Agora Churrascaria
Agora Churrascaria

Agora Churrascaria

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.agoranow.com/
  • Phone: 9492229910
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday Lunch 11:30am-2:00pm Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm Saturday-Sunday Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Brazilian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McArthur
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Agora Churrascaria
Agora Churrascaria is a Brazilian Steak House in the "Rodizio" style, where waiters, dressed as Gauchos (local ranchers from the South), move from table to table carrying skewers of meat, from which they slice portions for their guests. Agora serves 12 different cuts of meat, including beef, pork, lamb and chicken. The restaurant prepares each cut as it has been for centuries: seasoned with rock salt to accent the individual tastes of each cut, and slow-roasted over an open flame. Upon being seated, every guest is given a green and red-sided circular chip to control their fixed price, continuous tableside service. The green side signals the Gaucho to "bring it on," while the red side stops the service. For additional servings, guests simply flip the indicator back to the green side. In addition to the succulent meat selections, Agora offers an outstanding hot and cold salad bar, comprised of Brazilian and seafood specialties as well as a variety of tempting side dishes.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Agora Churrascaria reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (91)good for groups (73)fit for foodies (47)romantic (36)great for lunch (26)kid-friendly (18)neighborhood gem (17)great for brunch (13)hot spot (13)notable wine list (12)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Recently went here for an anniversary, and it was perfect! The salad bar is fresh and has the highest quality ingredients, and you will NOT leave hungry! There was no shortage of waiters coming by with exquisite cuts of meat... a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We have never been disappointed with the food or service. Everything was excellant. Our group of 5 had fun and the two new members wer pleasantly surprised at the service. The manager even came around to check on us and when we ask for a special meat that had missed us, he got it to us immediately. Service is great here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Low-Carb Lovers Dream
    LowCarbLuvr
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Being on a low carb diet, finding places to eat without stressing over the menu is difficult, but Agora took that away. Meat galore and side salads = excellent low carb paradise! The atmosphere was nice and intimate, and I loved the element of surprise given you don't know what meat is coming next! The food was tasty, and the ambiance was great. I can't wait to go back again, but with the somewhat high price (you are getting endless meat after all haha), it isn't an "everyday" type of restaurant. :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but slow service
    Nella
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I've been here several times before and didn't seem to have any of the issues I had on this visit. They must have changed their staff/servers. There were several servers who would serve the food across myself and across the table. Several times the carving knife was too close to my face/hands than I was comfortable with while the server reached across to place the meat onto the plates. It was not just one server who did that. Several of them were doing the same. I will say, one of the veteran server would move appropriately around the table to serve the food. At one point, there were no servers with the skewers of meat to be found for about 10-15 mins. When your plate is empty for that long, it ruins the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time here
    skirtsteakwasbomb
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A little disappointed. Been here before and loved it. The meat selections were less than my first time there. Also the meat servers skipped us even though our cards were green. Busboys seemed to be rushing us out and cleared off our silverware before we were done eating. Waiter dropped off a dessert menu before we were done eating. Felt rushed the whole time and there wasn't even a wait. Will probably not come back for a while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The breads was awesome and meats tasted great!! Loved the salads bar too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Agoramania
    forzadimangiare
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The servers were attentive and the presentation was unique and fun. You can't go away feeling unsatisfied (unless you're a vegan)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive but good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We love this place. The only issue that it's pretty expensive for the person that doesn't eat that much meat (me). I mostly come to accompany our family, but I just don't eat that much and I there's no small portion option. But if you like meat, you'll love this place!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Service was good, people were polite but expected more attention to detail. Some of the featured meats were not as we imagined and not to our liking. It was my wife's b-day and I noted it on the reservation, but no special recognition was made, disappointing. It's not our first time dinning at a Brazilian steak house, in comparison to others, this one needs work.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A nice Churrascaria to go to
    MeAtL0vEr6
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We went to the restaurant for a special event. Most of the food was great. It was pricey but overall great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much better than last time
    Foodlover220
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This was my 3rd time to visit this restaurant. First time was dinner, but the meat were not juicy, over cooked, not good at all. Second time, happy hour was OK. And this time was much much better than previouse times. The meat are so juicy and tender, all the salad and hot bars are good. I really enjoyed the meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too expensive - Expect less
    KenAfrica
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I took friends here even after reading reviews. Most negative reviews were all on point. I went here expecting too much. I thought they would have alot of meat selections. They had the norm, Chicken, pork sausage, skirt steak, Filet maignon, lamb, pork and i ordered chicken hearts (secret menu). Service is good, servers are nice but the quality of meat is not as expected. Friend ordered a spicy magarita and they brought spicy water, returned that and got an ok magarita and this time instead of salt it was sugar. OK we didn't bother to complain. Desert is extra, not included in buffet. They should have more variety, add BBQ, Fried,......just something to increase meat choices and use more fresh meat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't go wrong here.
    pickydiner231
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I have probably eaten here about six times. The food is always amazing and it is a great treat for special occasions. Highly recommend for meat lovers.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive Restauant, poor service
    Giselle
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Once in a while we are going to Agura Steakhouse, especially when we have a something to celebrate! We have never been on a Saturday before and we will never go on a Saturday again! The restaurant was overbooked and looked like a hall with hundreds of people! Once in a while you've got your neighbors chair in your back, because the tables were standing very close to each other! All the waiters were wet from sweat because they'd run around to try to bring all the meat to the tables! You've got 3 seconds to grap the meat, dirty plates and empty glases were in front of us for more than 30 minutes. All the waiters were stressed out and we had not a good service at all! Also, it was so freezing cold inside! There was no need to stay or drink
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it use to be?
