Opera

★★★★☆

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Awesome drink selection and the atmosphere is amazing. Any time someone asks where I want to go out to eat I suggest Opera. I recommend the diver sea scallops or the black tiger prawn singapor noodles.

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Awesome drink selection and the atmosphere is amazing. Any time someone asks where I want to go out to eat I suggest Opera. I recommend the diver sea scallops or the black tiger prawn singapor noodles.

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Ok, I was sooo looking forward to a fine Asian meal. The food was ok at best. The service was great, except for the seating. We were taken to a back room where there are these little cubby holes . I'm thinking, ok, this might be romantic (a la Como Inn). Wrong!! If anything, it was horribly dark, the walls looked and made me feel like I was in some prison or something. Defnintely not romantic. You couldn't even see the main dining room at all. I mean, it was oppressive back there. My guest and I will NEVER go back. If you don't have claustrophobia, you will have it by the time you're done with your appetizer (which was not special enough to even mention here.)

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★☆☆☆☆

Ok, I was sooo looking forward to a fine Asian meal. The food was ok at best. The service was great, except for the seating. We were taken to a back room where there are these little cubby holes . I'm thinking, ok, this might be romantic (a la Como Inn). Wrong!! If anything, it was horribly dark, the walls looked and made me feel like I was in some prison or something. Defnintely not romantic. You couldn't even see the main dining room at all. I mean, it was oppressive back there. My guest and I will NEVER go back. If you don't have claustrophobia, you will have it by the time you're done with your appetizer (which was not special enough to even mention here.)

Pros: nice upscale neighborhood

Cons: Cells in the back

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Well it used to be my favorite restaurant, however, I do agree with some of the recently posted reviews. The food quality had gone completely south.. there used to be a time when I used to think their Field Green Salad was the bomb... tasted it this evening... not sure what they did to it, but it was horrible. How can you mess up a good salad? Peking Duck Service has been taken off the prix fixe menu... why not just keep it and charge extra for it, if it really costs them that much. Anyway, stay away from the whitefish and beef/asparagus - we tried them and both were terrible, especially the whitefish was bland and at best average. The desserts were both terrible - some cornbread like concoction for 8 bucks and the worst key lime pie I have ever had. The best part of the meal was golden shrimp which I have had many times before. I wonder how long it will take for them to mess that up. Guess, I won't know, because I am definitely not going back there.

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★☆☆☆☆

Well it used to be my favorite restaurant, however, I do agree with some of the recently posted reviews. The food quality had gone completely south.. there used to be a time when I used to think their Field Green Salad was the bomb... tasted it this evening... not sure what they did to it, but it was horrible. How can you mess up a good salad? Peking Duck Service has been taken off the prix fixe menu... why not just keep it and charge extra for it, if it really costs them that much. Anyway, stay away from the whitefish and beef/asparagus - we tried them and both were terrible, especially the whitefish was bland and at best average. The desserts were both terrible - some cornbread like concoction for 8 bucks and the worst key lime pie I have ever had. The best part of the meal was golden shrimp which I have had many times before. I wonder how long it will take for them to mess that up. Guess, I won't know, because I am definitely not going back there.

Pros: Golden Shrimp

Cons: Most food is mediocre to bad and wine list is very poor

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Opera aims to dazzle, but the food is far from extraordinary. I was excited about trying this place, but it is indeed a fact that there cuisine lacks sophistication. There are great upscale chinese places in New York that far outshine anything the chef can muster up at Red Light or Opera, which have great decor but neglect what is of paramount importance to a great dining experience- the food. I realized immediately after tasting the food that this had to be a part of a franchise. The ingredients lacked freshness. The flavors were not creatively matched, and lacked depth of flavor. Last year, I went to a restaurant called Swagath in Defense Colony, New Delhi (that's India, so it's a ways from here). But, i must say, it will be worth your trip. The chef specializes in regional Indian fare and Chinese Fare, and excels in his execution. Brilliant combinations of flavor and ingredients await you in every single dish you try. This is exceptional Chinese (and Indian). One trip to a restaurant like Swagath, and you'll understand that cuisine can be far more enriching and creative than one experiences at Opera or Red Light.

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★★☆☆☆

Opera aims to dazzle, but the food is far from extraordinary. I was excited about trying this place, but it is indeed a fact that there cuisine lacks sophistication. There are great upscale chinese places in New York that far outshine anything the chef can muster up at Red Light or Opera, which have great decor but neglect what is of paramount importance to a great dining experience- the food. I realized immediately after tasting the food that this had to be a part of a franchise. The ingredients lacked freshness. The flavors were not creatively matched, and lacked depth of flavor. Last year, I went to a restaurant called Swagath in Defense Colony, New Delhi (that's India, so it's a ways from here). But, i must say, it will be worth your trip. The chef specializes in regional Indian fare and Chinese Fare, and excels in his execution. Brilliant combinations of flavor and ingredients await you in every single dish you try. This is exceptional Chinese (and Indian). One trip to a restaurant like Swagath, and you'll understand that cuisine can be far more enriching and creative than one experiences at Opera or Red Light.

