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Azu

457 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023-2818
+1 805-640-7987
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Ranked #10 of 81 Restaurants in Ojai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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Cuisines: Tapas
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Fox St.
Transit: Bus stop across the street.
Description: We at Azu believe the best dishes are made from fresh ingredients. We look to the local farmers that we know grow quality organic and natural produce, that help give our menu that special California twist. Our bar menu is filled with craft cocktails with juices squeezed right from Ojai's citrus orchards where are bartenders hand pick fruit to help make the perfect mimosa, martini's, and Richies famous Bloody Mary. We love supporting our California wineries, breweries, farmers, and hormone free companies. We buy locally and organically whenever possible and strive to add a California twist to our Spanish inspired menu. For over 10 years, Owner and Chef Laurel Moore has taken this inspiration and has created a ambiance and menu that has the feel of a mediterranean retreat, authentic destination, and local Ojai escape. We strive to provide the tastiest and freshest ingredients while preparing our dishes with the pure natural flavor of farm driven produce and flavors. We offer organic, vegan, Paleo, gluten free, vegetarian, and other dietary restricted options as well as healthy nutritional options for kids. Our dishes are designed to meet the needs of Everyone who walks through our historic doors. We cater to couples nights out, large parties and receptions, wedding events, Happy Hour connoisseurs, anniversary celebrations, outdoor dining, Tapas tastings, wine tastings, beer samplings, corporate events, and have a wide variety of Tapas and Celebration menus to choose from. Whether you are looking to escape from the hustle bustle of the city or are an Ojai local in need of a special night out. Our destination style atmosphere and farm fresh California Tapas, fresh juice cocktails, and local wine and beer, is the perfect place to find sanctuary within a culinary inspired establishment.
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English first
Virgin, UT
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Enjoyed the bloody mary and eggs benedict were really different and tasty! Very pleasant service, we sat outside but the inside seemed pleasant for seating in the evening. Just enough of a 'difference' with the dishes to seem special at breakfast. Look forward to trying their Tapas menu, which I am told is good.

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Cardiff by the Sea, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Ate at Azu earlier this month; first visit was a year and a half ago and I've looked forward to going back ever since. Killer menu, perfect for sharing, excellent service. Put Azu on your list of not-to-be-missed restaurants in the Ojai/Santa Barbara/Ventura area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

attended a wedding celebration---great atmosphere, xlnt food, superior service, lovely patio---would highly recommend

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Santa Monica, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I have been coming to Ojai for many years and this was our first time trying this restaurant and I am disappointed that I did not try it sooner. A Mediterranean flavor with a tapas menu. I had the seafood paella and it was awesome. We started with some tapas apps - incl the fried calamari which was exceptional. I... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The food and service were wonderful. It was a very nice way to celebrate an anniversary. We especially liked the chilled peach soup. The only negative was that we had made a reservation a few days beforehand and when we got to the restaurant they had no record of it. But because it was a Sunday night we were able... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Everything the waitress recommended was good. The menu includes Spanish, Italian and traditional American dishes.

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Ojai, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The bacon wrapped dates are amazing first of all. I came here in 2012 and the food was spectacular, staff was great. Tried going here again and they did not even have steak on their menu anymore. I ordered a $30 chicken which was very average for the price... Was not impressed.

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AzuOjai, General Manager at Azu, responded to this review

We are sorry that you did not fully enjoy your return experience. We are a little confused as to your negative review because we have had grass fed flat iron steak on the menu for 7 years and it is still there. Also our Mary's organic roast chicken is $26 not $30. I'm sorry to hear it was bland because... More

Goodlettsville, Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Visiting friends in Ventura this week we decided to check out ojai and have dinner. There were many inviting restaurants but we chose azu, (because Karen read about it in a paper) and we absolutely LOVED IT ! We ve been eating inspired food up and down the coast on this trip, from Anderson's pea soup (ok, that was not... More

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AzuOjai, General Manager at Azu, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! We strive to have the best food in Ventura County. I am curious as to where you read about us? More

Orinda, California
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Cool bar with tasty appetizers..we went during a happy hour time so even better-great prices-Wish we had dinner here instead of where we went. Nice bartender who agve us GREAT service without hovering

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My lunch date ate an Arugula, dried figs, crispy serrano ham, feta & almonds with fig balsamic vinaigrette & I had the Kale Quinoa Salad at Azu during lunch. My date and I enjoyed a the same delicious green iced tea

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