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
The waitstaff, freshly baked bread, food, location and overall ambiance cannot be beat! This is one of our favorite go-to restaurants in Santa Barbara. We always know that our meal will be outstanding.
We had not been to Opal in years and years.
We were very pleasantly surprised at how varied and interesting the menu was.
The drink options were also good.
We sat outside and enjoyed the views down State Street.
Although I would say it is somewhat "pricey," the portions were ample and it was well
The waitstaff was excellent.
It was a treat to experience this restaurant again after so long and we expect to be
back again often.
The presentation, service, and 'classy but comfortable' atmosphere are exceptional. Although the entrees were wonderful, I highly recommend the coconut cheesecake and the chocolate martini to wrap up a remarkable evening!
I felt that the service was lacking compared to the last 4 visits toOPAL. The Calamari is beyond excellent. My Ribeye was slightly tough but with great flavor. I really should have sent it back. I know that right now almost all restaurants are having a difficult time getting employees...thus the lack of better service. My 3 companions had no complaints about there meals....2- blackened sea bass and a pasta dish with a cilantro-chipotle flavor.
Exceptional service with a vibrant menu. Highly recommend the specials and the Paella.
We thoroughly enjoyed our third time at Opal. When the hostess started to seat us on the patio, I explained that we had asked for inside on our reservation. Without hesitation, she seated us at a cozy, intimate inside table in the corner. We had the coconut curry phyllo wrapped tiger prawns as a starter, ribeye, and pasilla pepper filet mignon mains, and salted caramel gelato and cappuccino for dessert. All were superb! The wait staff was warm, friendly, and knowledgeable about the menu. The manager or owner is always nearby and really wants to make sure diners have a great experience. We can’t wait to go back!
We were a family of 4 celebrating a birthday. Everyone had something different. All loved their meal. The service was terrific. The waitperson was attentive and very responsive. It turns out the waitperson was my student when she was in junior high and we remembered each other (and that was probably 35 years ago). It was the icing on the cake for an outstanding evening.
Opal was a wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary. Our service was kind, helpful, and friendly. We were sat quickly and had a beautiful table to enjoy our meal. They offer inside and outside dining.
They made sure we felt special on our anniversary and brought us a dessert that said “Happy Anniversary” in chocolate! The rest of our meal was also fabulous and I would definitely eat here again. Very walkable area as well close to other shops, bars, and restaurants.
We LOVE this place! We aways order the same thing because these two appetizers are sooo special: the phylo wrapped prawns and the deep fried mushrooms with that wonderful sauce. We haven't ever tried an entree because we enjoy these two items so much! The fact that they have a full bar is also a good reason to return.
We celebrated our anniversary at Opal last night. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent.
Birthday for my wife.
Dining outside was lovely and the food was both tasty and beautifully presented. Unfortunately the server had an attitude about what we ordered, never offered us bread (as he did for the table beside us) and only offered bottled water (not tap as he did for the table beside us) at a cost of $7.
We always enjoy Opal and Shannon is always makes us feel happy we are there. She is wonderful.
Really enjoyed our dinner for four adults. Sat outside on their temporary Covid patio on State street. Loved their comprehensive menu. Very exiting. Something for everyone. Fun cocktails. Professional service. Attention to detail. Opal has a great reputation, and they know what their doing. Would definitely dine here again.
The food and service was excellent as it always is! A wonderful return after a long year of not dining at the restaurant.
Lovely out door Dining with street musician playing guitar in front of Theater next door. Made for a pleasant dinner. The warm seafood salad was a hit!
We sat outside in a beautifully designed structure and had a marvelous meal. The calamari is a must and the menu is inventive. Owner is always present.
Perfect venue on a beautiful Santa Barbara evening for fun, food, service & relaxation.
You will love this quaint Bar & Grill!
Food and service were excellent. We all enjoyed our meals. Highly recommend the sea bass with risotto.
Went with my family to celebrate a birthday - food, service, ambience and everything about the dining experience was terrific. We will definitely be eating here again! Our server was Shannon, she was great with recommendations and offered good conversation.
Staff was friendly , knowledgeable and went out of their way to make the evening memorable. The food is creative, fresh and varied. Great wine list including local vintages which we enjoyed. Thank you for a great evening.
There's a reason this restaurant is a local favorite: creative while solid food in generous portions served with grace. We tried the items marked on the menu as "local favorites" and were pleased we did. The scallop salad -- very much a salad -- and calamari were excellent. The lemon crusted salmon was cooked perfectly and the pasilla chile filet mignon was an excellent steak with the stuffed chile and sacue providing an interesting flavor twist. Our professional waiter knew the local wines and suggested excellent pairings for both mains. The inside of the restaurant appears charming; we ate in the comfortable parklet on State Street, which provides good people watching but is a touch less intimate. All in all a satisfying meal and it would be hard to go wrong here.
Fantastic time. Great ambiance. The food was amazing. Our second time ther and will be a main staple to visit every time we visit Santa Barbara.
Everything was great. It was a Wednesday night, so prob quieter than usual. Our server was fantastic.
Awesome food and great service. Would highly recommend.
Wonderful evening with amazing food, company and wine. Cheers 🥂🍷🍷
Loved the duck confit and mushroom ravioli and tiramisu fabulous
Service was great and the food was delicious. Great wine list too.
Our first meal at Opal in over a year was just like every other we have ever had at this fantastic Santa Barbara restaurant, PERFECT! Shannon, our server was outstanding, and the food, my Wife had the Penne Pasta with Diced Chicken and a Chipotle Cream Sauce, and I had the Pan Seared Alaskan King Salmon with a Chardonnay Dijon Cream Sauce and Basmati Sauce, was absolutely delicious! If you want a great meal at a great price, you really need to eat at Opal.
Enjoyed our meal. The King Salmon Special was cooked perfectly and the sauce was amazing. The salmon melted in your mouth. The herbed risotto under was slightly al dente and not hot when served. Paella was a small for the price and needed a bit of salt for my taste but delicious. Impressive wine list by the glass and bottles. Berry Fizz cocktail was tasty.
Went there for our anniversary. We ate outside. The servers as wonderful. The paella was great and the calamari to die for….
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!! ❤️❤️❤️
Opal has it together. Great service, great food, professional and consistent. Try the julienned vegetables with Alfredo, the Clooney and their house red.
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
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 749 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.