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About 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.

26851 Aliso Creek Road # C
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Seafood

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

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 360-8822

Website:
http://opahrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
n/a

Executive Chef:
Marc Cohen

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

OPAH Restaurant & Bar @ Town Center Aliso Viejo Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
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Great for Lunch (15)
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Business Meals (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Healthy (9)
Casual (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
People Watching (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Romantic (5)
Cozy (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
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Hot Spot (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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Disabled Access (1)
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Organic (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

We experienced some mediocre restaurants lately so we were delighted that Opah was the exception. The food was great and the service was perfect. We will definitely be returning

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

We had the french onion soup for lunch. The best I've ever had.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

We've had better at OPAH. Seemed like it was just a bit off the night we went.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We had a group lunch and Anthony was the most amazing server.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband and I went on New Years Eve for dinner and had an amazing time. We sat outside and the heat lamp kept us very comfortable. Our server was Sean and we had the best service. From drinks to desert everything was delicious, memorable and timely. Overall we had a great experience as always!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have been to Opah several times and have always enjoyed my self. The energy and food are great. I came this time after a long hiatus, due to having my first baby, excited to have lunch with my friends and my new little one. Having been here pretty-baby, I know that this is not a kid friendly restaurant. I just can’t imagine I am the first person to go their with a little one and I was surprised to find no changing table in the women’s bathroom. While this personally won’t stop me from coming back to Opah, I was surprised to find this out and I will be prepared next time. I am not even sure if they have high chairs. I know they don’t have the slings for car seats, as I asked for one of them and the hostess didn’t even know if they had those and came to find they did not.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Price for portion served above my expectation for a bistro type food service establishment. There was no preseive value to justify the high price point...
FYI, Saffron in mussel order was not done the proper way in order to get more essensce and to bring out the saffron flavor, & I believe they use the Sysco bought Spanish saffron va. Authentic Persian saffron!
Kayvan A
Director of culinary global food contracting

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent meal the food was divine coffee and dessert was also excellent service was impeccable greeted by the manager two times at our table will come back again

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fun
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had lunch at Opah on Christmas Eve. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. My husband loved the clam chowder, and my mother was thrilled with her fish and chips. Everyone agreed that the coconut cake was one of the best we ever had.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We ate here twice recently during what is usually a busy holiday season when service can vary. Both times food and service were great, and you still left feeling they not only served wonderful food but really paid attention to you. On the second occasion we brought our dog and they could not have been more accommodating on finding us a nice outside dining table. Both times the owner came by checking on us. This place is a winner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 23, 2017

All good !!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Reservation produced a seat in the bar ( although someone said it was less noisy than the other side of the dinning room. )
Service was ok . No one ever told us about specials which I noticed above the bar after we had ordered. They were Very intent on clearing plates even if we were not done. Don’t dare put down your fork & talk. It will be removed!
Muscles in red curry was very good. Chicken meatball app was tasty. Wine choices were ok. Nothing great & slightly overpriced. I asked for “ lots of dressing” & was charged $2 extra. Salads were fresh.
Overall a good but not great experience.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We went there on a Sunday night late with a reservation but there were very few people in the restaurant. We had our choice of tables. Our server was fantastic, very friendly and quick to help. We ordered French onion soup and a couple of appetizers. She even brought us a special sauce for one of the appetizers without our asking. She was attentive and extremely nice. The food was delicious, although the soup could have been hotter. It was very tasty, just not very hot, but not worth sending back. The appetizers - the chicken meatballs and the coconut shrimp - were fantastic and just enough for 2 people to share and be satisfied. Great restaurant!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Very good food.
Not so good service.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Good food, good service. Never rushed great place for lunch

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Meal was very good and service was great. Salad was a little heavy on dressing but I didn’t make a special request.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent restaurant, with absolutely delicious food and superb service. Quite beautiful inside, too. Perfect for a special occasion or a romantic date. Can’t wait to return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Has been a few years from the last time a visit the place , service , food and customer attention was poor , nothing special for the flavor glory days are gone .

