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Amuse at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

1839 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Lunch (2602)
  • Fit for Foodies (2473)
  • Scenic View (2421)

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to present Amuse, the brand new dining room and bar nestled on the third level overlooking the spectacular Cochrane Atrium. Our dining room is perfect for a leisurely lunch upon visiting the VMFA, with several local dishes conceived and produced daily by Chef Greg Haley. From the greens in our salads to the vodka in our specialty martinis, Amuse is proud to use the finest ingredients grown and perfected here in Virginia. Our bar is an ideal spot for a fine glass of wine or cocktail, fitted with comfortable retro lounge chairs and marble tables. Weather permitting, our balcony will be open for dining, providing a spectacular view of the campus and our new sculpture garden. Group dining is available in our main dining room or in one of our two adjacent banquet rooms, complete with floor to ceiling glass walls and access to our spacious balcony. Visit Amuse and see for yourself!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Thursdays and Fridays: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
(804) 340-1580
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Greg Haley
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Private party facilities
The most important events in life should take place in the most spectacular settings. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has an event venue to suit any style.
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Private party contact
Sara Holloway: (877) 884-5824
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Margo (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on April 30, 2014

The food was just unusual and delightful. The hostess was lovely and gracious. Our waiter, however, left much to. E desired for gracious dining. When pouring our water he spilled it over onto the table and my companion's napkin and said sorry, but made no move to wipe it up or provide a clean napkin until we called him over later. Just did not measure up to the standards of such a fine restaurant.

vipDartjon (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2014

We brought an out of town guest for lunch. We got the crab cakes with bacon, fried green tomatoes, and pimento cheese spread. The combinations of the flavors was outstanding. Our friend said it was the best lunch she has ever eaten. And we heartily agree.

tigersnowkat (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on April 27, 2014

We took my mom and 10 and 8 year olds! WOW! The food was AMAZING! The service INCREDIBLE!!! The art work was AMAZING! Although the girls are young, they were adventurous and tried lots of the food!!! YUMMY!!!

Luvtobrunch (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on April 26, 2014

A perfect top off to a wonderful Restaurant week! Service was great, the weather was perfect, and the food was awesome . Will definitely come back.

kalt (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on April 25, 2014

Ambiance is beautiful, walk around the museum before or after your dinner. The food is exceptional - great service!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on April 25, 2014

We celebrated a friend's retirement here during Richmond Restaurant Week and were pleasantly surprised to find such a wide variety of foods on the menu. Everything was well prepared and presented, and the service was excellent. It was noisier than usual due to the very full dining room, which made it a bit difficult to converse. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the experience and will look forward to coming again.

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on April 25, 2014

We have gone to Amuse several times and always enjoy it. They have a great cocktail list and wonderful food.

HankandSandy (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on April 24, 2014

We live 200 miles from Richmond, but love to return when we can. The Virginia Museum of Fine Art is one of our resons. Since the opening of Amuse, it's one more excuse to visit; twice in our recent, three day visit. Would I recommend it to friends? Heck yes; already have.

WVBfoodie (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on April 24, 2014

We went for the restaurant week menu, my mussel starter was great, big and juicy mussels full of flavor. And the broth was perfect for the toast. The grouper was cooked to perfection, and the chocolate pate was dense and silky, heavenly indeed.

mormor (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on April 24, 2014

Food was excellent. Our server was attentive and did an excellent job of getting our food to us quickly as we told him we had theater tickets that evening. I found the chairs very uncomfortable (used my purse as a back pillow which helped some), but my husband didn't agree. Would like to go back an evening when we have more time to enjoy the food.