Edit ModuleShow Tags

Blanca

Lounging


Published:

location > 437 South Highway 101, Solana Beach

phone > 858-792-0072

chef > Wade Hageman

A JAUNT ON HIGHWAY 101 to Solana Beach used to be reserved for the leisurely Sunday drive. But a new lounge attracts a mélange of well-to-do cosmopolitans to its doors any night of the week.

VIBE: You’ll feel a world away from the modest strip-mall surroundings, as finely groomed guests mingle and order colored martinis from pricy menus. Amid a dim euphoria, the Blackberries buzz, and politicking permeates. A cliquey clientele of 20-something trust-funders and midlife millionaires seems straight off The O.C. set.

DÉCOR: Chic is the mantra in this classy establishment, where subtle references to its moniker grace every corner. A sizable concrete bar with a frosted white finish mimics an ice rink, while the surrounding pearl-white booths offer great views. A wall of wine and spirits separates the bar from a comfortably furnished den where a flat-screen television and muted earth tones invite patrons to view, converse and treat their taste buds.

EATS & DRINKS: Swanky circles sip from large glasses of deeply poured wines, with 25 varieties available by the glass. An abbreviated bar menu masterminded by chef Wade Hageman——a protégé of Michael Mina and Wolfgang Puck——is complemented by seasonal specialties and year-round favorites like truffled French fries.

MISCELLANY: Blanca’s opulence is overwhelmingly apparent with its unexpected valet, designedly overstaffed wait service and a top shelf sporting high-end cognacs costing $160 per glass. Owners Seth Baas (nephew of Padres owner John Moores) and Deborah Hugonin could have one-upped themselves only by leasing a larger space——one where conversations wouldn’t intrude on the enchanting vibes.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 22

A Taiwanese trend debuts on Convoy, holiday gifts for foodies, and the future of fine dining in San Diego

This New City Heights Coffee Shop Is Also a Nonprofit

The alfresco café helps provide jobs for marginalized citizens

10 Hot Plates

San Diego restaurant rumors, openings, & coming-soons in December
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Best of Baja 2016
    46 ways to relax, dine, drink, and play the Mexico way
  2. Stop Killing Restaurants, California
    Raising minimum wage without a tip credit is dumb, dumb, dumb.
  3. Vintage San Diego: How Our City Has Changed Since 1876
    Before bottleneck traffic and the modern housing crisis, San Diego was a swath of undeveloped land, horse-drawn carriages, and dairy farms
  4. FIRST LOOK: Campfire
    Carlsbad gets one hell of a new concept in Campfire from Craft & Commerce vet John Resnick
  5. Why Our Veterans Keep Quiet About Their Service
    From misconceptions about the military to reticent heroism, San Diego veterans share the many reasons they often keep mum about their service
  6. FIRST LOOK: The Grass Skirt
    San Diego's tiki boom continues with this new spot in Pacific Beach
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

“Will You Marry Me”?

Sharon Jenks, CEO of 6 Degrees, on building business relationships
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags