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Opal Restaurant and Bar

1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
+1 805-966-9676
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Overview
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“salmon” (64 reviews)
“tiger prawns” (19 reviews)
“paella” (32 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 23:00All hours
CUISINES
Italian, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
Service
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Value
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LOCATION
1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609
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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 18 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
Reviewed 12 August 2015

have been to Opal twice in the past 3 weeks - both for business reasons - service is excellent and the menu offers such a nice variety - ambiance is perfect - lovely decor, just the right noise level so you can carry on a...More

Thank kmckee3730
Reviewed 10 August 2015

Although we had reservations, they insisted on seating 3 of us at a table for 2 even though larger tables were available, It was also odd that that when we said we had reservations they would try to fit us in. Huh! I thought that...More

Thank FuzzyBeaver
Reviewed 9 August 2015

We went here on the recommendation of the hotel staff. It was packed with people shouting at one another (even the staff) because it was extremely noisy. The service was good, the food was below average and expensive and a bit pretentious.

Thank HolidayOrganiser
Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

This is an inventive place with very good food, very good service and reasonable pricing. We took a dozen people to Opal and were welcomed warmly. The meal was great after a pleasant trip through a very extensive menu and a wine list that could...More

Thank DFW99
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Questions & Answers
xofave
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
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Imamermaid
15 December 2015|
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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
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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$36
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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
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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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