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Opal Restaurant and Bar

1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
+1 805-966-9676
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

.....we should have. The duck quesadilla was an unexpected find...different and rather delicious. We were craving a nice Italian pasta....limited pasta menu, heavy on the sauce, slathered in cheese and tough shrimp...totally an American take on traditional Italian pasta, wasn't enjoyable at all...the meat dishes...More

Thank RocheMaree
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hadn't made a reservation but we managed to get a table despite the restaurant appearing very busy with a wedding to cater for in one of the rooms. But despite the chaos that was obviously going on for the staff, they were all extremely...More

Thank Bexxlea
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to Opal many times over the years and have never had a bad meal. The seafood salad is always excellent, the two varieties of bread in the basket are scrumptious. Service is top-notch, attentive without being annoying. Our go-to restaurant for Saturday...More

Thank travelbug2408
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food service and location is as good as it gets. An Owner is always on site. Downtown Santa Barbara restaurants are not cheep, but prices are reasonable.

Thank john11112014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We return here for lunch every time we visit Santa Barbara and we're never disappointed. Servers know the wines and help pair them with the food. Enjoy!

Thank Judith B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service here was excellent with the waitress offering suggestions for food and wine when asked. She indicated that the starters we chose were some of her favourites which was a good sign! The portions were large but not as big as some of the...More

Thank Sophie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dropped in without a res and got a table. The mahimahi was a good size portion and served on top of lots of veggies - which is important to us. Good service other than an eye roll from the waiter when I asked a...More

Thank CornwallVictoria
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful experience, friendly people who made Katies's birthday more extra special - the food was excellent - thank you Tony

Thank Tony J
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Come in only if hungry, if you want something nice to eat, look elsewhere. The dishes are big, thats the main plus. The chicken in my pasta was over cooked, the service is lacking (we sat outside and had to come in 4 times to...More

Thank Yakir F
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Nice restaurant with good variety on the menu. Really nice and fast service and ambitious wine selection. I had a perfecly cooked steak! While on the pricey side, we were really satisfied with this place.

Thank rogercR3441NC
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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
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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