Pros: Decent Food

Cons: Very Good Service

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We went on a Sunday at 6 pm without reservations and excited to eat at Opera again. We walked in with tons of tables available. We went in and the hostess told us that there is a 20-30 minute waiting time and we should just wait at the bar. What we don't understand is why can't they sit us when there were so many open tables, inside and outside the restaurant. To seem like they are so hoppin? So, we went next door to Zapatista, got seated immediately and got a great meal. After our dinner, we looked at Opera and it was stil not full. They lost business from us that night but will lose more because we will never come back there again to be treated bad and will definitely tell our friends about this pretentiousness.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went on a Sunday at 6 pm without reservations and excited to eat at Opera again. We walked in with tons of tables available. We went in and the hostess told us that there is a 20-30 minute waiting time and we should just wait at the bar. What we don't understand is why can't they sit us when there were so many open tables, inside and outside the restaurant. To seem like they are so hoppin? So, we went next door to Zapatista, got seated immediately and got a great meal. After our dinner, we looked at Opera and it was stil not full. They lost business from us that night but will lose more because we will never come back there again to be treated bad and will definitely tell our friends about this pretentiousness.

Pros: great ambiance, good food when you get seated

Cons: even with available tables, 20 minutes wait!

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If you want somewhere to take your girl; this is the spot.
Make a reservation and ask for a vault. I repeat: reserve a
vault. The vaults are dimly lit, semi-private, cozy little squares in
the back of the restaurant. The restaurant offers pan-asian food
that is moderately priced. You and you date can eat well for under $80.
Valet parking is $10. So bring $90 to be safe. The food was pretty good.
I was impressed with the Tao of chocolate, which is flourless chocolate
cake and cherry-vanilla ice cream.

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★★★★★

If you want somewhere to take your girl; this is the spot.
Make a reservation and ask for a vault. I repeat: reserve a
vault. The vaults are dimly lit, semi-private, cozy little squares in
the back of the restaurant. The restaurant offers pan-asian food
that is moderately priced. You and you date can eat well for under $80.
Valet parking is $10. So bring $90 to be safe. The food was pretty good.
I was impressed with the Tao of chocolate, which is flourless chocolate
cake and cherry-vanilla ice cream.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: no cons, Opera is all good

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The atmosphere is wonderful and the scallops were DA BOMB!!!
Totally going back!
They have a great bar with fun selections!
The service is also great, quick efficient.

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★☆☆☆☆

The atmosphere is wonderful and the scallops were DA BOMB!!!
Totally going back!
They have a great bar with fun selections!
The service is also great, quick efficient.

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Opera has a nice atmosphere but that is about it. The food is expensive and average and the service was incredibly slow. Ten minutes after we finished our apetizers the waitress came to take our main course order. My check for two (with tip) was $260 - this is partly due to the fact that we had to order two bottles of wine (what else are you going to do when the wait staff ignores you). We sat in one of the vaults - which sounds charming but is a bad idea; the vaults hide you from the only part of the experience that is worthwhile... the colorful interior.

My advice - save yourself a few bucks and order Chinalite. Opera is an overpriced, average restaurant, with inadequate service.

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★★☆☆☆

Opera has a nice atmosphere but that is about it. The food is expensive and average and the service was incredibly slow. Ten minutes after we finished our apetizers the waitress came to take our main course order. My check for two (with tip) was $260 - this is partly due to the fact that we had to order two bottles of wine (what else are you going to do when the wait staff ignores you). We sat in one of the vaults - which sounds charming but is a bad idea; the vaults hide you from the only part of the experience that is worthwhile... the colorful interior.

My advice - save yourself a few bucks and order Chinalite. Opera is an overpriced, average restaurant, with inadequate service.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Food, price, and service

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My wife and I stopped in on a Tuesday night for dinner after wanting to try Opera for quite a while. We were pleasantly surprised to find they have a dinner special on Tuesday nights which includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert for one fixed low price. From start to finish our service was wonderful. The Maine Lobster and pork sui mai was very tasty and the crab and chopsticks was pretty good also. My main course, the Mongolian Beef, was as advertised and extremely flavorful. My wife had the Orange Chicken and that too was wonderful. Both desserts, the Banana Date and Tao of Chocolate, were a perfect finish. We will surely return.

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★★★★★

My wife and I stopped in on a Tuesday night for dinner after wanting to try Opera for quite a while. We were pleasantly surprised to find they have a dinner special on Tuesday nights which includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert for one fixed low price. From start to finish our service was wonderful. The Maine Lobster and pork sui mai was very tasty and the crab and chopsticks was pretty good also. My main course, the Mongolian Beef, was as advertised and extremely flavorful. My wife had the Orange Chicken and that too was wonderful. Both desserts, the Banana Date and Tao of Chocolate, were a perfect finish. We will surely return.

Pros: food, drinks, service, prix-fixe

Cons: could not find any

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I've been meaning to try this place for the longest time. Clearly, one of the best decors in Chicago. Great colors, great structure, very cozy and original. The service is great. Very polite. Not overbearing.
Now, to the food. First of all, the food selection was so-so. There is a lot to choose from, but I felt that there wasn't a lot of variety "within" their menu. A lot of fancy sauces and interesting combinations of flavors, but very similar sounding dishes. We ordered the duck mushoo appetizer. But then the chef gave us a complimentary singapore noodle appetizer as well. The noodles were truly delicious. Small portion, just right. The duck mushoo was essentially duck in a glazed hoisin sauce, on top of nachos. The large avocado slice on top really complemented the dish well. In truth, at Opera, the first bite is always the best. But later, it becomes WAY TOO INTENSE. This is not really how I like my food. It was simply TOO flavorful. The tangy sweetness numbed my tongue. I think a smaller portion of that appetizer would have been great.
Then I ordered the scallops w/ polenta. The polenta was delicious. The scallops cooked right. slightly burnt on the top but moist and yielding inside. Again, the sauce was intense, but there was less of it, so I enjoyed that dish a bit more. My sister had a chicken dish w/ a lychee/tangerine sauce... And again, no exception here, it was too sweet and too strong a flavor. But again, great first bite!
Then came one of the best dessert I've had in a while. So the story is that I rarely order a creme brulee but I make sure that the person I dine with orders one. I think creme brulees are great to compare to each other. At Opera, They rotate their creme brulee flavors. So we had one w/ a jasmine tea touch. The sugar top was hard, the way I like it but the creme layer was too thin. It was very flavorful though, with fresh blackberry, strawberry, and lychee fruit on the side. One of the best creme brulees in town. Original food here!