    DaveT
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I've been dining at Agora for Years. In the beginning everything was perfect. As of this visit it confirms what I thought about my last few visits. The quality of the meats has declined substantially. It use to be in the league of Fogo de chao or Texas de Brasil, it's not even close anymore. The prices have increased and the quality has decreased, not a good combination!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent steak house
    Frogprince
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent steak house with great service, large salad bar, and all the steak, chicken, pork, and salmon you can eat. White table cloth. Good special occasion restaurant because of the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat Paradise
    Kuat
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Delicious meat served on swords by attentive staff, with a good salad bar and decent drinks. Went there for a birthday party, was not disappointed. Would recommend for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Birthday lunch for a friend
    MelC
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Very nice restaurant. Good food and excellent service. I went for birthday lunch. The restaurant prepare a dessert for my friend. It was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was great and the service was wonderful! The salad bar was also notable with exceptional choices!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall, great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Mostly everything was perfect! The only thing that went south was that I orders an specific type of meat and it never came. The waiter said they would bring it shortly, and it didn't happen. Besides that, everything else was great! I would totally go back to this location!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    Meathead
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service is great. Very friendly and attentive. Agora should consider a dress code. To many people go in shorts and flip flops. A bit of a turn off. At least a polo shirt and jeans should be required.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ajeba
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Perfect place to celebrate any occasion. Love this place!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great place to eat. Fun with a big group, great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steven
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    First time there and was a great experience and there were so many choices of meat and great foods!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be.
    Nogora
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Really disappointed in the serving of the cooked meats, at few items came out at first (chicken, sausages, wrapped meats), then a long wait (10 minutes or so) before the better cuts of meat came out (skirt steak and sirlion), by then we had already paid the bill and most were full. Not worth bring a large party here.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Omar and Carlos were fantastic
    Agora
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I eat at Agora about once a month. Esteban was on vacation for this trip, but Omar and the rest of the Gaucho crew took fantastic care of me. Carlos (server) made sure I had a full coke throughout the dinner. The bus staff also did an excellent job of keeping my water glass full and bringing me new plates. The skewered meats were delectable as always. The Pichana is my favoriate cut, but all the beef is wonderful (although, the kebabs are usually over-cooked for my taste). The salmon is also another favorite. Thanks again Agora staff for a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • customer service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We love the food but our waiter was busy taking care of large group and it was little irritating to wait for a while until we actually have him come to our table.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    marzdogVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    If you are a carnivore, this is your place! All meat, all the time. Great salad bar, exceptional service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EKG1
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Excellent food, impeccable and friendly service, and a lovely ambience make Agora one of Orange County's best finds. Since I attended a business lunch at Agora, I found the atmosphere perfect for that purpose, but can easily see that this restaurant would also offer an ideal setting for a romantic dinner, a great brunch, or dinner with a small group of friends. The wine list looked to be very high quality, as was everything about the dining experience. Our group fully enjoyed our meal at Agora and would gladly recommend it to other business lunchers and groups of friends as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    David
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Not a typical churrascaria. Service is slow, drinks came out late, food is not served right away. I suppose the strategy is for everyone to feast on the buffet before serving the meats. Would highly recommend Fogo de Chão in Beverly Hills. Definitely not going back to Agora.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good, but a bit overpriced
    Kelby
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food and service were excellent. While the restaurant deserves to be a higher-priced restaurant, I felt the prices were about 15-20% higher than they should have been. I went with my wife and three kids, so an extra 15-20% adds up. It was a nice dinner, but the next time I take my family to a nice dinner, there are very nice restaurants in town that are just as nice but 15-20% cheaper. That's not a knock on the quality, though. My only nit with the food would be that, while they have many varieties of meats, it seemed only 5 of them ever made their way to our table. Those 5 were very good, but a little more variety at the table would have been nice. Service was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food
    DASfoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    great quality. good food. fast service. very pricey.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • dimner
    food
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    manager not friendly, he did not really acknowledge us arriving nor leaving. however food was great and staff was excellent at their jobs. fun place for foodies, was fun way to celebrate anniversary. bummer no free dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food good. Staff not so much.
    unwelcoming
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food is good. Staff was not very friendly or focused on service. Starting with the hostess non-greeting and a rude manager who sat us with a stone face. When we asked to top sit closer to the buffet area, he pretty much said no to us. When you get sat in the back in this place, you don't get the same experience. Our check was $400 plus. For that type of check, we would expect some service and not like we're eating at a casual burger joint. Actually, they have friendlier people at most burger joints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Variety of Meats
    kaito2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Service was amazing and food was great. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great beef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I took my husband for his birthday because he craved a meatfest. Very nice place EXCEPT they don't really honor their dress code so I was irritated that I had changed out of my nice jeans after I saw people come in wearing shorts dressed for Islands or Applebee's. All of the beef was so tender and delicious. The chicken was not so great so focus on the beef since you have to prioritize or else you'll leave full of what's not the most important part or most delicious bits! Plenty of sides and salad bar but don't fill up or you will not get your money's worth!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday celebration
    July4
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My husband and son treated me to a birthday dinner at your restaurant.... Only issue is that the restaurant never even acknowledged it was my bthday. The reservation was placed on line where it asked if we were celebrating anything special. My bthday was on July 4th:(
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Night Special
    SundaySurprise
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We generally do not eat out on Sunday evenings -- But this was a special occasion -- The Agora was outstanding and very quite for as busy as they were -- Don't overlook them for a great eating venue --
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jeita
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great place and amazing meat !!!!!! Be hungry as meat flying around
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service
    Service
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The service was great always there when you need them no need to wait. The salad bar has alot of variety and everything taste good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate