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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%
Travellers talk about
“tiger prawns” (22 reviews)
“salmon” (64 reviews)
“paella” (34 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 pm - 10:00 pmAll hours
Italian, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a casual-chic restaurant right on State Street, Santa Barbara’s main shopping and entertainment thoroughfare. The menu is varied (for example, the flash-fried fresh portobellos on wild mushroom quesadilla appetizer, Tiger shrimp pizza cooked in their wood-burning pizza oven, the Lemongrass-crusted fresh salmon filet,...More

Thank Rebecca B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed a 2-1/2 lunch with an old friend at Opal. The service was excellent with knowledgeable servers. The wine selection is excellent (Wine Spectator award) but not over priced. The food was prepared perfectly with a nice presentation. We ordered a seafood combo for...More

Thank rjshibata
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although there are restaurants in Santa Barbara that get more prestigious reviews than Opal, I think the restaurant is the best value and best dining experience for the "mid priced" options. Opal is beloved by locals for a reason. It is well run, good California...More

Thank expectquality1942
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We’ve eaten here often when visiting Santa Barbara, especially enjoying the willingness to split their paella as at our age, the full portion is just too much for us. Well, they did that in the past in the kitchen; this year we had to do...More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located in the centre of Sana Barbara this is a great place to have dinner with your business relations or friends. The service is great and the food outstanding. My favorite is the crab cookie and as a main the Chile sirloin steak. It comes...More

Thank Marcenlinda2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had dinner last night at Opal for my birthday. It was very busy at 7pm when we walked in. I didn’t have a reservation until 8pm but the hostess who I think is the owner actually got us a table right...More

Thank golfingmd
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner was really nice. Fun environment. Quality of food was super. Staff was fun and accommodating We are a gluten free family and they did a super job to make sure we were ok.

Thank Tim N
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We walked in early with no reservations and Matt worked to get us a table on a night fully booked due to a concert at the nearby Arlington Theater. Paul, who has been there for 9 years, was very attentive and helpful with menu suggestions....More

Reviewed 10 November 2017

Opal Restaurant is right next to the Arlington Theatre on State Street. We ate lunch there one day and dinner at another time before going to a concert at the Arlington. The seafood is superb and for dinner I had the best filet mignon I've...More

Thank sfsmith1
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Casual environment, friendly staff and tasty food. The owner is hands on and spends a lot of time in the dining room.

Thank Jsbono-
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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
USD 10 - USD 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
Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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