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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (48)
Good for Groups (38)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
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Good for Birthdays (31)
Good for a Date (28)
Romantic (24)
Fun (19)
Authentic (18)
Business Meals (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Casual (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Seasonal (9)
Cozy (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Live Sports (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

1st time here and from the time we arrived was made to feel really welcomed. Our waitress was very nce and asked if we had been there before. I told her this was my first time (my wife had been there before) and she was really attentive and explained their setup. Our water glass was never empty, the meats came around frequently and one of the servers even asked if there was a specific meat we wanted to try. A restaurant employee (think the mgr on duty) even came by during our dinner and asked how was everything. Overall. Had a great experience and would def come back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was delicious. The service was great. The only thing I didn’t like about this place is that it is basically buffet style. I figured a place this pricey, the food would be served to you.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

It was amazing just like last time we were here. Waitress and waiter were very friendly and attentive to our needs. Food was delicious! I would recommend their flan for desert.

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·Dined 5 days ago

good food!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything is good, except it was on Vday, and our table obviously was last min set up. Missing the decorations on the table when all other tables have it.

the table is unbalance, tilted to one side on the other.

other than that, it was good.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

We tried Agora Churrascaria for the frist time for Valentine's Day; after hearing so many positive reviews. The holiday menu/prices were not a worth it, suggest eating there on non-holidays. The buffett items were good, however nothing to special. Obviously, you go to Agora Churrascaria for the meats; the meats were as good as advertised. For meat lovers, go light on the buffett items and enjoy the great variety of meats served table side by the gauchos. Fair warning, show up hungry as you will want to sample every meat option - several times!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Was seated right around my reservation time even though the place was packed. Service was very friendly, the hostess' were trying their best to accommodate all of the guests. Even though it was very busy the service was very good.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

I have been trying to get to this restaurant for some time, but with family and work, we never had the time. I decided to make reservations for Valentine's day. Yes I know it's the busiest time of the year for restaurants. So I knew what to expect. When we showed up to our reservation there were alot of people waiting. We checked in and went to the bar to grab a drink. We were finally called 10 minutes after our reservation time, which were arrived 15 min early. Yes that's 25 min waiting to be seated. We sat in our table and waited for someone to wait on us. Finally I flagged someone and she got our waitress for us. We ordered the champagne that came with our set menu and I ordered a glass of wine to accompany my dinner. Which I never got. The meats were amazing but it took the gauchos a really long time to pass by. I think a restaurant like this should be prepared to handle a busy work load. I don't think there is an excuse for mediocre service. The ambience was good. But I wouldn't come back. Maybe my expectation was too high. I expect to get what I order and some attention from our waiter/waitress to see if we are taken care of.

Sincerely,
Jose C

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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

It was an incredible night. An amazing experience. We got engaged, our server walked up as it was happening and was very genuinely excited with us

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Vegan
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

The service was horrible. We literally sat at our table for over half an hour without ever being served anything. Our waiter never bothered to ask if we wanted anything else to drink (which we did) - nobody came back with any meats just absolutely nothing. Waiter took him 20 minutes to bring a stock dessert (it was pre served flan) and then 15 more just for the check. Service started fine then we were totally ignored for the rest of the evening. Would NOT recommend

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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

This is a GREAT Churascaria!!! I have always enjoyed eating here. I recently ate at one of their competitors and was very disappointed. We dined here on Saint Valentines Day. Yet the restaurant was able to keep up with the full restaurant. The food bar was great as usual. I enjoy the Feijoada, smoked salmon, etc. The meats were plentiful, cooked to perfection and tasted FANTASTIC!!!!

Tags: Healthy
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, the sirloin cap is the best! Great service always! This was our 10th Valentine’s Day there.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 6 days ago

Don’t Come Here! Screaming kids on Valentine’s Day. No waiter/waitress once seated. Manager helped wait staff make guests happy. Poor establishment. Go to Fogo De Chao!

