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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Business Meals (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (4)
Healthy (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Fun (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
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Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (2)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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·Dined on August 26, 2017

We were visiting from the Dallas. OPAH was recommended by the owner of the Vacation Rental Home where we were staying.
Service was excellent. Our waiter was pleasant and table service by the rest of the staff was very attentive. Everyone at the table enjoyed the salads, meals, and desserts that they ordered.
Overall, completely satisfied.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Wait staff on the ball. Dining chairs cushion not comfortable. Food presentation very appealing. Some limitation to menu options. Food prepared very well. Happy hour is the best option for dining and value.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

I eat out often. Service is 75% of the experience. Our waiter Tom was so professional,he made our evening. I had scallops that melted in my mouth and a REAL martini, not Nick and Nora style.

Tags: Hot Spot, Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Outstanding food and service! 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌

Tags: Healthy, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great food and service as always. Had the shrimp special. It was wonderful. The hot fudge sundae was awesome!!

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Dining experience was great! We really enjoyed it. It was hard to choose which entrée we wanted. And the starters - the coconut shrimp skewers were fantastic. Dessert was special - hot fudge sundae. We highly recommend it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Excellent service and food. Always consistent quality. A bit on the pricey side.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We've dined here many times before and have always enjoyed our meals. The were a couple of hiccups this time but they weren't deal-killers.
Our server was very attentive and service was good. The low point was when I asked for a non-alcoholic cocktail and the bartender poured a blend of cranberry, orange, and pineapple juices. I guess I'm used to bartenders knocking it out of the park, creating unique and delicious "mocktails". It was just a little boring.
I ordered the mussels as a starter. They were the most minuscule mussels I've ever seen (think pistachio nut), but they were in a curry lime kaffir broth which was very nice. I supposed when you are purchasing mussels for your restaurant, you never know what's inside!
My husband's pot pie appetizer and fish was perfect!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Perfect spot for a date: dinner and a movie. The bacon wrapped dates are scrumptious. Had a very nice meal with great service!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Frank was an excellent and attentive server! He listened to my special dietary requirements and the food I ordered was exactly as I requested.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Highly recommend Opah to anyone looking for a great night out or just a casual family lunch! It has something for everyone and the food is to die for. Truly is a must try!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Excellent neighborhood restaurant!! Get the Opah, it is amazing!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Excellent food and service! Everything was perfect.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Delicious! Haven't been here for years and it did not disappoint! Happy hour in entire restaurant, and the waiter made sure to tell us we had 10 more minutes if we wanted anything off the happy hour menu! That was/is a great waiter! He was rewarded with a nice tip!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Was a bit disappointed- looking at the menu on line and read some of the reviews so was expecting more - prices indicated a "dining experience" and the service etc felt more like a place you would go to grab a quick bite with the kids - more like a chain type rushed experience -

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great for happy hour small bites
menu has changed now mediocre food at high prices for dinner choices used to be great inventive food
Nice wine by the glass list

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 22, 2017

It was an enjoyable place to have dinner with my wife

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Service was great. We had a nice spot on the patio and enjoyed all the great food and drinks.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We selected Opah for its location and appropriateness for our business lunch. I loved being able to make a reservation online and the waiter was very polite and professional and servers kept us filled with waters and ensured we were taken care of. I loved my salmon with broccolis. I also loved seating outdoors with the heaters.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Healthy
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Good food, good service, love the menu, friendly bar, lots of outdoor seating!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Opah very dried out and was not charged for it which I appreciated. I was hosting three people. Seafood salad was outstanding as was the Poke and onion soup. Fried fish sandwich roll way too big. What happened here? This was a favorite place in the past? Is anyone tasting the food before it is served? Please serve the bread in a different format. Awkward to cut and nothing to write home about anyway. Come back Marc Cohen and give this place some of your attention. Thanks. Ellen

Tags: Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Lunch with extended family!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We came here for my husbands birthday. We were very pleasantly surprised. Great service, good menu and we truly enjoyed our meals. We'll definitely be coming back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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