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★★★★☆

I've been meaning to try this place for the longest time. Clearly, one of the best decors in Chicago. Great colors, great structure, very cozy and original. The service is great. Very polite. Not overbearing.
Now, to the food. First of all, the food selection was so-so. There is a lot to choose from, but I felt that there wasn't a lot of variety "within" their menu. A lot of fancy sauces and interesting combinations of flavors, but very similar sounding dishes. We ordered the duck mushoo appetizer. But then the chef gave us a complimentary singapore noodle appetizer as well. The noodles were truly delicious. Small portion, just right. The duck mushoo was essentially duck in a glazed hoisin sauce, on top of nachos. The large avocado slice on top really complemented the dish well. In truth, at Opera, the first bite is always the best. But later, it becomes WAY TOO INTENSE. This is not really how I like my food. It was simply TOO flavorful. The tangy sweetness numbed my tongue. I think a smaller portion of that appetizer would have been great.
Then I ordered the scallops w/ polenta. The polenta was delicious. The scallops cooked right. slightly burnt on the top but moist and yielding inside. Again, the sauce was intense, but there was less of it, so I enjoyed that dish a bit more. My sister had a chicken dish w/ a lychee/tangerine sauce... And again, no exception here, it was too sweet and too strong a flavor. But again, great first bite!
Then came one of the best dessert I've had in a while. So the story is that I rarely order a creme brulee but I make sure that the person I dine with orders one. I think creme brulees are great to compare to each other. At Opera, They rotate their creme brulee flavors. So we had one w/ a jasmine tea touch. The sugar top was hard, the way I like it but the creme layer was too thin. It was very flavorful though, with fresh blackberry, strawberry, and lychee fruit on the side. One of the best creme brulees in town. Original food here!

Pros: Taste, originality of flavors, service, decor.

Cons: too intense, hold back a little!

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GO NOW! I'm sorry I waited so long to review Opera, because the CHEF WILL BE GONE by the end of March! I go there all the time & have a long list of favorites, which include 1) the Golden Shrimp: little shrimp tempura fried & tossed in a spicy mayo. Sinful! 2) the Pork & Ginger Dumplings: No one does peanut sauce better in this town. It has the perfect balance of spicy/savory/sweet, which brings me to 3) the Peanut Noodle Salad: The noodles are perfectly cooked, and you already know about the sauce. More fav.'s include 4) the Crisp Ahi Tuna, 5) the Chicken Salad: great flavor with that toasted sesame oil; great texture with the crisp noodles & hicama, 6) Chicken Coconut Lime Soup: OK, not really Chinese, but Opera doesn't pretend to be REAL Chinese, just really INSPIRED by Chinese! 7) Green Beans 8) Orange Beef: the best I've ever had! 9) the Mahogany Quails: Stuffed with BROWN rice, thank you, plus lop chong, water chestnut, etc. I'm not vegetarian, but, still, I recommend trying the vegan menu - morel dumplings and that veggie stir-fry w/ the coconut milk.YUM! 10) Peking Duck Service & 11) the Scallops. The Peking duck is served three ways. They actually bring you a tray with three dishes, so be sure to save room! There's pulled duck meat tossed w/ fabulous thick pan-fried noodles, sliced duck breast w/ the crisp (not fatty) skin & mu shoo pancakes and hoisin sauce, and the best part - the whole leg, roasted & served with some house-made fruit sauce!! I read one review that said the scallop portion was too small for the price. I hate to be argumentative, BUT, these scallops are NOT the same as what you get in the freezer section at the store! These are not harvested en masse, kept for DAYS on the fishing boat, nor treated with chemicals. i've just described what you get in China Town! Opera's scallops are hand- harvested and brought in that day. Anyway, forget about it; they are perfectly seared and the sauce ROCKS! Hear me, now! Time's a waistin' GO!

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★★★★★

GO NOW! I'm sorry I waited so long to review Opera, because the CHEF WILL BE GONE by the end of March! I go there all the time & have a long list of favorites, which include 1) the Golden Shrimp: little shrimp tempura fried & tossed in a spicy mayo. Sinful! 2) the Pork & Ginger Dumplings: No one does peanut sauce better in this town. It has the perfect balance of spicy/savory/sweet, which brings me to 3) the Peanut Noodle Salad: The noodles are perfectly cooked, and you already know about the sauce. More fav.'s include 4) the Crisp Ahi Tuna, 5) the Chicken Salad: great flavor with that toasted sesame oil; great texture with the crisp noodles & hicama, 6) Chicken Coconut Lime Soup: OK, not really Chinese, but Opera doesn't pretend to be REAL Chinese, just really INSPIRED by Chinese! 7) Green Beans 8) Orange Beef: the best I've ever had! 9) the Mahogany Quails: Stuffed with BROWN rice, thank you, plus lop chong, water chestnut, etc. I'm not vegetarian, but, still, I recommend trying the vegan menu - morel dumplings and that veggie stir-fry w/ the coconut milk.YUM! 10) Peking Duck Service & 11) the Scallops. The Peking duck is served three ways. They actually bring you a tray with three dishes, so be sure to save room! There's pulled duck meat tossed w/ fabulous thick pan-fried noodles, sliced duck breast w/ the crisp (not fatty) skin & mu shoo pancakes and hoisin sauce, and the best part - the whole leg, roasted & served with some house-made fruit sauce!! I read one review that said the scallop portion was too small for the price. I hate to be argumentative, BUT, these scallops are NOT the same as what you get in the freezer section at the store! These are not harvested en masse, kept for DAYS on the fishing boat, nor treated with chemicals. i've just described what you get in China Town! Opera's scallops are hand- harvested and brought in that day. Anyway, forget about it; they are perfectly seared and the sauce ROCKS! Hear me, now! Time's a waistin' GO!

