We ended up at Opia after Tao was unable to honor our dinner reservation. At 11:30PM on a Friday night, there aren't a lot of choices but we found Opia on Open Table. French wasn't our first choice as we had it scheduled for the following night but there wasn't many other places in the immediate vacinity that were still serving. We arrived and found that ironically, it was located in the hotel we were staying at! We were seated and didn't know quite what to make of the service at first as it seemed somewhat informal but it jelled quickly. We always had everything we needed and both the server and her assistant ended up being very attentive while unobtrusive. Given the hour, we never felt the least bit rushed.
As it was nearly midnight and we hadn't eaten since an early lunch, we quickly emptied the bread basket while enjoying our wine and were immediately brought more. The restaurant is small and kind of funky, and we appreciated the quiet atmosphere (despite the fact several other tables were occupied) and views.
We both started with the delicious beet salad. It's all beets (and quite generously so) and goat cheese so you really have to love beets to love this salad. We ordered salmon (somewhat pedestrian but prepared exactly as requested) and cod (quite excellent, actually). For dessert, the pumpkin tart was just average--in reality, a piece of rather thin pumpkin pie--but the accompanying coffee was fresh and hot and rich and delivered precisely when I asked for it to be.
An enjoyable experience that next time, won't be a last minute decision.
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