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Opal Restaurant and Bar

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Californian, Greek
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1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-966-9676
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: A popular local’s favorite, opal restaurant and bar infuses an Eclectic...
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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  • 37
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wonderful, wonderful duck

If you're a fan if duck then this is the place to go. The duck confit appetiser with grilled pear and toasted almonds was nicely balanced and flavoursome. A reasonable size serve too Our main of honey glazed duck witha chambord blackberry compote was served on wild rice. The duck was perfectly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Tina M
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Hobart, Australia
via mobile
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
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Hobart, Australia
Top Contributor
261 reviews 261 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you're a fan if duck then this is the place to go. The duck confit appetiser with grilled pear and toasted almonds was nicely balanced and flavoursome. A reasonable size serve too Our main of honey glazed duck witha chambord blackberry compote was served on wild rice. The duck was perfectly cooked - a little pink in the mild... More 

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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43 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is one of the must-go places in Santa Barbara. Excellent value for money. Terrific service. The food is absolute amazing. The bread they serve for starters is home-made and amazing. All the other courses were amazing also. Staff is fantastic. Very good pricing. Go there!

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We had a gift voucher we received as part of a prize package - thank you Opal Resturant. We had a fabulous lunch which helped to soak up some of the wine we had been tasting. Excellent service. The desserts were just delish!

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Santa Barbara, California
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7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This charming little restaurant is located in the downtown area of SB; the menu varies, food is very good as well as service. There is a lounge/bar area attached, I have had Christmas Parties there and never been disappoint d, Food is reasonably priced...you will need reservations.

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Adelaide South Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Booked the opal resturant on reading the reviews on trip advisor, lived up to everything mentioned on trip advisor, had the best seat in the house, Jake our waiter was so accomodating and knowledgeable advised a great selection of wines to enjoy! The meal arrived and was better than our expectations, would highly recommend this venue to any visitors

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Ventura, Calif
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51 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We are wine lovers, so I was pleasantly surprised to see an extensive wine list with fair values if you know what to look for, (some mark-ups less than 2x retail). The ambience and service were excellent, and the food very good. On the expensive side with 1 glass of wine/1 bottle of wine/1 shared apetizer/2 pasta dishes/1 dessert/2 coffees... More 

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San Diego, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Opal's had been recommended by a resident of the city as one the places "where locals hang out." Indeed they do. Locals were hanging out everywhere, and the noise level increased by the minute. Wait staff was very solicitous when I walked in with my aged mother, finding us a table a even though we had no reservation. I watched... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We were passing by to check out the menu, and then we were summoned in by the host! I usually prefer to go into a restaurant without being persuaded, but he was friendly, and the experience turned out to be completely fulfilling and worthwhile. We arrived early, so it was understandable that he was genuinely just being cordial. By the... More 

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We love Opal. It's a small and casually elegant restaurant near the Arlington Theater on State Street. We have dined there on several occasions and have always had solid service with good food. This time, we did something we have never done before-– we took our dogs with us to dine. Opal was quite gracious-- serving them a bowl of... More 

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Colorado
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

A nice place in Santa Barbara for lunch. Right on State St in the heart of the businesses, it looks a bit pretentious fromt he outside, but service and food are very good, and not too high. Had a Pizza and a salad for lunch. The salads are not just a boring green salad, but instead are inventive.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-9676

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 36
  • Cuisine: Californian, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups, Entertaining clients, Bar scene

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.
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

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