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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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Open Now
5:00 PM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Italian, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

Thank Jsbono-
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten at Opal many times including just this week. It's a pleasant and informal place (not white tablecloths, e.g.); wide range of prices on entrees (which include pizza); big wine list and very good selection of wine by the glass. I've only been really...More

Thank originalcurmudgeon
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband took me to Santa Barbara for my birthday. We were strolling on State street and wandered into this restaurant, and it was perfect. Not too expensive, but the food was great, and the service perfect. Some may not like this but our waitress...More

Thank Scotfrey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I ate at Opal tonight with a friend on the recommendation of a couple of locals we know. We weren’t disappointed. The wine selection is good and food was tasty - I had the duck main course and my friend had pasta. Both were flavoursome,...More

Thank aimoverseas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

4 of us ate here before a concert at the Arlington Theater. It is right next to the venue so perfect in that sense! We had Swordfish, Salmon, Pizza, and Seafood Salad. Everyone enjoyed their meals and the atmosphere was upbeat and fun. Our server...More

Thank Jalama
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a filet & duck tonight. No reservation but were seated quickly. Awesome service. Excellent food. Great wine. Don’t miss stopping here! Made us feel like family!

Thank Stonehouseowner
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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
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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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