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Permanently Closed - Blush

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335 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
Wednesay-Friday 4:30pm - close
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-close
Weekend Brunch from 10am-2:30pm
Late Night Lounge & Bar 10-close
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Phone number
(805) 957-1300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brandon Worrell
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ortega
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Parking details
City Lot accessible on Ortega and Anacapa Street. 75 minutes free, no validated parking.
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Public transit
City Bus Stop and Downtown trolly within feet of our entrance
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Entertainment
Friday & Saturaday Live DJ's playing your favorite lounge music, perfect ambiance to see and be seen. Lively and fun!
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Special events & promotions
Cocktail Parties, Rehersal dinners, Celebrations, access for large parties
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.6
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on September 30, 2012

Great food... AMAZING service, the wait staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and went above and beyond what was required to make sure we had a great time.

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2.0Dined on September 29, 2012

Food was average. Service was poor. By the far the least talented wait and bar staff I've encountered in some time.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2012

Amazing food ! great wine selection! so much fun

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2012

Our server, Chelsea, was what tied it all together. Good food and friendly people make for a great evening.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2012

Blush never disappoints, great food, friendly wait staff and there is no better patio in Santa Barbara.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2012

Our lunch was an outstanding experience! The food and service could not be better. Between my husband and myself, we had the Poppers, the Chicken Wrap, and the Caprese sandwich, Every bite was delicious! I had the Pineapple Smash cocktail: so yummy! Our waiter, Kyle, gave us first-rate service. We will definitely be returning to repeat this experience.

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2012

Our dinner here was ok but not more than that. The food was decent; we arrived before happy hour finished and told our waitress that we wanted our drinks with the happy hour rate, which she said she would do, but they were full price on our bill.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2012

Went for Lunch. Sat outside. Food was good. Portions reasonable, prices very fair, really enjoyed it. It looks like it would be a good place for dinner too as the inside looked inviting, but is was too beautiful a day to sit indoors when we went.....so I am glad outside seating is an option. Would definitely go again! (It is next door to " The Habit", which does have excellent burgers, but is noisey, it can be smokey from the grease, and you have to deal with those downtown visitors SB is supposedly trying to get rid of)!!

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2012

Great food, service and atmosphere. Loved the patio seating. Only complaint is that the bar was pretty pricey. Our drink bill was as much as the food bill and we each only had one to two drinks. Other than that...great place!!!

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2.0Dined on June 22, 2012

Food was not what I expected, I've had much better for a lot less.
I expected a unique dinning experience and when we first arrived the setting appeared nice until we were taken to a table outside for our reservation. The hostess was accommodating and seated us inside at a much better table for the evening.
The service seamed rushed and the food not the quality I had hoped for.
Will not likely dine here again.

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2012

We waited nearly an hour for just appetizers then dinner another 40 mins. They said large party of 60 caused the wait. If you are going to do big paties, then staff up.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2012

Decent food. I had the BLTA and wife had a salad.
Both were fresh and good.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2012

Think some of the best food and service I ever had

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2012

The atmosphere outside by the fire was amazing, our server aimed to please and lastly the food was perfect. I had the chicken BLTA (bac, lett, tom, avocado) and the sweet roll and the alioli sauce topped it off. Overall had a great birthday dinner!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2012

Blush was great. The service was fantastic, the portions were good for the price. A definite recommend. Take a table outside by the fireplace and enjoy the night.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2012

Food is really good. Fun trendy place.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2012

Very pleasant outside dining space for lunch. Grilled artichoke was excellent. Staff were friendly, parking very convenient.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2012

I went here with a small group of friends for my 22nd B-day dinner, the ambiance was beautiful and breath taken. We sat outside our table's centerpiece was a controlled fire display. It was a bit chilly but the waitress staff were nice and turn on the extra outside heating sources. My friends had purchase a champagne bottle from Cost Plus World Market and the waiter chilled it and opened it upon request, I think the service was an extra $30 fee. Although the dinner and dessert menu was different from the online menu, the food was yummy and played to all 5 senses. I recommend the potion 42 aka cotton candy martini and the Basil Fragola Martin (if you bite or chew the basil the martini takes on a new delicious taste).

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2012

I went here with a small group of friends for my 22nd B-day dinner, the ambiance was beautiful and breath taken. We sat outside our table's centerpiece was a controlled fire display. It was a bit chilly but the waitress staff were nice and turn on the extra outside heating sources. My friends had purchase a champagne bottle from Cost Plus World Market and the waiter chilled it and opened it upon request, I think the service was an extra $30 fee. Although the dinner and dessert menu was different from the online menu, the food was yummy and played to all 5 senses. I recommend the potion 42 aka cotton candy martini and the Basil Fragola Martin (if you bite or chew the basil the martini takes on a new delicious taste).

