Blush
Blush

Blush

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.blushsb.com/
  • Phone: 8059571300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Friday Lunch from 11:30am-3pm
    Tuesday - Sunday Happy Hour 3pm-7pm
    Dinner Daily from 5pm
    Saturday & Sunday Brunch from 10am-3pm
    Late Night Dining from 10-midnight
    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brandon Worrell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Friday & Saturaday Live DJ's playing your favorite lounge music, perfect ambiance to see and be seen. Lively and fun!
  • Special Events: Cocktail Parties, Rehersal dinners, Celebrations, access for large parties

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ortega
  • Public Transit: City Bus Stop and Downtown trolly within feet of our entrance
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: City Lot accessible on Ortega and Anacapa Street. 75 minutes free, no validated parking.
A word from Blush
Blush Restaurant + Lounge combines refined social dining with a contemporary atmosphere that transcends from day to night while keeping its local roots. Nestled in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, Blush Restaurant + Lounge provides a modern stylish decor with a warm, ambient indoor dining room and exquisite outdoor patio accompanied with fireside seating. It features seasonal Californian cuisine with inventive signature cocktails that truly highlight a classic dining experience at its finest.

Blush is an ideal choice for bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, elegant wedding receptions and weekend brunch.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Blush reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (10)good for groups (7)special occasion (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (3)fit for foodies (3)neighborhood gem (3)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)romantic (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Power Went Out - They Didnt Tell Us
    FranklyPut
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have no issue with the power going out. Of course, they have no control over that. However, they could have sent an email or something telling us that they were closed because there was no power. We had a reservation at 8pm. The Power went out hours earlier... They had ample time to inform us and they didn't. All of that said, I was excited to try this place and still would - hopefully the service and the food has more class then the management.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot
    Laura
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We found this place on Open Table while looking for a restaurant that could accommodate 6 people. What a great surprise! Good food, excellent service. Will definitely return when we are back in town
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good this time
    ClintVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We've dined at Blush several times. This time, however, was disappointing. The back to school crowd from SBCC (or so it seemed) was hanging out at the bar, running around like screaming toddlers, and creating a big distraction in the dining area. Unfortunately, the staff at Blush was ok with it. Instead, they should have shuffled them to the outdoor area. The food was ok, but a bit bland this time. The service was slow, and I'll be a bit reluctant to return, given there are so many other choices in the area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comedy of Errors
    NeighborBobVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Most confused dining experience ever. Hostess seated me, realized she forgot the drink menu, promised to bring one over. Never saw her again. Waiter came to take the drink order, told him I needed the menu, arrived about 5 minutes later. Ordered a bottle of wine. 5 minutes later the glasses arrived. 5 minutes after that the waiter brought the wrong bottle of wine and then insisted the one I ordered was not on the menu. I pointed it out on the menu and then 5 minutes later he brought a different bottle saying they were out of my choice. Bread finally arrived 30 seconds ahead of our salads, at which point the waiter took away all the bread plates. One of my party ordered the burger without sauce, you can guess how that turned out...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    SmokedogVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The appetizer was good but the food was not good. Lobster Mac n cheese had rubber lobster and was very salty. Sea bass had no flavor and I think was really halibut. Place is more of bar than restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food & excellent service
    sblocal
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    the food was delicious, big portions, fair prices. Service was excellent, even when we went in one of the busiest days of the year.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunday brunch
    Lauren
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Even being there on the World Cup final, it was a nice brunch. We sat outside (to get away from the World Cup craziness) and it was great. Service by Alex F was great, super attentive. I enjoyed my brunch thoroughly. I had the Dr Suess Benedict with side of potatoes. It was wonderful. My dad had a ahi salad which he said was very good. All in all we really enjoyed our time at Blush.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A surprise
    Iloveredwine4
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Made reservations after looking at a dinning guide. We wanted to find someplace new to eat. Enjoyed the patio, and I kept looking around as it sort of looked familiar. Ask the waitress what blush to be and she said Zelo! We used to come here a lot years ago because a friend of ours owned Zelo! Looks good now, food was very good as was out waitress. We'll be sure to come back next time in Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 201 reviews are from the Blush reviews archive.
