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Blush Restaurant and Lounge
630 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 957-1300

  • Category: Californian
  • Hours: Mon/Tues/Weds 11am-12am Thurs/Friday 11am-1:30am Sat 10am-130am Sunday 10am-12am
  • Chef: Chef Mossin Suggich
  • Price: $20+
  • Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
  • Reservations: Yes, recommended
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Blush Restaurant and Lounge writes: With a flavor for the avant garde, a rich appreciation for the appeal of late-night comfort foods, and a modern cut and curvature to its design, Blush (630 State St., 957-1300, joins the downtown restaurant scene. The former location of Zelo has been converted into a sleek lounge space open for dinner, entertainment, cocktails, and twilight snacks. Culinary engineering meets decadent simplicity in their seasonally prepared costal Californian menu. The expansive outdoor patio boasts 6 elegant fireside seating areas. Throughout the Santa Barbara summer, patrons can enjoy a warm evening breeze along with live entertainment on the patio. Bar and table seating is available, operating extended hours for diners, drinkers, and night owls in a refined and highly social atmosphere.

  • Specials: Tuesday-Farmer's Market Fresh, Wednesday-Wine Discovery $25 two course meal with wine! Late night Dining from 10pm - Midnight 7 Days a week!!! Happy hour daily from 3p-7p
  • Happy Hour: Happy Hour 7 days a week 3pm - 7pm!! $6 appetizer specials.

Reviews by the General Public

Reviewer: Charlotte from Goleta
I haven't been to Blush in several years. It was blah then and still is. Only now the place is really showing its age. The bathrooms were dirty, light bulbs needed to be replaced, no soap for hand washing, peeling paint. Our table outside was warped, potted succulents were half dead with weeds. This place needs some serious love and lacks pride and attention to detail. The food was the same... No love, no pride. The Piquillo popers were disappointing, blah, boring, greasy. No evidence of Chorizo. The Caesar salad was white on white lettuce. Sharp garlic, prefab crouton. The only redeeming piece of the salad were the house pickled cherry tomatoes or rather tomato... One! Asked the waitress for more, she told us they only serve one with the entire salad! The menu reads tomatoes..plural. She brought us 3 more cherry tomatoes. Really!?? Crab cakes were greasy, canned crab, heavy blah. Terrible. Flat Iron steak was delicious. Nice sauce. Beautiful Celeriac purée, silky, buttery, great flavor, reminiscent of Joel Robochon method of the perfect potato purée. Chilean Seabass with Saffron Beurre Blanc was fantastic, again, the potato purée was perfection. They've got the entrées buttoned down, the apps. need to be reworked. Service was ok. We're still laughing about "the tomato" that one sublime tomato.

Made a Reservation -- and they re not OPEN
Reviewer: Sarah from Santa Barbara, CA
What a rip off. Made lunch reservations (after checking their web site and other sites for hours)arrived with 5 others and -- guess what -- they are no longer open for lunch! According to a young lady (who would also like management to let people know) said that they are slow in the winter so they closed until dinner. I asked when they were going to reopen for lunch -- she had no idea. Now, it would be a novel idea for the management or owners to change the web site, tell Open Table they were closed for lunch, just about anything would be better than ignoring customers.

Reviewer: Sally Spork from Santa Barbara, CA
Atmosphere: Beautifully designed and decorated throughout. Lovely light 'baubles' strung from the ceiling. Outside is a wonderfully large patio with comfy seats, tables and fireplaces. Large bar inside and out. Service: We were seated immediately and served our food promptly. The place was bustling and the waitress was present but not overtly. Food/Drink: We ordered several appetizers: filet bites, flat bread with cheese and arugula, and Ahi tatare. All were tasty. We also ordered ice tea and white wine. We were there for happy hour. A great place to be: can sit inside or out in a great ambiance. Summary: Blush is a gem on State St., whether you go with a companion for a drink and tapas or a meal. The menu is extensive, fresh and creative; the service adequate and the ambiance delightful.

