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Opal Restaurant and Bar

1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
+1 805-966-9676
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, American, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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Reviewed today

Enjoyed our meal here completely. Went to Opal on the recommendation of friends from Santa Barbara. Started with a hearty corn chowder soup (a daily special) and then added a warm seafood salad. The salad was close to perfect. Generous on the perfectly seasoned seafood....More

Thank ArizonaArchitect
Reviewed 1 week ago

I feel sorry for restaurants in Santa Barbara. There are so many that being really good doesn't get you noticed. Opal was recommended to me and I'm glad that I went. Customer had shrimp and I had a Goat Cheese, Prosciutto and Garlic Spinach pizza....More

Thank lapsrus
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very delicious meal! I had the salmon and it had wonderful Asian flavors. They even made a special calamari appetizer because my boyfriend asked for it special.

Thank LaurieandMike2015
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

We were told by a bunch of people that we needed to dine at Opal Restaurant & Bar the next time our travels took us to Santa Barbara. I am so glad that we listened! They were very busy the night we came for dinner....More

Thank ExpoNationals
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Not the cheapest Bit ok Was busy but service was good Friendly staff Food was ok Not the best i hsve ever had but not the worst Wine was pricey but it is in USA. Would go again

Thank racoxon
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

We visited the restaurant with the friends on late evening , they took us in no problem. I had lamb chops special lovely with mushrooms sauce. Not to expensive good comfortable food , service very good and friendly. Definitely I would be back !

Thank bogei272
Reviewed September 7, 2018

My wife and I visited Opal on the strength of the reviews. The service was very good but the atmosphere was rather sedate. Food was OK but very creamy and heavy. My wife struggled to eat half of her risotto and we were so bloated...More

Thank Dylanforpresident
Reviewed August 29, 2018

Food was O.K. Service was O.K. I won't go back but not bad. Can't remember what I ordered...Atmosphere is nice enough.

Reviewed August 27, 2018

Opal is my "go to" for fun and delicious meals. The quality of the seafood and meat is great. I enjoy trying their specials as well as their regulars favorites. The servers are accommodating and will gladly help if anyone has any food allergies or...More

Thank AnginSB
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

This place seemed to be very well reviewed, but definitely failed to live up to the write ups. Atmosphere was totally lacking as was refinement and the descriptions on the menu were deceptive in their promise. Food was mediocre at best. Wine likewise. Only real...More

Thank janeW5988II
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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, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, 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
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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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