Agave

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$30 and under
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Southwest
Established in October of 2000 and set in the historic Cotton Mill general store, Agave has been named the Best Southwestern Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. This eclectic southwestern eatery appeals to a wide cross section of taste and styles while focusing on guest satisfaction in the high energy dining room & bar.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing Food and Drinks. The Peach Margarita is to Die for!

JH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our evening here! Hurry up and go! Audrey, our server, was awesome!

MW
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We had been seated for 25 minutes before our server took our order. It was an hour before we started eating. Our reservation was 8:45p so as you might imagine, we were good and ready to leave by the time our food showed up at 9:52p. I’m hoping it was just a bad night. The food was good.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

We waited 2 hours for our food, unfriendly waiter (Chris?) - made to feel as we were bothering him, had to call him over several times to get drinks and just to get our orders put in.

VM
Atlanta
291 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Agave is a favorite restaurant for its success at providing consistently impressive Southwest food and great service. Most recently we dined at Agave on Saturday, October 12th, bringing out of town guests. The dining experience was wonderful from the beginning with a warm and welcoming greeting by the Mr. Pinkham, and the attention from the Server, Keith, and his team.

Food recommendations: The Salsa, offered compliments of the restaurant, is perfectly prepared, as are the Fresh Homemade Guacamole (simply the best in town) & Chips, Grilled Street Corn, Pulled Pork Verde Enchiladas, Chicken Chile Quesadilla, the Veggie Enchilada and Veggie Tostada.

If you are so inclined, the Margaritas are delicious. I love the Traditional, my husband the Smoking Hot, and our family the Fresh Passion Fruit, and Fresh Fruit Mango.

We highly recommend dining at Agave, and look forward to our next visit.

F
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! The restaurant was hopping, but our server was on top of her game. Definitely will be back.

GA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good time at Agave Great food, drinks and people. Staff is awesome !

OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. One of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Food is amazing as always. This week they had a $19 three course dinner to celebrate their 19th anniversary!

JS
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and ambience as usual

m
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Rarely I am disappointed at Agave! This past visit was one of those times. I ordered the usual Buttermilk chicken. The street corn and mashed potatoes were great but the small piece of chicken that was served was thin, overcooked and dried out. Eating this chicken was like eating leather. The reason I did not send it back is I hear of too many stories of food being tampered with if a patron complains.

K
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious

IJ
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

We like Agave but we had a terrible experience Sunday night. There was a table of very rowdy guests and management did nothing to quiet them. We were so uncomfortable that we moved to a less desirable table. We spoke to the manager as we were leaving and he said he was helpless to influence his guests.

K
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Agave, is our favorite restaurant. Everything about it is perfect. Service is wonderful and the food is always good and it is plated beautifully. You can't go wrong with Agave!

MI
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great...drinks were just right! Love coming here to hang out at the bar w/Lisa and then get to eat great food! My kind of place!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday dinner celebrated with my parents and 2 sisters. Food was great as usual and good service. Couldn’t ask for any better.

MP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

My family is in town from the West Coast and I was excited to enjoy a meal with them at one of my favorite spots in town. Unfortunately the restaurant was exceptionally loud (louder than its ever been in all of my other visits) - to the point where we could not hear anything the other person was saying. Having been seated next to the kitchen - we had that noise on top of the servers and some pretty loud tables. This sadly made for a kind of blah experience. Our server was also very busy and slow to greet us/get us going. Kind of bummed my family didn’t have the experience I have had here many a time before.

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Ordered the battered fish, but it came out soggy and a bit mushy! But our party also ordered two different steak dinners (sirloin and $19 special) and both were described as delicious and perfectly prepared. Most dishes are prepared with some type of pepper, so if you don't like medium to warm spiced meals your choices on the menu may be limited. I prefer spicy so I enjoyed everything I tried, including the complimentary chips it's a busy place so reservations are a must!

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love agave always. Tim and his team are wonderful.

