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About Amuse

Enjoy your favorite New England classics at Amuse Restaurant where our chef is creating a culinary experience from fresh fried codfish sandwich to our signature smoked salmon fillet with crimson lentil broth. Amuse Restaurant serves New England classic cuisine to inspire our locale and can be reserved for private dining groups of 10 to 100 guests for corporate and social occasions.

20 Sidney Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 pm
Breakfast Weekends
Sat, Sun 7:00 am–12:00 pm
Bar
Daily 12:00 pm–12:00 am
Lunch and Dinner
Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Massachusetts

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 494-0011

Website:
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien/property/dining/index.html?propertyID=3253

Parking Details:
Amuse offers parking in a garage located adjacent to the Hotel. For your convenience, valet parking is available at a discounted rate.

Public Transit:
From Boston: Take MBTA red line to Central Square station. Exit to street, then cross Mass Ave. Go left 3 blocks & take first right after fire station onto Sidney Street. Walk down 1 block & entrance to Sidney's Grille is left on Green Street.
From Harvard Square-Alewife: Same as above except stay on same side of street upon exit.

Executive Chef:
Martin Quinn

Private Party Facilities:
Private room setting separate from main restaurant features floor to ceiling windows and unique, commissioned wall murals. Suitable for corporate lunches, anniversary parties, rehearsal dinners, showers and more. Accommodates groups of up to 40 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Catering Department: (617) 551-0312

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Daily 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 11:30PM

Amuse Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.0

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

50% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2011

very very friendly staff.. homey.. interesting array of wonderful salads

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2011

maitre d',manager and the whole staff was very nice.
i wanted some of the real roasted bird,i was a little disappointed
the desserts could have been a little better .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2011

We were there for Thanksgiving at lunch time and the buffet was outstanding!! Will seriously consider it a strong contender against our home cooking. Options for appetizers left us making tough choices, but the apple cider pumpkin soup was excellent. The turkey was exquisite, and it was but one of four meat options, so all meat lovers were rejoicing. Desserts were great, with so many delicious options! It was very quiet at that time of the day and the serving stations were well laid out for everyone's enjoyment. Kudos on lots of healthier and vegetarian options. We were all especially delighted by the stuffing... it tasted like heaven!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on September 25, 2011

Entrees don't come with sides ( have to pay extra). Lobster mac & cheese and pork tenderloin fine but seem expensive for what you are getting. Mostly empty on a Sunday night

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 (New England)·Dined on September 5, 2011

Sidney's Grille is wonderful place to have brunch! For only $17.50 per person, one can feast on a delicious buffet of eggs made-to-order, a variety of baked goods, fresh fruit, bacon, french toast, home fries and more! The restaurant is located in a beautiful hotel. The food is worth every penny!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 14, 2011

The scenic view is urban but cool. The interior is very cool.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2011

The staff was all very friendly and the food was OK, but service was disorganized. The kids chose the buffet while the adults had the menu, which was nice. Salads were creative and good. My salmon teriyaki was fine but unremarkable, and desserts were good. My wife's entree was overcooked and bland from sitting under a heat lamp for twenty minutes. And that was part of the problem. We got our drinks immediately, then had to wait twenty-five minutes for salads because things were "backed up." Then we had the long wait for entrees. And this happened while the place was half full. Open, loud, cafeteria-like ambiance. It's surely fine for casual dining in the neighborhood, but there are better options if you're making a trip.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2011

Good for handicapped clients since there is a ramp to get into the restaurant directly and a good amount of space between tables, so easy to maneuver a walker. Good breakfast/brunch buffet selection, but they were not prepared for the amount of people that came. Service was muddled and food trays stayed empty for long periods.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 23, 2011

We were the only dinner customers in an empty space. It felt weird. We chose to eat here because of the proximity to the theater we were attending that night. I wouldn't go back, even though the food was fine.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 19, 2010

iSidney's is a barn of a space with a cafeteria like atmospher and a very rude wait staff. The food was good hotel grade with nothing special or memorable other than the terrible service and dreary atmosphere. We thought that a restaurant at a Le Merdian hotel would at least have an interesting menu and were shocked by the horrible attitude of the staff. Not worth a second trip.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2010

DON"T GO - Four of us arrived at 6:PM on a Saturday nite and there was literally no one else there except staff. We hesitated but decided to stay- big mistake. The waiter was rude and surly. The greet told us to pick any table we liked (reasonable)but the waiter objected to where we sat down. We had to flag the waiter down at every junction, and coming back to check on the food, more drinks, etc. was out of the question. The final straw was that the waiter added a 20% gratuity to the bill! we walked the bill up to the bar to question it and were told the mistake was made because he "used the wrong computer!"

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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2010

We went here for brunch and got excellent oatmeal and very good eggs with salmon. The side order of toast was great, but the home fries were overly greasy and mushy. The only major concern we had was that the atmosphere wasn't the greatest -- there were only a handful of people in the restaurant, but the background music and the TVs playing in the background were way too loud. Still, overall, this was a pleasant experience -- and fairly priced, too.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2010

Food was good but ambiance was like a cafeteria. Wouldn't go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 9, 2010

Great experience for upscalse (yet affordable) family breakfast. Plentiful buffet includes all made to order options and great Kids price. Will be back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2010

I made the reservation after looking at their menu online. It looked so good. We walked in to the restaurant, and we were the only ones there! I was suprised because it seemed like a beautiful place! The server was attentive. And the food was great!!! Even my boyfriend who is a picky eater really enjoyed his steak (which you cant go wrong with!) I had the lobster mac and cheese, which I devoured!!! I would definitely go again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2009

I never understand why this restaurant with very good food and very reasonable prices is never crowded for dinner. Four of us had an excellent dinner there and the retaurant was nearly empty. The service was excellent (as always), the drinks were fine, and yet the dining room was empty. I recommend this restaurant for the food, the drinks and ambiance, and the service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2009

The atmosphere was non-pressured, relaxed, and friendly. The food presentation was impressive in that it was on counters and tables around an open kitchen. Interested in cooking, I was able to meet the chef and even have a picture taken with him in front of the restaurant entrance. Lastly, the food made the meal. There were many more selections than the standard Thanksgiving fare. I particularly enjoyed the various seafood selections, asparagus flan with duck confit, sliced breast of turkey with marvelous stuffing, and finished off my meal with a small plate of fruit torte and pecan pie. The house red wine was unexpectantly smooth and tasty. Thanksgiving buffet at Sidney's Grille was a perfect choice.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2009

The best holiday buffet we've ever been too. We're from Colorado and our typical brunch is typical food. Although there was the typical carving board of turkey, the giblet gravy and spiced yams were wonderful. There was this asperagus duck flan that was awesome and short ribs too. I heard the chef talking to a customer and that he used to work for MGM which might be the reason for such a nice eclectic offering.
The restaurant itself is in the main dining/bar area of LeMeridien hotel but it's modern and the atmosphere was nie. Ended up spending Thanksgiving night at the hotel and it was a great room too. Had late night bite and drinks after a movie on Thanksgiving night and was really happy with the bartender and appetizers.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2009

Nice place have gone for brunch for Thanksgiving 3 years now. Staff is always very good with kids and attentive to us.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2009

Sidney's Grille has an expensive buffet brunch and the experience and service was TERRIBLE and one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had in Boston !!! The host was rude and yelled at his polite co-workers in front of guests. Then, as part of the buffet, you have to place your order at the egg/waffle/pancake station. The chefs couldn't remember anything you said to them and mixed up everyone's order. My friend had 2 omelettes - both of which were not what she ordered. Worse, guests have to pick up the food from the kitchen counter and do not know what is theirs so you end up waiting a LONG time for food. Our waiter gave us the bill before we even had our meals. DO NOT waste your money or your time here !!! Horrifying experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 7, 2009

Servers were unable to answer questions about the menu or make recommendations. Our server barely spoke to us the entire evening, and yet the restaurant was mostly empty (on a Friday night). However, the food was pretty good, and the complimentary platter of bread and dipping oils/hummus/garlic butter was a very nice touch.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2009

I never understand why this restaurant is not more crowded. The food is very good, service is excellent, and prices are reasonable. We have never been disappointed with a meal at the Sidney (and you can decide at the last minute that you want to dine there). I highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2009

My overall experience was enjoyable, but I think this is a better place for business lunches or a Mother's Day event rather than a party.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2009

Always had good food there. Never seen it busy. Went on a graduation weekend where other places would be too crowded and too noisy. Sidney's was perfect. Disappointed that Le Meridien took out all the cool MIT decorations and replaced it with typical hotel furnishings. Glad to see that the food wasn't also made blander.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 25, 2009

Very inventive and tasty food -- from the complimentary (and very flavorful) bread basket with dipping sauces to the entrees (fish dishes were especially good) and sides (try the roasted asparagus and asiago) all the way through to dessert (a wonderful orange flavored tiramisu).

