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Opal Restaurant and Bar

1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
+1 805-966-9676
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“tiger prawns” (23 reviews)
“salmon” (70 reviews)
“paella” (36 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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Reviewed yesterday

I walked by Opal restaurant daily on my way down State St to the ocean. I decided to stop there for dinner on my last night in Santa Barbara. They have a great menu and wine list. The restaurant is lovely. The service was wonderful-...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Carolyn120
Reviewed 2 days ago

Opal restaurant looked busy every time we walked past in recent month so we decided to give it a try on a rainy Santa Barbara evening. Now we know what the fuss is about...great food. The room is very nice. Not super upscale but comfortable....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MrGaucho1987
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had been to this restaurant in 2010 and found it again last year, but wasn't able to go. Used to be easy to spot because of the checkered floor, now covered with hardwood to help the server's legs. But nothing has changed in terms of...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Marla R
Reviewed 4 days ago

this restaurant has been a long time favorite local Santa Barbara restaurant since I moved here, and it is no wonder, they have great food, great service a nice wine list and it is CONSISTENTLY that way. Each and every time I visit I have...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Zohe F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Opal offers a very nice menu, has nightly specials and has a very good list of wines by the glass, including very good local wines. The food is delicious. We had risotto, pork loin, flank steak and filet mignon. Apart for one of the filets...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank waterandmore
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was excellent We were at late seating and the place was over the top full ALL the courses were perfect. Fish was not over cooked Band was great We didn’t make it till midnight. I’m sure it would of been grand!!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank TerriA450
Reviewed December 8, 2018 via mobile

A Wednesday weeknight, restaurant quite full, service very attentive. Signature Phyllo Shrimp Curry, Seared, black pepper Scallop Salad, Wild Mushroom Pizza from the wood fuel Oven, Opal’s Paella. Local wine by the glass. All delicious, well plated and presented. Thank you Richard, Tina and Ryan..

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 4321hike
Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I were on car trip and stopped in Santa Barbara for lunch. We wanted to treat ourselves to something nice. Opal left us very satisfied. EVERYTHING here is delicious! Even the bread and butter are remarkable. My hubby had the signature dish,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Luv_TravelSanJose_CA
Reviewed November 18, 2018

Enjoyed our meal here completely. Went to Opal on the recommendation of friends from Santa Barbara. Started with a hearty corn chowder soup (a daily special) and then added a warm seafood salad. The salad was close to perfect. Generous on the perfectly seasoned seafood....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ArizonaArchitect
Reviewed November 7, 2018

I feel sorry for restaurants in Santa Barbara. There are so many that being really good doesn't get you noticed. Opal was recommended to me and I'm glad that I went. Customer had shrimp and I had a Goat Cheese, Prosciutto and Garlic Spinach pizza....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank lapsrus
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Questions & Answers
May 2, 2017|
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Response from Richard Y | Property representative |
Yes we do take reservations. We are open for lunch Monday through Saturday and for Dinner all 7 nights, starting at 5pm. There are some limitations on available reservation times on Friday, Saturday and Special Event... More
December 14, 2015|
Response from JoeG009 | Property representative |
Hello Ms. Mermaid, we don't specifically order many certified organic items. However, our locally sourced Mixed Gourmet Greens and other fresh produce are sometimes organic and always high quality/sustainably farmed and... More
Judith F
April 8, 2015|
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Response from JoeG009 | Property representative |
Hello, thanks for the input everyone! We do not currently offer gluten free bread but we do have a unique substitute for pasta on our fettuccini and linguini dishes. We use our fresh julienne vegetable mix as a pasta like... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $36
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-9676
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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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