What No Service?
Reviewer: Sylvie from Santa Barbara, CA
During the SBIFF I wanted to enjoy a nice meal between movies. I was seated in the patio and completely ignored. Three other tables were seated after me and they were served right away. The server compleletly ignored my table. When I asked to speak to the manager I was appalled by his lack of customer service. Dear Manager, not only have you lost my business, but that of my associates. All was not lost however, I went to Opal's, enjoyed a remarkable dinner, and service was great!. Opal's understands the value of customer service.

barbecue lunch surprise
Reviewer: chris from Santa Barbara, CA
Blush has daily lunch specials. We were very pleased with their Friday beef ribs (3) which were superior to either of the places with BBQ in their names, and at a better price! Really tender and flavorful with side fries and coleslaw. Service was swift and attentive.

Great Anniversary Dinner
Reviewer: D'Vonne from Thousand Oaks,Ca.
My husband and I always enjoy the opportunity to stay in Santa Barbara and we chose Blush to celebrate our Anniversary! The atmosphere was inviting with the fireplace across from us and the heaters near our table. We enjoyed a great bottle of wine, the service was efficient, friendly, and the food serving team all did a great job making sure we had what we needed. The hamburger was excellent and my husband enjoyed his jerk chicken. It was a lovely night but a sad moment when we realized we had left our "to-go" box on the table. Darn, was I looking forward to finishing my burger the next day! We will dine at Blush again.

Happy with food and service
Reviewer: Devrha from Culver City
This was our choice for Christmas eve. We peaked in during the afternoon as we walked State St. and we were not sure if it looked "fancy" enough for a Christmas eve dinner date. We were happy that we didn't change our mind. The waiter was extremely polite and attentive. When the salad taste exceptional, you know you made the right choice. The steak, the lobster mac and cheese, the baked cookie with caramel & vanilla gellato, AND great wine...made for an A+ evening at Blush. Sitting in the patio with the fireplace also made for nice atmosphere.

Worst service and not told of hidden charges!
Reviewer: Susan from Santa Barbara, CA
We are all (3) Santa Barbarans and 1st time there for 2 of us. We arrived to see the band at 2:00pm. I was only going to have a glass of wine. Waitress finally took our order 2:20 said if you order lunch you get bottomless mimosa's until 3pm. So we said ok. Our drinks came at 2:40 and food 2:45 (salad). We were expecting other people who never came. I gave my friends my money for lunch and left. They got a bill that they had tacked on $18 extra for a large party (3?) and $15 each for the bottomless Mimosa's which were supposed to be included with lunch! My friends talked to the manager who sided with the waitress and insinuated they were lying. This was the first and last time we will go there!

Simply amazing.
Reviewer: Elle from Santa Barbara, CA
. It was my first time dining at Blush, however, I was so impressed. The atmosphere is beautiful. We were placed underneath and outdoor wall heater and across from the fire place. There was great live mellow music. The patio was so relaxing and the service was wonderful. Lastly, the meal was so delicious! Also- you can't pass up the dessert. I will definitely be dining at blush in the future. It's one of my new favorite restaurants!

Reviewer: Lisa from Santa Barbara, CA
My husband and I had the most amazing dinner at Blush the other night. Beyond incredible food, drinks and service. It was, by far, the best meal I have had in a long, long time, probably since our last time at Blush. The service was phenomenal, attentive and friendly but not overbearing. And, while the owner was checking in on us, another pleased diner stopped by to let him know that his large party was very happy with their dining experience as well. Easily my favorite restaurant in town!

Amazing live music! Great food.
Reviewer: Rebecka from Santa Barbara, CA
Amazing live music with so much soul! I'm from North Carolina and I was so pleased to finally find a spot with GREAT live music. The food was amazing and the servers were very attentive. The duo you have with the DJ and sax player is sexy and very alluring. This is a perfect spot for Santa Barbara to relax and play. Rebecka

Great Food. Misguiding Name
Reviewer: Tory from Santa Barbara, CA
If you want to know the truth, I live in Santa Barbara and hadn't made it here until just recently. It was the name. I just don't like the name. It made it sound like a girlie tea spot, which is fine too, but not my style. I recently took a client of mine to dinner here ( heard through the grapevine that it was good food) and he seemed a bit worried as well. Much to my surprise the lamb shank blew me away. Soft tender, and served with just enough sauce to add to the flavor or the lamb, not drown it out, as I have seen with other places. The lobster mac and cheese sounds funny but it is absolutely brilliant! My point is, male or female you will love it, and a really beautiful outdoor setting as well. I Highly recommend it and it's too late now to change the name, but everything else fantastic. Service was great. I am not sure about what the other reviewers mean.

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