The salad bar here is to die for. It was very tempting to return for seconds on the salad bar but there would have been no room for the meat. We sat at a table for two and felt like we were being ignored at times as the servers seeemed to stop at the larger tables and pass us by. We started clicking our tongs above our head to gain their attention which improved the service somewhat. Will we return, yes we will as the food was better than good.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service here are
Food and service here are always outstanding. Katie's service was exceptional!
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The buffet part has a lot of choices, all good quality. The meat selection is excellent!! In my opinion, the skirt steak is the best. I could eat just that, but there are so many more great choices, it's hard to not try them all.
Staff is always polite and friendly.
EVERYONE I have ever taken to Agora loved it & always wants to go back.
Agora is my "go to" lunch place. Oh, and if you leave hungry, it's your fault!!
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love Brazilian steakhouses
Love Brazilian steakhouses and this is a good one!
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Agora is always good. Safe bet.
Agora is always good. They should change the line-up on the buffet station however. I have been there many times and the buffet is good but needs a change from time to time. Otherwise the meats are amazing and the service is very good.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Agora in Irvine
Took my two brothers and thief families and mine to this restaurant, having been to tis restaurant once before. A total of 9 people. The salad bar is comprehensive and delicious with a great variety of seafood and vegetables. However, the meats offered at the table are the main reason for chosing this restaurant. Each meat and poultry dish is to die for! The beef and the lamb chops are so succulent that they melt on your tongue. The chicken drumsticks were exquisite. Overall, each member if the family thoroughly enjoyed their dinner and thanked me for taking them to this restaurant. We shall be back!
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is excellent. Simple, flavorful and valuable.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lots of great food!
Great place to take someone who has a big appetite and loves to eat and try a variety of food. Good price for all of the meats you can try and you get as much as you would like. Do not over-do it on the side dishes, save room for the meat because that is the best part! A little pricey if you do not eat very much but still great food overall!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meat lover's paradise
The idea is simple. Provide an excellent salad bar. Then offer 19 kinds of meat. Servers come around and you can have as much as you want of any or all. This includes filet wrapped in bacon, sirloin caps, roast sirloin, tri tip, beef ribs, skirt steak, lamb chops, leg of lamb, chicken breast wrapped in bacon, salmon, linguica sausage, and more - I can't remember them all. You're given a disc. If you leave the green side up, the servers keep bringing the meat. Turn it over to the red side, and they won't bother you. Want more? Turn it back to green. Drinks and dessert are extra, everything else is included for 1 price. You might not like everything, but you will love a lot of the dishes. And the service is outstanding! Fun place!!!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was really good. I took my friend who works in the meat industry, and he was impressed with the tri tip, and the special, which was sirloin cap. Its fairly expensive, so make sure you go hungry!
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great customer service and awesome food choice! Cheese balls are the best as well as the variety of meats!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and fun
We picked Agora for my husband's birthday as he has never been to the Brazilian Barbecue before.We read some mixed reviews of the place, so I was a bit weary, but, boy, was I wrong! From the moment we walked into the restaurant until we walked out with stuffed tummies, we were treated very well by the attentive staff, entertained by the gauchos carving meats at tables and a variety of great fresh food abundant. The meats were all very well prepared with just the right amount of seasoning. Everything from tender cuts of beef to juicy pork, cheese bread to the black bean stew and smoked salmon to fresh salads, were all to die for. Warm and happy atmosphere is another plus. We were too full to try everything. We definitely have to go back.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
65th birthday was fun and memorable
We had never been to a Brazilian restaurant before
The Buffet was exceptional . There was a large variety of hot items as well
The experience was fun the service was great and the variety of meat was
Unexpected and delicious
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
maybe chinese service staff?
He asked me "What kind of meets are you waiting?", when I put the green card on the table. I felt his address was bad. Not friendry. And his action makes me feel so hard to refuse meat I don't want to eat next time somebody bring. And even though he asked me, he did not bring the meat I wanted. Then what did he asked me like that?
