OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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OPA-OPA Steakhouse & BreweryOPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

169 College Highway
Southampton, Massachusetts, 01073
United States

(413) 527-0808 | map
www.opaopasteakhousebrewery.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
39
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.75%
 
 
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Reviews by Flashy:
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 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 smi69
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of dwatulak
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of nomisma
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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
IPA
Red Rock
Brown
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.

Cheers!

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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 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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OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery in Southampton, MA
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