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Opal Restaurant and Bar

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1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
+1 805-966-9676
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Closed now
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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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Los Angeles
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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?

Thank pictureframe
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank Californiamamma
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79 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank ekimbry
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank gary k
Santa Barbara, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank acnsb
Santa Barbara, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been coming to Opal for years and always have an amazing time! Tina, Richard, and the team there go out of there way to make sure you have a wonderful evening! The food is delish and the atmosphere lively! A great place to go to have a special dinner or a fun night with friends! And don't forget to... More 

Thank Charles C
Santa Barbara, California
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Opal is one of those places where you know the food will be good and the prices will not kill you. The ambience is very nice and it can be romantic or just fun. I highly recommend Opal!

Thank Toni M
Ascot, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In Santa Barbara on business I got taken here during the Film Festival week. Outside was heaving with people with a portable genset for the 'star' lighting for the theatre next door: inside you couldn't hear any of it 'cos of the buzz! Food is well prepared and good, and as others note good wine can be had reasonably. The... More 

Thank Neil R
New York City, New York
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had a date night here earlier. We were seated and ignored for 15 minutes. Thankfully a very kind manager noticed we had not been seen to and took our order immediately. (He later comped an appetizer to say sorry. A very thoughtful gesture.) Service issues aside, the food was disappointing. Our salads were fine, although the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

A locals place and excellent food for the price. Reasonable wine prices and the fish is fresh and they care about the quality. The wait staff is awesome and attentive. I take all my special guests for a top meal.

Thank Dave M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$36
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-966-9676
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?