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Orange County Date Night

When was the last time you had a date night? My husband and I take our date nights extremely serious. We do our best to do date night at least once a week, and with the holidays we noticed that we were well overdue for a little night out alone.

After a busy day with the kids, I noticed on Instagram that our babysitter was back from her vacation. I picked up the phone and was able to schedule her for a last minute impromptu date night. The date night scene in the OC is not the most happening social scene. My husband and I often go to the same old places, and rarely step out of our comfort zone.

Living in Aliso Viejo, Opah Restaurant, is just a couple of blocks from our house. It had always appeared in our minds as a singles scene in South Orange County, but we were curious what it was all about. When we first walked into the restaurant, it was quite a swanky modern restaurant. Yes, there were singles, but there was also a large amount of couples enjoying romantic dinners together in the dining room.

When we first sat down, we ordered a cocktail and enjoyed some intimate time together. I have been searching for the best flavored mojitos in Orange County, and coconut in their blueberry mojitos put them into the top five as of now.

Orange County Date Night

We started our first course with a Caesar salad that had warm handmade (fresh out of the oven) bread crumbs. If you ever want to try a unique Ceasar salad – this is place to enjoy one.

Orange County Date Night

Finally, our main course arrived, and it was a macadamia nut crusted halibut with grilled shrimp and vegetables. My husband and I started reminiscing about our recent trip to Maui while savoring on every bite of this dish.

Orange County Date Night

After enjoying a dinner alone without any interruptions from the kids, we were reminded of how beneficial it is for us to have regular date nights. It feels like we fall in love all over again every time we get away together.


Then we went right back into parent mode, by running over to Target looking for the whale skylander that our youngest has been begging us to get him. Not much luck – but we did score some serious deals on the Neiman Marcus 70% off sale.

When we got home we were greeting with hugs and kisses, reminding us of why we love being parents so much!

Opah Restaurant is located at 26851 Aliso Creek Road in Aliso Viejo.

We highly recommend getting reservations, and this restaurant is one of those “non-kid friendly” dining destinations.

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