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

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (37)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Good for Groups (31)
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Good for Anniversaries (28)
Good for a Date (23)
Authentic (19)
Romantic (18)
Business Meals (17)
Fun (17)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Casual (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Seasonal (9)
Cozy (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Healthy (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined on January 14, 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 13, 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 7, 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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·Dined on January 5, 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 3, 2018

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

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

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

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 30, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 26, 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 26, 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 25, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This restaurant is best Brazillian pampas food nearby with good location.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

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!

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

I eat at this restaurant several times a year. It's always a good experience; the service is excellent, food is great, and the salad bar is good. Having spent some time in Brazil, I find the food and service authentic. Wine list is good.

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

It is a good restaurant to dine with friends and families - especially a few young guys under 20. The steak is good and so does their service. The salad bar exceeds our expectation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fantastic meal and experience! Worth every
Penny. Will go back for sure!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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. 😔

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Souch a great place!!! I totally recomend this place!!!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Healthy, Authentic, Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Very nice restaurant and we will return as we enjoy the entire experience. Food very good and staff very attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Christmas lunch with the office. The food was great, but slow to come. Our waiter was on point when we got there, but then seemed to forget we were his table (slow on refills, dessert menus and bringing out the bill.)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Definitely best food and service.... Was great!!!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was great! It’s definitely not a light meal, but will be a memorable one because of the quality of the food and the attention that servers give. Would recommend for special occasions!

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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 on December 6, 2017

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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vip
 (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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