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“Suitable breakfast” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Amuse

Amuse
70 Essex Way, Essex, VT 05452
802-764-1489
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Ranked #10 of 54 restaurants in Essex
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American, European
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Amuse offers sophisticated dining in a casual restaurant atmosphere. Our menu draws inspiration from the finest local, seasonal ingredients, provided by the region's finest purveyors and harvested from our own organic gardens. We take great care in preparing your selection, to highlight the textures and flavors inherent to each element. Reservations are suggested.
Massachusetts
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83 reviews 83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Suitable breakfast”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We choose to have breakfast at Amuse our first morning. We expected something more extravagant, and although it was good (we chose the buffet), it was just ok. The menu choices didn't look that exciting so that's why we chose the buffet.

Visited April 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Ringoes, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Delicious!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Delicious and innovative menu, featuring local and organic vegetables and herbs grown onsite. Tasting menu is fabulous, as is the breakfast. Upscale and chic but not at all stuffy.

Visited July 2012
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Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good food, beautifully presented.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

After a day of cooking classes and then spa & massage at the Essex Resort we topped it off with a light but wonderful, creative dinner. Wish I could have ordered more!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vermont
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Almost a great experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

My husband and I took our daughters to Easter brunch at Amuse. We used to go there for brunch when it was formerly the Tavern and Butler's and we loved it. We were happy to see the same type of great selections available for brunch, from peel and eat shrimp and crab to a delicious veggie struedel and an amazing dessert table (actually there were three dessert tables). The atmosphere is very pretty and the service was fine although all they did was bring drinks. However, I expected prices close to what they used to be (so I didn't ask when I made reservations) but I was shocked when I saw brunch was $35 per adult and $19 per child. The selections were not upscale enough to warrant that and my kids are never going to eat $20 worth of brunch food. But it was a nice meal so I got over it until we were told that 22% automatic gratuity was added on to our bill! Twenty-two percent for service that only brought drinks! (By the way, many drinks were not included in the brunch price.) I then found out from one of the servers that they were only given 10% of the tip anyway. I've been fortunate enough to eat at other upscale restaurants and I've tipped well, but this was ridiculous. The next time I consider going to Amuse I'll definitely look at the prices first so I'm not shocked on the way out.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Haven, Connecticut
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112 reviews 112 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Really Great Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

This was the highlight of our recent stay at the Essex Resort. We opted for the four course meal for $60. Started with the roasted pumpkin salad, then to the lobster risotto, and then the scallops served with a lemon aoioli on top of potato cakes. My dessert was a waffle with blackberry compote, maple ice cream, topped with bacon (holy crap!). The service was fantastic, and the decor was modern chic without all of the snobby, pretentious, hipster feel. We came back for the "Amusing Hour" the next day, which is basically where you sit down in front of the chef and he makes small plates with local ingredients (all for $10). You must visit this place if you're staying at the Essex Resort.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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