Dallas >Food & Dining > Amuse Restaurant
1326 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX | Directions 7521532.768004 -96.795750
Mon. - Sat. 11am - 10pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Cedar Crest
On our last visit to Dallas, a local recommended Amuse. We tried it and had a thoroughly enjoyable meal and evening. The menu selection was more than adequate with a nice wine list. Our server was attentive and answered all our questions. Parking was convenient and secure. We now urge friends visiting Dallas to give it a try because Amuse offers an outstanding meal at a reasonable price.
Quite frankly, Amuse Restaurant and Lounge changed my life. – Okay... So maybe that is pushing it a little but the food here will make you see heavenly visions. Not so much in that psychodelic mushroom sort of a way, but more like in a "Robert Tilton put your hand on the screen and pray with me" kind of way. I have been to Amuse a good number of times since they opened last year and I have yet to find something I did not enjoy. My favorite is the Lamb Shank. We are talking Fred Flintstone sized bone-in shank that is tender, juicy, and melts in your mouth with a perfect touch of mediterranean spices. This thing is bigger than Barry Bonds' head but I am sure it tastes much better. It comes with a cous-cous laced with almonds and golden rasins along with tangine spiced veggies. Do yourself a favor and take some of this home with you to make cold lamb sandwiches for lunch. That way you will be able to enjoy an appetizer of Mussles in a Chorizo and White Wine broth, an Endive Salad with crunchy walnuts and dried apples, and a S'mores Fondue for dessert. Guys, order the S'mores because it will seal the deal, if you know what I mean... Homemade graham crackers dusted with powedered sugar served with a bowl full of rich, sweet, thick chocolate sauce that is then topped with marshmallow cream. Then they take fire to this thing and toast the marshmallow. None of this can even be thought about without booze. Of course, I can't roll out of bed without booze. I kid. Anyway, it's the first thing any waiter asks you when he get's to the table. What can I bring you to drink? The answer has to be the Strawberry Basil Mojito. This place loves their mojitos as well they should because they make you want to apologize to everyone you have even wronged in your life. The Strawberry Basil is made with fresh strawberries, mint, basil, Ten Cane Rum, and ginger ale. That is great to get you started but when that Lamb Shank arrives you will want to get a bottle of Broquel Malbec to pair with. I once was lost and now I am found... at Amuse
great brunch, fun lunch and favorite Tuesday Night 1/2 Price Burgers – My first experience was at brunch on my birthday December 2006. I always wanted to order steak and eggs at some point in life. It always sounds good on TV. I loved it perfect steak and they actually listened when I said well done. eggs over easy and a non alcoholic bloody mary. The waiter made me the perfect blend eventhough i could have made my own. The portion was so big I took half home with me. My second experience was for dinner we ordered the ceaser tacos as appetizers. This is their signature dish, as we were crunching and munching the table catty-cornered to us ordered them as well. This set off a domino effect. The table behind us got them and the table three down from us as well. They are yummy. Then we ordered our burgers. My friend had the blue chesse and I had the, well I made my own burger. I had bacon, cheddar cheese and bar-be-cue sauce. That was heavenly, and I am a burger a day kinda girl. I love burger night so much that i put it on myspace calendar. Yesterday I had lunch there. I don't usually eat that much for lunch so I ordored appetizer combo style. I had the ceasar tacos, salmon cones and salmon croquettes. Now I'm not a big fish eater but these were great. The best part was meeting the chef Jesse Gentile, he was very accommodating with my appetizer combo style ordering. I'm even thinking about having my rehearsal dinner there.
Great relaxed place – I love this place!! I feel like I can stop by anytime and get a bit to eat. It is not stuffy here and the staff is very knowledgeable about the food and the wine list. I love the fact they accomidate my vegetarian diet. The place makes me feel welcomed and relaxed. Parking is very easy as there is a lot right outside the door. I love to sit on the patio and look at downtown Dallas and sip and mojito which they make very very very well. I can bring anyone there and they love it.
If you want a resturant that is relaxed and has great food and service then this a must try. If you just want to stop by and get a little something then sit in the bar area and order from the tapas menu. The goat cheese tapas are my absolute favorite!
great hang out – I have to say I was quite impressed with this venue, even though it is not typically a place i would choose to go. My experiences at Amuse have been some of the best times i have had in a restaurant. The service was unparralled, the food was outstanding, and the atmosphere was right on the money. My favorite thing about this place was definately the staff, I have never been so welcomed in a place like I have here. The bartender made a great drink, my favorite is definately a manhattan, and the ones I reveive here are some of the best I have had. The waitstaff here is also some of the most attentive and friendly that I have come in contact with. My favorite dish at Amuse is definately the ahi tuna nicoise. It is perfectly rare and served with carmalized onion mashed potatoes, french beans, tomatoes, and olives. I highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys good food and good people because this place has the best of both.
I love this place – Amuse is one of my all time favorite restaurants. I ate there for the first time a year and a half ago and have been back every week since then. The atmosphere is hip, yet intimate and very comfortable. They have a large lounge area with different seating arrangements. It's a great place to meet friends after work and share a few tapas and cocktails. My favorite drink is their cherry limeade. It's like a Sonic cherry limeade, but with a kick. The staff is friendly and the service is great. I love everything on the menu that I've tried so far and I've tried a lot of different things. Their endive salad is fantastic. The candied walnuts and dried apples are the perfect finishing touch. Their gnocchi is the best I've ever had. It's light and not doughy at all. The sundried tomato baby mushroom cream sauce is out of this world. Their burger rocks and you can get it for half price every Tuesday along with $3 martinis. My favorite desserts are the beignets with chocolate sauce and the funnel cake. It's like the state fair version only better. They have plenty of free parking. It's located in an up and coming neighborhood, but I feel safe there even at night. I feel safer there than I do on Greenville Avenue or in Deep Ellum. I can't recommend this place enough, but don't take my word for it. Try it yourself.
Pretty good dinner ; Awesome Brunch – I've been to amuse once for dinner and drinks. They serve various types of tapas and over all they were pretty good. Their mojitos were passion fruit flavored, which I didn't like but my friends did. I really don't like that area of night, which is the South Side of Lamar. The new Dallas Police HQ is right next door but still, I'd just rather not venture out in that area at night which probably made me not very comfortable at dinner. As far as brunch goes, I would highly recommend it! Portions are good and they have a Turkey and Brie Cheese breakfast taco that was absolutely wonderful. They serve a type of olive oil baked pita bread at the table which is nice. If you and your brunch guests are of the drinking persuasion you'll like that they have $1 frozen regular and strawberry margaritas, bottomless mimosas for $7 and a bloody mary bar. The bloody mary bar is no where near as elaborate as Ozonas but it's fair. Service is fair. I've been there only three times and one time my party and I had to stand around before I flagged someone down to see if they'd be serving us. The other two times service was great.
Worst experience – To start the hostess that set us down acted really weired. We order our drinks and it took us about 30 min. to receive them. There was another table set of 10 people, given drinks and feed before we were able to order our food. The waiter was not attentive nor was he NICE. He acted as if he was working another job while serving a total of seven people on our table and we were disturbing him. In fact, when we wanted to pay, after being there for two hours, we had to give our money to another waiter to clear us out. The food was awful. The soup was cold. No one finished their plates and it wasn't because they were full.
THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE WERE THE CANDLES, THEY WERE PRETTY.
Very unique flavor combos – Atmosphere - old school mod. Fun, busy, spaced well (although small), nice lounge area, very small bar.
Food - chicken soup was very nice blend of flavors - not overpowering or bland. Mussels appetizer was very good - the chorizo added surprising palate bender. Chicken fried portobello mushroom was excellent, not over-battered. BBQ Osso bucco was tender, flavorful and hearty served on bed of chorizo mashed potatos which are quite addictive - overall great entree. Smores dessert was just ok - Graham crackers were not crunchy enough and choclate sauce cooled very quickly. Only one entree was over $20, entrees were between $9 and $19. Wine list was organized by price, easy to read, priced affordably for a restaurant and had nice selections. Looking forward to a return visit to try other interesting menu options.
Late-night menu and Southside on Lamar location draw trendy downtown revelers. – In Short
Culinary wunderkind Doug Brown of Beyond the Box catering and takeout fame is behind this contemporary lounge and restaurant. A cool color palate of sky blue, celadon, blond wood, and brushed steel lends a mellow feel. Starters include shrimp shots spiked with tomato, avocado and horseradish. Bleu cheese fried chicken is served with brown sugar beans and apple slaw sides. Save room for warm beignets.
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