Restaurant Week Part 2: Agraria

I was apprehensive about going because Agraria did not have the best reviews, according to (My favorite review website, where I find all of my restaurants!). My friend, Ruth, assured me it would be delicious because she had been before. Agraria is a spacious restaurant on the waterfront in Georgetown. The atmosphere was nice as it was right in front of the Potomac River, and the tables were lit by candle light. Agraria offered the Restaurant week 3 course prix-fixe menu this week, but I decided to order off of the regular menu. I ordered the grilled salmon with sauteed mushrooms and wild rice. Ruth ordered off of the prix-fixe menu and she got fried green tomatoes, New York strip steak, and the carrot cake.
I tried Ruth's appetizer, and it was very tasty. She had the fried green tomatoes, which came with a goat cheese flan (which was essentially a cube of mild goat cheese), a creamy basil pesto, and a tomato jam. The tomatoes were coated in cornmeal and Japanese panko breadcrumbs (Side note: if you ever coat anything in breadcrumbs- try panko and you will never go back! They are the best!). I have always wanted to try fried green tomatoes, especially after seeing the movie, but this was my first time and I was very pleased. They were sweet and crunchy. My favorite combination was the tomatoes with the tomato jam and a bit of arugula on top. These filling savory bites are a must-have.
Fried Green Tomatoes with goat cheese, tomato jam, basil pesto, and arugula garnish
Moments later, our entrees arrived. My salmon had a very basic seasoning comprised of only salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of parsley. The salmon was satisfactory, but nothing to call home about. I like a kick in my food, whether it's sweet or spicy, but the only word I can think of to describe this salmon is plain. I wish it had another ingredient to make it a little more flavorful. It sat on top of wild rice and sauteed mushrooms and a creamy, white sauce. The rice was moist, but like the salmon I think it could have been better if it had a little more flavor.
Grilled Salmon with Wild Rice, Sauteed Mushrooms, and Cream Sauce
Ruth's steak was very juicy and enjoyable. It was served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and a house steak sauce. The serving was huge! Ruth could barely eat half of it.
New York Strip Steak, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and House Steak Sauce
Overall, our trip to Agraria was a positive experience but not necessarily worth the steep prices. I would not mind going back and getting some of those tomatoes, but I do not think I would order the salmon again. This restaurant seems ideal for people, like Ruth, who enjoy simple uncomplicated dishes. For those of you like me, who like innovative variations of traditional dishes, Agraria won't blow you away.


  1. I'm wondering, exactly what is "restaurant week?" Is it just for students? I enjoy your postings and am especially intrigued by Siroc and eager to hear about the Alain Ducasse restaurant when you go. It all sounds delicious! Lucky you!! Your blog is a good way for students and others to learn about different dining options! Thanks!

  2. This is a cool blog, Ariana. You're lucky that you have so many great restaurants and food places around you. I wish I had the opportunity to eat at these places.

  3. Restaurant week is for anyone in DC who wants to go! Be sure to make reservations at least a month in advance for the upscale restaurants. It happens every 6 months, and restaurants offer 3 course dinners for $35.09 and 3 course lunches for $20.09.

  4. Thanks beau! I am lucky (and broke) because DC has so many restaurants to choose from. That's my favorite part about living in a city.