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Agora Churrascaria

1830 Main St, Irvine, CA 92614-6718
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Ranked #15 of 531 restaurants in Irvine
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Barbecue, Brazilian, South American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Buffet
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: McArthur
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71 reviews from our community

87% Recommend
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English first
Orange County, CA
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Brazilian restaurants are fun, with various types of meat brought to the table on skewers. The meats here were uniformly excellent, though we weren't offered either chicken or pork (and we didn't ask if they were available). The salad bar was superior, with far more than one would expect here. Still...there was something missing that a Brazilian restaurant should have,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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257 reviews 257 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I was invited to eat dinner at Agora with my girlfriend and her family on a Saturday night, the day before Mother's Day. At the time, I'd eaten at a churrascaria only three times, twice at Samba in Redondo Beach and once at By Brazil in Torrance. I'd heard how wonderful Agora is, especially the salad bar, but I'm afraid... More

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Irvine, California, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I do not consider the cook or meat selection is any different from any other Brazilian BBQ. Of course, this is the most expensive one I have been to.

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Anaheim, CA
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270 reviews 270 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I judge an AYCE (all you can eat) place for everything, and Agora gets 4 1/2 stars out of 5. The salad bar is excellent, and even my sister's friend, who's vegetarian, loves coming here. That tells you something, since its an AYCE meat place! The reason I gave it 1/2 star less was the variety of meats brought out... More

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

was taken to this restaurant by my sis/bro in law s - and it lived up to its reputation - great place , great food - and excellent service.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The most beautiful Churrascaria in SoCal. If I could choose how my apartment should look like I'd copy Agora 1:1. Foodwise its not much different from the usual upper class Brazilian steak restaurant except that there is more delicious seafood at the buffet. Price is ok and the passadores are very friendly. One star subtracted because some of the meats... More

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Orange, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

Good variety of churascaqueria. Good selection of meats, great salad bar , nice, modern ambience, good value.

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Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

I have eaten in Churrascarias in a number of cities, and most have been good, but this was a step or two above the best I have ever experienced. The salad and "other" bar was well appointed with fresh and delicious options. I usually limit my selections to rice and black beans and "leave more room" for meat, but the... More

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Irvine, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I guess you can say Agora is the anti-Souplantation. Replace unlimited salad with an assortment of juicy and slightly charred meat, and, voila, you have Agora. Meat Heaven. For those uninitiated to the world of Brazilian BBQ/steakhouse, here a quick guide for you so you don't act like a baboon: When you first entered the restaurant, you'll be greeted promptly,... More

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Cerritos, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

I am not a lover of Brazilian steakhouses, but accompanied my family for dinner. My husband assured me that I would enjoy the restaurant and rightly so. The salad bar is a veritable dinner buffet in itself, and unlike most buffets, the food is delicious and tastes fresh. No sitting under a heat lamp or taste of mass production. The... More

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