Lure Fish House
Lure Fish House is a restaurant with a conscience. And it’s also a restaurant that rolls out great food. Designed around the notion that local food is best, Lure is a place where you can get fresh, sustainable, local seafood. Though not all of the menu items are sourced locally, they only order their seafood from trusted and sustainable sources. So you can go to Lure for a night out and feel good about what you are eating.
The interior of the restaurant is all about attention to detail: oversized sculptural light fixtures, small blownglass pendants, an oyster bar that offers a front-row view of the kitchen, a three-sided cocktail bar, deep booths and an extensive wine list.
This is a place with a wellcrafted modern feel, and the kind of atmosphere that makes you want to linger late into the night.
When asked about the menu, front of house executive Stephen Schmidt says, “Mesquite charbroiled fish is our bread and butter.” Though the menu changes daily, shrimp, halibut and salmon are among the dishes prepared this way, producing a distinct smokiness and tender texture. Seared ahi tuna and a modern twist on trout almondine were also tempting options on a recent visit. Whether you’re in search of authentic New England clam chowder, a bucket of clams, ceviche, oysters on the half shell, a pasta dish or something fried, theirs is a menu sure to please everyone. Handcrafted cocktails, utilizing Camarillo strawberries and Ventura Limoncello, are as much of a draw as the menu itself.
As Schmidt said in a recent phone conversation, “We think the community deserves something fantastic.” Though new to the local dining scene, Lure is a restaurant with a bright future.
259 W. Ventura