Opal Restaurant & Bar

4.6
826 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
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
What 826 people are saying
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Sofia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and experience was excellent from the beginning to the end. We had a great anniversary dinner. Thank you 😊❤️

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great food as always. We will be back! Highly recommend!

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GeorgeR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!

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ProfessorR71
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and in a nice atmosphere.

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Sina
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJaneU
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for dinner!

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vipBluetag
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

. Richard and his staff are awesome and the Salmon dinner was wonderful

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MarleneC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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WendyB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Leaving the daughter at UCSB

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vipEdie
Central Coast
82 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

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.

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steph
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Opal is a Santa Barbara gem! It never disappoints. The food is excellent and the wait staff helpful, friendly, and very accommodating.

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Nass
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife had the Sea Bass and I had the Pallea. Superb!!

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DeeDee
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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TamiU
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor seating with heaters kept us warm. Food was very good and server was friendly and attentive.

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vipChaR
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice eclectic menu, seating outside in street parklet, a nice dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall

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vipJohn
Palm Springs
56 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Opal has it all -- efficient waitstaff, nice wine list, and a really interesting menu. We ate outside for safety. Will be back for sure!

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Elizabeth
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great table, service and food.

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vipMaggieM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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vipShelleyK
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The local go to for consistently delicious food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ashley was a great server. The food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so on point and requests were met ❤️

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Monica
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AlyssaA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and excellent food. Happy with the quality for a reasonable price.

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vipStevenH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wine

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JoeH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner outside (in covered parklett) with good friends. All had something different; each of us was delighted with our meal.

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AnthonyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute delight. All things considered the Opal team exceeded expectations.

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JimC
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

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.

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TyM1403
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely an amazing place! The food was amazing and great service!

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patricias
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Paul our server was great!!

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LisaE
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipSusanT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipLexie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

FAQs

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.