by Winston G. on
Not the best, not the worst. I think Opera is representative of big, super clubs in both NYC, LA, and Vegas. VIP Bottle service will cost you a few hundred per bottle, and regular cover is $20. We got to go for free through our law school, so I didn't have to pay cover, or wait in line. However, I can see how that can be frustrating for many people, especially for guys. Drinks are expensive, of course, and the policy of having no water available on tap is pretty dirty-- but at least $5 dollars got me a bottle of Evian and not a bottle of Deer Park, or whatever water brand they have in the south. Interior is nice. Crowd is decently mixed. Would probably come back here again, but if someone from Opera reads this, PLEASE GET SOME AIR CONDITIONING. Thanks.
by Adella Deneui on
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE! I caught the Raphael Saadiq/Janelle Monae show here a couple weeks ago and I had the greatest time ever. The funny thing was, my friend had 2 tickets. So I managed to get really prime parking (at a meter right across the street. Lucky me!) and met him in the line to get in. He gave me my ticket, we got in, and found a table. We were pretty close to the front of the line, so we were able to find a fairly close table with a good view. While sitting and perusing the menu, we noticed that the ticket he gave me was actually the receipt. So we still had one ticket left! HAHA. We called up a friend who rushed down to the venue and gave it to him. How fun. Anyway, the tickets said there was a 2 drink minimum, so we ordered a a beer for each of us plus an order or fries.The drinks weren't expensive at all (compared to other bars!). I think my beer was less than $5. The fries were small and normal, so nothing special there. But to my surprise, we didn't have to abide by the 2 drink min at all. Actually, even if we didn't order those first beers, no one would have noticed. The show itself was really good. I liked that we had a place to sit for our wait, and when the acts came on, we could go and stand on the dance floor to be near the stage. I got really good pictures and videos. We even stayed after the show and met the band and Mr. Saadiq himself. I had a really good experience at this venue and I would definitely come back someday.
by Chris Y. on
I have this dream that someday I'll go to a Chinese restaurant, open the menu, and count less than 100 items... I thought Golden Temple, with all its organic hype and dynamic architecture might be the one, but alas it's not... Just that same familiar menu layout, dauntingly large. Does anyone really need 15 soups to choose from? The food hasn't thrilled me. I've only been twice, and I'm sure that at least a few of the 300 things on the menu are great. The Golden Dome, which is apparently one of their specials, is a giant flan with mushrooms and walnuts. The texture is likely offsetting to most Western palettes, but I'd recommend it if you're sick of the same old stuff. Also, the only place I've been in a while that won't make you feel like Lewis Black is shvitzing and ranting in your stomach. Big points on the service here. The host/maitre'd is friendly and professional, and the waiters are more attentive and than the average Chinese joint. So grab a table outside, sip a tropical cocktail, and treat yourself to some average food at above average prices.