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Opal Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #7 of 536 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $36
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
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Reviewed September 5, 2008

lots of good stuff, but rich food.

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Reviewed August 27, 2008

We found Opal on Trip Advisor and were happy we made the effort to dine there. The place was busy, but this added to the upbeat atmosphere. Service was fine, though as it was getting late, we just had main courses. I chose the 'Warm seafood salad', and my wife the 'Chicken breast with wild mushrooms on fresh herb risotto'. 'The food was good, though two weeks later I wouldn't call it memorable. The wine list was good, and we enjoyed our half bottle of a local wine.

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Reviewed August 18, 2008

On our honeymoon trip along Central Coast, this was the best meal we had all week. The food was perfectly delicious - melt in your mouth fish and complimentary sides. Fine dining presentation and realistic portions.

We appreciated that the hostess asked if it was a special occasion when we made the reservation and appreciated the Congratulations message with our dessert.

The only draw-back for me was that the service left something to be desired. (Slow and inattentive in our case.) I'm sure that is not true with all servers or maybe it was even just an off night.

I would heartily recommend this restaurant for a very nice dining experience

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Reviewed August 4, 2008

We were staying at the Bath St Inn (see separate review) and the Innkeeper recommended Opal to us.
Well what a great recommendation - on the 4 nights we stayed in Santa Barbara we dined in Opal 3 times!
Nice busy feel to the restaurant with loads of staff.
Service was excellent - nothing too much trouble, recommended dishes and wines for us, and helped plan our sight-seeing.
Our waiter Paul was especially good and attentive.
Now to the actual food - absolutely glorious on every occasion for my wife, son & myself.
We have a bias towards sea-food which Opal excels with.
Wine list also very good and reasonably priced.
Overall pricing is slightly above average - but still great value for money.
Hopefully we'll return to Santa Barbara again, and we'll definitely come to Opal again.

Thank JPL93
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Reviewed August 1, 2008

Consistently good. Nice atmosphere and interesting menu. Classy and fun.

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