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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 3 weeks ago

This has been a favorite local place for us for two decades. The food and service are always excellent. It is always full at popular times so be sure to get a reservation. The vegetable Napoleom and the flatiron steak have always been among my...More

Thank gordon b
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You may want a reservation. I told a girlfriend to just open the door and smell to make her restaurant decision. When the aromas hit her nose, she immediately wanted to stay. Every meal I've had there was been great. Warm atmosphere. Window seats are...More

Thank Laura B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Opal is a charming store front restaurant. We had a window seat with a view of State street. Staff are friendly and responsive. There is a full bar and a conprehensive wine list. I had a chicken salad with corn , black beans and avocado....More

Thank CRM13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food and excellent service. The menu normally contains a high number of very successful dishes that Opal has perfected over the years with a few more adventurous items. Excellent wine list fairly price. Staff is always open to conversation and will go out of...More

Thank RHSSantaBarbara_CA
Reviewed 7 February 2018 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 6 February 2018

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 22 January 2018

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