Agora Tysons

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
A-go-rah\: a gathering place At Agora, we combine the aromatic flavors and textures of the Mediterranean for a tapas-stye feast inspired by the rich traditions of Turkey, Greece and Lebanon. Come gather over mezze favorites and our award-winning selection of local and Mediterranean wines and beers, house-crafted cocktails and Lion’s Milk, a special drink made with the beloved Turkish spirit, Raki. Visit us in D.C.’s vibrant Dupont Circle or Northern Virginia’s expansive Tysons Corner.
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C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious variety of food with an attentive server!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and just a great overall experience. Highly recommended.

g
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had to wait over 10min for our table to be available and that’s after being 10min late for our reservation.
Total wait was over 20min from reservation time to get seated.
Not the best scenario
But food was great and atmosphere too!

P
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food at Agora was delicious, little tapas size dishes with lots of variety. However, because all the food came out very close together the tiny table for two that we had was really impossibly small.

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It was ok. Food quality for small small small and pricey... food was not bad.

MM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was perfect but we felt like the staff wanted us to leave around 9 even though your closing time is 10 on Sunday because we were the last people there

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

If there is an option of giving negative review, this would be the one. There is definitely attitude issue. Put us to a table in the far corner next to the hvac venting system, when our reservation is 11am when the restaurant just opened and the restaurant was almost empty. So obviously no view or ambience. No one offered water or helped us order food for 20 minutes. But what annoys the most is that when four Caucasian people seated at the table next to us later, they were attended very quickly. And the waiter still ignored us after taking order from the next table. We had to wave and call a few times, almost needed to stand up and walk to the waiter to order. Food turned out to be very mediocre, everything is made of cheap components, nearly no meet at all. For 34.99, the value is for sure nonsense.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were superb!!!

DG
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for our anniversary. The ambience, food and service were very good. Wine was a little expensive but they had half price bottles that day so it worked out very nicely. Will definitely go back.

M
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Although food were delicious, service was great but Portions were so stingy that you need to order a few things to be able to have enough for lunch! If you spend $50 for lunch you would like to be full not room for more food....

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is fantastic but seating for 2 can be improved.

k
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The four in our group ordered eight different items and all were well prepared and flavorful. We also ordered some Turkish wines (never had one) and they were very good and paired well with the food. We will return to order some of the many other interesting menu items.

CA
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took my foody 22yo son... the drinks and wine selection was great... the small plates we’re generous portions and tasty.
Could use some better deserts ideas. Service and Valet.... perfect

DS
Washington DC
160 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall four of us had a great time at Agora on a quiet Monday night. Food items are a bit variable in quality and value. For example the short ribs begendi was perfect, with just the right smokiness to the eggplant sauce; roast chicken very tasty, sucuk flatbread very good; fried brussels sprouts very nicely done. On the other hand, the adana kebab should be more peppery, the duck flatbread was a bore with not much evidence of the "fig balsamic and fresh tarragon." Quantities vary too: dolmades was four pieces but only pencil-thin; on the other hand brussels sprouts were generous and all of the meat dishes we had were good portions, actually larger in fact than they first appeared. Service was excellent; there is a good wine list (bottles half-price on Mondays); the ambience is very modern but cozy, depending where you're sitting.

LZ
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the fabulous service. Can’t wait to go again.

DE
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mezze plates were innovative and tasty. Service was very attentive.

CO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Food was great and they were able to accommodate us with the high chair we needed. Food was delicious and service was great.

MN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Good food
Cold hostess
Annoying and interruptive server
Very loud music
Best thing was the food

J
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I was inviting some friends out for dinner. Party of 6. We got some tapas which were good and we were pretty full after the appetizers. We ordered mixed grill for 3 people since everyone was full. He ended up bringing us seafood platter for 6 people. 3 trays each serve 2. Not what we ordered. $150 dollar error. Bill came out to be 700 dollars for Turkish tapas in Tysons (not NYC) way overpriced. Wait staff was insistent we made the mistake. I won’t return

MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful Lebanese Cuisine. If we lived close by, this might be our go-to neighborhood restaurant.

k
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Turkish and Lebanese cuisine, and a beautiful new restaurant in Tyson’s. Food was matched by a solid wine list that also includes some surprisingly impressive wines from Turkey and Greece. Great cocktail list too and reliable and attentive service.

b
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good value with a variety of interesting small plates

CB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Indifferent service. Server disappeared a few times. Hostess could not locate our reservation and as it turned out had already seated our dining companions under our reservation. Portions are laughably small and we are more than aware of the mezze concept, we would just like more than one thimbleful of hummous.

k
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our first visit and we loved everything we ordered. Will definetly come back👍

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our brunch at Agora. Loved that they had complementary valet parking on a Sat afternoon & Christian our server was fabulous! The decor is very nice. We will definitely come back.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We made reservation for 6 pm as there was Happy Hour from 4-6 pm, only thing was we couldn’t get the HH price for
food & drinks @ unless we sat at the bar, which didn’t make sense. Everything else was great !

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiters/host who served us during the lunch hour were friendly and attentive. The food was delicious, atmosphere nice and decor chic! I will frequent this restaurant again. This restaurant made a very nice first impression!

YF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Johnathon, our first experience at AGORA was fantastic! He guided us thru the menus. My gf is always eager to know what the best and most popular dishes are and he was about to assist clearly. After getting to know him he mentioned he was there for such a short time but we felt the opposite. From the door to the table, everything was warm and welcoming.
When we come back, I'll ask for Johnathon again but we will be earlier for Brunch next time!

n
Washington DC
108 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Probably won't recommend this place. The food was good but not fantastic and where we sat was dark.

d
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My friend and I were impressed with the ambiance of this restaurant as soon as we walked in. We started our meal with agora's complimentary pita bread, which was so nice & warm and their olive oil dip was also quite nice. We split their sampler appetizer and absolutely loved all three items on it. I had their kofte mezze and while it was pretty delicious, I wish that they made it a larger plate for a slightly higher price (you only get three pieces of kofte meatballs). My friend ordered their kasik salad with shrimp add-on and sadly it was super salty for her. Their manager came over promptly and agreed to have it remade, but the saltiness did not go away when it was remade - she did not want to be "that" customer so she decided to finish her salad anyway. We had a nice and attentive server, but the breaks in between checking in on us were lengthy at times. I finished my meal with their Turkish coffee which is quite affordable.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We had 5 different dishes and all were just ok, none had much taste.

BB
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Second time here was as wonderful as the first! Dining with my BF, I had a chance to taste several more dishes than the first solo time around. The dishes we enjoyed were: Karni yarik (fried baby eggplant a wonderful Sujuklu pide (spicy Turkish beef sausage, mozzarella tasty Hellim cheese with fig jam (would have preferred if it had been served at a warmer temp); always terrific Falafel; excellent Ottoman Rice; tender grilled octopus; and meaty short ribs. We over-ordered, but every dish was composed nicely with different herbs and spices. It all went down well with their Mediterranean G our server did oftentimes ask how we were enjoying the food. As had been noted in another review, there is no need to re-hash the menu to diners if you're not elaborating on any item in particular. Most diners are familiar by now with the small plate concept. If not, they will ask for guidance. Overall, a great addition to the burgeoning Tysons area.

DL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food is good but this place is more expensive than yelp suggests

K
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ethnic food selection and dining atmosphere. Will return.

TG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was eh. Food was decent but pricey. Neat décor but poorly lit and tables are very close to each other making for a crowded feeling.

n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

This was my second time at Agora, Tysons. The first time was for dinner around the time of its initial opening. The service at my initial visit was extremely poor, but I decided to give Agora Tysons a 2nd chance given the restaurant was still getting up and running.

Last weekend, I made reservations for my sisters and I to go to brunch before we went for a dress fitting for my older sister's wedding. While the food and ambiance were excellent, the service, once again, was horrible! There waiter refused to communicate with us unless we initiated the conversation. We found ourselves having to ask for water refills, salt and pepper (as there was none on the table) and cream for our coffee (since the coffees were delivered with only sugar) not once, but multiple times. We ended up having to ask two other people to help us out, who were not our waiter. These were simple requests that our waiter should have already thought to bring us, but would not have been such a big deal if he had simply come to check on us and ask us how we were doing.

Agora Tysons is a place I want to come back to, as the food and ambiance is great; I just hope that management will recognize the flaws in their current servers, and either take the steps to train them correctly, or have them replaced.

Good customer services = higher chance for returning, loyal customers. I hope this sends an appropriate message.

For those of you looking to try out Agora Tysons regardless of reading this review, I hope you have a better experience than I did during my last two visits.

N
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time dining, took friends and we were all very pleased with the quality of the food as well as the service and presentation.. Kudos to Chef Ghassan.

ZK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good thank you

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food2service4ambience5

The food is not that good. The kibbe and the falafel were super dry. A bit pricey for mezze style

SB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Too expensive for food provided