Amuse
Amuse

Amuse

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.amusenj.com/
  • Phone: (908) 317-2640
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: C.J. Reycraft, Jr.
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Quimby St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
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Amuse reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (73)neighborhood gem (60)special occasion (48)romantic (31)great for outdoor dining (23)great for lunch (21)good for groups (15)hot spot (15)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Fabulous
    snowskinjVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    What a great place. I was pleasantly surprise by the quality of the meal. Just amazing. Although the service is a little slow, it's definitely worth the visit. I tip my hat. I will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Spot
    PerfectVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I was able to get a reservation same day as I was looking for a good place byo. This was my 3rd or 4th time to Amuse and it was great again. Food was amazing and fresh. There was a Black Bass special that the owner/mgr described to me after I asked about it. It did not disappoint. I didn't love the Frites that come with the Steak Frites. Alittle greasy for me. Steak was perfect. Service was very attentive and appreciate the little Amuse Bouche and small taste after our meal. So far so good at Amuse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful addition
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We ate there on Sunday evening and the service was excellent. We were welcome graciously and seated immediately. The food was excellent. I had the filet mignon which was tender and delicious. My husband had the Halibut and my daughter had the mussels . We enjoyed everything. So glad this restaurant has come to town.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great experience at this relatively new restaurant. We had a reservation for 8:30, were seated a tad bit late, but the owner brought us appetizers and we opened our wine as we waited. The food was superb, the risotto perhaps the best i have ever had, and the bass was amazing. A complimentary dessert was a nice touch to end the evening at this very nice and quaint byob.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful bistro in Westfield
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We dined here on a Friday night. The amuse bouche was a date stuffed with blue cheese and maple praline bacon, a bite that left me wanting another, and another... We had the steak tartare and the risotto special for apps. The binder for the tartare was a little too creamy for me and the risotto a little too spicy - but that reflects personal preference as they both very good. I had the roast chicken, wonderfully cooked and perfect for a cold night. The flavors on the plate were just right. The sage bead pudding on the plate was a bit too dry, the only thing I found lacking. He had the duck, which was obviously wonderful as his plate was cleaned before I could ask for a taste. The special's menu was great, wild boar, venison - creative and perfect game specials for the season. Dessert was also enjoyed, great chocolate tart and butterscotch pudding. I wish the pudding was warm, but again, just a preference of my own. I felt the cost was on point with quality and I had food leftover on all of my own plates, so portion size was more than adequate as well. I left entirely full. Our server was great. She was attentive and very pleasant without being intrusive. The chef stopped by and we chatted about the restaurant, the menu, etc. A great night out all around. I can't wait to go again with friends and would recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The appetizers were great but my steak was overcooked. Medium rare came out almost well done and it ruined what started out as an excellent meal. There was quite a wait to sit as well. A few minutes turned into a half hour wait for a table for two. Also, they could add some ambient music. I would give it another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting even better...
    Wineguy7
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Always competent in the fine points of French cuisine, this bistro has kicked it up a notch or two on the creativity scale. It's one thing to enjoy impeccably prepared duck confit, but many of the items on the specials list now display the imaginative talent lurking in the kitchen. Bravo; yet another reason to keep coming back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Nice menu - Good raw materials - Good meals - quiet
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Popular May have it's down side
    Westfriend
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Amuse is a welcome addition to the Westfield restaurant scene. We have loved it every time we have been there. However, this visit was the first time the restaurant was really filled. We found the service to be very slow, perhaps due to the kitchen's inability to deal with a full house. We waited for our meal for so long, eating bread and finishing our wine, that we virtually have no appetite once the food came. The food was wonderful, but we brought home more than half of it. We recommend enjoying Amuse on a weekday.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Attentive service and nice atmosphere. Food was okay but nothing that has me wanting to return. My experience with their lunch was much better.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amuse - as Good As It Gets
