Amuse Restaurant

Amuse Restaurant

A fine-dining restaurant in a top 10 fine arts museum sets the bar high. So we set our expectations even higher. Make a reservation or call 804.340.1580.
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Taking our cue from our unique and inspiring environment (with views into both our Sculpture Garden and the Atrium), we create masterpieces that tickle your sense of aesthetics, along with your taste buds. Amuse is a fun place to dine and hang out with your friends (our bar is one of Richmond’s worst-kept secrets), but we take our food and drink seriously.

 

Chef Greg Haley creates his dishes using only the best of what’s in season, with a focus on local ingredients. And just like the works of art in the museum and on the walls of Amuse, we introduce new masterpiece dishes and cocktails on a regular basis. We also offer a varied choice of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Come on in!

 

Starters

Oxtail Chili | 6
sour cream | onion 

Carrot Bisque | 6
coconut milk | ginger crisp

Local Greens Salad | 7
shaved prosciutto| comté cheese | sherry shallot vinaigrette

Duck Pastrami | 10
cured egg yolk | sunflower shoots | lemon sorghum syrup

House Fries | 6
spicy mustard | garlic aioli | ketchup

Cheese Plate | 12
fruit | honey | cracker bread

Mussels | 9
smoked sausage | wine | butter & parsley

Curry Fried Oysters | 10
cucumber mint raita | pickled veggies

Entrées

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake | 16
Carolina rice | collard greens | pepper relish 

Coq au Vin | 14
mushrooms| potato | house bacon | cipollini onions | red wine

Open Faced Pork Pate | 14
fennel kraut | mustard | pickles | sourdough

Blue Cheese Gnudi | 13
endive gratin | Tuscan kale | pomegranate seeds | spiced pecans

The Burger of Calais* | 16
comté cheese | bibb lettuce | house mustard & pickles | fries

Moussaka | 15
braised lamb shank | skordalia | stewed eggplant | béchamel

Bouillabaisse | 16
scallops | mussels | fish | fennel | rouille | grilled bread

Market Fish | 17
olives | radish | romanesco | taramasalata

Vivreau Purified Water – Complimentary Unlimited Refills – Available in Sparkling by Request Please inform your server if you are a VMFA member to receive a 10% discount!

*These items may be served raw or undercooked. Consuming raw or undercooked foods increases your risk of food borne illnesses.

Several menu items can be modified to accommodate a gluten-free or vegan/vegetarian diet. Please inform your server of any dietary restrictions & we will be pleased to make recommendations.

Sample menu. Dinner menu changes weekly to reflect seasonal offerings.

Starters

Oxtail Chili | 6
sour cream | onion 

Carrot Bisque | 6
coconut milk | ginger crisp

Local Greens Salad | 7
shaved prosciutto | comté cheese | sherry shallot vinaigrette

Duck Pastrami | 10
cured egg yolk | sunflower shoots | lemon sorghum syrup

House Fries | 6
spicy mustard | garlic aioli | ketchup

Cheese Plate | 12
fruit | honey | cracker bread

Mussels | 9
smoked sausage| wine | butter & parsley

Curry Fried Oysters | 10
cucumber mint raita | pickled veggies

Entrées

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake | 26
Carolina rice | collard greens | pepper relish 

Coq au Vin | 21
mushrooms | potato | house bacon | cipollini onions | red wine

Duck Confit Cassoulet | 22
white and French beans | Andouille | piquillo relish

Blue Cheese Gnudi | 20
endive gratin | Tuscan kale | pomegranate seeds | spiced pecans

Grilled Hanger Steak* | 28
frites | rapini | béarnaise

Moussaka | 25
braised lamb shank | skordalia | stewed eggplant | béchamel

Bouillabaisse | 26
scallops | mussels | fish | fennel | rouille | grilled bread

Market Fish | 28
olives | radish | romanesco | taramasalata

Vivreau Purified Water – Complimentary Unlimited Refills – Available in Sparkling by Request Please inform your server if you are a VMFA member to receive a 10% discount!

*These items may be served raw or undercooked. Consuming raw or undercooked foods increases your risk of food borne illnesses.

Several menu items can be modified to accommodate a gluten-free or vegan/vegetarian diet. Please inform your server of any dietary restrictions & we will be pleased to make recommendations.

 

Starters

Oxtail Chili | 6
sour cream | onion 

Carrot Bisque | 6
coconut milk | ginger crisp

Local Greens Salad | 7
shaved prosciutto | comté cheese | sherry shallot vinaigrette

Duck Pastrami | 10
cured egg yolk | sunflower shoots | lemon sorghum syrup

Biscuits du Jour | 6

House Fries | 6
spicy mustard | garlic aioli| ketchup

Cheese Plate | 12
fruit | honey | cracker bread

Mussels | 9
smoked sausage | wine | butter & parsley

Curry Fried Oysters | 10
cucumber mint raita | pickled veggies | micro cilantro

Entrées

Quiche | 12
caramelized garlic | Swiss chard | tapenade

The Burger of Calais* | 16
comté cheese | bibb lettuce | house mustard & pickles | fries

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake | 16
Carolina rice | collard greens | pepper relish

Stuffed French Toast | 11
mascarpone cheese | apples | bacon| maple syrup

Corned Beef Hash* | 13
slow-poached eggs | biscuit | hollandaise

Open Faced Pork Pate| 14
fennel kraut | mustard | pickles | sourdough

Lamb & Eggs Muerette* | 13
red wine poached eggs | mushrooms | crusty sour dough bread

Dutch Baby | 12
house bacon | goat cheese | scallion | arugula

Vivreau Purified Water – Complimentary Unlimited Refills – Available in Sparkling by Request Please inform your server if you are a VMFA member to receive a 10% discount!

