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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.
Irvine, CA 92614
Hours of Operation:
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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
The food and service at Agora is OUTSTANDING! This is a meat eaters paradise! I personally go “to get my lamb chops on” (yes, they have mint jelly!) but steak lovers are thrilled with the vast selection and delicious quality of all the meats! It feels like you have your own personal wait staff and they see (and are very attentive) to your every need! It is a little pricey, but after just “average” steak houses, it is worth the price on all levels! You MUST go hungry and “pace” yourself to get the most from this wonderful dining experience! Go easy on the buffet items, try everything and then go back to your favorites and indulge yourself! Really excellent, enjoyable and fun! I would leave the kids at home, as they won’t eat enough to make the price reasonable.....Nice wine list and full bar as well!
Great choice for a special occasion. The manager is really nice and personable and visits diners’ tables throughout your meal. A guaranteed great time! Can’t wait to go back! * 5 stars +
My husband and I came here for dinner on Christmas Eve and were pleasantly surprised with the service and quality of food here for AYCE. For about $54 a person, you have access to the salad bar which also contains hot sides like garlic rice and mashed potatoes. The meats that we tried were all cooked well and not shy on seasoning.
The servers were all very friendly and service was not pretentious at all, which we enjoyed because it made us feel welcome, rather than like snobby diners. It would be nice if they had a live jazz band for ambiance, then we would come eat here more often. For the price of a ribeye steak at a nice steakhouse like Mastro's, we decided to we would come back here for the variety of foods that you can try! Although, I might just get 10 servings of the house special, it was my favorite!
Super disappointed and embarrassed with the experience here, as it was my first time and I was taking some of my staff out for a little luncheon. It would have been nice if the restaurant had let me know that at 1:30 they were having a gigantic holiday party smack dab in the middle of the restaurant complete with loud Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars impersonators. I had made my reservations two days prior, so they had plenty of time to let me know, and had I known we couldn't even hear each other speak and would feel like awkward uninvited guests at a party, we would not have gone there.
Unfortunately because of the large Christmas party that was occurring, the service was awful and there was barely anything left in the salad bar so overall not a good deal at all. The 20 minute wait for the empty salad bar was fun as well, as we had to wait for the gigantic private party to go through the line. Again, I don't know if it was because of large party or what but 75 percent of any of the meat they brought around (not very often), was super rare and pretty much still alive, with very little flavor. Even when I requested medium/well cuts, they had a very difficult time finding some as you could tell they were having trouble accommodating the private party and the few non party guests. My pregnant friend who is unable to eat rare cuts had some tomatoes, a piece of chicken, and a sliver of a semi medium cooked meat.
Honestly, the restaurant really should have been shut down for a private party as that's exactly what it was a full-blown private party with maybe 10 to 15 tables still open for some subpar service and subpar food. I was too embarrassed to say anything in front of my staff, and it was too late to go to a different restaurant. So, $140 later, after having eaten what little potato salad was left, a few tomatoes, and some bloody meat, we left, hungry. 😔
Not very attentive server. Needed to ask several times for the meat to come to the corner where we were sat. Then they all came at one time. Did not have all of the varieties of meat come to our table.
The variety of hot and cold items on the salad bar were just ok. Not enough selections for the guests who did not eat the beef.
Great selection of nicely prepared meats brought to your table. Very large salad bar (which also includes shrimp, deli meats, and tons of options) and hot offerings ranging from side dishes (rice, mashed potatoes, greens) to entree offerings (chicken Stroganoff and salmon). Red meats are fairly rare, which was perfect for our group, but if you prefer your meats more well done you will want to alert the server. Fair corkage policy ($20/750 ml bottle) and decent glassware. They appear to have a decent wine list as well.
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.
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.
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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