1527 17th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20036Neighborhood:
MediterraneanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.agoradc.net/
- Phone: (202) 332-6767
- Hours of Operation:
Sunday thru Thursday 5 p.m. until 11p.m. / late night menu until 1a.m.
Friday thru Saturday 5 p.m. until midnight/late night menu until 2 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday Brunch 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Monday - Friday : 11am - 3pm
Monday thru Thursday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday -5:00 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Saturday – 11a.m. to 3 a.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
- Executive Chef: Ghassan Jarrouj
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
- Catering: Please call for more info.
- Special Events: EFFECTIVE MARCH 23RD 2013, OUR BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH WILL BE PRICED AT $32.99 PER PERSON.
A word from AGORA
Agora is a sensory pleasure oasis showcasing Mediterranean mezes with highlighted libations from Turkey & Greece.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
AGORA reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since July 29, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (86)great for outdoor dining (85)neighborhood gem (83)good for groups (75)great for brunch (57)hot spot (26)special occasion (25)great for lunch (22)notable wine list (17)romantic (17)vibrant bar scene (12)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (9)Show More
- Great lunch spotDinnerguruVIPDined on 11/24/2014Casual atmosphere with very good Turkish/ Mediterranean food. It's not a fancy place, but it's comfortable and the food is authentic and tasty. Service is friendly and efficient.Special Features:
- Great brunch for a group.BrooklanddinersDined on 11/23/2014Go for brunch with at least a group of four and you'll get to sample almost everything on the menu. We had 26 plates between us. Food was great as was the service. Not to mention that they kept the mimosas coming.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good foodSelectiveFoodieDined on 11/11/2014I avoid small plate restaurants but friends wanted this style of food. Food is good and when they say small plates, they really do mean small plates (which means at these type of restaurants you pay a lot and leave hungry).Special Features:
- Wonderful Turkish FoodKimvaDined on 11/2/2014My husband and I returned from 10 day vacation in Turkey. We loved Turkish food so we were searching for a Turkish restaurant. Agora was closest to our house so we went there. The food was outstanding -- it was like the food we had in Turkey. I would highly recommend Agora. Also the ambience was very nice.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bottomless EverythingOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/2/2014Agora has a bottomless brunch option that includes drinks. My friend and I were able to try 70% of the items on the menu with plenty of mimosas for all. I really liked the food. I did not like, however, was being rushed out of our table because of another reservation. One thing I cannot stand more than anything else is when restaurants do that to their customers. It's so tacky.Special Features:
- Smoky Flavor Overwhelmed TasteTimDVIPDined on 10/30/2014We have visited Agora numerous times when visiting DC and this was no exception. We were very happy with everything we ordered except the babaganoush (and I know I didn't spell that correctly). It was just overly smoky - it's not been that smoky in the past, so I'm assuming it just went a bit too long in the smoker or a heavy pour of whatever smoke they might use, but it was just too much. Other than that, the lamb kebab, the swordfish, the kasik salad ... all delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent selections of tapas!1SandyVIPDined on 10/25/2014Delightful restaurant with an outstanding selection of tapas and cocktails. Service was exemplary!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedLoveDeuxaveVIPDined on 10/25/2014Our server did not bring us any bread when we got seated - not even after we ordered. She also got most of the orders wrong. I was very much looking forward to a great Turkish breakfast. This was a huge disappointment. It is way too Americanized and not authentic. Who works in the kitchen? Because I doubt it is Turks...Special Features:
- Bait and switchElizabethDined on 10/23/2014A friend and I chose this restaurant to meet for happy hour (drinks and light tapas) before a 7:30 movie nearby. I arrived first and there were not 2 seats together available at the bar. There were some people waiting at the bar to meet others who had not shown up yet and the stools were spread out, so they could have accommodated more people. I waited for about 15 minutes for 2 seats to open up at the bar, but nothing opened up. We were told that our only choice was to sit at a table and order from the more expensive menu, even though some of the exact same tapas were available at the bar for "happy hour" prices. We even called the manager who gave a lame excuse about the cash register being set up differently at the bar.Special Features:
- Turkish delightOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/22/2014Our first night in DC was kicked off with 18 delicious small plates from this wonderful neighborhood eatery. We had lamb and fish, cheeses and breads, and many other vegetable treats. Everything was carefully chosen by the owner for its cross section of flavors and textures. I generally don't like octopus, but I was amazed how deliciously it tasted broiled. The eggplant was perfectly roasted and layered. I am generally opposed to small plate restaurants, but in this case I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The Branzino and the Adana Kebab!DCFoodieDined on 10/20/2014We got the kofte (nothing too special) the brussell sprouts (okay), kibbeh (wonderful), branzino (still dreaming about it), and the adana kebab (awesome). Bread was hot and delicious and the service was great - we sat at the bar because we ended up getting a corner and the bartender was great fun.Special Features:
