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39 Elm St
Westfield, NJ 07090
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Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
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C.J. Reycraft, Jr.
Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
A word from Amuse
A new French restaurant in Westfield, NJ
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Diners' Choice Winner
The food was outstanding but one
entree had to be redone as it was served substantially overcooked. The principal on duty graciously offered a redo. The second try entree was cooked perfectly. Unfortunately I had to begin my meal while warm as my partner waited a few minutes for the kitchen to prepare her a new entree. Overall, it was an awkward few minutes. For this reason, I downgraded our overall experience. We had been on those premises in a previous restaurant iteration and were never impressed with the ambiance. We were not impressed with the ambiance this visit either. For our personal taste, the space doesn't project a warm & welcoming feeling. But the food was fab and we were appropriately serviced. Yes to a repeat. "
Dined on 4/16/2014
After reading all the great
reviews, I set out to have an incredible experience...the ambiance, while clean, made me feel like they would turn over the resturant in the morning and serve breakfast. Lights were simply too bright and the tables for two, too small. The waiter was nice but his service was spotty. The highlight of my meal was my onion soup. Filled with cheese, truly a fantastic broth. My skirt steak on the other hand was like rubber. Again the sauce was fantastic, but over a piece of meat I couldn't eat. My friends escargot tasted "earthy" a flavor I wasn't expecting nor found pleasurable. All is, I won't be heading back. Good try but a bad miss."
Dined on 4/15/2014
Went for Palm Sunday with special
friends. Ordered the roasted beef marrow bone for appetizer. Barren appetizer, meaning the presentation was boring, and the marrow yielded about a teaspoon of marrow for the halves of bones. Charge was $15! Had I not been with friends, I would have brought this to their attention. Felt ripped off by this. Ordered the flank steak with mashed potatoes. Not the most flavorful meat I have eaten. Almost seemed as if it has been pre-cooked? My friend tried the carrot soup which she liked; my husband had the scallops and they were good. We decided to forego dessert and head home for espresso! I am not in any rush to go back and be Amused..."
Dined on 4/13/2014
Wonderful spinoff french bistro
from Chez Catherine. Food is wonderful and they know the little touches that make a dining experience memorable. Byo keeps the price tag down. Our new favorite Friday nite spot!"
Dined on 4/11/2014
Excellent experience, from being
greeted, to the food, service and vibe. It's a BYOB, not a bad thing. The menu offers a lot of choices for all kinds of eaters and the food is prepared and presented impeccably. We will be back!"
Dined on 4/12/2014
Terrific food and impeccable
service in a very nice space. All you could want from a restaurant and more. Highly recommended."
Dined on 4/12/2014
Nice lunch with a friend on a
recent weekday. Shared the ravioli appetizer which was tasty. My friend had the steak sandwich and I had the croque madam. Both were plated with a side green salad. For dessert, we shared the chocolate tart with passion fruit ice cream. We were in heaven!!!! Our server handled our wine in a timely manner. We will definitely be back, Nice addition to the Westfield dining scene."
Dined on 4/10/2014
My wife and I were looking forward
to dining at Amuse and we were not disappointed . From the wonderful greeting , the service , the atmosphere and especially the food . All dishes were delicious and well prepared . The home made lemonade and chefs amuse-bouche were a special treat . The homemade profiteroles were a perfect ending . Amuse is a fun casual,excellent French Bistro that makes you feel like your dining in Paris in downtown Westfiekd . We look forward to returning soon ."
Dined on 4/11/2014
Superb staff … Variety of tastes …
Dined on 4/7/2014
Greeted with a friendly welcome.
Waitress explained menu and was knowledgeable as to our questions regarding menu."
Dined on 4/6/2014
Brought wine from The Liquor
Basket, which has a good selection of both reds and whites. Chef sent us an amuse bouche (savory!) & warm crusty bread. French onion soup: perfect for a rainy Friday. All four had different entrees. Duck confit, looked delicious; skirt steak: nicely done; scallops (with lollipop kale; great add to any selection.) My entree: shrimp-spinach risotto, a creamy spring green, perfect! I also had the special raspberry cream tart as a desert; friends shared the superb souffle. A triple sorbet is a good bet, too. We'll be back soon.. There is a Sunday brunch. Friend Lee remarked that she will be bringing her Mom as Amuse is easy for walkers (no steps!) and the restroom is spacious. Make reservations."
Dined on 4/4/2014
Enjoyed this new restaurant!
Looking forward to returning and sure to enjoy it once again. Very refreshing to now have a great option for dining. Great quality of food, service was very efficient and friendly. Looking for consistency on second visit and will surely rate it excellent next time!"
Dined on 4/5/2014
The food and service were good ,
but not great. It was a Sunday at 530. The restaurant was not that crowded. We had read a glowing review, but felt it did not live up to our expectations. Very limited menu. Disappointed."
Dined on 3/30/2014
First visit to Amuse. Dining area
is simple, noise level was not to bad. Nice menu, could have ordered a number of different things for both appetizer and entree. A little on the pricey side for some items but overall i guess it was fair. Attentive service, bread was french baguette that was great. We had the lamb shank and scallops at out table. Both were good. Had them split a simple green salad and it was more than enough for us. We will go back."
Dined on 4/4/2014
This is restaurant a nice addition
to our community. The atmosphere is light and airy. The food is classic french. A big hit is the burger and fries. The soup is also nice with a creamy taste. Lunch selections tend to be toward full entrees with few lighter selections."
Dined on 2/11/2014
The food was excellent, as it had
been our first time there, but the noise level was very high. Our server was charming, but slow to refill my wine glass. Overall an enjoyable meal, and we will return."
Dined on 3/29/2014
Nice to have anew restaurant that
is not Italian! Fresh take on French cooking. Pleasant atmosphere and good service."
Dined on 3/28/2014
I have had the pleasure of dining
at AMUSE four times already. Each time the menu selection has been just enough to try yet another new dish. The presentations are beautiful and the food divine! Each dish offers a unique combination of ingredients thereby creating amazing treats for the palette. I have experienced AMUSE with business associates, friends, and my family. Every visit has been wonderful."
Dined on 1/18/2014
Everything was very good, from the
beet appetizer to the scallops and bass entrees to the souffle dessert. The portions are adequate (not large), and the lighting could be toned down a bit. Service was very attentive, and overall it was a very pleasant dining experience."
Dined on 3/24/2014
Attentive and friendly service,
simple but cute and hip interior design/atmosphere, lovely and innovative menu, beautiful presentation and a "10" for taste for everything we tried (and we tried a lot!). And of course, the "amuse-bouche" was a fun and delicious present from the kitchen! Loved this restaurant and will definitely return."
Dined on 3/23/2014
My 3rd visit was for lunch,
hopeful that this would be Amuse's strong point as dinner is not. The music was great - too loud for a conversation. The waitress provided a failed forced attempt of high class service which became irritating. The food presentation is 4+ but lacks flavor. Butternut squash soup needs a hint of seasoning, Beet salad was anemic in appearance & flavor, with the exception of the gorgonzola which was overpowering ! Thank goodness the bread is good and it's a BYOB! The tab was high considering the quality was just good, and the portions were unfulfilling even for a lunch plate."
Dined on 3/22/2014
My husband and I tried Amuse this
weekend & we loved it! The food was excellent, we both really enjoyed our meals (chicken & steak frites). The service was great too, even though it was pretty busy. Our waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable. The desserts were also incredible, so save room! I had the chocolate caramel torte with sea salted caramel ice cream - YUM. My husband had the passionfruit soufflé which he said (several times) was the best dessert he has ever had in his life. We also loved the little petit fours we were brought after dessert. The atmosphere was beautiful too. The whole space felt light, airy, and classy while still being intimate. Overall, a great spot! We will definitely be back."
Dined on 3/21/2014
Well done to CJ and his new
venture. The food was outstanding and such a great offering for a restaurant in the heart of town. Service and ambience need some work but hats off a great start."
Dined on 3/20/2014
This was my second time at Amuse.
The first time I came with my daughter and the second with a group of co-workers. We had a variety of meals. I am not crazy about Duck but two male co-workers had it and absolutely loved it. I chose the scallops and they were delicious. From appetizers (grilled mushrooms, steak tartar etc.) to dessert everything was excellent. The service was fantastic. as well."
Dined on 3/20/2014
Amuse offers a higher quality
lunch option in downtown Westfield. Attentive service and a comfortable atmosphere good for business or conversation. They offer a good range of soup, sandwich and salads. They should think about moderating the prices entrees offered at lunch (run 28-32 bucks."
Dined on 3/19/2014
Amuse is a welcome addition to
Downtown Westfield! The service was friendly and spot on. Our wine was not only opened upon arrival but our glasses were always kept full. Our waiter was attentive and helpful. My wife and I ordered appetizers, an entree and desert each. The French onion soup was excellent and my wife got the steak tartare. I thought it was excellent but she felt it may have been a little too creamy. My wife ordered the bass and I ordered the short ribs. Both were absolutely delicious and perfectly cooked. Finally the deserts were phenomenal. The warm apple crisp was really good as was the banana pudding. We left satisfied, full and happy since the bill was extremely reasonable for excellent food and service."
Dined on 3/14/2014
Took a dear friend to celebrate a
special occasion and was thoroughly pleased with the entire evening. Great ambience, loved the lightness, simple yet stately. Ravioli appetizer was absolutely delicious. Our entrees...Shrimp/Spinach Risotto and Salmon... were terrific, and perfect portion size. The service was extremely pleasant, polite and attentive. We passed on a two thumbs up to Westfield friends to definitely visit Amuse. Will certainly return."
