OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

OPA-OPA Steakhouse & BreweryOPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

169 College Highway
Southampton, Massachusetts, 01073
United States

(413) 527-0808 | map

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Photo of rorjets
3.88/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Stopped by around 4 pm on a Sunday afternoon in the summer. It was very quiet when I arrived, but started to fill up while I was there. The decor is cowboy western, despite this brewpub being started, and still owned by a greek family in Massachusetts. I had been here back in 2008, and remembered the great beer and food; the fact that it is still around eight years later is a good sign. I sat in a comfortable booth, and ordered a flight of beers. Even though the place was almost empty it took too much time for the flight to arrive; but the rest of the service was very good so I don't think it was the fault of the waitress.

You get six 4 ounce samples for $9.00, which is a fair deal. I tried the Opa light, Blueberry lager, Kix EPA, Honesty 47 Pale Ale, Marshall Brown Ale, and Buckwheat IPA. Five out of the six were good to excellent; I really enjoyed the blueberry, which had a nice flavor without being too sweet. The only one I didn't like was the IPA. Much too bitter for my taste, without any of the hop flavor coming through. After finishing the flight I ordered my meal, and an American Wheat beer to go with it.

I had a seasonal burger, The Roadhouse, which was very good. The pint of wheat beer was a little too sweet, but alright with my meal.

There were other beers to be tried, including a stout & a porter, and a few seasonal beers, but I was full and had a 2 hour drive so coffee was in order.

Southampton, MA is a bit off the beaten path, but if you are in the Pioneer Valley area it is definitely worth a visit. I am happy that this establishment has continuing success, and look forward to another trip here when I return to central Massachusetts.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

As far as the steak goes, I never order it. If I make a trip here I usually stick to the appetizers like the boneless buffalo wings, which are pretty good. It's more or less just a place for families to g out to eat, especially if you sit in one of the booths. You'll get a much better experience as far as beer drinking goes sitting at the bar.
The bar set up is actually really good compared to most restaurants. It's a good sized oval shaped with a lot of chairs to sit down at. There's always Red Sox games on during the spring, Pats games in the fall, and during the winter they'll have one television with the Bruins on and another with the Celts on, which is a big plus in my book. I wish that the TV's were bigger, but since they are set up so they are easy to see it's not really that big of a deal. The last time I made the trip there, I drank a couple of beers, watched the Celtics and played a few games of Keno with one of my buddies.
The different beers brewed by Opa-Opa are solid for the most part. There are definitely some that are better then others and ones that I don't like at all. On my last trip I ordered an F-15 Double Red, and it was the first brew I've ever had to send back to me it tasted like corn syrup and alcohol. I thought it might have been just me who thought that this brew was no good, but my buddy ordered one as well, and also sent his back. The bartender was very nice about it and let me pick a new beer free of charge.
Overall a good place, but it is more restaurant then brewery so keep that in mind if you decide to go there.

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Photo of Boto
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I finally got up here to have a dinner and a few beers. This place will not disappoint. The decor is western style steakhouse. Their beers are quite good. I'm not sure what is actually brewed here and what comes from their off-site brewery, but they had a very large selection of their beers on tap. We started out with an appetizer of onion rings. Thick cut, tasty and a very large quantity. I had a filet mignon, while my wife had swordfish. Both were excellent and reasonably priced. The portions were generous without being too much. Even the kids menu was good. My daughter had chicken strips, which looked like they were made there.

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Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Really nice selection of beers on tap, I didn't know that they made so many different kinds. I really enjoyed the bar which was a nice sized bar in a smaller room next to the main dining room. Really nice place. I didn't actually stop for food, but everything I saw looked really good. I thought the bar service was really good as it was very timely and friendly. If I had a question, it was answered. The selection of beers it what I am most impressed about because I had no idea that they brewed that many different kinds of beer. Their buckwheat IPA was really good along with their Adonis gold. Their Oktoberfest was also worth having if it is on tap. The quality of the beers is top notch too. Everything is fresh and really good. Well worth a trip. I have to go back for the food selection which I have heard is also really good.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Stopped by this place on my way from the berkshires.

Was excited when we randomly met someone in williamsburg and they thought we should go there. When I walked in the door and saw Opa Opa, I remembered seeing posts about them here. Needless to say I was excited.

Tried the sampler brews. All very good. Their porter was good. They had a lot of fruit beers.

