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Agave Mexican Bistro

3.9
139 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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Family owned and operated, the Agave Mexican Bistro in Mountain View, CA is an award-winning establishment noted for authentic Mexican fare and incredibly popular margaritas. The seafood dishes at Agave Mexican Bistro are also a customer and community favorite.

Menus at the Agave Mexican Bistro include happy hour, lunch, dinner and a children's menu. Each features a huge array of authentic dishes, and anything can be made to your preference in terms of heat and spiciness. There are starters, chef's favorites, specialties, burritos, soups, salads, traditional platters, shrimp specialties, fried classics and some stunning desserts to top it all off. Many dishes are vegetarian, or can be made vegetarian on request.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican
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Hours of operation


Monday-Thursday 11:30am-2:00pm & 5:00pm-10:00pm

Friday 11:30am-2:00pm & 5:00pm-Late

Saturday 12:00pm-Late

Sunday Closed
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Phone number
(650) 969-6767
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rámon Sepúlveda
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Catering
We offer catering options for your events. Contact us for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Villa
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Parking details
Free Parking Garage is located 1/2 block west on Bryant Street.
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Public transit
VTA #51: Truman & Bryant / De Anza College Bus stop is at our front door step.

One block from Mountain View Station!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.7
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3.9
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on August 13, 2013

Met three friends there for dinner and drinks. We ordered drinks, waited 25 minutes, then walked up to the bar and asked the nice guy behind the bar where our drinks were. He apologized and immediately made our drinks and brought them to us. The fish tacos were very good, as was the calamari. Given the food is not cheap, the quality was high so made it worth it. But the service was terrible. We then ordered two more rounds of drinks from the barman, as our server had vanished. The barman was great and personally delivered our drinks. We were low key, undemanding customers who expected fair service. Cocktails were lovely and the atmosphere good. Would we go back? Unlikely -- Castro st has a lot of restaurants with great service.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2013

The service was great. Wait staff knew how to ensure your meal was memorable. If only the food lived up to the service. Don't get me wrong the food was good, just not spectacular. Which meant the food cost seemed high for what you got. They should reduce the food quantities, and raise the quality.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2013

High end Mexican food. Lots of seafood options. I was most impressed by their courteous and rapid service.

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2013

the service was OK, the drinks are great but the food was mediocre. I will go back to try some other stuff and most likely at dinner...stay tuned :-)

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2013

It was a very quiet Monday night for Agave and the servers were very friendly and helpful. They gave (good!) advice and opinions when required but were otherwise unobtrusive. The food was above average; in particular the calamari appetizer was excellent.

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2.0Dined on June 19, 2013

I went to this place twice last week. First trip was for a business lunch, which gave a great impresssion in regards to the service and food.

Which led me to make a reservations for my son's 13th birthday party. I had a total of 11 people for the party. The food was good, no doubt, but you think for 13th birthday party, they would at least provide a small cake or dessert to acknowledge the birthday celebration. My son was really disappointed. I hinted to the server 3 seperate times....and wanted to charge me for a small desert...after spending over $400 dollars that evening.

I wouldn't go back there for a special occasion, but maybe for a business lunch.

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2013

This was the first time for the two of us and we had invited two other couples. The guacamole is prepared ahead of time. Most good restaurants have their guacamole made as you order. The food is tasty but would not go back as the service is slow and the chef is not accomodative.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2013

I dined with a group and we sat in comfy couch seating in the back outdoor patio. We loved the firepits on the tables. The food was excellent and we had a great time.

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2.0Dined on June 5, 2013

I've been going to Fiesta del Mar for ages, and have always enjoyed it. Fiesta del Mar has great food, great service, and great drinks. I hoped for a more upscale version of that at Agave, Fiesta del Mar's sister restaurant, and didn't get it. The food wasn't very good (the chicken was dry, the chorizo flavorless), the service was weird, and the drinks were inexpertly made. I'll stick with Fiesta del Mar.

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2013

Went with a small group for a mid week meal. All our dishes were pleasant.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2013

Very good food -- lives up to its tagline about being where Mexican meets CA cuisine -- regular meal-like servings (meat, sauce, vegetables, starch) with a mexican flavor. Far from Tex-Mex. Dining room is cheery and service was excellent the night we were there.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2013

The brunch at Agave was terrific. They had a buffet that included traditional breakfast food (e.g. scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage) as well as some Mexican dishes (e.g. Cochinita Pibil, Pollo Asado, Carne Asada and Chiliquiles). There were also trays of black beans and rice. All superbly seasoned. Unfortunately, they offer the buffet brunch fo special occasions though they do serve items from the menu.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2013

the food and service was amazing. brought my mom for mothers day brunch and she absolutely loved it. great outdoor patio with plenty of sunlight or they have multiple umbrellas to keep you in the shade. simple menu and very attentive staff. would mos def come back.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2013

We really liked the decor. Everything was clean, earth toned, and fit the mood. We'll come back.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2013

...with my daughter-in-law, she chose the venue for her birthday lunch. It was wonderful choice.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2013

The beef churrasco was fantastic! My husband said the mole was superb. We all particularly enjoyed the coconut ice cream for dessert.

