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Opal Restaurant & Bar, Santa Barbara, CA

Opal Restaurant & Bar

4.7
4.7
1079 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian

Limited Inside and Outside dining. Choose Outside Dining 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!

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Booked 30 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Fusion / Eclectic, American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 966-9676

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Felipe Barajas

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate 45+ guests on one side of the restaurant, and 65+ on the other : 110 total. Either side reservable for semi or private dining.To book a large group or banquet (15 or more guests), contact our banquet management team for more details by clicking on the Banquet inquiries tab below and filling out the Banquet Contact Form there.

  • Private party contact

    Kristin : (805) 966-9676

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Cross street

    Sola Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking available on Sola Street and State Street. There is also a large public lot on Chapala Street between Victoria and Sola Streets, and a lot on the corner of Chapala and Sola Streets

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,079 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Californian

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Service

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Value

  • Santa Barbara

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

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  1. d

    diningout

    Charlotte

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food. Very friendly & helpful wait staff. Good location & atmosphere.

  2. MC

    MeriwetherC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely delicious, as always! Amazing service and wonderful food.

  3. L

    805Local

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great to be back! It was a very nice dinner and evening. The Sea Bass special was so good.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing especially with our toddler!

  5. BP

    BakerPadre

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are regulars, but not sure that I have ever written a review. Opal strikes just the right balance, when you want a “nice” dinner without breaking the bank. Food is excellent, and the service attentive without being overbearing. Whether a birthday, anniversary or just need a good dinner out, Opal is our place!

  6. BH

    BHSB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious meals from start to finish. Fabulous staff & excellent service. Inviting, warm & lovely - a Santa Barbara gem!!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Pre-concert dinner was great. Outdoor option was good, with plenty of space, a high ceiling, and no traffic to speak of. Menu had several diverse and attractive options, and the service was rapid but not invasive.

  8. T

    Ttugster

    New Mexico

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our drinks and meals. Service friendly and prompt. We would come again. We had the paella and steak with poblano pepper.

  9. a

    agentsme

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Opal's food is amazing! Staff is very attentive. Great place!

  10. JG

    JillG

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    There were so many delicious sounding options on the menu, it was hard to pick one.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We wanted to visit “downtown Santa Barbara” during a wedding guest visit to Ritz- Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara Resort. I looked at online presentations and selected Opal. Reservation was easy and interactive. We arrived a few minutes late due to earlier flight delay from Dallas. No problem. I was initially disappointed that the “patio” portion of the restaurant turned out to be a “plywood pavilion “ in State St. in front of the restaurant- likely a leftover Covid era dining room. That’s not what I had in mind but accepted a table there. Our dinner was excellent,the meal was a good value, service was relaxed and we enjoyed twilight on State Street. Overall a nice experience.

  12. DP

    DonaldP

    Oklahoma City

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and food. Opal is always outstanding.

  13. BW

    BobW

    Central Coast

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another fantastic dinner from the best and most consistent restaurant in Santa Barbara. The food, the service, etc. was perfect again. Richard, Matt, and the entire staff really understand what it means to strive and then deliver on a wonderful dining experience!

  14. BT

    BillT

    Central Coast

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Opal never disappoints. I like to try one of the specials when we dine here but sometimes I just have to have an old favorite.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Great food with lots of standout dishes. However the cocktails were solidly mediocre. Nice ambiance and good service even though they were busy with a large graduation party. Next time I’ll try their wine selection instead.

  16. JC

    JamesC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Manager and waitstaff were outstanding and friendly.

  17. PG

    PollyG

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience1

    Lots of outdoor seating but low on ambiance. Service was outstanding and the food quite good.

  18. CA

    CAgirl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved our celebration dinner...it was our first time at Opal, we ate outdoors, and the food was absolutely delicious. Thank you for a wonderful night!

  19. M

    Munzeee123

    Central Coast

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Always a great place for good food and great value. Service was excellent!!!

  20. CB

    ChristyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the salmon and paella - both were amazing! Would definitely recommend!

  21. A

    Alex

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Once we ordered the salad came fairly quickly , but the entrees were very slow in coming and we asked several times before they arrived. The food was better than average , but not great.

  22. CM

    ChrisM

    Jacksonville

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Opal’s was a great experience. The ambiance, the wine, the food all excellent!

  23. MG

    MichelleG

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Had the salmon special and it was really great. Others had the pasta dishes and seemed to enjoy them. Great service on a busy memorial weekend. We will be back.

  24. LN

    LNinSB

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    Outdoor seating was wonderful, except it felt like service was a bit spotty. Diners at the table even went up to the host stand to ask for a server (they had been there about 15-20 minutes without anyone even approaching their table). Started with the ahi crusted appetizer, followed by a couple of other appetizers as the "main course": beet salad (sans gorganzola) and ravioli topped with duck confit. All were fabulous. Topped it off with assorted gelato for dessert and a cup of coffee. Coffee refill took some time to appear, and when it did the server tried to get every last drop out of the thermos which appeared to have not been refilled. I got a couple of drops of lukewarm liquid, and by that time I was just over the "service" and was ready to leave, so I declined the offer to wait for a fresh brew. No telling how long THAT would take.

  25. JH

    JessH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Food was ok, but nothing too special. Both dishes (mushroom risotto and spicy beef tips with angel hair) were under salted. The spicy dish was not spicy at all and the mushroom risotto had about 5 sliced mushrooms in total. Our waiter was not very attentive, it felt like he thought we could t afford to be eating there. He said he’s being bread, he didn’t. I had to ask for a water refill twice. At one point he commented on how my water glass was empty but then never brought me a refill. For the price point of this restaurant, I would really expect more. In the past I have eaten here and been really impressed with food and service. Hopefully they were just having an off night…

  26. P

    Pbcnewyork

    Central Coast

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    My salad was good--but a bit overloaded with rocket. I also had a second appetizer instead of a main. It was OK but not delicious. Duck confit over portobello mushroom raviolis sounded good, but the confit was shredded. This rendered the duck tasteless. Bad idea. They have a pretty large menu, but little of it seems inspired.

  27. M

    Mark

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Terrific dinner. Great service. Great attitude. Would like to see more vegetarian dishes.

  28. AB

    AdeleB

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Customer service was excellent and the atmosphere was super chill and romantic. Love this place they are putting out superb cuisines that will amaze you! Chicken Marsala, Lamb Chops and Duck Ravioli!💗

  29. JG

    JamesG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    At Opel's, the food was very good. Richard is accommodating for special needs. Outside is not the best atmosphere, but inside is better.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Birthday celebration

  31. SM

    SaraM

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food - unique flavor combinations- delicious! wine list was comprehensive and, at our request, the owner gave us recommendations for pairing with our meal - it was perfect! Our server, Sabina, was outstanding. She is very knowledgeable and professional; she was a pleasure to interact with. We are returning to Santa Barbara in July and definitely plan on dining here when we do.

  32. b

    biff

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Opal is one of my favorite Santa Barbara restaurants… the food and staff are both exceptional and the outdoor seating area is excellent for those of us still a bit nervous about longer exposures to the general public.

  33. SC

    SimonC

    Surrey

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, friendly service and buzzing ambience

  34. j

    janetk

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were there for restaurant week. The petite filet was excellent as was the salmon entree. Salads were very fresh and flavorful.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Prom night for my son and his date. They had a wonderful meal. Loved the mushroom appetizer. Enjoyed the ambiance of the room.

  36. LR

    LaRisa

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love everything about Opal! Great food, especially their chipotle pasta dish! Risotto & filet is amazing too! And always, always, always get dessert-my favorite is the crème brûlée! Make sure to meet Matt-he’s the best!

  37. DW

    DaveW

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Opals is a Santa Barbara classic. Great food and service! We ate at 5pm so it was still relatively open and quiet. We go to Opals every time we visit Santa Barbara and are never disappointed

  38. EV

    EdVW

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The filo Shrimp is my all time favorite appetizer, no restaurant does that recipe better than Opal. We had a fillet Mignon and a Rib-eye, both steaks were cooked to perfection. The portions are generous but not obscene, service is professional without being syrupy, they're nailing it.

  39. KF

    KFDENVER

    Las Vegas

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a wonderful find! Great food and drink. Wonderful service cannot wait to return.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Reservations we honored table was ready! Fabulous food and service

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

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 1079 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Opal Restaurant & Bar

1325 State St Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2609

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sola Street

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Fusion / Eclectic, American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking available on Sola Street and State Street. There is also a large public lot on Chapala Street between Victoria and Sola Streets, and a lot on the corner of Chapala and Sola Streets

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Felipe Barajas

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 966-9676

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate 45+ guests on one side of the restaurant, and 65+ on the other : 110 total. Either side reservable for semi or private dining.To book a large group or banquet (15 or more guests), contact our banquet management team for more details by clicking on the Banquet inquiries tab below and filling out the Banquet Contact Form there.

  • Private party contact

    Kristin : (805) 966-9676

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