  • Blush in Santa Barbara
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I found this restaurant on Open Table and really enjoyed it. The salmon was delicious, and so was the chocolate mousse dessert. My only complaint is that the music was too loud. Nice outdoor patio, great service. Definitely would return on a future trip.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok.
    whatever
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    we went for dinner to celebrate my birthday that waiter was attentive and helpful. we went early so the noise level was low. food excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Servic is terrible
    Iluvfood3868
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The waiter was servicing me and my boyfriend at one table, and a table of four next to us. After telling us there were no more burgers, we were kind of bummed but remained positive. However, he was a loud speaker and we could hear him apologizing to the next table for a bunch of problems going on in the kitchen throughout the night, as well to us. It seems like all we heard from him was "sorry". The real disappointment was at the end, when we ordered Creme broulee. He brought ours out, and apologized once again, because they had run out of spoons. My boyfriend had to eat it with a fork. However, just a few minutes later, the table next to us ordered a dessert, and he brought it out with four spoons! I was disappointed. And the food was eh.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch
    fsp4
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We've been to Blush for dinner but never for brunch. The food was very good, however, the service was spotty. I had to ask for water several times before someone finally brought me a glass. I ordered fruit instead of potatoes with my eggs, but had to wait before they finally brought out the fruit. Tea was served in a cup (on a very chilly, foggy morning) so I asked for hot water. It was brought out in a small teapot with no cover. While the wait staff was friendly, these little things add up. There are many alternatives for brunch in Santa Barbara; not sure I'll go back to Blush for brunch again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spoiled Fish
    dineoutoften125nightsVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We were seated inside as the patio was occupied by a private party. Our server Lenka seemed new and was too soft spoken. We enjoyed the Artisan cheese appetizer plate but not the crispy long stem artichoke hearts as they were quite tough. The Chilean Sea bass being served to an adjacent table was well plated and we ordered it as one of the entrees. When it arrived it had a strong fishy smell and one bite confirmed it was spoiled. The grilled salmon and seared ahi salads were adequate size and tasty. Steak bites were chosen as a quick to the table sea bass replacement and arrived over-seasoned. The topper was our server pouring water into an unfinished mojito. We couldn't wait to get out of dodge - no plans to return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unforgettable Experience
    Nena2828
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    From the moment we walked into the restaurant I knew we were going to have an awesome experience. Staff members are extremely nice and ready to serve. The menu has great choices. I had the Chilean Sea Bass and it was amazing. The lobster mac was delicious. We ordered a bottle of Tolloy wine and did not regret the choice. We were seated outdoors and the energy of the surrounding guest added to our birthday celebration. I am definitely returning to Blush next time I visit Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find and really good food!!!!
    Greatfood
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great service and excellent food. The appetizers were amazing. I will be back for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back
    KsmoVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Blush was recommended to us by the staff at Carr Winery and they didn't steer us wrong. We arrived a bit too early for dinner so we had some appetizers then split an entrée. It was a wonderful way to try more items; everything was delicious!!! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    ClintVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We've been to Blush several times. They have unique preparations and good quality. The ambiance is nice and the outdoor area is enjoyable as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    24romantic
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Easter Brunch reservations for 11am were confirmed twice by the restaurant. We had requested a table outside for two. Upon arrival we were told that those tables were reserved for 4+ people but there were many empty tables. We decided to leave and then a table for us was set up right outside the door in bright hot sun without an umbrella. We accepted anyway. Over the next half hour a table of eight was forming slowly to our right and a man at our end of that table asked for some shade. They moved an umbrella for him. Maybe they need more umbrellas? The food and service was excellent. Although, they had run out of all but one type of pastry. We will return but hope they attend to these shortcomings in future.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sexy Birthday Dinner
    SexyBDay
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This is a very sexy spot to take your lady out for a nice meal and some libations. The Ambience sets the mood just right. I recommend it
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely visit
    HaggisEaters2
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We have been here twice in one week. First time was for lunch. We were on a cruise and after some shopping found Blush. It was excellent for lunch. After our cruise we travelled to SB for acfewcdays and came for dinner. The food for dinner was excellent as was the service. Great place great staff wonderful food. Will return if back in Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Amazing food and setting. Every was delicious - the salmon, truffle fries, pork, potato pure. And the waitress recommended the warm chocolate chip cookie for dessert. The best dessert I've ever had. Perfect!!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Went here to celebrate my girlfriend and I third anniversary / my birthday (yeah I asked her out on my birthday). The server was very friendly and knowledgeable kept stopping by to make sure everything was well. I love this because I drink my drinks fast and like quick refills! For some reason the food arrived really fast which I LOVED. It was the shortest wait time of my life. I had the western burger which was delicious!! :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Birthdays
    FosterSB
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    From the Chef to the Hostess, Blush is a fantastic place to celebrate a birthday. The outdoor "fire" table really set the mood and the pre-select menu was perfect for our group of 7. Will definitely go back for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place for lunch . . .
