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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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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (28)
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Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for a Date (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Casual (14)
Cozy (13)
Romantic (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Fun (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Business Meals (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tapas (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Spicy (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The service was great and the interior was fancy too! loving it:)

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

We would definitely go back but have to admit that it was pricey even for "upscale" Mexican food. The menu I saw on the Opentable website must have been lunch prices are the dinner prices are all about $25 for the entree alone. That said it's a cozy place with a nice selection of creative dishes.

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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was amazing and our server was great

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 (London)·Dined on January 13, 2018

El Agave never disappoints. They have a wonderful selection of moles, which is my main reason for visiting. The tequila selection is expansive, and it is difficult to not drink yourself under the table.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Food was subpar for the price they charged. Not sure what all the hype is. Have better Mexican in NJ

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·Dined on January 10, 2018

El Agave menu is not your standard tacos, tamales, tostadas and enchiladas; rather, it is fine dining with creative dishes, including nine different mole dishes. The ceviche was very fresh and delicious, and the grilled octopus appetizer served over avocado mashed potatoes was amazing. The caesar salad with home made dressing and freshly shaved parmesan cheese is really good, and large enough to share, even for big eaters. The meat dishes are complimented with a number of wonderfully complex and delicious sauces, and the moles are out of this world!

Do yourself a big favor and forget the tourist-flooded restaurants down the street, and give El Agave a try. You will be very happy that you did! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Absolutely one of the best meals I have ever had! Mole Don Julio with pork: indescribable amazing taste, pork cooked perfectly, rice splendid. What took me so long to go here??? Will be back for sure! So many other moles to try!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Arrived at 530 after the theatre Hamilton and they were very accommodating to her 6 of us in as long as we left before 8. That was not going to be a problem for us. We enjoyed appetizers especially the ceviche and the three samples of tostadas. I ordered the sea bass tacos which were beautifully presented and excellent. I believe this to be a better value then the whole sea bass which would have been too large anyway and was significantly $ more for the plate. We also had a mole which was said to be excellent We left happy , full, and very pleased we went to Agave. Thank you

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food and ambiance. The service very friendly

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was phenomenal. Waiter was cool and explained everything.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We were in town for a wedding and found this restaurant on Open Table. It seemed very interesting based on the menu. We were so happy we ate at El Agave. Very interesting food and decor. The service was excellent!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Been here three times the mole, tequila shrimp and atmosphere is amazing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Always great food in a real cool setting! This is a real unique restaurant with authentic food.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Haven’t been here since 2011 but El Agave still has the same great food, drinks, and ambiance in 2017!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

One of the best authentic Mexican places we have visited. Top notch food and even catered to our kids. Super awesome! We will be back!

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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Ambiance is impressive, 2000 Tequila bottles watch you sip Margarita Cadillac made to purrfection!
We ordered Chalupas, Guac is bland so i pepped it up with the salsas but if you od on it beware of killing your appetite for the good stuff that comes after!
For main course, we ordered Sea Bass, Shrimps (Coconut), Jumbo Shrimps with corn, and all the dishes were tasty n good. The sea bass was excellent!!
We rounded off with fresh, delectable Tre Con Leche.

In all, great service, tasty well presented food and an overall satisfying experience!

Thank you!

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 (London)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Really an exceptional experience. With an amber crystalline decor of tequila bottles and semi-formal ambiance and service this intimate restaurant provides an alternate definition as to what Mexican can be. With so many haute Mexican establishments opening in the L.A. region, it bears noting that El Agave has long strayed from the pack, attempting - usually successfully - to deliver adventurous taste experiences - quite apart from the spirits menu, which boasts 2,000 tequilas. The staff is kind and down-to-earth. We always bring company here, and also go on our own. It’s always been a lovely and interesting experience.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Alberto served our table. He was outstanding.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The walls are lined with 2000 Tequila Bottles. There are 200 available. I had a Tequila Mule.
The service is professional.
We had Squash Blossom Raviolis. My wife had one of the Moles. I had a seafood combination. We loved every bite. The Tres Leches Cake!!!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was good, nothing special. I felt the price of the meal were high for the quality. There was absolutely no atmosphere other than a bunch of bottles on display. Really nothing much to enjoy other than eat and leave. Great selection of tequila. Again too much $ for the quality of food. Basic Mexican food you can get anywhere. Don't mind spending a little extra on food when it's unique and good with an atmosphere to go with it.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great Mexican high cuisine. Incredible choice of tequilas to sample. Alberto is a wonderful and knowledgeable waiter.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We visited El Agave with 9 people and they handled our group with ease. The food and service was excellent. I'd recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (London)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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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