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Opal Restaurant and Bar

1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-966-9676
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Ranked #20 of 442 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $36
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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London, United Kingdom
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188 reviews 188 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Did our research and booked a table at this place for dinner tonight. Arrived 15 minute early to have a drink and took a seat outside. Friendly enough servers who took our order of a Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita (for me) and a classic mojito (for the other half). Water served in the interim. My Margarita was so-so, nothing special. Partner's... More

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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Made dinner reservations for my wife's birthday at what I thought was a very special Santa Barbara restaurant. They acknowledged it was a special occasion when I called to confirm my reservations. Upon arrival it was all downhill from there. The restaurant looked a little tired and it was about half full. We ordered the shrimp bacon appetizer, the sea... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Excellent well priced restaurant with attentive staff. Had a great meal there last night in a relaxing atmosphere. It was difficult to choose from a tempting menu with a number of speciality dishes. Our server, Judy, was really pleasant and friendly. We would return to eat here again.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Had nice table in the window, my husband had very good, a little spicy paella. I had chicken stuffed with mushrooms, both very delicious. Decor inside was a bit too dark for my taste but the staff was very good and the music was nice.

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Denver, Colorado
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Food was great. We all chose different things-I had an excellent salmon, my friends had steak and a pasta dish. All was well prepared with great taste. The only thing I don't like is how when I called and asked if we could come at 6:30, I was told I could come at 6 or before, or after 8. We... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a lovely restaurant with a lively atmosphere. The menu is varied and the quality is always high. The presentation is always first-rate and we've gone here many times.

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Palm City, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My wife and I had left Julian, CA around 1:00 PM in the afternoon. We had just finished the cleanup from our daughters wedding the night before and were already a little tired and soon to be road weary. We had decided to tour some in California before heading back home to Florida. Our first stop was Santa Barbara. After... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had a great meal here - so good we came back the next night! Food, atmosphere, staff were all fantastic. The staff remembered when we returned the next night, and took the time to come over and say hello and ask about our stay. It wasn't cheap, but neither was over-priced - great food in a city centre location.... More

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Santa Clarita, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Enjoyed the staff as soon as we walked in the door. Sense of humor is important to your enjoyment. Phyllo wrapped tiger prawns a must. My husband had the lamb. He was so disappointed he didn't have more to eat. Not because the portion was too small but it was so good. I had the herb filet. Meat just perfect.... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This was the best restaurant experience I have had in a really long time. We went as a family of four for the first time based on Yelp reviews. When I called for a reservation for a Sunday dinner, they asked if it was okey to be seated by the door. I said yes and we loved to location. It... More

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