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El Agave - Del Mar

El Agave - Del Mar Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://elagave.com
  • Phone: (858) 793-0758
  • Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Latin / Spanish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from El Agave - Del Mar
The best place in San Diego to enjoy authentic Mexican Cuisine is El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria, located within our Tequila Museum where you can try over 2000 different tequilas. It is the perfect setting to experience the true flavor of Mexico. If you are looking for a great place for a business lunch, romantic dinner or just to enjoy a fine Tequila with friends or someone special, we are ready to serve you. Do not just go out to an ordinary restaurant, join us for a unique experienceContinued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "was really expecting to like this place. extremely poor service from the start, and we were the only ones in the restaurant at 11:00 sunday for brunch. never asked us for drinks. water served by someone else only. had to interrupt his refreshment that he was busy making for himself while changing channels on the TV. food was good, a little cold considering we were the only ones there. disappointed to say the least. great location, unfortunately doesn't have a good track record. i don't think it will be there long."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We had really slow service, food was ok but overpriced and no vegetarian options which is strange for a Mexican restaurant. We will not be going back."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "we enjoyed our dinner very much. Every thing was wonderful. It was a special occasion for our grinds who are moving to Thailand and wanted some traditional Mexico food. We had only been to the old town location. this was amazing as always. Our waiter was outstanding and the manager shown us the tequila display. Thankyou for a memorable evening."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We had an 8:00 reservation for dinner at El Agave on Saturday night. We arrived about ten minutes early and were seated immediately in the room closer to the water near the bar. We had a great time and enjoyed everything we tried - margaritas, tequila shots, wine, salads, mole and dessert. This is a welcome new addition to downtown Del Mar where the other Mexican restuarants are much more casual. Although El Agave is a much pricier option, it is well worth it for a special night out. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable with respect to the tequila and menu selections. We tried the El Agave house-made tequila shots and loved them. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Waiter was kinda rude and too pushy which made our experience way less enjoyable vs last time. We go to the restaurant to relax and last thing we want is a waiter behind our behind every single 5 minutes to push something more on us. Our table of 4 felt rushed and frankly were very annoyed with our waiter who did not get it."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This restaurant has taken up the high position overlooking Del Mar within the shopping complex that affords it one of the great romantic sunset dining experiences within the US. To sit in the bar lounge sipping exciting modern Margarita mixes with nouvelle-Mexican appetizers and watch the sun set over the pacific has to be on your wish list. The food is not the standard fare and the presentation and combination is more in-line with boutique restaurants than the local Taco shop. It was delicious. My only request is that the salsas offered with the chips be less runny. I can imagine many a guest has had to clean splashes off their best and impressive clothes that this place and crowd demands."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Was glad to see something try yet again in the cursed Del Mar Plaza spot. I've been to El Agave in Old Town before so knew a bit about the menu etc.. Service was exceptionally slow (although our waiter was pretty cool) We had a pretty good Sea Bass dish (albeit overcooked slightly), an amazing Lobster appetizer, mediocre ceviche and very tasty Chicken Mole dish. Not your standard Mexican fair - more Mexico City style. Tequila menu very good but CRAZY PRICEY! A shot (large) Don Julio Silver I think was $24 (almost the bottle price) - nuts! The waiter did suggest an alternative that was good. Overall B- with hopes up improving if they can get service level up."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "not the usual mexican fare. Excellent variety of high quality dishes, especially the moles, and different, creative dishes. adding this location to their old town spot (where they have been for many years) is a real bonus for north county/Del Mar. Margaritas are the best."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I was a big fan on Epazote, a similar restaurant that used to be in the same space yrs ago but El Agave tops it with more beautiful decor, better outside dining and food that was delicious. All of us loved our meals. Chips are served with 2 kinds of dipping salsas and a bean dip..view of course is spectacular. I will come back and try the bar scene next as we were here for lunch."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We went for lunch on 7/20/14 and sat in their interior patio view room looking off into the pacific ocean. Had Chicken enchiladas mole and they were superb. They even had a kids menu for our twin 4yo's. Prices were reasonable around $12-14 per item and portions were plenty to feed us comfortably. There are a lot of tourist trap restaurants in this Del Mar beach frontage area so this one was definitely very good and I would go back without hesitation."