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: 215-422-8222x
- 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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Amuse - Le Meridien Hotel- Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since June 4, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
romantic (10)special occasion (9)scenic view (8)fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (4)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)good for groups (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
- Great Food & AtmosphereAmuseDined on 3/8/2014My wife Donna and I dined there on Saturday evening. It was our second time. The bar has a great drinks menu and an adequate wine list. Great French quisine and the rack of lamb was phenomenal, I would highly recommend it Cooked to tempertaure and delicous. Fantastic evening at a great hotel. The place was hopping. NormSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Birthday LunchMimiof8Dined on 3/8/2014A visit from New York for the Flower Show and a luncheon celebration of my friend's birthday led me to this upscale restaurant. We were greeted at the door and treated as we were admired royalty! The restaurant sparkled as the lighting adorned simple elegance of a fireplace warmed room. The tables were not too close together, and this arrangement kept conversations of others private. This was appreciated! We had the Cobb Salad. Delicious! The waiters kept our water and coffee cups full, which made us most happy. I highly recommend this restaurant. I love Amuse!Special Features:
- Bad WaiterKarlDined on 3/7/2014We've enjoyed this restaurant so many times before -- but this time we had very poor service. The waiter was very unpleasant an absent.Special Features:
- Fine food in a "throwback" settingMadmazDined on 3/6/2014We arrived at Amuse in the Meridian earlier than our noon reservation but were seated immediately by our gracious hostess and had a good view of the bustle on Arch Street. Our server Eric was very quick and attentive. We ordered the quiche which was amazingly rich with bacon lardons perfectly matched to the gruyere cheese (quiche ala Suisse?) . My bride's chicken club was very large and on dijonnaise-spread toast and full of flavor ... we took half of it home! My steak frites were ordered "medium" and arrived medium and tender ... how often does that happen? Potatoes were not "crisp" although the prep method yielded great taste. A very good lunch; we like to think we are hard to impress but Amuse is a cut above with no pretension.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious lunch away fromkathDined on 3/5/2014Delicious lunch away from the bustle of the Philadelphia Flower Show. Food was good, waitress extremely helpful!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great neighborhood spotMichaelVIPDined on 3/3/2014We just moved to Philadelphia and were hoping to find a nice, enjoyable, affordable restaurant that could become a "go-to" restaurant - we found exactly that at Amuse.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- city secret!paulaVIPDined on 3/1/2014Incredibly wonderful wait staff and host added to the spectacular meal! The staff was very accommodating to some food requests. The table size was generous unlike other bistro settings which added to the comfort and warm feelings in this city setting. The Trumbauer history just added to the pleasure of our evening since our family grew up in a Trumbauer house in Mt. Airy. Food presentation was lovely and the use of vegetable pairings was delightful. We had a cocktail in the bar first which was great fun with a masterful barkeep. It was a great evening!Special Features:
- Lunch at AmuseOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/27/2014This was my first time dining at Amuse, and I enjoyed it. It is a medium-size room having an intimate feel with large windows and wood paneled walls, giving it a nice ambiance. The design of the entrance and dining room is eclectic with contemporary furniture in a tall-ceiling, classic environment. The hostess sat us on the east end of the dining room next to a working fireplace, which was a nice touch on a cold winter afternoon. Almost all tables were occupied when we first arrived, and the noise level was high, but not so high that we couldn't carry on a conversation. I had a small lunch of leek soup and a cob salad, both of which were good. The waitstaff was attentive without being intrusive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DelectableVinnieDined on 2/21/2014Our first time at Amuse, but will not be the last. Every bite was delicious and we felt it was an exceptional meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A TreasurePedsDined on 2/14/2014Our party of four had a most delicious dinner and lovely evening at Amuse - Le Meridien on Valentine's Day 2014.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excelent food and great service!OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 2/1/2014Excelent food and great service! The coktails are super - even if the receipe might be a bit different from what you know, the bartender knows what he is doing!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Odd set up but good menuciciDined on 2/1/2014Stopped by the other night, I saw they had lobster bouillabaisse so I had to try it out. They give you a nice amuse Bouche after your seated and order. They along brought us out a sampling of ice creams, a cute after dinner chocolate upon leaving. I thought this was a nice touch. The dining room it self is a bit small and weird service was good though.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Steak Frites par excellencememettimVIPDined on 1/31/2014Uber modern decor, slightly snooty hostess and generally good food ...except for the desert which was beautiful to look at but surprisingly tasteless...and the tart crust was tough - it needed two hands on the fork to break through!...not what you expect from a French pastry....So to the steak - an excellent crust coupled with a luscious juicy interior was a winner and the duck breast was really delicious. I would go back for the entrees.....not for dessert which is a big part of why I would go to a french restaurant.....and as a real after thought..in such a highly styled place it is a bit hokey to serve the bread in a paper bagI would recommend this to a friend.
