Opal Restaurant & Bar

4.7
716 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Limited Inside and Outside dining. Choose "Outside" or "Standard" for inside dining. Either choice is a commitment to dine in that area. To accommodate our second seating, early parties should plan for a maximum stay of 1.5 to 2hrs, depending on party size. Please call 805 966 9676 for more details.
A popular local’s favorite, opal restaurant & bar’s Eclectic California Cuisine fuses creative world cuisine influences with American Regional touches, from a 14 oz. Herb-Grilled Ribeye Steak on Tuscan White Beans, to Fresh Pan-Seared Fish & Seafood, Homemade Pastas, Gourmet Pizzas, fresh Baked Breads, imaginative Salads, & Homemade Desserts.
We have a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, & a full bar with seasonal Craft Cocktails.
Our entire dining room staff assists to take care of each table, enabling exceptional service in a warm engaging manner, properly nuanced to your mood & taste. Our staff genuinely cares about giving you the best possible experience!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 716 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LaRisa
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience as always! Service was outstanding from the manager to our server, Sabina. I had the salmon which I can say with absolute certainty was one of the best dishes I’ve ever had. I’ll definitely be back again & again!

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TommyE
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxing evening

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MarthaL
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!! We had an amazing day and thank you for celebrating my husband’s birthday with us! Service was amazing! And food so delicious!! ❤️❤️❤️

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PaulaR
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked this off of Open Table based on location and time available as we are not familiar with the area. Food was excellent-- I had paella, which is often just some rice with a few pieces of seafood scattered on top. There were small scallops and shrimp scattered throughout as well as fish and shellfish in the shells. Best I've had!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit back to Opal in over a year now that restrictions are lifted and we are vaccinated. Lovely evening and the indoor and outdoor option is great.

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Duane
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary here. So happy with that decision. Everything couldn't have been more pleasant. Food and service was fantastic. Hope to visit again on our next trip to Santa Barbara.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy meal and nice staff

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JBLanghorne
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Salmon with Thai curry sauce - just get it!! And anything with duck confit.

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ColleenR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was lovely. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary here, and the food did not disappoint. Very creative dishes, all delicious. It felt like all the servers really cared about the food they presented as well as our satisfaction.

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Georgia
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From 6 years old to 86 years old, every one in my family had their expectations exceeded and were thoroughly impressed with Opal. I would refer everyone I know to dine at Opal!

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DickieR
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the eats and the service very good. We also enjoyed the music from guitarist playing on state street

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can’t say enough about Opal. It’s our favorite restaurant!

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vipMariaF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great dining experience!

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vipRandiS
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was really flavorful. Highly recommend the pesto bay scallop salad. Yum!

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vipCaptainCuisine
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the most consistently outstanding restaurants in SB. Excellent service, diversified menu, beautiful, artful plate presentation and excellent preparation all at a reasonable price. My favorites: Duck Breast & Lemon Salmon. Very nice, new outdoor dining pavilion means shorter wait times if you forget to make reservations.

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vipChuck
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was really great. Every one had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Waiter was rushing us and clearly agitated at how long we were taking even though we stayed well within the hour and a half allotted to us. Interrupted conversation multiple times. However, food was tasty and we were sat promptly.

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MujibaC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For so many years Opal continues to be a reliable favorite go-to
choice for us. Grateful for their service.

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GailB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Opal has been a favorite restaurant. But last night the service was very slow; wait staff was inattentive, heater was not turned on until second request. I had out-of-town visitors and was embarrassed by the service.

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THOMASM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time in Santa Barbara and we decided to make reservations at Opal for our anniversary. This place was amazing the lamb chops were cooked perfectly as well a the filet mignon tips with angel hair pasta. The night ended with having the blueberry cheesecake. We will definitely visit again.

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LuvGourmet
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was absolutely phenomenal, from the ahi appetizer to the chicken picatta pasta. Both had wonderful flavors and the pasta was one of the best entrees I've had anywhere. Service was very attentive and gracious. We ate inside, where tables were spaced apart appropriately for the time we're in. Overall, a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend them.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Sister visiting

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juliec
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent personalized service. Owner makes a point of visiting restaurant guests to ensure a quality dining experience

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BrettW
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant. Only item was the waitress was not especially friendly.

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vipFrankB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal memorable

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Leegirl
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, a fabulous evening. Delicious food, great wine/cocktail list, exceptional service. Opal is our go-to place for celebratory dinners - - it is consistently fabulous. We love the new pandemic outdoor dining area: it's covered, large and roomy; features heaters, good lighting, etc.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town guests joined us. Wanted a quality.
, reliable meal..

Chilean sea bass (special) as good as any fish ...almost ever!

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LexiGirl
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time back in a long time and we requested an inside table for a change. It was comfortable and charming and the outdoor patio also looked very nice. I had paella which was very good and enough to bring some home. My husband had the sea bass special which he raved about. The friendliness and caliber of the wait staff was really very good and contributed to making our dinner date a nice evening.
Although we ordered entrees, the robust starter menu looked really enticing. We decided next time we would order from that menu and share a variety of items. Opal is the kind of place you can come to dressed nicely or in jeans and a sweater and feel comfortable. We plan to go back soon.

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vipce09
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful gem of a restaurant.

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vipdiningout
Charlotte
68 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Really attentive service. Great wind list & an extensive menu. We look forward to going back. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an all around amazing experience at Opal last night for dinner. Service was exceptional! The manager Matt and owner Richard are super involved and made us feel so welcome. Our server Sabina was so sweet and friendly. Ordering the phyllo wrapped tiger prawns is a must! The curry dipping sauce was so delicious! Overall 5 stars and will be going back soon!

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vipDtakee
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit was very memorable and one of the finest meal we have had in Santa Barbara. I highly recommend Opal as the "go to" restaurant for locals and visitors.

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SarahS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My friends and I were visiting SB for the weekend and I’m happy we chose this restaurant. The food was good and the service was also good.

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garyc
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate indoors, there are also outdoor seating options. The food was excellent as always the service very attentive. I had the Sea Bass special with Mango salsa and basmati rice, with vegetables.Everything perfectly cooked and great tasting, Highly recommend!

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SBgo
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor seating with space and heaters! Wild mushroom risotto is my favorite meal.

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spoonwise
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The greeter was not friendly, we felt not welcome. The food was bellow par. The $45 steak was overpriced. The cocktails were good. Over all it was rather disappointing experienceI - I would label it - very average.

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CrisE
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The chicken marsala was delicious. Could not get enough of the fried mushrooms.

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GordonB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Opal did a nice job making our special occasion more special.

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RobinR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant! Food was delicious, flavorful and there is a variety of interesting options on the menu. Drinks were excellent. Service was impeccable and ambiance was lovely. Highly recommend!

FAQs

Opal Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 966-9676.

Opal Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 716 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.