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My family was excited to try out the new El Agave Restaurant in the Del Mar Plaza & we booked it to celebrate our son's 27th birthday. We arrived about 15 minutes early and were told that our table would not be ready for 30 minutes but we were offered an interior table immediately. The restaurant is beautiful and we didn't have any complaints about our seating other than it didn't have a view. Our waiter was very professional but on that evening he seemed to be covering an exceptionally large amount of tables and our service was extremely slow. We all loved our drinks, appetizers & main courses but the extreme slowness was a major downer. We will go back but not in the near future - hopefully by then all of the kinks will be ironed out."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our cactus salad was very good but the main course was just average. The service was horrible, waited 25 minutes for the salad. We were hoping for a new place to go in the neighborhood but we won't be back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food. Offers a different twist on a familiar fare. Excellent for diners that are fed up with fajitas tacos and burritos."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The decor of the restaurant, the view of the ocean, and the unique menu are just some of the reasons we would return to El Agave everytime we are in the area. The view of the sunset was fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Good location in Del Mar. Old town restaurant is awesome ambience!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I booked a table here for a group. The menu isn't listed on OpenTable, but the description was Mexican cuisine, so I figured it would be perfect for TacoTues with a scenic view. Started in the bar, but missed happy hour (4-6:30). When we were seated, we looked at the menu and almost laughed out loud. The server said food was all "southern Mexican"...clearly not what we expected, and also WAY too gourmet in comparison to the southern Mexican we've had! A whole page of Mole (which I am not a fan of), and ridiculously expensive! Even for Del Mar!!! We shared a few appetizers, which were great, then went for some Mexican food at En Fuego! Will not return...prices & food options weren't appealing, service poor. View, however, is spectacular!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "A great spot to grab a flavorful lunch while enjoying Del Mar. They have a delightful menu with delicious options such as duck tacos and mini tamales with exceptional sauces. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Nice setup but the quality of the food was really bad , had no taste none of the foods and service was really really bad .. Sad cause it is a pretty place"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "not for vegetarians. the beans taste like bacon. we were really ignored and had to beg for water and service. the food was strange but I am sure some foodies will find it interesting. great ambience and view."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We have been a lot since they opened and we keep going back. Great service and ambience interesting and tasty food terrific energy. Love the bar on the Patio. We got there early so partook in Happy Hour which is a fabulous deal and were very happy and sated."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The ambiance and service were first rate. The food, not so much. It was heavy and frankly, uninspired. I expected a newer approach and sadly, didn't experience it. We might try it again but with a number of other good choices in restaurants around, it may not happen. I am sorry because again, the service was perfect and the ambiance matched it. Candidly, there are so many Mexican restaurants around with better food. I am happy to pay higher prices- no problem there- but perhaps a lighter, more creative fare would be so much more tantalizing and would set this establishment apart. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was terrible and the vibe in the place was terrible. The person that seemed to be the manager had a poor attitude, seriously. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Aside from the margaritas, which were good, there was nothing acceptable about this experience. The water glasses were water spotted, two of the dishes were dirty, the appetizer plate was disappointing, the mole was ok but the chicken breast it covered was dry and tough. I don't know in what world that dessert was called flan but not in any Mexican home or restaurant I've ever been to. Don't bother. Not worth the money or the evening. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This is the offshoot of the original El Agave in Old Town San Diego. While the Old Town one is kitschy and quirky (albeit with great food and drink), the Del Mar restaurant is sleek, modern and elegant. The view of the ocean is spectacular, especially at sunset. And the food and drink are equal to the Old Town location. Don't expect Tex-Mex laden with cheese and beans. This is southern Mexican food, with a focus on seafood and the range of Mexican mole sauces. And if you're a tequila drinker, the El Agave house brand is as good or better than some of the best top shelf tequilas out there. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Fun cocktails, great views and a broad menu with a variety of choices. cool atmosphere with some great views. much needed new place for 15th street. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Food was way too spicy. Restaurant was VERY hot. Atmosphere nice, and very nice view, but I don't think I'll be going back."