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About El Agave

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.

2304 San Diego Ave.
San Diego, CA 92110
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Traditional Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Old Town Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 220-0692

Website:
http://www.elagave.com/

Catering:
Please call the restaurant for details.

Parking Details:
Street parking also available.

Executive Chef:
Juan Carlos Gomez

Private Party Facilities:
Deposit required. Please call the restaurant for details.

Private Party Contact:
Carlos Aceves: (619) 220-0692

Additional:
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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El Agave Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

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4.4

value

4.2

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97% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (28)
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Fit for Foodies (19)
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Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for a Date (19)
Cozy (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Romantic (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Casual (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fun (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Spicy (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Tapas (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vegan (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 21 hours ago

Great food for both carnivores and vegetarians alike... we had both in our group tonight. We all left pleasantly full and we enjoyed the charming atmosphere of this Old Town jewel.

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vip
 (London)·Dined 2 days ago

Unique experience largely playing off their enormous tequila collection. Old world Mexican ambiance; intimate and warm. Great service always. Food is spotty in terms of value. Some dishes are exceptional. It does take you deeper into Mexican cuisines. Very worthwhile and sometimes extraordinary. If you’re a tequila lover it’s a must.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Ove the camarones Don Julio. Normally I hate rice, but the cream and black beans and Serrano Chilis... I liked the rice as much as I did the shrimp!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing as usual. Excellent margarita, moles were to die for. Food presentation was almost too good to eat.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We brought another couple along and they were as crazy about El Agave as we are. Each dish is well thought out and unique from the other to deliver great taste and a big surprise.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Sophisticated Mexican cuisine with professional service and great cocktails.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 8, 2017

A gem....truly a special place. Food presentation is delightful...and oh those moles! All our guests were impressed.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

A sophisticated Mexican restaurant on the edge of Old Town. You’ll find Fewer children here than other nearbyrestaurants. Upstairswith no elevator so could be difficult for the physically challenged. Elegant tables with wine glasses. Lovely selection of fine tequilas. Recommended!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

authentic and imaginative entrees, especially the Mole. Extensive tequilla menu.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Best mole on earth! We have eaten here several times, although we live on the other side of the US. It would be worth the trip even if we weren't going on a cruise originating from San Diego.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 20, 2017

El Agave is always our go to restaurant when visiting San Diego’s Old Town District. El Agave provides excellent service and delicious food (awesome moles) served in a cozy space that is surrounded by an amazing collection of tequila bottles. Some of our favorite dishes include: Sopa de Cilantro, Mole Verde, Mole Rojo and Filet Chipotle. Their tequila tasting flights Provide a new perspective and appreciation for the distilled beverage. Salud!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

I regularly take people here who are visiting from out of town. Very good food (get the huitlacoche!) and interesting/unique cuisine, not run of the mill Mexican food. Always feels fresh. Variety of mole, not just one kind. And if you like tequila, this is home plate for you.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great service and excellent food

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

An old favorite. Excellent moles and margaritas. Fun vibe. Really good staff--knowledgeable, friendly, helpful but not hovering. The room is part of the experience...lined with glass case holding pretty much every tequila known to man. We try to get there every time we're in SD

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Food was fantastic! Service was impeccable! Definitely recommend!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Business Meals, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I’ve been to El Agave many times in the past 5 years. This time the food was not as delicious as all other times. Potatoes were under cook and there was too much garlic. Maybe a new chef? The drinks are excellent and the service is first class.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 30, 2017

El Agave never fails to deliver - the food is delicious, the service great and the cadillac margaritas are the bomb.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent food, great ambiance, very good service!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 30, 2017

El Agave is a great authentic Mexican restaurant serving several different moles with their meats. Our table had 3 different moles with our food and all were excellent. there is great depth of flavor in the sauces and the pork is "melt in your mouth" good. The décor is old tequila bottles lining the walls. Very interesting! I think our waiter told us there were over 2,000 bottles.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We want to San Diego for our anniversary and my husband found this restaurant on Yelp. It was amazing! The inside ambience is so beautiful!!! Our waiter was helpful and efficient. The food was simply amazing!!! And the tequila was so yummy! We will DEFINITELY go back!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We love El Agave, the staff, management and the food! Worth the drive and spending time enjoying an amazing margarita and food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We had the sea bass and a chile relleno stuffed with filet mignon. The service was extraordinary, the waiter followed our sensitive taste. The ambiance is romantic and private. Very impressed!

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2017

A hidden gem in Old Town and San Diego. This is a wonderful opportunity to try some different Mexican food and margaritas.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food was delicious and so different. This is NOT your usual Mexican food. The filet dishes were amazing and perfectly cooked. The server was very helpful and friendly. We had a wonderful time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 4, 2017

I made reservations for two on their website which was the only way to do so, you could call but you have to leave a message. So we took an Uber to the restaurant and arrived on time, we made our way to the hostess area which there was no sign of, after standing at the hostess stand for close to 10 minutes with no one acknowledging us at all not even the two waiters that approached the hostess area to place menus on it, or the bartender that was less than 10 feet away who proceeded to chat with the only two customers at the bar. Needless to say after waiting that long we quickly left and fortunately found a restaurant that was amazing with live entertainment. Thanks for the favor!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Not a fan of the lunch menu. Tacos were good and the Poblano crema soup was delicious. Waiter was also the bartender and wasn't trained well in bartending. Place is starting to really look it's age, but does look like the (very cool) collection of Tequila bottles has at least been dusted lately.

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Second time at this restaurant and the experience was great both times. Very good food and service. The dishes are authentic Mexican, not TexMex or fast food. The Tequila selection is world class and the drinks were well made. The sauces and spices were excellent. A great place for an anniversary or a date.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic, Cozy, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I was impressed my the food. I read yelp reviews about burnt chips but ours were yummy. What I'm really taken aback is that I ordered guac for the table. I didn't search the menu but happen to see that a side was 6 bucks. There were 5 of us but I wasnt sure all like it as I ordered before everyone arrived so I said a guac for the table. He brought 2. I thought maybe he separated it because the table was long, for easier reaching. However when I got the bill it said two large guacs and each were $12! I paid for them of course because we did eat a lot of it (not all of either of them) but I'm really upset that the waiter didn't ask me how many I wanted and that he didn't say or offer the fact that there was a large vs. small side. That really, really turned me off and i don't think they were worth it. Tasty but 12 bucks, that's crazy.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Annabelle says: Lunch just a block off the busy/parking of Old Town. This is a perfect place to enjoy the ambiance of the area, but be at peace to enjoy lunch. The server was super helpful, offering the dinner menu as well. The unique and best Chile Relleno was incredibly tasty with nuts, figs, perfectly spiced sauce, and enough melted cheese. Park there all day, and walk around the rest of the area!

Tags: Tapas, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 18, 2017

300 tequilas is just the start. Excellent mole dishes.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Great meal! The pork mole was excellent!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Best mole menu I have found! Tender chicken in a complex mole sauce was awesome!

Tags: Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We tried three different mole sauces and they were all excellent - the best we have ever had. The shrimp tacos were also excellent. The quesadilla was disappointing and very different from anything we have ever had. But we would definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I haven't been to El Agave in over 15 years and decided to go before a concert at Java Joe's. My beau and I were so impressed with the ambience, the service and the food. It was elegant and quiet but also casual and relaxed. The service was impeccable - Alberto was our waiter and gave us the perfect amount of attention. The food was gorgeously presented and delicious. Unfortunately, we weren't very hungry so we look forward to returning with a full appetite. Thank you to all the staff for your courtesy and professionalism.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 9, 2017

El Agave is my favorite Mexican restaurant in San Diego and maybe anywhere I have been. Great authentic food and a fabulous tequila collection.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Did not disappoint, some of the best Mexican you will have in S.D.!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Amazing tequila and mezcal selection. Excellent sangrita, and always, excellent service. Features the regional cuisines of Mexico, not your standard Tex-Mex fare.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

First time here. Came to San Diegp and wanted mexican food, but something different. Chips were awesome and the waiter made ver good recommendations!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Excellent Meal.. service was great. Authentic Mexican Food. Mole entrees are a must to have . Flan was outstanding

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 28, 2017

This was our second visit while in the area and once again it did not disappoint. The food is superb, the service attentive without being overbearing, and the tequila list is extremely well curated. The range of mole dishes is incredible, this really is well worth a visit. Far better than the typical fare in the area.

Tags: Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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