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Opal Restaurant and Bar

1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-966-9676
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Ranked #21 of 440 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $36
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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86% Recommend
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English first
San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

The opal restaurant was full, we had no reservations, and it was a street festival night. We were welcomed, a table found, and the menus presented in minutes. My wife was hungry for something light, vegetarian and tasty. She ordered the Vegetable Napolean. I was hungry for seafood and pasta, and ordered the homemade Fettuccine Prawns with a light Pesto... More

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Dinner with a family of two youngish boys isn't always fun, but the quality of the food and the thoughtful service made this dinner one of our most enjoyable while on vacation. We ordered several courses and each one was timed very well. My entree was quite good, but the side of risotto was a bit gummy. Our kids both... More

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Livingston, New Jersey
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We were here 2 weeks ago on a Thursday night. They were very busy, but we were seated right away by the window. We were very impressed with their wine selections. Service at times might have been a little slow, but not a concern to us. We started with a great shrimp appetizer. For dinner I had an amazing chicken... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

State street is the main drag in this city with restaurants that range from dive bars to high end places. And so we found ourselves wandering the streets after an afternoon performance by a gypsy king wannabe at the nearby Granada theatre. Opal is another in a single named restaurant with no clue as to what it's ultimate food style... More

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Santa Barbara, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My new wife and I decided to have our rehearsal dinner at Opal a few weeks ago. I am so glad we did. Everything was absolutely perfect. We had a party of about 35 people and filled up most of the back room, which was all set and ready to go right when we arrived. It seemed like everyone in... More

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Sonoma, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Very chic ad beautifully done, with food and cocktails to match. You have to try some of their signature drinks. They have a master mixologist!

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Los Angeles
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

we always sit at the bar as we like the activity and like to sit higher than the tables. my husband thinks the salmon is the best he has had in Santa Barbara. nice wine by the glass selection and great wait staff make this one of our go to dinners out.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great location and great food and service make a reservation they are busy and close to a theatre, the service was the best I have had in a long time

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The food here is really good! It's a nicer restaurant, so it's good for a date night. The portions are definitely enough to fill you up. Very yummy!

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Santa Barbara, CA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Opal has consistently delivered a good meal with some standouts for sure. Salmon over thai vegetables, bay scallop salad (entrée or appetizer size) and chicken stuffed with wild mushrooms are some of the best!

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