Amadeus has moved:
135 Liberty St
Salem , OR 97301
Tues - Thurs 11AM - 9PM
Fri - Sat 11AM - 11PM
Closed Sunday & Monday
Reviewed By K&N 7/10/08
Whenever our group meets at Amadeus for lunch, my blood pressure automatically goes up a little. My subconscious is sure we're headed
for a doctor appointment. Why? Because the cafe is surrounded by doctor's offices. Several years ago, Amadeus occupied the downstairs
of the Salem Library, where Queen of Tarts is now. Then they moved to the First Pacific Corporation building, south of The Doctor's Clinic,
just off of Skyline Rd. on Skyline Loop.
When we arrived at 11:30 AM, there were two or three other groups also meeting for lunch. We sat down at a table for five, in their high-backed, cushioned chairs. The waitress immediately brought us water and menus. Their lunch menu is three and a half pages long, but since all but one of us have been there before, it didn't take us long to select one of our favorites. I started off the ordering with my half of a "Rolled Chicken" with a green salad, next was a Spinach Salad, then a Cordon Bleu Wrap with hummus, a Beef Philly with hummus and finally their TBA (turkey, bacon & avocado on a croissant) with a green salad. We enjoyed a chatty visit with each other while we waited for our food to arrive.
About 15-20 minutes later, our meals were brought out. Tucked inside my tomato basil tortilla, were some tender, juicy, chunks of delicately seasoned baked chicken, a light coating of pesto, provolone, lettuce and tomato. It was easy to eat, not overfilled, nor did it fall apart in my hands. I love the tang of the dressing they put on their green salad - plus the fact they don't use iceberg lettuce. The friend who ordered the Beef Philly (her all time favorite), remarked during lunch, "I've never had a meal here I didn't enjoy." When you're seated inside the friendly, relaxing, and stylish ambiance of Amadeus, it's easy to forget you're surrounded by doctor's offices. The tab for my half a Rolled Chicken with a green salad and an iced tea came to $6.95, the Spinach Salad - $10.95, the Beef Philly - $10.50, the TBA - $9.50 and the Cordon Bleu Wrap - $8.95.
5121 Skyline Village Loop S
Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays,
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Reviewed by Salem Man 2/20/08
Not too often do you go out to a restaurant and are truly impressed by the service of the bus boy. Maybe we just never notice the hard work and the hustle because we're busy soaking in the ambiance and conversing with the server. At the Amadeus Cafe, the young man who was serving our table was really on the ball. I almost don't even want to call him a bus boy. He was like a second tier waiter. Before my empty water glass hit the table, this guy was already waiting with a refill pitcher. Now that's service. He actually seemed to genuinely care about our opinions about the food, as if he was going to go in the back and telling the chef. When I see someone in a restaurant that shows pride in what they do, no matter what the task, I know that the owner has the same pride in the establishment. Almost always this translates into a friendly atmosphere and good service.
Amadeus Cafe is an upscale restaurant in South Salem with white tablecloths and classical music. It's located in an office building across the street from Kaiser Permanente at the intersection of Skyline and Kuebler. I've driven by this many times and only recently figured out where it is. Basically if you head south on Skyline past Kuebler look for the Amadeus sign and turn left. It's an odd location for a restaurant but at night there's plenty of parking. I imagine during the day it's a popular lunch spot for doctors and patients visiting the HMO next door.
For dinner, most entrees are between $15 and $25 and includes a soup or salad. I ordered the Shrimp and Scallop Alfredo and a house salad with blue cheese dressing for $19. My wife ordered the Caesar and we both commented on how delicious the salad dressing was. Centered in my Alfredo dish was a spoonful of pesto sauce. The basil and garlic sauce mixed in perfectly with the buttery Alfredo, and enhanced by juicy bites of seafood. The noodles were a bit overcooked for my taste and the portion was small. Aside from that, it was a terrific meal.
The restaurant is quiet and warm, with comfortable seating, perfect for dinner conversation. One issue we had was the lighting above our table was a bit bright. When we looked around to other tables, some had no light at all.
Overall, Amadeus should be on your short list next time you go out for a date night or have friends in town to impress.
5121 Skyline Village Loop S