I love this place! the bar is too much fun- and the food is fantastic.
this place has a great atmosphere but the food is mediocre and although it is a tapas menu i found the portions to be skimpy and overpriced! My friends and I (4 total) literally ordered almost everything on the menu and still left there hungry! I miss Meritage.
The macaroni and cheese stuffed crab cakes are so good you will slap yo mamma.
What a quaint store! My husband and I were blown away with the charm and customer service of Rich! He gave us a warm welcome and tour of the store like we were friends of the family. It was nice to see someone so enthusiastic and proud about his store! There were lots of unique items to peak the interest of a "foodie." If we ever visit the Charleston area again, we will definetely be back for the tapas evenings!
We LOVE Chai!! The bartenders at Chai are the best in Charleston, ask for Xan, he is by far the BEST bartender I've ever had!! Also, try the specials--they're always delicious!! One of my favorite items on the menu is the edamame dip, you've got to try it!!
This is not New York, Miami, or LA, the atmosphere here is contrived. The bartenders look at you with their noses high in the air. *Newsflash* you're bar-tending in Charleston, SC in a bar that plays 10 year old techno music. And to categorize this place as a tapas bar is like categorizing 7-11 as a restaurant! There are 4 things on the menu! Avoid this place at all costs, Blind Tiger Pub and Rooftop have a better atmosphere.
Being originally from Texas, I had to try the brisket and it was damn good! I'm going back this weekend and will eat there again!
We want to thank everyone that came out last night for our new menu unveiling! The response to 50% off night was so good that we were completely overwhelmed and had to stop taking food orders so we could restock the kitchen for round two! We sold 3 times the amount of food that we've sold on our busiest night ever, so our apologies if you had to wait- we hope the drinks and the company helped pass the time and that, in the end, you enjoyed our new menu. Thanks again for your continued support!
Great service, nice atmosphere, reasonable prices, convenient location & parking, fabulous scallops & filet mignon. Highly recommend.
I am not Amused. How I wish I'd looked at this website before going to Amuse tonight. It gets a 0.5-1.0 out of 5. We ordered foie gras with fig and proscuitto and asked the waiter where the foie gras was. The proscuitto was very tough and over powering. I doubt if foie gras was in the dish. The salmon tapas was edible but unremarkable...fairly basic and not very good salmon. The steak & frites would be hard to mess up, and it was okay. Creme brulee tasted like it was from a mix but the torched sugar on top covered up a multitude of sins. The Heron Pinot Noir 2005 was tanic and not a good choice.
As for service, we asked our waiter three times to please turn down the music. There were only one other table occupied in the entire restaurant, so there was no need for the blaring and obnoxious music. After the fourth request, the volume was lowered.
When I made reservations, there was the big hoopla about whether we would get there at 7:15 or 7:30...at least 20 tables were vacant the entire night.
The apparent owner came in about 1/2 hour before we left. He stopped by the other occupied table (friends of his, we assumed) but never spoke to us. How we wished someone had asked what we thought of our dinner. Even when I asked the waiter about the foie gras, he didn't ask how we were enjoying the dinner.
$90 later...we'll never return. So much for exploring out of the way restaurants on Post & Courier recommendations! I don't think Amuse will be in business much longer, and I will warn anyone I see about having made the wrong decision to go there.
Went there twice in one week had pigs trotter, heart with sausage, goat and house smoked salmon with caper cream cheese. All prepared in house it was YUMMY!
So this is where the beautiful people are. My friends and I arrived here at ten-thirty on a Saturday night. There wasn't a line yet so we were seated promptly at a sofa and chair near the bar. We ordered our drinks and spent some time ogling the other well-dressed patrons. My Mojito was crisp and delicious, maybe a bit better than what the make at Coast. Our server, Trevor, suggested the spicy duck lettuce wraps and salmon. Both dishes were excellent! We left around eleven-thirty to go hit the clubs and there was a line of about forty people waiting to get.
I agree with Opinionated. I recently ate at Amuse after trying other restaurants in the area (I like to try different ones each week). MY wife and I headed to Amuse with hopes of the trotters and other tapas and were very disappointed in the change in the menu. It lost something of its uniqueness.
I love Amuse--they do the food right. I am disappointed, however, that they have significantly scaled back their tapas menu from the old days, and all of my favorites have disappeared from the menu. The pig trotters, the artichoke and prosciutto, the fried manchego . . .I dream of those days. I did recently have the stuffed peppers and they were quite good, but more like an full plate with no sides rather than a tapas-sized portion (i.e., I couldn't finish it). Can tapas not make it well in Charleston? I noticed J. Paulz also has beefed up their 'tapas' portions (and prices) and scaled back on the variety (though the food is also quite good). Just bring back the trotters and manchego!! That's what I loved you for!!
I eat at Amuse once a week or so and have always been pleased with the experience. I usually stop by after work to have a glass of wine and pasta. The servers all know me by name and the chef comes out to chat when it's not busy. I like the place.
By the way; I have always liked my scallops a little under-cooked too. Last nights episode of Good Eats confirms (with diagrams and all) that scallops should be close to raw in the very center, with strata of medium just before the seared crust of the outside, when properly cooked. All things food are subjective however. If you like them well-done then, by all means, have em' your way.
Quality scallops should be cooked to med-rare, which would account for the slightly pink center. Sounds tasty to me.
Sat nite 9/1, we called for reservations and were told that if we arrived at 6:15, we could be seated right away, but if it was closer to 6:30 we would have to wait. Arrived at 6:20 and the restaurant was empty!! A few people were seated at the bar, but no one at tables. We had a chuckle over that.
Hostess was very earnest, if a little unpolished. She tried to fob "sparkling water" on us ("Try it, it's so much FUN!!), but got only one sucker. (Lisa was appalled later when our bill revealed that she had shelled out $4 for her "special water", while the rest of us drank perfectly good H2O from the tap for free.)
Our server, Dani, was lovely, very personable and knowledgeable about food and wine pairings. Food came out quickly, which was great.
The two boys ordered stuffed pork tenderloin and seemed pleased with their selections. Lisa ordered the scallop skewers (4 per order), which arrived with completely superfluous skewers (they were removed right away and scallops eaten w/fork). The dish was absolutely sizzling, steam pouring off, and yet oddly the scallops were a little raw in the center; perhaps because they were so enormous they just didn't get cooked through.
I had heard that they made their pasta in-house, and so ordered the fettucini w/wild mushrooms and cream sauce. Delicious (fresh pasta is always so much better), although a little soft, not perfectly al dente.
Wine pairings were yummy -- I had a refreshing, fruity, very chilly Italian pinot gris w/my pasta; Lisa & hubby had a McKenzie cab that was very tasty.
Ambiance note: seated at the 2-top next to us was a couple celebrating 57 yrs of marriage; they must have been in their 70's. Their table was strewn with rose petals; don't know who was responsible for that, but it was a lovely touch.
We will go back but will be careful ordering because of the somewhat mixed success foodwise.
Ambiance: 4 (out of 5)
Service: 4-1/2 (1/2 off for stupid water)
Price: most tapas $7-8; most entrees $10+; very reasonable for portion size
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