Agave Cocina & Tequila | Queen Anne

4.1
139 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Nestled in the heart of lower Queen Anne off of Republican St., Agave Cocina & Tequilas is an easy walk from major theaters and the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Our clientele is a melting pot of individuals, who are locals perusing the city, tourists discovering something new or dapperly dressed individuals killing time before a show. We are open for lunch, dinner and offer brunch on designated days. If you find yourself near the Space Needle, SIFF Cinema, Seattle Center Arena or lost and hungry in Seattle Center we are just a 5 minute walk. Agave Restaurants serve contemporary Mexican food using hand-crafted, fresh, natural ingredients, no preservatives, trans fats or lard. Sustainable seafood, free-range, hormone-free chicken, beef, eggs, rice & beans. Most of our food is gluten-free with the main exception being flour tortillas, we offer vegan & vegetarian options as well.
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
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4.1
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4.0
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GeorgeC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and we got out in plenty of time to make our performance. The wait staff was very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Reviewed on May 19, 2019
Overall1foodserviceambience

We tried out a new restaurant called Agave Cocina in West Seattle this evening and the experience was could not have been worse. The Bartender was rude, made no eye contact and had to be asked many times for the check. We then moved to another area awaiting our dining table which we were told would be ready 45 minutes earlier but never came up for seating. The experience worsened substantially when one of the patrons began yelling four-letter words at one of the guests in our party because he overheard her saying something he disagreed with. The man and his partner were violently belligerent and we asked the hostess to call the Police but she just seemed flummoxed and frightened so all eight members of our party left. I have never seen a customer behave as despicable as this man and his partner did, not ever since I moved to Seattle 25 years ago. Our entire party left to go to Elliott Bay Brewery because the guest and his partner's behaviour was neither addressed or controlled by the management. Two other really negative items about this restaurant: Our table was presented with a check 20-minutes before our cocktails even arrived. Nothing had been delivered to our table when the waiter rudely slapped a bill down with no explanation or cocktails--just a bill for no product. An escalation to the Manager resulted in a nervous, half-hearted apology. I have never experienced such a lack of courtesy or professionalism since moving to Seattle over a quarter of a century ago. I cannot caution enough about how terrible our group's experience was at Agave Cocina. I would strongly recommend reading other reviews about this restaurant before attempting to visit Agave Cocina.

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Eryn
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2017
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food was ok, the drinks were ok, but the service was awful. We felt so rushed and when we need more drinks or food, no one was to be found.

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ALynne
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is a regular go-to restaurant for pre-theater. The food is always good, well-prepared and nicely presented. Short but reasonable wine list, good draft beers and margaritas are tasty--and substantial! Service was very good, attentive without hovering.

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Arthur
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy a visit to Agave for their delicious Mexican food and a pleasant dinning experience.

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Alkicat
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent but service was really poor that evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Our table was in an awkward space in the middle of the aisle so we felt very cramped when people would walk by. When we ordered a second round of drinks, the server never removed our empty glasses from the first round. There were 4 of us so a total of 12 glasses (4 for water) on the table at one time. I had a chicken burrito and, while the flavor was fine (nothing to write home about), it was lukewarm. I doubt I'll be back soon, even though I live in the neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Dined here on a recent trip to Seattle... and honestly almost went back the next day for lunch. The food was excellent and the service of top notch. We both really enjoyed the calamari appetizer and the duck street tacos.

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Pevitsa
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have loved Agave for a long time and go there fairly regularly. This is the first time my two 20-somthing daughters joined me and they loved it, too. We all agree the food is delicious, there's a great selection, service was warm and efficient, and marguerite was perfect. I tried the chicken poblano this time and it was super yummy, though I wouldn't recommend it to anyone dieting. It's rich!

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Alkicat
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food in a nice setting, but can get noisy making conversation a bit of a challenge. Good service without hovering.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I dropped in for lunch on March 15 2017, mid afternoon. We were seated immediately and drink order taken within a few minutes. My wife loved the plum Margherita. My son and I had the Carne Asada. Not sure why the server asked us how we liked the steak cooked as it's too thin to matter. It was very good, add was the rest of the meal. I loved the coconut fried ice cream.

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JosephG
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience2

My 3 stars for overall rating is because the food was good and the restaurant was relatively quiet. However, service is very very slow. We waited at least 10 minutes before the waitress came over and asked what we wanted. When our tortilla chips basket was empty she asked if we wanted more we said yes, but they didn't arrive until our brunch was half consumed, 30 minutes after we were asked if we wanted more tortilla chips. We sent them back, very bad service.

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vipMarjaZ
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This place is convenient for pre-theatre/opera dinner. Lots of options. I had the battered halibut tacos which were flavorful, spicy, and light. My husband couldn't decide between steak or pork tacos so the server suggested splitting the order and getting one of each. Great idea! We liked having ability to forgo the rice and beans. Lively, fun atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here on a date and had a great time. The staff was very friendly and prompt, and the food was delicious. We are taco people, and so ordered them, and were not disappointed. The setting is dim so its a nice intimate setting, and perfect if you're trying to class up a bit from your normal taco joint. Looking forward to coming here again and trying out some of their drinks.

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vipIreneG
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious. and we had great Service. Excellent waitress.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my husbands birthday. The food was amazing, the hand made margaritas were perfection and the service was great!! You must get the ceviche & bacon wrapped jalapeños!! We will be back for sure!

