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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%
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Italian, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the restaurant with the friends on late evening , they took us in no problem. I had lamb chops special lovely with mushrooms sauce. Not to expensive good comfortable food , service very good and friendly. Definitely I would be back !

Thank bogei272
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited Opal on the strength of the reviews. The service was very good but the atmosphere was rather sedate. Food was OK but very creamy and heavy. My wife struggled to eat half of her risotto and we were so bloated...More

Thank Dylanforpresident
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was O.K. Service was O.K. I won't go back but not bad. Can't remember what I ordered...Atmosphere is nice enough.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Opal is my "go to" for fun and delicious meals. The quality of the seafood and meat is great. I enjoy trying their specials as well as their regulars favorites. The servers are accommodating and will gladly help if anyone has any food allergies or...More

Thank AnginSB
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place seemed to be very well reviewed, but definitely failed to live up to the write ups. Atmosphere was totally lacking as was refinement and the descriptions on the menu were deceptive in their promise. Food was mediocre at best. Wine likewise. Only real...More

Thank janeW5988II
Reviewed August 4, 2018

I cannot say enough good things about Opal! We were in Santa Barbara during Fiesta week and I called a day before the parade and got a reservation at noon. We were seated one table away from the front window with a great view of...More

Thank 65oski
Reviewed July 17, 2018 via mobile

This place was recommended for 3 of us to have dinner while on business. All of us were very happy we ended up here. The food was simply fantastic. Each of us had fish entrees. Two of us had a salmon dish and the salmon...More

Thank Litig8r68
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

We arrived very late to Santa Barbara and we came across this restaurant. We did a huge trip of America and I have to say this was in our top 3 for sure. . Service amazing and the food was to die for. A special...More

Thank Dora1Dora
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

On our coastal drive, we spent one night in Santa Barbara and it was suggested we eat dinner here. So glad we did. The ambiance, service and food was top notch. We all started with some of their signature cocktails which were very good. I...More

Thank Humidor
Reviewed July 9, 2018

The menu offers unique mixes of pasta, vegetables and seafood. The meals were tasty, the service was okay, friendly but not welcoming

Thank Alexandra T
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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
Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, 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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