Blue Agave - State Street

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137 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Established in 1992.

Due to the Success of our first location, Fernando's, we opened a location in 1992 in the booming area of the Gold Coast in downtown Chicago, and still going strong 24 years later.

150+ Tequilas and Addicting Mexican Food Keeps Diners Coming Back For More. Try The Molcajete It's A Lava Rock Shaped Bowl Heated To 400 Degrees Served With Your Choice Of Meat. The Mexican Street Corn Is The Best Corn I've Ever Had . Delicious Barbacoa And Carnitas Fajitas .

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Sharon
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good soups, friendly service, not crowded, but not easy to find. It's actually on Maple St., not State.

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vipChiFD
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food not as good as we have had in the past, but will be back to try it again

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vipErnieT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolute great meal and great service; highly recommended!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing great experience, David was our server and did really great!! I will definitely be going back!!

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Cpendpoint
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were seated by the kitchen even though we saw that other tables were available. Very noisy all round. The service and the food were slow in coming , which would have been okay had the food been worth waiting for. Alas it was not.

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JulieL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT! Delicious food! Awesome service! Great atmosphere and perfect Margarita!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Valentine’s Day dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a pleasant experience and food was delicious. Attended on a Wednesday night and was seated promptly. Had the molcajete and parrillada.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was good but not the drinks

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vipGaryK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Chicken tortilla soup is great, a must try especially on a cold night.

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MarkG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SUPERB food and customer service!!!!! Food was just as AMAZING!!!!

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Ballys
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a table of 6 and Alexis was our server. He was wonderful! He was very attentive and also helpful with our questions. We had a great time at Blue Agave and we would recommend it, but it was definitely made better by Alexis

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Took forever for our food to come out...forever...but was really tasty when it finally arrived.

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BeckyS
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Love this place. The food is fantastic and margaritas are good (and strong), never had anything I did not like. The upstairs is my favorite, just a cool place and good vibes. Waiter was new though apparently....slow and did not know anything about the food/drinks when you asked. Barely came to our table and got some things wrong. Didn't ruin it though. Still love it and I'll keep returning

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My only complaint is that they wouldn't split our check, even though it was requested at the beginning 🙄 otherwise great food, atmosphere, service, etc!

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vipLisaA
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful experience at Blue Agave. Had theater tickets within a block of the restaurant. We will definitely come back!

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DavidE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had an extra resin show up later and our waiter added another small table for us.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, they brought out fried ice cream for my friends bday

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vipMichael
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waiter was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was great but food and drinks were very average.

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WayneB
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food. Perfect for what I was looking for on a sports night!

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MaryW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food GREAT margaritas

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice casual atmosphere.

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vipMathewL
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Food came out cold

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SimoneR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The worst restaurant ever! The food was disgusting & service very average. The restaurant was grubby & the dining room chairs ripped and split. Do not go!

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vipBoystownGuy
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The place was almost empty yet the service was terrible. The hostess was "covering" for the server which dropped off our drinks and then never came back to take our entree order until we flagged the hostess down again. The server was completely disinterested in tending to her tables. Food was fine...nothing special. I expected better.

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vipRestaurantLover52
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Many years ago we lived on the Near North Side and went to Blue Agave many times. We have returned to the area and visited Blue Agave once again. Although the service was good and the prices reasonable -- as they say -- you get what you pay for. The tacos are very average and overall, the food is not very good. In addition, the place really needs to be redecorated after all these years. The decorating is tired and the leather seats on the chairs are worn out. Instantly, you get the impression that the restaurant is not well maintained. A real turn-off. A complete make-over of the restaurant is needed -- including the food!

We will not return.

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AuburnGal17
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and so were the margaritas!! My only complaint is we were a party of 10 and they were unwilling to split the check the way we needed it. Otherwise it was great!

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vipShed
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Could not have been a more perfect night last night. Food was great. Drinks were great and Luke was great. See you soon!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We requested outodor seating. Though there was clearly space for larger groups our request was denied because of our supposed large group size. Also it took a very long time for us to get our food even though it wasn't that busy

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vipgarydpdx
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always nice to return to an old favorite, tried a special drink from the happy hour menu!

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JamieC
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed eating at Blue Agave. The food was fairly priced, good portion sizes and most importantly made my taste buds sing. I got the carne asade tacos on a corn tortilla.... soooooo good. The drinks were delicious and strong. And most importantly the service was impeccable. If you're in the area i definitely recommend trying Blue Agave.

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vipmarciak
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

the food was horrible. Could not eat because of too much fat. The restaurant soda gun wasnt working and they tried giving people sprite in their drinks without saying anything about the broken beverage gun. I will never go again. I live in the neighborhood

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vipCarrieS
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Waited over an hour for food only to find out our order got lost. Once

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vipCracker
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it there. We go there all the time!

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Tillia2
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

It was extremely hot and humid on the inside. The server could’ve put us on the second level what was Cooler. I have a feeling that you just didn’t wanna take the extra steps to go up the stairs. When I asked for two shots of tequila, the bartender gave us two and even shot glasses one had ice in it! I asked for limes For the shots and she handed them to me and her but your hand! So gross! Not even a napkin she hinted to me as if she was handing me coins. Never again!

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vipKJbeas
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Had high hopes however immediately disappointed in hostess with attitude. Very hot inside, very tightly packed, loud, no silverware or napkins table soaking wet asked repeatedly for napkins they were behind in rolling hence the wait however please bring us something meanwhile. Chicken was dry and tasteless. Rice dried out, one dish came out very late, others done with meal. Positives were chips and salsa and a nice waiter.

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KevinK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great margs. This was my four time visiting the Blue Agave in the last 12 years and will continue to visit each time I’m in Chicago, love this place!

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Short staffed ... was not our waitress’ fault.
Extremely long wait- had to close out and leave before we could order food. Margarita was terrible(pre made mix). Very intoxicated girl at the table next to us... should not have been continually served alcohol. Made for a terrible experience.

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WhitneyP
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was really great. The service not so much. Had to wait a long time for drinks. Had to remind the waiter who looked annoyed, and blamed it on the bar. This was nearly 25 mins after we ordered them