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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 429 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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85% Recommend
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Venice, Ca
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116 reviews 116 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We were a group of 8 ladies in town for a bachelorette weakend. Opal restaurant was recommended by my aunt who lives in town. It lived up to the rave reviews. The menu was very extensive and everyone found something they wanted. The food wasn't top quality, superb, nor finely executed but I have to admit I am a food... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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164 reviews 164 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

We went on a very busy night and there was a major musical in town and customers had turned up for pre show meals. Notwithstanding this the food was superb with plenty of choice and the service was good and friendly. No problem recommending this restaurant.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Located on State St. in the heart of the Arts District is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara. Overseen by Owners Richard and Tina the wait staff is courteous and well informed. Recomendations about wine pairings appear in the menu and on the daily specials page. The fare runs from Mediterranean influenced to classic Californian wine country.Being a... More

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Huntington Beach
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We had dinner at Opal on a Friday night after a friend who lived here recommended it. This place is popular with folks going to a nearby theater, so we were given a 6pm or after 8pm seating option. So at 6pm a lot of parties were being seated, but we got a nice window seat. Since we weren't on... More

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Burlington, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

We were a group of 6 looking for a good dinner in Santa Barbara while on a business trip. We booked fairly late and the restaurant was very accommodating. The evening started on a great note with friendly and prompt seating, and continued to be a great evening. The service was great, the food excellent and the wine and a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Great food. Unique flavors. Nice location. However service was weird. Our waitress abandoned us in a middle of our diner. Bill was brought by a manager who took care of the rest. Kinda weird. Almost like our server didn't want to serve us

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Los Angeles, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

My folks and I ate at Opal while up from LA for the weekend. We showed up about 45 minutes before our reservation but they were able to rearrange a table and fit us in. They went above and beyond from the moment we walked in. The waitress was excellent (can't remember her name) and made us laugh every time... More

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Beverly Hills, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Sorry we never got to eat there but after the attempt to make a reservation, it was probably just as well. You have to call to book a table, leaving a message and someone is suppose to call you back. Well, no one did so I called back a day or so later in the evening. The hostess who answered... More

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Los Angeles, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Nice energy at Opal on a Saturday evening. Seats are close together and bar area can spill over to seating area if it is crowded. Menu was eclectic and innovative. Extensive wine and cocktail options, many with fun twists. Many nice options for the herbivore and carnivore in your group. Food was fresh and well prepared. Waitress was attentive, helpful... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The food at Opal was well prepared and very good. The menu readily accommodated the vegetarian member of our group of 6. The service was knowledgeable and attentive. Given the preparation quality, the wait for the dinners was not long. Perhaps more importantly, they were very ready to address problems. I ordered a mushroom stuffed chicken breast. It came with... More

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