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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, blushsb.com) 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

Blush, 10/18/2013
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!


Incredible!
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.


hmm hiding something??
Reviewer: Sebastian from Santa Barbara, CA
food was good service was, well idk the server was wearing the tightest pants, i think, i may have ever seen. When I asked he told me that they were actually pajamas and "They feel so free!" Thrust his hips and walked away with a smile.....?


Very Dissapointed with recent experience
Reviewer: Ben from Santa Barbara, CA
I came to Blush last night to meet up with some friends. Big Mistake. I encountered the rudest host and staff that I have ever experienced at a bar/lounge. I waited in line with a friend to get in, and they did not approve of his ID when we finally got to the front. We went back and got his passport, then waited in line again and were asked to pay $20 to get in! Since we were meeting up with people, we paid the $20. When we got inside, it was impossible to get any kind of service. The place was understaffed, and everyone was rude. It's a shame as it is really a beautiful restaurant, and a great location. If this is how they treat locals, I can't image they will stay in business that long.

Blush Restaurant and Lounge writes: Dear Reviewer, We are very sorry that you had a bad experience at Blush andfor dropping the ball on your last visit. We try very hard to make sure everyone has a great time with us. We hope that we see you again sometime in the future, and hope that you'll give us the chance to change your opinion of us. Blush Management

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