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Amuse is our favorite restaurant outside of the outrageously expensive NYC powerhouses. They're French Bistro-style, but with a high-end flair. Their chef used to be the Chef de Cuisine at NJ's best French restaurant and he brings that experience to Amuse. We started with an amuse of foie gras on a brioche, moved onto seared foie gras, tart Alsace and a spectacular steak tartar. I had some amazing rack of wild boar, and finished with a pomegranate souffle. It's BYO, and they recommend CoolVines, which is right around the corner, where we picked up a red bubbly, an amazing burgundy and an Italian sweet wine to finish it off. I know great food when I taste it, and I tasted it. It's great for a casual lunch or dinner out, as well celebrating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amuse not amusing
    KFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Waitress brought wrong order…she was more interested in socializing than attending to our table. Our 8:15 reservation turned into an 8:50 seating. The host was a young man who seemed confused. My husband's frites were greasy and soggy and my mussels were tough. For $14. the caesar salad was very small and nothing special. My experiences for the 4 times I have eaten here were very good. This time was very disappointing. We won't be back for a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef/Owner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The Chef/Owner took the time to speak to us about the ambience and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Resimartini
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Wonderful evening and the food was deliciously prepared!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A French Food Stop
    BertVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I met a friend for lunch. We passed on the appetizers and entrees and settled for sandwiches. I had the Croque Madame. It was a single slice of bread topped with ham, cheese, a sunny side egg on top with honey mustard. I chose the fries instead of the salad. They were plentiful and crisp. My decaf coffee was from a press and it was delicious. Too full for dessert. The waitress and manager were very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food
    SamD
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This was our first time here, and we tried out an appetizer as well as the prix fixe menu. Everything we had was delightful - flavorful, seasoned well and cooked to perfection! A definite repeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice brunch
    tdecisions
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    French brunch was delicious and offered a wide variety. Recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • R & R Berlowe
    ewolreb81
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food is wonderful and the service is very professional and the overall dining experience has been consistently great all three times we have eaten at" Amuse"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Experience
    lincoln
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We went to Amuse for our wedding anniversary, and the experience was good. Service was good, and everyone was friendly, however, one of the bus boy was a bit too good at his job that made me feel uncomfortable, as he rushes to take our empty plates the moment we finished, which made me feel as if I'm being rushed. The food is good, but missing the wow factor, so I was only able to give it a 4 out of 5 stars. Overall, it's a place I would visit again from time to time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is spectacular
    laynefhVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    One can tell that the chef owner was trained in France, the food is remarkable in its flavor combinations, appearance, and care of preparation. BYOB is always a plus. We hope the owners can improve the skill of the wait staff to match the skill from the kitchen (exempting the wait staff leader who is quite skilled). But go, one does not see this level of food contemplation and preparation every day, even in the greater NYC area. You'll be glad you did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't live up to promise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Very nice menu and the chef owner has a good pedigree - I was hopeful for a great meal among the mediocre fine dining choices in the area. It was just okay. Three people tried several dishes and none was a stand out - presentation a little nicer than flavor. Service was attention and relaxed atmosphere on a weekday evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious
    AlyssaVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Scallops are phenomenal! Like dessert. Duck was cooked to perfection. Will be returning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't wait to leave
    JayWVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Atmosphere not conducive to upscale dining. Shared frisee salad; not generous for the price. Mussels for main course arrived lukewarm; very small portion as main course. Diners who were leaving stopped to talk to the diners at table behind us and proceeded for a very long time to have loud discussion such that we could no longer talk to each other or enjoy our meal. We asked our server if she could have the manager suggest to them that they have the conversation elsewhere or at least tone it down. She suggested that we could move. The manager did nothing to help solve the problem or even apologize to us. We left after the main course and spoke to the manager on the way out. He had nothing to say and was less than charming.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    1st visit was lack-luster, sadly. Had heard so much and read so much that I was expecting to be blown away by the food. 3 of us dined on a Sunday night and 2 of our 3 said we need not come back. Food was just okay. Reastaurant was loud. Observed what appeared to be an over abundance of management (3), but it seemed odd that they appeared to be selective about which tables they approached during the meals to greet and check in on things. Was hoping that Amuse would be as good as I had heard. Disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better than expected!
