AGORA

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Agora Restaurant is the go-to Mediterranean oasis of Dupont Circle. We bring you a Mezze or small plates, style menu displaying the eclectic flavors of Turkey, Greece, and Lebanon. In addition to our robust menu, we offer an extensive selection of wines, beers and liquor from around the world as well as our house curated cocktails. We look forward to providing you and your guests with the hospitality that is expected of the Mediterranean culture.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had a lovely time with the weather in the upper 60s, very attentive service and tasty food.

SA
Columbus
28 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vacationing. Found restaurant online and were thrilled we did. Delicious food, with tapas-sized portions that made trying a few options possible. Great service - attentive without being overbearing. Only slight drawback is the small two-person table s that can make it difficult to have several plates at the same time. But all the good definitely made up for this small issue. Would recommend in a heartbeat!

SR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have brunch and the food was excellent

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Highly recommend the mushrooms and scallops. One downside was the food came out very quickly for small plates leaving our table jam packed and some food getting cold.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Agora! We’ve come a handful of times for the bottomless brunch and it’s our favorite spot.

TG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great option for pretty authentic Turkish food. Service was a little slow in trying to get refills and check. Like a lit of restaurants, they tend to forget about you once your food is served. But the food was worth all that. If you're in DC, try it out. It was a taste of home for me!

C
Baltimore
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A great place for traditional exceptionally Greek and Mediterranean food. We initially had to wait a bit for our cocktails (we were a group of 8) but then the service become prompt and attentive as small dish after small dish were brought to the table. Very good wine list. Would highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Food was fabulous! Service was horrible. Waitress took forever to come to our table. Never returned to see how our meals were or refill our drinks...had to ask 2 times for our check and that took another 15 mins to get. Not sure why the food & service don't match but if that wasn't the case this place would have received 5 stars.

h
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

lots of fun. Great local place for large or small groups

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great as well as the service

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

Agora was fantastic, food was delicious as always, and they were super accommodating when I moved up the reservation time and added a few people for my engagement party. Zainab was a fantastic server - would absolutely recommend for any event, date, or brunch!

OT
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Waited 30 min after our reservation time to get seated.

H
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom came to town and I’ve been here a few times so I made a reservation here!
The food is always amazing!
We split hummus, and I got sishito peppers (best flavoring I’ve ever tasted) and the octopus! All amazing!! My mom got the lamb chop which she liked but not as good as the other dishes she said!

Service was quick! Got this pink cocktail which was great and flavorful !

We even took something to go and the server accidentally threw it away so the kitchen made it new for us!

So nice and great experience !

BD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

We came for brunch and our server was overwhelmingly absent for the duration of our meal. We had to request that she come to our table through another server, and each time she came back she was rude. There was also hair in one of our dishes. Wouldn’t recommend.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great boozy brunch with endless food items from the menu. Love the fresh pita, hummus, sujuk (Turkish sausage), truffle deviled eggs, kasik salad, goat cheese with honey, pide (flatbread), baklava French toast, and Bloody Mary’s. We ate and ate, left happy and super full!

OT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites in DC. Every time i end up gushing about food, drinks and service. If its good weather, sit outside!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great fresh flavors.

D
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly quick service.

RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Friendly and accessible. Small plates are native to Greece so this works. Non Mediterranean dishes on menus do not.

VB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been here a number of times and the Ottoman Rice and Scallops have been consistently very good. The lamb rifles were excellent, BUT be warned that it is quite fatty -- that's what contributes to the taste!! We love it but it certainly is not a dish I would eat everyday ;) For nonalcoholic drinks, I recommend the Tropicana.

MA
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good and authentic, but the service slowed dramatically as the restaurant filled. Small plates, but not their price. It'll do in a pinch, but it's not a "go to" place.

DD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Agora is one of the most consistently good restaurants in the Dupont Circle area. The first things you notice are the wonderful aromas and the pleasant lighting, creating a welcoming environment. Conversation is easy because the noise level is moderately low. Service is friendly and efficient. Their homemade bread is hot & tasty. Be sure to order the Cacik, a spread of yogurt, cucumber, mint garlic and olive oil. The 1/2 grilled chicken is aromatic and tender. A selection of Mediterranean desserts is available, all can be ordered a la mode, if you like. My visiting guest was most impressed!