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great food. Mussels were fantastic! Hard to choose which way to have them, too many good choices. Good service too. We’ll be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We dine here quite a bit and love it for one of the better local restaurants in Aliso Viejo. Unfortunately our food was a bit off on Friday evening. The burger patti was cold inside and had to be send back. Both the salmon filets were little uncooked in the center.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I have not been here in years, what s dissapointment. Food was absolutely teribble. It used to be wonderful. What happend?

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great service and food. The waiter was very prompt and polite and the whole restaurant was super busy! I love this place!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We've dined at Opah over 6 times. We go there for special occasions (mostly birthdays) and never had a bad dish. The drive from Irvine is a little long but it's worth the drive. We are sad the Irvine store closed down.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Our food was delicious. The only problem we had was that the waiter should have waited to order our entrees. We told him we were in no hurry and that we wanted to enjoy our starter and a glass of wine and not be rushed. Apparently he put in the order for the entrees, then, when he saw that we weren't done with the starter, he brought us cold entrees that obviously had been sitting in the kitchen waiting for pickup. The kitchen simply reheated the entrees, which is never ideal. The food was still very good, but the fish had dried out slightly in reheating. The waiter ordered the entrees too soon. Still, we love this restaurant. Excellent quality food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The food was excellent. Our server was polite and polished, but wasn't always easy to find.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Been going to Opah for nearly 15 years. Always a good time. Great food, excellent service, good cocktails.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food, ambiance and happy hour!! Great spot for “Girls’ night out”. Happy hour serves great drink and food choice for a variety of appetitites! My favorite is the nachos but I also recently enjoyed some new appetizers.... the bacon wrapped dates and the cucumber and chicken meatballs! All were very yummy!!! Great skinny margarita!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Tapas
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always great, nice neighborhood Resturant with great food and service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Glad to see the return of the won ton nachos, our favorite starter! Impeccable, attentive service from our server Sean, which made our wonderful meal a warm prelude to our matinee show at the nearby Edwards Theater. We look forward to returning again soon and more often.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were there for a friends birthday the service was great and Jeffrey really help make things easy when deciding what to choose

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Never disappoints. Only had starters with drinks. Ginger meatballs and coconut shrimp were excellent. Tried their plate of 3 oysters on half shell...excellent. The short rib pot pie was also good. Sounds like a lot but we were sharing. More than enough to eat. Thank goodness it was happy hour, saved a little money. Stephan made sure we were taken care of. A little expensive but a very nice dinner out.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 19, 2017

After reading all of the glowing reviews, we tried Opah last night. A great disappointment! Starting with lousy service, tasteless bread, dry short ribs, coconut shrimp without coconut, having to ask for butter three times, we won't be coming back for dinner. However, the clam chowder was excellent! We may come back for a bowl of chowder and a glass of wine, but the overpriced tasteless meals? Forget about it.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This restaurant is a surprise. Out in Aliso Viejo, and 10 stars across the board.
Food presentation is as creative as a Magnum Restaurant. I have experienced countless 100.00 plate dining establishments and this restaurant deserves notice!

I have mussels every time, and they are always impeccably served with flower garnish! The servers always keep watch and ensure I never have a ugly bowl of shells
and replace with a clean bowls and silverware without request.

The service is "as if" you were like living Downton Abbey.

I have sample many main courses and specials now, and I have never been let down.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Best Clam Chowder around. The menu is interesting and the seafood is always outstanding. Opah is definitely a treat.

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Healthy, Happy Hour, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We went for a late lunch to discuss business. It was mostly empty, but the service was attentive. The lunch special chicken was very good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great service. Best fish and chips in town. Well priced.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great food and reasonable prices...Sean was an excellent server and fu. place to go and eat

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We were there for a special occasion get together of friends. The food was good and we loved sitting on the patio.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

No dressing on all 4 guests Caesar salads! Had to ask for dressing which should not happen! Also, ridiculous $20.00 corkage fee! Fish and chips good. The "Key Lime Pie "was horrible! Should never have ordered it! Not like the traditional Key Lime at other restaurants. Not really happy for the amount of the meals and noise!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Everything was delicious! I was a bit disappointed, when I made the reservation I stated it was for a birthday hoping they would do a little special surprise. We ordered dessert and when it was served there was no candle. I quickly asked if they had a candle, our server brought one out promptly which was fine. I am also in the restaurant business and find those little details quite important. Otherwise our dining experience was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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