*These items may be served raw or undercooked. Consuming raw or undercooked foods increases your risk of food borne illnesses.

Several menu items can be modified to accommodate a gluten-free or vegan/vegetarian diet. Please inform your server of any dietary restrictions & we will be pleased to make recommendations.

Cocktail Selection

 

The Drinker | 9
Toasted Almond Beefeater Gin | Cappelletti | Cocchi Torino |

Age of Bronze | 14
Glenlivet Scotch | Laphroaig Scotch | Dry Vermouth | Cranberry Orange Spice | Bitters

Belle of the Ball | 11
Belle Isle Moonshine | Pomegranate | St Germain | Lemon | Rosemary Apple Cider Shrub

Final Touch | 9
Rittenhouse Rye | Becherovka | Maple Sour | Red Wine Float

The Camille | 12
Bison Grass Vodka | Poire Williams | Lillet | Vanilla Foam | Pear

Gates of Hell | 14
Hornitos Tequilla | Persimmon | Canton | Mezcal Spritz | Smokey Ancho Rim

Fig Leaf | 16
Fig-Infused Bulleit Bourbon | Byrrh | Black Pepper Bitters

Siren’s Song | 8
Choice of Citadelle Gin or Tito’s Vodka | Crème de Cassis | Dolin Blanc | Lemon | Tonic | Fennel Bitters

Suzette | 14
Butter-washed Flor de Cana Rum | Gran Marnier | Lemon

Stone Love | 9
Applejack Brandy | Cardamaro | Crème de Mure | Lemon Bitters

Warming Cocktails

Very Sherry | 15
Balvenie Scotch | Jameson Black Whiskey | Pedro Ximenez Sherry

Hot Chocolate with Chartreuse | 8

Signature Champagne Cocktails | 9

Metamorphasis | Cassis | Dolin Dry Vermouth

Eternal Spring | Solerno | Pomegranate

Purple Rain | Cocchi Americano | Crème de Violet | Lemon

Le Boheme | Becherovka | Grapefruit

First Snow | Allspice Dram | Vanilla Bean Foam

Rosemary 75 | Citadel Gin | Rosemary | Lemon

Craft Beers | 12oz bottles & cans

Rare Vos ∙ Amber Ale | Brewery Ommegang | New York | 8

Stella Artois ∙ Euro Pale Lager | Stella Artois | Belgium | 5

Ginger Beer ∙ Crabbie’s | Scotland | 6

Tripple Belgium-Style Ale ∙ Triple | New Belgium Brewing | Colorado | 5

La Chouffe ∙ Belgian Strong Ale | Brasserie d’Achouffe | Belgium | 8

Sculpin IPA ∙ American IPA | Ballast Point Brewing | California | 7

Absinthe Service | 12
Grand Absinthe, France OR Trinity Absinthe, Colorado

Soda du jour | 5
Ask our server for today’s selections
Spiked with your favorite house spirit | 9

 

Wines by the Glass | 8oz carafes

NV     Cristalino Cava | Spain                                                        split | 8

NV     Nicolas Feuillatte Brut | France                                        split | 18

NV     Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé | France                                      split | 18

2013 VMFA Viognier by Michael Shaps | Virginia       13 | 39

2013 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay | California              13 | 39

2013 Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc | France            11 | 33

2013 Lagaria Pinot Grigio | Italy                                     11 | 33

2013 J Mourat Rosé | France                                            11 | 33

2014 Dr. Loosen Riesling | Germany                              12 | 36

2011 Sivas-Sonoma Pinot Noir | California                   12 | 36

2013 Cane and Fable Cabernet | Paso Robles            13 | 39

2013 Ramsay Merlot | California                                      12 | 36

2010 VMFA Meritage by Michael Shaps | Virginia      11 | 33

 

Happy hour specials daily:

Saturday-Wednesday 2:30-4:30, Thursday and Friday from 2:30-6

$3 off champagne cocktails, $2 off signature cocktails,

$2 off craft beers

 

We proudly brew:

illy© Espresso (Regular or Decaf) single | 3.50 double | 4.50 Blanchard’s© “Dark as Dark” Regular Coffee | 3.50 Blanchard’s© “Swiss Water Brazillian” Decaf Coffee | 3.50 Café Latte or Cappuccino | 5 Iced Irish Coffee with Fresh Whipped Cream | 9

Aperitifs, Digestifs, Scotch & Spirits

Cocchi Americano Trinity Absinthe Cocchi Americano Rosa Cocchi Vermouth di Torino Pernod Byrrh Quinquina Lillet Blanc Cointreau Green Chartreuse Yellow Chartreuse Lemoncello Grand Marnier Fernet Branca Benedictine B&B Frangelico Bailey’s Kahlua Trinity Absinthe Grande Absente Pernod Strega Galliano Taylor Fladgate Port MacAllan 18 yr Oban 14 yr Balvenie 12 yr Glenfiddich 12 yr Kelt Cognac Couvoisier Disarrano Amaretto Chambord Crème Yvette Pimm’s No. 1

Vivreau Purified Water – Complimentary Unlimited Refills – Available in Sparkling by Request Please inform your server if you are a VMFA member to receive a 10% discount!

*These items may be served raw or undercooked. Consuming raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish & eggs may increase the risk of food borne related illness. A 20% gratuity may be added to parties of six or more. No separate checks for parties larger than ten.