About Allure Restaurant
At Allure Restaurant we are committed to providing our customers with an exceptional dining experience offered by Executive Chef Melissa Magallon (graduate of The San Diego Culinary Institute and former Sous Chef at Searsucker San Diego, Herringbone La Jolla and Burlap Del Mar).
Chef Melissa has created a menu that offers the highest standard of quality, freshness and seasonality and combines both modern and creative styles of cooking.
We are a family run restaurant who will ensure that each of our guests receives prompt, professional, friendly, and courteous service in a distinct, alluring atmosphere.
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Horton Plaza Parking
Trolley Station- 5th Ave. Blue Line/Orange Line
Bus stops- 3/15/30/120/150/210/923
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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We have a mezzanine that can be used for private parties or business meetings and can accommodate up to 20 people.
Allure Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
This is one of the best restaurants I've ...
This is one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at, with superb ambience, cutting-edge food, and impeccable service. You definitely pay a premium for it all, but it's worth it to splurge and have that kind of extraordinary dining experience from time to time.
I started with an iced vanilla vodka coffee drink which was okay but much too sweet for my liking. I was intrigued by many of the items on the menu but decided to go with the chicken breast entree which was good but in hindsight I wish I would have been more adventurous. I really enjoyed the fried oyster appetizer which was cooked to perfection. I will be back to try other menu offerings as well.
My BFF and I decided to try Allure befor ...
My BFF and I decided to try Allure before the Billy Joel concert. We had passed it a couple times and always commented on how interesting the menu looked. We arrived early and had a cocktail at the bar. Our server was very nice and took good care of us. When we let him know we had a reservation he happily made sure our drink tab was transferred and even handled our dinner service. He started us off with a tiny little amuse bouche. When I say tiny, I mean TI-NY. But it was amusing. :) Our server made recommendations for both me and my pal and they were spot on. I had the Stealhead and she had the short rib... drool. Both of us were delighted with our choices and happy to share a bite. My fish was fab and her rib ruled! The fingerling potatoes were delish! Just the right amount of everything. The prices were not outrageous either. We had in total 2 cocktails, 2 glasses wine, 2 entrees and our bill was right around $100. Not too bad for a gourmet meal downtown. The place is small and it was quite loud when we were there (but it was Billy Joel night, so WOO HOO!), but sitting outside was quite nice and you get to people watch (or be watched...).
We came for a Mother's day meal. Our waiter was excellent. Very friendly and wanted to please. The food presentation was awesome but the taste was mediocre. Fore instance, the tomatoes were mushy on the burrata salad. Truffle fries were soggy. The buns were dry on the hamburger. Atmosphere is classy, service is good, they just need to improve on the quality of the food.
Impressive and then a little drop off
I visited the Allure restaurant on a Monday with a friend of mine and was so impressed I went again two days later on Wednesday with my wife. I had their Calamari and Mixed Green salad on both occasions and loved them equally both times. The first night I had the Prime Filet in which was cooked perfectly and my friend had the Short Rib that he enjoyed very much.
On the second occasion I had the Whitefish and my wife had the Short Rib. I had a taste of the Short Rib and it was excellent. What I didn't like about the dinner was the Whitefish that I was served. My wife and I both agreed it was dry and had no flavor at all. So I had them take it back and they took it off my bill. So for the most part I was pleased with my experiences at Allure but they need to reinvent the Whitefish dish that I was served.
Deliciously fresh and creative.
Fried oyster appetizer was unique and flavorful. Very generous portions on their salads and entrees. Roasted chicken breast with chorizo gravy scrumptious, as was the steelhead entree. The sauteed mixed veggies side dish was fresh and healthy, but absolutely delicious. A terrific farm to table menu with emphasis on fresh local food. Couldn't eat all the food, so we took it home. Great the next day for lunch. The service was great and prices reasonable, particularly in view of the quality of the food. We'll be back.
After the misfire of the previous evening's meat gorge, we were so happy to find a restaurant with an owner-chef in the kitchen. The quality of food and presentation showed why it is named Allure! Portion size was spot on to enjoy (unless you're the all-you-can-eat profile) without becoming sated. Their taste in music was a bit odd for us, but not so much we couldn't enjoy my meal. In Seattle, this restaurant would be a hot spot with regular devotees. If we lived in SD, it would be one of ours.
Decent spot, great food
Although it's located on 4th, near all the hustle and noise, homeless and various city "things", this was a great spot. We went for an early dinner, few people. The Carpaccio was great. I had the lamb shank. It was sous vide first, making it so moist and juicy. The bed of polenta was a perfect addition.
Such a great experience! Every single d ...
Such a great experience! Every single dish we ordered from appetizers to desserts were simply delicious. We loved everything. The restaurant is beautiful, the service impeccable and the food is fantastic. This place is a gem! A must try.
Everything about this restaurant was excellent. The waiter was extremely friendly and new more about food and wine then anyone needs to know. The food was so so good and can't wait to go back again next time i'm in SD. I will tell everyone I know about Allure!!
This was our second time visiting the restaurant, and we really enjoyed it again. Went early to catch a show across the street. Got there early, it was quiet, and Aaron was an outstanding server for us. Knows his product, and recommended according to our needs a desires.
