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Opal Restaurant and Bar

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1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-966-9676
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Today
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Aurora
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79 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As a visitor, I’m not sure I can define a "Californian" menu, but to me it comprises a range of dishes that one would also see in Italian and American-style restaurants, but described and prepared in a more interesting and appealing Californian way. So having asked for recommendations on a CaIifornia-style restaurant, we found ourselves at Opal. The restaurant itself... More 

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Thank ekimbry
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Nice but not luxury setting on State street. mainly Mediterranean but with additional variety also. Slightly higher than middle priced, but less cost than luxury. Good food. Upscale casual dining. Friendly.

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Thank gary k
Santa Barbara, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been here a number of times. We keep coming back because the food is wonderful and the staff is great!

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Thank acnsb
Santa Barbara, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been coming to Opal for years and always have an amazing time! Tina, Richard, and the team there go out of there way to make sure you have a wonderful evening! The food is delish and the atmosphere lively! A great place to go to have a special dinner or a fun night with friends! And don't forget to... More 

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Thank Charles C
Santa Barbara, California
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Opal is one of those places where you know the food will be good and the prices will not kill you. The ambience is very nice and it can be romantic or just fun. I highly recommend Opal!

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Thank Toni M
Ascot, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In Santa Barbara on business I got taken here during the Film Festival week. Outside was heaving with people with a portable genset for the 'star' lighting for the theatre next door: inside you couldn't hear any of it 'cos of the buzz! Food is well prepared and good, and as others note good wine can be had reasonably. The... More 

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Thank Neil R
New York City, New York
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had a date night here earlier. We were seated and ignored for 15 minutes. Thankfully a very kind manager noticed we had not been seen to and took our order immediately. (He later comped an appetizer to say sorry. A very thoughtful gesture.) Service issues aside, the food was disappointing. Our salads were fine, although the... More 

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Thank arw47
Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A locals place and excellent food for the price. Reasonable wine prices and the fish is fresh and they care about the quality. The wait staff is awesome and attentive. I take all my special guests for a top meal.

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Thank Dave M
Santa Barbara, California
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I am not sure about the date of my last dinner there. Very pleasant service. Very good food. there is no dominant cuisine, consequently they cater to all tastes.There is a bar in the main room of the restaurant as well as a separate room that communicates with the main one. If, like us, you are of a certain age... More 

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Thank Jacqueline S
Santa Barbara, United States
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63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Opal is a wonderful restaurant. The food is consistently great, we recommend it to all our friends for a "nicer" night out, and the setting and location are wonderful.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$36
Cuisine
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-9676
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?