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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Service here needs improvement. Why should I have to train the staff to refill the water glasses ? Why haven't the water glasses been polished ? The dining chairs in the bar area are uncomfortable. Food here is very, very good…just hope the lack of management and service doesn't sabotage this place..."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "It's new, so the spotty service, unsettled vibe and sounds-bouncing-off-multiple-hard-surfaces-conversation-stopping noise levels (not what we look forward to with plus $30 entrees) may hopefully be sorted out over time. My main complaint is that although there are easy, simple options from the many delectable non meat based ingredients to offer if not one, then many vegetarian options, the menu has none--that is--zero entrees without fish, shellfish, chicken, pork or beef. So we probably won't be back, despite one party in our group having had what he said was the best mole he has ever tried."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "As opposed to Flavor, and the other restaurants that came before in this location, El Agave uses the patio with a view purely as a bar. It was a VERY packed bar. Inside, the restaurant part is attractive, and nicely styled...but empty when we went. Even though it was empty, it took a LONG time for a waitress to appear, and it was ages between ordering and drink/food/etc. arriving. We had to ask 3 times to get water for the table. I really like the Old Town El Agave location, and was happy to see that the menu items were comparable. Food was good, but not outstanding when we went, and the drinks were okay (again, not outstanding). I guess the exceptionally slow service just ruined the experience. We went on a Tuesday evening."
    Dined on 4/1/2014