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“Fantastic meal and service”

Opal Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #9 of 542 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $36
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Reviewed August 3, 2014

Great little find! This gem is on state street near 3 other top 20 restaurants in Santa Barbara so it was tough to pick which one to eat at. We chose this one because of some unique fun tasting menu items .if you go here try the 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 it's awesome !

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Reviewed July 30, 2014

The opal restaurant was full, we had no reservations, and it was a street festival night. We were welcomed, a table found, and the menus presented in minutes. My wife was hungry for something light, vegetarian and tasty. She ordered the Vegetable Napolean. I was hungry for seafood and pasta, and ordered the homemade Fettuccine Prawns with a light Pesto sauce. We both had great meals. It is an affordable menu, with interesting and tasty choices. The service is fast, polite, and knowledgable. Our server was named Jake and he was present without being intrusive. I would recommend checking out opal restaurant when you are all looking for something different, with good service, and affordable prices.

Thank Foolfortravel2014
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Reviewed July 23, 2014

Dinner with a family of two youngish boys isn't always fun, but the quality of the food and the thoughtful service made this dinner one of our most enjoyable while on vacation. We ordered several courses and each one was timed very well. My entree was quite good, but the side of risotto was a bit gummy. Our kids both liked the pizza, but one of my boys ordered a side of broccoli. He stated it was the best broccoli he's ever had (it was fresh and perfectly cooked), and later stated it was better than the dessert he chose (mango sorbet). My dessert of coconut cheesecake was outstanding and not overly sweet as coconut desserts often can be. We'll be back!

Thank cdptraveler
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Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

We were here 2 weeks ago on a Thursday night. They were very busy, but we were seated right away by the window. We were very impressed with their wine selections.

Service at times might have been a little slow, but not a concern to us. We started with a great shrimp appetizer. For dinner I had an amazing chicken and penne pasta in chipotle cream sauce. I usually do not like cream sauces, but this one was excellent.

We loved State street in Santa Barbara, and Opal was a great evening out. Don't miss it!

Thank Richard K
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

State street is the main drag in this city with restaurants that range from dive bars to high end places. And so we found ourselves wandering the streets after an afternoon performance by a gypsy king wannabe at the nearby Granada theatre.

Opal is another in a single named restaurant with no clue as to what it's ultimate food style is. Is it kangaroo after Australia where most of he worlds opal is mined?
Is it misnamed offal to be degorged onto our plates? Or was it just a pretty name, with the significance of clouds.

The latter, happily. Marsupial burgers would feel out of place and sell with rapidity of MLB franchises.

It was relatively easy to get a table around six on a Sunday afternoon, despite a few reserved signs scattered through the restaurant.

The tables are relatively close together, but never truly uncomfortable. There's a bar on one side of the restaurant with good constant occupancy and an Aussie looking barman (maybe it was the sideburns?)

There's a great selection of wines by the glass and a decent selection of bottles, confirmed with Wine Spectator award placards lining the wall ( along with uncomfortable co opted celeb photos of willie Nelson and random others.) Would like to have seen a few more weird and wonderful wines by the glass; Albariños and Vouvrays, perhaps? Some wines priced out of whack, like the ken forester Chenin for $100? A little price ambitious.

The menu gives the specials for the day at the front and appear a little overpriced. Until you turn the page and see the main menu which is more reasonable..

Started with a superb scallop salad, enlivened with pine nuts, garlic sauce, and Parmesan. Missus had the tiger prawns (4) wrapped in phyllo with a curry aioli.

My main was the I dish I will come back for; the penne chicken in chipotle with a dash of cream.
Yes, cream is a cheat for all foods, enlivening their tastes and bringing compositions their richest taste, at the expense of calorie action. But damn, it was uncompromisingly excellent, with a burn that went well with my Rieslings. ( 2 kinds on the menu, both good)

Missus had a perfectly cooked duck with a berry compote which should've been a little sweeter.

But overall a great experience at good value. And the chipotle chicken penne goes into my memory food bank.

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Thank Peter W
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