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Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

4.7
4.7
1472 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Amuse is a seasonal, farm to table driven restaurant, located on the third floor of the museum. Whether you are dining in our main dining room, full-service bar, or our private dining room, you will be able to take in sweeping views of the Robins Sculpture Garden and the museum’s Cochrane Atrium. Our team works diligently to provide a menu that is directly inspired by the art-filled surroundings, current exhibitions, and seasonality while also carefully selecting only the finest ingredients from local vendors, artisans, and farmers. Just a friendly reminder that the museum does not allow balloons, confetti, glitter, plants potted with soil, and candles with open flames. If a date and time you seek for a reservation appears to be full, please give us a call so we can see what other times might be available.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue, Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:30 pm Wed–Fri 11:30 am–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (804) 340-1580
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Will Burgess
  • Private party facilities
    Birch Douglass Private Dining Room
  • Private party contact
    amuse@vmfa.museum: (804) 340-1580
  • Neighborhood
    Richmond
  • Parking details
    The museum provides access to a spacious parking garage (up to 600 vehicles) for $5.00 per vehicle. Street parking is also abundant around the museum.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,472 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Innovative

  • Richmond

    Best Ambiance

  • Richmond

    Great for brunch

  • Richmond

    Innovative

  • Richmond

    Healthy

  • Richmond

    Great for scenic views

  • Richmond

    Contemporary American

1,472 Reviews
  1. dominiqueM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My second time being at amuse and enjoyed myself as much as the first time. The food is good and properly proportioned. Definitely a great ambience being in the VMFA. Nice place to have a nice meal and enjoy the fancy ambience.

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  2. DaveyN

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. They knew ahead of time about our plant-based diet and prepped accordingly

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love it there. Food is amazing. Staff is amazing!

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  4. CharlesB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The atmosphere is cold, stark and gray. However, the food and service is excellent.
    Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsResponded 5 days ago
    Hey CharlesB, Thank you so much for your kind words and high ratings. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the food and service at Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. We understand that our ambiance may not have met your expectations, and we appreciate your feedback as it helps us to continually improve our guest experience. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon. Best regards, The Management Team

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  5. Bebe

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The vegetable quiche I had was delicious-fluffy and rich and very satisfying! My friend had the cauliflower curry soup and she gave me a taste-it was superb! Creamy and the spice was spot on. We lingered at the table and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves’

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  6. Westminster

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Five star service for four of us who ate brunch on Sunday. The server was adept at describing menu items. She and team members brought our entrees to the table. We frequent diners enjoy Amuse for his food, ambience and service.

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  7. robertg

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The server didn't listen and brought out the food separately rather than my appetizer and fries which were my main course, as I said when ordering arrived early and I had to ask where the other meals were and she hadn't placed them yet. I waited and ate cold fried oysters and fries. Both my favorite at Amuse. I was disappointed. She was pleasant enough, but just didn't listen.

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  8. MattP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our many visits to Amuse and it did not disappoint! The food items were delicious. My steak was slightly overdone but that's forgivable! Bespoke alcoholic beverages were superior! We always enjoy our time there and will return!

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  9. AnnekasButter

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. Amuse sits a top the VMFA, and has a beautiful courtyard view a mass with beautiful, greenery and sculptures to enjoy during your meal. Service is five star and the chef is not only a culinary master, but creates art on the plate as well.

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  10. PtrckH

    Richmond

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fan of Amuse, my latest visit reaffirmed my love for this gem of a restaurant. Last night, despite the bustling atmosphere of a full house and a private party, the team at Amuse was nothing short of amazing. They managed to keep everything running smoothly, a testament to their skill and dedication. The bar was on point, crafting drinks that perfectly complemented the evening's offerings. But the real standout was the food from the kitchen, which was exceptional even by Amuse's high standards. On such a busy night, this was particularly impressive. The special curry cauliflower soup was a delightful start, with just the right balance of flavors to whet the appetite. The pear tartine followed, a beautiful combination of flavors that was both refreshing and satisfying. And the chicken thighs were the highlight of the meal—flavorful and perfectly prepared, they melted in the mouth. Amuse continues to impress with its culinary excellence and outstanding service. Nights like these are a reminder of why it's a favorite for so many. The team's ability to deliver such high-quality food and service, even when at capacity, is truly commendable.
    Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsResponded 7 days ago
    Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience. Your kind words really made my day. Please ask for me the next time you are here so I can take a moment to thank you in person. If you ever need anything I am more than happy to assist. Sincerely, Andrew Griffith General Manager

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  11. DaleN

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service, view and food. Love this place.

