OPAH Restaurant & Bar @ Town Center Aliso Viejo

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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. 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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L
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very dark inside and therefore difficult to read the menu,we had to use the light on our phone,the drinks and food were great. The Halibut special was perfectly cooked and seasoned. All in all a good night out.

B
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love OPAH! A lot of wine choices. The salmon is delicious with a side of brussles spouts and bacon enhance the dish as well!

HB
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was very good. I had scallops on a corn rissoto, my GF had a mussle appetizer with coconut rice on the side. Both dishes were nice size, filling and well prepared. My main complaint is with the service. While I know dinner is a busy hour, the hostess was rushing to seat us, the waiter was constantly rushing when at our table. It always felt like they couldn't get away from us fast enough. This Opah is rather noisy and not very large. I was looking for a combination of casual, a little ambiance and good food and this was a miss.

PG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really like this place for specs occasions. Fish is always delicious and well prepared. Went for our anniversary and they generously provided dessert. The server Holly was awesome. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was that we have a bell pepper allergy and they confirmed that the veggie on one of the dishes included bell peppers. They said no problem to leave it off. But what they presented was the fish without the topping sauce and no garnish (Radish sprouts?) and no other veggie. Just Opah and purée under it. They made no effort to make that dish look worth the $29. I think we ordered an additional veggie side to make up for it. Other than that we really enjoyed the evening.

C
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Got seated next to the bar, so it was a bit noiseier than normal. Good local spot. Tried the pork chop, it was excellent. The polenta underneath was a far cry from polenta. Cornmeal soup. Way too watery. The rest of my group enjoyed their food as well.

OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The swordfish special and the date appetizer were AMAZING! The shrimp and grits was the only disappointment! Terrific service and great outside seating.

T
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

End up with a great server that took very good care of us. Had the specials that were offered that day which was delicious. It was a very nice night out.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, as always.

RH
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kaylee was a great server, very attentive, considerate and gives great recommendations! Was craving a burger and although sea food is their speciality; I was more than satisfied, Manager even checked in too. Won’t be too long before I’m back! Oh yeah Oysters and the Chili sauce are the perfect starter on a hot day.

RK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and get halibut. They were very accommodating for my 3 little kids.

EK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love our lunch at Opah. Food and service was great.

PD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner with family and friends and top service always.

p
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I ordered the opah because our server said that the fish was cooked medium rare. When my order came, the fish was tough, about 3/4 of an inch around, was well done. When I complained, they took my food back into the kitchen and cut the fish in half and brought it back to me to show me that it was medium rare. Well, my definition of medium rare is different from theirs. 3/4 of an inch all around, well done? How can it be medium rare? This is why I cannot recommend this restaurant to anybody!

RK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytime we're in Aliso Vejo, we make Opah a priority stop... We love the food, the atmosphere and the service is always EXCELLENT!!!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food is good but for the price portions are so small

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous Food, great atmosphere

TI
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Easy local spot for fresh mussels and fish. Always enjoy the outdoor patio when its not too loud.

m
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

For the first time ever, I was disappointed in the Fish & Chips entrée! The fish was very dry, tasteless - definitely not up to Opah's standards.

MW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Too noisy and nothing special on the food. Mediocre C plus?

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service for my dad’s birthday. The food is consistently good and the staff and service friendly and efficient.

LM
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal with great service by everyone there at restaurant.

DH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and great service. Frank was our server; he was very professional and friendly. After a few appetizers and a bottle of great wine, we couldn't decide on what to order for dinner, so we left it up to Frank to surprise us! We loved our dinner; thank you Frank!

d
Orange County
60 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE this restaurant! I've never been disappointed with any entree or starter (haven't tried the desserts yet!). I look forward to the next lunch or dinner at Opah's!

L
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service. My scallops were cooked perfectly! Risotto delish. Service spot on. We will be back

n
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Noise level high
Parking difficult
Server great
Food good

OC
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service by Stephanie! Food was great as always. Blackened Ahi tuna sandwich delicious and don't forget the butter cake!

F
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

There were four of us. Three rated their food as excellent, the other didn't like his dinner. He had opah and said it was dry and didn't have much taste. He was not charged for his dinner.

LC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Expensive and noisy. Plank salmon was excellent. Service was good.

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service fantastic.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Date night for my wife and I

M
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. We drive from Corona to eat here because the fish specials are so good, reasonably priced for the size. The bacon wrapped dates are good and the wonton shrimp nachos are outstanding and large in size. I miss the location that was at the Irvine Marketplace.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always pleasant when Connor Gaal is waiting on us👍

SA
Orange County
80 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love Opah!

Great service, good food and daily specials and happy hour!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday

Portions very small for the price

$68 for a 1/2 a bottle of champagne was not expected

KT
Birmingham
27 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place with great food

LM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We went there for my friends birthday... we just wanted to have drinks and maybe appetizers.
We looked at the menu and thought that the martinis were $12 when we got the bill it was more like $18 so that’s two Kettle one martinis for $36...We are senior citizens and we didn’t appreciate that the winner didn’t say anything like those martinis are a little more expensive or those martinis are not on the menu or something to alert us that the prices will be higher. We’re not experienced drinker’s we’re going out to have a good time for my friends birthday and the total bill came to $220 is a bit much for people who are on a limited income anyway I contacted the manager and he called me back however I am not spoken to him since I think the place is highly overrated the chairs were uncomfortable the ambience was just blah and the service was terrible. We didn’t like the waiter from the beginning he was not very nice and he could’ve told us that those were more expensive than the ones listed on the menu.

A
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service was great. The food was delicious. The price was reasonable. The people that attended were very nice and polite. It was a pleasant experience. I will definitely go back.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Highly reccomend

RC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding. We have an issue with hearing aids and the staff was very responsive to seating us in an appropriate location. The food (scallops and risotto along w/ moonfish) were prepared perfectly. Our waiter was a delight and the chocolate martini's for desert worked like a charm.

RW
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, amazing cocktails and aamzing food. Just amazing.

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