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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” (66 reviews)
“paella” (34 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 1 week ago via mobile

nice ambiance, airco was way too high like sitting in a fridge. food was really tasty, wine (malbec) was ok but not refined, service was proper too. Only real downer was the ‘espresso’ (at least it was sold like one). it is clear that in...More

Thank travelbird_NL
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice spot in Santa Barbara and stopped on way back to our hotel for drinks. Staff were really friendly and service was great.

Thank WeeLuv2Travel2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A quaint restaurant with delicious fare. This place is perfect for a romantic date or a family dinner. The menu is heavily seafood based but there are some very good pasta dishes and salads as well. On the night I was there, the playlist for...More

Thank J F
Reviewed 3 January 2018

We accidentally walked into this restaurant, thinking we were at another establishment. We were pleasantly surprised by a great menu and informative waiter, so we stayed and had a very tasty meal. We will definitely be back to try some other menu items!

Thank rww588
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Very pretty restaurant but the food was just ok for me. The lentil and mushroom soup had no broth...was like a plate of cooked lentils. My butter lettuce salad had a microscopic amount of blue cheese and way too many red onions.... maybe it was...More

1  Thank Nava1203
Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

I dined here over 18months ago on my own when I had stopped in Santa Barbara for the night on my way to San Francisco. I was made to feel very welcome and the manager working that evening was really helpful on areas to visit...More

Thank Lornaloo13
Reviewed 13 December 2017 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

1  Thank Rebecca B
Reviewed 6 December 2017

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 5 December 2017

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 23 November 2017

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
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Questions & Answers
2 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
14 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
8 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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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