Agora Churrascaria

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Steakhouse
Agora Churrascaria is a Brazilian Steak House in the "Rodizio" style, where waiters, dressed as Gauchos (local ranchers from the South), move from table to table carrying skewers of meat, from which they slice portions for their guests. Agora serves 12 different cuts of meat, including beef, pork, lamb and chicken. The restaurant prepares each cut as it has been for centuries: seasoned with rock salt to accent the individual tastes of each cut, and slow-roasted over an open flame. Upon being seated, every guest is given a green and red-sided circular chip to control their fixed price, continuous tableside service. The green side signals the Gaucho to "bring it on," while the red side stops the service. For additional servings, guests simply flip the indicator back to the green side. In addition to the succulent meat selections, Agora offers an outstanding hot and cold salad bar, comprised of Brazilian and seafood specialties as well as a variety of tempting side dishes.
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J
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good. Not a lot of selection at the Salad bar like Foco De chao. Meat was good. But tell me why I was offered Leg of Lamb three times, the chicken leg 4 times. And the meat variety once each.
The meat was really good. May have to drive a few more minutes to go to Foco De Chao next time.

CZ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service! Superb food! And such an amazing experience! Thank you to the chef and his team as well as our waitress Rachel!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food is excellent but for us the service made this a truly memorable dining event. All the servers are attentive, beyond courteous and ensure all needs are met promptly and completely! The manager came over 2x to ensure we had an enjoyable experience and to confirm we had no needs to be met.

As for the food!! OMG! All meats were done perfectly with multiple levels of doneness on each spit. The Brazilian Black Beans are a must for pairing with steak and the Greens, chicken, lamb and Tri-Tip are excellent as well! DEFINITELY going back ASAP!

HB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good service worth the price !
Very clean and attentive personal will recommend to friends and family

RM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Agira has always been a great to good, the food is good and the service is impeccable

DK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Every staff member was attentive and professional. Food was great, if you’re a meat eater. They also had a variety of food that you can get. Will recommend you family and friends and definitely be returning :)

LM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! So many delicious options! The salad bar alone is amazing, but the meats are so good! Our table favorite was definitely the garlic sirloin.

JY
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The selections and quality of the food at the salad bar/appetizers and the meats from the servers walking from table to table was amazing!! Cheese bread basket was always refreshed with warm biscuits and was delicious. Waitress was attentive and we wanted for nothing the entire meal. Only thing that would have made this 100 percent would have been a larger table for dinner. It was a small round table and not much extra room for plates and glasses. Other than that it was a fantastic St. Valentine's dinner.

MC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I've been now, three times to Agora. I've loved it every time. This was no different. I only rated the ambiance less than perfect as the music played was overly boisterous, and reminiscent of a dance club or college frat party. The lamb was perfect. Especially the chops. Had they been on the fire for even a few more seconds, it would have been too long. I look forward to dining again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Overall average food. The salad bar needed better salad options. Need more seafood options.

f
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

They only served certain cuts of meat and kept bringing the same cuts when I asked for other meat.

JN
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

You are lucky if they serve you the dinner only items, rib, lamb chop, or tenderloin once during 1 hr dining.

BF
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here many times and as always the food and service was excellent.

JK
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this restaurant. I could make a full meal out of just the salad bar! But then the meats start coming, and all my resolutions to be good go out the window. Great place for a date, dinner with friends, or a business meal. One of our top choices in the OC area!

K
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was great until the servers just stopped coming around despite a green light to do so...

K
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration, agora was outstanding for a birthday celebration.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing ...the cheese balls are to die for I was super excited to go the expectation was meet .

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy to have found this spot to take customers.

J
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is delicious, but it is hard to carry on a conversation.

N
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meats server should come more often coming around the tables.

LO
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our second New Year’s Eve dinner with you! We appreciate the large table being ready for us at our reservation time for the second year in a row! Very nice service too! From the greeter, the waitress and the meat servers- all had smiles on their faces and nice personalities!

TS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Of course, New Years Eve is probably one of the busiest nights however, our waitress, who was very nice and helpful when she first introduced herself, was non existent for most of the dinner. I wanted to get a glass of wine but never had the chance. I could have asked a Groucho but never did, thinking she would return. Food was excellent and our friends that we brought along loved the food!

OT
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience3

The meat was ok

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going there the last five years for our anniversary and I found everything excellent. The meat service was very good and the service that we received was superb. We will be back!!!

PK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The waitress never show up to ask us how we were doing . Poor customer service .

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Variety of food was excellent, Flavor was exquisite on the steaks even though the lamb was disappointing dry. Salad bar was great they had everything that would complement the meats. The Brazilian flan was delicious as well as the chocolate mousse and Tiramasu cake’s. I was charge a adult plate of $60 for a child under the age of 10. The customer service/waiter was nowhere to be found so our table was ignored during the entire time we were there. Our table was not cleaned or maintained properly as we tried to enjoy the varieties of meat and salad buffet table. Our server was sunny and he served everyone except our table so it was very disappointing he did provide a complimentary dessert sadly it was flan which I am not a fan of and agreed he ignored our table and was very apologetic and a kind man to acknowledge his mistake

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Good dining experience overall.

RO
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Too expensive!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner was so enjoyable at Agora. Our server was Sunny (second time we've had him) and he is great! If a specific cut of meat hasn't been offered, be sure to request it from your server. Favorites were the short rib, skirt steak, sirloin and filet mignon. We recently visited another local churrasco and felt the salad bar offerings at Agora is superior due to the seafood (shrimp cocktail, steamed mussels and baked salmon.) Make sure you come hungry!

JL
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall it was good as usual. Slow start tho.. We love the Manager. He is 1st Class. Just a couple of notes: Reception Guy in front saw we were all waiting for the doors to open but was not courteous to let us know he had unlock the doors for us to go inside out of the rain. There is always one person in the staff that doesn't belong there. Pork ribs were super dry this time. The meat choices had to be sought after and not readily available. At the end, our gift certificates that were issued were not honored. We were told December did not count even though nothing on the certificate stated so. The explanation "We have lot of reservations in December".....but how does that prevent us from using a valid gift card? Valet in the front is super courteous.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner perfect place to celebrate with family.

LP
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Made reservations for a company Christmas lunch. We were a total of 13 guests. Churrascaria was very busy, however, the food was amazing and we always had a variety of meats coming to the table. My issue was with our server. After our initial drink order, we only saw her when she dropped off our drinks but disappeared for 40 minutes until we managed to flag someone else down and ordered more drinks. After 30 minutes of waiting for 2nd round of drinks, I had to ask someone if they can please call our server. As she came to the table, she then refilled drinks (this was the first time refills had been given) and we made her aware of the drink orders that had been placed 1/2 an hour earlier. (Apparently, the drinks had been sitting at the bar this whole time) She never had a bad attitude and was friendly, but her being busy should not be a reason for us to be ignored.

We have had prior company celebrations there and have never had a problem. I am assuming they might have been ill-prepared or understaffed. But not having anything to drink for about an hour is unacceptable regardless of the reason. She began coming around more once she noticed the discontent with the situation.

I would still recommend this place for celebrations and will probably book there again since this was the first time I experienced this issue. However, I will definitely make sure the manager is aware of what happened before I book again.

OT
Orange County
111 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit. Came to celebrate an early Christmas dinner with family. We found everything to be fantastic: the hostess, our waitress, the servers with all the tender and delicious meat offerings and the buffet for the rest of the meal was plentiful and yummy. Wonderful dining experience. So happy my coworker recommended it!

MV
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My son Birthday.

JL
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Impressed! Great fun, excellent food, fantastic service. Everything about Agora was spot on, uniquely enjoyable (what a concept to have fun going out to eat). Would highly recommend for their food and service alone, but I have to comment that another diner fell ill, at first we thought he was choking, and the management and staff handled the emergency with such speed and skill we were amazed. God forbid that any medical issue should happen in a restaurant, but if it ever does to me, I hope it is at Agora. The manager gave the Heimlich maneuver like he was the Flash and they had the paramedics on the phone instantly and in person in minutes. Kudos to the Agora manager and staff and thanks for an excellent meal. We had a party of 8 and they didn't bat an eye. Our waitress and all the gauchos serving the meat on skewers were very attentive. Everything was delicious. Something for everybody. We will be back many times.

BB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Agora is the BEST Brazilian Steakhouse/Churrascarisa in OC. Not doubt!

CG
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Tis the season for office holiday gatherings and this restaurant was very crowded. Things beyond their control like really poor parking wasn't taken into consideration.

The service was poor...the bus person checked on us more often than our server and the meat carvers made infrequent appearance and with little variety.

HA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Management staff is on point!! plenty of employees working. Taylor at the front is on point !!

S
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Love the concept and the food was pretty good. Lots of sirloin variations, but I think the filet skewers only came by once during dinner. Staff was extremely nice and attentive. Holiday season meant some big parties there - one of about 100 people that were extremely loud and changed the normally calm ambiance. Overall still a good experience.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunny is the best! All the gauchos are friendly and accommodating as well. Meats are amazing, perfectly cooked to your preference, and always coming.