LURE Restaurant-South Tampa

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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates

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First we lured you in Downtown St. Pete. Now, we're bringing the love to South Tampa.

We are crafting a unique, irresistible restaurant experience right here, 'neath the pines of Palma Ceia. Extraordinary sushi is just the beginning. Then, we stir in an array of sumptuous tapas, tacos and flatbreads. Top all that off with local craft brews on draft, custom cocktails and potent Tikis. What's a Tiki, you ask? The way we heard it is, Tiki is Polynesian for knock you on your butt, double rum drink.

The Lure is the kind of place that we like to hang out. A fun, friendly and laid-back atmosphere with five-star taste sensations and service. It’s a reflection of decades of restaurant experience, countless food-inspired travels and our passion for savoring every moment.

See you at The Lure.
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J
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sushi is good but not great. Server wasn’t super attentive. Nice location and good atmosphere though.

RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service beyond expectations

DH
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service was excellent, however, they need to work on the quality and mixology of drinks.

MO
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is excellent. Some confusion on menus by server but he was nice. Dining area management needs attention but again, the food was very tasty.

A
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent. This is my third time at the S Tampa Lure and we loved it. The manager (Dave?) and servers are very nice and the sushi was great! Good cocktails too. Will definitely go back.

L
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

C
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The tapas were excellent but the sushi was pretty mediocre. My friends and I split the redfish tapa, scallops, Mexican roll and another roll with tempura shrimp, avocado topped with tuna, eel sauce and spicy mayo. The service was slow But friendly and the servers seemed to not know the menu very well. If I were going for tapas I would definitely go again but there are so many better sushi places if that is what I was in the mood for.

CS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was very good, but the service was terrible. At first (6) of us ordered our drinks and only one drink at a time was brought to the table over a 15-20 minute period. One person ordered a Pinot Grigio, a Pinor Noir came out. Another person ordered a Prosecco and Saki came out. And ultimately we cancelled the sangria as that never came out after asking repeatedly and instead ordered a beer because it was easier. Then when we ordered our food, but three of the rolls never came out, so when we asked the server he didn't even know what the rolls were that hadn't been served and had to retake our orders. Then after reordering the three rolls, two of them came out, but the third roll was still wrong. Just very poor service. The food was the only saving grace.

A
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Much better than the last time I went here. Excellent sushi menu. Service was nice. Not crazy about the very casual fishing atmosphere, but it’s ok. We’ll go back.

m
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lure is one of the best restaurants in our neighborhood! The service is always great and the food is always on par! Thank You David!

OT
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour specials

LC
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 2nd time at The Lure & we will definitely be back! It's a hidden gem!

J
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual dress with a variety of tapas that provide all kinds of different tastes. We love it cause we’re foodies. We really can’t say enough about this place. Always great food and the staff just seem very sincere to have us as their customers. Manager (David) cape by twice to say hi. Off to Mother’s Day Brunch now to see if it’s the same quality as the dinner.

H
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was awesome. We tried everything from the sushi rolls, salads, and tacos. The food was delicious. We also had lots of drinks. They had great drink specials, to include bottles of wine for $16 and $18! The service was awesome too. I think we spent 4 hours here, eating and drinking. We all had a great time and will return.

K
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was amazing. Waitress was the worst. Literally had to ask for multiple things three time and the waitress got an attitude! At one point we ordered a round of drinks and waited over 20 minutes and there was only one other table in the restaurant. Two wait staff and a mgr were standing at the bar, someone in our party went up and asked what the problem was and they said the bartender was gone and they were all waiting!!! Really sad they can’t get the front of the house managed properly. Customers won’t volunteer to be tortured no matter how great the food is.

M
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time. Everything was very good.

CD
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service although we sat at the bar.

CC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is easily accessible with ample psrking. Our server was named Serve' and she was very knowledgeable on all items and the menu even informing us that raw or cooked sushi options were available. We dined outside with a nice cool breeze and the host David accommodated every request we had. The prices are very reasonable and I would highly recommend this restaurant for a casual dining experience.

l
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was awful, tiki drinks were overly sweet, unbalanced messes, starters came last, Entrees came first, the blackened albacore was mushy, cold and covered in sauce, food was mediocre to poor. Will not return, very disappointing.

M
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better value than expected for the quality and portions.

DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Servy was amazing. She was very attentive.

B
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of sushi and other dishes. Service was very friendly, and the layout of the bar / restaurant was really cool. Nice seating area outside as well!

CH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered tasted fabulous. The variety of food offered was exceptional. The tapas were far from small. Loved this place!!!

T
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of interesting tapas and sushi rolls. We ordered two rolls and 2 tapas, which was plenty of food for my husband and I.
Alex, our server, was excellent and made some great suggestions. We arrived at 5 and sat outside on a beautiful Saturday evening. Even though the restaurant is on Macdill you hardly noticed the cars driving by because of the plants and shades. We can't wait to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for Valentine’s Day and ordered their 3-course special.

D
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelled food and service!

T
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go for sushi and other dishes....service, and staff are excellent and engaged with their customers...always busy with a great crowd...might want to get reservations. Very loud so not a place for quiet conversations...may be an idea for management to consider some sound deadening ....but doesn't stop us from being regulars there. They have a free quality pool table so after your meal and while you are still working thru you drink...can shoot a game or so of pool

T
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! The red fish and filet small plates are ahh-mazing, the sushi is delish and the drinks are the highlight of the whole meal. And the manager David Green is extremely welcoming and kind. Highly recommend this to anyone. Very family friendly place as well.

TM
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We never got waited on; we waited for 20 minutes as tables seated after us were waited on. We finally let the Manager know and left.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was poor. We waited 20 minutes before our server asked for our drink order and then another 20 for the drinks to be ready even though we could see then

LJ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time coming here and everything was great, especially the pitcher of moscow mules we got! Will be back soon

BA
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was such a wonderful and fun New Year's Eve location. We wanted something fun,chill and great food!

PB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was reluctant to write a review because I don’t want anyone to know how AWESOME Lure is. The staff is friendly and the food and sushi are 5 stars.

w
Tampa
28 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We absolutely enjoyed the food at Lure. The taps plates are VERY generous portions. It's a bit noisy but we sat outside with a lovely patio heater and a table in the corner. I recommend visiting Lure. We ordered the seared scallops and the short rib tapas and they were both nicely presented and delicious.

J
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was good. Great atmosphere and the food was delicious. I will definitely return.

T
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Miller and the crab cakes were great. The salmon nigiri was fresh.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I wanted to like the place. Everything was great until I realized a couple hours later and the whole next day something wasn’t cooked right and I was violently ill.

ND
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, the small plates wer good size-blackened redfish really good, sushi was kind of what you expect at a non sushi joint, ok but not amazing. cool interior and great service.

SP
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yummy!! I wasn’t sure when we first looked at the menu. It was very eclectic but our server made some suggestions, which we went with and we were not disappointed!!

SP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sat at the bar and the bartender was awesome. She didn’t interrupt, but was very attentive. Food was great as well. Overall, I was glad we ate there. The key now is sustainability. Best of luck!

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