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Restaurant Nora
Restaurant Nora

Restaurant Nora Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.noras.com
  • Phone: (202) 462-5143
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food. Very good service from Daniel although he assumed we did not want an entree course and cleared the table. The non- attentive attitude of the maître d' was disconcerting. He never greeted us I think because we were not dressed appropriately ( I did not have a coat and tie on this trip) but he did great those who were dressed and not the others who were not. He did come to our table to move the wine glasses out of the way without sting a word to us which were needed later when I ordered wine. Also we had walked the five blocks from our hotel in a thunderstorm and were dripping wet even with umbrellas and nothing was offered to encourage or help dry off. We felt as though the table was needed for other more appropriate guests"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food was great and the service was exceptional! We were there celebrating my wife's 40th birthday."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The restaurant is very nice, but extremely noisy. There are too many tables in the main dining room. Food is average... I had 3 different courses and none of them surprised me! Wine at the glass... Only one choice available for the white wines. Pretty disappointing!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My first time at Nora's was well beyond expectations! Outstanding food, exceptional service, wonderful setting! I will be sure to return soon."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We ordered the four course tasting menu and each ordered a different item from each course. The first and second courses were very good to outstanding as was the dessert. The entrees were properly prepared but without any real taste. They were just extremely bland. This is the second time in a row that the entrees were by far the least interesting part of the meal. We are long time fans of Nora's and of late have been wondering what is happening in the kitchen."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Nora's is reliably pleasant, calming, warm. Food is well thought out, prepared, and presented. Service was efficient but not overbearing. Halibut entrée portion was a bit small. Would prefer if they permitted corkage (they don't because their list is organic). But still a very nice evening out."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great service, even better food. Always phenomenal."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A few years ago, most of the meals we consumed came from restaurants. We have now evolved, food-wise, to be very careful about the food we eat and more importantly, from where it came. Consequently, we now eat most of our meals at home, mostly because we know exactly what we are eating and the food's origins. How refreshing it is to be able to eat food that is in line with the way we eat at home--REAL food expertly prepared. Restaurant Nora is going to become our "go to" restaurant from here on out. As important as the food, the staff treated us like we had been coming there for years, when in fact, this was our first time! I can't wait to go back! We will probably try them for brunch this weekend!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Nora's is nestled into a community but it provides a gourmet menu that changes frequently. Always unbelievable food. The service is always stellar."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I've had some excellent meals at Nora in the past, but this time food just wasn't as good. Considering the cost, I don't think I'll be back to give it another try."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "great restaurant, interesting menu delicious food, with excellent service."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Reservations through Open Table made dining here so easy to arrange. Great service at the bar and in the upstairs dining room. Our dinner was a high quality experience. Dining later in the evening at Cafe Nora offered great choices for small plates options, especially well-crafted salads, and vegetarian fare. So glad I had room for the delicious rhubarb pie, which everyone at the table enjoyed sampling. Can't wait to go back!l"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This was a return visit for me to this gem close to Dupont Circle. My previous visit was a large (20+) for a business dinner in the back room. The restaurant is located in a quaint section of row houses and embassy buildings within a few blocks of the metro. You will enter the restaurant and find a large bar, which is a great place to begin your dinner with Carlos. You might also find the proprietor sitting at the bar, if you arrive at an early hour. The house wine was a French provincial red that was very satisfying. We dined at a table in the main room. The tables are sufficiently spaced to not seem crowded when the restaurant fills up, which is will! My dinner was the shrimp ceviche and ahi tuna "Nicoise", all prepared to my requests."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Walking back to Georgetown, we came upon Nora. Nice neighborhood location, very quiet and attractive inside. Very good staff. Excellent small portions from rating menu. Perfect spot for Thursday night."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "WIter dudn't know the menu. Food was so salty, had to send it back. When got the new dinner, the meat was so tough, it was hard to chew. Amazingly bad experience for a place rated so high. Off night for sure."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Food and setting were lovely but if you are interested in wines by the glass be prepared that there is little availability of wines by the glass (none on the wine list) -- the wine list is nice but the focus is on bottles."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This was not my first time at Nora's and it won't be my last! As always, our meal was delicious and fresh. Can't wait for my next visit!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had another wonderful meal at Restaurant Nora. The food is creative and interesting. The service is very attentive without being overbearing or stuffy. The little skylit room in the back is a fabulous spot."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Loved the restaurant, the waiter was wonderful and so was the food...highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Everything was great between the food, the service, and ambiance. Our only complaints were the wine ($60 bottle was pretty mediocre and) and the prices are little bit higher priced than its worth at $40/entree. We'd still go again but not rushing back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I have normally only had wonderful experiences at Nora, but this last visit was not as great. Beginning with warm white wine being served to overcooked beef. I wonder if the restaurant has changed hands? Hopefully just an off night, but don't see myself going back anytime soon with such an experience at this price point."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Live in the neighborhood but had never been - I will definitely be back. I loved it. Mentioned it was my friend 's birthday when I made reservation. The manager came over w 2 glasses of delicious champagne and a birthday greeting. We had a great bottle of wine and 4 great apps ( morels and goat cheese tart; mussels - delicious). It was lovely ; v comfortable atmosphere. Great!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were surprised and delighted by the personalized message on the menu that greeted us when we were seated at our table, congratulating our daughter on her high school graduation which we were celebrating at Nora. Our daughter is a serious foodie. After suggesting several restaurants to her (and having all my suggestions rejected) I thought of Nora. Erin wanted to try some place new that included menu choices that appealed to her vegetarian and organic food preferences. She loved the menu she saw online and immediately agreed that Nora was where she wanted to go to celebrate. It had been more than 2 decades since I had been there last. All four of us (mom, dad, brother and Erin) loved the ambience, the food and the entire experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Beet salad with goat cheese followed by scallops (from Maine) on a bed of risotto. Service was superb and I enjoyed talking with the server about organic food and sharing a couple of recipes! It was our first time dining at Restaurant Nora and we will definitely dine there again."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My husband proposed outside Restaurant Nora after a Valentine's Day dinner. We returned to celebrate our 18th anniversary! The service was exceptional! We received complimentary glasses of champagne, and personalized menus that said "Happy 18th Anniversary". If we lived closer we would definitely return more often. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A delightful, creative dining experience. I look forward to coming back again when I'm in DC. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Very good food, good service, a notable wine list, but not a trivial expense, so more for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "couldn't have been better...the food, service, ambiance all exactly right...enough said...."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food, service and atmosphere is consistently solid at Nora's. It's obvious that the staff truly enjoy being a part of Nora's and go out of their way to make diners feel welcomed. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Everything was good, service was really good, but for the price, I expected the food to wow me, it was okay I thought. The wine, on the other hand was very good. I am glad that everything is organic and from farm to table though. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening at Nora's. The food and ambiance were very nice. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Friendly atmosphere and good service. Fish was great. My wife's dish was served without mushrooms that was a key element of the dish. Great deserts"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "For us, no trip to Washington, D. C. is complete without a reservation at Nora. This visit we enjoyed the tasting menu of four memorable courses. Of course, Nora is famous for the quality of the ingredients, but what is done with them makes the dishes even more special. Perfectly seasoned, perfectly prepared, simply presented. The front room was busy and energized, while the back room was quiet and just right for conversation. Service is casual and attentive. We appreciate that Nora makes couples welcome."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food. Amazing. The service. Spectacular. seriously - one of the best restaurants i have EVER been too. if you have 200 bucks to drop on food....you won't go wrong here."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I rarely give reviews, but this is an outstanding restaurant. everything was great, they even make you feel like a regular when you are not. nothing less than great is my review."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I took my fiancè for her birthday and four others came early and surprised her there. The staff was fully supportive, helping keep the secret, printing "Happy Birthday" on our menus, and placing a lighted candle on her dessert. The food selections were wonderful; some of us ordered from the small plates menu, others from the entrees. Service was excellent – attentive, but not intrusive. A fantastic evening."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Excellent Job by the wait staff that helped make our anniversary special. Presentaion of the food was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I was first drawn to Restaurant Nora when I read it offered an organic menu. The food was very good, the service excellent. My wife has some food allergies and the chef was able to work around those and prepared a variation of several menu items for her. This is a very comfortable restaurant, not pretentious and, although a bit pricey, we will return."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We loved our experience at Nora's and definitely plan to return...soon! Other than it being slightly noisy, it was a perfect evening. If you don't mind paying extra for great service -- which is hard to come by in D.C. -- and real food, you will love this restaurat. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We traveled to D.C. to visit our son/daughter in law. It happened to fall on our 30th wedding anniversary. I had looked up "romantic" restaurants in D.C., settled on this one and it was a fantastic choice. They even printed up across the top Happy 30th Anniversary. The staff great, anyone of them stopped by to help, take orders etc. I had the rabbit which was perfect. The duck and the tofu dinners were equally enjoyed. Never felt rushed. The noise level was excellent, could carry on a conversation without yelling and did not have to listen to others. Even our son commented on this point. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014