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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 good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tiger prawns” (23 reviews)
“salmon” (66 reviews)
“paella” (35 reviews)
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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 6 days ago via mobile

After a long trip to the West Coast, we were beginning to despair at the lack of imaginative and delicious meals available to us. That all changed the night of this restaurant. With incredible service, a lovely ambiance and life changing chicken pasta this restaurant...More

Thank LettieLettie
Reviewed 6 days ago 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Opal has a mixed Italian/Mediterranean menu. Most dishes are well prepared and there is an excellent wine and cocktail selection that complements all meals. Decor is a bit tired, but seating is comfortable. The one problematic aspect of Opal is the service policy that...More

1  Thank AKDut
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Remember, we travel with our Jack Russell He is 13 and loves his restauarnt experiences. At Opal's, we ate at the limited on sidewalk experience. The table next to us with 6 was having a great time with the flatbred pizza and martinis. A place...More

1  Thank DrAudreyReed
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate late, hopefully. Cheap place, cheap cutlery (a real giveaway) and cheap food. My steak hadn’t seen any seasoning so I had to do it myself. It was supposed to be medium but it was more rare. The manager asked how the food was...More

Thank Nick Natalia H
Reviewed June 3, 2018

I ordered paella, which turned out to be the worst I have ever had. The mussels were tiny, shrunken, tasteless; the clams were tiny; and the scallops were tiny. Overall, the dish was not tasty. Service was poor, slow: I asked our haughty waitress for...More

Thank nepenthium
Reviewed May 30, 2018

Fun, hip setting with an eclectic menu. Chances of having a great dinner are about 50/50. Many of their recipes are missing something and need revisiting by the chef. So our experience was quite uneven. Believe we will try a different Santa Barbara restaurant rather...More

Thank 2016Patti
Richard Y, Owner at Opal Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

Dear Patti Thank you for letting us know of your experience.We are glad you had a great experience with the Prawn appetizer and the Herb Grilled Filet Mignon. I am puzzled about the experience of our food being overly spicy. We completely agree that too...More

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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
Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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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