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "LOVED this place in Old town..... really glad its up in no county :)"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "El Agave is the newest eatery in the Del Mar Plaza; They serve upscale Spanish/Mexican cuisine in a unique, comfortable setting with a full on ocean view. The food and service has been outstanding both times I have eaten there. The second meal was a birthday celebration, and all of us felt we couldn't have picked a better spot for the occasion. For lunch, the prices are quite reasonable (we spent $12 - $15 apiece) considering the unique food and the ambiance."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Wonderful Restaurant great service , ocean view spectacular you can enjoy the sunset from this place Great food, they have so many margaritas on his menu and are really good.!!!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Unlikely to return despite the top notch food. The bar area is a better location than the dining area because it has a view, the staff attends to it better, and is the most active area. Our hostess was unwilling to seat us in a better location (although minutes later another couple was accommodated) - very frustrating. When we asked about the different tequilas, the waitress pushed the house brand only. Worse yet, she was missing for large portions of the night. When we finally were able to order another round of drinks and another long wait, she brought the wrong drinks. On the bright side, the food was excellent - my wife had the baby rack of lamb dish and I had the jumbo shrimp al Tequilana - but not good enough to return."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I have been to the latest location of El Agave in Del Mar twice now. Once with my two kids and my husband, and once on a couples night out. Both times service was great and so was the food. The ambiance is wonderful and love the energetic vibe. They did a great job creating a new entree for a friend who had a special craving for something not on the menu! I think El Agave picked a wonderful location and has many years of fun to be had. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "they had recently opened this beautiful venue. service was scattered, kitchen behind in orders, way too frenetic. food overrated. hopefully, with more time these flaws will be worked out."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The only good thing was the mole sauce. Host/Hostess personal seemed indifferent. Had to wait a long time to get seated and there was not a line to get in. Also we had we had a reservation. Food was slow to the table and barely warm when it arrived. Wait staff kept kicking our chairs due to poor layout of outdoor dinning area. Noise was so loud that you had to shout to have dinner conversation. This was our first and last time at El Agave!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Clearly, "just opened" service pain. We were on time for our reservation, but waited 20 min to be seated.....even though the table that we sat was available and ready when we arrived. The waitress was not knowledgable about the menu. Took 30 min to serve our first course of salad and soup. Food was OK but not 4/5 star quality. Very loud...cannot have conversation without shouting."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Only open a week now and already popular. Service was impeccable and the innovative foods were a treat - Decor is fun and one never tires of the ocean view. Good location."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Horrible service from the moment we sat down and won't bore with the details. Wasn't seated until more than an hour after the reservation. The food was awesome, so that was the only thing going for them. Will be back because the food was awesome and it was a fun ambiance. Hoping that the terrible service is just due to it recently opening and need to work out the kinks of a new system."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great to have El Agave in Del Mar. The food is terrific and it's nice to not have to drive to Old Town to have their mole. Went during their soft opening week, and had heard from friends about service problems in the bar area. We had dinner and the mostly had it together there by day 5. Hopefully they fixed the bar service, as that is the heart of this place. I think it's the best best high end Mexican food in town."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant just a few weeks after it had opened. My Open Table res was for 4, but they had it for 2 - they sat us at a table for 6. The service was the worst part, so, so slow. We continually needed to ask others to get our waiter. There is no wine list. My son got the house margarita & didn't drink it, it was so watery. There are a lot of choices on the menu, but ours don't really come the way it was described. Ever since Ep[azote, nothing has made it in this prime, ocean view location. Give it a month or 2 to get up to speed then go. If you do, try and find the more than 25 typos on their menu!!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Had a reservation for 8 PM and wa told the table was not ready and we should wait at the bar. After 20 minutes and no word from anyone we went back to the front desk and was told 10 more minutes. We were seated after 30 minute wait. When we did get seated the server was excellent that is the only reason I rated the overall service fair. This was their opening week so a little benefit of the doubt needs to be given. I will try again once they are fully up and running"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was very bland. The salsas were awful. No flavor at all. Restaurant was out of limes at 7pm on a Sat night. Margarita came with an orange. Prices were higher than other local restaurants. Chips seemed stale. No wine list yet even though they were supposed to ope 6 months ago."
    Dined on 4/5/2014