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Azu

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457 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023-2818 (Fox St.)
Bus stop across the street.
+1 805-640-7987
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Description: We at Azu believe the best dishes are made from fresh ingredients. We look...
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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    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 20
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Really enjoyable

We ended up at Azu by default when our first choice was unavailable and it was a delightful surprise. The wait staff was exceptional (thanks Stephen for making the evening so lovely), the drinks very good (try the California Mule), and the food had some highlights. Unfortunately, the Portuguese... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
RebeccaForster
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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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140 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ended up at Azu by default when our first choice was unavailable and it was a delightful surprise. The wait staff was exceptional (thanks Stephen for making the evening so lovely), the drinks very good (try the California Mule), and the food had some highlights. Unfortunately, the Portuguese soup wasn't one of them. It needed to cook more. The... More 

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Thank RebeccaForster
Level Contributor
82 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked into Azu's and were very pleasantly surprised at the quality of food and the service. The paella was delicious and virtuous - made with local organic ingredients. Service was tops.

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Thank P B
Long Beach, California
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67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went in to grab an afternoon bite and check it out, Food was yummy, the calamari and gambas were fantastic and would recommend. They were about to wrap up for lunch service so they were a little distracted cleaning and prepping for the evening.

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Thank ltlchristine
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking thru the Ojai village I was looking for a casual but unique experience for lunch. I parked near this place where a group of Hipster LA girls were camped out enjoying Mimosas and stepped inside to this updated bohemian/industrial chic restaurant. The place was empty at 12:30 but I must have beaten the late-lunching crowd. I scanned the menu... More 

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Thank Tripp J
Hamilton
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stumbled on this place on a Sunday in January. Great, friendly service, excellent food and mimosas! Just about perfect really.

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Thank firebladeboy
Ellensburg, Washington
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our serve staff was nice and the menu had a great selection of small plates & appetizers. We had a larger group and sat in a very nice area away from the bar and others. Would definitely go back.

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Thank 509Smiles
San Diego
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great restaurant. Very good food and service. The ambiance of the dining rooms was excellent. Mediterranean menu.

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Thank Russmit
Lodi, California
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127 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This wasn't a random find--we have to thank previous TA reviewer for their recommendations. The atmosphere is not elegant in a plush sense or trendy but very appropriate in an artsy sort of way. It very definitely has some Spanish character. We decided to split some tapas and enjoy a glass of wine. Lunch consisted of curried fried cauliflower, fried... More 

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Thank Randall-Anne
eastsound, wa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the braised rib tacos and she had the zuchini pesto pasta. When our server put our meals down she asked if we wanted the chocolate soufflé special desert(20min). We said, "sure, why not?" We just got back from 2 weeks in Europe. This meal was head and shoulders above than anything we had over there. When the entrees... More 

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Thank lodgeonorcasisland
Wilmington, Delaware
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Excellent tapas style restaurant. Very comfortable ambience, quiet and efficient service. Great place for a romantic dinner.

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Thank James W

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 457 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023-2818
    (Fox St.)
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop across the street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ojai
  • Phone Number: +1 805-640-7987

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?