AGORA
AGORA

AGORA

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.agoradc.net/
  • Phone: 2023326767
  • Hours of Operation:
    Restaurant:
    Sunday thru Thursday 5 p.m. until 11p.m. / late night menu until 1a.m.
    Friday thru Saturday 5 p.m. until midnight/late night menu until 2 a.m.
    Saturday and Sunday Brunch 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

    Lunch Hrs:
    Monday - Friday : 11am - 3pm

    Bar:
    Monday thru Thursday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
    Friday -5:00 p.m. to 3 a.m.
    Saturday – 11a.m. to 3 a.m.
    Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Ghassan Jarrouj
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for more info.
  • Special Events: EFFECTIVE MARCH 23RD 2013, OUR BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH WILL BE PRICED AT $32.99 PER PERSON.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Q Street
  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle Metro station. RED LINE, Q street Exit.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from AGORA
Agora is a sensory pleasure oasis showcasing Mediterranean mezes with highlighted libations from Turkey & Greece.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
AGORA reviews from OpenTable diners
193 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (119)neighborhood gem (109)fit for foodies (93)good for groups (77)great for brunch (70)special occasion (39)great for lunch (30)romantic (25)hot spot (25)notable wine list (22)vibrant bar scene (17)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (12)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delicious small plates, wine high$
    MargieVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Our group enjoyed all of our selections - the octopus was especially superb - tender & sweet. Extensive wine list, but hard to find a reasonably priced bottle. $45 was least expensive option I found.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Agora is fab
    vrob40
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This is the sixth time I've eaten at Agora, and I have never left disappointed. Favorite foods --- shrimp (succulent, great garlic); hummus (I could eat it every day), branzino (YUM); grilled chicken (the sauce is addictive); Brussels sprouts (YUMMY), steak with pomegranate sauce (to die for). My friends love the beef and lamb flat bread, and although I am not a big fan of lamb, I enjoyed it, too. Desserts are refreshing and light --- rice pudding is my favorite.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Never disappoints
    bmillz
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Their food is always delicious and the service is pretty good.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service!
    AlexisVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We did the unlimited brunch for $32.00 (unlimited food and drink). Our server was amazing-- she was very friendly and never let our glasses or plated get empty! Wonderful food as well!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Poor Service
    dcfood
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We went here for a formal occasion. The ambiance was a cross between a local hangout and a gourmet restaurant. The food came quickly and everything was very tasty. It was a little hard to judge the size of the small tapas plates but we had enough to eat by splitting 2-3 dishes each. While the food was excellent, the service was atrocious. We waited almost 20 minutes before a server even approached the table to take drink orders. After we ordered our food, we only saw him once more. When we attempted to get his attention to retrieve the check, he was too engrossed in a TV above our table to even realize our waving arms and calls out to him. The service didn't inherently detract from the quality of the food but it was certainly disappointing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dcer
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Don't annoy me by forcing me to write a review. Is that 50 characters
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    BoDog
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We were in DC doing college visits, found Agora on open table. Had dinner on the patio, was very nice. Food was great, service attentive but not too much so. We shared 8 mezzo plates plus a couple desserts, I think sharing was the way to go, can try lots of different bites. Start with the Raki.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great way to start a visit
    Jeffortless
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Haven't been to Washington in a few years but if there are more restaurants like Agora I won't wait so long. I enjoy Mediterranean food and know the difference between good and excellent. And the food was excellent; amazingly fresh and perfectly seasoned. The biggest problem we had was narrowing down the choices. We started with hummus and labneh and then the Spanish Hake and Branzino. We sat outside and enjoyed excellent service. Almost wanted to stay long enough to eat again. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Agora always fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    A good spot, glad it is part of our restaurant scene.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food!
    ceci
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    the restaurant was ok, the food delicious, the service was not good. They took long to bring the food and could not come with a a glass of water in at least half and hour! Nevertheless the food is so good that I will go back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This is the second time my mother and I have had Easter brunch at Agora, and it has been fantastic both times. The food is always delicious and so fresh, and the service is impeccable and courteous. When we walked in, they did let us know we had the table for 2 hours, but they did not push us out when the time came. The only thing I would mention is that it does get very loud and the tables could be separated a bit more.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great tapas style place
    CBAGLEY
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    had a great time sampling tapas-style meze cuisine w friends this weekend! Great menu to select from, and great cocktails, too.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mezze that make a great meal
    BellaItalia
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had a lovely meal at Agora. There is a terrific selection of small plates and we were not disappointed with any of them. A lovely part of the meal was the way the food arrived: In other places where mezze or tapas are served, often everything comes at once--or too quickly. Here the dishes were spaced out and seemed to arrive just at the right moment. The price was reasonable, too.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best cooking in the city
    Steven
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I believe this is the best cooking in the city now. The dishes are fresh and light, not over-salted and heavy. The hummus is creamy and lemony--so perfect with the steam-filled pita. As a vegan, I find plenty of options too. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food at great price!
    hanusa2VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    My group of six loved every bite of what we ordered for the $14.95 lunch special. The taster group of dips for the pita bread was so good I finally grabbed a spoon and finished it off. The entrees, whether meat, chicken or vegetarian, were outstanding. Salad tasty. We even each got a beautiful piece of baklava with the lunch. Agora is a choice we will make again--soon!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great brunch deal!
    gloriousfood
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I've been here before for dinner, and the cost for UNLIMITED brunch for 3 people was equivalent to the cost of dinner for 2. Everything served was delicious - the service was incredibly quick for a busy, beautiful Sunday afternoon. Our server was extremely attentive, and made sure our mimosas were always topped off (how many glasses I drank, I will never know). Definite brunch spot, can't wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Post-theater dining
    FormerFedVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We dropped in after seeing "Hair" at the Keegan Theater on Church Street. Heading for the theater about 7 PM, we'd noticed Agora's outside seating was very crowded, but we were able to get a table for two outside when we arrived about 10:30 PM. We dawdled a bit, so had to be ushered inside to finish our after dinner drinks when midnight arrived. We each ordered a trio of dishes from various sections of the menu and liked everything we got. The small plates left room for very tasty desserts. I wish I'd noticed the retsina among the glasses of wine before I started with a zinfadel, since the turpentine-tasting Greek wine goes so well with homous. We will keep Agora in mind for future visits to the Keegan.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect pre-Keegan dining
    Darmadilla
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Our table of 4 selected 13 different small plates. We were pleased with them all. And don't skip the Greek desserts and coffee. Their menu also includes an interesting variety of alcoholic mixes. Although we felt the figs did not hold their own against the tequila, we still enjoyed this refreshing mix.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good array of Mediterranean dishes
    Rico
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    very tasty and varied turkish and greek small plates, every dish as interesting as the one before worth a visit interesting wine list with some different turkish and greek wines quiet enough to have a good conversation, which adds to pleasant atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Spot in DC
    flaflaflamingo
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I came here for a first date and fell in love...with the restaurant I mean. Best service I've had since I moved here. I love to hang out at the bar or get a table. Low key and very down to earth staff. Great wine list and the food is delicious. I love the scallops. Definitely a great spot for a girls night/date/happy hour. I always look forward to going to this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Luvsfood
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The food was tasty however we had to wait a very long time to get the next dish and the server gave our last dish to someone else by mistake and didn't catch it. Very noisy, difficult to have conversation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Turkish Food!!
    alummitedu
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Restaurant is on a lively street. We sat outdoors. The fried cheese (Hellim) and stuffed grape leaves (Dolmades) were amazing. We didn't love the tuna tartare as much. Overall, great spot, amazing service, and the food is THE BEST!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Entertaining Out of Towners
    Judy
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    We have out of town friends who love Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food and can't find it where they live. (His family is Lebanese and food at their house is always fantastic!) They were anxious to try Agora when they were in town and agreed with us it that was among the best they've every had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bottomless Brunch!
    Myntmd
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I made a reservation online for a group of 5 for bottomless brunch. We ordered small plates off the menu several time (included in the price) and enjoyed frequent refills of our champagne, mimosas or bloody mary's (your choice) Service was good and the atmosphere was boisterous with multiple other large groups enjoying endless alcohol. Great that you can make reservations here - I'll take big groups here agian.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Flavor
    Whatstoeat
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The grilled half chicken was so good, even I ate it, and I don't even like chicken. Best Mediterranean I've had in a while. A real Gem of Dupont Circle! Scallops, apricot desert, ottoman rice, garlic sauce, even the pita was good, Yum! My only minus, the Taramasalata was a bit too fishy for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing - very disappointing
    LaughingTravellerVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Seems like it wants to be a bar more than a restaurant Our server kept interrupting us- to see if we wanted to order more Food was mediocre - both a chicken dish and a scallop dish were overwhelmed by mustard And then the server disappeared when we needed / wanted the check
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and fun!