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2012

An Axxess promo- got us to go to Blush that evening, but there was confusion at the restaurant, about the start date of the special deal. This caused a delay throughout our visit there and created a bit of a stressful situation.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2012

It was my 2nd time going to Blush and after eating there again, I remembered why I wanted to go back. All the food was excellent! I had the salmon and the sauce was one of my favorites. Horseradish mash potatoes cleared up my sinuses.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2012

Great atmosphere, fantastic food, stiff alcoholic drinks! All in all, my husband and I loved this place. We definitely plan to eat here again the next time we are in Santa Barbara!

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2.0Dined on March 12, 2012

I had seen pictures from a friend who dined at Blush. The food looked much better than it tasted. The appetizers during happy hour were not good. I had the lobster mac n cheese and my husband had the filet. We were celebrating his 50th, and told the waitress who acknowledged that, yet, after spending over $100.00 on dinner/drinks, they didn't even bring him a cupcake or anything with a candle in it. I can see how this place would be popular on the weekends with college kids, but it failed to meet my expectations.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2012

Great eggs benedict and salad. Prompt service!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2012

really good food and interesting choices. service was spotty and timing of the great food was a bit off

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2012

This place had excellent service as well as outstanding food!! The grilled artichoke was delicious, the capresse sandwich was amazing and the cocktails were fabulous!! Had a fabulous girls day brunch here and enjoyed it very much. The waitress was very pretty and very sweet!! I think her name was Lindsey, and sh gave great recommendations on drinks!! Will definitely go here again and would highly recommend this restaurant!!!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2012

Blush was beautiful. Highly recommend for a lunch stop on a busy Santa Barbara shopping trip. Food was very good, however the presentation could have been better. Recommend this place. On a scale of 1-10, I'd give it an 8.

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2.0Dined on February 19, 2012

We found the food to be somewhat boring-- none of the dishes showed any flair, any inspiration.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2012

The food was very good. The acoustics are very poor. It was far too noisy to carry on a conversation without speaking really loudly. Bummer! The brick walls are the main problem. I've been in restaurants where the acoustical treatment had lots of fabric, and it was easy to have a conversation, even when the restaurant was jammed.
The waitress was pleasant, but pushy, suggesting that we purchase food in addition to what we ordered. Dessert took nearly a half hour to arrive. We tipped her 20% nevertheless.
My two sisters loved having lunch there earlier in the week. It was quiet because there were far fewer customers.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2012

It was our first time at Blush, and we were meeting a group of friends there, before we went to see a movie at the SB Int'l Film Festival. We had a great experience with the ambiance, the food & wine, and the service - all excellent!

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2012

Good overall for many types of. Diners or people looking for a good drinking spot. 1/2 price wine night was a good very good vaue with good wines below retail store pricing.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2012

Went with a friend and four kids and we were able to enjoy a delicious dinner while there was also a kids' menu for the little ones. Amazing wine, amazing food, terrific atmosphere and great wait staff. Strongly recommend.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2011

Menu has choices for the adventurous and traditional alike, all dishes were of excellent quality. Modern but warm atmostphere and excellent service. Will be back when looking for a memorable dining experience in Santa Barbara!

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2011

We went in for cocktails and apps on Christmas afternoon. Luckily, we had made a reservation earlier in the day. Unluckily, we were seated at the one random table right next to the front door and hostess station. The location made ambiance difficult and left us unable to get the attention of our waitress unless she came directly to us. Still, the food was good and the drinks were strong and creative. My girlfriend loved the cotton candy martini. Have your camera handy if you order it.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2011

Beautiful restaurant/bar! Went for a birthday and were treated very well! Our reservation was late on a Tuesday night, so it was very quiet, usually it is a very energetic noise level. Lobster Mac & cheese was amazing as were the burger and fries! Wonderful birthday dessert, would definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2011

Food was great. Drinks were even better. I really enjoy this place. Definitely a prime spot in the Santa Barbara night life.

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1.0Dined on November 24, 2011

Great ambience but Thanksgiving Dinner was probably the worst I have ever had. Portions were tiny except for Turkey. Stuffing tasted awful, no gravy, a dribble of cranberry sauce, spoonfuls of mashed potato, sweet potato. For $25 this was really poor. I was really surprised at how bad the whole dinner was. Great disappointment.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2011

Love the outdoor fireplaces and lighting. Right in the middle of the State St scene, yet feels cool and isolated.

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2011

Blush describes themselves as fit for foodies but without the price. I have given it a chance 4 or 5 times now over the last couple years. The menu is enticing, and I always fall for the extravagant items...however they always miss the mark. I don't like sending things back, but the 3 of 5 times I've been there I have had to. They AWLAYS correct it and make sure you are happy, and I always leave a good tip...but the mood at the table is dull when everyone is done and you haven't begun to eat yet.

I would recommend sticking to appetizers and non-complicated dinner entrees.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2011

everyone at Blush was wonderfully accommodating. we arrived early and they offered us happy hour appetizers to stave off our hunger. then at 5pm the dinner menus were promptly delivered to our table and the heaters were turned on. Dinner was simply fabulous. we all passed our plates around so everyone tasted all the dishes.

Overall there was nothing I would ask to change of have done differently. Bravo Blush!

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