Opal Restaurant & Bar

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386 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
A popular local’s favorite, opal restaurant and bar’s Eclectic California Cuisine fuses creative influences from around the world with American Regional touches, from a 14 oz. Herb-Grilled Ribeye Steak on Tuscan Style White Beans, to Fresh Pan-Seared Fish and Seafood, Homemade Pastas, Gourmet Pizzas from a wood burning pizza oven, fresh Baked Breads, deliciously imaginative Salads, and Homemade Desserts.

We have a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, and a full bar with a unique list of Craft Cocktails.

Our entire dining room staff is available to take care of each table. This enables us to provide you with exceptional service, in a warm engaging manner, properly nuanced to your mood and situation. Our people genuinely care about giving you the best possible experience.

At opal we know people are hungry for more than “just great food”: we seek to create an experience that removes barriers and creates connection between people; one that ultimately nurtures the soul as well.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Early & late Seating. Both seatings: 4 course menu, glass sparkling wine, engraved Champagne glass, party favors, $10 certificate for future visit. Late seating: live band, party hats & noisemakers. See full information on website before booking: opalrestaurantandbar.com/events/upcoming_events.pdf

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 386 People Are Saying
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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing, food was delicious. Definitely recommend.

CR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun night at Opal! Food and service were excellent. Can’t wait to go again

MJ
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I probably go to Opal twice a month these days. It's always great. Love the servers and the food. They've really got it down.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but not raving. Server was not particularly great. Since we were a group of 6 gratuity was added. I alwAys think this translates to poorer service as the server has a tip in the bag. Took a long time to get our bill and then we were charged tax in the automatic 20% tip!!!

OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Opal was our choice for a pre-concert meal. The food selections were perfect, service was outstanding. No concerns for time. I would definitely recommend!

AD
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always memorable- food and service are spectacular!!

CC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cosy!
Very good people over there, great service!
My steak was sooooo tender!
But a bit too expensive

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and the restaurant was nice. Their steaks were 8/10 good needed better seasoning but the seafood is really good here. Would recommend for sure

L
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was awful. I had to ask for everything - Not once, not twice but three times! Asked for no almonds on a dish...and there they were. Calamari was soooo spicy we could not eat it. I will not be going back.

M
Central Coast
119 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at this restaurant. My shrimp appetizer was incredibly good and also my crab cake was excellent. My friend had French fried mushrooms that he said were terrific and bouillabaisse which he also enjoyed very much. We are looking forward to trying the mushroom risotto next time we come to this restaurant. And we will be returning soon because we really enjoyed it. The shrimp appetizer was so good that we are sure we will both be ordering that as a starter before the risotto.The ambience I would say is average but good enough so we will be back.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences I have ever had. I was celebrating my wedding and the staff was warm, attentive and accommodating.

The food was outstanding as well. The appetizer was light and refreshing, the filet mignon was perfect. We even had a pizza and cheesecake to go which was also quite good. I recommend this place highly and will be back again.

GR
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the minute we walked in and were greeted by Lisa, to the wonderful bartender, drinks and appetizers (calamari, yum!), we were so happy. Then, we were seated at a table, loved our server and had the best food! The ambiance, service, and overall environment is outstanding and memorable. Highly recommend it!

ME
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, great food and great server. We went to celebrate my birthday. Marcus was our server he was amazing.

LG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Very beautiful restaurant. Wonderful environment. Possibly there was a staff member or two sick the night we were there, because the service was about as inconsistent as I have experienced. The servers, manager, all people working there were super nice and helpful, but they would just disappear for very long periods of time.
I was disappointed in the food. I ordered the crab cake starter—not sure what the very minute amount of crab was cut with (bell peppers, various cubes of something crunchy???) Hard to identify and not great to eat when you are expecting crab. The so-called crab cake was floating in a soupy strange sauce. Lots and lots of sauce. Caesar salad with hard strands of parmesan and straight from the bag stale croutons. My husband had an inordinately tough flat iron steak. No, the food was not what we had hoped (and paid) for.

s
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointed! Our food was mediocre. My paella was lukewarm and ingredients were not good. The restaurant was very busy and had a large group which I think hurt our experience. This is probably a good restaurant but they had a off night. They did not charge me for my paella and gave us a free dessert for our anniversary. I think they care and try to please.

SH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside and it was a beautiful evening. Opal never disappoints! Food was great. Service was impeccable, as always. Blackberry margaritas were amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Cool place, good food.

MP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a Santa Barbara staple! You can’t go wrong, especially with Shannon as your server!

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good. My mashed potatoes were cold. Server was nice and attentive. Cute place.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Maitre’d could act a little less like they are doing us a favor by allowing to eat there—even though we had made a reservation for our anniversary.

SM
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Great food, excellent service, nice ambiance, and fair prices! One of my favorites

HE
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, atmosphere and service were outstanding. The lemon grass salmon was the BEST salmon I have ever eaten. The vanilla crepe brule was also amazing

OT
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulouss food and service We sat on the patio on a beautiful summer evening. Every time we visit Santa Barbara, we go to Opal which is in walking distance from our charming B & B!

MH
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything on the menu is delicious and never disappoints. Service is friendly and discreet, just right. Flavor combinations and presentation are a delight.

RE
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Ryan was outstanding! Great food, service, and ambiance!

F
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food delicious and service very good. Ambiance is fine but not spectacular. Price appropriate for quality of the food.

SR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the lovely ambiance and courteous service. We had a relaxing meal prior to an event at the Santa Barbara Bowl. We intend to return. Thank you

B
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service quick ordering and service late in the evening and still high energy and welcoming. Food fresh cooked and really delicious.

CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

I had the shrimp linguine which was good. My wife had the Risotto which was tasteless and we were told that the chef sometimes forgets to add salt! So we landed up switching and I battled to finish her risotto after killing it with salt and pepper. Didn’t feel like finishing my original linguine after that. Happy to just get out of there. Our waitress and the manager were very sweet and tried to make things right but unfortunately when the food fails the whole evening fails. Pity

b
New England
35 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Opal has a charming ambiance but food was not as good as it should have been. A soup du jour was lovely but both vegetarian and chicken main dishes were bland and uninteresting and one dish was too cool to be edible. I'd go back for a class of wine, but not a meal.

JP
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and great service.

BW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly staff, great atmosphere, easy location for parking

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to Opal’s for a number of years when in town. Usually no special occasion. But...because we are annual or semi annual visitors, a Birthday celebration was in order. Hands down the best.

EP
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Opal is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara. The food is consistently good and the service is great. Whether for lunch or dinner, you can't really go wrong here. Prices are reasonable too.

a
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good selection of wines but quite expensive, food was excellent and service nice and friendly..

DV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good, but our meals came out at separate times, so my husband's steak was ice cold by the time my fish was ready. Then, we asked for our check when dessert came, and waited over 40 minutes for the check to come. My husband wanted to leave without paying, but I just couldn't do it. The food was pretty good (the shrimp appetizer and the "suprise" dessert were fabulous), but I seriously doubt that we will be back anytime soon, if at all.

NS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner or a cocktail. Great ambiance

M
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Have been a customer for a long ti,e. Appetizers were outstanding, entrees so so but we will be back

Y
Los Angeles
149 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our reserved table waiting for us near window, perfect for watching people outside while dining. Basket of bread arrived and waitstaff very attentive bringing us drinks and meals. Food was mostly excellent. Caesar salads were great. Paella was delicious, lots of chorizo, chicken and shrimp, but clams and mussels were not best I've ever tasted and it could have used more rice. Wife's salmon was spot on perfect!

FM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Have been coming here for over 10 years. It's a wonderful restaurant. I highly recommend it to anyone new to Santa Barbara.

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