We were in Santa Barbara for an 8pm event and needed a 5:45pm dinner reservation. We knew nothing about the restaurant other than the info on the website. When I book on Open Table I always ask for a booth or table by a window or along the wall and it's sometimes accommodated.
When we arrived at Blush we were immediately greeted at the door and it was clear they noted the request because we were seated in what had to be their nicest table. It was a roomy booth in the front window - secluded from the other diners. The restaurant was moderately busy but the server quickly approached, gave us menus, water followed along with an amazing basket of warm assorted La Brea bakery bread and a mixed herb butter. We ordered cocktails that were well made and reasonably priced and the seared tuna appetizer - it was a generous serving dressed with fried wontons, a nice sauce & seaweed. We passed on entrees and instead ordered from their sharing & appetizer menu. We had the steak bites, fried cauliflower, lobster Mac n'cheese and a bowl of clam chowder. Everything was delicious and my only criticism was the very meager $10 plate of cauliflower. The wine list was very nice and it was unusual to see splits of champagne for a fair price.
When my husband wished me a happy birthday, our wonderful server Chelsea overheard and brought us a warm chocolate cake covered with a cherry & raspberry compote and topped with lavender whipped cream...it was the perfect end to a very fine meal!
One of the criticisms in the Open Table review was that the food was good but the service was awful - I am happy to say that our experience was perfect and I expect that had to do with Chelsea! We plan on recommending this restaurant to our friends who are Santa Barbara residents!