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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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“tiger prawns” (23 reviews)
“salmon” (65 reviews)
“paella” (35 reviews)
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Italian, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ordered paella, which turned out to be the worst I have ever had. The mussels were tiny, shrunken, tasteless; the clams were tiny; and the scallops were tiny. Overall, the dish was not tasty. Service was poor, slow: I asked our haughty waitress for...More

Thank nepenthium
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun, hip setting with an eclectic menu. Chances of having a great dinner are about 50/50. Many of their recipes are missing something and need revisiting by the chef. So our experience was quite uneven. Believe we will try a different Santa Barbara restaurant rather...More

Thank 2016Patti
Richard Y, Owner at Opal Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Patti Thank you for letting us know of your experience.We are glad you had a great experience with the Prawn appetizer and the Herb Grilled Filet Mignon. I am puzzled about the experience of our food being overly spicy. We completely agree that too...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my favorite spots in town. Food is always amazing & they make a mean martini! I highly recommend Opal! Last time my boyfriend & I ate here, our waitress was a bit short/abrupt which set us back a bit, (we questioned whether we...More

Thank Connie O
Richard Y, Owner at Opal Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Connie Thank you so much for letting us know of a shortcoming in an area for which we are generally highly praised. Genuine warmth and expert gracious service is is one of the most important things a restaurant can provide and we really apologize...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice restaurant with outdoor seating so you can people watch as you eat. Service at typical restaurants can be spotty if you're outside, but not here- very fast and accurate. Food was delicious and staff was friendly- when they learned we had gone there for...More

Thank olgamarina2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having dined at Opal a couple of years ago I was keen to re-visit. Unfortunately the service was poor. I asked the waiter a specific question, however despite him confirming this was possible, when my food was delivered, my request had been totally ignored or...More

Thank NT172
Reviewed 3 May 2018

Had dinner as a walk-in with my wife and were accommodated straight away despite the restaurant being busy. An unhurried perusal of the menu and wine list followed by some useful recommendations from our host, Matt. I had the best ribeye steak I've ever had,...More

Thank John E
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Stumbled on this restaurant on our first day in Santa Barbara, looking for somewhere to have lunch. No prior knowledge and we were not disappointed. Pulled pork sandwich and mushroom and polenta were both delicious. Accompanied by a local beer and delicious warm bread. So...More

Thank BCSaddleworth
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Forty of us got together for an end of the quarter Work event and dinner at Opal Restaurant and bar. They accommodated us with our own section of the restaurant and took great care of us. The meal was delicious. I had a lemon glazed...More

Thank Paris F
Reviewed 23 March 2018

Went for lunch. Both had salads. They were fine. Service was friendly & attantive but not intrusive. Not particularly expensive.

Thank peter t
Reviewed 3 March 2018

This has been a favorite local place for us for two decades. The food and service are always excellent. It is always full at popular times so be sure to get a reservation. The vegetable Napoleom and the flatiron steak have always been among my...More

Thank gordon b
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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, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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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