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Azu

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Spanish, Tapas
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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: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
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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  • 87
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dates (in Bacon)!!!

Dates in Bacon??? Need I say more? Beet salad and cauliflower dishes were all very tasty. Server was very helpful in our selection.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Boston
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Dates in Bacon??? Need I say more? Beet salad and cauliflower dishes were all very tasty. Server was very helpful in our selection.

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Fullerton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The restaurant has a limited menu in the beef department. The night we went they offered one beef dish, which was a pork chop. I would have liked to have been able to order a steak. I had the stuffed squash, and my husband had the sea bass. We also had the cauliflower with the chimichurri sauce. Bread is ordered... More 

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Los Angeles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I went for breakfast and was not disappointed. Bloody wonderful Bloody Marys, eggs Benedicts and coffee. Definitely a place where more meals need to be had.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Friendly, attentive, helpful service. Enjoyed a variety of tapas which were new taste treats for us. The Paella was tasty and the chocolate souffle was comparable to what we have experienced in Europe.

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Toronto
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219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Really loved the chicken soup which had a unique twist in flavor which I can't describe, and delicious. The bison blue burger and the nature bison burger (I may have the name wrong) were both really great too.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We went to Azu for our anniversary. It was absolutely fabulous. Small plates were terrific. paella is wonderful as are the stuffed dates.

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Bradenton, Florida
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Really fantastic menu with such variety. Fresh local ingredients. Authentic lovely service. I recommend the pineapple green tea and the French pressed coffee. I wouldn't recommend the breakfast hash - very healthy but short on flavor (lots of quinoa). Braised short rib Tacos vanished quickly. I like fresh lemon mint vinaigrette dressing too. YUM. You may very well find us... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

OJ is amazing. Very sweet. I had the sweet potato waffles. Good call. My son had the pancakes and those were the best of the table. A bit pricey, but that's how it is in Ojai

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Encinitas, California
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We just ate at Azu, and I honestly have a hard time remembering what it was we had. It was just not memorable, except for the lamb slider because it was maybe 3 bites worth of food for $7. It would have taken a solid 5-6 of them to make an entree. And it was pretty "meh" at that. I'd... More 

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Westwood, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Throw place has some very tasty food. Enjoyed the drinks. Appetizers were very tasty. All of the entrees were good and a few were excellent. I would come back 👍

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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, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?