Blush SB: Santa Barbara Restaurant Hosted July 4th Party + Live Music by KINGZero

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Come to the best 4th of July Party in Santa Barbara.

Dear Friends,

With the 4th falling on a Friday this year, we thought it would be the opportunity to host live music from KINGZero on our beautiful patio from 2pm to 6pm.  

If you’re a local, you’ve probably heard the buzz about our mouth-watering burgers and specialty craft beers.  If you’re visiting our beautiful coastal town of Santa Barbara to celebrate the 4th of July holiday weekend, your experience will be both memorable and relaxing.  Blush is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, so you will be near all the action.  

We’re looking forward to seeing you for 4th of July lunch4th of July happy hour, and 4th of July dinner.  Don’t forget to take advantage of our delicious late night menu after the fireworks show.   Amp it up in the lounge or enjoy a chat by one of our outdoor fire spits.  

At Blush Restaurant + Lounge we strive to transcend both daytime casual and nighttime elegance to meet all your dining and entertainment needs.

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When the Santa Barbara days get hot this summer, here are some cool reasons to head on down to our Santa Barbara restaurant:

  • California Cuisine: Executive Chef Brandon Worrell and his staff present a fanciful menu featuring fresh California cuisine intermixed with tradition American comfort food classics. Try a grilled salmon salad, lobster mac & cheese, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, or a classic California burger.
  • Cool Libations: Enjoy yourself while seated at one of our two full bars – inside our cozy lounge or outside on our spacious patio. Our mixologists are happy to whip up a specialty drink that’s sure to refresh. Just think how great a Blush Margarita or a Pineapple Smash will feel after a long, hot day. And don’t forget our Happy Hour, Tuesday through Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
  • Wedding Central: Blush Restaurant + Lounge is highly recommended by top wedding planners in Santa Barbara. Blush is an ideal choice for bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, and elegant wedding receptions.
  • Santa Barbara Sunday Brunch: What could be better than lazing away a Sunday on our beautiful outdoor patio while enjoying the perfect brunch? Sip a refreshing cocktail while enjoying our specialties, sandwiches, scrambles, benedicts and omelets.
  • Late Night Fun: Don’t let the party stop just because the sun has gone down! Stop on over to Blush and enjoy something from our lounge menu or dessert menu.

Santa Barbara Restaurant Hosts July 4th Dinner + Live Music by KINGZero

Whether you are looking for a great Sunday brunch in Santa Barbara, a hot spot to hold your bachelorette party, a great wedding reception location, a fun Happy Hour, or an elegant dining experience,Blush Restaurant + Lounge has it all. Locals and visitors alike agree that this is their favorite hangout spot in Santa Barbara. With our comfy ambience, convenient location, and plentiful parking, we make it easy to enjoy some summer fun. Contact us at 805-957-1300 or make your online reservations now.  

Have a hot and “oh so cool” summer!

Happy 4th of July from all of us at Blush Restaurant + Lounge!

About Blush Restaurant + Lounge: Gayot’s review reported, “Nightlife and fine dining collide at this hot-spot in downtown Santa Barbara.” Blush Restaurant + Lounge is conveniently located at 630 State Street.  If you’re planning a Santa Barbara bachelorette partyrehearsal dinner, or elegant wedding receptionvisit the website and Facebook page or call 805-957-1300 for more information. Reservations may be made by phone or booked online.


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Blush Restaurant + Lounge combines refined social dining with a contemporary atmosphere that transcends from day-and night while keeping its local roots. If you’re planning a bachelorette party, Blush Restaurant + Lounge is highly recommended by top wedding planners as one of the best bachelorette party locations in Santa Barbara. Blush is an ideal choice for bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, elegant wedding receptions and weekend brunch. For Reservations Call (805) 957-1300.



It’s important for me who is at the table with me; the moment when everyone speaks to each other and everyone listens. If there’s good food, it’s much better.
~ Andrea Bocelli

Characteristics of a Good Catering Service

We all love parties, whether it be a fancy wedding party or some casual get-together. If you are throwing a party in a restaurant, then you need not worry about the catering.However, if you plan to arrange a party at your house, you can well imagine how difficult it could be to cook food for 20 to 30 guests. In such a case, it is advisable that one hire a good catering service to do the job. There are many catering businesses open in all around, but in order to figure out which one is the best, you need to judge them on the following criteria:

Variety and Quality of Food:

It’s needless to say that the food is the most important thing in a party. A good catering service must provide tasty, hygienic and fresh food. Moreover, the caterer should provide variety in the dishes served. It’s probable that the people you are going to invite will want to eat food based on their own personal preference as well as religious and cultural values. For example if your friend is a Muslim, he/she will only eat kosher food, whereas a vegetarian will only eat vegetarian food. So, the best way to cater to these possible differences is to have a buffet in which you can incorporate all kinds of dishes, depending upon the types of guests invited. The caterer should also provide the option of offering food from exotic cuisines, so that one can entertain foreign guests as well as local ones.

