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Opal Restaurant and Bar

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Mon, 2/18
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner


$10 - $36
Italian, American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Sunday, February 17, 2019
Homemade Roasted Tomato Lobster Bisque
Seared Fresh Sea Scallops on Arugula and Watercress
Grilled Pears, Roasted Beets, Candied Pecans, Gorgonzola Cheese, and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Pan Roasted Fresh Swordfish
Risotto Crab Cake, Seasonal Vegetables, Meyer Beurre Blanc, Fresh Mango Salsa
Crusted Fresh Wild King Salmon Filet En Croute
With a Dijon Pinot Noir Cream, and Sauteed Vegetables
Homemade Genoa Salami Pizza- Cooked in our wood-burning pizza oven
Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce, Artichokes, Red Tomatoes, Shaved Red Onions, Kalamata Olives, Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano and Smoked Mozzarella
Homemade Organic Strawberry Cheesecake
Fresh Berry Coulis
Opal Classic Caesar Salad
With Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano and Garlic Croutons
Mixed Gourmet Greens
With Red Tomatoes, Roasted Pinenuts and our Herb Vinaigrette
Butter Lettuce with Gorgonzola
With Shaved Red Onions and our Herb Vinaigrette
Grilled Eggplant and Portabello Mushroom Salad
With Gourmet Greens, Goat Cheese Pesto Crostinis and a Fresh Cilantro Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Black-Pepper Crusted Ahi Tuna Seared Rare
With an Amazuki Salad, Crispy Wontons and a Wasabi Cream
French Fried Portabello Mushrooms
With Gourmet Truffle Oil and a Balsamic Reduction
Pan Seared Fresh Crab Cake on a Sesame Beurre Blanc
Tender Wild Red Deep-Sea Crabmeat Cake, on a Sesame Beurre Blanc, a drizzle of Wasabi Cream, Fresh Mango Salsa and Crispy Potato strings
Pesto Sauteed Bay Scallop Salad - Local's Favorite
With Toasted Pinenuts and Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano on a Baby Spinach Salad with our Roasted Garlic Dressing
Bouillabaisse of Fresh Tiger Prawns, Scallops and Fresh Shucked Oysters*
In a Tomato Herb Garlic Broth, with Saffron, Fresh Cilantro, Anaheim Chiles, Fennel, and our Garlic Bread
Shredded Phyllo Wrapped Tiger Prawns, Flash Fried Served with a Coconut Curry Dipping Sauce
On Napa Cabbage Salad with Mandarin Oranges, Toasted Almonds, Julienne Vegetables and our Sesame Asian Vinaigrette
From Our Wood Burning Oven
Tiger Prawn Pizza with Pesto, Baby Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers
With Tomatoes, Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino Cheese
Smoked Chicken Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella and a Chipotle Glaze
With Tomatoes, Shaved Red Onions and Fresh Cilantro
Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Garlic Spinach Pizza
With Pesto, Tomatoes, Shaved Red Onions and Smoked Mozzarella
Gaspar's Homemade Wild Mushroom Pizza- Cooked in our wood-burning pizza oven
With Pesto, Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Red Tomato, Finished with Arugula and Watercress and a Gourmet Truffle Sea Salt
Grilled Chicken Scallopini Salad Rolled with Goat Cheese and Pesto
On Baby Arugula and Watercress with Avocado, Tomatoes and our Herb Vinaigrette
Warm Seafood Salad on Fresh Baby Spinach and Gourmet Greens
(Local's Favorite) With Sauteed Fresh Tiger Prawns, Salmon, Bay Scallops and the Fresh Fish of the Day Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Cilantro and Our Garlic Dressing
Sauteed Chicken on Penne Pasta with a Homemade Chipotle Cream*
With Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes, Roasted Red Peppers, Sweet Basil and Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Homemade Tomato Linguini with Shrimp and Anaheim Chiles*
With Fresh Cilantro, Sauteed Garlic, Toasted Pinenuts and a Rich Ginger Chicken Broth
Homemade Basil Fettuccine with Sauteed Tiger Shrimp
With Homemade Pesto, Tomatoes, Fire Roasted Red Pepper and Smoked Mozzarella Cream Sauce
Vegetable Napoleon with a Gorgonzola Potato Cake and Wild Mushrooms
With a Grilled Portobello Mushroom, Grilled Eggplant, Sauteed Garlic Spinach, Grilled Polenta, Roasted Red Peppers, a Roasted Tomato Sauce and Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Arborio Risotto with Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Fresh Asparagus and Artichokes
With Toasted Walnuts, a Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cream and a Gourmet Truffle Oil
Wild Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breast on Fresh Herb Risotto
With a Roasted Tomato Marsala Cream Sauce and Fresh Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Lemon Grass Crusted Fresh Wild Salmon Filet with a Thai Curry Sauce
