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Opal Restaurant and Bar

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1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
+1 805-966-9676
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11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Redlands, California
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74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This restaurant has superb service. We were promptly seated even though the rooms were nearly full. The server knew her menu and was helpful. I started with the traditional Caesar's salad which had crisp, fresh Romaine with home made croutons. The dressings wasn't too strong and didn't have the flavor of anchovies. I followed with the vegetarian offering and ordered... More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for reasonably prices, well prepared food with a large variety of choices, style of cuisine and extensive wine list. Never rushed, always courteous service. A dependable place to met a colleague for lunch or a loved one for dinner.

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Thank Ronald B
Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent service, fun vibe, delicious food-friendly and great quality. Opal is my "go to" for business, date night, and special occasions.

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Thank AnginSB
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Passing through Santa Barbara and surprisingly found this restaurant. All breads and pasta are made daily. Had the corn pancetta chowder, a daily special. It was delicious and very filling too. Our table ordered the French dip sandwich, spot on, with perfect french fries. A tiger shrimp pizza was good too. Another special was the BLTSA, all the ingredients were... More 

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Thank AAfly33
Santa Barbara, California
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Santa Barbara has beautiful weather and lovely surrounds; however, food is not a reason to make the trip. Opal is one of the few jewels in a field of some relatively mediocre choices. My experiences here have been consistently pleasing. The waitstaff are attentive and professional, the atmosphere is pleasing and the food is good.

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Thank Lowcountrybilll
Los Angeles
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food, great service, great ambiance, great bar, great location (especially if you are going to Arlington Theatre or Granada Theatre). What more can you ask for?

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California
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love grabbing a bite to eat here before a concert next door at the arlington or when out with friends. Not quite a place for young kids on a busy weekend night because it is loud and super busy. We love everything from the homeade pizza to the filet mignon. The daily soups are always great. They offer homeade... More 

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Aurora
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79 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a visitor, I’m not sure I can define a "Californian" menu, but to me it comprises a range of dishes that one would also see in Italian and American-style restaurants, but described and prepared in a more interesting and appealing Californian way. So having asked for recommendations on a CaIifornia-style restaurant, we found ourselves at Opal. The restaurant itself... More 

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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Nice but not luxury setting on State street. mainly Mediterranean but with additional variety also. Slightly higher than middle priced, but less cost than luxury. Good food. Upscale casual dining. Friendly.

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Santa Barbara, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We have been here a number of times. We keep coming back because the food is wonderful and the staff is great!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 36
Cuisine
Italian, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
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, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?