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Opal Restaurant and Bar

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1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-966-9676
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene
Description: A popular local’s favorite, opal restaurant and bar infuses an Eclectic...
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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  • 297
    Excellent
  • 171
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
My new favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara

Food is great, fresh, the fish, the preparations are delightful choices, the service is just plain outstanding, they know their wines, the house wines are excellent, the food arrived quick and hot, the people are so nice. I love this restaurant, and I am ridiculously picky.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
MerlynKauai
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Kilauea, Hawaii
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Kilauea, Hawaii
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78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Food is great, fresh, the fish, the preparations are delightful choices, the service is just plain outstanding, they know their wines, the house wines are excellent, the food arrived quick and hot, the people are so nice. I love this restaurant, and I am ridiculously picky.

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Kelowna, Canada
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210 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We dined here last year and were completely satisfied with the restaurant so when it came to choosing a restaurant this year we decided we'd walk to Opal. Nothing much had changed Friendly welcome, quick seating, nice menu and a huge wine selection. Fully met our expectations again.

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Exeter, California
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was very good... Everyone in our party of 18 agreed. The biggest issue was the service. It took FOREVER to take our order. Then to take our dessert order... Ugh! I really want to say good things, but you really need to be patient if you want to eat here. You are only acknowledged when you are seated...... More 

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Thank Mommarhonda
Rathfriland, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had seen this restaurant online and had decided we would try it for a nicer dinner on our travels. We were not disappointed. Even though we didn't have a reservation we were seated quickly and the dinner was delicious. We both had steak with all the trimmings. Definitely recommend this place for dinner.

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Thank henning179
Santa Barbara, California
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sat at the bar--by choice. Staff, as usual, friendly and engaging. The wine choice is diverse and reasonable. They have a special menu every day--so you cannot go wrong with the nightly specials. The steamed mussels with fennel was grand and I do believe that they make the best Caesar in town. If you do not have a reservation, get... More 

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Thank 76sbca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great meal and comfortable atmosphere to talk with each other. A lot of great menu options for everyone's taste. The lamb was perfectly cooked and the special of the day cheesecake was amazing.

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Tigard, Oregon
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65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an appetizer there that was crab and papaya, it was AWESOME. The remainder of the meal was great. Good location, good vibe. Would go back again in a heartbeat

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Vancouver, Canada
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360 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here for dinner and as a party of nine, we happened to order 9 different dishes. We shared a lot and every said that all 9 dishes were first rate. Our server, jake, was absolutely perfect. He was professional and friendly without being overly friendly.

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fallbrook ca
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went here for a drink and a few appetizers . We sat at the bar and had a really great fun bartender who made our visit a great experience!! We had an appetizer of the bruschetta that was really very good . We then split the butternut squash risotto . The dish was very flavorful and... More 

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Sheffield
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157 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited the restaurant as part of a large group. Service was prompt and attentive. My Ahi tuna starter was cooked to perfection, as was my salmon dish - part of a New Year special menu. The restaurant was full and there was a lively atmosphere.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-9676

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 36
  • Cuisine: Italian, Asian, American, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?