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Ranked #26 of 909 Restaurants in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Jefferson
Description: Located in the heart of the historic downtown City Market area, a.lure is an exciting new addition to the Savannah restaurant scene. Chef Greg Silver's contemporary American Cuisine with Low Country twists complements a.lure's rustic modern ambiance. Our local farm-to-fork philosophy is supplemented by thoughtful plating of regionally sourced ingredients, thoughtful presentation and creative flavor combinations. Savannah clams, oysters, local crab meat, and fresh Georgia shrimp are just a few of the local items on our menu, as well as premium steaks, regional and Niman Ranch pork products, scallops from Maine, and Wagyu beef. We transform these wonderful ingredients into exciting dishes ranging from Low Country influenced offerings to globally inspired fare. Superb service and a gem from our ever expanding wine list will complete an amazing dining experience. Our goal at a.lure is to anticipate all of your needs and to exceed all your expectations.
Reviewed January 6, 2013

We ate there on Christmas Eve because it was recommended by our Innkeeper.
We sat in the small room behind the bar. Though it was full it was not noisy.
We ate open seafood ravioli, duck which was the special of the day. We shared a study of
chocolate which was to die for. We each had a glass of wine. The choice is somewhat limited
but the quality of the wines offered was fine. Service was very good.

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Thank mflyon
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

I have lived downtown for years and dine out often as well as knowing way around the kitchen. There are restaurants that are more consistent, have better value, better service — and don't over do it — within walking distance. Alure tries way too hard to be something. What that something might be, is unclear.

Overall, there are far better restaurants in downtown Savannah. The server was not confident on the menu or the wine. We dined as a group of four and tried four appetizer and four entrees. For the most part the food was under seasoned and the flavors did not come across as refined. A scallop appetizer had almost perfectly prepared scallops but had both a corn puree and a corn ice cream and no "pop." Very one note. The snapper special tasted unforgivably bland for a special that was sold on Japanese flavor. It was poorly described by the waiter and for the price, was insulting.

The shrimp and grits were embarassing. As a northerner who learned to make proper grits for his Southern gal, I was embarrassed to see these so called grits. If you are serving shrimp with creamy polenta, then call it "shrimp with polenta." The shrimp though, were prepared well.

The corn chowder was pretty good, though not memorable. The scallop entree was mess in terms of presentation as was the salad. Maybe the chef was going for "deconstructed," but the result appeared demolished. There was nothing tying either together. The foie gras appetizer had too many sweet components — for instance, ice cream and a grilled doughnut — and overshadowed the foie itself.

A major drawback was the lack of variety for wine by the glass. There was only four reds available by the glass and on was not available. In Savannah's dining scene, that seems poorly thought out. The majority of restaurants offer many wines by the glass and are happy to talk abou the wines. Our server clumsily tried to sell us on a $130 bottle of wine when asked about the lack of variety. Easy, pal.

Overall, the portion size on the items like foie gras goat cheese were so small I wonder if this place is having problems paying rent.

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10  Thank zkoz
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

When in Savannah Alure is a must for the adventurous gourmet. Chef Charles Zaran will tickle your palate with the most imaginative combination of flavors, seared scallops with duck confit and sweet corn ice cream, filet mignon with a chocolate sauce, all surprising and delicious. Sarah and Jamie, our waiters, are friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. We enjoyed so much our first visit on 12/26/12 that we went back the next night and again we were delighted.
Francis V, Boulder, CO

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We ate here the other night. I had the beef tenderloin, and my wife had the salmon. Both were fantastic - the chocolate sauce on the beef was some of the best mole-style sauce I have ever had. Their she crab soup was fantastic. The service was attentive, and the wine list is solid. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Some of the most unusual flavor combinations and options you will see on a menu and most of them worked very well. More importantly, setting aside the often-peculiar flavor combinations, the food was perfectly executed - the scallops seared on the outside and translucent on the inside, beef perfectly medium rare, vegetables al dente, etc. I am a big fan of carpaccio and have only seen lamb once on a menu - until Alure. It was served with bleu cheese ice cream and did not disappoint. My entree of tenderloin duo - a combination of sweet and savory that could have gone horribly wrong, but was absolutely delicious. Our server, Sarah, was friendly and helpful. My dessert was delicious - but fairly mainstream compared to what my husband had. We filed it under WTH desserts?! It was grilled Krispy Creme donut with foie gras (yes, goose liver for dessert?!), truffle black pepper ice cream and a pomegranate sauce. We just thought it sounded so weird, we'd HAVE to try it. I don't think either of us would order it again, but it actually tasted much better than it sounds. For this dessert, probably less is more - it would have been better with just the donut, foie gras and perhaps a less savory ice cream or sauce (but not all). The rich savory foie gras and the donut actually worked. All in all, an enjoyable meal.

Thank jhawkx2
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