    AMD1
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Delicious fun food without being pretentious! Very much enjoyed my dinner! Would go back and recommend to friends without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An interesting brunch experience
    LennyVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This is another Richard Sandoval experience. A cuisine that isn't served that many places and a chance to sample as many items on the menu as you choose for a set price. We tried many of the items on the menu and enjoyed most of them. Almost every items was delivered in a timely fashion although a couple items had to be reordered. Tough job for the wait staff and food runners, but overall, they did a very good job. All items were well prepared and tasty. Glad we went.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always awesome!
    TabbyChef
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I love in the neighborhood and love recommending this place for brunch. $32 for limitless tapas and bottomless drinks is a bargain! And the food never disappoints. The chef is on point with his dishes. He desserts are awesome too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Turkish food with patio
    MEDiner
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Agora has great Turkish small plates and a nice patio. Having been to Turkey recently, I was impressed with the authenticity of the food. They've even got Effes!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner
    Betsy
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food was delicious, the service was excellent, the atmosphere was attractive and relaxed. Overall an extremely positive dining experience. Would definitely recommend Agora. Thank you for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small-plate dining
    Gerhard
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    If you like Mediterranean cuisine than this is a great place to sample a cross section of delightful small plates of Turkish and Greek flavor. Service is efficient, the food is very well prepared. No tourist crowds, mostly locals. Decor is minimal with mostly bare brick walls but the place is small enough so that one does not mistake it for an old factory. It is in fact quite cozy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turkish Food at a moderate price
    4201cathedral
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    This was my fifth visit to Agora. Each time the food gets better. This time I was treating the daughter of an old friend and she loved it. She had been in the food business supporting herself while she was in college so she knows about good food and good service. This was outstanding. I recommended Agora to my best friend to celebrate his birthday next weekend but unfortunately, we will most likely be choosing another restaurant because of the corkage fee (it has to take place at 4:00 p.m.!) While he would have loved to have picked Agora, it just isn't feasible since he would have to pay over $70 for a corkage fee. He loved the menu and the website and will probably try it some other time in the future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, but...
    Amul
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was wonderful! The ambiance was spectacular as it seemed like a notable hotspot. However, they need to have a wider selection of wine by the glass. Might go back for restaurant week if they participate or during the World Cup festivities in Dupont Circle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing First Impression
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I arrived early for my date and sat at the bar. Since I was planning to order a bottle of wine with dinner, which I did, I asked for a glass of water. The female bar tender's body language and facial expression conveyed she was upset I didn't order a drink while waiting to be seated at my table. I explained I had dinner reservations and was waiting for my date. She seemed to forget I asked for water and catered to the other bar patrons. The bar-back eventually gave me a glass of water. This was a disappointing first impression for Agora.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Great food. There was so much I wanted to try, so I will definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Service
    Admirer
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    When traffic made us late for our reservation, the maitre d' ( I think) went out of his way to elp us order and be able to dine before our event . the restaurant was full , but the service could not have been better. We truly appreciated the entire staff's help. and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    My husband and I ordered an assortment of 7 hot and cold plates and rice pudding for dessert. Each plate was beautifully presented and uniquely delicious. The taste combinations were original and refreshing. The service was fine but the seating was a bit close. Great value. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Spot for Bottomless Brunch
    bruncher
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    This place does a bottomless brunch really well. The portions are smaller than usual, which is perfect if you want to try a little bit of everything on the menu. The group I went with ordered a few things from each section and we worked our way through the whole menu. They refill your drinks constantly without even asking, which is amazing. All you have to do is blink your eye and it's refilled. Great atmosphere - really cozy and warm. Looks like it would be a great lunch/dinner spot too. Definitely worth a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such a Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Had an amazing time at AGORA this past weekend for a friend's birthday. We ordered a handful of dishes - the kale, hummus, enginar (filled artichoke bottoms), falafel, salu kofte (lamb and beef meatballs), and the scallops - and all were amazing. They have a lot of gluten and dairy-free meals, and options for vegans (which one of us is). The pita bread was delicious (and bottomless!) and the food came in perfectly-timed rounds. Wine was great, and the ambiance was wonderful. Great exposed brick, good table spacing, and very cozy - love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.