- A little disappointingFoodie220VIPDined on 1/29/2014I went to Amuse in January 2013 for reataurant week. It was a memorable meal. The food and service were wonderful. I can only assume they were having an off night because my recent experience was not quite what I expected. The pickled salad I ordered was ordinary, and the steak frites was cold when it came out. The desserts were also disappointing. I suppose the chocolate dessert was ok, but not exceptional. The fig and pear tart was just TOO sweet. I found myself scraping off the fruit and just eating the crust. All in all....not great. To be honest....the bread was the beat part.Special Features:
- Great night!kjs0309Dined on 1/25/2014I took my best friend for a birthday dinner. We had appetizers and drinks at the bar beforehand, and it was all very good. Then we had dinner, and it did not disappoint. The ambiance was fabulous, the food was great, the portions were perfect, the service was excellent. We had a great evening out.Special Features:
- Amuse ingsbuckerooDined on 1/24/2014had dinner with souse and friends as part of Philly restaurant week. within our group we sampled everything on the special menu. All items were very good. the large windows in the dining room give a spectacular view of illuminated City Hall. Will go back to try other regular menu items.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food!!!phillyfoodieDined on 1/19/2014The looks of this place isn't attractive, it is pretty old and needs some remodeling. The serving was also slow. But the food was outstanding, which compensates for all other meaningless formalities! I am a big foodie and this place serves the best French in town...Yes, I mean it, 100 times more gratifying than Bibou!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food!minidinerVIPDined on 1/17/2014We went here with a Travelzoo coupon. It included one shared appetizer, 2 drinks and 2 dinners. Great deal! Food was excellent. Exceptional service. My wife mentioned that she didn't like the taste of her potatoes, and we received desert & coffees at no charge. Our waiter did everything to please us. We shall return.Special Features:
- Wow!DianeDined on 1/15/2014I was blown away by how good the food was. The menu only has a few choices, but any choice is an excellent one!Special Features:
- twice in one weekDowntownBobVIPDined on 1/13/2014We ate here Friday night and Tuesday night. The steak frites and the lobster bouillabaise are superb. And with all the entrees priced under $30, how can you go wrong? Generous portions, you can easily forego an appetizer, although the sweetbreads are superb! A wonderful ambiance, architect Horace Trumbauer at his best with contemporary furniture, fixtures and lighting. It's a go-back place. Perfect spot for any reason.Special Features:
- Dinner at AmuseDanoDined on 1/11/2014Very nice meal. My son had the steak frite. Hanger steak was very tender and perfectly cooked. I had lamb loin, also tender and well prepared. Service was very good.Special Features:
- Great but inconsistent.............rjfchiefVIPDined on 1/8/2014Appetizers, drinks, and meat dishes (short ribs, rib eye) were outstanding. Vegetables, side dishes not up to par however. Overall stilla very good experience. Rib eye and lobster bisque outstanding choices.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing foodhillfoodloverVIPDined on 1/3/2014Cobb salad was lovely, light and satisfying. I regretted not ordering dessert. Amuse bouche of tuna tartare was outstanding. Small dining room in a hotel near the convention center. So food quality was a very pleasant surprise.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great timepeachesDined on 12/28/2013The service was great.I had salmon that was so fresh and cook just right omg was it good.My husband had Ribeye he said it was wonderful. The evening was a good date night for a married couple.Yes I would recommend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We use a travelzoo voucherOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 12/27/2013We use a travelzoo voucher for the bar ($50) and the restaurant ($59) on 12/27/13. We had drinks at the bar and two small plates. The food was excellent. After that, we had dinner which consisted of one appetizer, 2 entrees and 2 drinks. This was more that enough and the food was also very good. We would highly recommend that you try this restaurant if there is another travelzoo voucher in the future. It was well worth the money.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good but...bluealderferDined on 12/26/2013Normally I am leery of a hotel restaurants, but the hotel was so great and it was so cold outside we thought we would try Amuse. Our waiter was less than enthusiastic. The Steak and Frites, great! The chartreuse board, fantastic! Loved the atmosphere, but the empanadas were dry, the pasta was overcooked. So if it is too cold or rainy outside, and you don't want to walk a couple of blocks or get a cab, Amuse will get the job done.Special Features:
