Blu

4.5
109 Reviews
$30 and under
American

About

Blu at Allen High School, located in Allen, Texas, is a student-run café at Allen High School. The restaurant offers a wide and eclectic menu for breakfast and lunch. We also offer the "blu@home" meals on Fridays for take out, a link for these meals can be found on the Facebook page Blu Café at Allen High School.

Blu at Allen High School is an opportunity for high school students to indulge in their creative side when cooking. With a full kitchen and dining room, the restaurant is a working business as well as a learning experience for the high school students who run it. The creative plating and freshly prepared meals are sure to please.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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Sparkie
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Service and enjoy talking to the people working there!!

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KevinC
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome student run restaurant. Food was awesome!

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DebraP
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These kids do amazing work - huge portion on our breakfast sandwich. We will be back!

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PamRand
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
The students are getting a wonderful education in culinary class. Their chef does a greAt job with them.

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YUMReview
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Salads were great.
Burgers were undercooked and not seared. With all the condiments, bun should have been toasted, as it absorbed the condiments and cooked onions. Lettuce on the burgers was very wet...should have been washed per procedure and dried prior to service on the burger.
Need more choices besides coffee and tea, big let down.
Service was great.

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Love2Go
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blu Café is a unique and wonderful experience. The décor is high class, even though it is located in a high school. The food is a gourmet experience with outstanding presentation and flavor. The service is wonderful, friendly and courteous. It is a favorite spot for us. The only drawback is the limited time it is open -- based on the school calendar.

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jasnic23
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2015
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A restaurant run by teenagers might scare some but this was a great experience. The food was very good and the service was spectacular. Everyone was so polite and very eager to help. Really enjoyed the experience and will come back here regularly during the school year when it is open.

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Allenites
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoy dining at Blu'. The food is great, people are very nice and friendly, and we appreciate the students having a high quality program such as this to learn in!

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girlscout4life
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Anytime someone can feature or citizens of tomorrow engaged to make a difference, that is my first choice. New Friend, old friend; business or pleasure. The food is amazing; not amazing for youth; just flat amazing! The menu changes frequently and is innovative; never disappointing in quality or quantity! Tuesday - Friday during a semester, except the first and last months of a semester.

It will be your new favorite too!

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Reader
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blu is one of our favorite lunchtime treats for small groups or just a table for two to catch up on the latest news. The restaurant is busy but quiet enough to hear everyone at the table.The table service is spot-on. The butternut squash soup was heavenly! Although I am NOT a fan of Brussels sprouts, the crispy Brussels sprouts dish made me rethink that opinion! Highly recommended!

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EMILY
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Blu is a great place to eat and the students are delightful.

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Karl
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the fact that this high school program exists. The food was good, an excellent value, and the kids did a great job taking care of us.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2014
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The staff- students were very nice, however when questioned about the food our waitress could not answer questions, like what kind of bread sandwich was on- simple things. Also the food was good tasting , however had to send soup back to be reheated because it was cold- room temp, and the fries were cold and soggy also- not even warm. The sandwich was quite good. My friends chicken fried steak was hot.

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FourOfUs
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2014
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Four of us came to Blu on a Friday. The food was really quite bad....no taste and poorly done. Kale salad truly not edible. Chicken fried steak was just so-so. Crème Brule was not finished properly and the taste very thick, more like pudding than it should have been. Nothing special about the meals at all.
Last year, you couldn't get in this restaurant, especially on a Friday. This year, we brought our friends thinking we would again have a good experience. Very few people were even there during lunch. Almost all tables empty.
Looks to us like Blu has a new head Chef and things are not like they were. Blu was a true gem of a place....it's diner-like now.

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AllenVballMom1
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First if all, kudos to Allen High School for the support and inception of such a concept. The culinary program is incredible at this school. The skill and dedication show in their product. It's easy to forget that this is not a regular restaurant, but instead a training program ran by students who are learning! The dishes the students produce are restaurant quality and then some. Our salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees and desserts were so delicious. Kale salad was about as perfect as they come. Chocolate cake was delectable as well. The coordination, prebussing and delivery of our meal was executed so well. We can't wait to go back!

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Pasadena
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate at Blu on Friday when they had a chicken fried steak buffet. While the buffet was great, I was looking forward to having a full menu to choose from. I guess we will just have to make a return visit!

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SusanL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful student run restaurant. Excellent food at fantastic value.

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RannJ
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed with the overall service. The kids were awesome and the food was great.
Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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luvtoreview2
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Cbg4
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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Jakes
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic and well made. Beautiful presentation

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BossyBoots
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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!

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vipJoelundg
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch from the students at AHS

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Penny
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2014
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

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lohill
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Elsie
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience for the students and community.

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Miss11mom
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food & atmosphere were all great. I love being part of the students working and learning.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2013
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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

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EMILY
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2013
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great entergetic kids work in this restaurant and out to please.

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fred
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

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Suebee
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!!

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AllenEAGLE1117
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2013
Overall5food4service5ambience3

I've been here twice and both times I've been super impressed with the service provided and the food! Highly recommended.

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ckroberts61
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a great holiday meal!!

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Hodie
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Zildjiank
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2013
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Helping out the students who are learning the business. Fun and rewarding.

FAQs

Blu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (972) 727-7180.

Blu is rated 4.5 stars by 109 OpenTable diners.