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  12. jomo

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    everything looks and tasts great. the dishes have interesting and unusual flavors.

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  13. OTKR

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Smallish menu but covered all the bases from vegan to gluten free. Food and drinks were great, as was the service and ambiance. It is definitely going on my “must go again” list!
    Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsResponded on February 25, 2024
    Thanks for the review, OTKR! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. It's great to know that our diverse menu catered to your dietary needs and that you found our food and drinks to be great. We're also glad to hear that the service and ambiance added to your overall experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  14. TriciaS

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious lunch in a lovely setting! The cauliflower soup was creamy and satisfying on a chilly day and the spinach salad had just the right amount of dressing and toppings of walnuts and cheese. Perfect spot for lunch with friends after a visit to the museum.
    Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsResponded on February 25, 2024
    Thanks for visiting us, TriciaS! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your lunch at Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. It's great to know that our cauliflower soup and spinach salad hit the mark for you on a chilly day. We're glad you found the spot for lunch to be lovely and perfect for your lunch with friends. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, The Management Team

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  15. Diana

    Richmond

    130 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alex makes every lunch at Amuse very special. He is fabulous!
    Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsResponded on February 25, 2024
    Hey Diana, Thank you so much for your kind words and 5-star review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic experience at Amuse and that our team made your lunch special. Your kind words truly mean a lot to us. We strive to make every visit to Amuse special and it's always rewarding to hear when we've succeeded. We look forward to serving you again soon. Best, The Management Team

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  16. MortG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food: Outstanding! Server: Alex - Outstanding Ambience: Outstanding! It was a choice between the pork cheeks and the rockfish. Since I was going to have pasta for dinner that night, I chose the rockfish. I wasn't disappointed. You won't be either.

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  17. phyllist

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was creative and very tasty. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Amuse always intensifies the enjoyment of any VMFA experience.
    Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsResponded on February 25, 2024
    Hey phyllist, We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts! It's great to know that our creative dishes and attentive service added to your overall VMFA experience. We always strive to enhance the enjoyment of our guests, and your feedback is a testament to our efforts. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best, The Management Team

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  18. RVAdiner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I didn’t expect the squash tart to be sweet so that was a bit off-putting for lunch. Wish you would expand your selections to not include quite so many spicy ingredients/seasonings

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  19. Katie

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious! We didn't know what to expect, but it was a fantastic experience. Drinks were tasty, the complimentary coffee bread was soooo good, and I was sad I was too full to finish all my food! It was all worth the price and more. Will definitely be back!
    Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsResponded on February 25, 2024
    Thanks for the feedback, Katie! We're thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic experience at Amuse at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. It's great to know that you enjoyed our food and drinks, and found our complimentary coffee bread to be a hit. We're also glad that you didn't feel rushed and that you were able to savor the entire spread. We strive to provide an exceptional dining experience, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  20. Luv2doWIne

    Richmond

    333 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    333 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal here with dear friends. Delicious food, great service and fresh, affordable choices. Highly recommend. We will return back.

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  21. JJJJ

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I had to ask for the bread that is normally served.

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  22. JamesT

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A good place to celebrate after viewing an exhibit. Very good food, excellent service, became very noisy sitting next to window for us seniors after energetic young group arrived. Would ask for different table next time.

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  23. Alexis

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner at Amuse was wonderful! The food was delicious and the service was fantastic! It was a nice place for a birthday dinner and we really enjoyed walking around the museum after.

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  24. Robert

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My mushroom tagine was disappointing. Had huge tough mushroom stems and not muchelse. They took that dish off the bill which was appropriate,

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect for an intimate lunch! The ambiance and food are quite the pairing. This is truly a treat!
    Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsResponded on February 25, 2024
    Hey, thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your lunch at Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. We aim to create a unique and enjoyable atmosphere, and we're glad to know that our effort is appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you back for another delightful experience soon. Best, The Management Team

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  26. Ellen

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We specifically chose Amuse for a Valentine lunch. We always know we'll have an excellent meal and service in this bright and inviting restaurant. I enjoyed the special of the day, pasta with mushrooms which was as beautiful as it was delicious, with a tall glass of Processo to accompany it! My husband had a Mushroom dish from the menu which he said was very flavorful, and accompanied it with a glass of wine. His special creme brûlée, aromatic, pretty, and warm, YUM! Art works on the walls are always interesting. Judy McLeod's pieces are not only beautiful and intricate but perfect for the space.

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  27. Boody2

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Alex was extraordinary. Knowledgeble, attentive, courteous and engaging.

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  28. MadelineH

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food with outstanding presentation. Not long of a wait for food either. Lovely ambiance and very friendly staff. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a nice restaurant.

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  29. Chocolatefoodie

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My son who is 23 yrs old and doesn't usually visit museums enjoyed the museum and especially the food. Dining at Amuse was the perfect ending to a weekend visiting my son before I flew home to Tampa. Our server was excellent and the ambience was warm and welcoming on a rainy day. The food was delicious. Next time I visit I will definitely stop in.

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  30. MEme

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasty entrees for brunch plated creatively. Polite hostess and waitstaff.

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  31. Rick

    Richmond

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I eat here quite frequently and the experience is always good. The food is unique and well prepared. The service is excellent, but the ambiance sets it apart from most restaurants. It is certainly a favorite.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good - easy to find items allowed on a restricted diet. Nice people, great location in the Museum… a little tricky to find within the museum though. Signage could be better.

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  33. Eldog

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for dinner 9 February 2024. The service was top notch (Meredith, server), very attentive with great disposition. Had pear Gorgonzola and beet salad appetizers, which were very good and presented well. I had the Chicken Sugo which rated a solid B+. The green olives tasted stale which precluded a higher score. The atmosphere in the restaurant is quite nice, modernistic and best of all, absent of the loud cacophony of chatter, despite being at capacity. Mix drinks received an A rating, exceptional. Chairs were very comfortable. I will return to this restaurant for sure.

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  34. saundSaundraW

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always delicious food. Very artistic plating and original dishes.

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  35. CNF2

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff, delicious food and delightful ambiance, surrounded by a beautiful museum. A perfect date night.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful as always. Excellent food, setting, and service.

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  37. supertaster

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met and old friend for lunch. We had a lot to catch up on and received excellent service from a waiter who allowed us ample time to visit over drinks (before placing our lunch order) and did not rush us tor leave after we’d finished dining. I had the mushroom tagine. My friend ordered the lamb flatbread. Both were delicious. We split the Earl Grey cheesecake which was also very nice (and I’m not even a fan of Earl Grey tea). Large windows allowed for lots of natural light. While the tables were mostly full, we had no problem hearing one another. Very nice experience all around.

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  38. StriV

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place to dine as a part of a visit to the museum
    Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsResponded on February 25, 2024
    Thanks for the feedback, StriV! We're thrilled to hear that you always enjoy dining at Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. It's always a pleasure to be part of your visits and we're delighted that you found our food and service to be great. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to the museum. Best, The Management Team.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite Richmond restaurants. Excellent food, service and ambience. Thanks to carpets, noise level is minimal, enabling diners to enjoy conversation with fellow diners. Highly recommend!

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  40. null

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great meal. Alex is a professional waiter that truly listens to the customer and makes the dinning experience comfortable. See you soon.

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FAQs

Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is rated 4.7 stars by 1472 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Richmond
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue, Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:30 pm Wed–Fri 11:30 am–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    The museum provides access to a spacious parking garage (up to 600 vehicles) for $5.00 per vehicle. Street parking is also abundant around the museum.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Will Burgess
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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