Food was ok.

Service was excellent.

If you're in williamsburg, you gotta stop. I dont know why you would be in williamsburg though...

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

This was my last stop on a beer trip into southwest, MA. Located about fifteen minutes south of Northampton on rt 10.

Stopped in at about eight pm on a friday, the place was pretty busy but no wait.

Opa Opa has the whole wild west, broke back mountain theme pretty much covered. All required equipment for your next cattle drive or sheep lovin adventure plastered all over the walls.

I ate in the dining room. There was a Dude playing the slide gee-tar against the wall between the bar and the bathroom entrance.

I ordered a smaller steak with potato that was Chili's quality beef at best. My wife ordered some sort of vegetable calzone deal...she liked it.

The food sounds great in the menu but is ridiculously overpriced. You would get a way better steak for the same price or cheaper at Outback.

The beer is good, unfortunately they were out of their big ones, (worthog, and double red rock) the two reasons that I stopped in the first place...Oh well!

Did a sampler tray that included six 4oz. samples of your choice. I chose;

Opa Lager
Red Rock
Milk Stout
Blueberry Lager

My pick of the day went to the Opa Opa Lager (American Helles)it was quite tasty and refreshing considering that it was friggin Baghdad degrees yesterday! The blueberry Lager was pretty good, light and refreshing with a subtle taste of blueberry.

I do have to give it up to the service at this place though. The waitress was very friendly and knew a lot about the beers, and Opa Opa's general brewing operation. She even gave us free dessert because a table near us was a bit rowdy.

This place gets an overall OK from me, I won't go out of my way and I will definitely call ahead to find out if it's a growler worthy stop.


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Photo of sarita
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

i have to admit that i don't love opa opa. i only live about 20 minutes away from opa opa and i wish that i loved the place, but it really is just not that good. i wouldn't go so far as to say that it's bad, because it's not bad, but it's just not that good.
- it's overpriced. the food is not bad, but for the same price i could get much better food elsewhere.
- every single time i have been there (about 8 times now) they have always been out of more than 1 beer. i can totally understand that and it's not a big deal, but i just wish they would have an updated tap list somewhere so that i'm not disappointed every time i try to order a beer. on top of that, i've never had a great beer there. i have had a few decent beers, the best probably being the warthog dipa, but nothing spectacular.
- i know the place is a steakhouse and they don't specialize in seafood, but i will never order seafood there again. i made the mistake of ordering a combo steak and swordfish meal there once and the fish was horrible (obviously previously frozen and super dry).
- the meal you receive is not always exactly as described on the menu. when i ordered the following for lunch the last time i was there (a couple weeks ago), what i received was a half a grinder roll with a few bites of overcooked steak and some drippings of brown gravy on the top. while it wasn't bad, it certainly wasn't as good as it should have been and it wasn't as described on the menu.
"Sirloin Steak Sandwich $9.95 Served open-faced on grilled Ciabatta bread, topped with crisp onion straws served with steak fries."
- i did have great service there 2 of the times i went, but every other time i've been there the service has been mediocre at best.

-i will admit that their steak fries are pretty damn good, and i do like their steakhouse salad, but i can a make a much better salad and much better beer at home for a heck of a lot cheaper.

like i said, i don't want to say that opa opa is bad, it's just not a place that i ever have any desire to go to. i've gone back several times because friends want to go there and i'm always willing to give a place another try and try something new, but i am underwhelmed every time. that being said, i'm still looking forward to trying the brewmasters tavern at some point.

i'd say it's probably worth the drive out at least once to check it out for yourself, but i recommend that you don't get your hopes up too high.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is a pleasant 10 minute drive south of Amherst, MA. I was a bit put off by the semi hokey cowboy motif, c'mon it's 2008 and you are in Massachusetts.oh well, what are ya gonna do...pleasant enough, large room, decent to pretty good home made beer offerings, large portions. Go with granny, take the kids, dont go with any hipster friends you met up in much cooler Amherst/N. Hampton. One thing about our server...he was that particular type of waiter that drives me nuts...over attentive and in our face, please can you stop asking me if everything is "OK", yes the bread is wonderful, yes we have everything we need, yes we still are just fine, no I don't want any more water for the 4th time, sheesh, what a dork...their beers are pretty tame/lacking in anything too interesting/middle of the road and widely available in growlers in the local area.

