Blu
Blu

Blu

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.allenisd.org/blu
  • Phone: 972-727-7180
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am - 12:30pm

    Please check our website at www.allenisd.org/blu for our most current serving dates
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: N Greenville Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Blu
Blu is a capstone classroom experience where senior hospitality and culinary arts students learn the many facets of the restaurant business. The kitchen and dining room employees are developing their skills in teamwork, food preparation, customer service, business management, and professionalism.

Hospitality Education at Allen High School


Mission:Train, Educate, and Inspire Future Hospitality Professionals


Values:Professionalism, Customer Service, and Leadership Development
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Blu reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.9
  • Food4.9
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (8)neighborhood gem (4)special occasion (1)fit for foodies (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Wonderful student run restaurant. Excellent food at fantastic value.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    RannJ
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I was very impressed with the overall service. The kids were awesome and the food was great. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neat experience in our town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was my first time at Blu and I really enjoyed it. The food is prepared by students who did a fabulous job balancing flavors and the kids who were our servers were very professional. The country fried steak was delicious! Can't wait to go back and try something new!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review of Blu
    luvtoreview2
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Blu was very clean, the server was friendly and efficient, the food was attractively presented and delicious!! We will definitely return and also recommend Blu to our friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 84 reviews are from the Blu reviews archive.
  • Perfect Resturant
    Cbg4
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This is a place to see young high school students learn and apply the skills taught to them during the school year. Great food and lots of good service. Thank you Allen ISD.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jakes
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The food was fantastic and well made. Beautiful presentation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very pleasant surprise
    BossyBoots
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Having been curious for a while, a friend and I decided to try Blu for lunch. It is the "lab restuarant/ kitchen" for Allen ISD's food service training program. It was wonderful! The salads were perfect, fresh and large. The parmesean crusted chicken was juicy, crispy and yummy! The place itself is very pretty and clean. The service was prompt, polite and cheerful. I will be returning for the special dinner service in May with a larger group. Give Blu a try; you are in for a treat! This program is something for Allen ISD to be commended for; these students are getting excellent training for careers in food service and hospitality.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The lunch was pleasant and the staff was very nice. Celebrating a 79th birthday they sang and made guest welcome. The background noise was a bit more than I had hoped for but not sure how that can be helped in its location. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiter was extremely nervous.
    Penny
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Waiter was extremely nervous. Ordered food and was brought something else entirely. When I told waiter, I just told him I would eat it anyway, and he seemed relieved. Other person ordered extra crispy bacon-had to send it back because it did not come out that way. When sent back, the bread was cold. I have had more pleasant experiences there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BLU GETS A TEN!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Thank you for your wonderful service. This was the first time my husband has been to Blu. He was amazed. Keep up the great work everyone. We'll be back. Great menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Because this is a learning restaurant, I made a comment to the waitress that my steak ordered medium was actually quite rare. I kept it and enjoyed it. The chef sent word back that he appreciated the critique. The waitress brought my wife and I a free dessert for the critique. I appreciated it but felt badly then for commenting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food for a great price
    lohill
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I have eaten at Blu two times and have thoroughly enjoyed it both times. Very reasonably priced and the wait staff (students) are always on top of everything. Will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    Elsie
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    A wonderful experience for the students and community.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    Miss11mom
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    The service, food & atmosphere were all great. I love being part of the students working and learning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MahJongg Holiday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    We are 8 ladies who reside at Heritage Ranch and in 2012 heard about Blu Restaurant. We held our Holiday Luncheon there and enjoyed it so much it was decided to try it again this year. Butternut squash soup was had by all: it was not ice cold but cooler then room temp and needed salt. The main course was the tenderloin pork which was tender and tasty but like the vegetables was cooler than room temperature. I would hope the restaurant gets heat lamps to keep the food, especially in winter warm if not hot. The wait staff and greeters were all very pleasant and obviously trying to learn proper serving techniques. We all left tips because of the staff. Do not know if we will try it again. Barbara Bianchi
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great kids
    EMILY
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Great entergetic kids work in this restaurant and out to please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    fred
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    we have eaten here 3 times & like the well-prepared meals. the prices are reasonable so its a good opportunity to try some different items. the decor is great & we like the enthusiasm of the young people. we plan to return & take friends who have never been.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Holiday Lunch
    Suebee
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    We took my parents to Blu the week after Thanksgiving. The menu was limited but had wonderful entrees for the holidays. We all ordered different items and each one was outstanding! The sides and desserts were delicious. The students servers were attentive and pleasant. We'll be back and have recommended Blu to friends!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service!
    AllenEAGLE1117
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    I've been here twice and both times I've been super impressed with the service provided and the food! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Culinary Future
    ckroberts61