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 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2009

Our lunch at Sidney's was very good. Our waiter was very attentive as was the rest of the staff. Everything we asked for appeared in a moment's notice with smiles. I ordered the salmon, the accompaniment was a small 1/2 tomato. I ordered a side of fries - it seems to me that Sidney's could add a scoop of rice or a few roasted potatoes to go with it, it might round out the dish.

Other than that everything was fine.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2009

Very good salads. Menu items were too salty. Service was a little inattentive and water glasses were not refilled.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2009

The food was excellent and well-prepared and the wait staff were very friendly. The decor was very modern. A small gripe was that the restaurant noises seemed to bounce off the high ceilings, making it a bit noisier than it should have been.

The service, especially between the first course and the main entree was very slow. I don't know if it was because of being short-staffed or it just took a long time to cook the meals. My best guess is that it's a fairly new restaurant and they're getting the kinks out.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2009

The food was excellent and the setting was pleasant but the service was terrible. Needed to ask repeatedly to have water refilled and the waiter never came back after taking our order. Was very disappointed in the service.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2009

We had a very pleasant meal on our special occasion. The pace was very relaxed, which was fine for a special occasion, but on a regular night would have been too slow. The atmosphere was very pleasant as were the staff. It was a great last minute find when the usual haunts were booked. The food was very fresh and well prepared. The presentation was excellent. I had a wonderful seafood cocktail which was like an elegant Ceviche on top of spicy Guacamole. My main entre was a Sea Bass, which was elegantly prepared. But I felt that the dish had too many elements which detracted from the excellent fish. I ordered everything with no milk or butter, but I was not confident about my order (the fish tasted of butter).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2009

For a hotel restaurant, it was actually a good choice for valentines dinner with the ladies. Would definitely come back and the food as well as the wine was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2008

- fresh pancakes, belgian waffles, and omelettes made to order are included in the 16.95 brunch buffet.
- lovely waffles and eggs.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2008

This was an okay hotel resturant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2008

Service was lacking. After sitting for about 10 mins, someone brought us bread and asked if anyone had taken a drink order. When we said no, he walked away. The waiter approached the table silently and we had to speak the first word. He asked if he could get us started with drinks, but we were wondering if he would have ever spoken if we didn't make the first move.

The silent waiter was awkward, but the food made up for it. Except, don't expect the "Boneless" cornish hen to be boneless... it's not.

Limited wines by the glass selection as well.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2008

For dining in a hotel, this was a very nice experience! Although a few items, coffee for example, were unusually overpriced, (4.50 per cup!!!), the overall experience was fine, since we were going to theater nearby, we could walk from the restaurant. The food itself was very good, the service also. We were there quite early for dining, since we had to get to the theater, so that the setting overall was very quiet, but one large party first at the bar, and then over to the dining area, was quite loud, so I wonder just how quiet it would remain when filled. The acoustics I suspect are not good, no sound absorbing mechanisms, so that perhaps it is better to go a little early.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2008

We went early in the evening which may have been the reason it was quiet. But the food was wonderful and the pace was leisurely.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on May 24, 2008

It seems no-one knows about the restaurant in Le Meridien in Cambridge. At least, it was almost empty last holiday weekend. Undeservedly so, the food is good, the cocktails great and the service excellent. We had a great time.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 11, 2008

Our server, Wagner, was kind and attentive. Everyone of the wait staff was friendly and smiling. The food was excellent, especially the duck confit...best I have ever had...Will visit again and again. Google directions before you go. Very near MIT and roads there can be confusing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 11, 2008

Went for mother's day brunch at 12:15 and there was no breakfast food. don't know if the steak and mash potatoes was really as gross as it seemed or whether it was because I was expecting breakfast food. Also online their menu says brunch buffet is breakfast food and $13/ person...they did not mention that it was dinner food for $35/ person. I really felt ripped off when I spent so much $ and ate almost nothing.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2008

They doubled their prices since last Easter, which I would have liked to have known before going. Also, they included an 18% gratuity on a party of 5 without telling us, we saw it on the bill when it arrived. I would not have tipped 18% for the service, the waiter and chefs talked amongst themselves, to find out what the food on the buffet was, you had to hope to catch someone's attention. It would have been helpful to have had signs out for all of the food items, since we had a pescetarian in our group. I will not be returning in the future, unless the prices match the quality and service, which they do not.

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