    DebDon
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Went this past Saturday. Arrived 15 minutes earlier than our reservation and was seated right away. Staff and waitress were very good and on top of things. My husband had the calf liver special which he said was the best he has ever had. I had the duck breast and I can say the same. I also had the foie gras as an appetizer, which was done differently with marshmallows and chocolate (not my taste) but the foie gras melted in your mouth. This was as good as any top restaurant I have had dinner at in Manhattan. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should be advertised more
    MeFoodie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Food was absolutely delicious. We took a chance going in, as we hadn't heard of it before. They should advertise more widely because everyone should taste their food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DO NOT GO
    JERSEYGIRLVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Amuse was NOT amusing or enjoyable. The food was - blah. Little taste. At least half of the mussels didn't even open. The saffron sauce was bland, bland, bland. The dessert profiteroles were small, unassuming and utterly unremarkable - neither my date nor I even bothered beyond the first bite. Not worth the calories. The service motto must be "Abandon hope all ye who enter here." I think we saw the waiter three times all evening - to take our order, to bring the food, to bring the bill. We weren't even asked if we wanted coffee or if everything was all right. AND this when the restaurant was more than half empty. The decor was uninspiring - more apt for a coffee shop. No reason to go. Every reason to stay home.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great
    Paulo1310
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I had a previous experience at lunch time which was great. Was it because the restaurant was not as busy as it was last evening, I assume so, but this time the experience was not as good. The waiters were in a hurry and were somehow lousy. I was expecting a quiet and peaceful dinner while it was rather hectic. The food was not that great even though it was above average. The price though is reasonable as there is no wine list (BYOB). I recommend this restaurant for lunch rather than dinner if you expect a nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PV104
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Very good food, and great service! It was my second time at the restaurant. It has been great both times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    NancyZ
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We have dined here three times and food was excellent every time. We do not usually order roast chicken in a restaurant...tried it here and it was exceptional. Service was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    time2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Love the French music and dining outside. Great service. Great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional food and service
    RWT123
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I had the pleasure of dining at Amuse for our 10th anniversary. We could not have been more happy. Since the portion sizes are very manageable we ordered 4 appitizers 2 main dishes and 2 desserts. All the food was excellent, the standouts were the fioe gras, the prosciutto tart, smoked trout salad and the Mangalista pork chop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous
    saraspfd
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food, service, ambience, all around a great experience! Will definitely go back and recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service!
    I8out
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It was my first time there; we loved both the food and service. The decors was simple, modern and clean. The staff was welcoming and attentive in a casual feeling atmosphere. We arrived on the first day of the new fall menu, which offered a limited yet adequate list of choices. The butternut squash soup was rich, filling and delicious. My crispy chicken was perfectly done along with a yummy sage stuffing cake and cauliflower purée. My son loved his soup and duck entre. We shared the rich but perfect pomegranate soufflé. I look forward to future meals there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amuse-nice dining experience
    easydining
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My date and I had dinner for the first time at Amuse on Saturday 9/20/14. The food was excellent as well as the service. I had been meaning to check the restaurant out, it had good reviews in NJ Monthly. I'm glad I did! Would recommend. Audrey 9/22/14
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was re-Amused
    RatikiVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our second visit to Amuse and I continue to think it is a very nice place. My wife and I brought another couple with us this time. I would suggest they look into some sound treatment for the walls. As the night proceeded, and more patrons filled the dining room, it got noisy and hard to hear our friends across the table. That would not stop me from returning to this really nice addition to the Westfield restaurant scene.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amuse First Timer
    FoodieNdaMaking
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I made reservations at Amuse for my Wife's birthday and was very happy with the selection. The staff was very friendly and attentive and the food was excellent and reasonably priced. The only surprise we encountered was that they do not serve alcohol, however they do allow you to bring outside beverages, which considering the price of wine in restaurants these days isn't that bad. So remember to bring your own bubbly. I would highly recommend Amuse and I'm looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great French Restaurant
    jcblack
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Pleasantly surprised by this fairly new (8 months) restaurant in Westfield. Centrally located. Owned by a former chef of another local French restaurant. You will not be disappointed by anything. The food, ambiance, service, personal attention were all exemplary. I saw a customer who had a concern about the way her food was cooked, and the owner took it away and replaced it. After the meal, she raved to the staff about the food. Everyone has different tastes and it is nice to know that you will be treated so respectfully. GREAT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BYOB in Westfield
    FoodieInPlainfieldVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Although well presented and an interesting menu the service overshadowed the highlights of the food. Our plates were touched and removed before we were asked if we had finished, only to leave us waiting 15 minutes for the dessert. Please tell your busboys to ASK if the customer is finished BEFORE touching their plates. The Mussels were in a delicious broth but the frites were just ok. The scallops were very good as was the foie gras. If only the waiter serving us had used his instincts rather than his training, we would've had a great meal. We felt rushed the whole time even though the restaurant was empty at 9pm and noticed he kept signaling and telling the busboys to check to see if we were finished.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Amuse had excellent food, great service and a stylish but cozy atmosphere. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.