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Agora Churrascaria
Agora Churrascaria

Agora Churrascaria Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.agoranow.com
  • Phone: (949) 222-9910
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "If you are a carnivore, this is your place! All meat, all the time. Great salad bar, exceptional service!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Service was amazing and food was great. I would definitely return."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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:("
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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 --"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great place and amazing meat !!!!!! Be hungry as meat flying around"
    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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have been to Agora several times and it has been consistently good. If you are at any point craving meat- this is great option. For the price, I think it is a better value than some of the upscale steak houses. Great place to a big group."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Tuesday nights dinner at Agora was great. The smoked salmon at the bar was really fishy but other than that, the good was perfect. The only negative thing I have to say was where they sat us. We had reservations at 6:30 and when we arrived, it was 1/4 full. They sat us in the front and had to deal with everyone walking by our table the whole night. There was plenty of tables in the middle. Kind of ruined a anneversiary dinner. That is minor and does not take away from the great food."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I found the restaurant to be very good on all categories. The staff was attentive, but not over attentive, the food was very good, and there was a great variety to select. The restaurant was very clean, and the ambience very nice. Although salmon was offered, there was no other fish offered."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "food was great and service is great. the kids had a lot of fun meat was stupendous and the salad bar was fresh. The one thing was i had to wait for my meat a lil too long but besides that B+"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "If you're looking for great meat, and a great variety of it, you won't be disappointed. It's cooked perfectly, and it's so good that you find yourself eating it by itself, without any of the side dishes from the buffet/salad bar. The latter is good, but not great. The table service is good and friendly, but the hostess has a bit of an attitude. The wine list features only California wines and as such, is totally overpriced. With wine and tip, the bill came to $75/person."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "In general, all meat we tasted was not tender as we expected. It seemed that meat quality was not so good but they marinated meat to make it tender. Some parts are overlooked and dry. Salad bar and buffet choice was not so good either. Ambiance of restaurant is good, but it's not worth for what they charge. This was my 3rd time here and I was never impressed much, but boys seemed like it because they could eat as much as meat they wanted."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "All I can say is amazing! This was our first visit and I plan to return. While the price does keep this from being an all the time place for my family, it is now the top of the list for special dinner spots! The food was excellent and ALL of the staff was friendly and fun to talk to."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The steaks, and the lamb chop were great (we did eat anything with bacon or pork). The salad bar was excellent. The Argentine wine was perfect for our dinner."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were treated on Father's Day to this beautiful and outstanding all-you-can-eat Brazilian BBQ restaurant. The restaurant itself is a pleasure to view with high beam ceilings and massive river rock walls. The ambiance is that of a top restaurant in a 5 star hotel. After perusing the colorful salad and seafood bar which looks into the kitchen through a glass wall, you are seated and treated to the unending parade of fine cuts of BBQ meats, flank, skirt, top sirloin, roasts, beef, pork and chicken plus sausages, some wrapped with bacon, others like lamb rack enhanced with French herbs and Dijon mustard. Excellent service, highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. We were celebrating my son's graduation and we had a wonderful time and felt well cared for. The atmosphere was relaxing and we were able to sample all the wonderful types of meat. The servers came back often enough that we were able to have seconds (and thirds) of our favorites. And our waitress checked with us to see if there were any we wanted to come back again. Water glasses were filled constantly, without being disruptive. Clean plates were brought when they were needed. I never felt rushed to leave (and there were people waiting for tables)."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Para ser uma churrascaria brasileira falta muita coisa. Pouca variedade de carnes no almoço."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Agora had wonderful skirt steak and sausages, but some of the bacon wrapped filet and bacon wrapped chicken seemed over cooked and a bit dry. The skirt steak was by far the best and we wished it had come by again, but it only came as the first offering."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I find how their rules of making a reservation for more than 10 by signing a contract and charging $10 extra per person so that everyone can sit together is totally ridiculous!! We had a party of 16 (11 adults, 1 13-yrs old, 2 7&8 yrs old, and 2 4&5 yrs old) and our bill including a requested of 20% gratuity came out to being nearly $1000!! While the food isn't too bad, but it is NOT worth it for 11 adults to be paying $90/person or if we were to count all of the kids, it would be $62.5 per person. How much can a 4 to 5 year old eat to be paying $62.50 per child? Even an adult for $62.50 for Brazilian steakhouse is a rip off in my opinion. I would NEVER visit here again nor refer anyone because I believe it is a ripoff!! "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I loved the people and the service. The manager suggested an amazing Brazilian beer and said if I did not like it, I could send it back. The salad/cheese/sides bar was great as usual. The meat however, was very dry and not too flavorful. I also received meat that was far too raw. The servers even came back and saw I had not eaten it, and apologized for the almost completely raw cut. Pretty disappointed since I have come to expect a certain level of meat quality from Agora."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Agora Churrascaria is excellent. The food is delicious and the service is very good. The environment is very nice for dates or for groups."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food is undeniably incredible! It is top notch when the men come out with their swords presenting the meat. However we made reservations and my only request was a high chair for my 1 year old. When we got to the restaurant we were informed that one party had taken all the high chairs. I was very unhappy about having to hold my son through this dinner and had to suggest to the hostess maybe the one table doesn't need ALL their chairs. Eventually we got it worked out, but it was very annoying and I'm going to go ahead and assume, this isn't a "kid friendly" restaurant."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food quality was up there, the service was great, the place offers a lot of space and light, the salad bar is amazing as well. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was great. Only negative thing was there was no baby changing table in the restrooms. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The Brazilian steakhouse dining is an experience to be had by all beef lovers. The variety of beef will satisfy all, and if beef isn't your choice of protein, they also serve chicken and salmon table side. Not to mention other varieties of fish at the quality buffet offering side dishes to please every taste bud. The gauchos are pleasant and can be a source of entertainment. Overall great food!!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The staff was amazing. The food, as always was excellent. It was Mother's Day and quite busy, but very enjoyable. Always recommend this place for a special occasion. It is a bit pricey, but well worth it. Come with an appetite."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The bill for 2 people with tip is around $120. A nice salad bar followed by a few small cuts of uncooked beef is not what I consider fine dining. For a restaurant centered around preparing meats this was a serious disappointment. With a price point so high you would also think this place would be the kind of place for a nice evening out, be warned, Agora is equivalent to an adult Chuck-E-Cheese. The drive home was my wife and I regretfully discussing what food we should have spent that money on. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great steaks and all the sides. Service was wonderful. They keep your plate full."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Went out early on Friday to celebrate with my daughters Mothers Day!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Been here several times because some members of my family like it, but since I'm the one who pays, I have a different perspective. I'm not cheap, have money, and don't mind spending it as long as what I'm getting in return is worth it. Agora's food is not bad. It's not spectacular either. Sometimes the meat is a little tough, sometimes it's dry and over cooked. All in all, it's really not bad. But it certainly is not worth $46 per person. If you want meat, take that money, and maybe a little more, to Morton's, Maestro's, Fleming's or Ruth's Chris and enjoy yourself. If you want to stuff yourself on mediocrity or you want the unique Brazilian steak house experience, well then visit Agora...ONCE. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I was not disappointed with the restaurant. I loved the food, the service and the ambience. Just be sure to bring an appetite!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "It was our first time experiencing a Brazilian restaurant like this. We enjoyed choosing which cuts of meat we wanted. We were disappointed that the rib were brought after we paid (even though we had asked for them several times). "
    Dined on 4/26/2014