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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely amazing food, everything was cooked to perfection and the salad bar is to die for.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Food is always excellent. Only this time around our waiter was not so great. Had to wait 15 minutes for him to come and get our drink order. He forgot my refill. I asked for a certain meat. It never came. Even when I asked him again. Until I asked someone else and it was brought to us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

2nd time in this restaurant. that's really it. i don't know if we come at a bad time or they really didn't have meat. we were only served tri tip the whole night and lamb. takes 20 minutes interval to serve the meat. that's it. the whole night we were just eating fish, salad and rice.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We have been to this reataurant many times. We waited too long to be served and the service was not outstanding. The food was outstanding. We have always been pleased and I have always given 5 stars this visit was ok.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our first time here and we will definitely be back. Our experience from beginning to end was great. Our server was great . She explained to us how the dining would go and offered us a cocktail or water to start. Her friendly personality was so enjoyable. The table staff was great with making sure we had a clean plate , fresh water, and anything else we may need. The gauchos were very friendly and the food choices exceeded our expectations and quality and taste of the meat choices were delicious. The cocktails were well made and the pricing was good too. Can't wait to return back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great place to go, but very, very pricey for a buffet. Would choose Mastro's if spending this money.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I've been here few times and i find this is the best brazilian BBQ place!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Ambiance is none existing during my visit. There was no dress code and too many families with small children, crying and screaming.
Not the portrait Ambiance as on the video advertising. Many guests would walk in with sandals, dirty clothing as if just getting off work from construction for the day and noticed quite a bit of people with not appropriate clothing, i.e. torn t-shirts, old shorts, and in some cases appearances of no personal hygiene. My visit with family resulted in well over 400.00, which in my opinion does not fit the Ambiance Standards at the location. Wish you best of luck in continuing business.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 31, 2018

My son’s 21st Birthday!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Belated birthday lunch. The service was outstanding and the chicken hearts were amazing. My favorite is still the skirt steak and it didn’t disappoint.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had a table for 9 and we were seated with more privacy than I expected. It was kind of noisy but that's not the restaurant's fault. Loved the food. Loved the service. We are definitely coming back!!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Perfect for big parties.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Absolutely loved the experience, will be back in July

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 22, 2018

My wife and I visited on 1/22/18 to celebrate our anniversary - just the two of us. It had been a while since we were last at Agora - at least 3 years. We were greeted by a friendly hostess who showed us to our table. Not long after we placed a drink order and soon our waitress came by to inquire if we'd been there previously or if we needed a refresher on how dining at the restaurant goes. Shortly, the attentive wait staff brought us their "famous cheese bread" which was not good at all.

First we visited the salad bar - which was great. Lots of selections, very nicely prepared and presented fresh foods. Then, came the main course. The selection of side dishes was woefully lacking. They offered red potatoes, mashed potatoes, mussels, salmon, garlic rice, collard greens, black bean stew and chicken stroganoff. None of these foods were particularly tasty. The collard greens were downright terrible. Why, for over $50 a plate, don't they offer good vegetables?

The main reason one goes to a Brazilian BBQ is for the meats. There is a selection of 14 different meat choices . We sampled about half their offerings and were not impressed with ANY of them. The meats were obviously not USDA Prime selections. Instead, they were lower grade meats - and they tasted it. Tough filet medallions, dry chicken and pork ribs with absolutely no flavor left us commenting to each other how good the salad bar was. That's not saying much for a venue that's supposed to draw it's patrons with their meats.

At the reception counter there was a sign "Proper Attire Required". We have no Idea why that sign is there nor how the management interprets it. We were dressed nicely with smart casual attire while others wore blue jeans with holes in them, company T-shirts with silkscreened images over them, sandals, etc. It's as if anything goes when dining out in Irvine these days. Needless to say, it will be a LONG time before we will pay another visit to Agora Churrascarria.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent service, the food exquisite like always and the waiters very friendly, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Great atmosphere! Excellent food! Outstanding service. Reasonable price. If you're a meat lover, this is the place to be!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Celebrating my wife’s birthday and it brought back her Homeland memories. Her cheerful expression showed that she enjoyed the awesome variety of steaks.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Welcoming atmosphere and tasty food!! Service was great and the salad buffet is a nice add on!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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 +

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Just hands down, the BEST Steakhouse in OC. Take a huge party there for a special occasion, or just your girl. You can't go wrong @ Agora.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Agora's is AWESOME. Very quality salad/buffet bar and AMAZING steaks.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent restaurant. The food was amazing, especially the fillet, and chicken parmesan.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It’s always great to come here with friends and enjoy the great quality of meats.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Was amazing and the food is terrific. Service is top notch with an amazing staff

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Never disappointed. My son loves the side table cuts along with the lamb. #twothumbsup

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had Christmas Dinner here, and it was a great choice.
Some of us had been to a Churrascaria before, and some had not.
Everyone was very happy with the quality and selection of food, and the atmosphere.
Excellent meal!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Impressive service, great food and atmosphere. Great place for any special occasion.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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