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Opal Restaurant and Bar

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Mon, 5/20
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
Homemade Cream of Roasted Vegetable Curry Soup
BBlack Pepper Crusted Seared Fresh Sea Scallops
Purple Potato Salad, Fresh Roasted Corn, a Roasted Tomato Cumin Vinaigrette and a Fresh Infused Cilantro Olive Oil
Pan Sauteed Fresh Ono
Yukon Gold Whipped Potatoes, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables, Saffron Caper Buerre Blanc, Tropical Relish
Blackened Fresh Wild King Salmon
Jalapeño Cilantro Cream Sauce, Herb Risotto, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables, Jalapeño Avocado Salsa
Homemade Chicken Marsala Pizza Cooked in our wood-burning pizza oven
Tomato Marsala Sauce, Portobello Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Sweet Basil and Smoked Mozzarella
Homemade Mixed Berry Cheesecake
with a Fresh Berry Coulis
Opal Classic Caesar Salad
With Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano and Garlic Croutons
Mixed Gourmet Greens
With Red Tomatoes, Roasted Pinenuts and our Herb Vinaigrette
Butter Lettuce with Gorgonzola
With Shaved Red Onions and our Herb Vinaigrette
Grilled Eggplant and Portabello Mushroom Salad
With Gourmet Greens, Goat Cheese Pesto Crostinis and a Fresh Cilantro Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Black-Pepper Crusted Ahi Tuna Seared Rare
With an Amazuki Salad, Crispy Wontons and a Wasabi Cream
French Fried Portabello Mushrooms
With Gourmet Truffle Oil and a Balsamic Reduction
Pan Seared Fresh Crab Cake on a Sesame Beurre Blanc
Tender Wild Red Deep-Sea Crabmeat Cake, on a Sesame Beurre Blanc, a drizzle of Wasabi Cream, Fresh Mango Salsa and Crispy Potato strings
Pesto Sauteed Bay Scallop Salad - Local's Favorite
With Toasted Pinenuts and Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano on a Baby Spinach Salad with our Roasted Garlic Dressing
Bouillabaisse of Fresh Tiger Prawns, Scallops and Fresh Shucked Oysters*
In a Tomato Herb Garlic Broth, with Saffron, Fresh Cilantro, Anaheim Chiles, Fennel, and our Garlic Bread
Shredded Phyllo Wrapped Tiger Prawns, Flash Fried Served with a Coconut Curry Dipping Sauce
On Napa Cabbage Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Toasted Almonds, Julienne Vegetables and our Sesame Asian Vinaigrette
From Our Wood Burning Oven
Tiger Prawn Pizza with Pesto, Baby Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers
With Tomatoes, Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino Cheese
Smoked Chicken Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella and a Chipotle Glaze
With Tomatoes, Shaved Red Onions and Fresh Cilantro
Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Garlic Spinach Pizza
With Pesto, Tomatoes, Shaved Red Onions and Smoked Mozzarella
Gaspar's Homemade Wild Mushroom Pizza- Cooked in our wood-burning pizza oven
With Pesto, Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Red Tomato, Finished with Arugula and Watercress and a Gourmet Truffle Sea Salt
Grilled Chicken Scallopini Salad Rolled with Goat Cheese and Pesto
On Baby Arugula and Watercress with Avocado, Tomatoes and our Herb Vinaigrette
Warm Seafood Salad on Fresh Baby Spinach and Gourmet Greens
(Local's Favorite) With Sauteed Fresh Tiger Prawns, Salmon, Bay Scallops and the Fresh Fish of the Day Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Cilantro and Our Garlic Dressing
Sauteed Chicken on Penne Pasta with a Homemade Chipotle Cream*
With Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes, Roasted Red Peppers, Sweet Basil and Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Gluten Free: Substitute Pasta with Julienne Vegetable "Spaghetti"
Homemade Tomato Linguini with Shrimp and Anaheim Chiles*
With Fresh Cilantro, Sauteed Garlic, Toasted Pinenuts and a Rich Ginger Chicken Broth
Gluten Free: Substitute Pasta with Julienne Vegetable "Spaghetti"
Homemade Basil Fettuccine with Sauteed Tiger Shrimp
With Homemade Pesto, Tomatoes, Fire Roasted Red Pepper and Smoked Mozzarella Cream Sauce
Vegetable Napoleon with a Gorgonzola Potato Cake and Wild Mushrooms
With a Grilled Portobello Mushroom, Grilled Eggplant, Sauteed Garlic Spinach, Grilled Polenta, Roasted Red Peppers, a Roasted Tomato Sauce and Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Arborio Risotto with Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Fresh Asparagus and Artichokes
With Toasted Walnuts, a Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cream and a Gourmet Truffle Oil
Wild Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breast on Fresh Herb Risotto
With a Roasted Tomato Marsala Cream Sauce and Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Lemon Grass Crusted Fresh Wild Salmon Filet with a Thai Curry Sauce
(Local's Favorite) With Sauteed Julienne Vegetables and a Caramelized Apple and Orange Zest Basmati Rice
Honey Glazed Roasted Duck on Butternut Squash Risotto
With Baby Roasted Root Vegetables and a Port Wine Demi Glace
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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.
$10 - $36
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Italian, American
Takeout, Seating, 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, Table Service
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We were in town for a girls weekend and had booked Opal for dinner based upon past reviews. We had the best table in the house and ordered the salmon entree and the risotto split between the 4 of us, all of which was very...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank lenandk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here while visiting Santa Barbara and friends joined us from Los Olivos. Good Wine and great food,. Fun atmosphere and nice ambiance. Service was very good too.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Msnmarla
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered the duck and my friend ordered Chicken Marsala. Soon after we both ran to the bathroom with severe diarrhea. Horrible experience!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Annapollino
Richard Y, Owner at Opal Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Annapollino Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your discomfort so shortly after dining with us. I am really sorry to hear of the experience you associate with dining with us. The experience you describe is puzzling as we had...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Called and made reservation. Arrived on time. Had to wait for a gentleman to get off phone for hostess to seat us. Our server was good and funny, a great personality. We all ordered 9oz Filet Mignon. They were ok, potatoes were bland and the...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank McCaffrey
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of the long standing Santa Barbara traditions. The food and service is excellent. The owners are both very charming and accessible. The dining experience is very enjoyable.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Michael A
Reviewed April 14, 2019

We had the warm seafood salad and the halibut entrees. The salad was great, the halibut was OK. The kids had the pizzas, which were fine as well. Overall a good experience and the prices are in the right range.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank jfm182
Reviewed April 8, 2019 via mobile

Ate here with friends. Had good cocktails. Bartender is on top of it. Then sat at a table. Waitress was very good. Had pasta with shrimp, steak and a pork chop between us. Everything was fresh, just not that great. Place is fun, service is...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank 509philg
Reviewed March 24, 2019

We’ve come here often and decided to try new things, so we ordered the chicken Marsala and the duck. Chicken dish was a bit dry and not enough sauce. The duck was good, but too sweet with too much sauce and the accompanying veggies not...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank ytc50
Reviewed March 20, 2019

Always reliable food, coupled with attentive service and caring owners (who are present). There is an interesting wine list and food varies from pizza to a great salmon with lemongrass. Plan you visit as it is packed early when there is an event at the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 76sbca
Reviewed March 18, 2019 via mobile

We first visited Santa Barbara 14 years ago and when staying at the El Prado Inn , Opal was recommended to us by hotel. We were very happy with it then and delighted to discover that unlike El Prado that Opal is still going strong....More

Date of visit: December 2018
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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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