Opal Restaurant & Bar
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!
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
Lemon Grass Crusted Fresh Salmon Filet with a Thai Curry Sauce
(Local's Favorite) With Sauteed Julienne Vegetables and an Apple and Orange Zest Basmati Rice
Fresh Steamed Mussels, Manila Clams, Tiger Prawns, Chicken and Chorizo Sausage on Saffron Rice with a Garlic Herb Broth
14 oz Grilled Ribeye Steak
tuscan white beans, garlic herb Butter, fresh seasonal vegetables
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!
Lovely relaxing evening
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!! ❤️❤️❤️
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!
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.
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.
Yummy meal and nice staff
Salmon with Thai curry sauce - just get it!! And anything with duck confit.
It was lovely. Thank you!
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.
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!
Enjoyed the eats and the service very good. We also enjoyed the music from guitarist playing on state street
We can’t say enough about Opal. It’s our favorite restaurant!
All around great dining experience!
The food was really flavorful. Highly recommend the pesto bay scallop salad. Yum!
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.
Service was really great. Every one had a great time.
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.
For so many years Opal continues to be a reliable favorite go-to
choice for us. Grateful for their service.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent personalized service. Owner makes a point of visiting restaurant guests to ensure a quality dining experience
Great restaurant. Only item was the waitress was not especially friendly.
Excellent meal memorable
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.
Out of town guests joined us. Wanted a quality.
, reliable meal..
Chilean sea bass (special) as good as any fish ...almost ever!
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.
Wonderful gem of a restaurant.
Excellent food. Really attentive service. Great wind list & an extensive menu. We look forward to going back. Highly recommended.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Wonderful outdoor seating with space and heaters! Wild mushroom risotto is my favorite meal.
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.
The chicken marsala was delicious. Could not get enough of the fried mushrooms.
Opal did a nice job making our special occasion more special.
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!
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.