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Permanently Closed - Amuse

4.2
306 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Butcher Burgers, formerly known as Amuse, offers a full menu of burger options, hence the name. Those in Westfield, New Jersey will enjoy the quality that being locally sourced lends to the dazzling array of burger choices. For the non-burger lover, the menu also has a handful of vegetarian burgers, other sandwiches and salads.

The burgers at Butcher Burgers are far from ordinary. Imaginative options include a lamb burger, breakfast burger, surf and turf burger and shrimp burger. Some of the burgers are made with Angus beef, whereas others are Kobe beef. Toppings include everything from crayfish to foie gras. Vegetarians will love the portabella burger which is vegan and gluten free. Butcher Burgers also offers specialty milkshakes and amazing desserts.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday: 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(908) 317-2640
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
C.J. Reycraft, Jr.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Quimby St.
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Parking details
There are lots available by the Westfield Train Station and throughout the downtown area. Westfield does not charge for parking after 7pm or on Sundays.
Additional
BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on January 30, 2016

It was a bit noisy, but food was wonderful. Banana pudding is exceptional.
Twist on escargot which was very good. Salmon was cooked perfectly. Risotto was fabulous.
BYOB which is my favorite.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2016

This place is so amazing we keep going back. The staff is very knowledgeable about the menu, the atmosphere is pleasant and food is to die for!

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2016

a consistantly good restaurant with friendly wait staff. never disappoints.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2015

The restaurant was pleasant and welcoming. Our server was helpful with our questions regarding the menu. Everyone enjoyed the escargot appetizer as well as the entrees of duck confit and rib steak. Unfortunately, desserts turned out to be somewhat disappointing, particularly with the lemon tart, as the shell was still frozen and as hard as a rock.

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1.0Dined on December 30, 2015

Chef/Owner not cooking but working the podium. He needs a lesson in front of the house big time. Ordered steak medium and it came well done, no one ever came to ask how the entrees were. Maybe they knew it was overcooked and didn't want to take a chance of having to remake it. Don't know but not going back.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2015

Enjoyed meeting friends here for a catch-up visit. Lunch was delicious -- Croque Madame, omelette, chicken sandwiches all excellent. A little disappointed in American coffee but cappuccino was great!

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3.0Dined on December 18, 2015

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was just okay. Things look good on the menu but didn't live up to expectations. Steak tartare was mixed with what I believe to be mayonnaise, very slimy and just tasted like roast beef cut up with mayo. Was supposed to be served with pomme frites which I have typically seen be fries or fried potato, but this was lattice potato chips. Thankfully the waitress gave us the heads up that if you want something medium well, go for medium since they tend to over cook. The medium was more like well done. Duck was luke warm and not very flavorful. Overall it was just "okay" . Would not pay full price. Luckily had a coupon. Biggest benefit was that they are a byob.

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3.0Dined on December 2, 2015

Service and food were very good. We were there on a very quiet night with only two tables of diners. Onion soup was okay. Scallops and coq au vin were excellent. Ambience is just okay plain not resembling a French bistro which is their menu.

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2.0Dined on November 27, 2015

Went to Amuse on the recommendation of family in Westfield. While the atmosphere was warm & welcoming, lively but not overly so, and the service was quite good, the food barely achieved mediocrity. We started with a crepe appetizer that our server recommended...unimpressive to the eyes or the palate. One of our party had the risotto...a monochromatic, bland to the senses, bowl of porridge. I had a perfectly cooked but somewhat fatty Steak Frites...the watercress was fresh with just the right amount of a nice vinaigrette All in, it was not a bad meal, but topping out above $100 for 2 at a BYO restaurant, certainly not a good value.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2015

My husband and I do enjoy every visit at Amuse. We will continue to go there. I have recommended this restaurant to many people, and they in return are quite pleased.

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2015

I've dined at Amuse several times over the past year. Each time, hoping to recreate the dining experience I had the very first time. Amuse touts itself as a French bistro owned and run by two Francophile chefs. Oddly, that passion for French food seems to have run out. For instance, the classic frisée salad is a giant dish of curly greens more reminiscent of a 70's Hippee's nether region than of a classic yet humble staple of French bistro fare. The steak frites now resembles meat you'd find at Tad's in Times Square. How sad. And finally, the $39 lamb chops. Grossly overpriced and extremely mediocre in flavor and presentation.

