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Opal Restaurant and Bar

1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
+1 805-966-9676
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“salmon” (70 reviews)
“paella” (36 reviews)
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Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Thank 4321hike
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I were on car trip and stopped in Santa Barbara for lunch. We wanted to treat ourselves to something nice. Opal left us very satisfied. EVERYTHING here is delicious! Even the bread and butter are remarkable. My hubby had the signature dish,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Luv_TravelSanJose_CA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed our meal here completely. Went to Opal on the recommendation of friends from Santa Barbara. Started with a hearty corn chowder soup (a daily special) and then added a warm seafood salad. The salad was close to perfect. Generous on the perfectly seasoned seafood....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ArizonaArchitect
Reviewed 7 November 2018

I feel sorry for restaurants in Santa Barbara. There are so many that being really good doesn't get you noticed. Opal was recommended to me and I'm glad that I went. Customer had shrimp and I had a Goat Cheese, Prosciutto and Garlic Spinach pizza....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank lapsrus
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Very delicious meal! I had the salmon and it had wonderful Asian flavors. They even made a special calamari appetizer because my boyfriend asked for it special.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank LaurieandMike2015
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

We were told by a bunch of people that we needed to dine at Opal Restaurant & Bar the next time our travels took us to Santa Barbara. I am so glad that we listened! They were very busy the night we came for dinner....More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank ExpoNationals
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

Not the cheapest Bit ok Was busy but service was good Friendly staff Food was ok Not the best i hsve ever had but not the worst Wine was pricey but it is in USA. Would go again

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank racoxon
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

We visited the restaurant with the friends on late evening , they took us in no problem. I had lamb chops special lovely with mushrooms sauce. Not to expensive good comfortable food , service very good and friendly. Definitely I would be back !

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank bogei272
Reviewed 8 September 2018

My wife and I visited Opal on the strength of the reviews. The service was very good but the atmosphere was rather sedate. Food was OK but very creamy and heavy. My wife struggled to eat half of her risotto and we were so bloated...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Dylanforpresident
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Food was O.K. Service was O.K. I won't go back but not bad. Can't remember what I ordered...Atmosphere is nice enough.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Questions & Answers
3 May 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
15 December 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
9 April 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$36
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-9676
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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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