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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great bloody Mary's and bison burgers

This is the third time we have returned to Azu in the same number of years for lunch. It's very charming. I come to have a Bloody Mary which is not that easy to find in Ojai. We tried the kale and quinoa salad and found it to be disappointing. It needed salt and more flavor. But, my husband and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Denise T
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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Modesto
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Food was excellent and well-prepared. Hand-made cocktails were fantastic. Ingredients are organic and local. A very trendy restaurant.

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Pasadena, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This is a tapas style restaurant and I'd say the best tapas I have enjoyed. And make sure you top off your meal with their homemade heavenly gelato

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Everything about Azu is appealing: the location, the ambience, the service...and especially the menu. The ingredients and dishes look so promising - but the food didn't live up to our expectations. It was all good but nothing was special; we felt we could do about the same at home in our kitchen. If Azu stepped up their cuisine, it would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Ojai's best resturaunt is Azu. Yesterday I had bacon wrapped dates (too die for) along with Tapas Seafood Paella. For dessert I had a single Coffee Gelato. Great. Before I've had Chile Relleno that was awesome. You'll never be disappointed.

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Oxnard, California
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We attended a wine maker's dinner here last week, and you know where TA asks that question - was this your best meal ever? - well finally I am forced to say yes, this was one of the best meals ever! Chef Damien matched the wines (Jules Taylor, Marlborough, NZ) to the menu perfectly. Additionally, the staff did an outstanding... More 

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north hollywood, ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I had been very excited about trying out this restaurant while we were on a weekend getaway. The menu offerings looked really good and the atmosphere is very nice. Unfortunately, the three dinner items we ordered were underwhelming. And, the vegetarian "spaghetti" really left much to be desired. The ingredients all sounded good but the execution was almost inedible. We... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is the third time we have returned to Azu in the same number of years for lunch. It's very charming. I come to have a Bloody Mary which is not that easy to find in Ojai. We tried the kale and quinoa salad and found it to be disappointing. It needed salt and more flavor. But, my husband and... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

quite a few innovative restaurants in this arts town in the hills above Santa Barbara, but this small plates one was excellent - young but knowledgable waitstaff, every dish good and reasonably priced

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We stopped here for lunch before going wine tasting. We ordered a few items off their Tapas menu. It was quite good. True I've had better tapas in Los Angeles but we were quite satisfied with the service and the atmosphere.

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I started with the Seltzer Water with Blood Orange Juice which was very refreshing. I ordered the Hummus with Grilled Pita and Veggie Crudite. This dish was beautifully laid out with local, colorful, fresh and extremely tasty vegetables. This was a very enjoyable dish. I ordered the Kale Quinoa Salad, which also was very tasty. My friend ordered the Vegan... More 

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Additional Information about Azu

Address: 457 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023-2818
Phone Number: +1 805-640-7987
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Ojai
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Tapas

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