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Opal Restaurant and Bar

1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-966-9676
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Ranked #19 of 442 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This was the best restaurant experience I have had in a really long time. We went as a family of four for the first time based on Yelp reviews. When I called for a reservation for a Sunday dinner, they asked if it was okey to be seated by the door. I said yes and we loved to location. It... More

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San Jose, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

There were 9 of us that went here for dinner and it was a great place to go with a large group. The service was excellent as was the food. Our appetizers were Shredded Phyllo Wrapped Tiger Prawns (delicious!!) and Fresh Ahi Tartare, Avocado Salsa and Tomato Napoleon with Homemade Taro Chips (good but not as tasty as the prawns).... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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129 reviews 129 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Dinner on 8/18. Located on State street. Many restaurants in the area. This one of the best. Varied menu. We had the cod, and the lamb chops. Both were excellent. Shrimp appetizer very good. Extensive wine menu and drinks of all kinds. Superb service by KIA. Very enjoyable dinner. Make reservations.

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San Diego CA
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A restaurant experience not to be missed in Santa Barbara. Went there with family, had a late reservation, but we were getting hungry and decided to see if we could sneak in early. My wife had told me earlier this was an experience not to be missed, and of course she was right. No sweat getting a seat. Imagine a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We went to Opal for our last evening in Santa Barbara and were not disappointed! The service and food were excellent! Everything was perfection. The only negative was that we requested a reservation for 7:00 pm and was told that we could be accommodated at either 6 or 8pm. We took the 6pm slot and then wondered why there were... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We ate here as a group and the service and food was great. The menu is diverse and the cocktail menu was unique. If I was back in the area I would certainly eat here again. The chicken pesto pasta was scrummy!

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redondo beach
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103 reviews 103 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Great little find! This gem is on state street near 3 other top 20 restaurants in Santa Barbara so it was tough to pick which one to eat at. We chose this one because of some unique fun tasting menu items .if you go here try the Shredded Phyllo Wrapped Tiger Prawns, Flash Fried Served with a Coconut Curry Dipping... More

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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 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
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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