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El Agave

4.6
1470 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 2,500 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.
What 1470 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
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4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSBFoodie
New England
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. A little pricey, but worth it for food quality. Drinks were fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Cinco de Mayo qnd while parking was a bit of a challenge, the experience at El Agave was well worth it. The staff was attentive, the service was impeccable qnd the food....my God the food was freaking delicious! The margaritas were flavored perfectly and two orders of the taquitos de cochinita was the perfect starter for the 4 of us. We each ordered a different main dish to try. TRILOGÍA DE MOLES was a great dish if you wanted a lot of flavor options and we substituted chicken for pork per our server and man, he was spot on with the recommendation! Next up was CAMARÓN AL TEQUILA! It was to die for! The best cooked, biggest shrimp we've seen in a while and they gave you plenty of them. The EL AGAVE CHILE RELLENO, was so packed full of meat, it took a solid 40 mins to get close to finishing that dish! So many flavors perfectly combined! But we all agreed, the SHORT RIB POBLANO took the win! Whatever decadent magical seasonings and ingredients they put into that dish made everyone's tastebuds explode! The meat was so tender it melted with a cut of the fork! The sauce is so rich that we took half of it home for the after party. We highly recommend El Agave and will most certainly be back!

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BradleyJ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our Anniversary dinner and did I mention the margaritas are great!

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vipstevec
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!

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DonnaB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing drinks and food. I highly recommend the passion fruit margarita. I had shrimp, husband had mole, and daughter had carnitas tacos. All were great. Flan was good for dessert. We sat in a both outside. We will be back soon.

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ZoeP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food as always! The margaritas were great too.

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vipdsh2u
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent a few days in San Diego and went to this place for dinner on a Monday night. It was extremely good. Great service, wait staff and taste of food is excellent. It’s not your normal Mexican food menu. It’s more traditional food but quite delicious... Wait staff went was so good that we really did not need to ask for anything. I highly recommend and will be back next time I am in San Diego!

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vipoutoftowner
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT Sunday brunch spot! Food was tasty, the ambiance was interesting and relaxed, and the service was great!

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vipLisaN
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! Sits on the outskirts of old town so not as festive as some of the other places in the middle of the scene...but...the food was all homemade and so were the house margaritas. NO fake lime juice! 3 homemade salsa's and fresh made chips. I had the Enchiladas Verdes which I would highly recommend. The service was outstanding and the ambiance very cool. We sat on the very small, upstairs patio which was cozy and comfortable. Everywhere you look you see tequila bottles which was also very cool. Def recommend!

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JohnS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Agave is a cut above the typical Mexican fare. The mole was the best I've ever had. The waiters were very attentive without being interruptive and the decor is beautiful, especially if you like Tequila. Every inch of wall space is lined with bottles of tequila of every type.

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vipSarahE
San Diego
56 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the environment, service and food. A real treasure for Old Town San Diego.

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TomH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alberto is the best, always taking care of us with flights and food! Yesterday we had the best Pulpo/Octopos ever; accented with perfectly spiced guacamole. Did I mention their tequilas?? Wow! Love this place!

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vipLorraineW
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the enchilada mole

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jeffreyJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This establishment is excellent for a quiet meal with great service and excellent food

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Haley
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Would 100% recommend! The food and drinks were delicious!

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vipElizabethA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy Drinks Tequila Mojito and Mole was delicious

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vipChristopherD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service from Alberto and plenty of Tequila's to try.

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KimB
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Their mole is the best!

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Asher
Salt Lake City
31 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved El Agave during our stay in San Diego! Sitting on the patio overlooking Old Town and sunset was beautiful. Our server was very professional and helpful with menu and drink recommendations. Highly recommend the tamarindo margarita, ceviche trio, arroz a la tumbada, sea bass ado y aciote and chile relleno. All were recommended and delicious! Don't forget the churros and tres leches to end an incredible dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food ever

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My husband and I came here for Easter a bit last minute. Place was pretty cozy. The waiter was nice but did not tend to us as much as the other waiters did at the other tables. We noticed that the decor was a bit dusty and also termite eggs were on the shelves. Other than that, food was good and came to our table pretty quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Felt a little rushed unfortunately

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vipDawnC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chili relleno was amazing, our waiter was very attentive. Looking forward to our next visit

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MarshallM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Our family, visiting from out of state, wanted authentic Mexican in Old Town. We found El Agave on Open Table and decided to give it a try.
- Service was slower than average.
- Drink selection is excellent but the sizes are underwhelming for the higher price point.
- My girlfriend remarked that she was glad she wore pants instead of shorts or a dress. When I asked why, she said because the seats were so disgusting and stained she didn't want her legs touching them.
- Food was the best part of the meal, and food prices were fair.
Overall, next time we have family in town we'll be trying somewhere else. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

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Gail
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great margaritas and homemade tortillas. The enchiladas and octopus entree were perfect. Our server was a pro and all great. Would definitely dine here again & again.

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KerisaC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb decor, delicious food and wonderful service

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JasmineC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made reservations for me and my family, we were excited to try something new ! The service was horrible not once did the waiter ask if we need refills or more drinks ! The food took an hour which was an appetizer. Never again i will go here ....

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LA58
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice place

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Anniversary

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MayraR
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jorge was on it! The service was excellent and he made the BEST tamarindo margaritas! Food was delicious, from the tostada de atún to the sopesitos. 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was terrific, drinks a bit overpriced. The waiter was very attentive in the beginning, then seemingly forgot about us. I also had reserved the dinner for my lady’s birthday - not one mention from the staff (Feliz Cumpleanos, maybe a small slice of cake - nothing).

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vipRaybn55
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The seating was a little cramped but they had dividers in place to enhance safety. Amazing selection of dishes. Everything we ordered was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Not you’re run of the mill Mexican food, so much more interesting and delicious!

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tiffg
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Margaritas were Excellante!
The salsa were delicious, food was terrific! Special side not...My husband ordered a Mole and I HATE mole! That being said...It was really good. He said it was OUTSTANDING! My son was impressed. We all three would definitely go here again!

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vipMaryanne
Columbus
30 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food and cocktails. We had the octopus, tres crevices and tres moles. Loved the margaritas too, especially with mezcal. Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting food :) Will definitely come again. Tres Leches was divine!

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vipLauraT
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

excellent food, service and ambiance, perfect for any out to dinner occasion

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ScottC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Been going to El Agave for 20 years .. great experience .. even if you are not a Tequila fan. El Agave staff is perfect accent to endless Tequila menu! Nice treat to Old Town experience!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d give the place 6 stars if I could.

FAQs

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

El Agave is rated 4.6 stars by 1470 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.