El Agave

4.6
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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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been twice and the food is always amazing. The margaritas are some of the best I’ve ever had and the service never disappoints. Highly recommend!!

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vipallenscott
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was pleasant, professional and very helpful with explaining items on the menu. The food was fantastic. I had the carnitas tacos and the pork was the best I have ever tasted. We tried the tres leches cake (homemade) and it was melt in your mouth delicious!

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JohnniG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went to Agave with high expectations but we were mildly disappointed with the quality of food. Beautiful presentation but the filet mignon was a poor cut of beef. I warned my husband not to expect great steak at a Mexican restaurant and I was correct. I got the chili relleno and frankly it was cold and filled mostly with nuts and raisins as opposed to meat. The place is cute and the service was good and the food tasted good but I was expecting a higher quality based on previous reviews.

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Tooters
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ordered Tacos Pescado but was too spicy to eat. I had to send it back. Thameywere gracias to replace the fish w-o the hot sauce that thefishhad been covered in. The rest of the meal was good. My partner had the Pork Mole. He said it was good. We will go again and again. Lunch is alsovery good.

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RayC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best margarita I ever had and the mole is fantastic.

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John
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My date and I had a "nice" meal at El Agave. Both our entrees were good, though not quite great. Similarly, our appetizers and cocktails were interesting and good but not great. (My date did not finish hers). The creativity and effort was obvious in the appetizers and entrees and drinks, but they didn't quite come together well enough. While we weren't exactly disappointed, I don't think either of us are in a hurry to go back either.

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El agave has a smaller menu selection than other Mexican restaurants but food, drinks and service were excellent.

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Mire
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Non authentic Mexican food. Took the waiter 15 min to even acknowledge us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business dinner solo. Excellent food. Great service. My favorite place in San Diego for Mexican food.

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GeniaNLCanada
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was our favourite eatery in Old town, fab margaritas by the lovely lady bartender!

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vipNubell
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Mexican food and drinks . Very good service.

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viprjtd
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not what I expected. I wanted traditional. I was good, but didn’t make me want to come back for more.

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viprjvr1954
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic with the exception of the parking. PARKING IS THE PITS....but everything else was wonderful.

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GregC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, this was noveau Mexican at its best, and great ambiance and service.

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vipSofiaZ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly staff and the food was outstanding! The octopus was cooked perfectly, soft and flavorful. The guacamole and the moles were also to die for.

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vipEllie
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

great chipotle filet, croquetas, and of course tequilas

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TSpen
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and extremely knowledgeable waitstaff.

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TheValentine
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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waterstrider
Atlanta
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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Louise
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Never disappointed at El Avave, and their Mole is fantastic!

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ValentinoS
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been living herein San Diego on/off for the last 16 years and have been wanting to come for such a long time. Well, it was definitively worth the wait. The food and service did not disappoint!

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AmandaT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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

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Sparks
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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vipLittleM2
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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!!

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vipKemp
San Diego
87 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GeorgeH
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.

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MelissaC
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!

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vipdaisymiiller
San Diego
37 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.

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DerekB
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.

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vipGaryP
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.

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BobB
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.

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vipBertM
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!

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vipBethO
San Diego
40 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!

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MedRepeater
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best Mex Available anywhere N of the border.

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johnc
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!

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MichaelG
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipSuzr
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.

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SFO2DCGloria
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.

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