Variety of Services:

Alongside food, the ambiance of the party also plays an important role in making a party success. A good caterer provides complete decoration for the party and has a team of expert interior designers that add make such an effort professional. Aside from all this, a good caterer also provides the relevant furniture, for example buffet tables, cutlery crockery, warmers, trash bags and other such accessories. This is the differentiating point between mediocre and excellent catering service; if a caterer does all this, then you have definitely made the right choice.

Presenting Style:

Imagine how exciting it would be if the theme of your party is Cowboy, and the waiters are wearing cowboy hats, long boots and a hunter in one hand while they are serving to your guests. This sort of thing is what good caterers offer. Along with good food, excellent catering services do their presentations, food and otherwise, with style.

Economic factors do obviously play an important role in your selection of such a caterer but there is always a payoff between more money and good service in any decision one makes. You can always optimize your party requirements according to your financial condition. However, if you budget is no issue, then a good caterer meeting the above criteria will make your party a huge success, and that’s absolutely guaranteed. So, don’t forget to look at these things before you plan a party. Cheers!

If you require more information, please visit: – Catering, Catering Services.

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Blush SB: Treat Mom to Mother’s Day Brunch In Santa Barbara

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Best Mother’s Day brunch in Santa Barbara

We all know that moms are super special and deserve only the very best on their special day. That’s why Blush Restaurant + Lounge at 630 State Street is offering a very special Mother’s Day Brunch this Sunday, May 11, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on our beautiful outdoor patio. Our Santa Barbara Sunday Brunch always features the most delectable goodies but we’ve gone above and beyond for mom, and added a few extra goodies just for the occasion. See the menu for Mother’s Day Brunch 2014.

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Treat your mother to delicious entrees from Executive Chef Brandon Worrell and his staff. They will be lovingly creating mouth-watering temptations like Nutella Stuffed French Toast, Lobster Benedict, our Grilled Salmon Salad, and more of your favorite Blush brunch items like benedicts, omelets and other specialties.

The cost for this fabulous Santa Barbara Mother’s Day Brunch is only $25 per person, with tax and tip extra, but the value to you and your mom will be priceless. You’ll all enjoy time together while feasting on a great brunch, with a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage and a special gift for mom, in the warm Santa Barbara sun.

If your mom’s beverage tastes run in other directions, we will also be offering $20 Bottomless Mimosas and hand-crafted Bloody Marys, or you can ask our mixologist to whip up one of our signature libations such as The Sophia or a Blush Margarita. Blush also has an extensive wine list, so you are sure to find something to suit everyone’s tastes.

You know the one thing mom values most is your time. After your relaxing brunch on our patio, spend the rest of the day with her just having fun in beautiful Santa Barbara. Our restaurant is located right in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. It is easy to get to, and you will be close to all the action for whatever else you decide to do together.

So gather up Mom, Dad, and the rest of the gang and head to our Santa Barbara restaurant for Mother’s Day Brunch. You will all have a great Mother’s Day when you start with Brunch at Blush. Reservations are recommended. Contact us at 805-957-1300 or make your online reservations now.  Show Mom just how special you think she is with an unforgettable Mother’s Day Brunch at Blush.

Happy Mother’s Day from the staff of Blush Restaurant + Lounge.

About Blush Restaurant + Lounge: Gayot’s review reported, “Nightlife and fine dining collide at this hot-spot in downtown Santa Barbara.” Blush Restaurant + Lounge is conveniently located at 630 State Street. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 a.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until midnight. If you’re planning a Santa Barbara bachelorette partyrehearsal dinner, or elegant wedding receptionvisit the website and Facebook page or call 805-957-1300 for more information. Reservations may be made by phone or booked online.


What I’ve enjoyed most, though, is meeting people who have a real interest in food and sharing ideas with them. Good food is a global thing and I find that there is always something new and amazing to learn – I love it!
~ Jamie Oliver

How to Create an Inviting Beer Garden for a Pub, Bar or Restaurant

It’s that time of year again where you need to start thinking about your Garden for the Summer. Here are a few useful ideas:


First and most importantly, a garden connected to a Pub, Bar or Restaurant should feel like a Garden and not in interior space. Many proprietors try to continue the interior finishes to outside which defeats the purpose of a Garden atmosphere. The Garden should have outdoor features like stone and brick and the furniture should look like outdoor furniture. On my travels I found many beer gardens with timber sheeting and fabric covered bar stools – these areas are trying to look like indoor spaces. Instead try to embrace the outdoor Garden atmosphere, work with the multitude of materials and finishes which are available to transform a bland space into an exciting alfresco experience.


Decide on your style or theme and then do some research.

Look at the building and its walls – are there any existing characteristics that may dictate a style or that can be embellished?

Keep the theme running from the interior through to the outside – for example, if you have an Art Deco interior then try to incorporate Art Deco statues, tiles or lamps outside rather than it being a generic garden. Similarly, if it is a traditional Pub with lots of Bric-a-Brac then carry outdoor Bric-a-Brac through.


Weather considerations

The glare/heat factor: use canopies, planting or coloured glass to diffuse.

Wind: Use wind breakers. Anything can be designed to reduce the wind factor – Willow fencing, metal or timber frameworks with glass or canvas wind breakers. I recently designed a trellis planter and because it was on wheels, it was movable which worked really well for my client.

When deciding on the position for your seating consider which direction the wind comes from.

Rain: Provide adequate coverage for smokers in bad weather. In particularly wet climates, a permanent fixed solution like glass in a timber or glass framework will be much more maintainable than a canvas canopy. Glass means that daylight/sunlight can come through which is important on those warm summer days. If it gets too hot or bright then outdoor blinds can be fitted.


Before building anything it is important to know what your local regulations are. In Ireland the guideline for covering areas is described like a bus shelter where the roof covers an area that has walls that are 50% open and 50% closed.


Divide smokers from non smokers if you have the space.

Opening windows may not be an option as the smoke can be pulled into the interior and customers do not like this.

Provide ashtrays on tables and a few sand buckets about the place from which cigarette butts can be taken from at cleaning time.


Make sure the views are good and not facing bin/garbage areas or car-parks. Use screening with plants or timber fencing to hide ugly areas.


Again use outdoor fittings which suit your style whether modern or traditional. Lights can be fitted into all kinds of things and places. Try outdoor led rope lights below skirtings at low level or above a wall for a nice warm glow. Often you can find a fitting which lights up and down thus getting the double benefit. Choose lighting that will create ambiance without giving your customers a headache from the glare. Candles always look fab in a garden setting set into simple glass jam jars, bird cages or antique sieves or metal objects. If you have an outdoor bar make it glow in the dark with candles and led strip lights.


Check the local regulations on this – in many cases outdoor bars need to be located in a smoke free area otherwise the person serving at the bar will be subject to smoke inhalation. If using timber, use teak or a suitable outdoor timber with as little detail as possible so that water does not collect in its cracks. Using timber outdoors means you are going to have to commit to maintaining it. Being subject to all kinds of weather means that whatever finish you use will need to be topped up regularly. Stone counter-tops are great because the water runs off. Use lockable fridges and under counter units for security. Make sure there is permanent cover over the Bar and the customer so that the counter can be used in all weather.


Flowers make people smile so go mad with them! Use colours to suit your garden’s palette. Its always good to have a few varieties in a planter or pot just in case one of them fail. You can plant flowers in anything as long as there are holes for run off water – buckets, bicycles, beds… have a look at these ideas. Ask your plumber to install a piped watering system set to a timer with feeds running to all your plants and flowers. It can be set to water at night so that run off water will have disappeared by morning. Change your planters to ivy’s and small trees like box hedge in the winter for an evergreen look.

I recommend you hire a designer to guide you through all of this. A professionals advise is worth it and you can usually agree with a designer as to the level they get involved so as to suit your budget.

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Interior Designer Fionuala Lennon has been designing bars, restaurants, hotels and nightclubs worldwide for over 20 years. After obtaining a Degree in Interior Design, Fionuala worked in New York for two award winning Design Practices. Upon returning to Ireland she continued to travel world wide designing and fitting out pubs and nightclubs as Design Director with The Irish Pub Company and McNally Design International, the largest design practice in Ireland at the time.

Fionuala has worked with some of the worlds top drinks brands such as Guinness, Jameson, Baileys, Hennessy and Smirnoff developing design concepts for many of their products. Fionuala has had her own Interior Design Consultancy since 1999 and has recently rebranded as THE PUB DESIGN DOCTOR where she has created a niche targeted specifically at the Bar and Restaurant market. She provides a full Interior Design Consultancy Service, hosts Design Workshops and also blogs and gives advice online at

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