Amuse at Le Meridien - Arlington

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Amuse sits on the 4th floor of Le Meridien Hotel in Arlington overlooking the Potomac river with a panoramic view of Georgetown. Drawing inspiration from American cuisine, Chef Brent Gauthier offers locally sourced seasonal dishes that are both classic and modern in the dining room of our open air terrace. Enjoy our hand crafted cocktails and small bites by the fireplace or main bar.
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1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The relaxed feel of the restaurant made for a comfortable dining experience - something that my colleague noticed and who was himself very pleased. I definitely would return to try more dishes; especially with such well-timed service (that I found to be fantastic). I personally felt that the grilled shrimp was a bit too salty, but that would not preclude me from visiting again.

BK
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Horrible service

TN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In an area where just about everything is fast food what a nice treat for a lunch that is made of real food. If you are in the area for business don't waste your time on these fast food salad places or other chain restaurants. Go for a good quality meal with fast service and good atmosphere.

f
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

Limited food selection. Noise level such that you cannot hear colleague without raining voice. Don’t frequent for business meeting.

P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service is quite bad. Even when the restaurant only has a few customers, it takes over 30 minutes to get food or appetizers.

JM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The menu was very limited, with the salad options being more for starters than entrees and the main dishes being mainly bread-based mini pizzas.

J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The wait service was slow and the server was unfriendly. We waited 20 min for our water and to have our order taken. On the plus side, the hostess was great and refilled our water when we were almost empty.

JM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The lunch menu was limited and the service was slow. After waiting almost 10 minutes for the bill, we had to get up and actually find our waiter to pay. The food was OK, but not exceptional.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

It was very loud at Amuse and was difficult to engage in a conversation.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was extremely slow.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

It was disappointing that the item on the menu I requested was not available. I ordered a salad and grilled shrimp to top the salad. I couldn’t believe there were only 3 shrimp. I would have expected to get more than 3 shrimp for $8.00.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

When having a business meal, it is helpful for the server to be mindful of time and not keep customer waiting to pay the bill.

J
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I enjoy eating there, but service is always very weak. Just a lack of focus and attention to deal. During this particular visit, I asked for bread but did not get any.

HM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

They seemed short-staffed. We were there for Mother’s Day brunch. Meals were missing key ingredients, food was bland and lacking any seasoning. Wouldn’t recommend.

TK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Mother’s day

JW
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the breakfast selections and the gorgeous view from the dining room. Our waiter was also helpful and attentive.
We would recommend this restaurant. Prices are not too high either. An added plus.

R
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We had a business celebration dinner, and it was our first time trying Amuse. The ambiance was nice overall but every time we needed something from our server, we had to wait 10-15 minutes, and it wasn't very crowded in the restaurant. We constantly had to look for any host or other server to ask them to track our server down for us (including 10-15 minutes to pay the bill). We wanted desserts but didn't want to wait so long for service, so we left earlier than planned.

The food was good overall but not worth the high prices. Three different times, our orders were incorrect and had to be fixed.

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Seated immediately. Server came right over to table and ask us if we wanted water. Food was served hot. Serving staff nice and kept checking in with us.

M
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

They thought short ribs with fried potatoes and broccoli was the same thing as a pork chop with sweet potato purée and spinach. Entree was comped.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Wobbly table, lunch food all over floor, dirty wine glass, residue in my coffee cup, horrible.

E
New England
47 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

We wanted a breakfast/brunch restaurant that was quiet enough to have good conversation and Amuse met that requirement perfectly. Unfortunately the food was very poorly prepared. I had eggs Benedict which were lukewarm and hollandaise sauce was dried on the top of the eggs. My companion had a crab omelet which was also lukewarm and tasteless. Our server was pleasant but the service was slow. The restaurant was sterile in its appearance. The table was rocky and in spite of attempts by the server to level it we were fearful of spilling our coffee every time we touched the table.

