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Opal Restaurant and Bar

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1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
+1 805-966-9676
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Santa Monica, California
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94 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an "always" place for us when we're in Santa Barbara and we regularly find ourselves ordering the paella, which at our age worked great to split. It's more of a boulliabase than a true paella, but we really don't care; it is so good! It is so consistently good! The sauce (it's his rendition) has more tomato than... More 

Thank Michael H
Huntington Beach, California
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80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The family got together for a weekend in Santa Barbara and my sister suggested we go here for dinner since it's one of her favorite places. The room was warmly lit and comfortable and didn't seem cramped with the high ceiling. I really enjoyed there were no TV's!! Plenty of sports bars if you need one. The food choices varied... More 

Thank Michael T
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I organized a dinner for 15 people, I received expert advise on the menu choice. The owner was directly involved in the planning. The service was excellent! They have a large list of wine and the owner personally offers suggestions on them. We had a wonderful time! Thank you, Richard!

Thank Luz Maria O
Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The shrimp appetizer is amazing. The Cesar salad is great and any of their entrees are delicious. Great place for dinner.

Thank Dre805
West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were there to celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we were only in Santa Barbara for one night, we had a delicious meal along with wonderful service and a great manager.

Thank laurycurr
Ventura, California, United States
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Opal's been on our list for months when we come to Santa Barbara but somehow we just now made it, and boy are we glad! We came for our one year wedding anniversary and so it was definitely a special evening, and Opal was up to the task of making everything special from the time we walked in till we... More 

Thank Sharon H
Santa Barbara
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

A Santa Barbara classic. If you want to know what American/California cuisine is, all you need to do is dine at Opal. Its definitely upscale dining but you don't need a tie or dinner jacket here. OK shorts and a t shirt might be pushing the envelope but rest assured Opal is not a pretentious place. Located outside the standard... More 

Thank digitaleye3
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Granted it was a few months ago that I was here, but I ordered a dirty martini and was told they had gorgonzola stuffed olives..so I asked for that in my martini. The bartender replied that they were "an extra charge (he said amount), how many did I want"? Now, I can't remember if it was $1.50 or $1.75 for... More 

Thank HGrant24
Cumberland Center, Maine
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Lunch at Opal featured fresh California produce and ingredients such as organic chicken and olive oil. Good wine list and local beers on tap. Friendly service in a calm setting

Thank Foresider2
San Diego, California
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92 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

My first impression of Opal was not too positive: the decor has a spare, quasi-industrial look relieved by a few old art-deco posters, and the acoustics let every noise rattle around before dying out. However, the food made up for these shortcomings. Absolutely delicious and artfully presented, it treats the eyes and the tongue. And an extensive wine list will... More 

Thank Taylor K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$36
Italian, American
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, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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
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?