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Photo of far333
3.6/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Finally made it to this joint after hearing lots about it and having the bottled beers. Pretty large place with a dining room up front split down the middle with a raised area of booths to the right as you walk in, and a floor level area of tables to the left. Continue through this dining room to the rear and to the left to go to the 360 degree rectangular bar, and just beyond that through floor to ceiling windows are the brewing tanks.

Good mix of families, singles, and all ages for a Sunday late lunch crowd, not too crowded. I imagine it's packed on a Saturday night since it's the only day they don't take reservations. Decor is wild west cowboy, and they specialize in steaks but have lots of other stuff on the menu, enough to please just about anyone.

Hostess is prompt and polite, and the server shows up quickly. Server happily and politely tends to our needs, but has to be reminded to take care of a few requests.

My burger is cooked a perfect medium rare and is large and tasty, but the side of steak fries with seasoning and that breaded coating thing are sort of soft and unimaginative. My wife's crab cake sandwich is smallish and comes on focaccia bread, which is not only odd but not as advertised on the menu. Crab cake has a good amount of meat and the remoulade is tasty, but we have to ask for more as it's used sparingly. The boneless buffalo wings are a little too breaded and tough to chew through, but the meaty interior is cooked perfectly and moist. The "2 Alarm" hot sauce that we were told was "plenty hot" didn't make much impact on the taste buds. I wished I had ordered the "5 Alarm" that our server implied would blow our heads off. Not sure why there was not a 3 or 4 Alarm available.

Draft list is on each table in a plexiglass holder/stand and I enjoy the IPA to get things rolling. For my second round the IPA has run out, but the milk stout is available and very tasty. Would like more variety in the draft selections. There is lager, light lager, pale wheat, raspberry wheat, blonde ale, Red Rock Amber, IPA, winter warmer, and milk stout. Too much light and wheat for my tastes.

Pretty good place with pretty good beer and pretty good food and pretty good service, but not mind-blowing. Worth stopping by if you're in the area, but I doubt that I'll make the hour drive again anytime soon.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Several small trips to Southampton, MA prove to be worth it. Opa-Opa, I dare to say, might be one of the best brewpubs in Massachusetts thanks to its great steak menu.

The atmosphere is definitely a Southern-Western theme (even though it has a Greek name). One level restaurant with a large bar, brewery on site and many, many large tables. I have been there on Saturdays and even Monday nights and it still packs a good crowd. Like most brewpubs, Opa-OPa do have samplers but I have often been surprised by the lack of selection some nights. Sure, some 20 beers are brewed there, but they have, at times I have been there, out of some choices I thought they would have. In either case, you can buy a growler or six pack there to go or at any Western Mass packie store.

Service has been ok the times I have been there. Usually quick, informative, especially about the beer. One time, my father-in-law had ambiguous descriptions about the kind of beer he wanted and the waitress was able to suggest a few he might like.

Personally, I loved the steaks, but they do have a decent sized menu with other selections such as salads, chicken and I believe some fish foods (I might be wrong). The steaks are great and reasonable priced due to their ounce size. And portions are wicked good with various sides you can choose yourself. Plus, having Opa-Opa beer with your food is not bad either.

Opa-Opa might be in an odd place, far from a highway and maybe far out of the way to the several college towns in the Pioneer Valley, but it is definitely a key place to check out in Hampshire County.

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Photo of awall422
4.08/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

After having Opa-Opa IPA in bottles and seeing them at a small beer fest at the Tap, I decided to venture out to Opa-Opa with my buddy Sean to see what they had on tap and check out the quirky little brewpub. I loved the country-western theme, made for a really comfortable, albeit somewhat dark atmosphere. Beers were mostly above average, with the fresh IPA and the IIPA being standouts. Food was great comfort food, good prices and huge portions. This is definitely worth visiting if you are in the central mass area. I just wish it was closer to me!

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Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

An upcoming brewpub built on a solid restaurant. Above average beers if but the standard trends and American hops only need apply. A huge place, and in a well-travelled local area. The beers were all appropriately served, not too hot or carbonated and my travelling mate was very satisfied with the food. The bartenders took their beers seriously, it was very fast and friendly service, and the assistant brewers were keen to come by seeing I was taking notes, to offer some extra beers not being otherwise served. Best - the porter.