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LMS77
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Quick service (if there is a time constraint). Pleasant help.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service and food was great! The jalapeño cheese dip needed more flavor so we just poured our green salsa into it, added some salt and pepper & it was perfect! The street lamp outside was a distraction because it was bright white light that kept turning on then off every few minutes. Overall, good place to eat casually

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PhyllisL
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was quite good, even though the restaurant was full we could still have a good conversation. Nice place.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I'm at Agave approximately once a week! Love dinner, love happy hour, love margaritas!

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vipDanp
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service took 30 minutes to show up to take orders and then another 30 minutes to bring cold food. When we complained and sent it back, the server returned with it in 30 seconds and we were told that fajitas now come cold in a cold pan.

The manager just looked puzzled and walked away when we complained.Then we got up to pay and leave and the cashier to us we didn't have to pay for the cold fajitas we couldn't eat but billed us for our drink and chips. We won't be going here again. We went to our play hungry.

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Seascout
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Great location for dinner before going to Seattle Rep.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked Cocina as is was right around the corner from the theater. As weather gets in December in the PNW we wanted something we weren't going to have to walk forever in case of rain.

Great atmosphere and amazingly attentive wait staff, slightly loud but you could still have a conversation. Food was delicious Mexican with a flair of their own. We had the bacon wrapped jalapeños for an appetizer and they were amazing. The sweet pineapple sauce they top them with combined with the saltiness of the bacon and the heat of the pepper was like a party of flavor in your mouth!

For dinner we had the Carne Asada and the chicken poblano. Both were delectable.

Drink wise I had the persado mule. Being a fan of standard Moscow mules this was a great twist. The wife had a traditional Margherita and it also was great.

All in all I'd say check this place out. We got out of there right around $100 with tip. So not expensive either.

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Lynn
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative take on Mexican/Southwest cuisine. Their seafood salad was excellent. The chille relleno with 4 cheeses and scallops/prawns was delicious. We've eaten there several times and try a different dish every time. Tasty selection of street tacos with their own homemade tortillas. Happy hour menu is good, but is only available if you eat in the bar & the bar area is fairly small.

Very convenient to Seattle Center. Sort of a young, hip environment. Drawback is that seating area in the dining room can be tight, especially if there are a lot of people eating.

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vipManiS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Violet is a great server. Good food and good prices.

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Seattle45diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Agave Cocina is a perfect place to go before the theater or any event at Seattle Center. While it is Mexican food, it is light and fresh and very tasty. The sweet potato fries were fabulous. I will defintely go back.

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BrookeG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brunch was excellent! We made reservations for 10am, and there was only one other table full.

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KristinaL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really great- got seated right away, beautiful building, delicious food!!

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C1234
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Very disappointed. This place has such potential...
1. Put some candles on the tables so customers can read the menu and see the food.
2. Coach staff on dropping the attitude. Just try to be nice and do your job. Chitchating about customers or other staff is unacceptable.
3. Share with management that scowling looks bad and constantly reprimanding employees also contributes to a poor experience.
4. Getting orders correct is also a plus.

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vipagalsnightout
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best salsa in Seattle!
Great place to have dinner before or after a movie or Seattle Center Event.

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Demanding
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Efficient service and food, but uninspiring. It ain't no Topolobampo or Frontera.

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Lynn
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great place to grab dinner before going to the opera or Seattle Rep. Lots of different options, so it works out well when there are four of us. It's a creative take on Mexican/Southwest food. Our waitress was friendly and our meals were served quickly.

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vipTerriC
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I've been to Agave several times, generally for late lunch or happy hour. While I can understand servers forgetting things or getting things wrong or not checking on us when it's busy, like happy hour, I find it hard to excuse when we are 1 of 4 tables in the restaurant. I will recommend it to people but with the caveat not not expect great service.

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vipJude
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Menu offers good selection of small plates & entrees, could be bit stronger on salads. Noticed that my prawn entree mentioned slaw, but it was a very minimal amount. Overall, pleasant meal & ambience.

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vipChristineL
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Ordered from the special item menu, a quesadilla plus the grilled halibut tacos. Both I give negative feedback. The halibut was nil if any in the small tortilla and the fish was so flat and tasteless, could not tell I had any. The special tortilla entree was a rip off. Two tiny tortillas folded over with very little inside. Not a meal whatsoever and terribly expensive for the portion. I recommend stick with the enchilada.

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Eatoutoften
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice local place next to the Space Needle with great Mex food and drink.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing!!! Our server Violet was great! Our daughter has celiac disease and Violet was very helpful. Lots of great GF options! The ambiance was very, but a little warm.. I would definitely recommend Agave!!!

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vipJayI
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2016
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Unlike what open table says the place does not open til 10AM. When I got there at 9:15 I walked in the unlocked door but there was no one there. I called out for about 5 minutes before one of the kitchen staff came out and told me they weren't open even though I had called and made a reservation for 9:30AM. He seemed very irritated that I was there and told me we could wait but they wouldn't be able to serve us til 10.
All in all, good food, but get your act together.

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vippickyeater
Seattle
55 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great option for Seattle Center area. We were going to the SCT and often attend plays at the Rep and are always looking for good dining options. The service was good, the food very fresh and good and the location is good too! I had the salmon salad and my husband had a shrimp dish. The margarita was very good- fresh lime juice and not too sweet!

We also found a new coffee spot just down the street on Republican called Craftworks Coffee that features local coffee rosters. So, dinner at Agave, coffee at Craftworks and a great evening of culture!

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MattD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was first rate and the restaurant staff was very attentive to our needs.

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Agave Cocina & Tequila | Queen Anne does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. Agave Cocina & Tequila | Queen Anne also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 420-8195.

Agave Cocina & Tequila | Queen Anne is rated 4.1 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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