Agaves Kitchen and Tequilla
Agaves Kitchen and Tequilla

Agaves Kitchen and Tequilla

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.agavesbar.com/
  • Phone: (562) 435-7700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Thursday 4.30pm - 11.00pm
    Friday - Saturday 4.30pm - 2.00am
    Sunday - 3.00pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: As per request
  • Private Party Facilities: Agaves, a beautiful, modern Tequila Bar and Mexican Restaurant, provides an upscale yet casual dining experience. Agaves serves traditional Mexican food with a modern twist along with an extensive hand crafted specialty drinks menu, featuring 100 types of Tequila and Mezcal.
  • Private Party Contact: Miguel. A. Baeza 5625064500
  • Entertainment: Live bands, special guests dj's weekly
  • Special Events: Coming soon, weekly events Fridays and Saturdays with entertainment and special promotions currently offered

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pine Ave and Broadway Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 55 E 3rd street lot #6, 2 HOURS FREE
A word from Agaves Kitchen and Tequilla
Agaves, kitchen | tequila serves Modern Mexican Cuisine, Mexico's culinary Icons with a modern twist. 100 tequilas + and great margaritas and bar mixology, happy hour all week, private events and take out.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Agaves Kitchen and Tequilla reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (13)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (8)good for groups (7)neighborhood gem (5)special occasion (5)romantic (4)hot spot (4)scenic view (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Excellent Food-But
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food here was really excellent, and the waitress and manager were trying to make amends for problems, but there were a lot of problems. First, they had some lingering customers so our table for 12 wasn't ready. We waited for 25 minutes beyond our reservation time to be seated, and the hostess seated another party at the table they were trying to collect for us, and the manager had to intervene and make them get up. It was a comedy of errors. Then one of our party had to order three times because each time he ordered the waitress would come back saying they were out of that dish. It was 8pm on a Sat. They shouldn't have been out of so many things. I would recommend the place because the food was incredible, but they need to raise their organizational game; so that the restaurant runs more smoothly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long Beach find
    aminlaVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    A group of 4 of us were walking down Pine St. hoping to find a good place for dinner on a Friday night. Whereas there were several restaurant choices around, I decided to use my Open Table app to see what was in the area. Since we were in the mood for margaritas and the menu looked good, Agave was a logical choice; overall, we were very pleased. Great food, drinks, and ambience, plus friendly service. We plan to return. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JARUSD
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Good food, fantastic ambiance and great drinks. Service was fair, which may have been due to our large party, but it was still a little lacking. Would definitely go back, but not with a large group again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, ambiance and friendly staff
    SilverSister02VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    There were 6 of us and we all liked our food and the service was great as was the overall atmosphere of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT AS ALWAYS
    Benjamin
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    WE HAVE GONE AT LEAST 5 TIMES AND IT HAS BEEN EXCELLENT FOOD ALWAYS...BROUGHT FRIENDS, AND THEY WERE IMPRESSED. PARKING CAN BE AN ISSUE AT TIMES...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unimpressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was just OK, and the service was glacially slow. The only saving grace is that they do make very good margaritas. The restaurant becomes a club later in the evening and was jam-packed.
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  • Service UnEven
    TimoVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Service was not as usual this night and it was not busy - they had no chips - no salsa and food took extremly long from the kitchen. was not the ususal experience which is very good! something was going on in the kitchen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food!
    MonaVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food was delicious and the drinks were great! Karl was a great server and we enjoyed his suggestions. Great service from him.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Menu
    Mozster
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This place was better than I expected. The seafood mix was outstanding. My wife had the chicken mole and was absolutely blown away by the flavor. I had the seafood chili relleno and loved every bite. The drinks were awesome as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Agaves Kitchen and Tequila
    Alex
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went with a group of friends, food was delicious and the margaritas were delicious especially the spicy mango margarita. Definitely recommend it to go with friends or family to eat or for dancing on weekend nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    nani
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food and drinks are good. The bad part I got what I didn't order, but they changed it right away.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Mexican Food in So. Cal.
    NotAShill
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is my third time there and I have decided this place probably has the best Mexican food in all of Southern California. I would compare it to the quality of Javier's or even Las Brisas, but the prices are not as high.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 72 reviews are from the Agaves Kitchen and Tequilla reviews archive.
  • Absolutely fabulous!
    LuvToEat
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Tried Agaves during restaurant week Dine in LA. Everything was amazing! They have a variety of about 130 tequilas. Food was amazing! Service was great, Sal & Micheal were awesome! Loved the decor. Will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The long wait was worth it....
    Love2Dine
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We booked on Open Table and made reservations at 3:00pm. we showed up on time and guess what? I was told by one worker, " we don't open till 4pm" I was very disappointed, on how such an over sight was not noticed on open table. The server was very friendly....We paced the order and after the first bite, I was sold....Wow! The taste was very good for Mexican food. I did not have any negative comment on every dish I got...Every thing was just wonderful...After a bit the Manager came to our table and did his "service recovery" after a few minutes he came back with a "Free" Mango Margarita, which was out of this world, excellent! I would most definitely recommend this place, basically everything on the menu is very good..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time
    blucroo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    this was our first time here. We enjoyed the patio seating and the people watching! Food was tasty, though for a Tequila Kitchen I would have liked at least a few choices for a blended margarita. There was only one on the menu. All the other choices were on-the-rocks. The food was tasty but a bit cold by time it got to us. Nice mole. Ceviche was a bit bland. A little more heat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dine L.A. experience
    longbeachfoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Decided to try out Agave for their dine LA menu and it was outstanding. The food was delicious but we especially enjoyed the spicy mango margaritas! Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Staff was very friendly. The cocktail drinks were delicious...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice decor, poor customer service
    Dedelucke
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Customer service was very slow on a slow afternoon. Waited about 15 min, before deciding to leave. Bartender ignored me never said a word. I walked out, suddenly this guy runs after me and asks where I want to sit. Sat out in the patio no apologies, took another while to bring water, the entire experience was just slow, and server just seemed like he didn't like his job & didn't want to be there. Food was ok. Decor was nice. Would not go again, but maybe they just had a bad day.
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  • Agaves WOWS! Mexico's Gastronomy
    JoyDeVivre
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Its cuisine and its drinks are as its décor ART! Although Agaves has a nightclub after 10:30 pm my review is about the absolutely MAGNIFICENT restaurant! In trendy Downtown Long Beach, it is close to the water front, promenade and Arts Center. Agaves is NOT a chips and salsa Mexican restaurant. It is Mexican Gastronomy and fine cuisine. Its head Chef is Abel Hernandez Lopez world renowned delegate of Mexican Gastronomy. Its acting Chef is Veronica Lopez and she is marvelous! Their drinks such as the Basil, Prickly Pear Margarita and dishes are truly Mexican Fine Cuisine, and the meals are priced incredibly conservative. The Nopalito Salad left me speechless. Their creative take on all dishes wowed us! The home made deserts exquisite. Bravo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bad food too expensive
    dogfood
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Sorry to say listen to the bad reviews they are right. servicr is all its got going for it. Food is very bland The steak was bland, burnt beans, and enough veggies To chock a horse. Not worth the 22 bucks they charge. I will never go back. Dont listen to the reviews that Are good i think they are fake. If you want good tasty Food go next door to the Argentinian spot right next door. Same pricing 10 times better food.
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  • Great food. Horrible service.
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Two servers with 20+ ppl waiting is unacceptable. There should be at least 5 servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jaxsam
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Loved the decor and the interesting cocktails. But the food (carne asada and fish) was over cooked.
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  • Great service, not so great food.
    Kluvsfood
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I'm giving three stars because the service was top notch. The server was very attentive and checked on us multiple times. Unfortunately, I thought the food could have been better. I've had better food at cheaper mexican restaurants. We ordered Chicken Tortilla soup and Chicken Mexican Fajitas. I will say that the chunks of avocado in the soup really made it, but the actual flavor of the soup just tasted off. My date said that the chicken was very bland and we both thought the frijoles could have been better. The upsides are that they have great customer service and the decor and ambiance is great. The lighting and the tequila bottle displays really added to the atmosphere.
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  • wonderful food but a bit pricey
    SammieD
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was spectacular! Best mole ive had. Taquitos were super delicious. However, how much we paid for such small plates, for us, isnt worth it. We would have had to get 3 plates to get full, and at $18-40 a plate,.thats way too much money. They were like appetizer plates/small plates. If you have the money, and want a super awesome snack, this is your place. Theres also a lot of parking structures right next to the place, so that was easy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Agape Agaves!
    Rondoffos
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The restaurant decor is modern, beautiful and upscale with a giant mural depicting the day of the dead. Great ambiance, from the host to the wait staff, all were pleasant and attentive. Celebrating our anniversary, we ordered one of everything off the happy hour menu along with a pitcher of the agave margaritas. They did not spare the tequila in those margaritas...it was definitely a healthy pour! All the food was fantastic. The ceviche was fresh and tasty, probably my favorite...the carne asada nachos were mouthwatering and the cauliflower dish was earthy and unique, we couldn't get enough of it! They claim to have over 100 tequilas...I might have to keep going back until I can try all of them! I know I won't be disappointed by the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mexican with a twist
    Surge
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Good mexican food, but definitely not the custom authentic Mexican food you are used to. The restaurant definitely had a great vibe to it. Had the fajitas chicken and shrimp, along with the Mar and Tierra Tablitas, everyone in my group though it was delicious, except for the steak meat was over done. The Margaritas were delicious, would definitely recommend this, only complaint is the Service was a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    Donteathere
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I purchased a living social deal. Worst mistake ever. The service was poor. We could not purchase a separate drink at the bar because we had a living social. The waiter sucked. I would not return.