- The food was excellent- interestingsteadyVIPDined on 12/23/2013The food was excellent- interesting combinations and good variety. Our server was attentive and knowledgable; we felt taken care of on a rainy night. The view of City Hall at night was lovely, and the setting inside is unusual but seemed to work well. Great meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice SurpriseKLS1Dined on 12/20/2013I have passed this place a hundred times and had no idea it existed until I came across it online. The restaurant and bar had a nice relaxed atmosphere and the food was very good. The waitstaff were excellent and attentive. This is an excellent spot for a nice dinner in a very inviting atmosphere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Christmas DinnerChrispyDined on 12/20/2013We are making this an annual Christmas dinner, and we enjoy it every time with the perfect view of City Hall.Special Features:
- Not as good as last yearSoniaDined on 11/25/2013We have been to this restaurant before and really liked it. This time, however, we were disappointed by the food. It was good but not great. Still, the decor and ambiance make for a really romantic and pleasant dinner
- We chose Amuse to celebratedOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/16/2013We chose Amuse to celebrated my daughters 19th birthday. Skuna Bay Salmon was most memorable, the Steak Frites was so tender and the demiglace upped the elegance. The French Omlette was delicate with just enough cherve, PrimeRib Melt was truely melt in your mouth. The soup de jour was a carrot, ginger, coconut and cashew masterpiece, I wanted to eat the entire serving, which was huge and would have ruined my appetite for the generous Lobster Roll that followed. Our server was attentive and didn't rush us, Eric stayed alert to the food sensitivities we mentioned when we arrived. The accustics make it difficult for intimate conversation. A bit too noisey, but even so, I'd definately go again. Our entire party enjoyed the experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AmuseAndiDined on 11/14/2013It was my husband's birthday and I noted that on Open Table. Amuse manager and waitress wished him a happy birthday. Put a candle on our dessert and treated us extremely well. Food is fantastic and they have that European ambience.Special Features:
- Superb lunch in center cityGoodtasteDined on 11/11/2013Such a lovely lunch. The service remarkable! Food great coffee perfect.Special Features:
- Quiet Saturday Afternoon LunchYumYumEatemUpDined on 11/10/2013Enjoyed lunch here with my wife one Saturday afternoon just before Christmas. We just about had the room to ourselves, and what an elegant room it was with tall windows looking out on City Hall. Food was very good. Great date!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lives up to billingJB22VIPDined on 11/9/2013A smidge more quiet than I expected on a Saturday night, but the room was warm and toasty made even more so by the arrival of some old school and very traditional French Onion soup. The soup was spot on, bursting with flavor and the right amount of decadent cheese and still chewy baguette bread chunks. Preceded by the delightful lamb loin on cucumber amuse bouche, and followed by a hearty lobster bouillabaisse that was bread sopping delicious. Prices and service in line with any fine Philadelphia dining experience. The wine list is thoughtful, but riddled with $12 retail bottles that sell for $50. On the vino, choose wisely or stick with the wide array of specialty cocktails.Special Features:
- Great for special occasionFoodieDined on 11/3/2013My husband and I decided to try this restaurant for our wedding anniversary. But, I first checked reviews on-line and they all seemed to be positive. When I got to the restaurant, I was a bit disappointed that the deco was so modern. The building itself is historic and has some great architectural design but surprisingly the interior was decorated very modern. We ordered mussels as an appetizer and they were good but my husband didn't think it was as good as Bone Fish mussels. I ordered Cajun Cod fish and my husband ordered hanger steak. I really liked my fish and my husband's hanger steak was tasty. However, he thought it was little too tough even though I didn't mind it. Overall we thought it was a good experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Hotel foodLarryVIPDined on 10/23/2013No reason to go to this restaurant if you are not staying there. Food okay but pricey for what it was.
- Great dining experience.FussymuncherDined on 10/12/2013This was our second time at amuse, and like the first it was a great dining experience. We were joined by two of our foodie friends this time. They also loved it. I had the lobster bisque - extremely rich and creamy with huge chunks of lobster. Then I moved onto the sweetbreads that were absolutely wonderful. My main course was the bouliabase, which was also perfect. For desert I had the creme brûlée with white chocolate and macadamia nuts. My drink for the evening was a citrus martini mixed to perfection. All in all a wonderful experience, and I would definitely recommend this restaurant to all my foodie friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We went for lunch. Food wasAuntieMVIPDined on 9/29/2013We went for lunch. Food was tasty and service very attentive. It was funny though that we had to wait to be seated, yet the restaurant was far from full.
- Great food in a romantic setting!FrancescaDined on 9/20/2013The complimentary tuna tartare and the hot bread were nice surprises to start the meal. The windiw table afforded a beautiful view of city hall at night! The lobster bisque was outstanding and had hunks of lobster meat! The steak frites and striped bass cooked to perfection! The desserts were beautifully presented and tasty. The hemade chocolate mints topped off an exquisite meal!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.