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Opal Restaurant and Bar

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1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-966-9676
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
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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 Barbara, California
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Jacqueline S
Santa Barbara, United States
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Steen H
Denver, Colorado
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the Butternut squash soup that was delicious. Sea Scallops, spinach with angel hair pasta in a cream sauce that was outstanding. Salmon, shredded vegetables with a lemon grass curry that was so good. One of our best overall meals we have enjoyed. Matt the manager and Jennifer our waitress were outstanding with recommendations and service. We really wish... More 

Thank JTF6300
Redlands, Ca
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294 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant was full with Christmas parties, but we were able to get two seats at the bar. The Chinese Chicken salad was very good, while the pulled pork sandwich was excellent. The only flaw was in the home cooked fries, which were not as hot as I like them. Since the restaurant was slammed with orders, I didn't ask... More 

Thank lespes
Norfolk UK
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115 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

after lots of travelling was very hungry by the time I arrived, had lovely sandwiches which were really tasty, nice salad and dressing. Busy place with good atmosphere staff and owner were really nice. I would have loved to come here later for meals and cocktails but too short a trip. Restaurant looked busy and welcoming as I passed by... More 

Thank easterntravellers
Santa Monica, California
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101 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 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 15 November 2016

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 14 November 2016 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 12 November 2016 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

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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, 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
  • 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?