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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Lush Life Restaurant Review: Enter through the secret garden courtyard and the mood of the place wraps you like soft velvet, making you feel as mellow as a single malt scotch. Sip one at the secluded, intimate bar---designed for serious drinking just as surely as the shadowy, candlelit dining room is made for lovers. Executive chef Matthew Burian (who also oversees the kitchen at sister restaurant Marcos Supperclub) goes Italian here, producing a winning antipasto that is so generously portioned it could qualify as a meal. Spicy, polenta-crusted fried calamari, ideal for dipping in a dense purée of anchovy and roasted garlic, is another fine starter. We prefer the thin crusted, sophisticated pizzas to the sometimes ill-conceived pastas. Entrées like grilled, bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin with gorgonzola sauced with a Nebbiolo reduction or the juniper-marinated double-cut pork chop hit the apex of comfort food and offer just the kind of soulful sustenance you expect from a place called Lush Life.