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“Consistently among the very best restaurant experiences in Santa Barbara”

Opal Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #6 of 528 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $36
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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.
Santa Barbara, California
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12 reviews
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“Consistently among the very best restaurant experiences in Santa Barbara”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

My wife and I have eaten at Opal numerous times and it NEVER disappoints. They have it all - atmosphere, a fantastic bar and wine selection, an enormous menu of amazing food, excellent staff, and desserts to die for.

It is NOT cheap.

And it is worth EVERY penny you spend.

  • Visited March 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Eat here!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

My fiancé and I have dined all over the world and were blown away by our Opal experience! I had a warm goats cheese slad and the goats cheese was crusted in pesto-this was divine! My fiancé had the tuna salad starter and the flavours were spot on! We each had pizzas as mains and these were jam packed with flavours and a perfect size. Great value for money too-make sure you visit when in Santa Barbara :)

  • Visited April 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Italian Food and Atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Great Italian food and atmosphere in Santa Barbara. Opal has the true Italian charm and atmosphere of a restaurant run by an old Italian family who enjoy sharing their menu and table with old friends and new guests alike. The food is comfort food of the old tradition, great pastas meat sauces. Opal stands out as one of the best in Santa Barbara.

  • Visited February 2013
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“In Santa Barbara, often imitated; never duplicated...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

After a referral from the hosts at the 5-star Simpson House B & B, we had high expectations; and Opal did not disappoint... From the gracious welcome from the hostess, throughout our meal, the knowledgeable and professional service were impeccable...
The menu is fantastic... Our hosts at the Simpson recommended the Tiger Prawns in Angel Hair Pasta, and the cream sauce was truly fantastic... My wife had the seared baby scallop and spinach salad with pine nuts and a light house dressing that she said melted in her mouth... The wine list is extensive, and some of the featured local wines are superb...
All in all, one of the best dining experiences on the central coast... We'll be back, and we'll send many of our family and friends...

  • Visited February 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“In Love!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

In a word, WOW. Hubby & I came here thanks to a dining credit from the Upham and we were blown away. The food, service, atmosphere, all top notch. We loved the team philosophy - not once did we lack in service. Our drinks stayed topped off. We wanted for nothing. Hubby had the duck and I had the flat iron steak. We also tried the phyllo wrapped prawns. All were amazing. I loved the laid back vibe of this place. We cannot wait to come back!

Visited April 2013
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