XO
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

So so experience, maybe ok for a hotel but def not close at all to the offerings in DC. If you have time go to Georgetown or downtown - but if you’re in a rush this place will do just fine. Probably a lot of fun for HH

MG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Great location, nice setting, food that is "ordinary" at best.

M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Only one server was available for the entire dining room. This resulted in slow service. Please staff more than one server for dinner.

DV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Place is horrible! Food was awful; they didn’t even have steak — and my chicken wasn’t even cooked! They should be embarrassed. Wouldn’t recommend, worst place I’ve ever been!

a
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was sub-par. Service was fine, but not extremely attentive.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Stood at hostess stand for ten minutes waiting to get seated, service was below average.

G
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is getting better. Food preparation and service have both improved since I last dined. So, I'm encouraged.

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

0 for 3 in getting my salad right

JD
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always my go to for casual business meetings. Menu items to satisfy every dietary restriction and preference. Light and friendly environment.

r
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For our annual "Father / Son" pre Christmas 'lunch' we decided instead on cocktails and a light meal at Amuse @ Le Meridien, and we were both very pleasantly surprised. From the valet parking right out front to the assistance with elevator location by the concierge all the way through the small friendly crowd at the bar to our seats overlooking the Potomac River and Key Bridge, the service was genuinely pleasant, cheerful and helpful not to mention efficient.
We can't speak about the full dinner menu but the appetizers and generous cocktails were very tasty; especially the great meatballs.
We'll definitely be back!!

B
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

They took forever to get our food but the ambiance and the seating area is very nice!

ET
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

For a noon-time lunch reservation, the venue was not crowded at all. However, they appeared to be short staffed since our waitress was also the bartender (the bar is not visible to the dining room).

There were definitely gaps in service. Our waitress looked unkempt and was wearing a badly food stained shirt.

MOST NOTABLY:

At the end of our meal, we requested the check and for my salad to be boxed. The waitress replied that she would prefer to not box up my meal because she's "not good with her hands" and she indicated she would bring us a box. We stated we were in a bit of a hurry and asked that she bring the check and the box at the same time. She brought the box but not the check. When she returned with the check, we attempted to hand her the VISA, but she zipped off and we had to stop her. Upon receiving the receipt to sign, we noted the pen she provided had no "insides" (no ink cartridge, no top, a completely hollow pen). And since we could not find her, and we needed to leave for a scheduled meeting, we proceeded to the hostess, who provided us with a pen. We signed the receipt and proceeded toward the elevators. The waitress came flying around the corner yelling for us to come back. But the hostess calmed her by telling her we had left the signed receipt with her. We replied "Have a good day".

I'd say they definitely need to hire more wait staff.

Our salads however were GREAT! Best salad I've had in a while!

d
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Dirty table and silverware; table was also off-balanced -- moved tables and the second table was off-balance; salad took 30 minutes to arrive; and at the end of lunch not only was I charged twice for lunch but was told my card did not go through so had to pay a THIRD time. Not good at all.

G
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Mediocre food combined with incredibly poor service makes for a miserable dining experience. I’ve tried it thrice. Each and every time it never fails to disappoint.

MP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family had a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner at Amuse. The food was exceptional and the service wonderful. The chef prepared a truly great meal of turkey, roast beef, and a whole roast pig, and the staff provided such personal attention. We couldn't have asked for a better Thanksgiving experience!!

JD
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amuse is our go to venue for business breakfast and lunch meetings. Healthy, tasty, simple (but complete) menu and non-intrusive service.

JD
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to meet with clients and colleagues

J
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

As an Italian restaurant, they were out of Parmesan cheese, and did not have Chicken Parm. and Pepperoni Pizza. Also, the staff brought two Bud Light beers, when my friends ordered a Stella and an IPA!!!

TJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

If your schedule is a tight one, this isn’t the place. I eat lunch here frequently when I need a sit down meal within walking distance of the office. The food is good, but the service is glacial, and has never gotten better.

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