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About Amuse

Ideally located on Dawson Street, Amuse is a bijoux 40-seater restaurant owned and run by a couple, Joanna & Conor Dempsey. Conor leads the kitchen to create his own modern French-Asian style cuisine, unique in style to anywhere else in the city. The ambience in the restaurant is warm and friendly, with a professional and discreet service. An interesting and delightful wine list to complement the menus. Tasting Menus are the most popular way to enjoy this special place in the heart of Dublin!

22 Dawson Street
Dublin, Co. Dublin D02 Y336
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Dining style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French, Japanese

Hours of operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 12.30pm-3pm and 6pm-9.30pm

Dress code:
Smart Casual

Price range:
€51 and over

Payment options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(01) 639 4889

Website:
http://www.amuse.ie/

Executive Chef:
Conor Dempsey

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Amuse Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

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Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined 7 days ago

Amuse is an excellent restaurant. The food is superb. I had dinner there with a colleague and we were both very pleasantly surprised.
It is one of the best restaurants in Dublin. I will return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 5 August 2017

Food was amazing, the portion sizes were perfect for a 9 course tasting menu. The best teaching menu I have ever had, because of balance of flavours, portion sizes and overall presentation. The restaurant its self could do with a refurbishing to be on the level of the green house. But overall very impressed with the service and food.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 3 August 2017

Amazing! Have been lucky enough to eat in a couple of michelin star restaurants but Amuse tops them all - it certainly deserves one. We dined there on Thursday night 3 August and opted for the 9 course tasting meal and every course was just bursting with flavours. Best meal ever and most amazing 4 hour food experience. Can't wait to return!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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·Dined on 29 July 2017

Very nice staff, great food wonderful chef to produce such wonderful food with amazing detail. Amuse was amazing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on 29 July 2017

Good location, friendly staff, nice environment, nice food but not recommended for vegetarians or vegans.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 28 July 2017

Creating a culinary experience as this is truly an art . Exceptional!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on 21 July 2017

Absolutely excellent. As visitors to Dublin for the first time it came highly recommended and did not disappoint.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 19 July 2017

Outstanding food.

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 (Dublin)·Dined on 14 July 2017

Very enjoyable experience
Food excellent
Excellent service
Only reservation is - Michelin starred prices

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 28 June 2017

The restaurant is very stylish, with a sophisticated ambiance. White table linen and shining glassware. Service was excellent with great attention to detail. Our waiter was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. The food was outstanding. Cooked to perfection. Great flavours, unusual combinations fused beautifully and presented so stylishly.
We will definitely return

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 21 June 2017

I had one of the best most creative meals I've ever had at this delightful Dublin restaurant. The chef makes some unusual combinations. The result is often unexpected but always delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 20 June 2017

The food at Amuse is not so much amusing as amazing. We had a three-course dinner and only wished we had gotten the 9-course tasting menu when it was all over. Some of the combinations are ingenious.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 16 June 2017

Overall, I found Amuse to be a good experience, I was a little diissspoinyrd with my main course, due to the fact that Kimchi was added to my dish of Guinean fowl, as this is an extremely spicey hot addition I found it to be completely inappropriate and in my view was completely out of place with this dish. I did mention this to the waiter and he said he would inform the Chef!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on 27 May 2017

Amazing, Amazing. Everything about this meal was superb, superb food, superb wine pairing, superb service, amazingly friendly and helpful staff not to mention a great atmosphere. Not cheap but if you appreciate the really nice things in life this is the place to go in Dublin.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on 26 May 2017

Excellent service from the moment we arrived. We had the Amuse tasting menu and every course was delicious. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Berlin)·Dined on 19 May 2017

Amuse is a fabulous restaurant! The tasting menu with matching wines was a delight. The wines were perfectly matched. I would highly recommend Amuse to my friends.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 2 May 2017

Really lovely food - slightly on the rare side for me but I tend to go with more well done options. Very beautiful presentation. Very attentive service. Was a lovely lunch

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 29 April 2017

This was our first visit to Amuse, but it won't have been our last . We absolutely loved the food and were also impressed by the excellent service. A great package overall!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 21 April 2017

My4th visit and I've never been disappointed and I think the food and presentation are innovative and real palate pleasers. I'll be certainly be visiting again and recommending amuse

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 (London)·Dined on 1 April 2017

We had a wonderful dining experience in Amuse last Saturday night. We and our guests had the the Amuse menu which was both thoroughly delicious and plentiful. Highly recommended. We cannot wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on 30 March 2017

As ever, a superb dining experience with excellent service. Only bad point was major difficulty in making a booking. Phone on answer mode with no return call having left message. This happened on two separate occasions so much so that I thought the restaurant had gone out of business. Thankfully it hasn't!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on 23 March 2017

In my view, Amuse serves some of the best food in Dublin. My wife and I have dined here on numerous occasions. I find it hard to believe that the Michelin inspectors have failed to award it a star so far. The cooking is a very original French-Japanese fusion: no other kitchen in Dublin is producing food like this. If you are looking for a distinctive fine dining experience you really should try this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 4 March 2017

Interesting and original food. We all had the tasting menu and tasting wines.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 21 February 2017

Big prices,small quantities .
I ate here with a friend recently and was very disappointed. The food itself was very different and beautifully presented. However it was served on cold plates and the food itself was only tepid. My main problem was that the portions were tiny and poor value for money. The service wasn't great either. We had to ask for our wine to be refilled on a couple of occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 17 February 2017

Extraordinary meal. Delicious food, excellent service

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 8 February 2017

Superb food and wine . Only negative was that it was very quiet so not much atmosphere

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on 7 January 2017

Amazing taste experience complemented with a wonderful wine list, fantastic staff and a really nice environment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 24 December 2016

Myself and my husband celebrated Christmas Eve at Amuse, it was our second time to visit this restaurant, we love it here. The food is exquisite, the service is fantastic, top class experience. We would recommend it for what ever the occasion.. it's a must.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 22 December 2016

Fabulous food and, for a tasting menu, plenty of it. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on 1 December 2016

The Japanese-French food creations are exceptional.
Staff elegant and knowledgable about the food and excellent wine list.
It was rather quiet on our visit but it is a small, modern, intimate space.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 1 December 2016

First time visit - food was good but very little by way of service such as explanation of menu items. When asked for information waitress had to go off and check and took our order by writing details on her hand!
No wine recommendations and returned after we placed our order and told us we had to order vegetables with our mains!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 26 November 2016

Amazing! Amazing! Food. A very unique chef working in the back. My tastebuds go to heaven here.

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·Dined on 16 November 2016

The restaurant was very quiet for A Wednesday. There was a group of 6 or so and ourselves and when the larger group left we were on our own so the atmosphere was not great. We were served by three different staff and I would have preferred some consistency. As we left at 915pm one of the wait staff was smoking outside the door - not a good impression. A special starter was squid which unfortunately was so chewy that it was simply not enjoyable. I had enjoyed squid very simply done in a tapas bar in Seville a few weeks ago and it was far superior to the offering in Amuse. Main course was a little better. However the mashed potato was Luke warm only and the pheasant was cool. There were so few of us in the restaurant that there really was no excuse for the food not being hot. My dessert was novel in creation but nothing amazing. I had been looking forward to trying Amuse but was disappointed by the food and the ambience, especially as dinner here is not an inexpensive proposition. My friend wants to give it another chance.

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 (Dublin)·Dined on 15 November 2016

We had the tasting menu which was fantastic...lovely flavours, a real taste experience. The staff were well informed and welcoming. Unfortunately I wasn't happy with the wine that was recommended and I asked to change it. I was not met with a very good response. It fact I thought it was very rude. Th waiter did not return to our table to see if everything was O.K. For this reason alone I would not be inclined to return.

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 11 November 2016

5 course tasting menu was superb feom amuse bouche right through to handmade petit fours. Michelin star standard. Not sure how it missed out so far.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (London)·Dined on 6 October 2016

The service was a bit patchy for a restaurant that only had 2 tables occupied. The Asian waitress needs to pay more attention to customers. Sometimes, she described courses, on other occasions, she didn't. Not to mention that we could hardly figure her words with her accent.

Apart from that, food was excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on 4 October 2016

We were pleasantly surprised by the high quality of our meal at Amuse. We especially enjoyed the fish (cod) and meat course. The dark chocolate dessert was also delicious.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 30 September 2016

First time dining here but certainly not the last. Fantastic food, Staff were exceptional.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 16 September 2016

Amuse is an excellent restaurant with friendly and attentive staff. The food is excellent - French-Japanese fusion. Each dish looked exquisite - modern art on a plate. The marriage of flavours was excellent and I certainly had some tastes I had never experienced before. I would recommend Amuse to people who are serious foodies and happy to experiment with new flavours and textures that are most certainly not found often in Ireland. The portions are not huge and that suited me though it may not be to everyone's liking. The wines are excellent if a tad pricy but that could be said for most restaurants.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 14 September 2016

It was our second time at Amuse, and like for the first time, the experience was outsanding. I'm pretty sure they will get a michelin star in a near future. Both the cuisine and the service are excellent, one of the 5 best restaurant in Dublin. If you like creative cuisine with a japaneese twist, you'll be delighted.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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