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    This was my first visit to the Allen High School Blu cafe. I found the students and advisors who run the restaurant to be enthusiastic about the restaurant and highly capable of running the restaurant. The food was cooked well and presented nicely. I hope to return again soon to try other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Students Serve Great Lunch
    Hodie
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    My friend and I went to Blu to have lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the meal, the service and the servers. The food was outstanding and delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Helping Out...
    Zildjiank
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Helping out the students who are learning the business. Fun and rewarding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Tme.
    Freddie
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    We were a party of 5 and everyone was very pleased with the food, service and facilities. The waiters were helpfull and the cost was reasonable. We tried soup, salads, main meals and deserts. All were excelent and we WILL BE BACK AGAIN.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love you, Blu'
    Eaglefan
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    This was the fifth time I have eaten here and the third time for my sister from out of town. And as in previous visits, we had a wonderful time and enjoyed exceptional food!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A rare find
    Erin
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Blu is a beautiful restaurant located in Allen High School. It is run by the seniors who cook the food, host and serve the food. The food is so delicious every time I have eaten there! And the service couldn't be better. I have highly recommended it to several friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food!
    storckd61
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Very pleasantly surprised - the ambiance was nothing like I expected - very tastefully decorated and very clean. Food was prepared and presented extremely well. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious!
    jdubsmom
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    There is always an interesting menu. Dishes you won't find anywhere else. And it is always delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was simply fabulous!! The
    knorris
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    It was simply fabulous!! The presentation was nothing short of a high-end restaurant. The chocolate cake was a masterpiece and I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    nurse
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    It was very good, I wasn't very hungry though and that was my fault because I had eated earlier. Would like to try it again next time we are in Allen.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gem in the midst of highschool
    tchu
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    I met a friend for lunch at Blu this past week. Everyone from the hostess to the cashier was pleasant, kind and helpful. The hummus is delicious, as was the club sandwich. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homecoming Week Review
    lov2dine
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The menu we were expecting turned into a Hamburger Menu for homecoming. It was noisy but this may have been due to homecoming week however we were told by our waitress that students were not allowed to dine in the culinary restaurant as they had a separate cafeteria. The food on this occassion was so, so. The hospitality students all seemed pleasant and helpful to the diners. We will return to Blu again to try the real menu. I never visited with the culinary instructor, but did visit with the hospitality instructor who is a delight and she should be proud of her students. They seem very pleasant and helpful to the guest, although the service was rather slow and the meals were finished before the shakes made it to our table.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Community Gem
    Futbolczarina
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Blu is run by high school students for the community, faculty, and administration. It's priced well below market value! The facility is gorgeous, a modern look with vibrant blue decorative tiles and stainless steel appliances and countertops. Students work at Blu', but the student population is not allowed to dine there. The hallway is buzzing with teen activity, yet the restaurant is professional and fabulously tasty! We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly, cheerful and elegant
    lovetoeatout
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    The students greeted and sat me quickly. The waitress had good recommendations and knew the menu well. The tortilla tomato soup was excellent and my burger was cooked to perfection. I wish I had room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    Teacher
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    I always enjoy my visits to Blu. The kids are amazing and so is the food. Jordan Swim and Sheila Hyde are both AHS gems!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were a group of 6. We enjoyed
    afan
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    We were a group of 6. We enjoyed our server and had many questions for her about the restaurant. The food was delicious. We found it difficult to carry on a conversation, however. The noise level was beyond "energetic". I would return with a smaller group of 2.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice
    MarcZ
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Had lunch on opening day. Students were quite warm, friendly . . . sat down immediately, took our order, and was served quite timely. The food was presented well and tasted very good. Am looking forward to bringing my mother (visiting from Oregon) here next week and showcasing this nice program run by Allen High School.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Proud of the 2013 culinary class
    Senior2013mom
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    The senior class at the culinary arts at the Blu are awesome....great food and fantastic deserts....go pastry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unique menu at affordable price
    jdubsmom
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    Before eating at Blu, I had never heard of gnocchi or spaetzle. It is a great place to dine for a unique eating experience and it is affordable. The students are proud of their restaurant and their pride shows in the food and in the service. Love Blu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have enjoyed Blu for a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    We have enjoyed Blu for a couple years now, mainly due to the fact that it is operated by the culinary school at Allen High School. We have felt that the kids do an excellent job, both in preparation and service. However, the acoutics are terrible and spending the time with a group is unbearably noisy, as experienced on May 8. Generally, my husband and I have an early lunch at mid-week and consider our time as well spent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    AllenResident
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    An awesome program by the Allen High school provides high school students hands on experience on culinary arts and fine dining. The food is great and reasonably priced. Be forgiving when the kitchen gets backed up and your waiter gets confused :) sometimes you would forget that the food is prepared by high school students !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.