Fun food, drinks and wine list, will return again!
Dined here on Friday night with my best ...
Dined here on Friday night with my best friend and my boyf! It's a small restaurant, but what it lacks in square footage it makes up for in the great service, food, and drinks. They both got some sort of fish entree and I got a salad, all of our meals were delicious. The drinks were also delicious and strong.
OH we also ordered the "truffle fries", and they were AMAZING. I highly recommend getting them because like I said they were amazing!
Would definitely eat here again!
Not that great!
There weren't too many clients however, the order took a long time and the appetizers were cold! Cold fried oysters did not taste good!!! The waiter was really nice so this was not his fault. Prices for portions were not consistent. For example the whitefish was very small portion while the lamb was worth the price. Be aware...
Love this restaurant
This is our restaurant of choice any time we're going to the theater. They are really the nicest people and of course there is the ladies' room!! The food is just excellent and they always offer a tiny little appetizer to whet your appetite.
A must for the downtown scene.
Allure is an alluring restaurant.
I made reservations for two friends and myself for an early dinner on Saturday. The host that greeted us informed us that happy hour was still going on and we were welcome to enjoy it before ordering our dinners. The appetizers were amazing and the house wine was really nice. The entrees ordered were gorgeous and very delectable. I look forward to returning to Allure.
Wonderful place! The food was fantastic ...
Wonderful place! The food was fantastic...every single dish we had from appetizers to dessert, it was all delicious and beautifully prepared. Service was friendly and courteous and very efficient. I look forward to going back very soon. This place is a gem!
The decor is off, but the food was amazing!
Walking in the décor throws you off, but the food was amazing! Everyone loved their meal. We were the only table there at 6:30 p.m. table of 12, dj music in background walls all painted black. Brought clients here for dinner. Noise level fine everyone could hear other talk.
we ate here since we had tickets to a play at the lyceum theater nearby. unfortunately, the gaslamp district had a major mardi gras celebration that saturday night and there was loud and obnoxious music outside, so that removed the possibility of dining on the patio. the hostess recognized that fact right away and showed us to an inside table. the food was very tasty; i had the lamb shank and my wife had the filet and we were both very happy with our meal. we shared the green beans cooked in brown butter, which were cooked just right and we shared the carrot cake, which was more than enough for 2 to share.
The food was okay. Very overpriced. Wo ...
The food was okay. Very overpriced. Won't go again. 31 dollars for 3 sort of overlooked scallops was not worth it to me. Our waiter was also the bartender and he was very busy. I am surprised it got such good reviews.
My husband got the lamb, he loved it. Creamed corn was okay as well as the polenta. Dessert I could forget about. Grilled carrot cake. It stated pineapple which overpowered the taste of carrot cake in the first place.
Quiet, but great food and service
My mom and I went on a Thursday night before going to see a show at the Civic Theater. The waiter made a note when we mentioned we had a time deadline, which was nice. We were surprised to see it so quiet, but it was raining. I started with a glass of the house cabernet, which was really nice for house wine. The chef offered a small bite with tuna I believe. It was a really nice mix of hot and cold, and while my mom doesn't like fish, we both really enjoyed it. We split the mixed greens salad (loved the honey swirled on the plate), and then the lamp shank. Perfect meal for lighter eaters. We ended the meal with a coffee, which was probably my least favorite of their offerings. Our total came out around $80 with two glasses of wine, coffee, salad, main, tax and tip. We were very pleased and will be returning again soon.
Was in San Diego for a trade show. Disc ...
Was in San Diego for a trade show. Discovered Allure on trip advisor and Yelp. We were not very hungry that night so didn't have any entrees but shared some interesting and tasty appetizers and an outstanding bottle of wine. I will definitely put this restaurant on the list for the next time I'm in town. Well done!
Chef Melissa Nakouzi and GM Carl Nakouzi are #1!
Can't say enough about this place! Magnificent food! Best veggie burger - actually BEST BURGER in San Diego. Hands down. The drinks are inventive, refreshing, and delicious. Service from Jefferson was stellar, and the sous Chef Brian is an absolute charm.
A group of us were attending meetings in San Diego. We were taken out to dinner the night before and were not impressed by the meal. This night I made the reservations at Allure for just six out of our group. We all loved everything we had. We shared the flatbreads which were wonderful, then three of us had the scallops, one had the lamb shank and two had the skate. We ordered three sides, the peppers, the vegetables and the mashed potatoes with gravy. The food was great and the service was very attentive. Since I made the reservation, I was thrilled it turned out so well!
Tried this restaurant for the first time before a show at the Balboa theatre, what a find! The food is creative, well prepared, and fabulously plated. Alex our server was pleasant and well informed. Forget 5th Ave and treat yourself to a great dinner on 4th Ave downtown. Chef Melissa's cuisine outshines most of the other choices in the Gaslamp.
Gorgeous restaurant with great menu
Really enjoyed our meal here! Bone marrow appetizer and oysters were fantastic! We also enjoyed the burrata and pear jam appetizer with maple pecans on bread...delicious!! Short ribs with brussel sprouts were so tender. All in all a great dinner and right across the street from Balboa Theater.
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