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“Disappointed re: Group Event”

Blush Restaurant & Lounge
Ranked #100 of 548 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Ortega
Transit: City Bus Stop and Downtown trolly within feet of our entrance
Description: Blush Restaurant & Lounge combines the idea of refined social dining with a contemporary atmosphere that transcends the day-and night dining experience while staying true to its local roots. Nestled in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, Blush Restaurant & Lounge provides a modern, stylish decor in a warm, ambient, indoor dining room, complimented by an exquisite outdoor patio dotted with fireside seating. Blush features seasonal Californian cuisine with inventive signature cocktails that truly highlight a classic dining experience with a creative modern flare. Established in 2009 to bring Santa Barbara a refined "Social Dining" experience.
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Blush Restaurant was an unfortunate disappointment. I was working with their event coordinator to set up for our wedding rehearsal dinner for 25 people. We started talking 2 weeks before the event. They had staff turnover that caused a delay in communication.

The Monday before the event I called the manager to ask what was happening with the menu as we hadn't agreed on food options and other details. She gave me options of one seafood, one chicken, and one hamburger dish plus a soup or salad and dessert for everyone. They were switching to a new menu so I did not know yet what the chicken dish was or what kind of seafood options they have. I also wanted to have appetizer options for my table to share, instead of a soup/salad.

We probably could have worked out something except for one thing - they did not get back to me until the day before the event. I was frantically trying to balance everything I needed to do for my wedding and meanwhile I had to go back and forth with their event coordinator for them to try to accommodate my requests. I felt that they put my event on the backburner until the last minute and then told me no substitutions, but maybe substitutions if I talk to the manager again. Frankly, I could not deal with this hassle the day before my rehearsal dinner. I canceled and went with another restaurant down the street who accommodated everything we wanted with no trouble at all.

I gave 2 stars because my experience with their event coordination was poor. But, the food is very good. My fiance and I came here for dinner to test out the place a few weeks before the event was to take place. The sea bass was delicious. We also liked the fried cauliflower very much. Service for dinner was great that night.

I am disappointed that I could not give Blush a better review. Had they not dropped the ball on coordinating my event I'm sure I would have had a much better experience. I hope that they get their events services up. It really is a beautiful space and a shame we couldn't have our dinner there.

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Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Met family here for dinner and it was an excellent meal. Service a little spotty but hardly an issue as we spent so much time catching up. It was not very crowded so we didn't feel like we should eat and run. They have a 3 for $30. That includes an appetizer, entree and dessert from a diced menu. Portions were good as were they portions of the other meals. All raved about their choices. Salads were crisp and cold, crab cakes were chock full of crab and the short rib dinner and the salmon entree didn't disappoint.

Thank JVLD
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

My daughter and I took her 2 kids to this restaurant right on State Street. We loved the covered patio on this warm day. The food was delicious and we really enjoyed the atmosphere. We went for lunch which was fine with the kids but maybe dinner it would be better not to bring the kids. The service was good and the server was attentive. A nice experience!

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Thank Elizabeth P
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

He had the fish & chips and I had the fish tacos at a weekday lunch. (We were the first ones there--maybe the only ones.) Both were excellent. My fish tacos came with a side--I choose the caesar salad which was excellent and big enough to share. Filling and reasonable meal. Good service. We had been here several years ago and remembered it. It was as good as we remembered!

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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for our first visit to Blush as we were out shopping on a Saturday night. We were greeted by a very sweet hostess who promptly seated us. Then Ryan, our FABULOUS server, came to our table to say hello and introduce himself to us.

Right away we were so surprised that the sometimes stuffy State Street had such great customer service! It almost made us blush.

Beautiful polished wood accented interior and a fabulous patio with heaters.

We had already had a cocktail early so we skipped that here but we did look at the drink menu. Very nice wine list and cocktails plus 6 beers on tap and others in bottles. Our glasses of water were cucumber infused.

We started by sharing the Best salad. Nice salad that also included mixed greens, shallots, orange slices, a very smooth goat cheese and pecans lightly dressed with a citrus vinegarette. A nice basket of warm mixed breads was served too.

My husband had the Tamarind Salmon with potatos and veggies. A sweet chili sauce was a great addition. I had the Bass. OMG! So moist and grilled to perfection. Served with Israeli couscous and shiitake mushrooms along with other veggies. The white creme sauce was so so good! Both were exquisite!!! Presentation was beautiful and such large portions. We spoke to Ryan and asked him to extend our compliments to the chef and menu coordinator.

We were too full for dessert but I am sure it would have been good!

Seriously this yumminess will make you BLUSH and visit again and again. We can't wait to do it all over soon .

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