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El Agave

4.6
1522 Reviews
$30 and under
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 2,700 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.
What 1522 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Diane
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sea Bass with incredible sauce! Would go back!

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Lexi
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place. Best octopus in town! Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend

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patriciaa
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Seared octopus appetizer and it was fabulous. The Mole poblano (chicken) is our favorite dish there! Margaritas (Cadillac) are delicious.

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NicholasB
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

true Mexican food of the highest quality. My fish was perfectly cooked.

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vipstevec
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday and had a great dinner. Service was spot on, the drinks great and everyone loved their dinner

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MarciaB
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good experience. Ordered two appetizers and the mole chicken. Mole was very complex and plentiful. Shrimp appetizer was full of shrimp. Plenty for 2. Great salsas and chips. Margaritas were large as well as tasty. We’ve eaten here twice snd will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food portion sizes were generous but bland. Lots of tequila choices but popular choices missing. Wait staff was busy was accommodating. Drinks were average at best.

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shastan
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The places food was super authentic and on point. Takes a while but totally worth it. The tacos are good quality as are the margaritas 🍹. I will definatly be going there again..thank you

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JasminR
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Looks better than it actually is, menu is small and so are portions. Definitely not worth the prices. Drinks were good

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vipErnie
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food wasn’t great. Mediocre at best. The mole was too sweet and the rice was bland. Server was great and everyone was friendly. May come back for a drink but I wouldn’t get dinner.

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RoseF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not your everyday tacos with rice and beans. Truly unique and regionally-authentic dishes.

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Krackerjack
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience all-around. Our server, Gerard, was absolutely wonderful - very attentive without being overbearing, knew the menu and tequilas and made perfect recommendations. I had the Don Jose mole over pork and it was hands-down one of the best dishes I've had for a very long time (and I live in San Diego County so I've had my share of Mexican food). We had the Extra Añejo flight, passionfruit/guava margaritas and a Monterrey craft beer. - all very good. Oh, and flan made with a touch of goat's milk for desert. Intimate ambiance and excellent staff. Highly recommend!

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JamesH
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Agave is always at the top of my list of places to eat when I am in San Diego. The food is first rate and not tourist fare, and with over 2000 different types of tequila, the drinks are the best in town!

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PhilO
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my! The food was outstanding. Fresh and simply delicious

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JenErich
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Loved the waiter and loved the tequila. Perfect night.

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DIANAQ
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and a good a mount for the price, its located in Old Town, SD. I had two drinks that were just okay. The service was great. Very beautiful restaurant.

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RebeccaC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I honestly didn’t like the location it was hard to find parking .We ate our food

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Rickie
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and the selection of Tequila's was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing! The best Mexican restaurant in San Diego!! The food, drinks and service is always right on queue. Can't wait to dine there again!!

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JoeL
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for an anniversary, date night, birthday even a business dinner.

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PAULM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small portions for what you pay for and limited menu choices.

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SandraS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Already went a couple of times, and each time has been wonderful. Our waiter Alberto was really amazing, he made wonderful recommendations for trying out mezcal. And the food is really great. Great atmosphere and cosy seating. Feels very authentic.

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vipLeslieW
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I had to give 1 star, but if given the option, I’d give it zero stars. Took 15 mins to get a drink order in and it wasn’t even busy. Food was bleh, service was horrible. Will never be back.

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AngeS
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was delicious. Would definitely recommend.

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SarahS
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious street tacos for lunch! They are small (like authentic street tacos) but amazingly delicious. Margaritas were amazing. My only note is I reserved “outdoor dining” and it was a table inside with a window that could be opened - which I was comfortable with but isn’t really outdoor dining. Overall delicious, great service, amazing tequila selection!

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NiloM
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, tequila, and service! Our server was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the tequila and food

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was tasteful but our expectations were not met. I had the “chile relleño” and my wife the “sopes”. Also the guava margarita was not my favorite; they missed the mark on that one.

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vipDaniosun
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waiter and server were great! They were funny and we got along really well with them.

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CarolynZ
New England
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I made reservations for inside and when we arrived were seated in a covered area outside in a corner . I made the reservations ahead of time to specifically be able to be seated inside. The ambience inside can justify the costly prices of the meals but the same can’t be said with outdoor seating. The food was just ok and very expensive and arrived warm not hot. I am not inclined to return with all the choices of restaurants in the area. Having more authentic Mexican was not worth it

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MarG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were amazing and the food was delicious!

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vipdavidn
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and drinks were delicious. Service was great.

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JulieE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service at El Agave was amazing! The waiters were very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. They were able to make adjustments based on our preferences and the food and drinks were made great! We had a great experience and will be back again.

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BaroqueFlute
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Little or no COVID precautions. Outdoor seating was really indoors. When we placed silverware on plates to request replacement, staff put them back on the dirty placemats. Cauliflower appetizer was excellent but the two sauces were only a teaspoon each. Salad was fine. Seafood with rice was boiling hot. Seafood was overdone and rice was starchy with thin sauce.

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KellyG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and wonderful ambience and service

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Veritas
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It is always a special treat to visit el Agave. This time a lunch for four. Beautiful presentation of exceptionally well prepared dishes from several regions. Our houseguest craved mole poblano and was not disappointed. The ceviche trio was outstanding. The chile relleno, stuffed with filet mignon, fruits and cheeses, is unique. Service was slow and we noticed that some of the more familiar servers were absent, perhaps related to changes due to COVID.

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vipPlayaman
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very busy evening with Mothers’ Day customers. The staff recognized us as a long time customers, greeted us by name. Service was top notch and the food excellent. The initial appetizer I ordered was not available due to high volume of customers, but the waiter realized that the chef found enough for one order. They prepared it for me at no cost. It is nice to feel appreciated as “regular” customer and being taken care of as such.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went for Mother’s Day and the food was really good and the drinks better. I loved all the tequila bottles that decorated the restaurant. Our waiter was really cool and so was the bartender.

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LanceU
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife here for Mother’s Day and it was a very enjoyable experience. The food is obviously home cooked with care and tasted amazing.

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SDNative
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

So glad that you are still in business. We are SD locals and have been meaning to come back, so we booked a reservation for Mother's Day. We walked in and the space was just like we remembered :-). The Nopales salad is still the BEST... I had it for the first time there 15 yrs ago and kept coming back for it! Even though it has been a few years, it is still magnificent!!

Our server was wonderful. Honestly, the only regret service-wise is that our drinks were not refreshed regularly... it was out of place that the support staff didn't take notice of a table with empty glasses to grab another a bottle of water and bring it to the table, considering the spicy food (???) I heard this from folks at nearby tables as well :-).

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful experience... the food and staff were terrific. Love the location.. nicely located a short walk to the busy Old Town.. Great Tequila selection ...

FAQs

El Agave does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

El Agave is rated 4.6 stars by 1522 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.