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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

96% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (59)
Neighborhood Gem (45)
Good Vegetarian Options (40)
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Good for a Date (39)
Good for Groups (38)
Authentic (38)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Casual (32)
Fun (31)
Great for Brunch (30)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Healthy (23)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Special Occasion (19)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Cozy (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Business Meals (11)
Romantic (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Vegan (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
People Watching (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Local Ingredients (4)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Spicy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

Amazing food. Amazing everything.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food we tried different plates and they were all good

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Delicious food, and great service. Amazing flatbread!

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food and ambience. Wonderful taste. Will definitely come again

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent place and good service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Every dish we had was phenomenal! So many great flavors and combinations. Very authentic.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was hands-down the best meal I have eaten since moving to the DC Metro Area over 2 years ago. Every plate impressed me, right down to the desserts. In addition, I left feeling full, yet not miserable. It was an overall great experience. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

As ALWAYS the food & Service was impeccable! LOVE their Kadayif!

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Agora is always excellent. Brought friends for the first time. Thought it was very tasty. Bread is always delicious & plentiful. Love the grilled chicken & lamb loin. Plus the kasick salad. Shrimp was also quite good. Turkish tea & stuffed apricots a really nice treat to end the meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food! Fresh ingredients, seasoned just right. The Branzino was delicious.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We enjoyed Turkish foods very much.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food great value!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was very good. Its a tapas restaurant so the dishes are small and its a sharing concept. No kids menu. If you have a picky kid or just one that dosent like sofisticated flavors he wont find food there

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was my second visit to Agora. I wanted to bring some friends (we are from out of state) and I wanted them to expierence Agora! My expectations were surpassed. Our server, Nic, was SO friendly and kind, truly making our time there lovely. The food was just as amazing as I remembered it. Another important thing was that our "endless drinks" were ALWAYS being filled, never empty. Nic and the bartender were on top of everything, the server assistants constantly cleared plates to give us room for more food... it was perfect. We are 2.5 hours away but Agora is going to be our go-to brunch spot any time we visit. Thank you again for the wonderful time with my friends, it was perfect.
Ps. The food was consistent, delicious and simply done- just how I expect Greek food to be.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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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