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El Agave

4.6
937 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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Experience the true flavor of Mexico at San Diego’s premier Mexican cuisine destination.
Established in 1996, El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria offers its patrons a unique dining setting within
the largest tequila museum in the United States – with over 2,500 tequilas on display – also
repeatedly voted the #1 tequila bar in the country. Nestled in historic Old Town, San Diego, it is the
perfect place to enjoy a business lunch, romantic date, rehearsal dinner or to simply relax and
unwind sipping find tequila with friends.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Traditional Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(619) 220-0692
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Juan Carlos Gomez
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Private party facilities
Deposit required. Please call the restaurant for details.
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Private party contact
Carlos Aceves: (619) 220-0692
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Old Town Ave
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Parking details
Street parking also available.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experience the true flavor of Mexico at San Diego’s premier Mexican cuisine destination.
Established in 1996, El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria offers its patrons a unique dining setting within
the largest tequila museum in the United States – with over 2,500 tequilas on display

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Experience the true flavor of Mexico at San Diego’s premier Mexican cuisine destination.
Established in 1996, El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria offers its patrons a unique dining setting within
the largest tequila museum in the United States – with over 2,500 tequilas on display

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 937 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Service was great and atmosphere was great. The food was very good, but we felt a bit overpriced.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Perhaps my favorite Mexican restaurant in San Diego. The menu is exceptional, and the food is always first-rate.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food is very expensive for what it is $22 for a two taco combination. Food was very good, but not worth that. And at that price, they balked at every special request. For a tequila place, their Margaritas were subpar. The balked when my daughter asked for a virgin piña colada, but acquiesced and then charged full alcohol price. $289 for 7 people with 1 drink each (3 of the seven non-alcoholic) and no appetizers. The Margarita tasted like it was virgin, and then when they remade it, they made an f-you version. Neither tasted good. For $13 a margarita, they should be strong but tasty. It’s 2018, we know how to make a margarita with good ingredients. We had a reservation, and the restaurant wasn’t very crowded, yet they put us at a 6 top with the 7th person sitting at the end basically in the hallway to the bathroom. Customers and employees brushed by the seats at the end every 3-5 minutes. And just so you know its not very close to the core of old town.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

El Agave is a favorite every time we come to San Diego.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I’m so glad we went to El Agave! It was better than expected and the Cadillac margarita was delicious as was the food!

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Not sure why all the fuss and high ratings here? We were seated on an outdoor enclosed 2nd floor patio. It was uncomfortably hot, there was no A/C, and no breeze. Restrooms were barely marginal, and outside the restaurant next to a chiropractors office. Parking is difficult (not just here but everywhere in old town).

Service was excellent, food was good but there was absolutely nothing about the environment that would bring us back for a second visit. Many other better choices in the immediate vicinity.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The restaurant is such a great place to celebrate. Food, drinks, and employees were all amazing. I will definitely return and recommend El Agave to friends. Truly a great experience!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food is good, service is slow. The portions are small for the price. Carne asada tacos are good but tiny - no avocado as listed on the menu - it is more of a drizzle - so bland.....

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food, drinks, and atmosphere. The spicy margarita is a must.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Delicious Mexican food and beverages! Try the octopus!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We had Margaritas and Moles. Cool atmosphere with 2000 bottle of Tequila on the walls. Between the two of us we had 4 different kinds of port Moles. They were all good. Cool place.

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Just average.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

One of the best Mexican (not Texmex, USA mex, etc.) in California; best Mexican in Old Town. Outstanding tequila list, outstanding moles, excellent huitlacoche.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Superb dining experience. Unique Mexican food offerings, especially the variety of mole dishes. Small venue with cozy ambiance a plus. Good for conversation, but not private discussions because tables are close together. Good only for well-behaved children; best for adult diners. A 5 minute walk to the Cygnet Theater. Will definitely return many times.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

This was easily my best meal in San Diego. The food was exquisite, and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

I am obsessed! We found this gem out of pure luck one of our last nights in San Diego. Apps, entres and cocktails were amazing. Mexican fusion at its best with the freshest of ingredients. Our server was also outstanding with many on point recommendations. I will dream about this meal for a long time!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Delicious Mexican Food. Most times it is difficult to find huitlacoche and nopalitos. This restaurant offered three dishes with huitlacoche (corn fungus) and nopalitos. The mole was outstanding. Spicy and made on site, not the kind I buy in the Mexican market. The sea bass was fresh and cooked to perfection.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The environment was very peaceful and different. I love how the restaurant was surrounded by tequila everywhere (and I don’t drink it)The waiter was friendly.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great atmosphere. Vegetarian eggplant dish was completely flavorless- could’ve been better. My friends enjoyed their dishes

