Restaurant Nora
Restaurant Nora

Restaurant Nora

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.noras.com/
  • Phone: 2024625143
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nora Pouillon
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: R Street, N.W.
  • Public Transit: Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle North (Red Line)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking available after 6:30 p.m.
A word from Restaurant Nora
In April 1999, Restaurant Nora became America's first certified organic restaurant. This means that 95% or more of everything that you eat at the restaurant has been produced by certified organic growers and farmers all who share in Nora's commitment to sustainable agriculture. Nora always offers seasonal, fresh organic food, prepared in a healthy, balanced way and enjoys a "big following" of environmentalists and politicians, who can eat here with a clear conscience, knowing that what's on their plate hasn't polluted the environment, is healthy for them, and tastes good too. Nora offers a special chef's tasting menu, which is perfectly accompanied by a spectacular choice of wines from our award winning wine list, featuring over 100 exceptional wines from small wine producers.
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Restaurant Nora reviews from OpenTable diners
210 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (137)fit for foodies (134)romantic (102)neighborhood gem (82)notable wine list (73)good for groups (21)hot spot (12)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • A place to return to.
    ExnewyorkerVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Lovely atmosphere with quilts covering the wall; lighting attractive and noise level subdued. Waiter a delight: friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. Food comes with interesting combinations of ingredients and inventive preparation. Wine list reasonable and varied. Unpretentious yet elegant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    chat3
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I hadn't dined at Nora's in years but was pleasantly surprised to find that it still is one of the top restaurants in the city. Food was creative and excellent with portions just the right size. Service was helpful, not over-bearing, and perfectly timed. I highly recommend a visit to Nora's, a special place in the DC restaurant scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal
    SLGDC
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our second time at Nora, and it was lovely. I had the scallops and started with the goat cheese and fennel tart, which was wonderful. I shared half of it, because though it is small, it was very rich! The scallops with Saffron risotto were delicious. Perfectly cooked, balanced, I ate every bite. Three of our companions had the salmon, which all agreed should not have been cooked through, as it was dry. The Caesar salad was delicious, and the Apple Blueberry pie with ice cream was amazing. Great night! The service was great, and it's always beautiful there.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    ewhdiner
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I was really looking forward to dining at Restaurant Nora and had heard many great things. I wasn't particularly blown away by the service or the food, but was still pleased...until the end. A gentleman came over to clear our plates and I had a little bit of food left that I couldn't finish. He simply stared at me, then at the plate, then back at me, with this horrible look on his face. I told him I was finished and he rudely said "was there something wrong?" I told him no, that the meal was great I was just full. He then kept looking at me as if I had horribly offended him until my boyfriend said we could take it to go. The man cleared our plates and never came back with the to-go bag so we paid and left. It was very uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st time will be back.
    reallyenjoy2eat
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Our first time to restaurant, I was referred to by foodies and lived up to expectations.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gourmet Organic
    Gourmet0rganic
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Amazing tastes and flavors. Every veggie every herb has so much flavor. Great service.. impeccable service. They don't leave any stone unturned to make your night special. GREAT FOOD... did I say that? and a wonderful history/story behind the restaurant and the chef Nora.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DCneighbor
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were hoping for a special dinner. Nora fully satisfied our appetites and then some.... From the souvenir menu with "Happy Birthday" to the welcoming staff, it was a delightful evening for the delicate flavors of the tasting menu and the acoustics conducive to good conversation with interesting friends. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Davey
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Nora is a wonderful restaurant. Fresh organic food with delightful presentations. Have been there many times. My favorite when I visit DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excelente!!!
    landia
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I really nice and wonderful dinner, with perfect service and delicious food plus is organic. Simple and perfect
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Meal in DC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Restaurant Nora's is a must for any foodie that visit's DC. It was by far the best food I've eaten in DC and the dedication given to local organic food is almost unmatched to any restaurant I've ever been to. The service was great and very friendly. Can't say enough good things about Nora's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Goorganic60
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food at Nora is creatively presented and focused on using local and organic items. It was tasty but quite expensive for what you get. A small piece of fish with two side dishes will run $35-40, and a salad is $15. The Caesar was excellent though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not what it once was
    DCGunner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First time back at Nora in 7 or 8 years. We had to ask twice for a better table, and did not get very attentive service after we moved. Food was generally good, especially the black cod and desserts. Concise wine list, but waiter did not seem to know them well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    knifefork
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    While the food here is not cutting edge molecular gastronomy, it is an outstanding restaurant. The food quality and preparation is excellent, as is the service and ambiance. Don't go here to find the latest gastronomic trend, or a wildly loud high vibe restaurant, because you won't find that at all. If you are interested in having excellent food and wine while conversing quietly with your companions, come here. These kinds of quiet restaurants where the emphasis is on service and sharing good food are getting harder to find but this is one of them.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was out of this world. We did the tasting menu, which is such a great deal with amazing choices. I can't wait to visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good food and service
    GroovySisterVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husband and I have been to this restaurant 2-3 times and the food and the service is always outstanding. This time I was a bit disappointed in the wine list and the scarcity of wine by the glass. It turned out I didn't like the bottle we ordered. The others did so I wanted to get a glass of something else and I only had 1 choice of white, 1 choice of champagne and 2 choices of red. I got the tasting menu which was fabulous and the ingredients they so carefully choose really do make a difference in the taste. For those new to the place, it is small, so I would not recommend for groups bigger than 4 and in any scenario you are going to be close to your neighbors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • David
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I was very excited to try Restaurant Nora's. As a long time DC resident Nora's is definitely a restaurant much talked about, and held in high regards. That said, I was a bit disappointed. The amibiance of the garden room is wonderful. The specialty drinks the night I went were fun and whimisical. The small plates/cold plates I had to start were fabulous, and set up the evening to be an amazing night of wonderful food. That said, the entrees simply were not good. My food was over cooked, and looked bland and lifeless on the plate. One of my fellow diners wondered if the food had been made ahead of time, and left under a heat lamp until someone ordered that dish. I will give Nora's a second chance as I love the ambiance and small plates.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nora's
    Anna
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Upscale , fun and lively restaurant with unique food choices. Great gin menu.. Excellent service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Organic -so what? Plain exceptional
    lisa
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Nora is known for using only organic ingredients - which was an attraction for us, and is a plus = but that's not the main attraction if we go back - it's an exceptional restaurant. We're vegetarians and there wasn't a large selection on the menu - between two of us (and we always share everything) we pretty much ordered every vegetarian item with just two appetizers a salad and two entrees. Everything was wonderful - service, presentation, balance of flavors ~ spendy but worth it - we'll be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good foodie organic choice
    Vafoodlvr
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Pleasant restaurant with good food and a good range of choices on the menu. It emphasizes organic food and strives to be very sustainable, but the food is a cut above most restaurants of this type. Recommended. A bit pricey, but in line with the area for the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great night out!
    16coop
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had a wonderful night with out of town friends. Never rushed to order or to leave (we were there a long time!). Food was wonderful: vegetable cheese tart, beet salad,scallops,molten cake, peach tart, to name a few! Had not been in long time and will 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.
  • CJNND
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was treated like a queen on my 60th birthday. The plum crisp dessert was spectacular! Thanks for making it such a wonderful memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing! A perfect night out in DC.
    Rmsing
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nora's does farm to table right. Enjoyed everything about this place! 💖
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not much on the vegetarian side
    StacyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The vegetarian options were limited and just so so. The atmosphere beautiful and drinks very potent!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Felt a Bit Screwed
    CMMYAKMAN
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We took one item from the 3 Course Retro Menu and got charged as if we ordered the whole thing. We pointed this out to the waiter before he took our credit card, but he said we were wrong and the tally was correct. I'm looking at the menu online now and its pretty clear that Restaurant Nora was incorrect and took more money than they should have taken. Other than that; the meal, wine and atmosphere were fine - but the thought of the meal costing more money than it should left a bad after taste as we progressed into the evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    MDfoodie1VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Nothing remarkable here. Some standards. Crabmeat with avocado. It's good but not a revalation. Burrata and tomato - same. Monkfish was good. Caesar salad was excellen. Waiter was salesperson'ish but was left to go home after taking the meal order. Rest of dinner was handled by bus staff (another drink, dessert, coffee). Quite strange
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  • Soft shell crabs were fabulous!
    BistroDiner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Absolutely splendid crabs and elegant wine list.Great that all is organic. Dining room a bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First class
    John
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Definitely not the cheapest place in town, but it's a wonderful restaurant if you don't mind spending a little more to have a really great dinner with impeccable service and a terrific atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An all-time favorite
    WeeZee
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was my second visit to Nora's and both times, I've had spectacular food--creative recipes, fresh ingredients-- plus great wine and attentive service, all in an attractive, relaxed setting. I don't live in DC, but will be sure to make another stop there next time I visit. It would be too pricey for me on an everyday basis, but for a special occasion when I wanted both celebrate and to treat people from abroad to something unique, I couldn't have done better. All in all, a superb dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night Out.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I were in DC for our fifth wedding anniversary and we decided to try Restaurant Nora because we are both into the organic/sustainable food scene. We were not disappointed at all. Food was great, service was excellent, and the atmosphere was just right for our anniversary. My only complaint is that the service was too good. We were in-and-out in about 90 minutes, which was a bit fast when you have ordered a bottle of wine and dessert. Perhaps working on timing a bit would help out. It wasn't even that crowded.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner and a few suggestions
    Ballet007VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Lovely dinner for three. Beautiful presentation. Salads were fresh and nicely dressed. Fennel vichyssoise looked more like a thin puree spinach soup (though without spinach) and the taste was undistinguished. I had hoped for a thick white vichyssoise, so that was a bit of a disappointment to those of us who love the traditional potato leek variety. The leg of lamb was delicious. The strawberry peach pie had a buttery crust and was wonderful. Soft shell crabs are always a favorite though less deep fried batter and more simply sauteed would have allowed more flavor of the crabs to be tasted.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good food. Very fresh vegetables. $35 three course menu is a great option. The service is efficient and attentive but could benefit from some personal warmth. Some minor disappointments such as the table olive oil was not fresh, the oil used to prepare my chicken schnitzel tasted old although the dish was very well prepared. Also, several of the diners near us were very loud and their conversation kept interfering with our conversation. All in all, a very fine restaurant with excellent food that needs to pay more attention to detail if they aspire to greatness.
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    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nora
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Amazing, fresh, creative! Fantastic service by true professional staff with a passion for food
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, responsible ingredients
    Holter
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Consistently impressed with Nora's commitment to organic food and lifestyles.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    CLane
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    From the attentive service to the delightful food, I will absolutely be frequenting Restaurant Nora again. Tom, our server, made spot-on recommendations and made the experience that much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Overall positive
    nochains4us
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Overall a very good experience. We hit Nora's for the organic, locally sourced offerings and found the use of fresh herbs and quality ingredients came through in the food offerings. The quality of the grass-fed meats were excellent. Our server lacked a little personality and the ability to interact with us a bit better . . .otherwise would have been an excellent review.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special evening
    ganzadelahoya
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My family was celebrating multiple holidays and while I didn't ask for anything special, they printed happy birthday on the menu, put a candle in dessert (no singing though, thank goodness) and just all around made us feel like we were the only ones there all night. Valet is convenient and inexpensive, gin & tonic menu (one of each please!), and the food was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance; food was superb.
    Kweku
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The decor at Nora is fabulous; the framed quilts are unique. The plant-based food offerings were well received by the vegans I. Our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely, well-crafted food
    Gracie615
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was pricy but wholesome and well-crafted. Restaurant Nora doesn't charge for hyped-up bells and whistles -- the restaurant's décor (and the presentation of the food) was earnest and thoughtful. The service was lovely as well. Well worth the cost for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enchanting
    HappySoloDiner
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Friendly staff who seem to know exactly what a person needs. I couldn't have asked for a better solo dining experience! Lovely, lovely, lovely. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service!
    DC1968VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Restaurant Nora lived up to its reputation for great food and exceptional service. We sat in the Garden Room and our server Brian was very attentive. There isn't a bad item on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate