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foodbeast Feb 1, 2007 04:55 PM

I ate at opera and it was just not good.
I hope that my experience was unusual but somehow I don’t think it was.
I have been a big fan of Paul Wildermoth (SP?) for a long time but this was terrible
Duck nachos with goat cheese?
Tasteless spring rolls
OK service
Cool décor
We will not return

I do not understand why anyone does

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    chowgrrl Feb 5, 2007 12:52 PM

    Hmmm... I had such a lovely experience there. I went on a Tuesday when it is a fixed menu of $25 for appetizer, entree and dessert. I had the fried rice, filet mignon and chocolate trio. BEST fried rice I've ever had. Filet was medicore, desserts were wonderful. Loved the decor. Service was attentive.

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      GutBomb Feb 8, 2007 09:22 AM

      My experience there has been good and bad over the years. Their secret to success aside from obvious value is marketing. These guys pay every concierge in town to keep Opera flooded with people... and it works...

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        briehon Feb 10, 2007 04:31 PM

        Wow, sorry to hear that. It is one of my faves!! Everything I have ever had has been fresh and flavorful!!

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          Sassafras Feb 12, 2007 06:44 PM

          I'm an Opera fan, too. Going back in a few weeks, and the duck nachos are one of the things bringing me back. Foodbeast, what had the chef done elsewhere that was lacking in Opera?

          1. YoYoPedro Feb 13, 2007 07:01 AM

            I love Opera, the 3-Way Peking Duck treatment is exquisite, and another poster mentioned, is VERY affordable on Sunday or Tuesday nights. Had a NY Strip w/asparagus dish last Tuesday there that was a nightly special, it was excellent, and could have easily fed two hungry people and we sill took a small pile home with us. Nothing but compliments to the bartenders, servers and chef. BTW, they did send out some duck nachos because they had run out of the 3-Way Duck that we both had ordered. I wasn't crazy about them, more nacho than duck. but they were comped and we hadn't ordered them, so who can complain?

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              manogirl Feb 14, 2007 11:28 AM

              I also had a horrible experience at Opera, on one of the $25 prix fixe nights. Just awful. The steak was of poor quality, the service was horrible, and the food just didn't taste very good otherwise.

              Sadly, I also just recently had a bad experience at Marche, a restaurant in the same group as Opera. I can't understand why anyone raves about either of these restaurants. Someone even had the gall to call Marche the best French in the city. I almost cried when I read that. Anyway, we're done with that little family of restaurants.

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