OPAH Restaurant & Bar @ Town Center Aliso Viejo
OPAH Restaurant & Bar @ Town Center Aliso Viejo

OPAH Restaurant & Bar @ Town Center Aliso Viejo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://opahrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9493608822
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday - Monday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Marc Cohen
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment Thursday through Saturday nights.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from OPAH Restaurant & Bar @ Town Center Aliso Viejo
At Opah Restaurant & Bar, we serve the finest fresh fish in Orange County. Carefully hand selected each day to deliver the best quality available. Come in and enjoy the menu created by Marc A. Cohen, One of the Best Chef's in Orange County. The menu is exquisite, featuring edible works of art, that look so good the could be on a magazine cover. Dont forget to try one of our signature Award Winning Martinis, or have some wine outside near the fireplace on the patio. We offer live music for our patrons on certain nights as well to add to the dining experience. If you wondering how we came up with the name Opah. It comes from the Hawaiian word for Moonfish, which was once viewed as Good Luck by fisherman, & often given away as a gesture of Good Will.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
OPAH Restaurant & Bar @ Town Center Aliso Viejo reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)fit for foodies (42)great for outdoor dining (38)great for lunch (29)vibrant bar scene (25)good for groups (19)special occasion (19)great for brunch (13)hot spot (13)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (6)notable wine list (4)romantic (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Yummy Again
    SuesFabFinds
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Opah is great every time we go. Memorable appetizers like prosciutto wrapped shrimp, crab cakes and then the entree of fresh salmon so very good!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never again.
    JedirabbiVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Things seemed fine with the soup and salad however when we didn't have the entrees a half hour later we thought something might be wrong. Finally they came, mine a cheeseburger; no ketchup or any dressing at all. That took another 5 minutes. I took a bite and it was RAW! Totally raw inside! By the time it came it back it had no cheese and my wife was already done. We sat down at 7:30 and it was now 9:00! For a cup of soup and a cheeseburger! The waiter and the manager acted like it was no big deal. This experience was completely unacceptable on every level and my last. Thank you so much for a terrible evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kate
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It was our first visit to the restaurant and the food was very good. Our server was friendly and she checked on us many times. My husband had the lamb chops which were delicious and I had the halibut. It was nice to be able to walk from the restaurant to the movies! We will go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I came here for lunch with my friend. Food was great but service was just OK. The server should have paid more attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lacking in consistency lately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We've experienced hit or miss quality with this restaurant lately. On our latest visit a couple of the items were over cooked and not very palatable. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful, but the kitchen needs to get things right on the first attempt.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bit of a fluctuation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We are frequent guests at OPAH and always recommend. Had a bit of a 'foodie' letdown Sunday, things just weren't up to par. Chalk it up to a different chef, things just didn't have depth of taste...and it didn't help that the weather didn't cooperate with oysters, which were unavailable and off the menu, despite our high hopes. However, we had a wonderful server named Karen, who was simply professional, timing our orders to perfection without fuss. I didn't get the assistant's name, an energetic thin man, who was as charming and attentive as one could wish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed!
    FairVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had dinner with our daughter. Food and service were both great. We will return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • thistle14
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Disappointing visit to one of my favorite spots. The food tasted as if it had been sitting waiting for me for 30 minutes, and the tables are so close together that we entertained both couples on either side with our conversation. From the time we were seated until we left it took 30 minutes. I felt I was in a fast food restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome as usual
    JMcNeil
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My sister and I meet here a few times a year for lunch - we meet half way between Los Angeles and San Diego (sort of). Anyway, we love this restaurant - it never disappoints. Great food, great service. Look forward to our next girls' day out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I like this place
    katy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food is good, price is little bit high for the small portions...but is ok.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    winston949
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I have been going to Opah's for many years now. Normally for lunch the outdoor dining space is very nice. The lunch menu is great. This last visit I went with a friend for dinner. I tried the special and found the fish was a little dry and so were the potatoes. I normally consider the food here outstanding. The hors' dvours we had were amazing. I think the dinner special was just an exception and not the norm. I will definitely continue to return
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RoscoeVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Opah always a winner. food and service excellent. never had anything I didn't thoroughly enjoy. staff makes you feel comfortable and appreciated. I highly recommend
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale food relaxed atmosphere
    JburgartVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is a great restaurant with upscale food and a relaxed atmosphere. Price is reasonable and service is excellent in our experiences.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Halibut Fish & Chips - YUM
    Chicagogirl92VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Second time back to this great little place. And we ordered the exact same thing. It was excellent. Service awesome. We'll will be back and we promise to order something different :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently excellent
    Dealmkr
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    OPaH's never disappoints. Large, varied menu, almost everyone can find an item they like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brie Fondue Yummy
    SkipVickiVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    If you're looking for an appetizer that is sure to please, try the brief time do with the cinnamon sugar toast. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    MandAVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The service was good. We had mojitos, beet salad, slamon BLT and crab cake sandwich. The beet salad was a stand out. The BLT had a HUGE hunk of bacon that rendered it unfit for the sandwich. Nevertheless, the sandwich was good without it.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FOOD IS SUBLIME
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We are frequent diners at Watermark in Laguna Beach and know the culinary expertise of Mark Cohen and his staff. This was our first visit to Opah in Aliso Viejo and it was beyond expectations. We 3 are foodies and know a bit about preparation and taste. Some of the best scallops over risotto ever!!! And we are Italian and know risotto and great food. Bravo and brava to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal!