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  • quality of food for the price
    chumajj
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    very expensive for the quality of food and the booster tables are not the best
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The manager was not very friendly! But the staff was great ! Mother's Day brunch included "live entertainment " which never showed up. Per manager they where in a "crash".
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service great but food is not.
    Michael
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great service and the waitress was very pleasant and she definitely knew the menu. The food was not good at all and the presentation on the plates was sloppy. The food was not flavorful and most of it was bland. I understand that this is not a typical Mexican restaurant but for the prices the food could have been more tasty. Nice to sit outside but I wouldn't go back.
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  • Lots of flavor!!
    HBSHELL
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We went for dinner and the food was delicious! Very flavorful and the service was also great! The cucumber watermelon infused tequila was very refreshing and tasty. Would defiantly recommend for date night and also girls night. Awesome atmosphere :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best meal of 2014
    Jack
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Not your typical Mexican restaurant. Something you might find in trendy Los Angeles.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lacks service, BUT tequila is...
    Shades721
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Had reservation for 8:15p, I arrived at 8:05p and was not helped for several minutes. "Mind you, the servers and bartender seen us walk in." My party decided to sit ourselves...we waiting another 5 minutes so we decided to go to the bar instead. We stood there while the bartender was talking. Finally we were helped- we ordered our drinks then a server approached us to tell us that he will bring our drinks to our table. The food we order was ehhh... However, the tequila had to be the best part of the night. Although I am not a tequila drinker, I highly suggest their Cucumber & Watermelon Tequila and Hibiscous Tequila. I wouldn't go back due to horrible service.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Generally a good place
    Raro
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Ate here with a group during the. Grand Prix of long beach,. Music was a little too loud, especially considering it was only 7 o'clock and there's no dance floor. Food was very good and nicely presented. Service was a bit slow, and some of the buss boys were overly keen on cleaning up the table, I guess it was because of the Grand Prix being in town since there's a lot of people coming and going and generally very busy. All In all a place I would come back too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the Wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We went for Eat LBC - Restaurant Week Long Beach, and thought the food was worth the wait, however, it was excessively slow. This restaurant would be greatly improved if they could work on better service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Mexican Fare in the LBC
    RobinHoodsGirl
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Agaves has a hip, modern vibe, and is located on Pine Avenue, the LBC's downtown Restaurant Row. The prix fixe menu, offered for Eat LBC week, was a great way to go. The menu included suggested tequila flights to pair with each of the three courses, which enhanced our experience. For starters, we tried both the Agaves salad and the Ceviche de Mariscos (both fresh and delicious). We sampled each of the three Eat LBC entrees with the favorite being the super-fresh and delicious Marisco Chile Relleno. Our server was lovely and helped guide a few of our choices. The only disappointment was the churro served for dessert. It took *forever* to be served and was nothing special. Otherwise a 5-star experience. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible customer service
    jb2015
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Made reservations late afternoon. Arrived on time only to be told we had to wait 5-10 min for a table. I asked if there was an area we can sit while a table opens up. Was told we could sit at the bar (no luck) or at an open bar type table and order a drink while we wait. We selected the bar type table. 15 min later still sitting and no one has asked us for our drink order. Realized table had been open. I then see a couple come in and they were seated. I asked the hostess why were we passed up on the table. She commented she wasnt aware we had been waiting for a table.. really???. Bad service all night. 1st quest was whether or not we had a groupon, not even what do we want to drink. Overpriced. Wont be returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, great service
    loebtmc
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Took my (very senior) auntie to Agaves after the theater, not sure what we were getting into, because it seemed a bit pricey and date/youth-oriented for her. We ordered off the happy hour menu so we could sample. The food was very nice - some things better than others, but definitely several items hit out of the park. The guacamole is a standout. I loved the empanadas, my aunt loved the grilled cauliflower, we both devoured the "el gringo" soft tacos which are filled with flavor, and we shared good nachos (could use a little more cheese) and taquitos (beautifully plated too). But most of all, the young staff treated my aunt like a queen, made her feel like their special guest and made sure she was happy. I will go back for that alone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a rising star
    sittingbytheriver
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Agave's has great potential------altho currently the service is very slow, the drink quality is uneven, and the hostess seemed unaware of the fact we made reservations (this happened 3 times in a row). Just iron out those kinks , and this little gem is gonna shine like a star. The food is unique and original and interesting---don't miss the desserts! We love the "Day of the Dead" decor in the bar area---edgy yet sublime. Give this place a try, but be patient, they are still developing their rhythm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place
    Mermaid
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Great Brussels sprout appetizer! Really good, and different, Latin menu. Lots of really good tequilas.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.