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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 441 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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English first
California, USA
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Stopped in at Opal after a movie on Sunday night, without a reservation. They were crowded, but the hostess cheerfully separated a couple of tables to make room for us. Staff was friendly and attentive and the food was delicious! It was late and they were out of some dishes, but we found the perfect light dinner off the appetizer... More

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Oh how I wish I could give a better compliment, however I will not be doing so. The food quality and presentation was less then I remembered. The menu has changed in the years since living here, but surprisingly the attitudes of the phone attendees and greeters was even worse then we recalled. Why do they continue to act as... More

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Sonora, CA
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We made reservations for a group of 9 and got in on time. The waitress was very knowledgable and helpful with our questions. One person was a vegan and gluten free and they made wonderful accomodations without hesitation. The meal I had was amazing as was the gelato! We would definitely come back.

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Santa Barbara
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

You must make reservations for this restaurant if you want to eat after 6:00 and before 10:00 on the weekends. However, that is because this is the best sit down dinner for the price downtown. They serve excellent food, have a full bar with great cocktails, and have reasonable wine selections. When people ask where to eat in Santa Barbara... More

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Santa Barbara, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The food is wonderful and the staff fantastic! They do their best to adjust to guests needs. Appetizers are a dinner in themselves; desserts wonderful.

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Nevada, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We came in on a Friday with a last minute reservation. They were able to accommodate our party of 2 at 830 pm. The guy on the phone kind of sounded like he was doing us a big favor. We went anyway, because Opal was highly recommended. They had plenty of openings when we got there with the tables already... More

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London, United Kingdom
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200 reviews 200 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Senior Reviewer
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
4 helpful votes 4 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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