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About AGORA

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.

1527 17th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Turkish

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Dinner (Weekend)
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:30 pm

Cross Street:
Between Q and Church Street NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 332-6767

Website:
http://www.agoradc.net/

Catering:
We offer catering with 1 week advance notice. Please email events@agoradc.net for more details

Parking Details:
Closest Parking Garage:

Colonial Parking
1400 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Public Transit:
Dupont Circle Metro station. RED LINE, Q street Exit.

Executive Chef:
Dimo Kolouas

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
$34.99 Bottomless Brunch
Saturdays & Sundays from 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Happy Hour (Bar Only)
Monday - Friday: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sundays: 5:00 PM - Closing

50% Off Sommelier Selection Wines ( by the bottle)
Every Monday night, 5:00 PM - Close

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Private Dining

At Agora, our private dining options are flexible depending on the size of your party and the scope of your event. We can accommodate small, intimate groups, as well as larger events. We also offer private space for your corporate events including retreats where you will have the option of casual or formal setup. From brunch parties, luncheons, receptions and so much more, you can rest assure your guests will experience the very best in event planning expertise and hospitality when planning your next special event.

AGORA Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (53)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Good Vegetarian Options (42)
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Good for Groups (40)
Authentic (39)
Good for a Date (35)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Fit for Foodies (33)
Fun (33)
Casual (30)
Great for Outdoor Dining (29)
Great for Brunch (28)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Healthy (25)
Special Occasion (19)
Hot Spot (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Cozy (15)
Gluten Free Options (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
People Watching (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Romantic (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Business Meals (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Vegan (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Quick Bite (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Local Ingredients (4)
Spicy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 16 hours ago

This is a tapas restaurant. My husband hated tapas because the portions are always so small and he always leaves hungry, but I really wanted to try this place. So we went, we ordered about 6 plates (what we normally order at a tapas place) and it was definitely too much food. Lol these portions are definitely larger than a location like Jaleo. The food was fantastic though. The only think we tried that I didn't like was the lamb sausage. It was oddly sweet. The octopus was perfectly cooked and a must try, as is the beet salad.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding! Our group of three people shared five dishes plus two desserts. They ranged from very good to extraordinary. The baba ganoush was the best I’ve ever had outside Turkey; the eggplant clearly had been fire roasted, giving the dish the proper smoky taste. I don’t know what made the suckling lamb ribs so good , but they were tender and delicious. The seasoned olive oil for the bread was so good that we polished it off. By the time it came for dessert, we chose two items that I usually avoid because they tend to be icky sweet. However, our meal had been so outstandingly good that we decided to order baklava and the honey doughnuts. We were rewarded with two great desserts—sweet but not icky. The room was a little noisy but not too bad. Service was attentive. We were all really glad we came.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 6 days ago

AGORA proved to be an excellent choice. The food was very good with an excellent selection of choices. As a vegetarian I had plenty of options, and meat eaters have lots to choose from. Portion sizes were appropriate and sensible (i.e. not stupid super-sized American) allowing one to try numerous dishes. Out of the six places I ate at on this visit to DC, AGORA was way ahead as the best for the quality and taste of the dishes. I'd go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

We came for the bottomless brunch - $37 for unlimited plates AND unlimited drinks. While we only had mimosas, the drinks also included spirit mixers, which is usually pretty rare for bottomless brunches. The mimosas were quite good and the waiters came around often to refill, so you don't need to flag one down every time you want a refill.

In terms of the food, everything was very good and definitely had strong mediterranean flavors. We particularly liked the goat cheese, labneh, smoked salmon, and baklava french toast. The flatbreads were also both good. Overall the plates are pretty small, but it works out because you can try a little bit of everything.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great tapas that actually leave you feeling full afterwards! I would highly recommended the grilled calamari and the scallops. It's a good spot to go with a group who enjoy sharing plates. It's pretty noisy though, so be aware of that. Overall very tasty and would definitely go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Tapas, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great Mediterranean food. Overall it was very good, I especially loved the grape leaves and the hummus. The fish dishes we ordered were inderwhelming, but otherwise the meal was very good.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Agora is definitely the best brunch place in DC.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

If I could give beyond 5 stars for Agora I would. The service and the food are beyond amazing. The brunch is affordable and you will leave happy and tipsy. Definitely worth the visit!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Spicy, Tapas, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The service was quick which is nice when it’s unlimited champagne! If music was playing than you couldn’t hear it over the loud talking. Having more upbeat music that could be heard would’ve made the experience better.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

What a great place for Sunday Brunch! The bottomless Brunch at Agora is fantastic. The casual atmosphere makes it a relaxed brunch experience. A huge selection of food makes it quite an adventure in dining. This was my first visit to a Turkish cuisine restaurant and I was extremely impressed. Everything we tasted was delicious and the bottomless mimosa's made it a fun girls get together

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I went to Agora with three friends for bottomless brunch and was not disappointing. All of the cheese plates were amazing, my mimosa glass never even came close to empty, and the feta and spinach omelette was A+. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I am not sure if it was due to a couple larger (10+) parties during our brunch, 1:30pm-3:30pm, but the service was subpar. Many of the dishes we ordered ended up at tables next to us, while other orders took extremely long to reach our table. It was not until the last 25 minutes of our meal that we started receiving our dishes in troves with only a couple minutes left to enjoy them.