Pros: FOOD!, Ambience, Chef tasting, Vegan menu

Cons: Only 3 weeks until the chef is gone!

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The owners of Opera obviously spent a lot of money on the decor, however don't let it fool you. The food here is mediocre at best. Nothing to write home to mom about. Typical trendy place; they try to make the atmosphere cool and sophisticated but the actual content is lacking. Expect to pay a lot of money for fairly large portions of fairly crappy food. If you want great Chinese food, go to Furama in Chinatown.

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★★★☆☆

The owners of Opera obviously spent a lot of money on the decor, however don't let it fool you. The food here is mediocre at best. Nothing to write home to mom about. Typical trendy place; they try to make the atmosphere cool and sophisticated but the actual content is lacking. Expect to pay a lot of money for fairly large portions of fairly crappy food. If you want great Chinese food, go to Furama in Chinatown.

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I have been to this restaurant a couple of times and each time was as great as the last. Opera is not traditional Chinese food, it has a modern take on Chinese food by infusing bold flavors and odd twists that bring a sense of renewal a dish. Their deserts are certainly amazing, I highly suggest the Tao of Chocolate. My favorite appetizer is the bbq prawns and for the main dish try the scallops! I am a big fan of spicy and at Opera you can get any dish spicy hot or simply ask for no spicy if desired. The service is always great with friendly welcoming staff and the decor is vibrant and young feeling. If you are out romantically dining reserve a vault, Opera used to be an old bank and they converted the vaults into very private tables that can sit up to four. If you are dining with a large group there are accommodating tables in the main dinning room. Also, try the special drinks, especially the mango drink, but order it right away they sell out fast!

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★★★★☆

I have been to this restaurant a couple of times and each time was as great as the last. Opera is not traditional Chinese food, it has a modern take on Chinese food by infusing bold flavors and odd twists that bring a sense of renewal a dish. Their deserts are certainly amazing, I highly suggest the Tao of Chocolate. My favorite appetizer is the bbq prawns and for the main dish try the scallops! I am a big fan of spicy and at Opera you can get any dish spicy hot or simply ask for no spicy if desired. The service is always great with friendly welcoming staff and the decor is vibrant and young feeling. If you are out romantically dining reserve a vault, Opera used to be an old bank and they converted the vaults into very private tables that can sit up to four. If you are dining with a large group there are accommodating tables in the main dinning room. Also, try the special drinks, especially the mango drink, but order it right away they sell out fast!

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Opera has a lot of ambiance, but it is not what I expected. It is certainly NOT Chinese food. It is too salty, too overpowering to be anything but an odd fusion cuisine; perhaps Texas barbecue and soy sauce. The flavors are too bold for Chinese food, and too complicated. The drinks are delicious, and the house specialty drink is refreshing. Service was quite good- the servers are politea nd friendly. The food is well below par, however, and I would not stop in here unless it is for a drink. In addition, stay away from the steamed wonton appetizer- the only redeeming quality about it was the shrimp chips that accompanied it. The duck nachos seemed interesting, but upon tasting it, the same notes of overpowering flavors and saltiness applied. The chef must have really muted taste buds at this restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

Opera has a lot of ambiance, but it is not what I expected. It is certainly NOT Chinese food. It is too salty, too overpowering to be anything but an odd fusion cuisine; perhaps Texas barbecue and soy sauce. The flavors are too bold for Chinese food, and too complicated. The drinks are delicious, and the house specialty drink is refreshing. Service was quite good- the servers are politea nd friendly. The food is well below par, however, and I would not stop in here unless it is for a drink. In addition, stay away from the steamed wonton appetizer- the only redeeming quality about it was the shrimp chips that accompanied it. The duck nachos seemed interesting, but upon tasting it, the same notes of overpowering flavors and saltiness applied. The chef must have really muted taste buds at this restaurant.

Pros: Well stocked bar

Cons: Really salty and overseasoned dishes

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went here with a group on a monday for the $25 special- $25 per person for your own appetizer, entree and dessert. the decor was cool, very trendy and eclectic. our waitress was very nice and polite. i got the shrimp appetizer which was incredible, and the chocolate trio(?) for dessert- also incredible. my main course, however, was horrible. i had firecracker chicken which was so incredibly hot and salty that i couldn't even eat it and this is coming from someone who eats jalapenos out of a jar. regardless of the food though, i wouldn't go back. it was too expensive. without the special my appetizer would have been $10, the entree $25 and the dessert $12. overall cool atmosphere and friendly service, but food better WOW me if i'm going to drop over $100 (without drinks) on a meal for 2.

