Permanently Closed - Restaurant Nor

4.3
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3216 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Organic

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This restaurant is permanently closed. This restaurant is permanently closed. Thank you for your patronage over the last 38 years. Au Revoir and Enjoy Healthy Living!! With Love Restaurant Nora
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Organic, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 462-5143
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nora Pouillon
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
R Street, N.W.
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Parking details
Street parking available after 6:30 p.m.
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Public transit
Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle North (Red Line)
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.2
ambience
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M
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in America!

LB
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always! Nora, we already miss you so much and wish you, and your staff, the very best! xoxo

LG
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderfully flavored calamari, fish dumpling and ceviche small plates. Also enjoyed cod main course. House red wine Katydid is great. Enjoyed it best at room temperature. By the bottle may come chilled.

FL
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I have only had good food at this restaurant. Sadly they are closing and this is Friday, June 30th is their last day open to the public. A huge loss for the city!

N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite spot. So sad to see Nora retire the restaurant, but it was great while it lasted.

S
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A solid meal, although not particularly memorable. Very good. We would have liked an offer of bread before or with the salad course. Expensive for what we got.

TG
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sadly they are closing. 😭

ER
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Although I ordered from the fixed price menu, the waist continued to pressure me as well as my guest to get another dessert, which would've cost more. Neither of us appreciated being pressured after already spending a good amount. For that to happen made the overall experience bad. They even brought my guest dessert silverware although my guest had already declined dessert. That type of pressure is rude and disrespectful.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will miss Restaurant Nora

t
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Famous DC restaurant, known as one of America's first organic restaurants. Very elegant, great food, pricey but appropriate. Owner is closing it down soon (in less than one week) after 35 years in business, so don't delay! Last chance.

AD
Costa Rica
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I went to Nora for the first time 25 years ago and loved it. Over the years I've been and enjoyed it but I believe it is living on its initial reputation. The meal I had this week was disappointing on all levels. The room was very noisy and we were seated in the middle of it. The service was very slow and we had to ask for things several times. We were also told that they were running out of things including the wine we had ordered a bottle of and the dessert. Finally, the food was mediocre. My halibut was overcooked and my husband's scallops undercooked.

d
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the food, wine and service were outstanding. Definitely one of the best restaurants in the DC area!

h
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so special and we will miss her restaurant terribly.

QV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! So glad to try Nora's cooking before the restaurant closes. Worth the wait and the price.

M
New Orleans
82 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I do not live in DC, but try to go to Restaurant Nora every time I visit the district. The restaurant was not up to typical good service and food. First, I arrived at 7:10 for a 7:15 reservation. The hostess was not at the stand; so the manager checked me in. The hostess returned and sat two tables who came in after me before evening acknowledging that my party of two was waiting. Second, the server was not good. It took a long time between ordering drinks and appetizers before our order was taken. My dining companion ordered a salad to eat before the entrée. Our entrees came out first and then the salad. Third, the food was good as usual, but seemed like it may have been sitting for a while before it was brought to the table. I think this is a rare occasion for NORA, as my other experiences there (at least 12) were wonderful. I was told that the restaurant is closing soon, so the quality may reflect more experienced servers moving to better places.

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Braised Lamb Osso Bucco was delicious, so tender and flavorful. For dessert, the combination of molten lava cake with ginger cheesecake made a heavenly bite! Service was attentive and warm, like being hosted at a friend's home. Wonderful experience all around.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Nora's was as I remembered: good food (soft shell crabs were superb!) and great ambiance! She'll be sorely missed when she closes at the end of the month.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

I decided to try out Nora's because a friend of mine told me it was vegan friendly and really good but I was only offered one meal which could be made vegan which was the risotto and it was just rice and some chopped unseasoned veggies. There isn't a variety to choose from and I wasn't offered any non alcoholic beverages. My waiter seemed a little drunk and was walking into tables and chairs and we were not approached once we sat for a good 20 minutes. It is ridiculously overpriced for very tiny and flavorless portions. I honestly did not enjoy it at all.

KB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Always loved Nora's but now that they are closing the food didn't seem to be up to their usual standards. I had the soft shell crab and didn't really like it. Service was excellent and ambiance, beautiful. I will miss Nora's!

JR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Closing soon and the service kind of reflects that. The food is outstanding.

E
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unforgottable New York strip, with wonderful service

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was nothing to write home about and was much more downsize than it should have been. The decor was straight out of the 80s

MR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in Washington. Never a bad meal.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

for a restaurant with such impeccable credentials, my own many years of patronage including birthdays and retirement parties, and *especially* with the restaurant closing in 2 weeks, the SO and i expected more attention to detail from the server. it is not acceptable tor her to overlook a simple gin and tonic, ordered at the beginning of the meal, so belatedly that it comes out with the diner's entree and is no longer appetizing. the generic "happy birthday" menu would be lightyears more personal with the simple addition of the diner's name, which i did provide via open table. other small details like this add up. for our last experience here, i was surprised and disappointed by the lackluster service.

RL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. So sad that it is closing

l
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful in every way. I am sorry that I only discovered it when it is about to close. Standards really high.

OT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Closing at the end of June. Glad we got to experience it before then!

HD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a wonderful way to celebrate my daughter's graduation. The food was wonderful, the service good, and the atmosphere cozy. We decided a year ago to do graduation dinner at Restaurant Nora and it was worth the wait.

R
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Small portion size, spent a lot of money and left still hungry.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been coming to Nora's for the past 26 years and have never been disappointed. As usual, the food was excellent in taste and presentation, the service quick and efficient. This is a restaurant where you can sit across from someone and be able to have a conversation in a low voice. A very nice place that I would highly recommend.

T
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary this Saturday night. The Maitre D' was thoughtful enough to remember that we had had our wedding luncheon in the garden room and seated us there accordingly. We have always had outstanding meals at Restaurant Nora's. Saturday's meal was no exception. As much as we enjoyed ourselves, we couldn't help being somewhat wistful realizing that a restaurant that I have loved since the early 80s would soon be no more! Nora, thanks for everything. Tony Anderson

OT
Louisville
23 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Nora will be greatly missed if it. Loses at end of month

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went there to say farewell to an excellent restaurant that was an early leader in local and organic food and still be a top level restaurant. We left (for what is likely our last visit) on an extremely high note. It was a superb meal-- excellent service, food, wine, with the quilts on the wall lighten up the dining space!!!
Don't wait until near closing date, because by then you may not be able to get reservations. Nora's is going out on a high note; don't miss the chance to say farewell.

AV
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant Nora is a lovely old style restaurant that was the first organic certified restaurant in the United States. It closes at the end of June having pretty much run its course -- the food while elegantly prepared and presented is somewhat uneven. I had the rib steak and it was tasty - but full of fat and grizzle - something I was disappointed with considering the $42 price. Mussels were exceptional in a great broth and the lamb chops my companion had left me wishing I had chosen that instead of the steak. Deserts were excellent across the board. Worth visiting to cross off the bucket list one of America's legendary trend-setting restaurants before it is gone having left a legacy of the now every where farm to table featured dining.

V
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was slow and terrible. They took us to our table 20 mins after our reservation time. Our pre set table was dirty, the plates had crumbs on it and the wine glasses were dirty. They were out of multiple items on the menu as well.

OT
Seattle
38 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Restaurant Nora has been a favorite visited on many trips to D.C. Where Nora Pouillion has been at the helm for nearly 40 years. The food was as good as always -- but sadly, the restaurant will be closing on June 30th. Many locals patiently waiting on reservations Sauturday evening when it appeared that folks were making certain they had one last dining experience there. It's a restaurant that I will definitely miss on future trips to D.C.

OT
Sweden
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal and opted for the winepackage, tailored to go well with the dishes. Unfortunately our servant didn't tell us spontaneously about the wines, the presentation was unengaged. The quality of the dishes however, balanced the negatives quite well and we had one of our better meals in the US.

HY
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our three year anniversary at Restaurant Nora and the experience was beyond spectacular! The food was fresh, perfectly seasoned, with lovely presentation! Cocktails were well balanced and wine list was wonderful! Highly recommended for date nights and special occasions!

JH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We were seated in an annex area that we did not enjoy and the restaurant was not able to accommodate our request to be placed in the main area. This did cause some annoyance with us which we conveyed to the wait staff. It seemed difficult for the wait staff to be as engaged as one expects and the service was not up to past experiences. However, they are closing soon and perhaps there is not as much concern with that standard knowing we are unlikely to return.

C
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It met all my expectations. The service got a little slow after dinner was served and we had ordered dessert. I love what they are doing here with everything organic and I love the information on the back of the menu. I read every word to my tablemates!
I am so sad this is my first time at Restaurant Nora and that it will be closing on next month!
Best wishes to Nora and all her staff. You have all been part of an era which I hope will continue to florish and grow.

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