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Opal Restaurant and Bar

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$$ - $$$
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1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
+1 805-966-9676
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Granted it was a few months ago that I was here, but I ordered a dirty martini and was told they had gorgonzola stuffed olives..so I asked for that in my martini. The bartender replied that they were "an extra charge (he said amount), how many did I want"? Now, I can't remember if it was $1.50 or $1.75 for... More 

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Cumberland Center, Maine
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lunch at Opal featured fresh California produce and ingredients such as organic chicken and olive oil. Good wine list and local beers on tap. Friendly service in a calm setting

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San Diego, California
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89 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first impression of Opal was not too positive: the decor has a spare, quasi-industrial look relieved by a few old art-deco posters, and the acoustics let every noise rattle around before dying out. However, the food made up for these shortcomings. Absolutely delicious and artfully presented, it treats the eyes and the tongue. And an extensive wine list will... More 

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Saint Helens, Oregon
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22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I read about this restaurant before our trip and it did not disappoint. We both had a filet mignon, although different dishes, and enjoyed them very much. The steak was tender as it should be and every bite was great.

Thank donnabaton
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77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Consistently delicious, the Opal never disappoints. Some people feel that due to the high ceilings it's too noisy, but we enjoy the eclectic & upbeat atmosphere. The employees are wonderful, decor great and the cuisine..OMG! Whenever we visit Santa Barbara we make it a point to have dinner at Opal. This was our 39th wedding anniversary & they made it... More 

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santa barbara, CA
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Good value fine dining. Large menu with daily specials added. Some Italian and pizza plus continental food.

Santa Barbara, California
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This locally owned restaurant is guaranteed to please. The diverse menu is excellent and Tina Takaya and Richard Yates work hard to keep up the style. If you need to get to the show, they are prompt, if you want a table that is quieter they will help. They have wonderful framed Life magazines in the Women's bathroom, all stars.... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

They don't even bring you a bread basket while you are waiting for the food to come. It seems to be very popular because is close to the theater. I was under the impression waitress was rushing us through dinner so she can get another set of people to take care off. So we left the basic tip. ( they... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Great experience! Very good and accommodating service, great food and a lovely setting. Highly recommend. Especially loved the Paella!

Thank Wormtravels
Bakersfield, California
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290 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

We loved everything about this place. The ambiance is upscale but still causal and comfortable. The service is outstanding. We were invited to ask any server on the floor to get us anything we needed. We didn't need to do so because our server was perfectly attentive. The wine list is a very good place to start along with the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $36
Italian, American
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
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?