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Opal Restaurant & Bar Restaurant Review: Opal is big with the pre-theater and post-concert crowds in Santa Barbara's diverse, colorful theater district, offering a varied and original bistro-style menu heavy on wine-friendly foods with eye-opening flavors. We like to start with the rich oba fish wrapped in prosciutto, served on a bed of soft purple potatoes, red and yellow cherry tomatoes and crab meat; or tiger prawns enveloped in shredded phyllo and served with a silken coconut curry dipping sauce and a salad of napa cabbage, Mandarin oranges and toasted almonds, an inspired experiment originally developed to celebrate Julia Child's 90th birthday. Among the gourmet pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven, we recommend the version topped with prosciutto, goat cheese, garlic and spinach. The main course lineup features lemon grass-crusted fresh salmon filet, served with apple-and-orange-zest jasmine rice and a Thai curry sauce; and filet mignon prepared two ways, chile-crusted or herb-grilled. The wine list includes 300 served by the bottle and 40 poured by the glass. The full bar features a long list of inventive cosmos and specialty grappas, and desserts like a wild berry crème brûlée are made in-house.