El Agave

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$30 and under
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Mexican
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.
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San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

There should be music. Music makes things more fun, interesting and even romantic. Otherwise totally amazing!

w
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in town for a conference and had been here years ago, so made reservations. The moles are best I have had anywhere, the selection of tequilas and mescals amazing, and the service very friendly and attentive. If I have time, I will go again before I leave town.

AT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

It’s a bit deceiving. When you look at pictures the dining area looks so much bigger than it really is. It was a bit uncomfortable sitting so close to the people behind us. Also very hard to not listen to other people’s conversations, way to small in my opinion. But the food was good and the service was excellent. All the waiter were very nice

S
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is phenomonal and the food is unique. Try the Mole! And the spicy margaritas are great too - just say no agave and they still taste really yummy without the sugar. We had a wonderful time and will be back soon.

LM
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Surprisingly good Mexican Food in Old Town! Yummy drinks, delicious queso fundido appetizer (with chili),, finishing up with shrimp tacos and a chili relleno = delish!!

K
San Diego
85 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without question this is the best authentic Mexican food in San Diego! The mole sauce is incredible!

GH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always great food and fine service. Some nights some guest groups can be disturbingly loud. But I’d wear earplugs for their moles some nights.

MC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant had a nice ambiance which was cozy and romantic. Our service was so great and professional. He made sure he was not be intrusive into our night. Their food was authentic and delicious. The view from their second story was beautiful. Definitely returning!

d
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Even though a reservation was made in advance, was seated at a cold, high top table in the rear of the restaurant. Would have liked the option to wait for a better table. Excellent food, powerful drinks and good service almost made up for the terrible seating.

DB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, authentic mole, and an amazing tequila list. The service was amazing as well. Great ambiance. I've been there twice, and it's been great, both times.

GP
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, great drinks and excellent service. Great place to sample a wide range of tequilas with the help of knowledgeable staff.

BB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

El Agave has some of the best mole's on the planet. Have been going here for over 15 years and am never disappointed. Over 1200 tequilas and mezcals and they serve them with an amazing sangrita on the side. The liquor store downstairs has an amazing array of tequilas and mezcals. Top notch.

BM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. I always go to El Agave when in San Diego. Not to be missed!

BO
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit to El Agave and we loved it. The margaritas were wonderful, the food was awesome. My husband had the homemade mole, it was delicious. I had the steak tacos, they were so tasty. Even the chips and sauces they brought to the table were fresh, delicious, and different. The service was friendly and fast. Great restaurant and we will be going back!

MR
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best Mex Available anywhere N of the border.

j
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of the best restaurants for great food and drink and service in San diego!

MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Mexican food - way beyond the traditional Tex Mex you find everywhere. The Mole Poblano and the Camarones a la Tequila were first class, as was the Chocolate Creme Brule, which his not a traditional Mexicvan desert.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Definitely a must if you are in the area!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing filet chipotle. Amazing quality and taste. I wish you guys were around LA area.

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

This place is fun for a one time visit, but the food is VERY mediocre. You can do better just about anywhere in San Diego, at 1/3 the price. Still it is a fun night out, the ambiance is very nice with the 2000 bottles of tequila on the walls and overhead.

SF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Service excellent. My only beef was that they were cheap on the tequila in the margaritas.

JC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best Mexican food we’ve ever had. The tastes were complex and spot on for every attempt. If you get a chance try the Mole, absolutely excellent. Service was also great, but numbers were small, so no surprise.

El Agave, was very much a fine Mexican dinner restaurant. We went for lunch and felt a bit about of place at that time. Would be great for a dinner however.

LR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are delicious! A little pricy but worth the value! Get the Sea Bass Ajo y Achiote! Amazing!

SO
London
15 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Loved the location. Ambiance pretty fun as well... could be a restaurant in Mexico somewhere. Unfortunately, the food was not great. I had the Ceviche. Definitely not exciting. From what I saw of the tacos etc, nothing to write home about. Just basic and uninteresting. But service was good. With so many great choices in Old Town, this will not be the one I return to.

F
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Agave may be most known for its exhaustive tequila library and margarita, deservedly so. But our meal was also outstanding. The shellfish ceviche and cactus salad were both fresh and smoky, while the cilantro soup is truly elegant. And the mole poblano may be the ultimate comfort food. This was a memorable meal, with impeccable service, in a classic setting. We plan to make this a must when in San Diego.

RC
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service. Cozy bar, incredible tequilas. Moles are stunningly tasty.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best authentic Mexican food we’ve ever eaten.

The staff were excellent- informative and talkative, making for a truly memorable evening.

Highly recommend.

N
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New Years Eve.

Food always good. However, Disappointing (but tasty) soup dish which just covered the bottom of the bowl and was not value for money - No decent explanation provided.

OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Authentic Mexican Food variety of moles, vegetarian options , quite pricey. Good location, decent service

CB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fresh food. The octopus was delicious and tender! Ahi tuna tacos were awesome. My son couldn’t wait to go back for another round of tacos!

FM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was there for lunch. Had the chile relleno—OUTSTANDING! They boast over 2,000 tequilas. Ordered one they didn't have :( However, our waiter did recommend a blanco tequila that was incredible (Siete Leguas)—even served it with sangrita chaser (don't see that much anymore).

FD
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so blessed to spend Christmas with family at El Agave! The food is always wonderful and the staff makes it feel like home! They are never “inconvenienced” even when working on important holidays and they ALWAYS go out of their way to make sure everything is perfect. This is our favorite place to take visitors, as we know they will be pleasantly surprised with such a special experience!

KR
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and it was awesome. Alberto was an excellent waiter and the food was great. Would definitely go back!

BE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely, outstanding meal and outstanding tequila. Gerardo was our waiter, and as usual, he provided excellent service and excellent tequila recommendations.

AM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family Christmas reunion from multiple states and multiple generations

LS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent, and the Molé is the best in town. Service also very solid. Wonderful variety of tequilas available.

F
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our daughter received her Masters Degree from Point Loma

SG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our company party party there, at 18 people we took a quite a bit of space, but everyone was VERY accommodating and we have a great time

TL
Los Angeles
94 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was generally good, the house mole and the fish Veracruz was very good and the octopus appetizer was very nice. Although the waiter was very nice the rest of restaurant staff seems a bit off. The hostess was uninterested. Overall good and quiet option for old town.

KH
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t fill up on the chips and salsa before dinner. The portions are HUGE. Our server was excellent. He walked us through the menu and offered suggestions, based on our flavor-profile. We love spice and he was very helpful in steering us towards the right dishes for us. The shrimp ceviche was delicious - with the perfect amounts of lime and cilantro. My husband had the chipotle filet and said it was amazing - the steak was cooked perfectly and had great spice. I had their short rib entree and was equally happy - no need for a knife, as the meat just shredded with a fork. The risotto was the best I’ve ever had. The peppers added such an amazing flavor with the right amount of spice. Definitely a restaurant we would go to, again and again!!