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Opal Restaurant and Bar

1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
+1 805-966-9676
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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1 - 10 of 683 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed dinner here on a sleepy Monday evening. We walked past it the night before (Sunday night) and the restaurant appeared full. The restaurant has mostly banquette seating inside, and outside seating. The tables have white tablecloth. The restaurant has a full bar with seating....More

Thank MGN777
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ordered the large Filet, it had no flavor whatsoever....waitress didn't come to the table and I was hungry so I ate it but told her and she said "Sorry". would not recommend this restaurant in which we were so excited to go to. it was...More

Thank Jpopeaz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I ate here on the first night of a recent visit to Santa Barbara, on the recommendation of staff at our hotel. Very pleasant surroundings, moderate noise level and, most importantly, delicious food. My husband had a pasta dish and I had...More

Thank eastporter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my husband were in Santa Barbara just for one night and we stopped at Opal. It was late, but they served us anyway and kept the place open later just for us. Eating here could be quite expensive, but food is great...tastes of...More

Thank Maria Elisa G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kinda disappointed, I remember when Opal was a very good restaurant and it just seemed like they just missed the mark. I'm not sure what to say. But I will most likely not be going back unless I hear some exciting about this restaurant

Thank hrly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ordered the fillet mignon steak and it was delicious,so tender!my husband ordered the pizza which was delicious but a little on the small side for a mans portion.The bill was reasonable for Santa Barbara and it's situated in a quieter part of town. The...More

Thank Oonagh S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband took me for an overnight trip to Santa Barbara for my birthday. He made reservations at the Opal Restaurat and Bar. We both had never eaten there before but trusted TripAdvisors rcommendation. Needless to say we were not disappointed. We had a reservation...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Opal is the most reliable place in SB for a delicious creative meal for ages. They serve late (for here anyway) make great drinks and awesome desserts. Don't need to be specific on dishes because it's all good. Owners are consummate pros which is the...More

Thank SBTraveler_10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is where you want to eat in Santa Barbara. Seriously! My wife and I had a romantic meal there and were thrilled with everything we ate.

Thank BradHurley
Reviewed 17 June 2017

In a town with way too many restaurants, Opal is the best for mid priced entrees and the feel of being a choice for locals. American California food, the menu is extensive and such a wide range for all appetites. This is a strong choice...More

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Questions & Answers
3 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
15 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
9 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
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
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
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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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