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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Local cuisine
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 80
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good food, not-so-great service

The food was good, but not great. And unfortunately, the service was not great. The sauteed prawns, arugula & dried fig salad and mole pulled pork were good. The roasted chicken was not great and the risotto was undercooked. Not sure if I would go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
bethg_aroundtheworld
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The food was good, but not great. And unfortunately, the service was not great. The sauteed prawns, arugula & dried fig salad and mole pulled pork were good. The roasted chicken was not great and the risotto was undercooked. Not sure if I would go back.

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Ojai, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Xlnt atmosphere and xlnt varied menu. Attentive staff. Bit noisy, especially in the back room if there are families. Bar has xlnt ambience and bartender. Everyone is very anxious to help. Outside tables for warm nights or lunches. Definitely a good stop.

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Calabasas, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We were in Ojai after a delightful bike ride and stopped at Azu for the outside seating. Our server was pre-occupied and it was hard to get her attention. We ordered Huevos Ranchero and Vegetarian tacos. Based on the service we weren't expecting the food to be anything special. We were wrong! Our food was amazing and delicious. The Vegetarian... More 

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Southern California
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286 reviews 286 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Casual place. The Eggs Benedict with Manchego Cheese Potato Pancakes, Jamon Serrano Ham and Bacon was really tasty, different. House makes many of their own juices (fresh tomato juice for Bloody Mary's, Fresh Orange Juice). Staff was friendly, casual service but definitely attentive enough. This is a quaint town, and Azu has been around for a long time.

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Wiltshire, England
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108 reviews 108 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

My wife and I are from the UK but we visit Ojai often on our holidays. We'd visited Azu for lunch back in January and came back for an evening meal in late September 2014. It's on E Ojai Ave just to the east of Libbey Park; it's got big picture windows so you can sit and watch the world... More 

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Los Angeles
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We had read good reviews about this place, so we stopped in for lunch and the food was really good! Love that there are places like this in small towns and not just big cities. The arugula salad was incredible and we also had the grilled cheese and tomato soup. that was really good, but spruced up with artichokes. very... More 

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Brookline, New Hampshire
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110 reviews 110 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Busy place.....not enough servers scheduled. My husband's swordfish looked AMAZING, but the Paella (supposed to be a Spanish staple) was disgusting. Pretty simple dish to make, but the rice was gummy, not fluffy and burned to the bottom of the paella pan it was served in. Odd thing was, it didn't even LOOK fresh, but our server didn't question it's... More 

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AzuOjai, Manager at Azu, responded to this review

We are so sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience at Azu. We were in fact under staffed for the busy Sunday Night! Some one called in sick and it is impossible to get someone to come in on a Sunday if they were not already scheduled. I will talk to the Executive Chef about the Paella. It... More 

Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The food was good not great but the service (while cheerful) left a lot to be desired. We didn't get our drinks until after we had gotten our meal and our intention was to relax over our drinks first before eating, There was no effort made to make a concession for this so we didn't linger, and I don't think... More 

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AzuOjai, Manager at Azu, responded to this review

We are so sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience at Azu. Our chile relleno does vary a lot in the spice level and in the cold season they get hotter. All of our menu and pricing is available online. Our prices vary from small tapas at $6 to $40 steaks. I recommend coming to the bar at... More 

Garden Grove, CA
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Though some locals recommended this restaurant, our experience was less than satisfactory. In this price range, we expect better service. Our server did not inform of us specials and did not warn us just how spicy hot the chili rellenos were. I had to order another dish as sweat broke out on my brow. Ordering "bowls" of soup, we received... More 

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Ventura, California
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221 reviews 221 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I have eaten here several times and am partial to their tapas. You can choose a large or small portion. We started with olives which had a nice variety but a pretty small serving. They had some interesting cocktails, and we were asked for feedback because they are fairly new. We tried the pomegranate cosmo, and it was a winner.... More 

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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: Romance, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?