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Amuse Restaurant
Amuse Restaurant

Amuse Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.amuserestaurant.com
  • Phone: (541) 488-9000
  • 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 (541) 488-9000

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Main
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot and street parking also available.
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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The culinary experience in Amuse continues to please with freshness, delicate flavors, and tasty sauces. Everything comes together here with no pretension, just pure dedication to bringing out the best of each ingredient. It's about the food. We started with the prawn salad and then moved to halibut and salmon entrees. All dishes exceptional! The corn ice cream dessert was refreshing and flavorful. Service was friendly and the descriptions of the dishes and the recommendations enhanced our experience."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "the restaurant has a small menu, but all the dishes were well prepared, the 3 sauces for the bread were excellent. the albacore was done just as I requested and excellent"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I dine at Amuse every time I visit Ashland and have for the past 13 years. The quality of food and experience has stayed outstandingly high. I might go back again tonight and select a different entree to enjoy."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Best meal we had in Ashland. Delicious sweetbreads. Fantastic chocolate truffle cake--one of the best desserts I've ever had. Great ambiance and terrific service."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Celebrated our anniversary here and the staff treated us royally. Excellent food and wine offerings, everything was delicious, and the waiter made suggestions to add to our most pleasurable experience. This will be our "go to" place in Ashland when we want a special evening. They did not rush us, but we were still out in plenty of time to make our play."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • " Two years ago we had a fabulous meal at Amuse. We returned this year with great expectations that were not fulfilled. The game hen breast was overcooked and the halibut with radish, tomatoes, olives and tomato-watermelon water was bland except when you ate an olive which overpowered your taste buds. The halibut however, was perfectly cooked."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I did not think their food was anything special and there was hardly any food at all on the plate. I am not asking for a lot, just enough. We ordered an appetizer that we did not get served. Maybe there was some confusion about it. Or maybe the waitress didn't hear it through all the noise."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed an amazing meal in a lovely setting. I ordered halibut which was cooked to perfection with a delicious accompaniment of radishes with cucumber plus added berries (the cranberry beans were bland). My friend ordered rib eye steak which was prepared perfectly, but was a bit fatty. We shared beignets for dessert...a must."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "I agree with others who have reviewed this restaurant, in claiming that the portions are puny, given the price of the meal. That said, I'm glad we went - creative food, excellently prepared, waitstaff and service competent."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "This was our second time at Amuse and the experience was equally as wonderful as the first. We were seated immediately, waited on in a timely fashion, served beautifully presented and incredibly delicious food, I had the salmon which was cooked to perfection and my friend had the game hen. Highly recommend Amuse. One tip, Amuse has a sister cafe called Mix at the other end of the down town about ,four blocks away. They have wonderful pastries, coffees, and killer ice cream."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Our family of four began our weekend of plays with dinner at Amuse. The service was outstanding - the food was very good indeed - hen, porterhouse pork, steak and halibut - with two appetizers - salami plate and tomato salad. The pork arrived at a temperature less than hot - the waiter bought the family a dessert of apology (appreciated). The flavors were well balanced - the entree portions were reasonable. The tomato salad was not quite what the description suggested - it had watermelon disguised as tomato and the portion was so preciously small the complex flavors were difficult to discern. We would return - and ask more questions next time."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Their salmon was the best meal I had during a week of dining out in Ashland."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Wow. Three of the 5 items we ate were special, the halibut quality and preparation VERY special. The green salad, poorly and underdressed, and the pasta preparation needs work if it is to stay on the menu. Still we had a wonderful time, lovely local wine and aypttentive and friendly service. We met so,e wonderful people there."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I was disappointed to be seated (with a 5:30 PM reservation for 2) @ a table directly in the middle of the inside dining room. We observed the hostess taking multiple phone calls, meanwhile patrons waited for extended periods of time to be seated, while she solved problems with reservations or the booking of future reservations. From our "middle of the hub" vantage point we also easily overheard the wait staff receiving a "dressing down" about a previous meals activities/inattention to customer needs. This however, while a distraction, did not translate into a lack of tastiness of our meals chosen. The food was prepared to perfection and the presentation was excellent. I do hope they will deal more privately with reservations or HR issues"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We were anticipating a fabulous meal based on previous reviews. Our dinner was good, but uneven, so overall it was less than expected. In addition, we felt rushed through the amuse and appetizers. We would recommend the Corn Soup, Chicken Mousse, Beignet dessert and Chocolate Truffle cake. The dessert was the highlight of the meal."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Sums up Ashland implicitly. Superb cuisine in a lovely, romantic surrounding. This is our favorite spot for special occasions because you won't find better, more creative dishes, more attentive service or a more divine experience in any other dining establishment in Ashland."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed this restaurant very much. Had a beautiful table for two next to the window, lovely décor, and good service. Unfortunately, a couple ladies that sat near us were talking very loud, and got even louder as they drank more. We would have lingered and enjoyed more wine and probably even dessert, but we couldn't wait to get away from them. It was too bad because there's nothing the restaurant could really do about it. The room we were eating in was small, and we were kind of stuck. Was a busy night, or we would have asked to move. The food was amazing - in presentation and taste!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Our party of 4 had a wonderful pre-theatre dinner here. The food was wonderful and the service outstanding! Will definitely eat here again when we return to Ashland."