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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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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Richard & Tina run a tight ship, & it still shows year after year. Same head chefs from way back produce reliably outstanding favorite dishes from the menu as well as a large array of tempting specials. We brought our own wine this time, but the wine list is very prolific & worth examining, with fair prices.

Thank Leslie T
Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A fun (noisy) atmosphere with great food -- everything on the menu is reliably good. Unfortunately I have developed a habit of ordering the warm seafood salad which is my favorite lunch meal, so I only get to try new menu items when friends are willing to share. ;^). My favorite non-special occasion resturant in town.

Thank Steve W
Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Intimate setting, good food, nice atmosphere and right on State Street. Good place to propose or treat yourself to, but expect to pay for it. But then, Santa Barbara has many restaurants in that price bracket that don't offer nearly as much.

Thank IdeasAndOpinions
Santa Barbara, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We always come to Opal for special occasions, or just an average night out so we don't have to cook. The menu is by far one of the most diverse in town - lots of options for everyone. One of my favorites is the herb-crusted filet mignon... it's divine! The wine list is off-the charts, there's also full bar available,... More 

Thank Kalai K
Santa Barbara
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123 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been taking clients to Opal for many years. Every single experience has been excellent. My wife and I had dessert here on our first date. Whether romantic or business, Opsl is a winner. The bar pours great cocktails, they have a wonderful wine selection and the food is delicious. One client raved about the dessert she enjoyed for months.... More 

Thank kbinsb
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not the best restaurant at all. My meal was great, the local favorite chicken pasta but the others were basic. The others were just ok

Thank Jose S
Santa Clarita, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent food, great vibe, attention to detail. They have a huge wine list, great dessert, and in a good location.

Thank skypilotrose
Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Opal's was recommended by the B&B we stayed at. All the employees were overly friendly and helpful. Food was excellent.

Thank Cynthia_Crew
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I stopped in for dinner on a Friday night. We had no reservations and the place is bustling. They still promptly found us a table. The wine list is impressive, with many offerings by the glass. There is an entire section of the menu with recommended pairings. The service was friendly and attentive. I highly recommend the... More 

Thank WIEireannach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The place is packed even in the middle of the week. We sat outside and as people left the restaurant they seemed very happy and satisfied. We were impressed with the appetizers and the salads and pastas are spot on. Opal also has a nice wine selection and the wait staff is very caring.

Thank Erin W

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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
Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, 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?