SK
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food was excellent and the 1/2 price bottle of wine was good value on a Monday evening.

BD
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Agora is a lovely choice for a varied meal--lots of good smaller plates to share. It also has a terrific patio for outdoor seating. Definitely worth a repeat.

DS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We have had brunch at AGORA more than 20 times and the last several times the service has been very slow. This time, we found the hostess unfriendly and unwelcoming (smiling is not hard) and the food was slow in coming and many times cold (french toast and bacon). I noticed lots of food items sitting around for a long time on big trays that were in the way. We have enjoyed the food here in the past but we feel service and operations have declined and there are many other brunch options (we have noticed it easier to get into AGORA lately too). Best of luck but we are going to spend our valuable weekend time and money elsewhere.

JJ
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a must for brunch or after work drinks, or dinner. In other words, it is great all the time. I love being able to order multiple things and share. LOVE THIS PLACE!

TN
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I find myself comparing all other brunches to Agora. They always exceed expectations in service, value and quality of food. An Agora brunch experience is like none other in DC

OT
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and wonderful dood quality ... cocktails are delicious... prices Or low for DC…

c
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had forgotten how good the food was and what a great number of delicious menu choices they had. We could order all of the different things we wanted to taste because there were too many things we wanted. So even though there were four of us sharing we will have to go back soon to try the things we missed!

AA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Agora is always a go-to brunch spot. The menu is tasty, diverse, and affordable. Staff is phenomenal. Vibe is great.

NQ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch and service

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bottomless brunch is so fun and great for a big group!

M
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service and commitment to a wonderful get-together with friends in town. Food was amazing and the drinks ever-flowing

MB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went for dinner with our one-year old. The staff is incredibly welcoming to babies and little children as well as the rest of the guests. They are in good spirits, and accommodating. Super friendly and kind. The food is delicious! We had short ribs and steak and devoured both! Even our baby ate the short ribs and made content sounds (and she is a fickle eater). We also had fried Brussel sprouts which aren’t battered, just simply fried. Delicious! We also had a kasik salad, tuna tartare, the yogurt spread with pita bread, and chef’s borek. It was all divine. I definitely recommend for dates, special occasions, etc.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some members of our party of 4 had dietary restrictions. The staff was most accommodating. Our food arrived on time and was delicious. It was quiet and we asked for a table toward the back. Being able to converse in a restaurant is as important as any cuisine!

HP
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful unique brunch.

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TB
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We found this restaurant heading to sushi next door. We love Mediterranean food so we wanted to give it a try - on a full stomach you should note! Got the hummus, dolmades, and lamb chops. Hummus was excellent. More tahini flavored than others but we like that. Domades were good. Lamb chops were excellent but only received two for an expensive price tag. Would definitely go back more hungry!

OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Agora is a hidden gem of Dupont Circle’s restaurant scene. The food is incredible, flavorful, and surprisingly reasonable. My husband and I came here for our 1st wedding anniversary and we ordered 2 drinks, 6 tapas plates, and a dessert. All of this came to a total of $106. For DC, that’s amazing!! We LOVED it here!

S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience2

The food was truly wonderful in all ways. I have no complaint and would recommend the food without hesitation. The service however was terrible. The waiter was fine, but I only wish Mcdonalds would provide service as fast as we were fed and dismissed at Agora. Within 5 minutes of placing our order our food began arriving in machine gun speed and we were so overwhelmed with the food arriving so quickly that there wasn't even room on the table to place the dishes! We had no opportunity to catch our breath, have dinnertime conversation and sip our drinks and wine. The entire meal for 7 of us was completed in one hour from the time we sat til the time we left. Not what we had planned for a night out dining. This was a special dinner for our son's birthday, and he has been begging to get us to this restaurant for a year. The staff knew it was a special occasion and yet we were hurried through dinner in an extremely hurried manner.

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