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Photo of spruce488
3.8/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Interesting premise- a Greek steakhouse and brewery with a old western theme. Seems to work pretty well though. Food is great, reasonably priced, enormous portions. Typical steakhouse bbq fare. I have tried the Ipa, double Ipa, and red rock brew. Was pleased with all of them. Double Ipa was especially impressive. Can purchase growlers on site which are refillable for $5, which is a great deal. Decent beer selection with five to seven beers on tap which are all brewed on site.
Definitely worth the trip.

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Photo of rousee
3.8/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I tried this place on Sunday of Labor Day weekend 06. I had called for directions and the directions they gave me were perfect. I had seen the picture and they have been at some of the BA fests before, so I kind of knew what the place would look like. Yellow sign out front and all western kitchy decor. Its kind of what I expected. The brewing equipment struck me as pretty small for a place that is selling their growlers at the local beer stores and such. You walk in and the restaurant part is off to the right and the bar is on the left. Big square bar that must seat about 50 people.

They were out of 3 of the beers that they usually offer which was kind of a disappointment. I got a sampler and I thought they were actually a little better than what I remember them having at the fests. The double ipa was much more like a barleywine and I didnt think it was on for the style. The other beers were decent enough and I opted for a pint of Adonis gold which was supposed to be like a british pale ale iirc. It matched up well with the food.

The steaks were excellent and a great value for about 20 bucks. They were cooked perfectly and came with salad or soup and a vegetable. They had some nice molasses bread or something with some rosemary butter and that was excellent too. The bartender was great and friendly but oh man, with running keno tickets and serving drinks and food to people, I am glad I didnt go when it was crowded. I'm sure they might add a bartender or 2 but I could see this place getting slammed and having lousy service as a result.

Overall, I liked this place quite a bit and would definitely go back.

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Photo of Longstaff
2.85/5  rDev -28.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Stopped in after a tour of BBC around 3pm on a Saturday afternoon. Made it past the row of booths to head to the back where a very large four sided bar is. Bar area is pretty cool and brewpub like since you can view the brewhouse, but feels a bit odd to have to walk through the middle of the dining room to get there. This place has a definite personality disorder - is it a steakhouse, a greek diner, or a brewpub ? -either way I though it was cheese o rama. Pick a theme and go with it.

Tried to order a sampler, and had no trouble picking the first 3 - dipa, stout, porter, then came the hard part, picking 3 more out of the 37 or so light beers they make. There was the opa opa ultra, opa opa light, opa opa (a light colored beer), blueberry, kix - a wheat? (served with lemon and poorly described on the menu), a golden, a pale ale (they were out of), and a red ale (which they were also out of). Ok instead of suffering through 3 training wheel beers, I 86 the sampler and just get a wharthog dipa. 13% dipa with barely any noticeable hop aroma or flavor and caramel malt backbone? Barlywine. Served in a 10 oz glass - a good thing since it had off flavors from either sugar additions or stressed yeast. Ordered the "5 alarm" wings that only set off two alarms at best and the tecture of the wing was rubbery and slimy - bush league. Menu really pissed me off. I saw a plate of food with fried chicken as we passed through the dining area, and it was on the menu included in a sampler, yet you could not order just fried chicken, you had to get the $20+ sampler to get it. Also they serve small side salads with entrees, but you cannot order it alone - instead they want to rip you off with a $10 salad on a big plate - I've had bigger side salads than that for $3. Also tried the porter which was palatable, but a one trick roast pony with no depth. Ate up, drank up and cut our losses. If you can't even make decent chicken wings, no way am I ordering a steak.

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Photo of Flashy
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Besides the Peoples Pint this was my first excursion to a brewpub or brewery in the Pioneer Valley (is Pittsfield BC or the Olde Forge there?). Though Opa Opa seemed a bit off the beaten track it was a nice ride through East Hampton and South Hampton. Opa Opa has a real nice outside deck and the date of our visit (8/8/06) was beautiful and the day to use it.
The staff was a bit young and unsupervised, but very friendly and helpful (sometimes you get an attitude when you have three children with you).
The food was very good, but nobody in our party had a steak. I had the Double IPA, milk stout and red ale all of which were very good.
The bar area looked pretty large and interesting.
I recommend the place to anyone, even if they have little kiddies in tow.