    KAS1VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    A wonderful place for a lunch. Wonderful outdoor setting with outdoor fireplaces and firepits. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It just keeps getting better
    Darmok
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    My wife and I have been to Blush in the past and thought it was excellent. When our orders came this time, the food was noticeably better than it has been. We even asked the waitress if there was a new chef. It's the same chef. Apparently, he is relatively new and had "inherited" the existing menu. He recently was authorized to redo the menu to his own specifications. He has done a marvelous job. We shared the crab cakes for an appetizer. My wife had the scallops and I had the jerk chicken. Eveything was absolutely wonderful. The dishes were prepared to perfection, and the presentation was beautiful. This chef really knows his way around spices as well. My only peeve is that all the exterior doors were wide open and the place was TOO cold.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good pre-movie dinner
    Filmfestivalfan
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Grabbed a bite before a movie at Metro 4. Food was good and couldn't be more convenient.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for Sunday Brunch
    ANebraskan
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    On State Street, if the weather permits enjoy a Sunday Brunch starting at 0900. Orange zest pancakes are a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night
    Hollang
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    This is a gem of a location. Ambiance is great with very nice bar inside and out. Outside eating and drinking area is very nice with multiple sources of heat for those cool SB nights. We had a table next to one of the several fire places and the outside area abounds with fire-pit seating cozy nooks with comfortable couches for tete-a-tetes. Adequate wine list and lovely cocktail selections, well executed. Our meals were way better than adequate. Piquillo Poppers were a great way to start the meal, marrow crusted filet was to die for, a cobb salad that screamed "Fresh, Fresh,Fresh...Yummy" and a scallop dish that was simply delightful. We'll be back, for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blush for Lunch
    elaineVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    We tried Blush for lunch. It was our first visit. We enjoyed sitting outside on their patio, doing a little people-watching on the boulevard. And the food was amazingly good! I had the burger -- one of the few places when you say 'medium rare', delivers it that way! And my friend ordered a chicken sandwich, which was also great. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    ClintVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This was our first time at Blush. We were surprised there weren't more people there. Many of the other restaurants on State Street were packed, and we were pleased to get a last minute reservation at Blush. It's a very good restaurant, and we'll definitely go back. I think as more people find out about Blush, they will likely get busier. Their menu offers some uniqure preparations, and the quality is tops. Although their offerings are a bit limtied, everything was perfect. Hopefully, they'll continue to expand their menu, but you can't miss with what they currently offer. The restaurant is attractive, and the ambiance is comfortable as well. Looking forward to next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sitting on a runway
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Went for Christmas dinner. Sat across from the bar, the kitchen and door to patio. Has like trying to have dinner on an active runway. Servers and service people running by constantly. This is more a bar trying to serve food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Avoid it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Poor and slow service, botched order, one entree arrived cold.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas Dinner
    New2SB
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We had a very nice experience at Blush and will definitely return. The staff was very cordial and responsive in spite of working on a special Holiday. Our waitress was very attentive and helful in managing orders around food allergies. The menu and drink selection is great and we look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas eve far away
    Lu14D
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We are on our honey moon so we spent chrismas far away from our families. But everything was so nice that we felt at home!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Eve - Early Gift
    Chris44
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We spent our Christmas holiday traveling the CA coast and Santa Barbara was our 3rd of 5 spots which means we ate out a lot! This was one of our top 3 meals of the trip. The menu selection was manageable and sufficiently varied mix. Four diners with different tastes all agreed that the food, ranging from short ribs to salmon to pasta, was delicious. the overall ambiance was festive and upbeat. The service was friendly and efficient. We would all definitely recommend it and go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table is only good for 1.5 hours
    Brad
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The food was good. Unfortunately, as we were trying to enjoy our desert; a hostess popped her head into our booth and asked, “Are you guys going to be done soon, because we really need this table for another reservation”. This was at 7:00Pm, an hour and a half after our 5:30 reservation. As an additional hint, the desert wine menu we had requested never arrived, I suppose as a way to let us know we had overstayed our welcome. I realize this is not Europe and people don’t typically spend all evening in a restaurant, but I don’t think 1.5 hours is an excessive amount of time to occupy a table you had a reservation for. I enjoyed the food, but I would not return after such an rude and unpleasant experience.
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  • Overpriced place with average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    This place is really overpriced. The food was average and the service was average as well.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FIRST RATE
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner there. Wife raved about the sea bass. My steak was excellent. Pleasant atmosphere out doors (with ample supply of heaters). Cheerful waitstaff. Prompt service. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is not really a fine
    ThoughtfuldinerVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    This is not really a fine dining experience. It is more of a 'happening' dining spot. Younger crowd, lots of buzz and blushing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What an outstanding surprise!
    Luvinlunch
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    I had only been at Blush before for parties and drinks. I took 3 friends this time (it was a birthday for one gal) and we had the best time! Our server was one of the best I've ever had! She recommended a new champagne to me that was not expensive but was delicious! We was the perfect amount attentive and not in your face! The tuna was outrageously good! We had a wonderful experience all around and I headed back there the next week for more! I will be going again on Thursday for my birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.