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Opal Restaurant and Bar

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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
Closed now
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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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San Diego, California
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87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Taylor K
Saint Helens, Oregon
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22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank Bebe44
santa barbara, CA
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Santa Barbara, California
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Anabel-2013
Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Pekele B B
Seattle, Washington
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Opal on the recommendation of many other Trip Advisor reviewers and we weren't disappointed. It's a noise pub but there are plenty of staff and they even managed to squeeze us in on a very busy night. Service was quick and efficient. Menu choices are varied and priced very reasonably. Naturally, they have an extensive wine list and... More 

Thank Bunkshyde
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent Restaurant. The service was very good and our family of six all enjoyed our meals. The desserts were very good as well.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
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
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
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?