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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
$$ - $$$
1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

A long-time favorite. The food is good, with a specials menu each day. Great place for lunch (lot's of locals doing business here). The salmon with lemongrass is always on the menu --a great choice. Opal is very busy in the evening, so reservations a...More

1  Thank 76sbca
Reviewed 9 July 2015

Both times I've had soup. Unfortunately, both times the soup is not served hot enough or having much flavor. The crab toast is excellent though.

Thank 614sammy2010
Reviewed 8 July 2015

Very nice chilled out place. Was here a few times during our stay and had drinks and food. Food quality was very good with a lot of choice, same with the cocktails. At night time it got very lively and had a good vibe.

Thank Kristopher M
Reviewed 7 July 2015

Do not recommend! My $33 wild Alaska salmon was dry and tasteless. It was accompanied by limp green beans and NOT creamy, NOT tasty mashed potatoes. My husband opted for the seared Ahi tuna appetizer which consisted of four VERY thin slices of Ahi and...More

Thank gringalatina
Reviewed 2 July 2015

The menu is mouth watering and the food is outstanding. I can recommend this restaurant for either lunch or dinner. Their wine selection is outstanding and even their house wine is delicious. Trendy decorations and attentive service from wait staff. This is one of my...More

Thank Marigal2015
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Food and service were good but not outstanding. Tables were spaced pretty closely to each other. An average experience

1  Thank BrianBK
Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

We were a party of five and had a pizza, the Chipotle pasta, wild mushroom stuffed chicken, risotto and pesto shrimp. All was excellent. The wine list included Central Coast vintages which were really good! The service was just right too. My only complaint.....it was...More

1  Thank babycatmaaa
Reviewed 29 June 2015

This was the best food we ate in the US over the entire two weeks. Great menu, attentive service and a broad wine list. You'll need to book though we visited on a Monday night and it was packed

1  Thank Ashley P
Reviewed 24 June 2015 via mobile

We were recommended to try Opal when we were tasting at Au Bon Climat - and are very grateful. The place felt like most people were locals - all enjoying the big, wide ranging menu and the excellent wine list. The duck with sour cherry...More

Thank JTW80
Reviewed 21 June 2015

The food and service is excellent. We tried the daily specials and were amazed with what was offered. Delectable! Wine us expensive but the good was well priced. We will return.

Thank KirkFamily3987
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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
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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
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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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