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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 13 September 2015 via mobile

The Lemon Grass Crusted Fresh Salmon Filet with a Thai Curry Sauce is by far the best salmon in town! Perfectly cooked with a lovely topping of julienned vegetables and a sweet curry sauce, I keep coming back for just this dish. It's a locals...More

1  Thank gomccall
Reviewed 10 September 2015

We didn't have a reservation but were early. So we got a seat. Food was great as well as the staff. I would highly recommend them.

Thank 79libbyh
Reviewed 7 September 2015

We booked to come for dinner at this place as it was a Saturday and this is rated well online. When we arrived, we were taken to the left of the restaurant, which was nice and quiet. From the beginning and throughout the service was...More

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 4 September 2015

We loved our dinner at Opal. The four of us all picked different entrees & enjoyed them equally. The restaurant is charming & friendly & we definitely will return on our next visit to Santa Barbara.

Thank Bryce2078
Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

We got the swordfish and lemon salmon. It was above avarage. The restaurant had nice atmosphere and the staff was very nice.

Thank JanLJ
Reviewed 25 August 2015

We've been here several times. The food is good, if a bit pricey. Good wine list. Service is variable, this last time it wasn't superb, but not really negative, just kind of neutral. Maybe she was new? The noise level seems to have improved a...More

Thank wilsonpickett
Reviewed 23 August 2015

We left it late in our trip to eat here which was a shame as this was the best meal of our stay but without any time left to return. Service was friendly and efficient and the food was excellent. All four of us enjoyed...More

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 18 August 2015

Once again a wonderful meal! The slightly tight quarters of this restaurant only add to the fun of enjoying good wine and food. There are a couple of window tables (we got one) that add interest to the surroundings and are a little away from...More

Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 17 August 2015

Our family stopped by for lunch on our way thru the area. The food was excellent and I would eat here all the time if I lived in the area.

Thank scodkokno
Reviewed 13 August 2015

I have lived in Santa Barbara for many years and have walked by this State Street restaurantmany times and have noticed that it seemed to be busy every time I passed by. I recently was entertaining some out of town guests, we were downtown on...More

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