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★★★☆☆

went here with a group on a monday for the $25 special- $25 per person for your own appetizer, entree and dessert. the decor was cool, very trendy and eclectic. our waitress was very nice and polite. i got the shrimp appetizer which was incredible, and the chocolate trio(?) for dessert- also incredible. my main course, however, was horrible. i had firecracker chicken which was so incredibly hot and salty that i couldn't even eat it and this is coming from someone who eats jalapenos out of a jar. regardless of the food though, i wouldn't go back. it was too expensive. without the special my appetizer would have been $10, the entree $25 and the dessert $12. overall cool atmosphere and friendly service, but food better WOW me if i'm going to drop over $100 (without drinks) on a meal for 2.

Pros: trendy space, inventive menu, friendly waitstaff

Cons: too expensive, valet-only parking

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I was really looking forward to having dinner here because I had heard and read all the great things about Opera but now that I have been there I'm not sure why everyone is raving about this place...the food is mediocre and the service is really bad?My sister and I went to dinner and we were seated promptly but that is where the prompt service ended?between our appetizers and our actual real meal I thought I would starve it took them like 20-30min to serve us?.and we waited about 20 minutes for the waitress to come get my credit card so we could pay and leave, the decor is OK nothing to write home about. The food is something that I could have made at home?a bonus is that they did have a vegan menu but the items on the vegan menu did not sound that appetizing and when I tasted it I was right?Go spend you hard earned money and go to Chinatown and get a really great Chinese meal.

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★★☆☆☆

I was really looking forward to having dinner here because I had heard and read all the great things about Opera but now that I have been there I'm not sure why everyone is raving about this place...the food is mediocre and the service is really bad?My sister and I went to dinner and we were seated promptly but that is where the prompt service ended?between our appetizers and our actual real meal I thought I would starve it took them like 20-30min to serve us?.and we waited about 20 minutes for the waitress to come get my credit card so we could pay and leave, the decor is OK nothing to write home about. The food is something that I could have made at home?a bonus is that they did have a vegan menu but the items on the vegan menu did not sound that appetizing and when I tasted it I was right?Go spend you hard earned money and go to Chinatown and get a really great Chinese meal.

Cons: Service

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The service was impeccable (we had managers serving us and asking us for input) and the food selection was wonderful...surprisingly, they had great options to accomodate for vegans and non-veg people alike. The chef was super-generous and sent out a couple of extra treats because it was my guest's birthday. The food is literally made right when you order it and, as a result, is delicious and fresh.

We sat in one of the vaults, which was intimate and set the tone for a romantic dinner.

The prices were very reasonable considering the quality of the food, service, and atmosphere..and thet extensive wine list.

Definitely one of the top Chinese restaurants in Chicago.

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★★★★★

The service was impeccable (we had managers serving us and asking us for input) and the food selection was wonderful...surprisingly, they had great options to accomodate for vegans and non-veg people alike. The chef was super-generous and sent out a couple of extra treats because it was my guest's birthday. The food is literally made right when you order it and, as a result, is delicious and fresh.

We sat in one of the vaults, which was intimate and set the tone for a romantic dinner.

The prices were very reasonable considering the quality of the food, service, and atmosphere..and thet extensive wine list.

Definitely one of the top Chinese restaurants in Chicago.

Cons: parking is difficult

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Such a cool funky feel to this place. Although the decor and staff are non-traditional (servers wear their own street clothes), the menu is pretty traditional Chinese. And everything is delicious. I've heard service can be spotty but I was very impressed. Try and snag a private table in one of the small vaults. And try their cucumber sake martini!

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★★★★★

Such a cool funky feel to this place. Although the decor and staff are non-traditional (servers wear their own street clothes), the menu is pretty traditional Chinese. And everything is delicious. I've heard service can be spotty but I was very impressed. Try and snag a private table in one of the small vaults. And try their cucumber sake martini!

Pros: Atmosphere, food

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This has been one of my favorites for a while. The only comparable restaurant I can think of in Wing Lei in Las Vegas. Opera uses great ingredients and has some incredibly unique interpreations of normal chinese staples.

This is a loud and fun atmosphere. Great music and lively people. Ifyou want a quiet dinner out, this is not the place for you. However, if you want inventive food you have never had before this is your place.

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★★★★★

This has been one of my favorites for a while. The only comparable restaurant I can think of in Wing Lei in Las Vegas. Opera uses great ingredients and has some incredibly unique interpreations of normal chinese staples.

This is a loud and fun atmosphere. Great music and lively people. Ifyou want a quiet dinner out, this is not the place for you. However, if you want inventive food you have never had before this is your place.

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I don't understand all of these rave reviews. The interior was interesting, but service so-so, and food really not all that great and not cheap. I had the Shanghai prawns which looked great on the menu, but did nothing for me once served. Waiter not too helpful - too hip for his own good. I would never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I don't understand all of these rave reviews. The interior was interesting, but service so-so, and food really not all that great and not cheap. I had the Shanghai prawns which looked great on the menu, but did nothing for me once served. Waiter not too helpful - too hip for his own good. I would never go back.

Cons: food not great, not worth the $$$

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Fun restaurant that is wildly decorated and noisy. Our waiter was very nice but spent a great deal of time at the table next to us - he was ordering for them. 3 people and the bill was $190 without tip - so not cheap. $40 bottle of wine, 3 aps, 3 entrees, one dessert and 2 coffees. The ap shrimp were awesome. Scallop entree was quite small for $24 and not what we expected.

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★★★★☆

Fun restaurant that is wildly decorated and noisy. Our waiter was very nice but spent a great deal of time at the table next to us - he was ordering for them. 3 people and the bill was $190 without tip - so not cheap. $40 bottle of wine, 3 aps, 3 entrees, one dessert and 2 coffees. The ap shrimp were awesome. Scallop entree was quite small for $24 and not what we expected.

