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About Azu Restaurant and Ojai Valley Brewery

Farm Fresh Tapas, Craft Cocktails, Local wine and our own Craft Beer.
Azu brings the flavors and spices of the Mediterranean, combines them with fresh local product to create a comfortable gathering atmosphere for tourists and locals alike.

Ojai Valley Brewery Tap Room is located in the front room of Azu and served throughout the resturant. The beers utilize ingredients uniquely native to the U.S.A. including our truest native grain, corn. We are using local chaparral herbs in concert with and at times in place of hops as well as special herbs, flowers, fruits, and spices sourced from our local Ojai farms that blend together to create a unity of flavor. We love Ojai, and Craft Beer, and have a mission to give Craft Beer lovers something Different, and Uniquely Local.

Azu specializes in entertaining large groups as well as romantic dinner for two. Two outdoor dining patios, fireplace dining room, Tap Room and bar area and large private dining room.

457 East Ojai Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Brewery

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–8:30 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

Cross Street:
Fox St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 640-7987

Website:
http://www.azuojai.com/

Catering:
Offering Mobile Paella Pan Catering. We can set up anywhere and can accommodate any number of guests. Full service catering also available.Pop Up Bar Catering also available.

Parking Details:
We have street parking in front of the restaurant and there is a public lot across the street.

Public Transit:
Bus stop across the street.

Executive Chef:
Laurel Moore

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please sign up to our mailing list at www.azuojai.com to receive e-mail notifications about special event hosted at Azu. Events like Wine Makers Dinners with local wineries, Martini Parties and Live Music Events.

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Azu Restaurant and Ojai Valley Brewery Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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3.8

service

4.0

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4.0

value

3.7

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Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Tapas (8)
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Casual (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fun (7)
Great Beer (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Vegan (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great downtown location. Tap room and bar at the front and a few cozy chairs, booths and tables in the front. The back has more tables but it's cut off from the entrance. We enjoyed the front room for people watching and street view. Service was helpful and friendly. On site brewed beers were delicious. All of our food was great. There's also a free smaller tables out side.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Bar Seating
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·Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful time. We've been here once before for lunch after a hike and this time we returned for a special dinner. It's our favorite restaurant in the Ventura area and we will be sure to make it a regular part of our vacation. The food was good, the service lovely and the ambiance and wine and beer made it exceptional.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our server made the evening special. She was delightful, helped selecting great food choices and finding the right wine for the evening. We'll be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Hit or miss with food and beer.
Yes to Chicken Mezze and buffalo cauliflower.
No to falafel chile relleno snd most of their beers.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Awesome service - wonderful experience - great food!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was fine, but we found the service to be quite rude. The food itself took over 45 minutes to arrive. When we inquired if our server could check on the status of our food, he responded, "It'll be a while," without offering to check with the kitchen or offer any explanation. Will not be returning.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Azu is my favorite restaurant in Ojai! I love introducing new friend to Azu so it's my "go to" when I have company.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Went to Azu with my wife and two children. Service was wonderful, and the menu was not only kid friendly, but had some wonderful tapas and an amazing arugula and fig salad that was extra special. Ambience was nice, filled with art from a local artist. Will definitely return the next time we are in Ojai.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 24, 2017

A cute looking place butrun very poorly. We made reservations for 5:30 before a concert and had to wait 15-20 minutes for a table despite the fact that there were several empty ones. Then it took an hour for our food to arrive (a burger and a shrimp taco) REALLY? The server did apologize, and brought some complimentary hummus. I didn't blame her it just seemed like they were really confused. At one point seven employees were waiting by the tiny kitchen window where the food came out. We were late to our concert because of the slowness. It is too bad as it looked cute and seemed to have potential. The martinis were good too.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We ordered several appetizers. the hummus and the potatoes were good. Our main dishes were the paella and the zucchini pasta. Both main dishes did not have a lot of flavor. Service was wonderful and maybe we just ordered the wrong dishes.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Was hoping for a better. Maybe expecting to much from a micro brewery that also does tapas. Wasn't bad, just wasn't notable or exceptional.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food wasn't good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Loved our dinner at Azu. We were looking for good food and decent vegetarian choices in a tapas setting. Azu did not disappoint. The chopped salad was beautiful and plenty to share. The olives were delicious. We then shared falafel stuffed chili relleno which was incredible but made us wish it was double the size. Spicy, cheesy potato tots on the side were yummy. We couldn't resist creme brûlée for dessert which was fabulous. Left very 😊.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

I specified it was a birthday and our waiter and host forgot so I had to ask for a candle for my girlfriend, and that was after coming in the afternoon day of our reservation and double confirming everything. The main course salmon was very underwhelming, lacked any flavor palette. The tapas were delicious as was the soufflé.

