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“Farm fresh, variety of options, and reasonably priced....”

Opal Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #6 of 529 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $36
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
Houston, Texas
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221 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Farm fresh, variety of options, and reasonably priced....”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

The Opal is a wonderful option for California style farm-to-table options, freshly prepared with local flare. Good options for fish, pork, chicken, steak, and yes pizza. Make a reservation...it's usually busy. Dinner for two with a glass of wine each will run about $100. Good value for the price.

  • Visited January 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Noisy”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

This is one of the noisiest restaurants in town, but the food is good. Go early or very late to get a decent table for dinner. Do not let them put you near a big party.

Visited November 2012
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Bend, Oregon, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Opal - Best Fine Dining. Excellent service.”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

So I could go on and on about Opal. I will just say, if you want a great dining experience (food, atmosphere, wine selection, service). Choose Opal. You will not be disappointed.

Visited December 2012
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Florida
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

Fantastic! Great atmosphere, great food. This is a great place for almost any occasion. Casual/fancy/you name it! Love it...

  • Visited December 2012
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Ventura, California
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334 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“Attentive service, creative flavorful food”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

We were fortunate to be seated in the side room for lunch. I thoroughly enjoyed grilled scallops on spinach with a flavorful garlic vinaigrette. The peppered ahi came in a pyramid. Be hungry if you order the risotto because the portion size is huge.The lunch menu also includes sandwiches and a complete wine list all served by attentive and professional servers.

  • Visited November 2012
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