- I"m so done with small plates!LEGGDined on 10/16/2014Maybe I came to Agora with a bad attitude on small plates, i'll admit it, but my experience there confirmed that this is a trend that must end! Tiny portions on these little plates. If you like the dish, there's not really enough to relish it, it is gone in just a few bites especially shared with a friend. I suppose I could order 3 or 4 of the same small plate to make a dinner portion, but that would run up a head-turning bill, for the plates are far smaller than the price. I'm just giving up eating at these places. Agora, buck the trend and start serving dinner portions at dinner! Don't make us order 3 or 4 things, none of which are in sufficient quantity.Special Features:
- Small plates w gluten free optionsgfdinerDined on 10/15/2014The small plates here are particularly small, but the upside is that it allows for you to order a variety of foods. All of the food was delicious! The patio is pretty sizable and a great spot on a nice day. I would definitely recommend coming here during outside dining season to get the best experience. Overall, it was a wonderful dinner.Special Features:
- Good for tapasNYerVIPDined on 10/13/2014The food was good, the portions are all tapas-sized, even those marked as Entrees in the menu, which is a bit confusing. Still, tasty food at a good price and good wines.Special Features:
- Very debableRWoodBVIPDined on 10/10/2014We have been to Agora more than a dozen times and have never been disappointed. The food is not only reasonably priced, it is fresh and flavorful. There is a very good wine selection that is marked up much less than the mark-up by most restaurants in the District. The service is friendly, but not intrusive. It is an excellent value for the money.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great FoodOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/28/2014The food here is delicious and very authentic. Highly recommended.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Inhospitable HostessAJS20009VIPDined on 9/25/2014Had an unpleasant experience with the hostess. Arrived at 5:30 and told the hostess that there would be 3 in total (one on the way). She asked if we were having dinner or just drinks. We were having drinks & appetizers. She suggested that we go to the bar for happy hour specials. I preferred to be in the dining room and asked to be seated there. She hesitated to seat us, though the dining room was empty. She indicated that it was problematic b/c we didn't commit to a full dinner, and b/c we didn’t have a res. We couldn’t believe that. So, I went onto OpenTable and made a res. She then told me we couldn’t be seated without a full party. It was most unimpressive. We did stay and got seated. Food was good but the hostess' attitude wasn't.Special Features:
- BubbeVIPDined on 9/21/2014Was Turkish week - delicious 4 course meal - good price - lots of choicesSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Highly Animatedphun2dineDined on 9/19/2014The restaurant is in high power gear. It is an evening of constant motion, Yet very enjoyableSpecial Features:
- Delicious and entertainingjoyceVIPDined on 9/19/2014Food was really good, exceeded our expectations. We did the Mezze with 4 of us sharing and everything was delicious. Can't wait to return. We had an early dinner so had no problem with service or sound, but did notice it became more crowded and hectic by the time we left.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just OKOpenTable Diner Since 2013VIPDined on 9/12/2014I love Greek/Mediterranean food and heard good reviews for this restaurant. I found many of the dishes to be incredibly oily and the portion sizes were way out of whack. I grew up in the area and I eat out at least two or three times a week for dinner. I understand that DC is an expensive city in which to dine, but this was ridiculous. A small skewer of chicken with sauce was $12. The waitress wasn't very attentive to us. We would get our drinks and then she would disappear for twenty minutes. It wasn't that busy so I'm not sure what the delay was for. Probably won't be going back unless it's for drinks.Special Features:
- DeliciousnessHungryLobbyistVIPDined on 9/11/2014Agora has become a neighborhood go-to for us. Always reliable food, surprisingly good Greek wine. Can be tough to get seating outside, but the bar and indoor tables are fine.Special Features:
- Take a trip to TurkeyRandyVIPDined on 9/8/2014With Agora, you will experience the very tastes of Turkey. The beet and citrus salad, the egg plant salad, the meets and octopus and bransino were excellently prepared and delicious. In addition, we were fortunate to attend Agora during half price wine bottle night. All around, a great evening.Special Features:
- Great Brunch PlaceWhereRtheGoodEatsDined on 9/7/2014Agora serves Turkish food, but they also have some familiar breakfast entrees. The menu has great vegetarian options. My veggie friends often order the manchego omelet. I usually order the pide with sausage. The coffee is definitely a cut above the typical DC watery cup of joe. Their hummus is incredible, and it will be gone in no time. Even at brunch, you want some of this hummus, friends. I haven't done the bottomless brunch, which requires everyone at the table to commit or no one gets it, but the tables who do it seem to be happy campers.Special Features:
- 3 Strikes.......nicknameVIPDined on 9/6/2014I have tried to give them a chance because I love the food, but the service is consistently horrible. We sat and didn't get water or acknowledged for 10 minutes while 5 tables were sat around us and got water and orders taken. We had to ask for EVERYTHING, ketchup, drinks, etc. we had to wave our guy down so many times. He spilled a drink on my friends foot and didn't say anything. He spilled water on me and didn't say anything. And it wasn't like they were crazy busy. Our waiter was terrible, but every time we go there the service is awful. Food is great and comes out quickly if you can ever get your order in. If you want to enjoy your brunch or dinner, avoid this place. There are plenty of places nearby that won't ignore you.
- Remarkable!FurdoVIPDined on 9/5/2014We enjoyed dinner here twice during a past visit and recently took a friend for his first experience of Agora's excellent food. Everything from the appetizers to the main courses was fresh and outstanding, with flavorful and interesting sauces such as the tomato marmalade served with the Chef's Borek. One of the most exciting dishes was the Kalamar (Calamari) which was expertly grilled squid with garlic, olive oil, Maras pepper and oregano. Other standouts were the seared sea scallops, hellim (pan-seared Sheep's milk cheese with fresh thyme, fig jam and toasted almonds and a wonderful dessert called Kadayif, two layer shredded phyllo with vanilla - milk pudding, orange blossom honey and pistachios. We love this place!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AgorakateYDined on 9/1/2014It was hard to select a dish because everything sounded so good. Our food was delicious and the service was friendly!Special Features:
- great food, lousy serviceKito3987VIPDined on 8/31/2014We were visiting DC and this place was recommended for brunch. All the food and drinks were good and reasonably priced. So good, in fact, that we wanted more. But our waiter was never to be found. So we just grabbed the check as quickly as we could (which wasn't very quick) and left. Seems like more of a place to be seen than actually a place to eat. Or maybe we just had a bad waiter. I'd give it a 2nd shot, but wasn't too impressed this time.Special Features:
- SlowdownDined on 8/26/2014I suggested this place for a regular lunch group for a weekday lunch. All of us had the lunch special for $14.99, which included a sampler of appetizers (hummus, etc.), entrée, dessert and drink. Four of us had the lamb kabob as an entree, which I thought was good but a tad dry. We were all pretty satisfied with the experience - the food and service were good, and the outdoor seating on 17th Street was very pleasant. When I have the urge for Mediterranean again, I will definitely think of Agora.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful!FoodieDined on 8/24/2014This was my first experience at Agora and it was fantastic. My group decided to go all out for brunch and do the bottomless option. It was fun to try all the various dishes Agora offered while drinking our mimos on the outside deck. I would definitely go back to Agora.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Could not have been betterLG7410Dined on 8/22/2014This was a fantastic meal - one of the best I've had in DC in 35 years. The portions were perfect for sharing between two. We had taramosolata, grilled squid, grilled bronzini, baby eggplant stuffed with lamb and pastirma (cured beef). Everything was wonderfully prepared and nicely presented. The service was friendly and responsive but unobtrusive. With a $50 bottle of wine, the total bill before tip was under $120. Not many places in DC that you can get that sort of quality for a reasonable price. We'll definitely be going back.Special Features:
- Pretty Good!Djh89Dined on 8/22/2014Not my favorite mediterranean spot in DC, but it is nothing to brush off either. Bottomless brunch - plates and drinks - is also a great deal!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious tapasFoodie5Dined on 8/20/2014Friends and I went to Agora on a weeknight and were very happy with the meal. The service was good and the food delicious. We ordered a number of small plates to split and all had plenty to eat. Would definitely go again!Special Features:
- not as advertisedtbornottbDined on 8/16/2014We had booked a lunch table for Washington Restaurant week at Agora. Neither the Washington Restaurant week website, nor Open Table, nor Agora in their email to us, mentioned that they don't do restaurant week on Saturday and Sunday. We were very surprised and unhappy. We ended up ordering from the menu. The appetizers were tasty and unusual. The brunch omelets were good, but nothing special and certainly not Mediterranean.Special Features:
- Outstanding.LovethefoodVIPDined on 8/16/2014We came for Restaurant Week, but discovered the Bottomless Brunch which was a great deal. The food was great and we could have as much as we wanted. We were full and well satisfied when we left.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great brunch!BritDined on 8/16/2014Have been several times for brunch. Food is always fresh and tasty, and the service is quick. Took a minute to get the check at the end, but that really didn't detract much from my overall experience. Everyone I've taken to Agora say they plan to return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Restaurant Weekend???EngineerDined on 8/15/2014My wife and I went to have a good dinner during the Restaurant Weekend. The food was awesome, but ... just when they had it! A lot items in menu were missing. However, what they had was very nice!Special Features:
- Pleasantly surprisedOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 8/15/2014Decided on trying out Agora during restaurant week because of all the satisfied customers that left good comments about this restaurant. I was really pleasantly surprised to see that all that was said was true and what made my visit even more enjoyable was our waitress. She was both attentive and informative. She did an amazing job in letting us know about the items on the menu and also wanted feedback on what we though of each dish that we ordered. Will definitely recommend this place to others.Special Features:
- One of my favesOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/13/2014Eat here all of the time and I'm always blown away with the quality of the food and the professionalism of the team members.Special Features:
- Good Food with OK ServiceRKalaDined on 8/13/2014My friend and I went to Agora on Wednesday night for dinner. We had 7pm reservations but I got there early and asked to be seated outside to wait for my friend. They let me know that I couldn't be seated until my entire party arrived. I am totally fine with this if the restaurant is super packed/busy. I looked around the outdoor patio and noticed about 10 empty tables and thought well that's horrible customer service. So I stood there for about 10 minutes waiting until my friend arrived. We were then able to be seated and enjoyed the rest of our evening.Special Features: