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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
  • "The quality of food and the composition of dishes was outstanding, as usual, and the service was great. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about the dishes & excellent wine list. What threw me off was spiciness of some dishes where I did not expect it - my vegetable soup was like liquid lava, for example, and rather generous/excessive layer of salt over some of the vegetable sides. Also, the dining room where we were sitting was extremely cold, to the point where it was beginning to interfere with my enjoyment of the meal. Other than that, this was well worth the visit; there is no other restaurant in DC which puts so much emphasis on local, organic and sustainable food choices and manages to maintain such high level of quality."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food wasn't great. I ordered a tart with goat cheese that was very simple. It looked like something that I could improvise at home because the flavors and the execution were pretty basic. The worst thing was the salad. It only had three dates, not enough, considering that the dates were the only thing that gave flavor to the salad."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Everything about the plates we ordered tasted so fresh that we wanted to keep on eating. The service was excellent, the atmosphere perfect and the food was just delicious. We will definitely return to order the tasting menu which looked tempting. The dessert was the tiramisu, sooo good, a must when in the area."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our romantic evening at Restaurant Nora. Have been wanting to dine here for a while after it was highly recommended by a foodie friend. It did not disappoint. We opted for the Tasting Menu - 4 courses all of which were delicious. Between us we were able to sample eight different items. We were given the option of ordering dessert from any of the many wonderful choices. Food was delicious, innovative, and not overly seasoned (a common complaint of mine). The lavender ice cream was truly special. You can tell a lot about a restaurant by the quality of their bread - the whole wheat sourdough was excellent. Wine by the half bottle a nice option. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "For special occasions at a place like Nora, one expects excellent service to accompany excellent food. While the food quality remains high and the drinks were also excellent, the service was well below expectations during our most recent visit. The server seemed ignorant about the menu contents, unable to answer simple questions about the food or provide suggestions. The main course took a long time to arrive, and then we were essentially forgotten once we wanted the check. Nora is one of my favorite restaurants in the city, and I will try it again. But service like that at a place like Nora is a real shame."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Every appetizer and entree we tried were very delicately cooked and tasted so good. Particularly, the basil pesto fettucine and the rabbit risotto were my favorite."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "So pleased with the service and accommodations for pregnant wife on her birthday. Out party of four thoroughly enjoyed every course and the delicious cocktails. Thank you for maintaining your jight standards for food and service!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We've been here many times over the years, and this is the first time we haven't loved the food. For this visit, we went for the "retro" aniversary prix fixe dinner. The rabbit was oversalted and dry, and the country pate was pretty tasteless. The wines were in general overpriced and there was a very limited selection in wines by the glass. I would still come back, considering this visit to be an aberation."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Dinner itself was really good--we did the chef's tasting menu. Everything was very high quality and super fresh (as expected). That said, nothing was great or supremely interesting. Kind of took very fresh ingredients and then used them to make more traditional dishes. The food and atmosphere were both very good, but I'm not sure I would go again, especially at the price point."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The entire evening was great. Because this was a special celebration, our menus had been written to commemorate that event."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "4 of us had a wonderful dinner here on a Saturday night. We esp. like the idea of having organic food. We were seated in the library room which was marvelous with its quilts on the wall. Our waiter was excellent answering all of our questions & recommended a red wine to us. Food wise all of us were very, very pleased with our meals. I had the beet salad, the halibut & the peach blueberry crisp. The menu does change due to their using what is fresh and I'd love to go back again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "What a special memorable evening. We chose Restaurant Nora for our daughter's birthday and we are so happy we did. We mentioned in a note on the reservation that it was Joely's 24th birthday. They had a special message printed at the top of our menu wishing her a happy birthday which was also a very nice touch. To our surprise, they accommodated the wishes of a friend of our daughter's who called ahead requesting a bottle of champagne on the table. The food was delicious and the wine selection was fabulous at a very reasonable price. at Nora's the attention to detail including every ingredient on the menu and the filtered water made every dish delicious. we especially enjoyed the heirloom tomato salad and the lamb."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Jack and staff continue to hold high standards for this wonderful neighborhood restaurant! We have been coming back for years, and the food and service only gets better. In a time where trendy restaurants flame and burn out, Nora proves that exceptional food and service is timeless."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Nora used to be a favorite restaurant to take business partners or visitors from Europe - due to the great quality of the food, the outstanding service and the relaxing atmosphere. This visit was a disappointment and the quality and service did not justify the very high price of the meal: The menu was an international hodgepodge (everything from Moroccan chicken to Asian-style noodles). The peeky-toe crab cake as well as the veal ossobuco had no flavor, the molten chocolate cake was neither molten nor hot inside. The waiter was hectic and forgot half of our order. The whole atmosphere was hectic as well. There was at least one highlight: The wine list was still excellent."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "They took time prior to opening to help me set up a special birthday surprise dinner and had a lot of great ideas! The food was fantastic as always!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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 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
  • "The food was great and the service was exceptional! We were there celebrating my wife's 40th birthday."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Great service, even better food. Always phenomenal."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "great restaurant, interesting menu delicious food, with excellent service."
    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
  • "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
  • "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