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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 454 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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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Good food at reasonable prices. Very busy place. Can be very noisy. Service good. Reservations are a must.

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Santa Clarita, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

We started making Santa Barbara our weekend get away a couple of years ago. With so many great restaurants we promised our selves that we will try a different one each night we are there. awe broke that promise with regards to Opal. We enjoyed it so much the first time, we had to go back. We chose from the... More 

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California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Opal Restaurant & Bar located on the upper end of State Street has to be one of the best & most consistently delicious restaurants in Santa Barbara. We have been going here for years (even when it was called Brigette's) & have never, ever been disappointed. The menu is so creative, everything fresh, & quite diversified. The atmosphere is... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Hoping for a low-key weeknight evening out with friends, we selected Opal for its diverse menu. The menu includes that evening's specials as well as the regular items and features a fairly large wine list, with some very interesting choices, albeit all at an eye-watering mark-up. Service was professional and cordial. Food was attractively presented. Would recommend the kitchen to... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food, service and atmosphere at Opal were all terrific. The place is cozy, and can get a bit loud, but everyone who works there seems genuinely interested in insuring a great experience. Call ahead, then go and enjoy!

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Santa Barbara, Cal., USA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Very nice restaurant. Service is always good and food is always excellant. Make sure you get a reservation because they are always busy. Great place for dinner before a visit to the Arlington Theater.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

First and last time at this restaurant. Three of us went for lunch and spent over $200.00. My friends lunch came out fine but my Chilean SeaBase was still raw in the center. I sent it back and waited while others ate. It came back the second time a little more cooked but still raw in the center so sent... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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347 reviews 347 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Opal is a jewel. Reminiscent of a Parisian brasserie, Opal offers up excellent food, a very nice wine list, and knowledgeable and professional service. Our party of four each ordered different appetizers and main courses, and all agreed that everything was really delicious. A few years ago we dined here and enjoyed it a lot, but our recent visit confirmed... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Two weeks before Christmas we stopped in for a late lunch at this quiet gem. We later learned this place is a favorite with locals, and we can see why. Our server was absolutely outstanding, knowledgeable about the wine list and helpful with recommendations for both food and wine. We shared a delicious tomato vegetable soup, along with a main... More 

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San Diego
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9 reviews 9 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We were looking for a romantic dinner while visiting Santa Barbara and the Opal didn't disappoint. We did make a reservation and were quickly seated when we arrived. Service was really on top of it, prompt, attentive, but not intrusive. The food was amazing though. My wife had a herb grilled filet with vegetables and I had the paella. Both... More 

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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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