I return to Amuse hoping to be wowed by honest French bistro cooking. Cooking that'll evoke a childhood I never had. Unfortunately, the food is less than Amusing these days.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2015

Our third time there and the food is always excellent. The soufflé is amazing and worth ordering.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

We had a great evening here the food was so delicious! We also loved the little extras they gave in the beginning and end of the meal.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

My wife and I went to Amuse to celebrate our anniversary. We wanted someplace we hadn't tried before but, as parents of a newborn, we wanted someplace nice where our 1 month old wouldn't be out of place. Amuse was perfect. Take a lovely French bistro. Make it relatively kid friendly and the service much more cordial and attentive than you'll find in Paris. Now, add in a healthy portion of well-prepared fine dining and you have Amuse.

Amuse is a great restaurant among great restaurants and if you're looking for exceptional food in a casual environment, it will fit the bill in spades.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

The staff is friendly and on point! They can answer any menu/food question thoroughly and are very attentive. You feel like you are really being taken care of as a guest. The food is delicious! The burger is the best!

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2015

Service and food were both excellent. Was there on a Thursday night we were seated without delay. My wife and I enjoyed this Restaurant and put it on our list for a return visit.

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2015

Amuse, on the former site of Isabel's on Westfield's Elm Street restaurant row, is a relative new entry to the local scene. The food is French, with a small menu, extremely well-prepared with attentive service. BYOB. We've been here several times and it has been consistently good. The only quibble is the limited and not spectacular dessert menu. Where's the tarte tatin? Every French restaurant should have one.

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2.0Dined on October 28, 2015

Steak frites were subpar.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2015

We have dined at this restaurant several times but was here most recently to celebrate my birthday.
We were seated immediately and our wine was opened (byob). Orders were taken and shortly thereafter we were served a yummy amuse bouche. The appetizer of butternut squash soup was incredible as was my husbands goat cheese very salad. The scallops were cooked perfectly as was my rack of lamb. As tempting as their desserts looked, we were quite full.
The service was great and the pace between courses just right. A delicious meal!

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2015

We went for lunch and enjoyed it very much. The menu choices were great, and the food, service, and atmosphere were all very French. We would go back there again.

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3.0Dined on October 23, 2015

While the meal was good, it is hard to understand how a place runs out of Coq a vin at 7 pm on a Friday night and calls themselves a French bistro! Also, from the moment we sat down, we got the impression that this would not be a leisurely dining experience.After giving us the menu, the waitress came back within two or three minutes to ask if we were ready to order, we were not. The impression that delivered is that they want to turn tables but for NYC prices I think diners deserve a less stressful dining experience.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2015

Menu is innovative and exquisitely prepared. Scallops were perfect as was butternut squash puree. Piece de resistance - pumpkin souffle. Absolutely delicious. Will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2015

3 guests started with onion soup. I had parsnip soup-smooth but bland. Asked for extra bread-it finally came but it took a while. Main courses very. Two had fish special & 2 had coq a vin which was quite good. Soufflé (pumpkin) for Dessert hit the spot.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2015

The room is simple but the food was a combination of creative, complex favors. Service perfect.

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3.0Dined on October 16, 2015

We have been there in the past for Brunch a couple of times and it was great. Went for dinner recently and completely different experience. The soups were amazing (appetizers), but dinner not soo much. I went with a burger to be safe - it came out pretty rare (I ordered medium) and tasted a little gamey. Unfortunately our waiter never came back to our table so I couldn't even get it reheated. He didn't even come back to serve us our check, i needed to flag someone else down. My wife had the duck which was good, but nothing to rave about.

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4.0Dined on October 16, 2015

No immediate parking near the restaurant. I am not sure if there is parking infront of the restaurant for those with disability or seniors who cannot walk long distance to the municipal parking

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3.0Dined on October 16, 2015

One thing worth coming for was definitely the pumpkin souffle. I also enjoyed the appetizer crepes with shrimp and andouille sausage. The server was quite efficient and prompt. With try brunch next time.

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3.0Dined on October 10, 2015

Phenomenal pumpkin soufflé for dessert; steak frites and chicken paillard were barely passable. Scallops were very good.

Decent atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on October 10, 2015

We had the lamb chops and the steak, both were cooked perfectly to order with tasty sauces and delicious sides. The crepe appetizer was fantastic, with shrimp and sausage. We shared a sabayon on strawberries for a perfect dessert.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2015

My husband, myself, and another couple, dear friends, came during restaurant week 2015 and we were not disappointed. Both Kate, our server, and Jennifer, the reservation manager (?) made sure everything was wonderful. We are quite happy that we do not have to go to NYC to enjoy a fabulous meal. We especially appreciated the full menu offered at Amuse (3 courses for $45) during Restaurant week. The portions were their regular portions, too. There were many appetizers, entrees, and desserts to choose from and everyone was pleased. The "Amuse Bouche" is always fun to sample. We separately ordered 4 different appetizers: French Onion soup, and two different salads and my shrimp crepes were just the right beginning to our meal. I ordered the Salmon over braised fennel, my husband: the Coq au Vin, which he said fabulous, with tender chicken meat, vegetables in a delicious broth. Our friends ordered the Branzino which looked fabulous and the "Free Ranch Roasted Chicken" looked and smelled mouth-watering. The Dessert selection included (for an additional $8 each) the Pumpkin Souffle which two of us ordered, a selection of 3 sorbets (husband ordered), and the Profiteroles, which a food reviewer (Kate mentioned this to us) said were the best in New Jersey. There were a few entrees which has an additional charge of $8.00, like the Lamb entree, but almost all were available for the $45 Restaurant Week special. We love this place...even when it's not Restaurant Week! It is BYOB, and LIz brought a wonderful sparking white wine and the bubbly added a wonderful French touch to the meal. We added the Merlot "just in case" we needed more. It was perfect with the coq au vin and, surprisingly, also with my salmon!

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2.0Dined on September 29, 2015

The hostess was very nice and after that the service was awful. The food okay (really didnt like it but in all fairness I am a picky eater) The waiter was terrible never cleared off are bottels to my boyfriend ask him too... Never asked how are food was and really ignored us the whole time. Me and my boyfriend eat out all the time and we will never go back to this place. The dinner was $100.00 and we got 1 dollar service.... Would not reccomend to anyone

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2015

The souffle was amazing.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2015

Sitting outside on a lovely summer evening, my good friend and I enjoyed catching up while enjoying a fabulous and elegant dinner. All the Amuse servers were attentive and helpful. From the appetizers to the entrees, each was beautifully and deliciously presented. Whether celebrating a special occasion or just meeting a friend, Amuse is a gem in Westfield and is worth visiting again and again.

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2015

We had a good meal here on Sat night. My husband had escargot and scallops which he said were both delicious. I am a vegetarian and though there was not a veggie entre listed, after I asked the server he did say they could make either a dish with a variety of vegetables, or prepare the risotto special WITHOUT the pork. It was a bit bland, but good. My salad appetizer was excellent. The best part of the meal (for me) was the fabulous passion fruit soufflé.
All in all a very good meal. My only real issue (which I'm not sure the restaurant can control) were the very noisy people at the next table. We were seated outside. Ironically they had a toddler with them and she was very well behaved, but some people seem to think when they are outside their voices can rise to a level they would never use indoors. At a restaurant of this quality and price point, it was disconcerting and did take away from our overall experience.

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3.0Dined on August 14, 2015

The service was very good, although the restaurant was not very crowded on a night when surrounding places were packed. The crepe appetizer and duck confit were delicious! The basil risotto, however, was very bland. Overall, a "just Ok" dinner choice.

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2015

I must say that my cod was perfectly cooked, and they willingly substituted the sauce, as I am not a fan of garlick. However, the menu was much smaller than what appeared on the website. My husband's duck confit was good but nothing special. We had been thinking about their signature Grand Marnier souffle, but had to settle for a passion fruit souffle, which was very good. The dining room itself was ordinary. We were expecting a little more from the experience.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2015

Not knowing what to expect based on previous reviews but positively anticipating our dinner on a Sunday evening, we were surprised to find how much we enjoyed the experience. Westfield is a small but vibrant town with multi-cultural restaurants (Cuban, Japanese, ...) clustered on a couple of main streets. Amuse is a stand out dining experience, casual and unpretentious. The food was very good and the service was professionally polite. If you're in the neighborhood I highly recommend them.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2015

I should start by saying, the reason my girlfriend and I even found out about Amuse was because it used to be Isabellas (where we had our first date). For nostalgia.. We decided to go to Amuse for our anniversary. And boy are we glad we did. The food is incredible. Not only is the taste amazing, but so is the presentation. The wait staff is attentive. It's byob but they routinely make their rounds to refresh your glass. This isn't a quick dine and dash type place, be prepared to spend a little time. You won't sit down with the meal coming out in 3 minutes. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy an amazing meal

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2015

We attended the Amuse/Cool Vines Tour de France Bastille Day event. This was our first time dining with Amuse and won't be our last. What a great idea, what a great event. The food was amazing, the wine pairings offered by Cool Vines were delicious. I truly enjoyed the roasted beets with the subtle flavor contrast of the blue cheese and the mandarin orange. The Veal Skirt Steak was tender and alive on my palate and paired beautifully with the Bordeaux chosen by Cool Vines. Dessert was an absolute masterpiece, the caramel and chocolate poured over vanilla ice cream and pastries that was paired with a dry sparkling rose. La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2015

We went for the jazz brunch, with excellent music by the Lauren Shub Trio, which added to the ambiance. (They appear once a month.) The brunch menu is limited, but everything on it is very good. Amuse is a BYOB restaurant.

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