Opal Restaurant & Bar

4.7
751 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Limited Inside and Outside dining. Choose "Outside" 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 751 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VanessaO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! The food absolutely hit the spot of what I was craving all week. We had the salmon (locals favorite) and a pesto shrimp tagliatelle (ohh so creamy and delicious, hand made pasta fresh from that day), drinks are always amazing. We sat in the new outdoor patio - such a cool vibe. Right next to the Arlington theater, a man playing beautiful guitar. Perfect spot for a date.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Highly recommended.

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HawaiiAndrea
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
worth it!
The waitstaff was excellent.
It was a treat to experience this restaurant again after so long and we expect to be
back again often.
Highly recommended!

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KathrynY
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

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JohnD
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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.

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vipLadyLee
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service with a vibrant menu. Highly recommend the specials and the Paella.

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Patricia
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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MargoB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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birthdaygirl
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KendallH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMarsha
Central Coast
173 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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NedaM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary at Opal last night. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for my wife.

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vipNottoocrazy
New England
25 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

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.

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TERRIC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy Opal and Shannon is always makes us feel happy we are there. She is wonderful.

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Brenda
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AngelaZ
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent as it always is! A wonderful return after a long year of not dining at the restaurant.

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ElizabethL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

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gordonm
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipCynthiaO
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect venue on a beautiful Santa Barbara evening for fun, food, service & relaxation.
You will love this quaint Bar & Grill!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. We all enjoyed our meals. Highly recommend the sea bass with risotto.

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ErinH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipphoebegirl
New England
34 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipSFFoodie
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipWMac
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. It was a Wednesday night, so prob quieter than usual. Our server was fantastic.

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JonathanS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great service. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with amazing food, company and wine. Cheers 🥂🍷🍷

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viplovefood
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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PatriciaK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the duck confit and mushroom ravioli and tiramisu fabulous

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NicoleT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was delicious. Great wine list too.

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vipBobW
Central Coast
98 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMLIzR
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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Insideoutjoni
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for our anniversary. We ate outside. The servers as wonderful. The paella was great and the calamari to die for….

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LaRisa
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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TommyE
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxing evening

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MarthaL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!! ❤️❤️❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Opal has it together. Great service, great food, professional and consistent. Try the julienned vegetables with Alfredo, the Clooney and their house red.

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PaulaR
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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 751 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.