Service was a little slowService was a little slow this time around, but, as always, I'm blown away by the phenomenal food.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMA Leader of Tomorrow's WorldRestaurant Nora offers what we really want in organic food, natural beef and fish and chemical free water. You are the leader of the future of the restaurant industry as more and more people learn the value of avoiding toxins.
Gar5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, great atmosphere.Great food, great atmosphere. Always an interesting menu.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMStill a gemRevisited Nora's after 20 years and it's as good as I remembered! Beautiful, classy but not stuffy. Definitely an all time favorite. She did it first and continues to serve fresh, wonderful food in a fabulous environment.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMNeed to Plan for a Long EveningFood and ambience were great -- but the meal took almost four hours.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMStill great after all these yearsThis restaurant is known for its organic offerings--being the first in the country to be certified organic. I chose the four-course tasting menu, the highlight of which on the night I went was the filet mignon, very tender and topped with melted blue cheese. Nice flavor combination! We were seated at first at a table that was in the line of a lot of traffic, but staff moved us at the first sign of our displeasure. Service was excellent, staff were proud of the history and tradition of this restaurant, which has been around since 1979. Noise was very manageable; my wife and I were easily able to carry on a conversation.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMTasty goodnessThis was my second time eating at the restaurant. Loved the options on the menu - it was so hard to choose what I wanted! I like how intimate the space is and how attentive the service folks were. After having heard about Restaurant Nora for more than a decade, I'm thrilled it's lived up to its well-deserved reputation for excellence.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Food, Excellent Service!Excellent Food, Excellent Service. Made me wish I live closed to Restaurant Nora. Staff was very professional! Really enjoyed the meal.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMRestaurant Nora Always DelightsExcellent on every detail. It was a special occasion, my son turned 21, but every meal here is a special ocassion.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experience, great food!This was one of the best meals I've had in a very long time. Outstanding, far beyond my expectations. I will definately be back and will tell everyone I know about the outstanding experience. Great desert as well!!!5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a most wonderful mealHad a most wonderful meal at Restaurant Nora. The service was impeccable -- solicitous without being overbearing and the servers made it known that they wanted to ensure we had a positive experience. My boyfriend and I had the tasting menu -- highlights were the pea soup with a hint of bacon or lardon which was fantastic and a peekeytoe crab salad with avocado which was well balanced and super flavorful. Both the filet mignon (which my boyfriend said was cooked perfectly -- something that's hard to find) and my spring vegetable risotto were delicious. Dessert was also excellent. The restaurant also has an impressive wine list -- the Barolo my boyfriend and I shared was just divine.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was prepared justEverything was prepared just perfect. We had a fantastic dinner!5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was creative, wellThe food was creative, well presented and delicious.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed a delicious dinner.Enjoyed a delicious dinner. Food was excellent and healthy.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMA wonderful meal in a restaurantA wonderful meal in a restaurant where you actually hear each other without shouting.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food, service, and ambienceThe food, service, and ambience was outstanding, but by the end of our meal, when the restaurant was full, the noise level was just too high. We were in a room that seemingly used to be an alleyway or open space between two adjoining brick houses but had now been closed in via walls at either end and a roof. As a result, sound just reflected off the walls making conversation nearly impossible. Some wall hangings or sound-absorbing materials would help greatly. This is the reason why I am not giving the restaurant only a Very Good rating. I do plan on revisiting Restaurant Nora frequently, but from now on, I am going to opt for a reservation at the opening time of 5:30 pm in the hope of a quiet meal before the crowds come around 74/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is always fantastic...The food is always fantastic... and the space has an amazing atmosphere.. Love the beautiful subtly lit American quilts that adorn the walls.. I feel blessed that this gem is in my neighborhood!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMNora's remains our favoriteNora's remains our favorite DC restaurant.
Never fails to deliver an ever-changing seasonal menu - with excellent local/regional food prepared and presented beautifully.
Relaxed, unrushed atmosphere.
Looking forward to our next meal there!4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've been to Nora many timesWe've been to Nora many times over the years and always enjoy the experience, both food and service. On this most recent visit, we found the menu quite interesting but the execution on a crowded Saturday night was not as polished as it often is. (e.g., over-cooked shad roe). Deserts, however, were especially good. Service was as fine as ever. The restaurant, when it is full, is noisier than my senior citizen ears appreciate, but acceptible compared to most places these days.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGood romantic dinnerBrought my girlfriend to Restaurant Nora because she's a vegitarian with dairy allergies, and I'm a strict carnivore. She had an excellent fish dinner over greens and I got a delicious grass-fed filet mignon. They have vegan-friendly options too. Wine list was good and setting was romantic. Very nice.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely, comfortable, elegant,Lovely, comfortable, elegant, unpretentious, gracious. A fully satisfying dinner and a superb setting for a long evening with good friends.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMIncomparableThis is the best restaurant in DC. There is nothing else even close. It is refined, inspired, outstanding cuisine that shows a real dedication to good, local, sustainable food. Service is exceptional. A wonderful place4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWe are frequent travelersWe are frequent travelers to D.C. and we always make sure that Nora's is on our "to do" list. Each and every time the service is impeccable, the food delectable, the wine incredible and most importantly the experience is memorable. Although we are not residents we feel that Nora's is our "neighborly" and most favorite dining locale and we always leave wanting more. Special requests are always honored (this week it was an amazing special all vegetable entree). Thank you Nora.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMI ate at Nora's this SaturdayI ate at Nora's this Saturday evening as part of a group celebrating my daughter's 18th birthday. The food was of course excellent, but I was impressed with how the staff made my daughter feel special. Many thanks for a memorable evening.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMIn spite of mixed reviewsIn spite of mixed reviews on Yelp, I decided to give Restaurant Nora a try and I am so glad that I did. Contrary to the reviews, we were seated immediately, the waiters were absolutely wonderful, and I did not think the food was overpriced for what we ordered. I would return for special occasions and not so special occasions. While there are other organic restaurants around that are good, I found the ambience here to be quite nice.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had an enjoyable experienceWe had an enjoyable experience at Nora's and I would return. But a few concerns lead me to think that my next visit is some time off. First, my date and I are in our twenties, so we felt a bit out of place with the other clientele, the vast majority of which were 50+. Perhaps because of our age, we waited to order much longer than we should have - no one came to our table for 10-12 min. after we sat down. And our server lacked the warmth and finesse you expect in a top-tier restaurant. I ordered the leg of lamb, which was explained to me did not need a steak knife because it was so tender. Turns out that I did need one, not only because the edges of the medallions were a bit fatty, but also because my meal was served in a deep dish.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was wonderful andThe food was wonderful and different. I had a sea bass with Leeks. It was served over a mixture of rice and lentils surrounded by a red peeper puree. I started with a asparagus soup with fresh Basil pesto. At first I thought that the soup was a little bland. However, once I mixed the basil pesto into the soup, the flavors blended together to create a pleasant but not overpowering taste. My only complaint is that the wines were expensive ($14 a glass for Frog's Leap Chardonnay) and the selections limited.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were vacationing in WashingtonWe were vacationing in Washington with our children and we parked the kids in the hotel and spent our fifteenth anniversary at Nora. Terrific choice. We eat out quite a bit and the menu and food preparation at Nora are as good as any place we have ever eaten. We will certainly stop in again on our next trip to DC.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMI had not been to RestaurantI had not been to Restaurant Nora in over 10 years, having preferred to go to Asian Nora before it closed. I am from out of town and was hosting two others; one from Kentucky and one from Texas. We had a fantastic time and were all very pleased witht he food and the service. I'll be backa gain much sooner.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent early spring dinnerExcellent early spring dinner with beautiful, thoughtful service - always a pleasure4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMThe filet was some of theThe filet was some of the best beef I've ever tasted. Appetizers can be hit or miss. My heart of palm salad was too acidic, for example. In general though, a wonderful meal with a good vegetarian option.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMA memorable dining experience.Our party of four agreed that our dinner dining experience at Nora's was truly memorable. Each part of the dinner from appetizer, salad, entree and dessert were outstanding. Excellent wine list.
Our waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and eager to please.
Nora combined exceptional quality with culinary expertise and deserves the phrase she continues to receive.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent wait staff, freshExcellent wait staff, fresh organic local food, great atmosphere.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyableI enjoyed my dinner at Nora. The steak was very fatty and I was disappointed by the location they sat me. Besides that It was a quiet, well managed restaurant that I would recommend to anyone in the Dupont Circle area.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMNice eveningFood was great but my steak was a little salty. It took forever to transition from one course to the next. Service was excellent!3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMStill AmazingI had not been back to Noras for many years and was so happy to see the high, high level of quality maintained. Phenomenal meal, caring service and amazing tastes.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMcozy diningthe atmosphere was cozy small. there is a garden dining room completely enclosed with a glass ceiling with plenty of light for evening dining. the servce was very helpful and knowledgable. food was creative, local and tasty. a fun dining experience3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMI love dining at Nora's eachI love dining at Nora's each time I go. It has lovely ambiance, excellent food that is presented beautifully. I especially love the fact that the food is organize with style. It can get noisy, so I wonder if they can ameliorate that part.Anna Lee, Ph.D.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMThe ambience and food wereThe ambience and food were a special treat for my birthday while visiting Washington, D.C. I'll remember the experience fondly.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMOrganic but decadentIt's DC's first organic restaurant but its food tastes exquisitely decadent. You can feel good about eating unusually tasty food which is creative yet responsibly grown and harvested. The bar's simple list offers some outstanding cocktails including the best Sazerac north of the bayous.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst time here.My first time here and wow! The food was fantastic and the serving sizes were perfect. My sister and I had the tasting menu. Very relaxed atmosphere and fantastic service.3/18/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely setting, great foodLovely setting, great food and service. Thank you.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMRomantic and Energetic, great bar!Loved the ambiance. Great experience, will definitely be back again! Reasonably priced wines, I had the 2004 Rhone, it was great!2/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best in DC. It'sOne of the best in DC. It's expensive but still a decent value. Try it.2/23/2013 12:00:00 AMincredible service, wonderfulincredible service, wonderful food in a delightful atmosphere!!2/2/2013 12:00:00 AMa memorable dining experience.a memorable dining experience. fantastic meal and fabulous service11/24/2012 12:00:00 AMNora: nothing comparableThere is no better restaurant in Washington, DC. I have looked for other places that show the commitment to true sustainability values AND preparing the best food possible. Only Nora stands out. It is flawless. It is also warm, welcoming and in no way pretentious. I had the pleasure of two evening at Nora. One at the bar - wonderful gentleman behind the bar, and one with family in the restaurant. Both were perfect.11/20/2012 12:00:00 AMI had the tasting menu hereI had the tasting menu here and there was a delightful selection of 6 things to pick from for the first 3 courses and then an awesome dinner menu. Can not wait to go back and try something new. Perfect serving sizes and wonderful food. I had a perfect experience here.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM