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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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.

Dining Occasion:Date
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!!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Date
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

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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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!

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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!

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 17 February 2017

Extraordinary meal. Delicious food, excellent service

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Special Occasion, Molecular Gastronomy
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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

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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.

Dining Occasion:Date
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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Romantic, Family Style, 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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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.

Dining Occasion:Business Meal
Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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food4
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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!

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Molecular Gastronomy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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food4
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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.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Molecular Gastronomy
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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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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.

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
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.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
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.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Newcastle)·Dined on 27 August 2016

Overall we thought the standard of food in this French/ Japanese fusion restaurant was very good. It challenged our pallets and was beautiful to look at too.
We had a number of issues that would ensure that we do not return; firstly the drinks choice was limited to French wine, as someone allergic to French wine, this disappointed me greatly.
The first of our many courses were delivered in very quick succession due to the limited number of diners when we arrived, by the end of the meal we waited 20 minutes for desert, not ideal.
The waitresses were very quiet and really only focused on food delivery or clearing dishes, they did not notice empty glasses or offer more drinks at all.
The main issue with the restaurant on our visit was the atmosphere, it was entirely dictated by the head waiter/ sommelier; he was loud and over bearing, and totally over powered the small restaurant; he also had regular customers at one table that he gave at least half his time to. I my opinion discreet and attentive would have been a much better option.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on 26 August 2016

Excellent food worthy of michelin star had the 5 course tasting menu . Every dish is an explosion of flavours right down to the handmade petit-fours

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (London)·Dined on 17 August 2016

Among the restaurants we dined at during our week in Dublin, this was clearly the best. The food was inventive and flavorful, and beautifully presented. The wine list is very short, but contains an adequate variety and is reasonably priced. We would gladly return.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 12 August 2016

Our family were on our last night of vacation. From the moment we entered the restaurant, the waiter was rude and condescending. We asked for assistance with selecting a bottle of wine. The waiter refused to give us any information, other than "that one is from Spain, and that one is from France" He continued to be rude, so we decided to leave. He was quite happy with our decision, and said we didn't need to pay for the wine. It was also clear that he was not rude and condescending to others in the restaurant.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
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·Dined on 6 August 2016

Very clever and creative minds behind this dining experience! Each dish captivates you with its aromas and amazing tastes .... This place is perfect for those seeking a little bit of adventure out of their experience. Each dish with its own uniqueness installs curiosity and it is hard to suppress the urge to try the whole menu so will be back soon :)

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Romantic
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 29 July 2016

The food in Amuse is exquisite. We had the 10 course tasting menu and it was a culinary delight. This restaurant is fabulous and there are various dining options. I recommend Amuse as one of the best restaurants in Dublin.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 28 July 2016

We were extremely excited to come here based on the stellar reviews and came away a little bit disappointed. The food was gorgeous, creative and delicious. The concept is a great one with French/Asian fusion. (They even go the extra yard with a French server & an Asian server).

So, why wouldn't I go all in with a 5 review? Well, some areas fell short. Sat at 8:40 and requested the Tokyo to Paris Menu which stated it took 3 hrs, but were told that it was too late. Okay, no problem. BUT the pacing of the meal that we DID order (standard tasting menu) finished at 11:30?? Oh well, not a huge deal. Then, service was efficient enough (slow as mentioned) but so completely rote that it undermined the experience a bit. Again, no problem as it was still very good.

Major issues were a really uninspired wine pairing. You can't really call it a pairing if it's just serving wine with dinner, can you? Well, Amuse thinks so. Wines were good, but did NOTHING for the food. And a Pinot Noir served with a Miso Cod (Amazing dish, BTW)? I asked waiter why not a red and was told that people complained if there were 3 reds served out of 4 wines. Seriously.

Last "issue" was the cheese plate offered at dessert at an additional charge of 16.50. The cheeses were all good (although nothing stood out) but the only accompaniments were a cherry compote & some sesame crackers. Presentation was really sorry, too. I just have to say that I expected more based on the other dishes and price.

Bottom line, I would definitely recommend but would suggest that you order wines by the glass based on your preference. The standard dessert was delicious, so I'd stay away from the cheese plate.

Tip: They were unclear on the time of the last Tokyo to Paris service, so if interested, inquire when reserving. Final "tip:" if you do order the pairing and would like to start with a glass of wine or champagne, etc., they don't tell you that the first glass comes about 30 mins into your experience, so order ahead.

Dining Occasion:Everyday Dining
Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 27 July 2016

Fantastic food!You can see how hard this guys are working on each dish which was later nicely explained in details by the waitress. Beef cheek yumi and dessert of Summit Cherries and Coconut just amazing. Thank you.

Dining Occasion:Date
Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 20 July 2016

Thefoodchoicesuniqueandinterestingandajourneyintotheunkownamazingpresentationandwonderfulflavoursiwouldrecommendtoanyofmyfriendswithouthesitationserviceandambiencesecondtonone

Dining Occasion:Friends' Get-Together
Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Dublin)·Dined on 14 July 2016

Amuse has a very french vibe going on. Their twist on french/asian cuisine is epic. This restaurant strikes the right balance between formal and relaxed dining. The wine pairing is a marriage made in heaven. These guys know their stuff and are confident enough not to overpower the diner with a sense of their own importance. The food awakens taste buds that have been asleep on the job for way too long and the ambiance relaxes. What a fusion.

Dining Occasion:Special Occasion
Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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