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Opa, Wayne NJ

michele cindy Feb 25, 2010 08:41 AM

The folks behind our favorite Greek restaurant in Northvale NJ has opened a new location in Wayne NJ called Opa. We haven't been there yet, but are looking forward to giving it a try. It's kind of far from where we live, but if you live in the Wayne area, look for it. If it's anything like Greek Village in Northvale you won't be dissapointed.

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    bropaul Feb 26, 2010 09:41 AM

    Thanks! Always looking for quality Greek food. Do you have an address/ location?

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      berna Feb 26, 2010 11:56 AM

      It's on Berdan Ave in Wayne. This space has changed hands several times, hope this time is a success (have not tried this resto yet).

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        lutece Sep 11, 2010 02:56 PM

        The place is nice, the service is friendly. The greek salad is huge and has great quality red red tomatoes. Best greek salad around. The souvlaki is always good. My favorite thing is the shrimp on pita sandwich. Great quality ingredients, nice big , plump, perfectly cooked shrimp with nice greens tomatoes and tczaziki sauce. Love their spinach pie.
        The chicken pita was bland and dry. I think it's a better then average greek place but it depends on what you order. Lunch is great. I hear dinner is good too.

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        Opa
        1384 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, Ca

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      jgirardi Apr 8, 2010 04:07 PM

      AMAZING!!!! Have been there 4 times since it opened. The food is So good, the place is beautiful. Everyone is so friendly. Great place for parties, kid friendly too. Well worth the drive. We are an hour away and take the ride just to go to Opa. It's a must!!!

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        NJfoodLover Apr 13, 2010 09:02 AM

        My parents tried this restuarant out and were not very impressed. I was not with them so I can't give any details or my personal opinion. They did say they saw what seemed like the owner and that they were not Greek. They owners of the Greek Village are 100% Greek so I am wondering if this is really their restaurant.

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        The Greek Village
        211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

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          michele cindy Apr 13, 2010 09:18 AM

          I'm a Greek Village Regular. They are affiliated with each other. I do not know who owns what or any other business details but I do know that even some of the GV cooks go up there to train/work..

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          The Greek Village
          211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

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            marscaponegirl Apr 13, 2010 08:34 PM

            I went a few days ago and have a mixed review. The greek salad was crazy good. The chick pea dip was OK. The grilled octopus was room temp, limp and had an off-taste. I returned it. The owner heated it up and brought it back. It did nothing to change the weirdness of it. The owner was devasted and said he has served 700 orders and never had one returned. OMG I wanted to tell him to get his ass over to Esca and learn something. At the very least, Varka. Pu-lease. Also, out chicken kebab was dry, flavorless and chewy. But honestly, the greek salad was stellar.

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            Varka
            30 North Spruce Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446

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          acetraveler Apr 21, 2010 06:52 AM

          Just had dinner at OPA last night. Food was great and the portions were large. I've been to Greek Village too and the food/menu is similar. Very happy to have a Greek restaurant in the area. Priced right for the amount of food. Even better it's BYOB!

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          The Greek Village
          211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

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            menton1 Apr 22, 2010 10:20 AM

            Lol, the menu is similar at most of the Greek places around!

            But I agree, Greek Village is the best of its ilk in Northern NJ. Far superior to the IGTM group of restos. I just wish they would spruce up the Northvale location a bit, place is very spartan.

            The original founder of Greek Village, Jimmy, never lived to see the great success of his restaurant, but his influence lives on. I believe his sister and nephew run the place now. Thanks, Jimmy!

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            The Greek Village
            211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

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            NJfoodLover Apr 23, 2010 11:51 AM

            I had lunch at the Greek Village yesterday and asked the owners about OPA. As Mention1 said the original owner's sister and nephew run the place. The woman told me it is her son who opened OPA. I don't know if he opened it alone or with a partner. I should have asked. I don't know who my parents were saw working there that wasn't Greek.

            I have yet to try it for myself but I plan to get over there soon.

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            The Greek Village
            211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

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              michele cindy Apr 23, 2010 11:55 AM

              I wonder if we've seen each other there?! I'm there at least 1-2 x's per week, usually at night.

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                NJfoodLover Apr 23, 2010 12:30 PM

                I work in the area so I am always there at lunch time.

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              jrdwayne Apr 26, 2010 05:53 PM

              Went to Opa today, save your money don't.

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                oceans Jul 1, 2010 12:42 PM

                I agree with jrdwayne. I love Greek food and was thrilled to read so many favorable reviews of this restaurant. The food was okay, nothing special, did not seem terribly Greek. We shared a Greek salad, which was delicious. However, our main courses, were nothing to rave about. I had shrimp with orzo and feta. It was okay, but nothing special. My husband had a grilled lemon chicken dish that he did not really care for at all. The portions are large though. Also, we brought our own wine. The waitress brought us wine glasses. They were dirty. She apologized and brought different wine glasses. Also dirty. We finally were able to get clean wine glasses. I will not be returning here. It was close by and we love Greek food, but not what we had here.

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                  Sdenred Apr 22, 2013 07:45 AM

                  How about Zorba down the street?

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                    ELA Apr 22, 2013 07:57 AM

                    I have not been to Opa. However, I heard a few "mixed reviews" on the place -- from more than one person. Regardless, I have had many meals at Zorba, which is right down the street in the shopping center -- and it's excellent!

                    Zorba is a nice, BYO, no-frills kind of place. It's not fancy, but it's clean, with very good and friendly service -- and the food is excellent! Every single time I've been there I've enjoyed it. They do a very good take-out business as well, and they have a very good following.

                    When I started looking for and wanting Greek food in this area -- I asked many of my friends, two are chefs, and two others are restaurant owners. That doesn't mean their tastes, likes, etc. are the same as mine, but I do like to get "qualified" opinions in addition to others; and I tend to try on my own. In this case, I haven't had a chance to try Opa -- but that's OK as I thoroughly enjoy Zorba.

                    I will try Opa though, and soon.

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                      bropaul Apr 23, 2013 03:27 PM

                      Can you supply an address? I'm always looking to satisfy my craving for Greek food.

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                        richczarnecki Apr 23, 2013 04:23 PM

                        www.opanj.com

                        37 Berdan Road, Wayne, NJ

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                          ELA Apr 23, 2013 07:12 PM

                          Zorba Greek Eatery
                          223 Berdan Ave
                          Wayne, NJ 07470
                          973-628-7777

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                    richczarnecki Nov 30, 2010 12:23 PM

                    We loved Opa. The greek salad was large, fresh, with wonderful red ripe tomatoes. And in an unusual touch, it had some fresh dill sprinkled on it. The gyros were spectacular.

                    The balkava was OK (I am not an expert on this). Avoid the odd Greek coffee (with a ton of sludgy grinds left in the cup after you finish it - I know this is probably a custom but we didn't enjoy it).

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