Foodie Haven in South Park
What a fantastic little restaurant--super eclectic, artsy yet a but industrial. The decor is really fresh with a lounge seating area up front, bar, and cocktail and dinner tables. The menu is an inventive and artful combination of gastronomy. We decided to share a bunch of small plates and ordered almost everything on the menu. Some standouts: any of the 3 varieties of tacos, especially the pork belly. Corn fritters, crispy chicken skin, and ceviche--kids menus are also equally clever. Lots of great choices that include sides like quinoa and blackberries. What a refreshing change from chicken nuggets and fries at most places. The craft cocktails are also made with top quality ingredients like freshly squeezed juices and shaved ginger.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wine list is great! Happy
Wine list is great! Happy hour had great deals as well!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chef Heredia is incredible.
Chef Heredia is incredible. This place is a must-visit gem in South Park.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
anniversary night celebration
The food was interesting and delicious...our server was great...it was our 31st anniversary celebration and we had a gift of one of their wonderful tasting desserts... Will definitely make this one on the list of frequented restaurants... Terrie and Bob Aichele
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We came to Alchemy for a friends
We came to Alchemy for a friends birthday and really enjoyed the dinner. Aside from 1-2 dishes that simply weren't our taste, all the food was good. We especially enjoyed the corn bread, ravioli, burger, quinoa hush puppies. The only negatives were the taro tacos which were EXTREMELY small, even for a small plate and the thai fritters which were plain and just not that interesting. The service was great, very friendly and attentive. All around we had a great experience and would come again.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good vibe, with friendly staff.
Good vibe, with friendly staff. The food provides creative twists on classic fare.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Vegeterian three course meal!
This was my first time here and I can't wait to go back. This place is very much a neighborhood restaurant. Lots of regulars, very friendly service, etc. I had the three course vegetarian tasting, which is different every Wednesday. Original and delicious. I can't wait to go back!
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Dining Experience
They accommodated us perfectly - menu, drinks, ambiance, background music, special requests for child. Great Job!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Why Alchemy won the SD Award
We've been to Alchemy a number of times for the food, the service, and the friendliness of everyone. SD Magazine gave Alchemy an award for best neighborhood restaurant --- it's easy to see why. The food is imaginative, well prepared, and in nice portions. They have become a source for Whole Foods as well, supplying some specific dishes and sauces to the deli section.
I'm a fan of their straightforward wine-by-the glass list, while the bottle list has a number of wines like Tablas Creek that aren't usually seen in SD.
Ask for one of the corner booths!
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Clean Delicious Food!
Alchemy Restaurant is has a variety of options for meat eaters, Veggy lovers and Vegans. The Grass Fed Burger was amazing!
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The staff was perfect. Veery
The staff was perfect. Veery knowledgable about their wines and pairings. The food was outstanding even though a substitution was. needed. I would recommend this restaurant.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Yummy brunch menu, zero crowd.
Great spot in South Park with an interesting, and yummy menu. My party didn't love the spice mix on the brunch potatoes, but absolutely loved the chicken & waffles. The eggs Benedict was prepared well, and the coffee was perfectly pressed. Definitely a nice place to go without the wait of most S.D. Brunch places.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the New Menu
Since this is right across the street from our house, we eat here a lot. It's always delicious, but the latest menu changes are awesome!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love this restuarant! Bartender
We love this restuarant! Bartender and servers are great. Love the menu, small plate options and great combination for veggies, vegans, or meat eaters.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Caught my eye
I saw my sister check into this place the day before I made my reservation. Looked at the menu and was already excited to go there. Dinner was delicious, and looked over there brunch menu and can't wait to go back.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Local & Innovative Cusine
Nice staff. Great neighborhood restaurant. Burgers are great. Many vegetarian selections.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
large brunch group
we had a large sunday brunch group-everyone at our table enjoyed their meal, the brunch cocktail offerings were tasty and the service here is GREAT! less well-known than some of the other brunch options out there (for now,) so it was not crowded and was quite pleasant.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Glad we tried Alchemy. Good food, service and drinks. Couldn't ask for more on a date with the hubby.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy Birthday at Alchemy
Nice Birthday dinner last week at Alchemy. They cheerfully honored my request for a favorite table, provided the usual top-notch service, and served with flourish a nice gluten free desert. Always a changing menu, and always a treat at Alchemy.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our 1st time, we'll be back!
Our son just moved to South Park, so we came for a visit & went here for dinner on a Friday night. We were greeted promptly by the friendly staff and seated at a nice back corner table. It was fun to look at the array of books on the ceiling and see how many we had read between us. We had the shrimp avocado salad (small but yummy), the burger, and chicken breast. Special mention goes to the curry ketchup, which starts out tasting ike regular ketchup, then magically develops a mild curry aftertaste. Magic? No. Alchemy!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Brunch at Alchemy
Two of us had the Shrimp 'n Grits and they both loved it. One person had the BLT and went NUTS over it. I had the Chilaquiles and although very tasty, I thought the tortillas themselves were a bit "soggy". I like my tortillas to still have a little bit of body to them, like the traditional dish. However, overall, a great experience.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the additions to the menu
Since we live next door we are constantly here for the great drinks and food and atmosphere. The whole fried fish was amazing as was the miracle berry dessert!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambience, really cool dessert
I liked the location overall ambience of the restaurant. I food was far from bad, but it wasn't the most amazing meal I had ever had. They have this really cool dessert which requires you to eat a "magical berry" that I thought was really cool. Made my night. Drinks are pretty good, really nice people working there and overall great vibe. I would go again and recommend to friends.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been going since it opened
Alchemy is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. The food is always fantastic, cooked perfectly and made with quality ingredients. I love all their little plates and sides - it's always easy to share with a group and try a lot of different flavors. Their cocktails are great, the small list of beers on tap is interesting (though they don't try to compete with the beer bar next door), and the desserts are amazing! I highly recommend the cranberry/blueberry bread pudding. We chose Alchemy to cater our wedding and had the cranberry bread pudding instead of wedding cake! On top of all that, the service is warm and friendly. It always feels like a treat to go there!
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant was decent
The restaurant was decent overall, but all of the food was way too salty. For example, my friend and I ordered the beet salad, which looked great, but the goat cheese it was covered in seemed to be more salt than milk. It pretty much made the dish inedible. Same thing for the bacon added to their burger.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Pleasent Surprise!
I invited a friend who was visiting our city from Mexico City to have dinner with me. I have been wanting to try some of the South Park restaurants having heard how good they were. Searching the available restaurants for the time and day I wanted,. I settled on Alchemy. The interior design is more Harry Potter than Dr. Frankenstein but it lent itself to a comfortable ambience for dining and enjoying good company. When I discovered that Wednesday nights, the Chef prepares a vegetarian taste consisting of 4 courses which was ideal for my friend. I had the rib eye steak and it was huge, although I could have done without the bone and marrow served with it, and the beet salad. The food was excellent and service equally as so.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been wanting to come for years. Ambience was great but the food was average. For the cost and the food not being memorable, I don't feel the need to come back.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
Great food, quick from the kitchen, great service. What more could you ask for?
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A hidden gem, I didn't knew from this restaurant until open table send me a email with this one on the list of best restaurants on 1st place, and it's really Great, we were celebrating my husband B- day and they bring out a cake with a candle, very nice detail because i didn't ask on advance for a celebration dinner.The food was Excellent, the only little bump was the service, not because it was bad only because I think before 6:00 is only 1 person for the restaurant, it was to much tables for her, after that she have help and we finish our new experience Great.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM