Opal Restaurant & Bar

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309 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.
What 309 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have lived in Santa Barbara for 45+ years. I dine out 2-3 times a week. Opal is definitely my favorite restaurant on the central coast. Always fantastic food and service. The staff is friendly and welcoming and the decor is very pretty.

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b
Los Angeles
100 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The lemongrass salmon with coconut rice is one of my favorite dishes anywhere. I’m a big bread guy and theirs is excellent. Finish with the brown butter tart. It’s perfection. Our server, Paul, is always friendly and attentive!

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H
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always look forward to a meal at this special restaurant. Great food and the service is always friendly. One of out favorites in Santa Barbara!

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NJ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and a lot of fun for our group! Our server was excellent and food was delicious. Our group was from out of town, so we will certainly be back the next time we visit!

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m
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We love coming to Opal. The service is consistently terrific and the food, delicious. The wine list offers a nice array of choices. The chef always accommodates our needs, whether it be a vegan napoleon or lamb chops with no rosemary. We appreciate the attention to detail.

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d
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service at this restaurant was very good.
It was busy , but not noisy, and staff were very attentive.

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is peaceful and comfortable. Food is always good. Drinks are awesome. Staff are always pleasant. LOVE Opal!

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DA
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my place to take friends from out of town. The place I go for my special occasions. The food and service is just top notch.

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Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Opal offered unique menu choices like salmon with Thai curry, along with favorites like flat iron steak, both cooked to perfection. As always, service was great, and the entire experience made for a lovely birthday celebration!

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GH
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service in SB loved the local fav salad with scallops and the fried portables mushroom ❤️They make a fabulous Old Fashioned!

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GM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, we had a really tasty meal in a beautiful place with lovely people waiting on us. The food never disappoints. The staff is always so friendly and kind. The drinks are great too!!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great dinner date, great tasting food and cocktails!

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love at Opal. It's one of our go-to places in Santa Barabra. Great food, cocktails and atmosphere.

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P
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I came with a small group to celebrate my birthday. The food is always excellent however the server was extremely rude which put a damper on things. My dessert wasn’t free which I thought was odd. I was quite disappointed.

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J
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I enjoyed a hearty meal (warm seafood salad for me, seafood fettuccine for her) at Opal. We were warmly welcomed by the owner and his team and highly recommend dinner there.

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CP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always satisfied with everything at Opal. Truely on point restaurant greatly appreciate what they do.

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OT
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been to Opal many times. They have a wide variety of menu choices. The quality is high and consistent, service is excellent, and prices are reasonable. My wife decided to have two appetizers instead of an entree: the tuna and the salmon tacos. She was VERY happy. I rarely eat beef but decised to try their steak for the first time. I chose the small size and it isn't that small. It was delicious and very tender. I could cut it with my fork. It was a bit noisy this particular night only because the place was packed for mother's day. Usually the noise level is quite tolerable.

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AD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the classiest places in Santa Barbara to enjoy your company you can hear each other in that setting is lovely

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LB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Food is always fantastic, service is great, ambiance lovely and the owner always accommodating

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BO
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Opal before going to a performance at the Granada Theater and loved it. The waitress was excellent, attentive, knowledgeable and a sense of humor. Our meals, salmon and lamb, were delicious! We finished with an Oreo cheesecake that we could not stop eating. We'll definitely be back!

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C
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Professional wait staff. Wonderful homemade bread and butter.,the scallop pesto salad was incredibly tasty. The vanilla bean Creme brûlée was the best I’ve ever had! My husband had the pancetta pizza w greens abs absolutely loved it. Great place!

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SD
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had not eaten at Opal in 3 years. My bad. I had forgotten they have great small plates and the food was really really good. And our server, Kristen, was a kick. I'll definitely be back sooner.

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DD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience was lovely and the food was delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience at the restaurant! Excellent food and service!
They could improve the quality of the exhaust fan.

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s
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is varied, delicious and well priced. The wines by the glass should satisfy almost every palate.

And, wait to hear the nightly specials.

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d
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Excellent service. Fantastic food, flavorful and unique. I really enjoyed the thai salmon, and my partner enjoyed the chicken risotto with fresh farmers veges.

Good value for the meal. Nice wine selection. We enjoyed the quiet table by the the window for an early dinner.

Good location by the theater and downtown. Will definitely return to this new favorite!

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KE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! My husband and I went for our anniversary and the manager told us folks were just finishing up at a perfect table in the window. We were about 15 minutes early so we sat at the bar for a drink. The bartender was awesome! The manager came back a few times to let us know they were still there and offered to seat us at another table. We waited and our waiter and meals were perfect!

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SC
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bay Scollop Salad was a delicious lunch. Highly recommend. Food here is always delicious

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Went here to celebrate my Birthday while visiting our daughter. The service was very good. The food was fair and expensive for the quality and amount on food on the plate. The best food on the table was the bread and butter.
I would not recommend this restaurant.

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m
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is consistently delicious and the ambiance, welcoming. Our meal was delicious and I love that Opal is part of the "vegan" chef challenge. The vegan napoleon was lovely!
Not a question that we'll be back!!

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Welcoming people and surroundings. Good service. Interesting and tasteful food, good but without pretense. Very respectable wine list. Overall a very pleasant dining experience after a show at the Granada (a block away). We will return.

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and the service was excellent.

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CA
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

We requested an outside table, knowing that it is extremely noisy. We were seated indoors and were unable to enjoy our conversation. I would have been more understanding had there not been an open outdoor table throughout our dinner. Our waiter said he could not help us move. DON’T expect to be able to converse at Opal.

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MM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara! It has great ambiance, service and food.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Entrées were very good - everyone in a party of 6 was very pleased; desserts were disappointing. Service was sub-optimal - we waited 20 minutes for our drinks and got an eye roll when we asked (at the time we were ordering) if each couple could have its own check. All of that said, we will be going back - the food is very good.

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JV
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Opal was exceptional - everything from the atmosphere, to the delicious food, to the excellent and attentive service. Everything was wonderful!

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D
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

All 4 of our entrees were great! Will be returning!

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D
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite place to dine in Santa Barbara - always amazing food and excellent service.

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JG
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! Everything was cooked to perfection. Will go again.

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B
Central Coast
83 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great business lunch at Opal. I think that makes 50 or 60 in a row. Keep up the awesomeness!

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