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Beautiful surroundings. The restaurant is upstairs so you’re not subjected to all the traffic, in fact, you’re blissfully unaware of it. You can go up the sidewalk and then along a balcony to avoid all but a couple of steps. Every bit of wall space, every room divider, is a lit glass-fronted cabinet, filled with shimmering bottles of tequila. We had probably the best fresh greens salad I’ve had in a year, with bits of fig and goat cheese being the standouts. The three salsas served with crispy chips were a study in flavor, not heat. We both had trios of flavorful little tacos, and it was nice to be able to add our own choice of salsa, unlike the places that try to flavor a big nothing with a pile of glop. Recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

For those who refuse to think that Mexican food is just Tex-Mex, this restaurant offers traditional Mexican cuisine at a high level. The mole sauces are the highlight of their menu, and can be had with pork, chicken, duck or vegetarian dishes. The dishes are well prepared, nicely served and the atmosphere is dignified but friendly. The place is well known for its great selection of tequilas, with more than a thousand bottles decorating the walls. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This is the best and most authentic Mexican restaurant in San Diego. I have traveled throughout Mexico in search of interesting cuisine, and El Agave is as good as anything I have found in Mexico City, Guadalajara, San Miguel de Allende and other culinary hubs. The fact that it is close to my home in San Diego is a big plus. This is a fine dining restaurant with a high standard of cuisine. Another plus is the very friendly service, headed by manager Alberto. A little pricey, but well worth it for the quality of the food.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We couldn’t get a table in the dining room, wound up in patio area. On a cold night, it was just a bit drafty. Food was excellent. Felt slightly rushed toward the end of our stay, I guess it was a busy night.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Upscale Mexican food in a comfortable bar style environment. Very attentive wait staff and excellent food .

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We always make it a point to eat here when we visit San Diego. They have a limitless assortment of tequilas and a wonderful, if a little limited, selection of very traditional Mexican fare, including a great assortment of Molés. Service is always excellent.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Love this place. The best Mexico City Mexican that I know of in town.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We had relatives in from NY and they had never been to Old Town. El Agave was our first choice to give them a true San Diego Old Town experience. Their Tequila collection/museum always makes a great impression. Their top shelf margarita is delicious and our guests commented that their taco's were the best they've ever had.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The restaurant was okay. The food was good, but not too generous and expensive. Open table lists it as "up to 30.00" price range. But it is not priced like a typical Mexican restaurant. Most entrees are over 20, going as high as the mid $30.00 range.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Unique mexican cuisine option. Pricey. Best carnitas tacos ever. Delicious mole. Excellent service. Very cozy tables and space. Give it a try.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Loved the verde mole sauce over the veggie enchiladas- unique flavor! Would come back to try the different sauces. My only complaint is sitting in high top sitting area where it was freezing. We opted to sit away from the windows but unfortunately we were still cold. The heaters were not doing there job. I would definitely sit in the inner restaurant next time. The restaurant itself was cozy looking and quiet for a nice dinner out. The waiters were also very attentive. May be a little pricey, but we were on vacation so somehow it seemed ok. We will back in the summer to give it another try.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

My girlfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary and just on vacation from Los Angeles. Looking for a great place to dine and have great tequila. Service was great and with reasonable pricing.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Tried the octopus and ceviche first then two different moles--most were awesome although the chicken mole was a bit rubbery. When I told the waiter that he showed up with a new pork mole! Amazing!! Wonderful food, great service and good SoCal buzz!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Perfection!! And they have vegan options, which were absolutely amazing. The poblano mole was the best of my life. Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

As per usual, polite and attentive service - excellent food! We love to take visiting guests here!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

This place was incredible! Awesome food, great ambiance, excellent service!

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Great 1st time experience. My date was very impressed.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Love this place. It's up-scale Mexican with wonderful favors (180-degrees from Taco Bell!!). The tequilas recommended by our waiter were terrific. The food was so delicious. Can't wait to return. This was recommended by a friend who grew up in Tijuana. This is the only Mexican restaurant she will eat at in SD.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The margaritas and mole sauces are delicious! The service was great.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

El Agave is always good. My husband and I both tried something new for dinner since we get stuck on the same thing since it is so good - and both new things were good, too. The cadillac margaritas are the best - ask to sit out on the side where it is enclosed but you can look out the window and open the window for a nice breeze!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

The opportunity you provided the four of us -- two visiting Alaskans, one third-generation San Diegoan [who had not ever been to El Agave before!] and one experienced, transplanted Californian from the East Coast -- to taste unusual/authentic ingredients and enjoy your preparation and imaginative presentation of Mexican food was a real pleasure and much more than we had realized we were in for. Thank you! We will recommend you to all and sundry!

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