Ojai Restaurants

Restaurant neighborhood
457 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai
Azu, which opened in 2001, is pretty OG when it comes to the dining scene in Ojaiā€”it's a town that has seen its fair share of spots that come and go. Part of the appeal is its prime spot on a well-trafficked stretch of Ojai Avenue, but also, the consistently solid Mediterranean-inflected menu, which includes fattoush salad, chorizo stuffed dates, and vegan paella. As a nice touch, even the cocktail menu and wine pairings take into account area purveyors: local produce informs the bar menu (see: Farmers' Market martini), and Chef Damien Halderman works closely with Ojai winemakers Bruce Chernof and Dan Garcia to team craft wines with his dishes.
314 El Paseo Rd., Ojai
Grab a table on the patio and catch the sun set on the Topatopas in the distance at this new-ish Italian spot run by Pietro Biondi formerly of Piccolo in LA. As is the case with much of the fare in Ojai, the menu takes advantage of seasonal ingredients for a classically Italian line-up of homemade tagliolini with mushrooms and leeks, pappardelle served with slow-roasted wild boar, as well as freshly-caught fish; if you're feeling hungry, spring for the reasonably priced 5-course tasting menu where chef really gets to show off.
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