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food here continues to be at the highest levels. Gem salad was perfectly prepared and salmon was the usual fresh and subtle prepared. Pork tenderloin was a tasty dish and the fruit crisp dessert was a nice touch. This was July 4, but the food was sublime! Perfect dinner."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Always a pleasure to dine here. Food is beautiful, creative, perfectly executed. Service is impeccable !"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This is my 3rd visit to this gem in Ashland. On my first visit, I just came upon it as I was exploring the little town. Each visit the food and service have been wonderful. Highly recommend trying it. If you are going to a 8pm play, make a 6-6:15 reservation. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy the experience!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We generally eat here at least once when seeing the plays in Ashland. The service is excellent. The food has always been very well prepared with a few interesting twists. The compressed cucumber with the salmon was very good; the salad was perfectly dressed; my steak came with some of the sweetest chard I've ever eaten. My only complaint was that the herb butter sauce on the steak was too salty for my taste. The wine list, though short, had some nice wines. The beignets - ah the beignets - so crispy on the outside and light and airy inside. They may have floated off the plate into our mouths."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We always book here during our annual trip to Ashland and this years' dinner was one of the best! Water was helpful, attentive and fun to speak with. Pall four of us had a different entre and all were wonderful. Amuse continues to impress and make us appreciate a fine chef and service team who all care deeply about how you experience your meal."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Eating at Amuse is always a big part to looking forward to visiting Ashland. It was fantastic once again this past summer. My mom said the halibut was the best fish she's ever had, and she's a 90 year old foodie, so that's some praise! Dishes always have a special touch. A Delightful dinner!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was our second time at Amuse and it was excellent as always. I had the Halibut with fennel and grapes and my husband had the pork porterhouse. Everything was fantastic - including the chicken liver mousse with stone fruits (a special appetizer that evening). By far our favorite restaurant in Ashland."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Probably the best restaurant in Ashland with especially good salmon and halibut dishes."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Charming atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food! My salmon and my friend's halibut were cooked to perfection...tender and flaky yet moist. A great date or special occasion dinner spot."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We've eaten here frequently and have never been disappointed. Food is great. Staff is nice. Environment is pleasant."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner at Amuse. The white shrimp and citrus salad was fresh as was the green salad. My husband's game was juicy and perfectly done. The salmon was luscious. We shared beignets for dessert. Service was excellent and meal was well paced. We will eat here again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Every dish we ordered was impeccably prepared and served. The portions were perfect so we didn't feel stuffed. Kudos to the chef for amazing combinations of tastes that worked well together. The sorbets included carrot, cucumber, avacado as well as berry flavors! We will definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I always look forward to having dinner at Amuse, seeing it as an oasis on my way north on I-5. It has always been a wonderful experience not only for the excellent food but the atmosphere as well. But this most recent visit was a bit of a disappointment. The amuse bouche was essentially the same as the special starter, which I wish the the waiter had pointed out instead of just recommending it. It, the starter, was, by the way, excellent. The main course was the game hen with kale. The meat had a burnt taste about it and the kale bitter. Or perhaps the "burnt" sensation was actually the bitterness of the kale. The wine was well recommended by the waiter, whose general service was impeccable."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Very over-priced for what you get. Taste of food average, nothing exceptional. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Dinner here has always been excellent. We come to Ashland every year and Amuse is the type of restaurant that you look forward dining at although we were kind of disappointed this year. The spring onion soup was delicious, light and flavorful. The main course, halibut, left a lot to be desired. While the fish was obviously fresh and cooked perfectly, it was practically the only thing on the plate. A few slices of cooked rhubarb, 3 very thin, small slices of crunchy roasted fennel, and a few dabs of rhubarb sauce and a few dabs of a green sauce do not add up to a $30 entree. It did, however, leave room for the beignets for dessert!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was the best meal that we had in our six days in Ashland. Everything was impeccably prepared and beautifully served. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Amuse is always on our list when friends visit. The food is exceptional and the Beignets are a MUST! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was good, but not memorable. Advertised pluots barely made their appearance known on halibut dish. Truffle presence was almost undetectable on game hen. Waiter spent much of evening distracted by a table of women he knew, so we had to ask others for anything we needed. On the upside, wine was very sensibly priced, and we were well received upon arrival. Our disappointment, then, was that, with just a bit more intensity in the kitchen and more attention to service, a reasonably good meal could have been outstanding."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We make an annual pilgrimage to Ashland each year for the OSF and we always try to include a visit to Amuse. We were not disappointed. The food was exceptional. The porterhouse pork chops with a Chimchurri sauce was exceptional and my wife really enjoyed her scallops. The chocolate souffle was worth the extra time on the eliptical to burn off the caloies. The service was friendly, though our waiter had little insight into the preparation of the food."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Excellent food, beautifully presented, with professional attentive service. A dining experience above par; not to be missed!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We have dinner at Amuse every year when we come to Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival. It has never disappointed. Was particularly nice this time because we were not rushing to a get to a play. We came in later and the "play" crowd had gone. We had a very quiet relaxed exquisite meal."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We hadn't heard any previous reviews, but we took a chance with family in town. It was a huge hit. Excellent service and everything each of us tried was delicious. Staff was very attentive to gluten restrictions. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014