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1.0Dined on March 21, 2013

Not sure what happened, as we are big fans of the other restaurants in this group (La Fiesta, Fiesta del Mar Too, etc.) but we did not have a positive experience dining here. Extremely slow service, mediocre (at best) food. To be fair, when one of our group didn't touch much of her dinner, they took it off the bill. But overall I hope it is just startup issues because I will avoid the place for now. We will continue to dine at the associated restaurants.

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2013

Nice place to lunch and good bar - a little above average for lunch. Came here for dinner - it was ok; a little pricey for what was offered. Will recommend for lunch

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2013

Food was just ok. I expected more since I had heard it had great food but not so. Of the four of use that went, two of us were just ok and the others said they liked theirs but not big deal. I thought it would be slightly a notch above but not so for my dish. I like La Fiesta better.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2013

Great new spot on Castro, fabulous tequila selection

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2013

Good food, good margaritas. , friendly waiters. Agave should get rid of the TVs - detracts from the ambience.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2013

Went for Valentine's day - very enjoyable

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2013

Consistently good! We have been several times. The camarones a la diabla is my favorite! Shrimp cocktail was good and a very generous portion.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2013

Place was practically empty at 630pm on Saturday evening. Owner was very nice as well as attentive server. We ordered the steak special which was bland, fatty,cold and undercooked. Enchiladas were ok but not warm enough. Would give it a B-/C+

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2013

Most dishes are a little pricer than similar restaurant but the carne asada is good.

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3.0Dined on February 1, 2013

I really really wanted to love this place ... we went on a sunny Sunday afternoon in February. We were in between lunch and dinner, and the service was poor. Our waiter was nice, but nothing really ever got delivered properly. The food was ok.

Margaritas were great, but I'm not even sure I would go back just for a margarita. It was "fine" but really expensive for what it was. I hate not loving it!

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4.0Dined on January 29, 2013

Went there for lunch. Place was empty at noon but they've only been open for about 6 months. Had the Veracruz Fish which was good, red snapper with peppers and a hint of sweet. Tasty. Margaritas were good too. I think they missed with the interior design though. Feels a little cheap while the menu is more upscale Mexican food.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2013

i love this place, is fairly new but that food was grate and the staff were very friendly. we were celebrating my wife`s birthday and she was very happy. i recomend agave restaurant.

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2.0Dined on January 18, 2013

Empty on a Friday night (never a good sign). I immediately noticed the 4 or 5 tvs in the small main dining room, which were playing soccer. I don't mind bars or grills that play sports games, but a restaurant with $24 entrees shouldn't have quite so many tvs. If they sold $6 taquitos, well, sure, but not $24 shrimp! Anyhow, my husband ordered a taco combination, which was delicious, and I ordered the cremoso chicken enchiladas, which weren't bad, but were quite unusual (and the sauce looked like peanut butter). The rice was ok, but the beans were a bowl of brown water with perhaps four beans. Guacamole was delicious. Just kind of an odd experience.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2013

Imaginative specials if you venture off menu. Recommended. We had a seafood lasagna (wait, thought that was Italian? But it was definitely Mexican) that was amazing.

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3.0Dined on January 11, 2013

Margaritas were great and food was good. Wanted better chips and more salsa though. Service was lousy as it took about 15 minutes to even get our drink order in.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2012

We ate appetizers only and those were tasty. Easy to find a get to (parked in the multi-level lot behind the restaurant. Service was extraordinary.

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2.0Dined on December 14, 2012

Nice presentation, just ok taste - many dishes tend to be a tad too sweet.

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3.0Dined on December 12, 2012

Good food; ambiance nil. Not a place to take someone on a romantic date.

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2.0Dined on December 1, 2012

Not impressed with ambience or food . A big disappointment! We enjoy their other restaurants and this doesn't compare. We won't return. Nice employees who were very attentive!

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4.0Dined on November 27, 2012

It was our first time there. Our server Kevin went above and beyond. We were celebrating a birthday with a larger group and he was so attentive from beginning to end: welcoming all the guests, explaining the menu and serving us with a smile. A real discovery were the "quesadillas jamaica" hibiscus flower filled quesadillas with a delicious avocado dip! Yummy:)

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2012

I've been going to Fiesta del Mar literally since the day their original Shoreline location opened 20 years ago. I have always appreciated it as a great family place, and go there every chance I get. When I heard that the owners would be opening a bit higher-end place in downtown Mtn View, I was thrilled-- they are great restaurateurs, and Castro Street is still a few first-cabin restaurants away from being a really great spot. Our first trip to Agave last night was a real treat, and I'm looking forward to many, many more dinners there.

We got to Agave a bit early for our reservation, and were seated promptly by the very good hostess. I was impressed by the interiors (though I don't think the wide-screens showing college football qui

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2012

Very authentic Mexican food with excellent flavor

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2012

Food was very flavorful. My main complaint is with
Their timing. We felt rushed, they brought the main course
Minutes after our appetizer was served. Then picked
Up the check before the other couple had time to
Put their credit card down. The place had many free tables
So they weren't worried about turnover. Our waitress was nice
They just need to slow down. Will try them again.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2012

We've been fans of Fiesta for years and tried Agave for a birthday celebration. It's a very different feel -- larger space, big-screen TV's, bar seating. We had the asparagus appetizer, the chile relleno, and the halibut special, all of which were excellent. The pickled veggies to start were good, although I prefer the more traditional chips and salsa. Margaritas were good, too, although we had a hard time tracking down our waitress to order seconds. As a vegetarian, I wish there were a few more entree choices on the menu.

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