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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 (51)
Neighborhood Gem (48)
Good for a Date (43)
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Authentic (43)
Good Vegetarian Options (43)
Creative Cuisine (42)
Casual (40)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Good for Groups (35)
Fun (34)
Great for Brunch (29)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Healthy (20)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Cozy (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Romantic (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Business Meals (11)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Vegan (10)
People Watching (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Organic (3)
Spicy (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

food is great except the lamb loin (which they put at the cover). Servers are really nice.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Everything we ordered was outstanding and uniquely prepared. Kudos to the chef!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

I came here with a few friends on a Saturday during brunch. We were seated right on time and were given fantastic service! Eduardo was our server and he was awesome! He was friendly, attentive, helpful and gave wonderful suggestions. He also made sure that our glasses were always full. The food and drinks were yummy. My favorites were the feta and spinach omelette and the Baklava French Toast. All of the spreads were pretty tasty as well. I would definitely recommend the bottomless brunch and I will definitely be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Such a great restaurant but such terrible lackluster service. If you pay for all you can eat and drink, shouldn’t have to continually ask for refills and food. Usually good service but couldn’t be more disappointed with my last experience .

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Always great food and fantastic service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Good but not great. The food was good and delivered at good pace. The service was ok. Nothing to write home about.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great food and service! Perfect place for nice dinner in dc. Hoping to come back soon!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food, warm friendly service. Great variety of wonderful tastes and flavors. Terrific!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Great Beer
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had an exceptionally good experience at Agora. I selected the restaurant for a dinner with friends who are avid foodies, and I ended up looking brilliant! The food was absolutely delicious and the service was off the charts. Our Turkish server provided excellent recommendations for both food and drink and was remarkably attentive throughout the meal, despite a packed restaurant. He made the experience so lovely that we all walked away talking about what a gem he is. We will definitely return for dinner and look forward to trying the brunch as well.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent restaurant to taste Turkish food. Great service!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Agora is an excellent Turkish/Greek restaurant. Most dishes are mezze, designed for sharing. Everything we ordered was good, but in some cases--e.g., appetizer spreads and octopus--the portions were quite small. Overall, however, I would strongly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Terrific. We are looking forward to our next opportunity to dine there.

Tags: Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I've been to agora a few times and overall love the restaurant. I went on 1/2 for brunch and didn't have the best experience. The service was slow, often forgetting things that we ordered. Also, the food didn't taste as good as it normally does--not sure if they had a new chef or something? I will go back but I was disappointed on this last visit.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a fantastic NYE brunch here, yet again proved why it is hands-down my favorite brunch in the DC area. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for a Saturday dinner and had quite a few tapas here! Good vibrant ambience and service. All the dishes- chicken, lamb, veg and cheeses were very tasty and had fragrant herbs and spices that we enjoyed. Portions were a good size for tapas. The vegetarian options were equally well made. The apricot dessert recommended by our server was very good as was the baklava! Cocktails menu was a little weak but good list of ouzo and arak etc. Overall a great experience. Will come back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent food, fantastic service — took good care of us with helpful recommendations.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was great. Scallops we're perfect. Pleasant meal.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My wife , two young adult sons and I came day before New Year's eve for a pre-theater dinner. The small plate offerings from cuisine from Turkey, Lebanon and Greece were simply fabulous! Every single item was distinctive, very tasty and nicely presented. Service was impeccable and friendly, and the management quickly accommodated my disabled status which I had forgotten to state on my OpenTable reservation. We had the saganaki, bleu cheese flatbread, heirloom carrots, sauteed kale, mixed mushrooms, artichoke and celery root, grilled octopus, branzino, braised short ribs, and lamb loin. Servings were more generous than we expected and we couldn't finish the last couple of delicious bites, although we really tried!!! Every item was terrific!

Tags: Great Beer, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Disabled Access
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I had a friend visiting from out of town and wanted to experience a great brunch. My reservation was at 1:30 pm. The general manager was very accommodating and attentive throughout our dining experience. She initiated ordering the spreads and appetizers. She ensured we were well taken care of and understood our options. I will definitely be back again!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Casual, Cozy, Vegan, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Nice place, good service, good food, with relatively small portions, but tasty

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent choice for dinner prior to our Keegan theater show. Food was savory and delicious, served very quickly and the wait service was impeccable. You want for nothing at this restaurant, we will definitely return!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My relatives from Korea and my daughter and I were visiting DC for a few days and we found this restaurant and had a dinner there one night. It was superb! What an unexpected gem of a place! The seafood platter was amazing, octopus so tenter, Branzino so smooth and delicious. We also had a dip sampler which was amazing and the beet salad was very very good. I would recommend it very highly, worth visiting even from out of towners.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The food and ambiance was amazing. Met up with 4 of my best friends and one of their kids.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I love this place because the food is so good. Everything is prepared with great care and served beautifully. The ambiance is casual, not fancy, which suits me fine. I you like Mediterranean food, you owe it to yourself to try Agora.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Agora has the best food & service on 17th St, NW. It's always a delight to share a meal of small plates with friends there. Superb combinations of food in each plate -- I especially love the 3-spread sampler, the bronzino, they lamb loin, the zucchini pancakes, the beet salad, the cauliflower & the Brussels sprouts. The atmosphere is great and the service is terrific. Highly recommended to all.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Comfort Food, Healthy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, People Watching, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great Mezze of all types and very nice service. Good place for food that makes you feel good

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Outstanding Mediterranean and Turkish food.
Highly recommend. Wait staff was courteous and knowledgeable.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Agora, made the start of the evening wonderful with authentic Greek and Turkish food served tapa style! Drinks, entrees and desserts were amazing!!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Agora is one of my go-tos for brunch with friends. I I've been like 20 times. I like the Turkish-style dishes and the service is almost Ottoman in attentiveness. They're always welcoming and kind. It's a solid choice for brunch or dinner.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I've eaten at AGORA many times, but last weekend I visited with a large group of family, including my two young nephews. The staff couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. Before we could even look at the menu, our waiter came over and asked if my nephews would like some milk, and he brought out the milk in special kids cups. All of the staff helping deliver food, water, coffee, were super attentive throughout the whole brunch. I can't wait to visit AGORA again!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing food. Amazing everything.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent food we tried different plates and they were all good

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We've eaten at a number of Mediterranean restaurants in the DC area and this was our best experience to date. Everything nicely seasoned, portions larger than many small plate restaurants. Nice wine list. The service was excellent. We'll definitely go again. The quality of the lamb chops was not as good as the rest of the meal, but otherwise they had everything we like in a restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great night with very attentive server Ismail, friendly staff and awesome food

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I don't eat out that often, but I'm becoming a regular at Agora for dinner before a play. I love their food, cocktails, happy hour specials, and friendly service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

We just moved to the area a few days ago and were craving the experience we had last night. It was absolutely amazing.

The service from Marija was great. She was welcoming and knew the answers to all of our questions, and she even brought me a rubber band to tie up my hair when I was telling my boyfriend I needed a ponytail to eat ! Hah!

The wine and food were extremely tasteful. We started with a bottle of the Rock & Vine Cabernet and it went great with the food. We then ordered the sampler of spreads and chose the Hummus, Htipiti, and the baba ghanouj, followed with the chefs choice cheese board. For mains we had the tuna tartar and the lamb riblets. Every bite of food was to die for !! Our personal favorites were the Hummus, Cheese board and the Lamb riblets.

The wine is a must and has a beautiful taste !

We will definitely be returning to this location, and we want to thank you for welcoming us into the city with a wonderful experience ! Cheers!

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent food

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

4th time we've been to Agora. It's not on the radar screen of those looking for the latest hot restaurant by Kapnos or Andres, but it's really excellent: Interesting and reasonable wine list and cocktails, great lamb and beef dishes (marinated, quickly grilled hanger steak!), a fantastic grilled octopus on pureed beans, imaginative flat breads. And very reasonable. We like it better than Kapnos on 14th St. And better than jaleos in Bethesda... Only Jaleos downtown is better (but more $$).

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Lively, happy atmosphere and attentive table service enhance the vibrant menu choices. We loved the Cypriot salad and the lamb kofte.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our waiter was absolutely perfect. Extremely welcoming, very knowledgeable on the menu and wine options (we went with his recommendation and it was spot on) and very patient for a large group. Additionally we were there celebrating a birthday and he went along with the birthday surprise wonderfully. I wish I remembered his name! As for the food, everything was delicious. No complaints and will definitely be going again.

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