Amuse at Le Meridien - Arlington
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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.
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.
Limited food selection. Noise level such that you cannot hear colleague without raining voice. Don’t frequent for business meeting.
Service is quite bad. Even when the restaurant only has a few customers, it takes over 30 minutes to get food or appetizers.
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.
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.
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.
It was very loud at Amuse and was difficult to engage in a conversation.
The service was extremely slow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wobbly table, lunch food all over floor, dirty wine glass, residue in my coffee cup, horrible.
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.
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
Great location, nice setting, food that is "ordinary" at best.
Only one server was available for the entire dining room. This resulted in slow service. Please staff more than one server for dinner.
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!
Food was sub-par. Service was fine, but not extremely attentive.
Stood at hostess stand for ten minutes waiting to get seated, service was below average.
The restaurant is getting better. Food preparation and service have both improved since I last dined. So, I'm encouraged.
0 for 3 in getting my salad right
Always my go to for casual business meetings. Menu items to satisfy every dietary restriction and preference. Light and friendly environment.
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!!
They took forever to get our food but the ambiance and the seating area is very nice!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
Amuse is our go to venue for business breakfast and lunch meetings. Healthy, tasty, simple (but complete) menu and non-intrusive service.
Always a great place to meet with clients and colleagues
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!!!
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.