About Agora Churrascaria

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.

1830 Main Street
Irvine, CA 92614
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Brazilian

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday
Lunch 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm

Saturday-Sunday
Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
McArthur

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 222-9910

Website:
http://www.agoranow.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Agora Churrascaria is a Brazilian Steak House, where waiters, dressed as Gauchos, move from table to table carrying skewers of meat, from which they slice portions for their guests. Every guest is given a green and red-sided circular chip to control their fixed price, continuous tableside service.

Agora Churrascaria Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (30)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Special Occasion (28)
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Good for a Date (27)
Good for Groups (21)
Romantic (21)
Authentic (18)
Business Meals (14)
Fun (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Casual (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Cozy (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

I'm a carnivore and over time I've come to a point that every steak I'll have should be no less than exquisitely divine. Steak was the only reason I went to this place and I must say I am disappointed. I do believe that it was just a coincidence that I was presented with not quite appealing servings. Maybe they were just so busy, they didn't bother to check the quality that was being served to their guests. But it happens.

The only cut that was perfect was the Alcatra, top sirloin. The colour, the flavor, the temp was perfect.

One thing I didn't like most was the ribs, or whatever they want to call it. Since it looked like another specie of meat. Tasted bland, nothing was there.

Atmosphere is great. Service was splendid. Great salad bar. Very nice wine line up.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 4 days ago

My family felt like we were being rushed. I made an appointment and they were late to seat the family. Also, a bit of an attitude

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 6 days ago

The service was a bit lacking...slow to be seated although many tables were empty and we arrived just before noon...with reservations.....took a while for a waiter to cone by and take our drink order.
More non beef offerings like chicken than before..

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Agora was great as usual. It was my birthday dinner and I had a great time. Meat, salads, and hot dishes were very good as usual. Looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

They have a great varied salad bar, with hot and cold items. If you're a meat eater this is heaven. The waiters bring many different types of meat to the table. I was entertaining guests, so this restaurant was their pick. The downsize most people overeat.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2017

good place to hang out with friend. also the food and service are excellent. will come back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

My wife was really happy that we went there for our Anniversary, she really enjoyed it. Thank you. Excellent Food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Me and my husband thanks giving dinner

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

This is not the first time that we dined in Agora. First off the server Gabriel is always nowhere to be found we had to ask the lady who refills our water glass for additional bread, the dessert menu and the check. Second it seems like there are less selections of meat and the rounds of meat are repetitive sausage, chicken drumstick, a few rounds of top sirloin, a few rounds of the flap meat, didn’t get to eat any prime rib, filet mignon, pork tenderloin, lamb chops and chicken hearts. On several servings the meat served to my 11 year old Child was too bloody didn’t realized it due to lighting is on the dark side. Did not enjoy our visit this time we felt short changed.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Except for some minor disorganization delay at check in, the staff was friendly, efficient, and fun. The food was great. A good time was had by all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing! The food, the service! It was all incredible!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Less quality on salad bar .don't serve black mussel like last time we went .not that many meat choice like the one in long beach

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Hi that’s all

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great place for special occasion such as anniversaries or birthdays. The food selections were wonderful except for some of the meats were well done cooked so they were hard. Overall we are very please with the dinner & atmosphere for the first time visit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great food................................................

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Un lugar ideal para los amantes de la carne, especialmente si estás hambriento ya que puedes comer cuanto quieras. Irán pasando y ofreciéndote cortes de distintos tipos. Los hay mejores y peores pero eso es subjetivo y seguro que los hay a tu gusto dada la variedad. Hay un buffet frío de vegetales bastante amplio también. El servicio es amable. Muy recomendable.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food is amazing. The variety of meats can't be beat. And the salad bar is great too - platters of asparagus are amazing. It's so nice to get small samples of all the meats and circle back to the ones you like best. Love this place!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Delicious food. Lots of meat, sides are good but be causious and save room for the meat. Rum drinks were amazing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was great to be able to make a reservation online and have it confirmed with a phone call by Agora.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Everything was great, cocktails were fun sry and strong. Host wasn't as friendly when we walked in but she was in the phone taking a reservation. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great tasting , good amicable staff, tender meats and awesome variety, all you can eat .

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

I remember the food was MUCH better a year ago.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Esteban was a wonderful server and very attentive. Amazing food, quality of meat was top notch.

