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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.
Ashland, OR 97520
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Wednesday-Sunday: 5:30-9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Public lot and street parking also available.
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
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Amuse Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!!! :)
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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