(Local's Favorite) With Sauteed Julienne Vegetables and a Caramelized Apple and Orange Zest Basmati Rice
Honey Glazed Roasted Duck on Butternut Squash Risotto
With Baby Roasted Root Vegetables and a Port Wine Demi Glace
Offered Nightly, Subject to Availability
Paella... Fresh Steamed Mussels, Manila Clams, Bay Scallops, Tiger Prawns, Chicken and Chorizo Sausage*
On Spanish Saffron Rice with Tomatoes and Anaheim Chiles, in a Garlic Herb Broth
Slow Roasted Braised Short Ribs with a Wild Mushroom Pinot Noir Reduction
On a Fresh Rosemary Soft Polenta
Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops on a Rosemary and Sweet Onion Zinfandel Sauce
With Sauteed Garlic Spinach and Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes
14 oz. Grilled Ribeye Steak on Tuscan Style White Beans
With a Garlic Herb Butter and Sauteed Fresh Vegetables
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Badoit Sparkling
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is great! A local place with great food and not over crowded with tourist. The servers are great with good advise as the menu is filled with great dishes and if you need help with selecting a wine to go with your dinner...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank joemE7945BA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Skip the bouillabaisse, no flavor. Jump on the lemon grass salmon! Yummmmmy. My husband loved the duck with the honey sauce but I could not even taste a second bite it was so sweet. The wait staff was wonderful. They noticed that I was not...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank D7027YRsueg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This pleasant restaurant on State Street has truly fine food. The service was energetic and friendly but slightly wobbly the night we were there, but the food was so good that I'm rating the restaurant excellent. It was the best meal I had in 3...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Pomatomus1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I walked by Opal restaurant daily on my way down State St to the ocean. I decided to stop there for dinner on my last night in Santa Barbara. They have a great menu and wine list. The restaurant is lovely. The service was wonderful-...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Carolyn120
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Opal restaurant looked busy every time we walked past in recent month so we decided to give it a try on a rainy Santa Barbara evening. Now we know what the fuss is about...great food. The room is very nice. Not super upscale but comfortable....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MrGaucho1987
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had been to this restaurant in 2010 and found it again last year, but wasn't able to go. Used to be easy to spot because of the checkered floor, now covered with hardwood to help the server's legs. But nothing has changed in terms of...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Marla R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this restaurant has been a long time favorite local Santa Barbara restaurant since I moved here, and it is no wonder, they have great food, great service a nice wine list and it is CONSISTENTLY that way. Each and every time I visit I have...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Zohe F
Reviewed January 3, 2019

Opal offers a very nice menu, has nightly specials and has a very good list of wines by the glass, including very good local wines. The food is delicious. We had risotto, pork loin, flank steak and filet mignon. Apart for one of the filets...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank waterandmore
Reviewed January 2, 2019 via mobile

It was excellent We were at late seating and the place was over the top full ALL the courses were perfect. Fish was not over cooked Band was great We didn’t make it till midnight. I’m sure it would of been grand!!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank TerriA450
Reviewed December 8, 2018 via mobile

A Wednesday weeknight, restaurant quite full, service very attentive. Signature Phyllo Shrimp Curry, Seared, black pepper Scallop Salad, Wild Mushroom Pizza from the wood fuel Oven, Opal’s Paella. Local wine by the glass. All delicious, well plated and presented. Thank you Richard, Tina and Ryan..

Date of visit: December 2018
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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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