Tags: People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent service by the wait staff and all servers. Amazing food and ambiance. We will def be back.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Best Brazilian Bbq in the OC.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 19, 2017

I live in downtown Los Angeles and make the drive because I enjoy their food and salad bar. Service is great and they don't have a problem serving what I specifically want. Enjoy, I certainly do

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

food and the service was impeccable! the salad bar was fresh and well maintained. the hot food was amazing and the servers were so attentive.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Service here can be hit of miss.:. Thankfully there are many runners bringing stuff around.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food is amazing. So many different kinds of meats. So cool to see the servers walking around with the meat on swords serving it to you. The serves is great. Everyone is very attentive.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

The staff were excellent. It was our first visit and the staff remembered preferences. The food was delicious. Service was good and prompt. Highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food as always. But service was lacking. This is usually hit or miss, it was miss when we were there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 5, 2017

The buffet was well-provisioned and the standard churrascaria banana, cheese balls and red/green card were in place. The white table cloth ambiance was nice and also expected based on food and drink pricing. My normal experience at most Churrascaria restaurants is that the meat swords come by so often that I frequently have to flip my card to red because too much food is on my plate. This was not my birthday experience on this visit. After 20 minutes of buffet we were ready for meat and the only meat we saw was being served on the other side of the restaurant. Finally after a long wait, sausage and chicken showed up. I passed on both. At least my parents had something to eat. After 20 min more we finally spoke with sever to explain that we had not seen any beef come by to us and the adjacent tables, some pichana fianlly showed up followed up by bacon wrapped beef. The bacon wrapped beef was very mediocre. The pichana was delicious and perfectly cooked. Overall, this last visit was disappointing 80% due to being ignored. The server was very nice and cordial and the desserts were exceptional and beautiful. The texture of the flan was perfect. I cannot comfortably recommend this restaurant to friends based on this last visit. When I was there last year I did not experience this. Maybe this was a one time issue due to it being labor day.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great food! The cuts of meat were seasoned so well and were perfectly cooked.

Tags: People Watching, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Lamb chop is B+, Skirt steak B+, Filet mignon D- , Chicken heart , lamb leg C , beef tender loin C, Chicken leg, bacon wrap beef C+ , That's all I had and maybe missed other 2 or 3 different meat, Brazilian BBQ, should't like this, it' BBQ only

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

The service and food were excellent, go when you are hungry!

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Good food, little pricey. Reservations on their direct website note working so use Open Table.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Delicious food! Went for a date night with my boyfriend and the meat was so tender, so flavorful, and we never felt rushed! Loved it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We have been here several times for many different occasions. For this celebration (birthday and anniversary), we made a specific table request which was confirmed, and acknowledged, twice. When we arrived, our requested table was not available, and it was treated as if it was no big deal. One of the people in our party had a broken, casted, foot (which was one of the main reasons we requested the table we did as it is close to salad bar). So not only was the requested, and confirmed, table not available, we were sat as far from the salad bar as possible. Not one attempt was made to rectify the inconvenience. One other negative: one of the Gauchos was rude to us at least twice. On a positive note, our waiters were awesome, as were their assistants (bus staff). As much as we love the food, we will be looking for a different special occasion restaurant - this experience left a very negative impact. I'll take my $400 and spend it elsewhere.

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·Dined on August 22, 2017

(I brought my sister to this restaurant for her birthday), once seated, it took a long while for us to be acknowledged (keep in mind, the restaurant was not busy), after becoming tired of waiting we finally had to ask other waiters if someone could please help us, that's when our waitress final came over.

While taking our drink orders our waitress was leaning against an adjacent table with one hand to her hip & answered us with "ah, Oh yeah, eemhmm, you got it" type answers, no customer service responses as "Hello Sir or yes Sir," her customer service dialog was unprofessional for an eating establishment of this type. After taking our drinks order she was told it was my sisters birthday, she responded with "the complimentary birthday desert is "Flan" with a flat tone.

Once we began eating it was the same scenario throughout our entire dinner, constantly asking where our waitress was & asking other waiters for drink refills or whatever else we needed, when our waitress would come around she appeared to look as if we were the ones bothering her, we did not feel welcomed as guests to the restaurant whatsoever.

When we finished our dinner, our waitress had come to our table with our bill in her hand & was about to give it to me, I put my hand up in a "hold on there just a moment" posture & asked my family if any of them wanted desert (she only then offered us desert because we had brought it up, she had no intention of offering it herself), this is when she appeared to get annoyed again. She kept pushing the Flan desert over & over, it got to the point where I firmly answered her & said no & demanded to see a desert menu. I have no idea if she was annoyed this night because of something personal or if it was because of us, my sister stated she appreciated me taking her to this restaurant but asked I never bring her there ever again if this was the type of service being given, I could see it in her eyes her surprise birthday dinner had been ruined

Tags: Live Music, Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2017

More salad bar selection would be a plus (:
Overall not bad!

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