Austin >Food & Dining > Opal Divine's Freehouse
700 W Sixth St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870130.270096 -97.749736
Can't Believe The Bad Reviews... Opal's is Awesome! – I love Opal's. The waitstaff has always been very accommodating. The food is definitely good, although not the best I've had, but their mac n' cheese always has me craving more! I really like their giant selection of beer. Anybody who truly appreciates beer needs to stop by and order a few. The atmosphere is always lovely, and because the patio is dog-friendly, I bring my pooch with me every time.
Wait times can be long/ parking limited during peak hours, so just beware of that.
Ignorant treatment of the handicapped – After parking in the handicapped space in front of the restaurant(with legal handicap tags and handicapped person on boar the van) we were ordered to leave the space because it and the other handicap space was reserved for a music venue that night. Chris Shea, the manager explained that all he had to do was let us off load and he had met his obligation. So now its a Handicap drop-off zone,not handicap parking-- unless you are a band! If you are handicapped in Austin, don't patronize these swine!
Great food – The Susan Salad and Shrimp Tacos were terrific
Food: Fine, Beer: Good, Smoking Ban: Violated – I recently went to Opal's with some friends. We were seated on the upstairs "patio". Because it was so cold, they had all of the plastic walls down, so the patio was totally enclosed. Despite the enclosed space and the "no smoking" sign, they still allowed smoking out there, and within 15 feet of the upstairs entrance. When I complained to the bartender, he said "I don't own the place, sweetie, I just work here". Nice. When I complained to a waitress, she rudely asked me, "Were you sitting up there?" and told me that they enclose the space to make it more comfortable for the customer. Well, I'm a customer, but you know what isn't comfortable? Inhaling a bunch of carcinogens when I'm trying to eat.
The food here is fine and the beer is good. However, since this place is a public health hazard, I probably won't be going back.
Don't just support local Austin businesses, support GOOD Austin businesses! Opal's is not one of them! – This wasn't my first visit to Opal's, but it'll surely be my last. I'm a native Austinite and am all for supporting local businesses. My husband and I were looking for a place to eat brunch on New Year's Day. I looked online and saw several advertisements for Opal's New Year's brunch and bloody mary's. We headed over and as usual stood in line behind a few people while at least 5 waiters passed us by without a glance. Finally, one of them who'd passed by a few times stopped and seated us. He then brought me lukewarm coffee and rushed off. It was 10 minutes before I could get his attention to ask for a fresh cup of coffee, and before I could get the question out he explained that they were brewing more right then. Which means that he knew it was old, and still served it to me. We ordered and waited for our meal. And waited.Our server came by a couple of times to say that the kitchen was backed up and the food would be out soon. We weren't in a hurry so it was no problem. 30 minutes later I started to get a little peeved. No one at the three tables around us (we were the last to be seated of those tables) had their food. I wondered how long the others had been waiting. Another table complained, and about 10 minutes later the manager brought their food out, although it apparently was cold, the eggs weren't done, and a meat portion was missing. Next thing we hear is our waiter telling the table next to ours that they'd run out of bloody mary mix. So the two things that Opal's had specifically advertised- New Year's Day Brunch and Bloody Mary's, were the two things they couldn't deliver. By the time we finally decided to leave, we'd waited over an hour for our food. I feel silly that I waited that long, but I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. I've had bad service at Opal's before but I enjoy the location,atmosphere and I like being able to bring my dog along. My husband and I definitely won't be wasting our money at this horrible local business.
Worst Service & Bartender – A group of us went to Opal Divine on West 6th. I must honestly say I have never met a more hostile and rude bartender. Anna, the bartender/manager perhaps forgotten what customer service means. She was condescending and inappropriate. Never have I encountered more terrible service. If you want to have a good time and a few drinks with your pals, I would advise against going there, least not until such attitude from the staff is discouraged and corrected.
Migas Review by The Melbourne Method – The Opal Divine?s Migas come with a fairly standard assortment of sides: two tortillas, potatoes, and beans. The Migas arrived with decent speed and as I looked at the plate I remembered my father saying that he enjoyed the Migas, and thus I prepared to eat. I immediately noticed that my plate arrived sans salsa, and while this could have simply been an oversight it was nevertheless significant. The little lump of Migas appeared edible enough, with a light layer of shredded cheddar on top, there was clear visual evidence of tortilla chips, and red spots signified the presence of tomatoes. It is worth noting (before I go any further) that the Opal Divine?s menu boasts three items containing Migas: Migas, Migas Quesadillas, and Migas Tacos (which Liz ordered). It stands to reason, therefore, that the Migas must be pretty good, right? Wrong, so very wrong. The Migas were tasteless, slippery, rubbery, and though there was clear visual evidence that there was cheese, chips, and veggies I can?t say that I tasted compelling reason to believe that they were anything more than a visual trick. These Migas were an affront to Migas the city over, they weren?t just sub-par, they were really bad.
The bowl of beans was pale and watery and I couldn?t find evidence of a bean within the bowl (which took up a considerable amount of plate space), the big tortillas overtook a large piece of the plate beneath which was blank space, though the potatoes were pretty good (and came with ketchup though the plate lacked salsa). The Migas actually took up only about a fourth of the plate.
I can?t really complain about the lack of Migas as they were so completely uninteresting. It?s not that they were too cheesy or too saucy, the chips weren?t too crunchy, the jalapenos weren?t too spicy, it was just too overwhelmingly mediocre. I feel bad saying it, but Opal Divine?s may just have the worst Migas in Austin.
See more of my Migas reviews at www.themelbournemethod.blogspot dot com
Terrible – Just awful. The worst bar in Austin. Can't believe how bad the service was. The staff will decide to ignore there tables and then look offended when you try to make an order! It takes hours just to get the bill! Avoid...
must have been a good night – I personally had a great time drinking beer on the patio. Really nice huge trees and the view of the skyline was nice. There was a band playing and the ambience was great. Seemed everyone including me was having a great time. I had the philly cheese steak which i personally thought was really good. I usually dont like fries but had a couple because they came with my sandwich and before i knew it they were all gone. Im pretty picky about my fries. They werent greasy tasting. The service was pretty typical for a crowded austin pub. No better or no worse than what i have experience over the years at other restaurants or bars. I brought my laptop and enjoyed surfing the mighty net using opals free wi-fi. I will return again.
The Food is Really Bad – Even for a bar this place serves the worst sandwiches on Sixth St. If your not going for the food, ok. But if you are prepare for something less than you school cafeteria. For some sitting on Sxth St. is all the reave but the polution and nosie are laughable at best.
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