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From the Opus gallery

Opus, was the first real restaurant I owned. We offered a blend of contemporary and traditional Italian food with a sprinkle of Baja and we relied heavily on local ingredients. Daily fresh market menus were what Opus got known for,along with a steadfast commitment to clean and honest food. After a couple months from the opening we were ranked #8 out of  96 restaurants in San Jose' del Cabo and I take it like a huge personal achievement considering that in the top 5 you'll find a hot dog joint, a hamburger restaurant,  one BIG dollars destination restaurant and one celebrity chef's restaurant.
 Here are some of the reviews and a few plating sequencies we shot in the kitchen:

Comentado el 22 agosto 2011

I live in San Jose del Cabo and have been to all of the different restaurants that Emilio has been a chef at. His food is always a surprise and so tasty. He puts combinations together that I have never had before. He is truly a wonderful CHEF! Try it you will not be disappointed. The menu changes daily according to what is fresh that day. Both Emilio and Lupita are fun and wonderful people. ENJOY!

·         Visitado el Julio de 2011

Comentado el 18 agosto 2011

This is chef from the former "oliva". He is still as eccentric as ever and leaves you guessing what is going to be served as a special.

Main menu is fine but the daily specials are the real deal. Could run from humming bird breasts to meatloaf so be prepared. Always good.

·         Visitado el Junio de 2011

Comentado el 26 julio 2011

A quiet place in the middle of a plaza on the Malecon Blvd. in San Jose. The food was delicious and the attention was remarkable. The prices are reasonable. An excellent option for italian dining in San José.

·         Visitado el Junio de 2011

Comentado el 9 julio 2011

Ate here for our anniversary, and everything was wonderful. Appetizers were 70 pesos, salads, ~75, and entrees ranged from 170 to ~200 pesos. There are many good restaurants in San Jose, but Opus really stood out to us because of the personal attentive service and the passion that shown through in each and every item on the menu (which is updated every evening, and was presented to us by the chef). If you want an intimate, unique, and personal dining experience with food you will remember, I can highly recommend Opus (and as my profile shows, I usually don't bother reviewing much).

·         Visitado el Julio de 2011

Comentado el 25 junio 2011

Estando de vacaciones por San José, mi novia y yo visitamos este lugar hace unos días. El lugar tiene un ambiente unico. Comenzamos con un carpaccio excelente, luego mi novia pidió una pasta y yo preferipreferí probar el risotto, ambos ,nos explicaba el chef Emilio, son preparados totalmente al momento. acompañado claro de una buena copa de vino.
Visita obligatoria a la cocina Italiana que pocos pueden crear.

·         Visitado el Junio de 2011

Comentado el 7 mayo 2011

Emilio is a very creative chef who takes great pride in his culinary skills and presentation. And he will work with you if you have special food considerations. I am a vegetarian, and he was so willing to modify a menu item for me. He is energetic and the food is delicious. I nearly wanted to lick the plate clean when I was finished!

·         Visitado el Abril de 2011

Comentado el 5 mayo 2011

We've been eating out all week and, truth to be told, this is by far the best restaurant in town.
We knew L'Oliva and loved it. Opus is chef Amelio's natural evolution
Itakian food with a Baja accent,freshness and politeness.
Great service,great wines,great prices...a deal.
In the middle of All Inclusive resorts, this restaurant is a find for discerning palates.
Strongly suggest the carpaccios, tartares and intriguing raviolis.
To a job well done!

·         Visitado el Mayo de 2011

Comentado el 26 abril 2011

Good,fresh food.
Clean kitchen and friendly owners.Chefs invited us inside the kitchen and let us watch our dinner being cooked! Awesome.
real Italian food, with a neat twist.

·         Visitado el Abril de 2011

Comentado el 19 marzo 2011

Walked down to the beach while staying in San Jose del Cabo, and this was the only welcoming place we found to eat near the beach. One of the few establishments that is not part of the mega resort culture. The service and attention to quality is impeccable while the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. Prices very reasonable.http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/ca/b6/c8/opus-restaurant-sign.jpg

·         Visitado el Marzo de 2011

Roasted pargo with fried tomatoes, broccoli , Swiss chard and Basil

Snook, minted fava bean mush, fried cherry tom, asparagus

Fried octopus