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OPAH Restaurant & Bar @ Town Center Aliso Viejo

4.5
708 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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, 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(949) 360-8822
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marc Cohen
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 708 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This was for a family celebration and we had a wonderful experience. We happened to get happy hour prices, which was a plus. All our meals and the wine we ordered were superb, and our server was knowledgeable about the menu and willing to assist with special requests.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Superior service. Menu is good, and the fish served is particularly good. I like the outdoor seating best.

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I am not a picky eater, not a foodie! By my standard from 1 to 10 a solid 2 and the service was a 2 as well!
Will not go back ever!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The last time we went we had a server that made our experience one that I wasn't sure I was going to go back. This last time we had Frank and he was terrific. I ordered the same thing (I am dairy free) and the first time they just left everything off the plate so I paid the same but left hungry. This last time they gave me the dairy free options so I left satisfied. Also, both times we were celebrating my birthday. The first time, the gentleman didn't acknowledge and this last time, Frank was so thoughtful he got a wine glass full of fruit and stuck a candle in it so I could make a wish. Much better experience thanks to Frank!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We met friends there and had dinner....food was great (3 of us had the Ciopinno and it was awesome)
Service was slow but he was nice and he,paul when he was around

We are repeat customers and recommend the restaurant

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Friend’s birthday.
Food was excellent and waiter was very attentive.
Great experience

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great service and ambiance. The food was excellent. Great place for any type of dining. Dates, fun or special occasions love Opha!!! Will definitely be back again soon.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Anniversary luncheon. We are fairly regular patrons and can not recall ever experiencing anything other than an outstanding meal. We had many restaurant options for our “Special” day and Opahs did not disappoint us.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Love this place....... the manager is so accommodating, the food is Always DELICIOUS!
Very consistent.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Everything was great.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Best seafood around!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Food was beautifully served and tasted amazing. We have always wanted to they OPAH and so glad we finally did. We really enjoyed ourselves and our 13 year old daughter loved it too! We will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Service was great. The mussels and fries don't achieve the greatness that Belgian moules y frites accomplish. I would order something else next time. On other occasions, I have liked most of the food.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The service was excellent and the lunch special was the lamb salad. It was exquisite. Bring back the lamb on the daily lunch menu.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Our waiter, Shawn, was superb with descriptions and recommendations. The manager truly was a credit to this great great restaurant. He was professional and helpful when our reservation could not be found. We sat at a nice table, enjoyed fine meals with our friends, one of whom celebrated her birthday 🎂. A delightful evening. Can’t wait to return. Hooray and cudos.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service!
Must have asked us 6 times how everything was, the manager even came to see how happy we were. Not sure if I was getting special treatment due to using OpenTable, or they are always that way. Definitely will go again.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Get New Harbor Sauv. Blanc back on the wine menu. Not sure why they took it off

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Here from Colorado, we felt welcome from the front door. Food was pleasingly different, Very Fresh. Server Corinne was delightful, attentive, not overbearing. Wish we hadn't felt chilly - ample patio looked inviting. Couldn't find a handicapped parking space, so walk was a little daunting after dark but a nice neighborhood. The side salad was unique and my husbands short rib +mashies was tender and very filling. We would definitely recommend Opah.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was outstanding, the service excellent and I am looking forward to going again and again. If you love seafood, be sure to try the ciopinno, which surely is the best I’ve ever had. The coconut butter cake is out of this world.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Service was amazing! Food was fresh and came out in a timely manner.

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Average food average service . A little pricey for average .

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2.0Dined on February 7, 2018

This used to be a favorite of ours before Soka events but the last two meals have disappointed even though the service was excellent. Both of us got fish & requested the fish cooked moist but it was dried out as were the potatoes. The dessert menu was not tempting but we shared a key lime pie with a weird meringue which came off of the lime part & could not be dislodged from my fork. The server did not charge us. My espresso was delicious. They say the menu is changing . Sure hope the quality of the preparation will improve as a result.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

My husband had Halibut Fish-n-chips that was excellent. I had the mussels very good, there were not over cooked but very rich. I ordered the mussels off the happy hour menu— no difference from the dinner but saved $8.00. The service has always excellent, attentive, caring. The whole experience is what brings us back.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

The menu is always delicious and service was great. Definitely worth a visit!

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great spot to meet friends and happy hour is awesome. Food was delicious as always

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Food always looks great but tastes overly sweet- like they add sugar to their beef! And veggies always over salted- and next day I always have stomach issues.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on December 29, 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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5.0Dined on December 24, 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 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.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

All good !!

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3.0Dined on December 22, 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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5.0Dined on December 17, 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!

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3.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Very good food.
Not so good service.

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