    rickyeatswell
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The white salmon special was incredible, completely fulfilling the buildup given by our gracious and capable server. House wines were excellent (I had the cab and my wife the merlot). We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night dinner
    Chicagogirl92VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Halibut fish & chips were excellent. Beet salad very good. Atmosphere awesome. Server was great. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off Night
    Share
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We had eaten at Opah's for several years and enjoyed it. I choose this restaurant for my birthday dinner. My husband and I both ordered salads. The seafood salad had no taste. The crab tasted dry and old. The beef salad was unimpressive. Only a few ingredients. It was missing something. The server brought our check without asking us if we wanted desert. Also Opah's called our cell phone to ask if we were going to make our reservations. We had been sitting on their patio for 20 minutes.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The Mahi Mahi special was perfectly prepared -- definitely worth the price! It's a bit noisy, which was fine because I brought a noisy child.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food
    Greeneyedlady
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I've been to Opah a couple of times and the food was tastier than my last visit. Fish was tough and too sweet. The description wasn't very clear and I probably wouldn't have ordered it. However, all in all, I would go back. Nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but somewhat slow service...
    Jinga34VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our server was very nice but I think he was hampered by a very slow kitchen and not so helpful bus boys. Not a huge deal as we enjoyed hanging out but don't expect fast service. If you're picky, you'll have to deal with things such as having to ask for a knife to cut your food, having to ask for sweetener and cream because they don't come out with your coffee/tea, the heater may or may not work on the patio, etc. Still a pleasant experience and the food is good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • horseshoemac
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was wonderful. Although my wife thought the swordfish somewhat dry. The bacon wraped dates and the sweetpotato tower was very good. Yes I would go again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good great service
    luvitVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Great fun easy parking Fun for kids. Great bar Good for large groups
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service, but...
    doncr
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and had really great food and service. Unfortunately, it probably wasn't the best choice for a romantic evening. The noise level was "energetic"--good for the bar scene but not for us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Opah in Aliso Viejo
    thegoodchef
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great food, good service, casual, friendly and relaxed atmosphere...easy access...from 73 toll road. Perfect for dinner before or after the movie at Aliso Viejo Town Center...a happy, short walk to the theatre. Ahi appetizer and crabcakes...amazing. Try a Moscow Mule from the bar, really good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food quality declining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I was practically screaming to be heard over the music. My wife complained that her favorite beet salad was very salty this time. The halibut she always orders didn't have the flavor or flaky texture it usually has and this time the hazelnut crust looked more like a batter found on frozen fish sticks. The potato mash the fish rested on was very thick and sticky as though it had been under a heat lamp too long. My grouper was cooked perfectly but lacked flavor and the salsa it came with was so heavy in onion it overpowered the other ingredients. My ample serving of haricot vert were cooked perfectly and turned out to be the best part of the dinner. We left before after dinner dessert or drinks...bad atmosphere to digest our meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Seafood
    GFamily
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Wow...what a surprise. Best clam chowder around. I was also very happy with the quality of fresh seafood dishes and how well they were cooked& presented. This is a gem of a restaurant. Nothing else compares to it in the area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dcp
    DCPKobeFan
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    One of my favorite "go to" places in Aliso Viejo. Sad the Irvine location closed. It was close to home. Was wonderful to have locations close to both work and home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 357 reviews are from the OPAH Restaurant & Bar @ Town Center Aliso Viejo reviews archive.
  • Lunch at Opah
    optical
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I've been to the restaurant a number of times in the evening. This was my first time trying their lunch menu. There were great choices and the food quality was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jamsr1529
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Reservations were honored. Outdoor seating was comfortable, but noisy when full. Wedge salads were generous and well done. Seafood salad was full of shrimp and very good. Waiter was nice , but missing for long periods. Will try them again for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great food
    doll
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    By now I think I have tried most of the items on the menu. This time I ordered Rotisserie chicken. It was very good. Very tasty and not dry. My dinner companions ordered trout and halibut and they loved it. It was their first time at Opah and they told me they would definitely return. The table next to us ordered clams. Normally, by then I would smell something fishy with trout, halibut and clams in close proximity. This time, I did NOT smell anything fishy AT ALL!!! that's what a good seafood restaurant should strife for. Then maybe I can start ordering seafood. The service was excellent. She checked on us constantly but not being intrusive. The warm bread and sundried tomatoe spread were good. Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed
    Don1
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    It was good to get back to Opah. You never go away hungry. The fish and chips are outstanding, and my girlfriend was looking forward to the seafood salad and she was not disappointed. I had the macadamia crusted mahi mahi and it was very good. We brought our own wine and they charged a $15.00 corkage, which was reasonable.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch Spot
    ocfoodie
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The food is consistently good, service is great, nice upscale place to take a client to lunch. They have some outdoor seating which is nice, however keep in mind it is on a high traffic driveway parking area for the strip mall it is in. All in all this is one of the nicer places to go in Aliso Viejo.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time here
    CFNOBIS
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Took my wife and mother here for Easter dinner. Had the Haiibut and it was wonderful. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service!
    Franchesca
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We took a friend out for his birthday -- and the experience was fantastic! Food was excellent and service even better. It was much more crowded than I'd expected, though. And even though we were seated at the edge table (because I'd requested a "relatively quiet" location because one of us is hard of hearing), it was still quite noisy. Not enough to remove a star, though.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The food us overpriced for a suburban "high-end" restaurant. Nothing great to speak of - won't return Nothing terrible to say either. The only good thing was the butternut squash risotto - aside from that, definitely not fit for a foodie.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Robert
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Great place for dinner with friends. We throughly enjoy the sweet potato tower. The Opah fish was wonderful with a beautiful presentation. The portion size was much later than we had expected. Delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate