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About Amuse Restaurant

We seek the finest ingredients, utilizing organic, small-producer items. Shaded outdoor dining in summer months. Voted Best New, Oregon 2002 by Northwest Palate.

15 North First Street
Ashland, OR 97520
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Wednesday-Sunday: 5:30-9:00pm

Cross Street:
North Main

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(541) 488-9000

Website:
http://www.amuserestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Public lot and street parking also available.

Executive Chef:
Erik Brown

Private Party Facilities:
Small dining room seats up to 14 people. Patio seats up to 35 people.

Private Party Contact:
Jamie North: (541) 488-9000

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Amuse Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

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Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for a Date (11)
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Good for Anniversaries (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romantic (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Cozy (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Authentic (5)
Organic (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Healthy (4)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was phenomenal and the experience was fantastic. Definitely a great date night or special occasion dinner spot!

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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was amazing and the staff were attentive and friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Portland)·Dined 3 days ago

Very nice quaint establishment. Excellent service and outstanding food

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were second time visitors to Amuse. Wonderful service and cuisine.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Hot Spot, Organic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Certainly among Ashland's best restaurants, if not the best. All dishes are aesthetically pleasing and cooked to perfection. Portions are generous. I had monkfish with a cauliflower reduction sauce. It was excellent. It ought to be good. The chef is cordon-bleu trained.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Amuse serves good bistro food in a nice environment delivered by a competent and friendly staff. The prices are high, and not commensurate with the potential of the dishes. It would be easy for a party of two to incur a tab for <$250,00, with wine, and ordering servings from each of the 4 different courses. I noticed that many tables around us ordered only two to three courses, keeping the tab within greater reason. Regardless, I would rate the taste of the food a "B", at best. Originality a "B". The presentation an "A", and service an "A". Amuse is a pleasant, intimate restaurant with a bit of an upscale menu which makes for a nice place for a special event.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Spectacular!!

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Ambience was awkward, tight quarters where you felt like you were sitting at the next persons table. You could hear every conversation going on. Dinner was prepared well but not that exciting. Dates with blue cheese and balsamic is not very original, just saying. Gnocchi was over salted, swordfish, not overdone but bland.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Always wonderful! Our server was the best and the food was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Meal of the year!!!!

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The last few years we've spent New Years Eve (which is also our anniversary) here. Occasionally we think about going somewhere else, but always end up deciding to come to Amuse. They never disappoint!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Ashland ~ and it was as wonderful as always. It's my special occasion go-to place....

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Always amazing!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amuse is by far our favorite restaurant in Ashland. it's pricey but well worth it. Top quality, elegant and delicious French bistro cooking, impeccable service (thanks Tristan!), the most delicious grilled Ribeye you'll find here or anywhere. One plea: PLEASE BRING BACK THE SHOESTRING FRIES!!! :)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Amuse is excellent in every way. Scrumptious, healthy, beautifully prepared and presented food, friendly and attentive service, warm ambience. The scallops are terrific and the warm chocolate dessert with coffee ice-cream is to die for.

Tags: Disabled Access, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Amuse was fantastic! It was recommended to us by the owners of the Inn we were staying at we were so impressed. On Thursday they have a three course dinner for $42 which a outstanding price. The food was delicious and they are vegetarian friendly!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 3, 2017

After hearing about Amuse being overpriced with small portions, we finally decided to try the restaurant for our anniversary. Well, all I can say is it was one of our top dining experiences in Ashland. The restaurant ranks right up there with our favorite Alchemy at the Winchester Inn. Creative combinations, refined flavors and beautiful presentations and, no, I didn't leave hungry or broke...

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Our main courses were good, but both were too salty. Our salads and dessert were very good. Considering the price, I expect better. Amuse has nice atmosphere, a good wine list, and good service. It is a nice place for a special occasion. If you are watching your salt intake, you might want to ask the chef to go easy on the salt.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We've come to planning our periodic drives between Seattle and Southern California around a stop in Ashland, principally so we can stop for dinner here. We've never had even a moderately fine meal here: its always been wonderful.

On our latest dinner, I chose the trout, feeling like rolling the dice. So many places that offer trout on the menu manage to mangle it, over-sauce it to hide old fish, overcook it to dust, or in some way make me regret trying it. This time I was rewarded with the best piece of succulent, fresh, and perfectly cooked trout I have ever eaten. The flesh was juicy and flavorful, not at all fishy, while the skin was crispy and oh so tasty. Absolutely perfect!

The wine list is always a delight, with many lovely choices. The Chablis we chose was a perfect match for our dinner.

And of course, the beignets were perfect.

The staff is always gracious, despite mostly working their tails off to be sure to get everyone out the door for the start of their live show somewhere in town. When you come to eat around 6-7, the place is packed, and empties out at 7:30 as people head off to the play of the evening.

We try to schedule our dinner reservation for around 7:30-8PM, so we can catch the restaurant as they're recovering from the pre-show rush, and the place is nearly empty. but even during their peak hours, they're all welcoming and helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I was a single diner, lucky enough to find one last ticket to a play I wanted to see. The hostess seated me at a nice table, and my waiter was there within minutes. Unfortunately, I became the invisible diner after my order was taken. Once my dinner was set before me by another member of the wait staff, I sat with empty glasses of wine and water for over 15 minutes. My waiter walked to the larger tables, right past my table, all evening long and never made an effort to check on me. I finally got up from my table and asked the hostess to send a waiter to my table. Fortunately, a waitress attended to my needs. I had to wave down my waiter at the end of the meal to get a bill. Terrible treatment of a single diner! I will not be back.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Amuse has consistently great menu and knowledgeable and friendly service. Wine selections emphasize local producers and the dining room is charming. We try to dine there whenever we’re in Ashland.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Overall a great restaurant. Pricing is a bit high, even for a fine dining establishment. More wine list options under $40 would be appreciated

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is as close to a Michelin star restaurant as you will get in Ashland. It is perfect for celebrating important occasions. Everything was perfect with our meals.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We try to get to Amuse whenever we visit Ashland. We have never been disappointed. The creativity that goes into the preparation and the quality of the outcome are a treat every time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 13, 2017

don't leave without getting an order of the beignets for desert. They were authentic and delicious. The game hen was excellent, as was the pork loin and salmon. For the quality of what comes out of the kitchen, the price is very reasonable. We've been in NYC four times over the past 5 months and a meal like the one we had at Amuse would easily be 4-5 x as much.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Exceptional restaurant that never disappoints. A must dining experience for every Ashland trip

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We live near this restaurant - and had looked through its window - but had not eaten there before. It looked romantic & intimate so when a special occasion (birthday) came around, we decided to try it. It proved to be all that we'd hoped for - decent wine list, interesting appetizers and main courses, wonderful desserts. The ambiance was great - close and cozy without being confining or noisy. And the service was impeccable. A price point fully commensurate with its quality but probably one a little too high for everyday dining.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wonderful last minute dinner option when I couldn't get tickets to a Shakespeare Festival show that night I'd planned to attend. Instead, researched dining options and came across Amuse - so glad that I did. Terrific meal, service and taste.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We always enjoy eating at Amuse. The food is beautifully presented and they always offer fresh, delicious and creative selections.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We love Amuse. Great food, and they will always accommodate our dietary needs (including being grain free), fabulous wait staff, excellent food preparation (even when modifying the recipes to accommodate us), wonderful outdoor dining rear courtyard.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The indoor ambience is rather plain, but the food is quite good. Fresh salad, a deliciously different take on calamari (not deep fried), pillowy, lucious gnocchi and flavorful salmon. Service was also exemplary.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We've been to Amuse at least twice before, although it has been about six years since our last visit. The menu wasn't very interesting, and seemed almost unchanged. The meal itself was unexciting. Service was lackluster: sparkling water was finally brought on the third request, we had to rush our main course since we had theatre tickets (the staff was aware). The prices were high enough that I would have expected at least more attention and energy in the food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

This was our third visit to Amuse and we are never disappointed. Chef/owner Erik Brown continues to create outstanding dishes with fresh ingredients. The service is exceptional without being formal. This is our favorite restaurant in Ashland!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Amuse Never disappoints! We have come to Amuse periodically for 15 years and love it every time!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

What a wonderful restaurant. Food, service, and ambience were fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I have been to Amuse several times and I've never been disappointed.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

VERY DISAPPOINTING experience.
Service was inattentive, unaccommodating, and uninformed. Overall, unprofessional, therefore, quite a change from past dining at Amuse.
Server stated that chef/owner has a "new policy" of "absolutely no substitutions ". Refused to substitute or hold any accompanying sides , was absolutely insensitive to dietary needs or preferences. Stated that the chef is "too busy" to do this anymore.
Apparently this policy is very new as it was not stated on menu on web site nor on menu posted for the day.
Apparently the chef/owner reserves the right to substitute as he sees fit. The appetizer I was served did match the server's description. Her response was that "he does that".
There was no one "available" other than our server with whom to discuss our experience. Server said she would pass our comments along to chef/owner when he's not busy.
Prior to this experience we have enjoyed stellar food and service at Amuse since it opened 17 years ago. We generally visit Ashland several times a year, have enjoyed Amuse at least once at every visit, have recommended Amuse to others many times. We cannot recommend it to anyone at this time, and only hope that the chef/owner ceases to be "too busy" to provide customers with a pleasant dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Very pleasant evening. Great food and accommodating to dietary needs.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Amuse's reputation for outstanding food is richly deserved. Although the tables are very closely spaced, the window tables are fun and actually feel much less snugly spaced because of the light, at least in summer. We worried about service when so many of us were seated at the same time (6:00) but the staff obviously is used to it and we received excellent service. The lovely white table clothes and elegant table settings heighten the sense of a special occasion.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

I always have a meal at Amuse everytime I'm in Ashland. It is one of my favorites.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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