I will try again as this place comes highly recommended among my friends. but they better bring their A-game next time!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Perfect for a friends' get-together. Small plates allow sharing and variety. The food is good.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I have been to Agora before and enjoyed it so recommended it to a friend for a lunch get together. The only positive thing to say about it was that we were able to sit outside on a lovely day which is one reason why I had chosen Agora. The food was ok, but servings were tiny. We were very unhappy about the terrible service. It took forever to order, get entrees (one was brought 15 mins. before the other), get a dessert menu, order, get the desserts, and get the bill. We weren't told that several desserts weren't available until our server finally came to take our orders. We also weren't given silverware until after our entrees arrived. In the beginning it was crowded, but later it wasn't at all busy and the service was still terrible. I won't be back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We LOVED Ágora! Charming neighborhood feel and ambiance with the most amazing mezze selection. Every dish we tried was outstanding, cooked and presented perfectly with sauces that elevated the dish to the next level. Our server was excellent, attentive and informative about the different dishes we were interested in trying. Standouts were the beet salad, shredded zucchini pancakes, octopus and swoon worthy grilled chicken. Definitely going back the next time we travel to DC!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food and service were better on other visits. Chicken kabobs were dry; dipping oil less flavorful than previously. Bread was wonderful as always.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Was recommended by a friend and he was spot on. We enjoyed small plates and being able to share. The waitstaff was very attentive and professional and we really enjoyed the ambiance. Most importantly the food was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I ate at Agora over a year ago while on business in DC and have never forgotten the delicious meal and wonderful experience. So was very happy to find that it met my expectations when taking a friend there this past week. The food was superb. We ordered two prix fixe menus (a great deal) and split all the dishes. The Chicken Shish Tavuk was especially wonderful: tender, great sauce, good portion, but there wasn't a dish we didn't enjoy. The bread is fresh and warm, the service was perfect (our waiter offered to extend the prix fixe menu as my friend was caught in traffic), the ambiance just right. I'll not wait as long to return!

Tags: Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Casual, Tapas, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The three of us all agreed we loved our meals. Each of us ordered off the special prix fix menu. For $25. we each had either soup or a combination of spreads (both delicious), a vegetable dish and a protein dish (wonderful flavors and unique combinations) and baklava for dessert. Well worth the price.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

I was disappointed for the first time at Agora. My friend ordered a lamb gyro, but she could not finish it because of the high fat/gristle content. I tried it, and it was inedible. Next time, I'll stick to just veg, or I won't go at all.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were there for friends reunion and birthday, it’s not the first time I’ve been there. I love the food, I could say it my favorite restaurant in the DC area. Onur was a great server, he really gave us good recommendations.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Agora has a great tapas food selection! The bottomless brunch is the perfect price and the waiters make sure to keep your glass full during your entire stay.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Awesome food, well priced, casual atmosphere, worth the drive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Casual, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

good quality food, manageable portions, reasonably quiet patio

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

One of our favorites. The food is amazing and the staff is the best.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very knowledgeable staff made perusing the menu a wonderful part of the dining experience. We happily followed a few suggestions and were equally pleased making some freelance picks from their diverse menu. Food was fantastic and in a city without amazing options I would definitely considering going back to explore other menu items!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Visiting from the UK and staying in the neighbourhood. What a fabulous find!! Food was absolutely amazing it was so hard to make a choice. Wine list was extensive and top quality. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Superb

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Agora is our favored place in DC before or after theater. I love the relaxed atmosphere, great food and Turkish wine.
We feel always welcome and food is incredible. It is very hard to chose.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Tapas, Healthy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food is absolutely amazing! The owner is wonderful and welcoming! The service impeccable! I think this is one of the best Turkish/Mediterranean restaurants I have ever tried....it is coming from someone that has traveled the word!

Tags: Tapas, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

First visit and looking forward to the next. Freekah bowl with raisins, nuts, tons of pomegranate seeds etc was perfection. We also loved our three spread sampler. Excellent table service enhanced the already terrific food. (That means you, broccoli casserole man!)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

One of the best [boozy] brunches in DC! It is also one of the few places that does not limit bottomless drinks to Mimosas and Bloodys. The food is the perfect size to share and taste multiple dishes for those of us who are undecided on one meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Exquisite cuisine with beautiful ambiance and warm, friendly, respectful as well as excellent service! Brava!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We have been to DC twice and have eaten at Agora both times. The food is fabulous. But, I most want to compliment the wait staff. Our waiter (the same on 2 years apart) insisted that we relax and enjoy. He didn't rush us at all, even though they were busy. I just love this restaurant!

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Excellent service. Thanks to Onur!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

It was my birthday and I wanted to try something different. Onur was our waiter. He's from Turkey and his love of his country and food was so fun. We ate everything he recommended. Our 10 year old LOVED the grilled chicken AND the pita bread and especially the Turkish cherry drink. Onur brought out an apricot dessert and Turkish tea for my birthday. We had a perfect experience! I wish I could rate it higher!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great atmosphere and tasty, shareable small plates.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

My friend and I are visiting D.C. and had the best experience with unlimited brunch. Drinks were constantly filled, food filled our table and our server, Nicholas was so friendly and efficient. Couldn't have asked for a better time!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food is generally very good and the servers are attentive and charming.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Fun, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Dining at Agora is always a delight & I'm there often. The menu is terrific and the food is always delicious and superbly prepared and presented. Lots of fun to share small plates and taste everything on the table. The service is top-notch and very friendly. The sidewalk cafe is a great place for people watching, too. We are so lucky to have this gem of a restaurant in the neighborhood.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Hadn't been here in years and am, in general, very suspect of the food options on 17th Street (other than Komi and Little Serow) but was VERY pleasantly surprised by the food! All great quality, very tasty and a nice evening. Highly recommend and will definitely go again if/when I'm in the mood for good Mediterranean cuisine!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy
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