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you love meat this is a
If you love meat this is a must visit. A bit pricy but a good place for a celebration. You can't leave here hungry. This is the only restaurant of this kind (and I have visited a few) that has a very nice selection of additions to the meats delivered to the table. An array of salads, sides, and extra goodies like shrimp and clams.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for big appetites
Great food and great service. Perfect for a special occasion.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Only go to Agora if you are hungry. It is your typical Brazilian Steakhouse. They come around with Top Sirloin, Filet mignon, Skirt Steak, Lamb, Lamb chops, Ribs, Salmon and Chicken. And there is a huge salad bar included as well. Save room for dessert, because that is great too!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Required Taste
I have heard many positive things about Agoura and have been looking for a perfect time to go. I decided to go with an old friend that I was catching up with and made sure we were both hungry. We were not disappointed. Their meats are very tender and excellently prepared. Their side dishes are very well made and if you are a novice to the establishment you can find yourself wanting more of that before the real food comes out. We were warned and gladly took heed. Their selection of meats and portions is excellent and surprisingly enough their Salmon (only fish main course) is on par if not better than their meats though I am biased to salmon.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food great atmosphere, something diferent from the cookie cutter steak and fish houses
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yep! Outstanding to say the
Yep! Outstanding to say the least. The produce in the salad bar was fresh, the hot sides were delicious and the cheese bread (kind of like a doughnut hole) was amazing. The meat was just about life changing, everything that you can hope for and so much more. The service was fantastic; gauchos and wait staff were freindly, attentive, engaging and smiled.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent. Salad
The food was excellent. Salad bar had rare offerings and nothing disappointed in terms of taste, quality and freshness.
That said, the service was poor. We had to wave down our waiter for drinks, coffee refills and the check.
The carvers were excellent, however. They came by our table with great frequency and seemed a little disappointed when we passed on what they were offering.
The decor needs an update. the space is so large that it feels like a cafeteria. Smaller groupings of seating areas would feel more intimate. The air conditioning was cold and poorly distributed. The tables and china feel like a banquet in a hotel, not a high quality restaurant defined by excellent food.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great new Rodizio!
this place easily goes toe-to-toe with any of the great Brazlian BBQ's in town (Pichana, Samba, Foga, Rei de Gado. The difference is the restaurant is much nicer and the service is 5 star. Sure its pricey but you are paying for top line service and the best choice meat. Not to mention many of these places skimp on the salad bar (often removing the shrimp to cut cost). Agora's was well-maintained, diverse, and fresh. A great find!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meat Lovers Rejoice
Great place for people who love to eat meat. Food is of high quality and there is a nice selection. There are no problems with the charros coming around when it comes to food. However my only complaint about this place are the lack of the waiters coming around to offer up clean dishes and filling up drinks. We had a party of 8 and only once did they come fill up our drinks without asking, the rest of the time we had to constantly find someone to ask for a refill on anything. And then when it was time to go, our waiter was hard to find for the bill.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my fiancee's favorite restaurant. We've been here plenty of times and love the food and service. There was a little mixup with not finding our reservation, but we were seated without an issue. The only thing I would mention was that since we were right next to one of the kitchen entrances in the back that the selection of meats wasn't as varied as before, but everything we were served was delicious and some of our favorites did come by. We know we'll be back. In addition, the sommelier was quite nice.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch at Agora is always a
Lunch at Agora is always a treat. The servers are pleasant and helpful. The food is delicious. I highly recommend Agora.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful uncomplicated food. Abundant salad bar. Fun presentation of meats all well pre pared. Good vibe.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is a gem stone! The food was great, everything was great, the cheeseballs, the water & the meat! OMG was the meat good. Must try. Open bar salad & side dishes are optional. If you're a carnivore, you will like the mignon wrapped in bacon, I loved it!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service and food were awesome. Very attentive staff and very high quality meats. Salad bar had a great selection and so did the hot food bar.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to many Churrascarias since we are big meat lovers. This is now our favorite. The service was excellent and I loved all the unique choices of meat brought around by Gauchos in full attire. The drinks were good but I feel they were overpriced for the size. The cheese rolls are outstanding. Our favorite meats were the filet and lamb chops. The chicken hearts (which we have liked other places) didn't wow us this time. I did like that they also served fish but it did taste a little fishy. They served fresh clams and mussels at the buffet which was pretty cool. It is pricey but I would say its good for a special occasion. I don't recommend eating lunch on the day you go though.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fit the bill for variety and a special change from a routine dining experience
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will satisfy even the most ravenous
Great place, great service and of course - great food! Unique experience if you've never been to a Brazilian steakhouse before!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was one of the best experiences
Agora was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. My whole party of four just went on and on how everything was delicious, fresh and tasted amazing. The meat was so very good and done perfectly. I had a great time.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and relaxed
Our dinner at Agora Churrarscaria was a real treat. The buffet items were tasty, exotic enought to be interesting and different without being really strange. The service was excellent and charming with servers dressed Brazillian gaucho style. The lighting was bright enough to read and eat by but soft enough to be relaxing. Nothing that we ate was less that delicious The desserts we had, tiramisu cake & flan were delicious and a great end to a fun and delicious meal experience. I would certainly go back for another special ocassion.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The stone and wood beam constructio
The stone and wood beam construction was wonderful. Staff was attentive and informative but not intrusive. A great dining experience a little out of the ordinary. A wonderful array and variety of dishes.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
What's on the menu? Everything!
This is a great place for a special event. The wood and stone décor is warm and inviting. This restaurant has a "set menu", meaning the gaucho-dressed waiters literally bring everything before you, all night long, until you've had enough. We're talking choice Brazilian grilled meats: steak, garlic beef kabobs, bacon-wrapped chicken, lamb---16 cuts in all. It's tempting to call this a meat-lovers paradise, but the salad bar is also noteworthy, with lots of great options including a variety of greens and potatoes, black bean stew, chicken stroganoff, hearts of palm, clams, and shrimp. And after all that, some extraordinary desserts to consider such as cheese cake, tiramisu, or sorbet! This is a meal your guests will long remember.
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Took my boyfriend here for his birthday. ..had a wonderful time! Food was delicious, waiters were attentive, and all in all ambience was amazing
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and excellent service
Great food and excellent service makes this a great dinning experience!
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Its been my fifth time eating at Agorra and its still as great as my first years ago. The Brazilian signature drink Caparinha was strong and a perfect match to the meat and garlicy veggies.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place...to eat lunch
The food is delicious here and you won't go away hungry. Having said that, it's the same menu at lunch and you'll save a bunch of money if you go that route instead of springing for the pricey dinner. A big salad bar and lots of great meat choices. I'd recommend anything wrapped in bacon. :)
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a fun place!
We took some foreign visitors for dinner and everyone loved the place. Not only having a large variety of fresh items at the salad/food bars, the meats were very tender and tasty. Watching the servers was also entertaining and the service was superb. We had a great evening.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not for Vegans!
This is the place to go when you are ready for a meat indulgence. Pricing, but never disappoints.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as always
This was our third visit. Salad bar is outstanding and meat was cooked to perfection. Restaurant can be noisy when busy.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Agora was absolutely fabulous!
While the young hostess staff seems to turn over quickly, the gauchos and the servers seem to be the same group. Server Julia is who I prefer to sit with. Estoban (Gaucho) always welcomes me back. He knows what cut is my favorite (picanha RARE) and makes sure I get enough. The salmon is also very yummy. Well, honestly, I like everything but the lamb items. And that is just cuz I don't like lamb.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time at Agora and it was amazing! A great place to take Corporate Customer's to your Family. Service is wonderful and the food is outstanding! We will be returning :)
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Brazilian bbq
I've always passed by the place and would love the smell that would come from it. I'm glad I had the pleasure in trying this place out. Food was great and the attention to service was great! Already recommended a friend to try it out after being asked about it when I checked in on Facebook.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We celebrate our anniversary
We celebrate our anniversary here each year, and it is never disappointing. Only problem I would say is that we eat too much!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good but slightly pricey
The staff was courteous and friendly. Food was excellent. Ambiance is upscale but the wine by the glass is a bit limited ... OK but limited.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect dining experience
The staff never fails to provide attentive service.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been to Mastro's and we were looking for a steakhouse not as expensive as Mastro's on Yelp, came across the restaurant and based on the reviews and comments we decided to take a gamble and go for our wedding anniversary dinner. Needsless to say, it is not Mastro's but it is a really good restaurant. HINT & recommendation: starve almost to death before going there. Food is non stop coming your way, salad bar is excellent but next time I go I will probably skip it altogether. Highly recommend it.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
My family loves Agora for special occasions when your warm and relaxing atmosphere sets the perfect mood for us to enjoy conversation with our excellent meal. The low lighting in your dining room is wonderful, relaxing and inviting. A couple might even find the atmosphere romantic with a seat in the right location.
Your servers are the best; energetic, friendly and extremely mannerly. They really keep the guests in a perfect mood. The food is delicious & we especially enjoy the wide & excellent assortment of side dishes offered at the buffet bar. There is something for everyone!! Keep up the high quality you provide the public, as a great restaurant like Agora is a rare gem in Orange County! Thank-you!!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM