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“Above average Churrascaria” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Agora Churrascaria

Agora Churrascaria
1830 Main St, Irvine, CA 92614-6718
949-222-9910
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Ranked #36 of 551 Restaurants in Irvine
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Brazilian, Barbecue, South American
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Buffet, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: McArthur
Bangkok, Thailand
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Above average Churrascaria”
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 were a tad dry.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Orange, California
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Meat! And a great salad bar too!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

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

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Best in class”
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 choices were so appealing that I ended up with a plate full of other items too. Not to worry, when the meat started coming I was ready for it.

Here too, the quality of the meats was exceptional. The offerings were predominantly a variety of beef (with one or two chicken choices and one lamb). I have seen a wider variety of meats offered at some other Churrascarias but never the level of quality that that serve at Agora.

This will be a regular stop on future trips to Anaheim.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Irvine, California
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Anti-Souplantation”
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, seated promptly, and have your drink order taken promptly. Just like any other restaurants, hopefully. But after that, the destiny of your meal, the enjoyment of your night, is in your hands.

On each table there will be an item with two sides, Red and Green. Some restaurants you will be given a wooden block, some might be a can, but, at Agora, you will have a coaster. This is no ordinary coaster, do not place your drinks over it! It has magical powers. When you flip the coaster to Green, the meat will keep on coming until you can stuff no more. When you wish to take a break, perhaps to the bathroom and clean out some unwanted clutter so you have more space to do work, then simply flip the magical coaster to Red, and the meat train will by pass your table. Well, until you flip it back to Green again, that is.

Sounds exciting, right??

But, of course, there comes a time in our life when we make the choice (a brilliant one, in fact) to date someone who is a vegetarian. Don't let this damper your quest for MEAT. Agora have one of the finest buffet at a Brazilian BBQ/steakhouse. Your better, and healthier, half can enjoy assortment of items from vegetables, fruits, and carbs.

So really, go there tonight. You won't regret it. Well, you're wallet might, but your stomach will be satisfied, and that's alllll that matters.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brea, California
Top Contributor
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30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Something For Everyone”
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 seafood was delicious, the salad bar had a fresh variety and etc. The cheesy dinner rolls that were waiting upon our return from the salad bar were delicious and warm. There was a variety of meats that circulated the restaurant and the manager made his rounds, ensuring that all the customers were satisfied. The staff were extremely helpful and cheerful. Everyone left feeling satisfied and full.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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