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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Excellent friendly service, delicious wine, entrees and desserts. Lovely ambiance. My friend and I had a wonderful time. Will definitely go back soon. 👍👍

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Delicious lunch
If you like old school hiphop the music was fantastic!!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 7, 2017

First visit to Azu, and looking forward to the next. Their craft beer is excellent. Did a flight of six, and enjoyed each of them, particularly the white pixie and dark lager. I'm not a fan of the big hops trend, and there were plenty of options for me to enjoy (but don't worry hopheads, they have IPA too). We tried a few apps - fried potatoes, cauliflower - very tasty. My wife and kids are vegetarian, so they had the vegetarian paella, and I had the seafood paella. Everyone left full and satisfied. Will definitely return, maybe without the kids next time and enjoy a few tasty pints with the wifey.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We received notice from you we were no shows no true. Had excellent meal.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

The menu was really interesting but the food didn't live up to the descriptions on some dishes. Also, the portion size of the "entree" we ordered was too small to share.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Delicious food all around with friendly service. A must eat when in Ojai!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

I took my wife here on Sunday evening and we had a fantastic time. Would highly recommend for a special night out.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We wanted to try something outside of the Ojai Valley Inn and found this place online. The food was tasty and provided us with a good ethnic food experience. The chicken was a bit dry, but the flavors were wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Vegan
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

The back room, where we were seated, was so noisy I couldn't hear the person next to me. Caesar salad was barely dressed. Cheese was dry. The hamburger was dry, the bun was stale. Best part of dinner was the root beer float.

Tags: Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

A good local....spiffed up over time. They got rid of the ugly fluorescent lit refrigeration case in the front dining room. The staff seems well trained and pleasant. A good bar tender. Reasonable prices etc.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Terrible service. Server forgot things, and disappeared mid-meal. Food was cold and bland.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

First time visit to Ojai for 3 out of 4 of us. Was recommended by Ojai Olive Company, but had already made the reservation based on TripAdvisor reviews. Good food, nice staff, reasonable pricing. Their rice flour battered Calamari was a big hit especially since we are Gluten-Free. We had to double our order :)

Tags: Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Casual, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Hostess was polite and knowledgeable, food was amazing, nice private dining room in the back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Server Jackie is awesome. Good food. Love the art on the walls in the dining room.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Vegan, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

As a cook,and a Bay Area resident, I'm a bit of a food snob. Ojai didn't have many restaurants that piqued our interest. Relative to what we found in Ojai, Azu was a good choice. The food was ok, the grenach Blanc was fine and we had a nice view of the sunset from our sidewalk outdoor table. The server and all employees were very sweet, attentive and capable. We liked the fish taco. If this restaurant was in SF I'd give it 2 or 3 stars.

Tags: Cozy, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Organic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Awesome! Great food, drinks and and atmosphere. Ate here two nights in a row after a tennis tournament.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

....somehow for the feel of Ojai, relaxed and calm, the service here was rushed and forced. The beer was delicious, despite the overly lengthy dicussion with the waitresss over a taste vs a small tasting that the restaurant offers.
The food was delicious and the heat from the pepper dish we ordered fantastic.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Great Beer
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Really great food, vegetarian options! Good wine and the service was top notch!

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The restaurant was very nicely decorated and the outdoor patio was beautiful. It felt like a hidden gem. The arugula salad with feta, dried figs and prosciutto was great as were the gambas, but most everything else we had fell flat. I would suggest sticking to the basics and the expansive cocktail and beer list

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Our waitress was attentive, but it was a good 30 mins before our food arrived. This is a contact nous problem at AZU, too bad.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Nice place, not too noisy. Food was very good, worthy of 4 stars. I would go there again

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We go to AZU often - very good food, always professional and friendly service, many reasons to celebrate the wall coverings and other other architecture. Enjoy!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Good food, good company but the service was super slow....

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2017

A reliable favorite when visiting Ojai. Never disappointing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 6, 2017

It was like a bait and switch with the menus. They have a bar menu and online there are two dinner menus. We were given a menu to order our dinner from. Then when we asked to look at the menu again after we ordered to look up the name of the excellent cheese that was in the appetizer and was given a menu that was different from what we ordered from. This later menu was the one I saw on line that enticed me to eat there. The food server gave us the excuse that it was an old menu. Then why were they still giving them out to patrons. The menu we ordered from had higher prices on it. Also we paid by credit card and the food server brought us on the restaurant's copy to sign and none for our records. We had to request one as we were leaving. If we are in town again, we will probably pass on AZU.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

My Wife and I really enjoyed our stop here on Saturday night .The restaurant offers 4 different seating sections, each offering diners a different kind of vibe. After passing by the casual outdoor seating in front and bar seating inside, my wife and I sat in the main dining area. Adorned with life drawing sketches on the walls, high ceilings, and cute bistro tables, the ambiance was warm and inviting. We really enjoyed our mix of tapas; the chrorizo stuffed dates and sauteed shrimp were highlights, but the best part of our meal was the perfectly cooked medium rare rib eye. Combined with great local wines and a one man band providing some soothing sounds in the back patio/bar area, the experience was a very enjoyable one. I would definitely recommend this spot to anyone visiting Ojai who enjoys tapas inspired cuisine.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Live Music
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