Opal Restaurant & Bar
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!
- 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
Fresh Steamed Mussels, Manila Clams, Tiger Prawns, Chicken and Chorizo Sausage on Saffron Rice with a Garlic Herb Broth
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
Asian Glazed Crispy Calamari
arugula & watercress, almonds, crispy asian noodles
The food and experience was excellent from the beginning to the end. We had a great anniversary dinner. Thank you 😊❤️
Fantastic service, great food as always. We will be back! Highly recommend!
Stopped in after a day of visiting vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley and this was well worth the trip back to Santa Barbara! Excellent menu (my wife wanted to try ALL the appetizers!), and excellent wines - we shared a half-bottle of Brander Sauvignon Blanc. Wonderful service as well - made us feel like long-term regular customers!
Excellent food, service and in a nice atmosphere.
Opal is one of a kind - the food, the drinks and the atmosphere are outstanding. We love it and keep coming back whenever we are in Santa Barbara. The reason why I’m only giving 4 stars is that we went for our anniversary this year and although I did mention it on the reservation, they did not acknowledge it.
Always a great place for dinner!
This is a lovely restaurant with a semi-intimate vibe inside--perfect for a couple of old friends catching up with each other's lives. If you are craving a cocktail, Opal's bar is just the thing. So many signature drinks that actually look enticing. We ordered the ginger mint paloma--very refreshing. DO NOT MISS the Asian Glazed Crispy Calamari. We both agreed it is the best calamari we've ever had. For entrees, my friend had the sautéed chicken penne with chipotle cream. She said it was good, but a bit on the bland side. I ordered the papilla chile filet mignon. Everything was cooked to perfection and delicious.
. Richard and his staff are awesome and the Salmon dinner was wonderful
All four of us loved our dinners. Warm Seafood Salad was so full of amazing seafood and fish. Great service too. We had reservations on a Monday at 7:30pm inside. They seated us right away, lovely table in the back, great waiter.
Our dinner was wonderful. We were visiting Santa Barbara and heard from several locals that Opal was the place to eat for great food and an even better atmosphere. We could not agree more!
The outdoor venue is so well done and spacious. The heaters work well, and we really enjoyed our meal. Opal is consistently good and one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara
Leaving the daughter at UCSB
Opal has created a beautiful outdoor space on State St with ample room between tables. Very romantic. And the gentleman playing the guitar in front of the
Arlington (sorry, forgot his name) sets the perfect mood.
We started with a glass of wine. They had my favorite, Whitehaven Sauv Blanc. Ordered the crab cake. It was probably the best I’ve EVER had. Very flavorful. But, I think their appetizers are WAY too expensive for the amount we received.
We ordered the pasta with the steak bites and fettuccine with shrimp. Both were excellent. After a few glasses of wine, appetizer and entree, we just sat there. We probably sat for a half hour without a drink, coffee or dessert. Not sure why. I think we were pleasant. Saw the adult family next to us looking at all of their phones after experiencing the same thing. Not sure what’s going on at Opal. Perhaps not enough servers? It killed the evening. We were ready for a coffee refill and dessert. But after waiting so long, we declined dessert after he finally got to us. We just asked for the bill.
Opal is a Santa Barbara gem! It never disappoints. The food is excellent and the wait staff helpful, friendly, and very accommodating.
My wife had the Sea Bass and I had the Pallea. Superb!!
Excellent food and the service was efficient, professional, and without attitude. The Asian calamari starter was to die for. All around a very nice place that did not disappoint.
Outdoor seating with heaters kept us warm. Food was very good and server was friendly and attentive.
Nice eclectic menu, seating outside in street parklet, a nice dining experience.
Opal has it all -- efficient waitstaff, nice wine list, and a really interesting menu. We ate outside for safety. Will be back for sure!
Service is excellent. Very well managed and waiters are very attentive. Food is excellent too. Been to Santa Barbara twice and each time I make this my dinner destination.
Food was pretty meh. Plenty of way better places in the area at the price range. Cocktails were terrible. I ordered and old fashioned, but seemed like over 50% of the drink was water (maybe from the ice bucket they used?). Basically tasted like a crappy well whiskey water, but for $13. The outdoor space is pretty great though.
Great table, service and food.
Absolutely wonderful birthday dinner for my aunt! We are visiting from Baltimore and just loved Santa Barbara and taking a leisurely stroll to a fabulous meal — both food and service.
Filet mignon and lamb chops were both perfectly done! Service was attentive without being pushy and didn't disappear once meal was served. We even ordered two pecan tart desserts, one eaten now and the other came home for another wonderful treat later. Overall a VERY nice night out!
The local go to for consistently delicious food and service!
Ashley was a great server. The food was excellent.
Everything was so on point and requests were met ❤️
Service was great and the food was amazing. We ordered the rib eye and king salmon special. The only downfall was that their old fashioned is not good at all. So as long as you don’t get an old fashioned you are good! Food is amazing and would definitely come again.
Great service and excellent food. Happy with the quality for a reasonable price.
Great food and wine
Had dinner outside (in covered parklett) with good friends. All had something different; each of us was delighted with our meal.
We were seated and then were forgotten by the staff,the waiter at the next set of tables asked us if anyone had waited on us,, the answer was no, he proceeded to take our orders. Once service started it was excellent. The food was great, the drinks were strong and the atmosphere from the exterior dining was excellent.
Absolute delight. All things considered the Opal team exceeded expectations.
Very impressed with the food at Opal, not so much with our waitress. We started off at the Bar for a drink and we loved the drinks and service. We closed out our tab and went to a table to eat. Unfortunately our waitress must have been having a bad night and we got no greeting, she never checked on us to see how the food was prepared, etc.. and we felt that the whole meal was rushed and she wanted to flip the table. We ate in a little less then an hour (three courses) She even brought us the bill before we asked for dessert and coffee. Our meals were fantastic and clearly they have a talented chef/kitchen staff. However, a lot of your overall experience is determined by the wait staff and clearly this was a night where it didn't match up to the rest of the restaurant.
Absolutely an amazing place! The food was amazing and great service!
Birthday dinner. Paul our server was great!!
We felt very welcome by owner/ manager when we arrived.
Sabina was an excellent server with the right amount of checking on us and giving us privacy. We will definitely return.
Opal is always a favorite. I love the food there especially the lemon grass salmon, warm seafood salad and fill wrapped prawns. I always enjoy the mandarine ginger cosmo. I don't know any other restaurant that makes it. Yummy
Had a great time eating with my husband at Opal. We were able to book a same day reservation and our meal was great! I ordered the piccata pasta and he had the salmon special which was also delicious. Will come back.
Opal Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 966-9676.
Opal Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 826 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.