MJ
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Food was delicious. Service was very good

CC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service! Delicious food!

p
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We had a birthday celebration at Agave. The food was just OK. The noise level, though, was bad. it was difficult to carry on a conversation.

GW
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I don’t know if I just came on an off night. Had reservation, still waited 20 mins. Sat in middle room, HOT! Only one fan working. Had to return dinner, pork undercooked. Then after waiting for 6cars to be pulled, a lady walked up and he got her car first!

DB
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was stellar, the service passable but the restaurant was busy and very loud. But the food made up for the mediocre service and loudness.

BM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The man who helped us was friendly, knowledgeable, and proud of the food choices. He was conversational and knew the background behind the food. We certainly appreciate that kind of service!

OW
Atlanta
48 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonight they were celebrating their 19th year in business. This is my neighborhood gem. I eat here at least once a month. Everything is delicious and the cocktails are spot on and not a bank breaker.

S
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The service can be a bit slow and it's loud but the food and drinks are great! I always enjoy it.

TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waste of my time and money. My salmon was salty. The place was small definitely not a place for small children. I was better off taking my family to IHOP.

t
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 Always. This place never disappoints. My husband and I have been going here for over 10 years. Excellent food and drinks.

DS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The meals are always five star as far as taste. The Southwestern Shrimp & Poblano Spring Rolls appetizer is fabulous. The salsa was probably the freshest and most delicious salsa I have had at any restaurant.

LF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the $19 Three Course Meal which was excellent. A nice variety of meals to choose from. Serving sizes were perfect. This was definitely a great way to sample some of the different menu items at a reduced price. Will definitely do again.

C
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal with excellent service on the patio. The trout is the best in the city. I substituted Serrano tomato grits for the rice and it was fantastic. The tomatillo sauce is so flavorful and the margaritas are excellent. We tried a spicy jalapeño and skinny. Just a fantastic dinner. Did I mention the service ?
Our meals were served simultaneously and the waiter anticipated everything we needed. Just love this place.

KD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, Great Margaritas and Nice ambiance..

RW
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Been going here for years. Best Southwestern cuisine in Atlanta. Best margaritas. Service was superb — shoutout to Kayla! The only knock, and I mean ONLY, is the noise level. I wish the noise could be lowered by several levels to make conversation easier. Frequent large parties create even more noise. Okay, so I’m over 50. I get that. But the place could be so much more romantic if you could actually converse with your partner without shouting. I know a sound engineer who could help with dampening the sound if Jack is interested.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great in every way!

m
Atlanta
172 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great margaritas, food and service and we are long time customers and really appreciate the restaurant.

AC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved Agave! The only complaint would be the noise level, but that's just what you get in a brick walled building. The service was absolutely amazing from the moment we walked in the door. We were about 10 minutes late for our reservation, which some places get mad about, but the host was very courteous and didn't even mention it. We were seated in the lofted area and there were no other parties, so it felt very private - perfect for a date night! Our appetizer was out in 5 minutes, then the entrees came about 5 minutes after we were done with the appetizer. Everything was prompt and perfectly timed. The food was phenomenal and cooked perfectly. I had the swordfish and substituted creamed corn for the mashed potatoes, which I highly recommend. The corn is amazing. My partner had the surf and turf special, which was also delicious. The fried lobster tail was great, but we thought the breading and deep frying made it a little too heavy. We had to split it because he couldn't finish it on his own due to how rich it was. We had the key lime pie for dessert, which was not too sweet as some key lime pies can be. It was the perfect balance of sweet and tart served with the best whipped cream ever. I will definitely come back and have already recommended to many friends!

l
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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LK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always the best. Calamari was cold and chewy but the rest of the food and service made up for it.

OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

We usually love coming here. The food is outstanding and the key lime pie, well, there’s none better. Our waitress was fine. However, we had to wait almost 40 minutes for our reservation and the noise level was sooooooo loud that we could hardly hear each other at a table for two. A little disappointing.

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