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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 (2 Seating Times)
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
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

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (60)
Good Vegetarian Options (53)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
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Creative Cuisine (50)
Authentic (49)
Fit for Foodies (48)
Good for a Date (46)
Casual (41)
Good for Groups (37)
Great for Brunch (32)
Fun (31)
Special Occasion (28)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Healthy (22)
Cozy (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Romantic (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Business Meals (11)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Vegan (9)
People Watching (8)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Spicy (4)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Fabulous food. Interesting food, great atmosphere, great service

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 4 days ago

My husband and I really enjoyed our meal here. This is a small plate type restaurant so we ordered a number of dishes to share. The portions and prices were similar to other tapas style places we've been to, and we enjoyed everything. We are mostly vegetarian but eat some fish and found a decent variety of choices on the menu. The waitress was very attentive, in a good way. She realized right away that one of our dishes had not arrived and went to check without us needing to ask about it. The place is small and the tables are somewhat cozy, so not a place for quiet or private conversation. We were glad we had a reservation, because even at 5:30 they were fairly busy. They had a pre theater special menu, which several other couples seemed to be taking advantage of. I would definitely come back again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

always a great time at agora! food is delicious, service is excellent, and the atmosphere is fantastic!

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Decent but not great food. Good atmosphere and very nice service.

Tags: Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

My boyfriend took me to Agora on our first date and it's become our go-to Valentine's Day spot. Small plates and a cozy atmosphere, perfect for getting to know someone without being overly formal. The Ottoman rice and brussel sprouts are amazing, if you don't fill up on the warm pita first!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My partner and I go there every year for our anniversary. The service, food, and ambiance have always been superb. I plan to go there every year until............

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

my fav brunch in dc!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was tasty. Server was very pleasant. Will come back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent happy hour. Great food and drink specials. Definitely get the mixed grill seafood platter, it's amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was authentic and delicious! The environment was very cozy and comfortable. The service was friendly and thorough. We will definitely return for another meal!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful place for tapas-style eastern Mediterranean food. They do a great job bringing out dishes a couple at the time so you never feel overwhelmed. Also a great wine selection!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Excellent meal and service. Omar you rock!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

My friend and I ordered from the lunch menu. It started with three different kinds of spread, chicken kebab for main, coffee and dessert. Food and the price were both great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We love having special dinners together here. The staff is knowledgeable about the food and which flavors work together.

They change the menu periodically as well as make variations to certain dishes to keep things fresh and new. The baklava was good but not nearly what it used to be. They used to prepare it with Orange blossom and Rose water which added as lovely softness to the end of a wonderful meal,. Also they charged from pistachio to walnut which weakened the flavor so theT
baklava tonight was good just not great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Speed of food delivery was great as was refilling of drinks and hot bread. A couple items tasted like they had been reheated, which was a shame, but overall still a good selection of tasty small plates.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loved our waiter and the food! Will be back again soon

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loved this place!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Agora is one of our favorite restaurants in DC. The food and experience never disappoints!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food, great service, great location. Dined on a Saturday before a theater show and had a wonderful evening. Will return in the near future to further explore the menu.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Saturday dinner, double-date seated upstairs. The bench seating is shallow and it felt like you could slide off. If seated with back against window, cold draft was an issue (Feb. 2018). Great food and good service--servers should encourage guests to keep a food and drink menu with them during their meal. Bread was served warm. I wish the server paced the plates--we were getting all of the vegetable plates first, then all of the meats all at once. We prefer to have veggies to compliment meat dishes.

Ambiance was casual and dimly lit (nice!). Noise level may have gone up due to us--catching up with friends. :) Will return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Agora is consistently five stars! Regardless of whether the visit is happy hour, dinner or brunch based we are never disappointed. The entire team is welcoming and beyond knowledgable regarding the wonderful menu options. Lovely dining ambiance and always fun bar atmosphere too!
Thank you, Agora!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2018

My wife and I went there this past weekend 1/28/2018. It was restaurant week and each person ordered two appetizers, two entrees (still small plates) and one desert. So for two people ready to share that is 10 different, and delicious options to share.

I am always a little concerned that little plates equate to not enough food. OMG no worries when you eat here. By the time we had raced through the bread and finished our four appetizers - we were no longer confident we could finish the job of eating it all. Though we did our best we left with a box.

We enjoyed every dish (well my wife does not like cheese so there was one she did not prefer). To be clear as a cheese enthusiast it too was great.

I don’t think you can go wrong on the menu. The service was great and the staff friendly.

DEFINITELY NOT MY LAST VISIT!! kudos to you Agora - you delighted us in every respect.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Organic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Agora is one of my favorites. A nice variety of hot and cold, veggie and meat small plates, with enough to share between two people. The chef changes some offerings with the season, but also maintains a majority of consistent menu items (hoping they never get rid of the Ottoman rice and Aegean delight for dessert!). During my most recent visit, it seemed to take longer than normal for our food to come, without any explanation from our server, but my friend and I were enjoying catching up, so it wasn't much of an issue. Would still recommend Agora for anyone who enjoys well-executed Mediterranean small plates.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Wonderful prompt service and delicious food!! An amazing brunch!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great service, wonderful vibe. We went for restaurant week, and it was a fantastic value. Highly recommend the hummus and cacik - both are great with their amazing pita and as a dip for the falafel. The adana kebap is also a must; super tender and delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It was nice

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Loved the vegetarian options. The manager came to our table several times. Love quality service.

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Been here a few times, went for Restaurant Week 2018 and loved it. Incredible food, Aegean Delight is the best thing to get.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Favorite neighborhood restaurant by far. Delicious food, fun atmosphere and great service. Perfect for a date night!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We are at agora for restaurant and the food was fantastic!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Very good food - very gf friendly. Staff very accommodating with my daughter’s celiac.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The appetizers were delicious, and the dessert was excellent. (This was the best baklava I've had in years.) Unfortunately, the entrees were mediocre. My chicken was dry, and the "garlic pita" turned out to have an overpoweringly garlicky spread, rather than just some garlic on the pita. My husband's kebab was better but still not great. Stick with the appetizers and dessert.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great wine selection and awesome small plates

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We went to Agora for the restaurant week lunch special for a business lunch. The food is a really good value, and the staff was very friendly and attentive. I would definitely recommend scheduling a business lunch here, but I will probably be back for a date or special occasion sometime in the future!

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Vegan, Business Meals
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was SO good. Fast service. Efficient wait staff.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Spicy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

It was our 50th anniversary & dinner before theater. Always very tasty! Pita is the best. We really enjoy Agora.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The staff was wonderful, had great recommendations and kept the drinks and food flowing the entire brunch. Our group had a great time and will definitely be returning

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We have eaten at Agora at least 25 times. It is our neighborhood restaurant of choice. In our opinion the value is outstanding. The prices are more than fair for the offerings on the menu. Hot food comes to the table hot and cold food comes to the table cold.

It gets a little noisy sometimes but rarely so loud that I cannot hear my dinner partner sitting across the table from me.

Although the service can be slow at times, the servers and runners unfailingly are decent people who clearly are doing their best to make the dining experience as enjoyable as possible.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Tapas, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Pre-theatre dining.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Always great! Thank u. See u soon

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