Casual Elegance, Personalized Service, Relaxed Sophistication. The Finest Steaks, Chops, & Seafood.
Opus 9 is the kind of elegant, classy, modern restaurant that you would love to go to on a nice date, yet at the same time it’s casual enough to go to for a laid back lunch with some friends. I was very impressed with the atmosphere and decor. You can definitely tell that it was put together by someone who knew what they were doing! As I walked around the restaurant, I felt relaxed and catered to by the black tie wait staff and the music playing from the self playing piano.
We started off the meal with their little basket of simple bread and crisps, which I had to control myself from getting too full from! Our first course was the BBQ shrimp appetizer. It was plated beautifully and had a delicious taste. It was spicy, and my nose was running a bit, but it was worth it because the flavor was excellent! I also really enjoyed the crab cake sandwich and the delicious Oscar 9 steak. I don’t see how you can go to the Opus 9 Steakhouse without trying a steak. We ended our meal by trying their Chocolate Concerto dessert, which was a molten chocolate cake with a delicious gooey center. I’ve had quite a few molten chocolate cakes in my lifetime and I have to say that this one was one of the best!
My Favorite Thing: I think my favorite thing about this restaurant is actually the whole package of atmosphere, decor and ambiance. My favorite dish, however, would have to be the crab cake sandwich. Most people complain about crab cake sandwiches having too much “filler” in them. Unless I missed something, it seemed like this one had none. The sauce that they made for the sandwich was amazing! I wish I could have taken home a bowl of it!
What I would like to try next time: Though I am not a huge tuna person, the Tuna Mignon caught my eye . It’s a mélange of Wild Mushrooms with julienne Red Peppers sautéed with Shallots and White Wine in a Sweet Chili and Butter sauce.
An Upscale Fine Dining Experience in Williamsburg
Sometimes you just feel like getting all fancied up and treating yourself or anyone your with to a finer level of dining. One where you know that you will be enjoying a taste and an ambiance created by highly trained and extremely talented artisans. There’s not too many places here in Williamsburg that offers that. Opus 9 though, is one of them.
High ceilings, beautiful architecture, well chosen and placed works of art as well as a HUGE selection of wines shelved all along the walls throughout the restaurant gives Opus 9 a very upscale and classy New York style vibe. Everything from the brightness of the lights to the butter and the bread feels likes it’s been meticulously thought about and cared for. I loved their butter and bread by the way. Which happens to be one of those little things that I always look for and hope in a restaurant. A perfect segue to the food…
We had the New Orleans Style Barbecued Shrimp – “Fresh Cracked Pepper and Rosemary Marinated Shrimp simmered in Butter, White Wine, Garlic and other Classic Spices. Served over Toasted Crostini.” as our appetizer. This was very good. An appetizing, slightly spicy creamy orange/red sauce smothered over a row of shrimp on top of a long slice of a garlic crostini. I really enjoyed this. Their Caprese Salad – “Red and Yellow Tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, red onion and a chiffonade of fresh Basil with our house Basil Vinaigrette Dressing.” was nicely done. Cool and refreshing with large slices of fresh mozzarella. The Chicken Genoese – “Pesto Marinated Chicken Breast Sauteed Spinach and Sun Dried Tomatoes. Fresh Mozzarella.” was delicious. I really liked the mozzarella melted on top of the chicken and that tasty pesto sauce with the sun dried tomatoes throughout. And then I had the Oscar 9 – “Center Cut Filet Mignon. Cooked to your liking. Atop marinated Portabella Mushroom and Asparagus Topped with Classic Béarnaise Sauce and Sautéed Lump Crab Meat.”. Wow. It looked like a boat of steak bearing a precious cargo of succulent crab meat to your mouth. PERFECTLY, and I mean perfectly cooked with tremendous flavor in the meat and accompanying sauce. It’s one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. Just magnificent. We finished off our meal with the Chocolate Concerto Plus!!! – “Molten Chocolate Cake with a warm center, Caramel Sauce and Kilwin’s Vanilla Ice Cream.” We cleaned the plate. The hot chocolate sauce seemed to endlessly ooze out of that cake as though it was reproducing itself. It flowed into the cool mound of ice cream producing a delicious chocolate/vanilla slurry which we quickly scooped up.
My Favorite Thing: Oscar 9. A fantastic steak.
What I would like to try next time: New York Strip, AuPoivre – “Our New York Strip Encrusted With a Mélange of White, Red and Black Peppercorns: Pan-Seared and Deglazed with Brandy. Finished with a Brandy Cream Sauce.” Sounds awesome.
Roads Reader’s ChoiceReader’s Choice Awards
Best Overall Restaurant 2011
Best Fine Dining 2011
Best Peninsula Restaurant 2011
Best Wine List 2011
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
for our wine list in 2007, 2008 and 2010
Platinum Plates Award
Hampton Roads Magazine in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010
Winner! Best Dish of Colonial Peninsula
March of Dimes Signature Chef Competition in 2010
Best of Williamsburg Awards
Voted by Virginia Gazette Readers
2010 – Best Steakhouse · Best Brunch · Best Crab Cakes
2009 – Best Steakhouse · Best Brunch · Best Crab Cakes
2008 – Best Steakhouse · Best Event Planner · Best Brunch (2nd) · Best Crab Cakes (3rd)
2007 – Best Steakhouse (2nd) · Best New Restaurant (2nd) · Best Crabcakes · Best Brunch · Best New Business
Toast of the Town Award
Chamber of Commerce (Taste of Williamsburg) Winner in 2007