When the pilgrims set sail from the Old World, they forgot to bring a can opener, which resulted in meals comprised entirely of cup o' noodles and freeze-dried astronaut ice cream. Enjoy fresh, contemporary American cuisine sans stubborn packaging with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale fare and drinks at Bliss. Located along the "Avenue of the Arts," Bliss makes for a perfect spot to refill human fuel tanks during marathon show-watching challenges or on any special night out downtown. Beat the theater crowd and settle in for lunch, or stop by for dinner to try out entrees such as the lobster risotto with sundried tomato pesto ($26) or the filet mignon with truffle mashed potatoes ($31) to share with your ravenous appetite. or for lunch and dinner, relax in the glass-walled dining room backlit with ocean murals. Menu items include a pan-seared red snapper in a saffron fume, homemade gnocchi, and lamb chops in a red wine mint demi. See the website for menus and pricing.
- Bliss really has it all: outdoor seating, full bar, good lunch menu attached to reasonable prices, steady service, and a great central location. – rachel g., Yelp
- I always enjoy this little spot for a tasty bite or some apps and drinks post-theater. It's a cozy spot - perfect for a little night cap. The food is good, not stellar, but the service is consistently good. – AH1472312, Zagat
Fogged-glass light fixtures illuminate the wood-paneled walls and the polished granite bar tops that span the length of Bliss's multileveled dining room. These elegant decorative touches combine with a menu of contemporary American specialties for a sensory experience that led Esquire to praise Bliss as one of the Best New Restaurants of 2004. The magazine noted in its review that, like a schoolyard court drama or a Hawaiian-print tuxedo, the aptly named restaurant strikes "just the right balance between casual and serious." This balance is especially apparent in the Bliss kitchen, where staffers play with flavors to produce entrees such as potato crusted halibut with lobster bordelaise, marrow crusted beef tenderloin with braised onions, and pan seared salmon with an apple demi-glaze. Other specialties include braised boneless short ribs and pan seared scallops in a citrus-brown butter, both of which pair with a freshly made cocktail from the bar.