The Stimulus Package II. Fort Lauderdale Opa is an amazing place for having a party similar to my Big Fat Greek Wedding. It is an absolute delightfully orchestrated chaos where 250 people join you and your group in celebrating whatever it is you're celebrating. 35 of us had our rehearslal dinner this past Saturday and danced on the tables as the servers were throwing napkins in the air, the belly dancer doing her thing, and the owners making sure everything was perfect. The most amazing thing was their traditional fire dance in the middle of their floor with a dozen people taking a knee and surrounding the dancers and rythmically hitting their plates just before everyone started breaking them in a festive frenzy. Unbelievable ! The food is undoubtedly the most delicious and authentic Greek food we ever had. Go there.
How to defame an establishment with total with impunity..
I truly wish that review commentaries are first checked for accuracy before some xenophobes are allowed to rate ethnic restaurants like Taverna Opa in Fort Lauderdale.
Case in point : a reviewer wrote - and I quote : "We went to this place on a weekday and it was a ghost town. we were only one of 2 tables occupied at this place. There's metal tables and chairs, dirty floors, and get ready to sweat and get eaten alive by the mosquitos. We were dying in the heat!! there's no air conditioning .."
# 1 "metal tables" ? .. there is not a single metal table in the restaurant, and there has never been one since the Opa tables are custom made of solid wood to support 350 lbs each and used for dancing on them.
# 2 "dirty floors ?" definitely yes; they throw napkins in the air and break plates as it is in the Greek Tradition !
#3 no AC ? -- Wow ! there's 1 12 ton AC, 2 8 ton AC units right in the dinning areas, ... but those that choose to sit on the waterfront dock against the advise of the staff .. Oh well !
... I just wanted to mention that it is as unfortunate as it is unfair that anyone, regradless, of the validity or truthfullness of their claim, is allowed to freely and without any means of recourse, write and defame simply because they disapproved of the amplitude of the music, or ....
Another outright lie stated was that the staff is underaged, ... if they were Opa would have lost their liquor license ages ago, ...
About teenagers and Opa, ... there is not a piece of marketting material, inclusive of their Web site that does not state youth under 21 is not allowed unless accompanied by parents, or adults at the rtio of 1 adult per maximum 4 youth ! -- Incidentally Opa has been voted the best restaurant in South Florida by Parenting Magazine, Rachel Ray, Deco Drive, Boaters Magazine, 411, etc...
bad food, dirty place. We went to this place on a weekday and it was a ghost town. we were only one of 2 tables occupied at this place. There's metal tables and chairs, dirty floors, and get ready to sweat and get eaten alive by the mosquitos. We were dying in the heat!! there's no air conditioning and the fans do nothing to cool the place off. It was extremely uncomfortable there. To make the situation worse I got bit by a mysterious insect on my foot and after a day my foot swelled up to the point that I couldn't wear my shoes. The food was super oily and very expensive..not worth the price. We had ordered this cheese thing as an appetizer and it was oozing in an inch of oil. The waiter had brought us some bread for our appetizer but when we got our bill we saw that they had charged us for the bread!!! The side item was green beans but they had the nerve to use CANNED BEANS....I couldn't believe it...they couldn't even steam a couple of green beans themselves....it was disgusting and mushy..what a bunch of cheapos. The lamb (or so they said) was gross. I could swear it was beef because it was very tough and didn't have the flavor that lamb usually has. The rice on the second entree was undercooked and equally drenched in oil. I think they are trying to make up for the flavor with the extra oil they put in all the foods. It doesn't help! The whole time we were there only one more group of people came in. By the way there is No entertainment as they claim. There was not even any music playing. Just adding to the lameness of the place. When the people in the other table complained about no entertainment or belly dancer. The owner guy was not friendly at all but that wouldn't even have mattered if at least the food was not so utterly disgusting. Hope this info saves you guys out there from spending a bunch of money and being totally disappointed in this place like we were. We ended up spending over 50 dollar, not including tip, and left there hungry and sweaty.
Killer Crabs!!. This place is meant for group dining and the whole point of going to the place is dancing, especially on the tables! This is not a date place, as we noticed tables of two people just kind of sitting and watching, watching the ?show? .The food is very good, no question. You must be prepared to accept that the bill should be split evenly going in, I was glad I went to the website and saw how their ?pre-fix? menu works, It?s food only, we spent just as much on wine and ouzo so it could be misleading. I went over the details of the menu in advance on the phone with the manager and it helped me save face at the table later on. Since we had a great report I felt at ease with our server and let her do her thing, no surprises, we had a great time.
drama drama drama. ok get a mental note of all under age kids working there and being nothing but self involed in there own drama clearly the girls all hate each other and and boys are all trying to flirt with there co workers as much as they can all while non of them are paying any attenchion to there coustermers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The place to be!.
Let me just say that this place is amazing! The staff is friendly and efficient, the atmosphere casual and inviting, and the food is just to die for! The bread tasted like it had just been baked and the waiter actually mashed the chickpeas and spices into hummus right in front of our table! It was the best hummus I have ever had...it had just the right amount of garlic and spices and I don't even like hummus when I buy it in the store! The Greek salad was unbelievably fresh and the dressing they use had to have been made in house cause I have never had anything like it. For my entree I had lamb and Greek lemon potatoes which I highly recommend to anyone who visits. If you have never had lamb before this is the place to try it because you will not be disappointed. It was tender and delicious, I couldn't believe I was able to finish the entire entree, but I couldn't stop once I started...it was just too good! Check this place out, it is fabulous!!!
PS. The gorgeous waiters dancing on tables aren't so bad on the eyes either!!!
Ruined Birthday Gathering. My husaband, myself, and some friends went to the Ft.Lauderdale location of Taverna Opa. We called in the same day for 25 people. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived we were down to just under 15 people. The host sat us anyway. Later we were confronted by the idiot manager mentioned in previous remarks. He yelled at us basically stating that were going to get charged on the card used for reserving for all 25 people. We explained that we never were asked for a card when we reserved. He continued to confront us basically humiliating us in front of very close neighboring tables. He then cut our table down to 10 leaving five of our guests to squeeze around us. We then received a plate of moldy pita bread to which the manager claimed was first stained by spinach (no spinach around) and then claimed that the oregano used in the baking process melted (oregano melts?!?!?). All in all avoid this place like the plague. Go to their Hollywood location. Never had a problem there. The food is always great and the staff is warm, courteous, and an absolute blast.
worst resturaunt ever. Worst resturaunt I have been to in a long time. Went with my husband to enjoy dinner-what a mistake! Not only did we have to wait for a table when the resturaunt was half empty, we had to argue in what section we could sit at for fifteen minutes with owner named mike-what an idiot! Ordered roasted lamb, which tasted like it was a week old. The drunken waiter that served us made overtly sexual comments in front of my husband! He's lucky to still have a head. Go to any Greek resturaunt but Opa Fort Lauderdale.
The Greek cuisine at this Fort Lauderdale restaurant comes with a side of rowdy ambiance..
Dried herbs hang from the rafters and village scenes dot the walls of the rustic interior. Though waiters once broke into folk dances here, Opa has evolved into a drum-throbbing, belly-dancing dive where anyone can mount tables to shimmy. The menu features grilled seafoods and meats, moussaka and meze (Greek tapas). Desserts include phyllo-custard pie and yogurt drizzled with mountain honey and walnuts. Anise-flavored ouzo is available for those who want an authentic alcoholic drink.
They should be shut down. After waiting in the rain and then having the owner give our table away to larger parties, we finally were seated only to have to move three times because we were put under the rain filled awning with other large parties. When we went to leave, the owner not only did not care that we were leaving but created a scene by screaming at us and saying he would never serve people like us. Run from this place as fast as you can.
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