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Opal Restaurant and Bar

1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
+1 805-966-9676
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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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 6 days ago

In a town with way too many restaurants, Opal is the best for mid priced entrees and the feel of being a choice for locals. American California food, the menu is extensive and such a wide range for all appetites. This is a strong choice...More

Thank expectquality1942
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were very pleased to get a fantastic table in the window. The food was sublime. The service was over the top. What a great atmosphere. The bar put out some fantastic dreams. The Phylo Dough jumbo shrimp are a force to reckon with! They...More

1  Thank Dutchman101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an incredible find!!! While staying in Santa Barbara with friends we happened upon this gem of a restaurant in downtown. Small intimate restaurant with excellent food and impeccable service. I would definitely recommend Opal's to all my friends and family. Definitely a five star...More

Thank Beckner
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Opal resturant was very friendly. Interesting menu.We were refered from the B&B we stayed at. Good choice of wines.They kindly served me a birthday treat for desert.

Thank Alexandra C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were there to celebrate with our son and his fiance. The food was delicious and the service was great.

Thank Polly Y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived here with a reservation that had been made a couple weeks in advance and they tried to seat us in a high traffic area not much better that next to the bathroom. Requested a change and ended up being seated on top of another...More

Thank SMB4_1958
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well another trip to Santa Barbara, and for dinner we decided to go to one of our favorites. The food is consistently very good at Opal's, and atmosphere enjoyable. Service was very good and again we both enjoyed our meals. I decided on the Tomato...More

Thank Bickman50
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful restaurant. The food is always outstanding and the service impeccable. This is one of our go to restaurants in Santa Barbara

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Opal is our only must-go restaurant every time we are in SB. We come up every year for the car show on State Street (now State Street Nationals, Wheels to Waves before that) with a group and we are never disappointed in the food or...More

Thank Matt E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Opal recently to meet friends I hadn't seen in a long time. The menu is extensive and the food delicious as I remembered. The service was prompt and friendly but - and a big but- it is difficult to carry on a...More

Thank Jocelyne1
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
do you take reservations?
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
Hi - Is anything organic that you serve?
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
Is there any gluten free bread available and can sea scallops be made without salami? I am a Lacto-Ovo-pescatarian. Thanks
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
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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