Dined on 3/11/2014
Went for a birthday brunch with
family. The server was friendly, professional. We ordered soup, salmon, and crab crepes for the brunch selection. Everything tasted a bit off. Perhaps the chef is trying to be innovative w/different herbs, but it was not good. Everything dish seemed a little off, not in a good way. French is my favorite food---I often dine at Jean-Georges, Cafe Boulud, Eleven Madison, Bouley, and many lower tiered establishments too. Keep it simple, and don't try too hard... at the end of the day, it's gotta taste good, not weird."
Dined on 3/8/2014
my wife and I were looking for a
new eatery to try, and we were pleasantly surprised to find amuse. the decorations were simple and the space was bright and airy. staff was attentive and pleasant, our server was great, and the general manager ensured everything about our dining experience was perfect. my roasted bone marrow app was very tasty and the duck breast was perfect. my wife's moules frites were on the money. a small cheese plate rounded out the evening. hard to find a reasonably priced french restaurant locally, but we are definetly going back to further explore the menu."
Dined on 3/9/2014
Went to brunch with a friend on
Sunday and loved it! The pastry basket was delicious - different from a boring, traditional bread basket. I had the french toast and my friend had the crepes. We ate them all up! The green tea was very nice, too. Our server was attentive to our needs, as was the hostess and the manager, I believe. Very professional and hospitable environment. Cozy, casual, intimate space and atmosphere. There were parties of 2 and such as well as a large birthday party of about 8. I would go back!"
Dined on 3/9/2014
I have had both lunch and dinner
at this restaurant. Both did not disappoint! The food was amazing…in taste and presentation. The wait staff is extremely attentive as well. This is definitely a place to frequent."
Dined on 3/7/2014
It is very nice to have a
reasonable French restaurant in your neighborhood. My husband and I went Amuse for my birthday party and we enjoyed a romantic dinner. At the restaurant, we saw a couple of families with small kids and a group of adults having a small party. So, I think this restaurant is good for all demography (family, kids, couple, party...) The food was great and I would say this is a great neighborhood restaurant everyone wants. Note - this is a BYO restaurant."
Dined on 3/2/2014
The food was excellent although
VERY small portions I think that a man would need to go out to eat after dining at Amuse. The ambience is a bit Spartan and that left me a bit unenthused. The service was excellent with minimally 2 waitstaff personnel per table. I would go back but probably for lunch rather than dinner."
Dined on 3/3/2014
Chef CJ Reycraft , formerly of
Chez Catherine, continues to display his exceptional talents with this new venue. His Steak Tartare is memorable as is his Beef Bourgoigne, Crab Cake and Moules. Still, a BYOB - but with very caring and considerate service. Bon Chance, CJ!"
Dined on 3/2/2014
In a town so rich in wonderful
restaurants, who would have thought we could use another one? Well, Amuse is a wonderful addition and different from the other restaurants in town. The menu is inventive and the food is delicious. The service is friendly and helpful, making you feel right at home. We highly recommend Amuse!"
Dined on 3/2/2014
The food was great and the
breakfast breads for the table were the best I've ever eaten at a brunch spot before, including all the great places I've dined in Manhattan. The Croque Madame was delicious and the eggs benedict was perfect. Definitely worth a visit."
Dined on 2/23/2014
Food was excellent, very nice
plating of food. Service was very good. Went there for restaurant week, the only negative was the restaurant week menu was quite disappointing. Was expecting better selection for the special prices."
Dined on 2/26/2014
It was good but only one option on
the menu for restaurant week. We were there for lunch, table for two, next to a group of 12 women. Needless to say, the noise level was obtrusive. The service was very good. We'll try Amuse for dinner next time!"
Dined on 2/25/2014
My husband and I went during
Westfield's restaurant week. I didn't order from the restaurant week special menu but my husband did. He ordered the salad, fish with sweet potato puree and banana pudding dessert. I ordered from the regular menu and had the mixed salad, duck for the entree and apple crisp for dessert. We both enjoyed our meals, however we both felt that we would have liked a bit more potatoes. The apple crisp was not as good as I have had in other restaurants. We didn't get our coffee because they were having a problem with their expresso machine. We didn't mind so much, but it did delay dessert. We decided to skip the coffee after all. I must say that the service was very good. Our waitress was lovely and very attentive."
Dined on 2/23/2014
Amuse has potential but... Amuse
had been open only a few days when we first tried it. Scott greated us, he lacked charisma & charm, our waitress who's name escape me was a novice with good intentions-once a bit more seasoned i'm sure she'll do OK. Eddie (was helping out with many things) should be running the restaurant, he's energetic, personable, anticipates needs - clearly a smart hire! The menu has good choices which unfortunately fall short. Desserts just not good enough to want to finish them. This visit was the 2nd. A different waitress, young & inexperienced, bright enough to catch on. Eddie appeared to be filling in all the gaps (again) & the food...pretty much the same. Amuse can do much better, hopefully with time it will."
Dined on 2/19/2014
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