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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
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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: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 39
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  • 17
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  • 2
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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
Outstanding Food/Winelist

We were a party of five and had a pizza, the Chipotle pasta, wild mushroom stuffed chicken, risotto and pesto shrimp. All was excellent. The wine list included Central Coast vintages which were really good! The service was just right too. My only complaint.....it was incredibly loud and echoe'y... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We were a party of five and had a pizza, the Chipotle pasta, wild mushroom stuffed chicken, risotto and pesto shrimp. All was excellent. The wine list included Central Coast vintages which were really good! The service was just right too. My only complaint.....it was incredibly loud and echoe'y. No one could hear anyone at my table and our ages... More 

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Castle Hill, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This was the best food we ate in the US over the entire two weeks. Great menu, attentive service and a broad wine list. You'll need to book though we visited on a Monday night and it was packed

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

We were recommended to try Opal when we were tasting at Au Bon Climat - and are very grateful. The place felt like most people were locals - all enjoying the big, wide ranging menu and the excellent wine list. The duck with sour cherry compote and black rice was stunning, as was the warm seafood salad. Easy to see... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The food and service is excellent. We tried the daily specials and were amazed with what was offered. Delectable! Wine us expensive but the good was well priced. We will return.

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Paso Robles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

How Tina and Richard continue to offer such high-quality service & product at such reasonable prices continues to astound me! Clearly, they have hit Santa Barbara's "sweet-spot" for value/quality dining. We've been going there for years and their formula remains consistent: creative dishes (but not over-the-top "gushy"); freshest ingredients; consistent preparation, *great service - and above all - value. I... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

ate here for graduation….management not so accommodating but salmon dish excellent ..woudl return to eat this dish again… filet mignon was enjoyed also by our party….

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely dinner here one evening. We walked in in early evening and got a lovely table in the cider room. Lovely menu, great food and wine and really good service. Would definitely go back!

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Modesto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We enjoyed our dinner at Opal. I had the chicken penne with homemade chipotle sauce. It was flavorful and plenty! My son had the tiger shrimp and pasta. He also enjoyed it very much. The service was good and not in your face constantly!

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Houston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Our first time here, order our food and the service brought out the wrong dish for one of our family. He kept forcing and insisted that's what we Order. He pointed and replied the "that's why you order!" After the 6x. I gave up. The kid end up eating stuff chicken instead of their pasta they wanted. Nice cozy place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Had chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms over risotto. Great dish at reasonable price. Service and ambiance excellent

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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, Greek

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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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, 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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