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Opal Restaurant and Bar

1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-966-9676
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Ranked #15 of 444 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $36
Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Californian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: A popular local’s favorite, opal restaurant and bar infuses an Eclectic California Cuisine with creative influences from around the World. Our chefs use the freshest of ingredients to create dishes inspired by the colorful multi-cultural heritage of America, often with an Asian flair. Items on our menu range from a 14 oz. Herb-Grilled Ribeye Steak on Tuscan Style White Beans, to Fresh Grilled Fish and Seafood, Homemade Pastas and Gourmet Pizzas from our wood burning pizza oven, fresh baked Breads, deliciously imaginative Salads and Homemade Desserts.
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Los Angeles, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Wow! What a great restaurant! It had bqeen a number of years since we were in Santa Barbara so we read a number of reviews on local restaurants and checked out the menus! Opal seemed like a good choice, and turned out to be an outstanding choice! The restaurant is intimate, but can accommodate a large group. We were seated... More

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Cologne, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We had some great food in this restaurant! There's something there for everyone and also for every price. The food tasted really good and the staff was really nice. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Santa Barbara!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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122 reviews 122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Read the reviews and was pleased that Opal was exactly as promised. Very busy and very noisy with a terrific menu and excellent food. I had the curried vegetable soup and Lemongrass Thai salmon. Both were delicious. My husband had a tomato mozzarella basil bruschetta and pork special that we're both wonderful. If you can stand the noise, give it... More

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Newport Beach, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Very accommodating and friendly staff. We both had pasta, which was excellent. Was crowded early on a Saturday night, which was surprising.

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Summit, NJ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Had a group of eight guys for dinner, and enjoyed great, personal service in a friendly but not loud atmosphere. Food was excellent, with a wonderful variety of eclectic choices, at various price points, and a long wine list that made the oenophiles happy.

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Goleta, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Opal has consistently excellent food and today, the service was particularly good. When lemongrass salmon was ordered by lunch companions, server mentioned that it was usually served med rare, that would have been unacceptable and cooking request was professionally updated. What could have been disaster ended up being exceptionable. Thank you for asking good questions and averting a return for... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The food was pretty good at this place, the service was above average. Not that it was a big deal, but I reserved the table and told them we were celebrating our 15th Anniversary. They indicated that they would provide some special desert or something to recognize the occasion, but it never happened. Just something that separated the place from... More

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Tustin, California, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

we had a lovely meal and our service was exceptional. They took interest in us, and provided sightseeing recommendations. Exceptional Bar!

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Santa Barbara, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Not 5 star cuisine, but many choices of tasty and well executed thoughtful dishes on many levels, stunning wine list, friendly local feel, reliable smiling service people, perceptive professional ownership by locals caring about what their clientele desires, great bar with wonderful cocktails, clever long time chef with many skill sets and a staff that cares about what leaves the... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The quality of the food, service and menu has always been excellent, My husband and I have been coming here for 15 years. We live in Santa Barbara and this is our favorite restaurant.

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Additional Information about Opal Restaurant and Bar

Address: 1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number: +1 805-966-9676
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 36
Cuisine: Californian

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