got loud about it. Hopefully, this was just an off night and nothing more than that.Special Features:
- Great FindOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 9/14/2014Traveling to Ashland we found Amuse. Such a wonderful meal. The food was excellent ! Hard to chose from the menu, everything sounded so good. Service was very good, attentive but not a bother. All around a wonderful night. We will definitely be going back the next time we are in town.Special Features:
- Superb, accessibleWonderlandVIPDined on 9/13/2014This restaurant hits it out of the park on all factors. The menu, food preparation and presentation were all outstanding, high quality and creative. intimate in size, minimalist decor but yet warm. As a bonus - it is easily accessible in this town which has its share of steep hills for those of us who have some difficulty walking. Amuse is at the part of town which is flat. The service was excellent and they got us out in fine time to make the play. If you like chardonnay, you must try Cowhorn Sprial 26. Crisp, lovely. It was a great discovery. The salmon and halibut were both well prepared. The beet puree was fabulous. Also highly recommend the tarragon ice cream with fennel sorbet and anise shortbread.Special Features:
- unusual mixture of constituentsDoloZ22Dined on 9/12/2014We have been eating at Amuse for 9 years. As I recall, they have always had sweetbreads on the menu. I ordered the sweetbreads again this year. I did not, unfortunately, read the menu thoroughly. The sweetbreads were served with Manila clams in a broth. while the dish was OK, it is yet another way to mess up sweetbreads.Special Features:
- Outstanding in Every Way!dine4funVIPDined on 9/12/2014We always enjoy coming here. The food is always amazing - beautifully presented and perfectly cooked every single time. The service is friendly and attentive. Always a wonderful experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- lbmdesqLBMDESQDined on 9/11/2014BEEN HERE MANY TIMES.QUALITY ALWAYS EXCELLENT IN ALL ASPECTS. WILL RETURN! LAWRENCE BRATTSpecial Features:
- Some excellent, some overpricedDinaDined on 9/10/2014Amuse offered near-elegant simplicity in environment and a few inspired menu items. The cheese plate presented a dance of delightful flavors and desserts were truly excellent. Tomato soup was nondescript. Pricing was on the high side for wine and main meal selections. Amuse charges $7 to split meals, but servings are already small so we were happy to have full portions. Our server was polite and attentive.Special Features:
- Third time not the charm...wggzreviewVIPDined on 9/9/2014Third visit in 4 years. First visit was excellent. Second visit a little less so. Disappointed with this visit...the value to the dollar spent, in my opinion, is now a negative calculation. Sweetbreads were $15 for four very small pieces of dry glands. The four pieces could have been served on a tablespoon. The Halibut...$30...had little flavor and was overcooked. Sadly! We will probably not return next year as there are other places in Ashland serving up better value for one's dollar.
- Still the bestcostosVIPDined on 9/9/2014Amuse continues to be the most reliable and consistent restaurant in the Ashland area. The room is charming, the back patio is great (except when the outside temperature gets too high), and the service is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. The food is always excellently prepared with the best ingredients and, the sweetbreads remain among the best anywhere.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2000Dined on 9/3/2014restaurant has seen its better days. The entree poritions were so small that it would even be sufficient for a child's portion. a major disappointment from what it used to be.
- Best in AshlandOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 9/3/2014All of us had to agree this was the best food we had in Ashland. I am thinking next time to book two evenings there.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amuse is AMAZING!OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/28/2014I don't respond to reviews but I have to share on Amuse. It's off the charts! Alice Waters would be right at home here. In particular, the salmon was unbelievable, so succulent and served with an incredible mushroom side (I'm not even sure what to call this but it had bite-size whole mushrooms - a few different kinds - drenched in a very tasty light gravy. OK I'm not a food critic so excuse my limited vocab). We were ascending the gates of St. Peter through dinner and made it to heaven after eating the delightful beignets for dessert. Coffee was outstanding too. If you like really great tasting but not too fussy food, you will love this place. It's upscale but not pretentious and the service is perfect.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- we'll be backFlavorSeekerLADined on 8/28/2014We're visiting from OOT, second time here - the food is outstanding. Game hen, gnocchi and prawn salad were standouts. See you next time, Amuse!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.