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I was very excited when Opera came to the neighborhood. I really like the way the restaurant is decorated, and the private vaults are a fun idea. I have been there twice. The first time both the food and service were excellent. We brought another couple the next time and the food was average, the service was below average. For the price you pay, I expect above average food and service every time.

PROS: Decor
CONS: inconsistent food, price

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★★☆☆☆

I was very excited when Opera came to the neighborhood. I really like the way the restaurant is decorated, and the private vaults are a fun idea. I have been there twice. The first time both the food and service were excellent. We brought another couple the next time and the food was average, the service was below average. For the price you pay, I expect above average food and service every time.

PROS: Decor
CONS: inconsistent food, price

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Opera is an upscale Asian restaurant in the South Loop. The atmosphere is very trendy with an interesting assortment of servers and patrons. The mixed drinks are outstanding and the wine and sake list is appealing. The food is terrific and the beef and broccoli is to die for. The prices are somewhat steep but expected for the trendy locale.

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★★★★★

Opera is an upscale Asian restaurant in the South Loop. The atmosphere is very trendy with an interesting assortment of servers and patrons. The mixed drinks are outstanding and the wine and sake list is appealing. The food is terrific and the beef and broccoli is to die for. The prices are somewhat steep but expected for the trendy locale.

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We were on a strict time table due to a play at 8. We arrived late, yet they were kind and ready for us. Even though it was early and the place was only about 1/4 full the resturant was lively and filled with fun people. We sat in one of the vaults and were treated like royalty. Our head waiter was so attentive that we never once filled our champange glasses. The description of the food and its preperation left us drooling and as expected tasted exquisite. I would recommend it 100%, but if you want more liveliness make reservations around eight and expect perfect service!

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★★★★★

We were on a strict time table due to a play at 8. We arrived late, yet they were kind and ready for us. Even though it was early and the place was only about 1/4 full the resturant was lively and filled with fun people. We sat in one of the vaults and were treated like royalty. Our head waiter was so attentive that we never once filled our champange glasses. The description of the food and its preperation left us drooling and as expected tasted exquisite. I would recommend it 100%, but if you want more liveliness make reservations around eight and expect perfect service!

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FANTASTIC FOOD.INCREDABLE SERVICE.MOST OF ALL AMAZING PRESANTATION OF THE FOOD AND SUGAR FREE DESERT WICH NOT ON THE MANU WAS TO DIE FOR.(my husband is diebetic).GREAT PAINTINGS

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★★★★★

FANTASTIC FOOD.INCREDABLE SERVICE.MOST OF ALL AMAZING PRESANTATION OF THE FOOD AND SUGAR FREE DESERT WICH NOT ON THE MANU WAS TO DIE FOR.(my husband is diebetic).GREAT PAINTINGS

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I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and had an awesome time. We had some delicious pork and ginger dumplings, the best spring rolls i've ever tasted, a huge serving of peking duck, the best beef & broccoli on the face of the planet, and sadly, some relatively bland generals chicken.

I need to stress that this is not some take out chinese place. This is a fine restaurant that does radical takes on traditional chinese food. For example, the beef & broccoli is a nice cut of meat served over a bed of broccoli and draped with sauce.

Lastly, this place is just fun to look at. It's very spacious and for such a lively place, it's not very noisy. I would highly recommend this place for a romantic evening.

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★★★★★

I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and had an awesome time. We had some delicious pork and ginger dumplings, the best spring rolls i've ever tasted, a huge serving of peking duck, the best beef & broccoli on the face of the planet, and sadly, some relatively bland generals chicken.

I need to stress that this is not some take out chinese place. This is a fine restaurant that does radical takes on traditional chinese food. For example, the beef & broccoli is a nice cut of meat served over a bed of broccoli and draped with sauce.

Lastly, this place is just fun to look at. It's very spacious and for such a lively place, it's not very noisy. I would highly recommend this place for a romantic evening.

Pros: Delicious, Beautiful, Fun

Cons: , Sketchy Area

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Opera has a few positive things that would tempt you to walk into the door. They are its ambience and service were exceptional. However, the main attraction to a restaurant is the food and by sampling 2 appetizers and two main courses here, I can say the food here is well below average. Two dishes, Kung Pao Beef and Black Bean Clams were absolutely terrible. Kung Pao Beef tasted terrible. Never had it like that before. The clams were way to salty. I would not recommend to anyone. As an asian-american, I know what chinese food should taste like and Opera's idea of using chinese herbs, spices and sauces to trick the consumer in believing their food is "traditional" chinese is absolutely false. Extremely expensive for chinese food. GO to Chinatown and spend 1/4 the price for the same amount of food.

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★☆☆☆☆

Opera has a few positive things that would tempt you to walk into the door. They are its ambience and service were exceptional. However, the main attraction to a restaurant is the food and by sampling 2 appetizers and two main courses here, I can say the food here is well below average. Two dishes, Kung Pao Beef and Black Bean Clams were absolutely terrible. Kung Pao Beef tasted terrible. Never had it like that before. The clams were way to salty. I would not recommend to anyone. As an asian-american, I know what chinese food should taste like and Opera's idea of using chinese herbs, spices and sauces to trick the consumer in believing their food is "traditional" chinese is absolutely false. Extremely expensive for chinese food. GO to Chinatown and spend 1/4 the price for the same amount of food.

Pros: Service, Ambience

Cons: , Food, Food!

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Last Friday I was taken to Opera for my birthday. I can't imagine a better meal. Our waiter, Alex, was absolutely wonderful. We had no idea what to order, so we let Alex take over. That was the best idea of the evening. Alex picked and incredible meal for us, from the before dinner drinks, to the perfect wine to compliment our meal, appetizers, vegetables, main course, and dessert. I couldn't even decide what my favorite dish was. That is truly a testament to a great restaurant and waiter. THANK YOU ALEX. I'm sure you will see us again really soon.

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★★★★★

Last Friday I was taken to Opera for my birthday. I can't imagine a better meal. Our waiter, Alex, was absolutely wonderful. We had no idea what to order, so we let Alex take over. That was the best idea of the evening. Alex picked and incredible meal for us, from the before dinner drinks, to the perfect wine to compliment our meal, appetizers, vegetables, main course, and dessert. I couldn't even decide what my favorite dish was. That is truly a testament to a great restaurant and waiter. THANK YOU ALEX. I'm sure you will see us again really soon.

Pros: Great waiter, Great food, Great atmosphere

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A group of my friends and myself tried Opera for the first time a few months ago. The wait staff was extremely rude, the appetizers mediocre and the main courses were horrible. I will NEVER go back to this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

A group of my friends and myself tried Opera for the first time a few months ago. The wait staff was extremely rude, the appetizers mediocre and the main courses were horrible. I will NEVER go back to this place.

Cons: Terrible Service, Horrible Food

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The food at opera is amazing - very traditional chinese in inspiration, very innovative in execution. Presentation is gorgeous, too. Specialty cocktails are quite good and a perfect pairing. Little 'starters' sent from the kitchen pre-meal (complimentary) - sooo good and a nice touch. Server was too attentive - intruded in an otherwise lovely evening. Tao of chocolate dessert is positively orgasmic. Private boothes are great for small parties. Relatively inexpensive valet parking.

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★★★★☆

The food at opera is amazing - very traditional chinese in inspiration, very innovative in execution. Presentation is gorgeous, too. Specialty cocktails are quite good and a perfect pairing. Little 'starters' sent from the kitchen pre-meal (complimentary) - sooo good and a nice touch. Server was too attentive - intruded in an otherwise lovely evening. Tao of chocolate dessert is positively orgasmic. Private boothes are great for small parties. Relatively inexpensive valet parking.

Pros: atmosphere, food, parking

Cons: loud, service

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Opera was fantastic! The food is phenomenal! Great portion sizes, beautiful plate presentations. Wide variety of foods, even vegan! the service is great as well.

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★★★★★

Opera was fantastic! The food is phenomenal! Great portion sizes, beautiful plate presentations. Wide variety of foods, even vegan! the service is great as well.

Pros: Great Food, Great Ambiance, Good Parking and Vale

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Went to Opera for the first time, May 18. Our server, Alex, guided us through our entire evening. Offered wine suggestions, explained every course in detail and aswered all of our questions. An extreme professional, he showed us what it is like to get pampered. The foo dwas absolutley amazing. There is no restaurant anywhere that can compare.

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★★★★★

Went to Opera for the first time, May 18. Our server, Alex, guided us through our entire evening. Offered wine suggestions, explained every course in detail and aswered all of our questions. An extreme professional, he showed us what it is like to get pampered. The foo dwas absolutley amazing. There is no restaurant anywhere that can compare.

Pros: atmosphere, food, service

Cons: none, none, none

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went to the restaurant maybe expecting too much from previous reviews. The food was very average. The room/decor was nice, but did not make up for the food. The bar was definately not happening. It did not live up to my expectations--the Marshe is MUCH better.

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★★★☆☆

went to the restaurant maybe expecting too much from previous reviews. The food was very average. The room/decor was nice, but did not make up for the food. The bar was definately not happening. It did not live up to my expectations--the Marshe is MUCH better.

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Original, very good food. Terribly slow service - perhaps it improves over time - but the kitchen apparently isn't equipped to handle the size of the restaurant.

4+ hour meal (granted, was a large party, but still...). Overall, style over substance.

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★★☆☆☆

Original, very good food. Terribly slow service - perhaps it improves over time - but the kitchen apparently isn't equipped to handle the size of the restaurant.

4+ hour meal (granted, was a large party, but still...). Overall, style over substance.

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I think the Opera has beautiful atomophere. Thay have very good dishes I would personally like to say they have teh best vanilla creme bruley I have ever had!!

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★★★★☆

I think the Opera has beautiful atomophere. Thay have very good dishes I would personally like to say they have teh best vanilla creme bruley I have ever had!!

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We went with a group of eight and the service never missed a beat. They were great and the food was also. We ordered the larger tasting menu and the only problem was too much food.

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★★★★★

We went with a group of eight and the service never missed a beat. They were great and the food was also. We ordered the larger tasting menu and the only problem was too much food.

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Food here was just phenomenal -- Not too much spice on the spicy, great balance, wonderful combination of textures and tastes. The service we had was very helpful, especially with a wine selection -- He was willing to open a bottle and let us taste without charge. The atmosphere was funky and hip without being overwhelming. Defintely will go back again.

2
★★★★☆

Food here was just phenomenal -- Not too much spice on the spicy, great balance, wonderful combination of textures and tastes. The service we had was very helpful, especially with a wine selection -- He was willing to open a bottle and let us taste without charge. The atmosphere was funky and hip without being overwhelming. Defintely will go back again.

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My wife and I enjoyed a delicious evening Saturday at Opera. The service was helpful and courteous, the atmosphere is very cool. The food was innovative and exceptionally flavorful. Particularly the pork appetizer special.

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★★★★★

My wife and I enjoyed a delicious evening Saturday at Opera. The service was helpful and courteous, the atmosphere is very cool. The food was innovative and exceptionally flavorful. Particularly the pork appetizer special.

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I tried Opera for the first time this past Sunday. The green bean dish was very tasty with a little kick. I also ordered the Hunan Pork. This was very disappointing. 75% of the cut was all fat. Even though the sauce was good, it wasn't a great value as far as I was concerned. Overall, I'd try Opera again, but I'd skip the Hunan Pork.

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★★★☆☆

I tried Opera for the first time this past Sunday. The green bean dish was very tasty with a little kick. I also ordered the Hunan Pork. This was very disappointing. 75% of the cut was all fat. Even though the sauce was good, it wasn't a great value as far as I was concerned. Overall, I'd try Opera again, but I'd skip the Hunan Pork.

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A really beautiful place, very hip, really innovative, delicious food. The prices were high, but it was worth it for the great dining experience. Will definitely make it a regular place to dine each month.

The small private booths are very romantic, great lighting, great art, great bartender (Rob).

I highly reccomend the ceviche appetizer, the duck and the eggplant.

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★★★★★

A really beautiful place, very hip, really innovative, delicious food. The prices were high, but it was worth it for the great dining experience. Will definitely make it a regular place to dine each month.

The small private booths are very romantic, great lighting, great art, great bartender (Rob).

I highly reccomend the ceviche appetizer, the duck and the eggplant.

Pros: Innovative Food, Delicioius, Beautiful

Cons: Expensive, Not too attentive

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I really enjoyed my experince here. I thought that the food was amazing and the decorating of the place inside is something not to be missed. I felt horrible for my date because I was so distracted by looking around at all the very unique and cool decor. I did not want to miss anything. I would defiuntaly return to this resturant and can't wait. My food was delicious and I enjoyed it all around ! Great night !

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★★★★★

I really enjoyed my experince here. I thought that the food was amazing and the decorating of the place inside is something not to be missed. I felt horrible for my date because I was so distracted by looking around at all the very unique and cool decor. I did not want to miss anything. I would defiuntaly return to this resturant and can't wait. My food was delicious and I enjoyed it all around ! Great night !

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I loved OPERA's decor and food. The place attracks a nice crowd and the waitstuff is friendly. The food was a bit spicy but great -- I have to go back soon to try that slowly cooked pork. Definitely a nice place to go for drinks as well.

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★★★★★

I loved OPERA's decor and food. The place attracks a nice crowd and the waitstuff is friendly. The food was a bit spicy but great -- I have to go back soon to try that slowly cooked pork. Definitely a nice place to go for drinks as well.

Pros: great food, Nice decor, Nice crowd

Cons: Expensive, spicy!, long wait for tables

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Our server had a few suggestions but most of them were pretty worthless. The staff was friendly but simply does not know the ins and outs of their menu as well as they should (or, in fact, even what's available). I expected food that was much more committed to a Chinese origin. Instead we ended up with an uninspired pan-Asian/neo-American fusion that reminded me of Harvest on Huron. The main difference between here and Harvest is that it's clear the chef's skills still need some refining as very heavy use of spices, particularly peppercorn, tend to mask rather than accentuate the flavor of the food. We had one vegeterian with us who found the menu to be very unfriendly, as well. For 5, with 3 bottles of a New Zealand, it was 360 with tip. I don't think I'd make a second trip.

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★★☆☆☆

Our server had a few suggestions but most of them were pretty worthless. The staff was friendly but simply does not know the ins and outs of their menu as well as they should (or, in fact, even what's available). I expected food that was much more committed to a Chinese origin. Instead we ended up with an uninspired pan-Asian/neo-American fusion that reminded me of Harvest on Huron. The main difference between here and Harvest is that it's clear the chef's skills still need some refining as very heavy use of spices, particularly peppercorn, tend to mask rather than accentuate the flavor of the food. We had one vegeterian with us who found the menu to be very unfriendly, as well. For 5, with 3 bottles of a New Zealand, it was 360 with tip. I don't think I'd make a second trip.

Pros: friendly, relaxed atmosphere

Cons: unappealing food, unknowledgeable serv.

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The restaurant is beautiful, the food was good. They did go a bit overboard on the cracked pepper on my broccoli beef. The only downer was that our server was a freak, covered in tattoos, facial piercing & mutilated earlobes. I lost my appetite when he came to our table. That is NOT appropriate in a restaurant where the atmosphere and presentation are significant parts of the experience.

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★★★☆☆

The restaurant is beautiful, the food was good. They did go a bit overboard on the cracked pepper on my broccoli beef. The only downer was that our server was a freak, covered in tattoos, facial piercing & mutilated earlobes. I lost my appetite when he came to our table. That is NOT appropriate in a restaurant where the atmosphere and presentation are significant parts of the experience.

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You have to try this one. Outstanding. New place in South Loop

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★★★★★

You have to try this one. Outstanding. New place in South Loop

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i went to opera last weekend with a few friends and was pleasantly surprised. the decor is very lush and original, the service was friendly and prompt, and the food was amazing! although it is semi expensive for chinese food, the surroundings make up for that. great date spot.

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★★★★★

i went to opera last weekend with a few friends and was pleasantly surprised. the decor is very lush and original, the service was friendly and prompt, and the food was amazing! although it is semi expensive for chinese food, the surroundings make up for that. great date spot.

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This place is a great new place on Wabash in the South Loop. It is sure to become a hot spot soon.

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★★★★★

This place is a great new place on Wabash in the South Loop. It is sure to become a hot spot soon.

 

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