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Photo of Reginleif
3.8/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in early on Super Bowl Sunday. Sat at the bar and had a couple pints and some appetizers. The bartender was busy trying to fill a growler off the cask - all he was doing was making a LOT of foam. We tried to order a pint of the cask - he said it wasn't working right and gave us a complimentary pint of foam. The foam, once it settled, was a delicious winter ale with hints of oak. Made us want more of the Opa Winter Strong, but the bartender wasn't going to try. They were also out of their A-10 Warthog Double IPA. I enjoyed their Buckwheat IPA, and their Honesty 47 Pale Ale. Both were extrodinarily clean, crisp and delicious. My husband had the Opa Winter Strong on draft, good, but it was not nearly as good as it was on cask. He also tried their award winning Red Rock and found it to his liking. We took 2 growlers to go with us, one Red Rock, One Opa Winter Strong. $4.99 refills, what a deal.

We split a steak quessadila, some cheese fries and some buffalo wings. All the portions were a decent size, and arrived quickly and hot. The cheese fries were really good - big skin on wedges of soft buttery potatoes, fried crispy topped with melted cheese and bacon bits. They could have been more generous with the bacon, but the potato wedges were perfect on their own.

The country western theme was cute, but I could have done without the piped in music.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Checked out this place with a group of Boston BA's. It was our first stop and I was damn glad to get out of the car.

Ok so this place is a steak house that brews it's own beer. I love steak, I love beer. What's not to love?

Of all things I tried the Blueberry brew and absolutely loved it. Cold, refreshing and sweet, the perfect elixir for the post car sick blues. We only stayed for a couple of beers, but in that time we chatted quite a bit with the bartender, who was very polite, courteous and knowledgable, all traits I love to see in the people getting me my favorite adult beverage.

Recommended if you're out that way, good beer and good people.

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Photo of slander
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

About the only brewpub in Massachussetts I hadn't been to other than a handful of them chain places Phil likes so much. And totally on the way to Boston if you're looking to tour the entire state, which is okay, I suppose. You know how I feel about fact finding missions, you've got to work for 'em. I mean, if the facts were right under your nose, it'd be called a "facts right there mission" and we'd feel no accomplishment at having done one...
We hitched up and came first past the outside deck area holding 16 tables and a small 12 seat bar in a corral, and then in through the main dining room. Upwards of 3 dozen tables and booths here in sectioned areas, some elevated. In one corner to the rear lies the bar area, which is where we put up. The rectangular wood bar has a laminated top over pictures, "wanted" & "reward" ads, and playing cards, and seats about 3 dozen, with hanging mug club mugs lining the bar, glassware and growlers. Booze below the bar and provisions above. 10 booths run in a "C" around 3 sides of the bar, and a glassfront room with a mash tun and fermenters on the 4th side. There's a door leading to a secret lagering room to the rear of the brew room, and is that a Siebel Institute diploma hanging in there??
The walls are dark wood panelled lowers and beige spackled uppers, the room decorated in an Old West town motif. Horses, southwestern pattern blankets, boots, saddles, blacksmith, mining claims, spurs on a hook on the wall, rope in a lasso, money bank bags, cattle skulls, iron keys to the jail cell, US army recruiting calvary ads, saloon & cantina signs, etc. Spotlighting over the bar area and cool drop "antler" lamps over some of the booths and wall mounted lamps over the others. TV's above the bar, 4 on each side. And framed photos of Liz Taylor, from 1966, when they filmed "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?" in this very room.
A tower of 12 taps at each end of the bar and a cask to one side.
10 regular house beers (Light, Helles, Ale, Gold, Pale Ale, Buckwheat IPA, Red, Double IPA, Porter, Milk Stout), 2 seasonals (Octoberfest, Blueberry Lager) and a cask (Milk Stout). I did a sampler, which consists of 6 beers of your choice. The Honesty 47 Pale Ale had a nice hop flavor with a fresh snap to it; the Buckwheat IPA was nicely floral, hoppy; the Red Rock was strange, sweet and fruity, like fruit punch, and malty on the end; the A-10 Warthog Double IPA was more like a barleywine, weighing in real damn high, hoppy on the end; the Southampton Porter was chocolatey and roasty, quite good; the King Oak Milk Stout was lactose sweet, not my thing; and the Opa Blueberry Lager was pleasant, with a light blueberry flavor and some blueberries floating about.
Lunch a-time. The spicy Mexican chicken bean soup was excellent. Wanted something light so I ordered the 16 ounce prime rib. Baked potato, butternut squash, the works. It was a great damn steak. I was going to put a piece of it on Randy's (vegeterian) arm, but I didn't want to waste any of it.
Beers were good for the most part (that Red was strange) and it was a most wonderful meal. It's just that I need a nap now and I'm at least an hour and a half out of Boston.

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Photo of sponberg
4.4/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited at 4:30 on a Saturday. Very easy to find on Rte 10 - look for the big orange sign. Plenty of parking, and it's needed as the place filled up fast and was 80% full bey the time we left. Decor is a matter of taste - it was comfortable in a slightly kitschy "Old West Saloon" way, with lots of wood, antlers holding up the lights, things like that. Long bar at one end overlooking the spotless brewhouse, with the dining room at the other end. If you're eating there, park in the south lot as it's closer to the waitstation.

Eight to ten house beers on tap. I had the IPA, which was hoppy with a solid chewy tea-caramel malt background - great balance. Followed that with a cask Milk Stout, which was a fine example of the style. Both brews had great mouthfeel, none of the dreaded brewpub thinness or off flavors, and were indicative of a brewer who knows what he's doing in a big way. Pints were $3.75 (cask $4). A nice touch is an empty growler at each table, letting diners know up front that beer is available to go. They do fill other growlers, and fills are $9, or $11 for the Warthog Double IPA.

The food was standard steakhouse fare - steaks, fish, chicken - and my steak and my wife's salmon special were both cooked nicely, very tasty, and decent value for the money. Good salad drassing (creamy garlic), baked potato, and homemade molasses bread as well. Some of the other dinners looked VERY tasty. My kids had a hotdog (footlong) and grilled cheese (on Texas toast), both of which came with beer battered steak fries that were a clear cut above the usual brewpub fare - crispy and tender, grease free. Definitely a kid-friendly restaurant.

The service was exceptional - we were greeted pleasantly, seated quickly, and the meals came out well-timed and correct. Our waitress, Cheryl, was friendly and attentive without hovering, remembered that I wanted the cask stout for my second brew without being reminded, knew to bring the kids' meals out quickly, and in general was exemplary. The owner came around and was asking people how everything was - I like that. He explained that they only serve the DIPA in 12 oz. pours due to its strength. Can't blame them.

Excellent beer, good food, and stellar service - I'll be back!

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Photo of sraimondi
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been meaning to get to Opa Opa for the last few weekends. As my wife and daughter had to work at a volunteer event yesterday and the weather was very nice, I decided to head North. I arrived around 1:15PM. Walked into the restaurant entrance which was very interesting. A little dark but very neat western motif. All servers are suited out in cowboy fashion, including neckerchiefs. Walked into the bar which is VERY expansive. The bar itself is a large rectangle with lots of seats. There are also tables along 2 of the walls. It was very slow when I arrived, only one other person at the bar and 2 bar booths taken. I was greeted by the bartender, Yanni. Very nice chap. I ordered the blueberry seasonal first (as the O'fest was out). Yanni asked me if I wanted a cold or warm mug--nice touch; of course warm! The beer was a tad on the cold side, but I immediately noted the blueberry overtones. Yanni even put 2 fresh blueberries in the beer; something I have not seen before. The beer is reviewed separately, but is was very tasty, not too over the top as some fruitys are. I then ordered my lunch, marinated, broiled swordfish which came with veggie and choice of potato. Also get a cup of NE Clam Chowder at no extra charge. Next beer was the Red Rocks, see separate review. Yanni explained this was the first beer brewed there by brewer, Dan Cramer, fomerly of Maplewood Farm; another solid offering. My meal arrived and it was very good. The soup was very creamy, but could have had a bit more clams in it and a bit of bacon. The swordfish was first rate and cooked just right. Accompaniments were mashed potatoes and mashed butternut squash. Finished things off with the Southampton Porter, see separate review, which was the best of the bunch I tried. Suffice it to say, I will be heading to Opa Opa again. The approx. 1 hour car ride from NW CT was definitely worth it. It has a very homey feel and the food and beer are quite good. As Cambridge House is also on Route 10 in CT (about 35 minutes from Opa), those of you BAs in the Farmington Valley, NW CT area could do a quick pub crawl, which is high quality. I stopped at CH on my way home to fill my growler!!

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3.8/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Rainy Saturday afternoon visit. Spacious restaurant & bar. Outdoor patio looks like a nice place during better weather. Kitschy cowboy decor including the staff's kerchiefs. Standard line-up on tap + 2 seasonals and a cask ale. Menu looked good, standard steakhouse with a few interesting twists. Tap beers were very cold, O-fest had floating ice crystals, Buckwheat IPA needed some warming as well, cask and 47 seemed about right. Fairly out of the way location about 15 min from I-91. I'd visit again to catch one of the IPA's on cask and have some grub.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I made it a point to visit Opa-Opa Steakhouse and Brewery when I was spending a weekend in Amherst, MA, in July 2005. I was glad I made the drive. The place is easy to find, located on a main route out of Northampton, MA.

The place is basically a Greek steakhouse restaurant with a brewpub attached. The restaurant is fairly large and seats quite a few people in tables and booths as well as on an outdoor deck patio. I ate dinner in the restaurant, and the food was good, though not spectacular, and a little pricey.

The bar area has its own entrance, though it can be entered from the restaurant as well. The bar is rectangular and seats ~38-40 at the bar and at 6 booths and 5 tables in the bar area. There are TVs above the bar for your viewing pleasure. The stainless steel brewing tanks are visible through a glass wall at one end of the bar area. They have a 10-bbl system and use 4 serving tanks as well as kegs at the bar. The bar has on-tap 8 regular beers plus 2 or 3 specials plus 1 cask. They sell samples (~4 oz) for $1.25 or 6 for $6.00. I sampled every beer offered during my visit, and they varied in quality from above average (the Opa-Opa lager and Opa-Opa light lager) to excellent (the Milk Stout and IPA) [reviews posted separately], but overall I must say the beer was very, very good.

I found the atmosphere to be pretty comfortable in the bar (I visited during the daytime), with friendly staff and customers, and the beers to be very, very good, and the service to be very good. I will definitely return, and certainly recommend a visit.

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4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is big, like Texas. Big outside deck, with a bar. Big dining area. Big bar room. And the biggest IIPA in the world chiming in at 13.75%!

Everything inside is in the Texas BBQ style, with the servants dressed like cowpeople, and all sorts of cowboy like decorations. Nice BBQ and Steak menu, although being there for lunch we opted for BBQ type sandwiches, served on Big, Thick Texas Toast. The beers are all well done, although the IIPA needs some aging to mellow it out a bit. I bet that brewer has bottles stowed someplace for himself. They had one hand pump to go with the 12 or so tap selections. Gal behind the bar knew the beer, and kept talking about the "13.75%". Prices are good. The only drawback is the middle of nowhere location that makes it really a strict beer trip place. Worth the trip though.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

when traveling from cambridge house to the moan and dove, this spot lies dead center and is a must-stop if you take the backwoods route 10 leisure drive.

situated directly on 10, this place is hard to miss as its parking lot is colossal and it boasts a bright yellow sign and large exterior plus oversized patio with additional bar.. this in a town that doesn't seem to have much of anything 'big'.

inside is kitschy wild west but very comfortable. dark and cool, friendly faces and silly outfits (levi's, denim shirts, red kerchiefs around the neck, etc.) abound. cowboy patterned booth fabric. can't comment on the food but this appears to be a nice place to come and have a serious steak. they use primarily aged beef (i love it) and offer 'award-winning' vegetarian fare. can't ask for much more.

the bartender (yanni) was very helpful and friendly. knew the answers to all my beer questions and gave samples. went out of his way to promote the ipa on cask, which was delicious. bar area is huge and rectangular with a cool tv setup for those who care. brewing area is in plain view of the bar..that plus the brewerania under the lacquered bar creates a nice, relaxing beer-friendly environment.

tap selection was huge- 13 pouring and all are originals, brewed ON PREMISES. beers ran the spectrum of "american style" slash german stuff.. pale ales, ipas, reds, light, ipa, double ipa, porter, stout, wheats.. mug club available and the mugs are sweet. tried the samplers, even beers im not usually fond of (red/amber) were good. the heavy beers weren't watery (ahem, SBC) and the ipa was true to hopmonster form. the double IPA was a true asskicker and available in growlers.

i cant wait to come back here for food!

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