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Opal Restaurant

One of the Best Restaurants in Santa Barbara, California for the Soul

The people at Opal Restaurant and Bar are less concerned by just giving their guests good food, and more concerned with the overall experience. Don’t get us wrong, their food is amazing, but they were looking to create more than just another restaurant when they opened Opal. The owners are looking to nurture the soul instead of feeding the stomach. If you are looking for an experience and not just a meal, we recommend trying Opal Restaurant and Bar.


Owners Tina Takaya and Richard Yates feel the key to a successful restaurant is the passion for creating the highest quality food and service with a commitment consistently providing that level of quality every time you dine with them. Instead of offering good times and good service, they look to wow their guests on a consistent basis.

Opal Chef Felipe Barajas looks to convey this thought through the food that Opal produces. Before running the kitchen at Opal, Chef Barajas trained under Master Chef Norbert Schulze to help sculpt the perfect techniques. Since then, Barajas has been the executive chef for Opal for over 20 years. He has worked with Sous Chef Gerardo Barajas to offer up the same quality favorites that Santa Barbara locals have come to enjoy. Their consistency has allowed them to also expand the menu to add new things.


At Opal, the entire dining room staff is available to take care of each table. The goal of the staff is not to divvy up tables and offer mediocre service, but to make the guest feel like there is an army waiting on their every need. They also strive to offer a warm and positive atmosphere that is both casual and inviting so that guests will want to return. To achieve those goals, they only hire staff that genuinely cares about giving guests the best possible experience. Opal is constantly evolving and will continue to innovate but always keep in mind that the place they would want to eat is always elegant, sophisticated, yet comfortable and friendly, with a genuinely caring hospitality.

If you are looking for one of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara, California for that complete dining experience, look no further than Opal Restaurant and Bar. They will treat you like family and make sure that you enjoy the food to its fullest. No vacation is complete if you don’t have the perfect accommodations to match the incredible experience that Santa Barbara offers. Our Goleta vacation rentals will make you feel right at home as you bask in luxury.

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About Opal

Phone: (805) 966-9676 Hours: Mon-Fri: 11:30AM-2:30 PM 5-10PM Sat: 5-11PM Sun: 5-10PM

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