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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vipGeneTee
Hawaii
63 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best tequila collection anywhere! If you love tequila you gotta go here. The mole is wonderful too. Limited selection during coronavirus times but still excellent.

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vipPCH21
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic mole and great outdoor seating. Looking forward to returning to explore more of the menu and enjoy the margaritas!

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vipGordonC
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was, as always, excellent. The service is even better than the food. There is plenty of outdoor seating and close attention to safety by the staff. This is one of my favorite places to eat in San Diego. It is a must go to. Don't miss it.

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DomerGAS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT BY FAR. THE SERVICE AND FOOD ARE EXCELLENT. IT IS THE BEST MEXICAN CUISINE IN THE COUNTY.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We got a reservation without any problems. Our reservation was at 4:30 we got there a little early but we got seated right away. When we got “the menu” it only had a QR, which is understandable since its safer. Once we open the menu on our phones, the option was lunch or dinner. They had way more options for lunch than for dinner. The prices were high for lunch, but doable. Dinner was too expensive, it pretty much doubled$$ There was an entree for lunch and dinner that cost $18 for lunch and $35 for dinner. When I asked the waiter if I could get the portion of the lunch instead of dinner assuming it was going to be way bigger. The waiter said it was the same amount of food but it was $35 instead of $18 only because it was dinner. It didn’t make sense to me. I ended up getting an appetizer of sopes. Three different small sopes. They were just ok. Not worth the price. We also ordered a margarita. I ordered the tamarindo and my husband the house one. They both were tasteless, but $13 each. Not going back. I would not recommend it.

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vipTLA12
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

If you like Tequila, this is the right place for you. I have never seen a restaurant with this many brands of Tequila. The food is decent and the service was fine. As far as attendance, the group of diners was fairly small. Hopefully, they will normally have more patrons.

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ElPasoRose
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I suggest you check the current menu, the items we loved were no longer on the menu. We totally understand with the current situation but none the less we would have enjoyed it more with our favorite dishes.

Service is always outstanding and there is no better Cadillac Margarita in San Diego than at El Agave.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Had a casual great time

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Agave is always wonderful...now they are seating booths and tables staggered to keep everyone safe. The food is fresh and delicious and the waitstaff is attentive and knowledgeable.

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AgustinH
Adelaide / SA
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and food, right price. I look forward to return and try moles.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely delicious. The service was personable and helpful. We will definitely go again.

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vipTomL
San Diego
76 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service in these COVID-19 times.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! It’s my favorite Mexican restaurant in San Diego. Excellent service!

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vipFernando
Orange County
113 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Mexican delicious food !

Service, host, owner, managers are the best.

Thank you El Agave team.

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StanfordC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice quiet type atmosphere with great food and drinks

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ShoreWalker
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary here while COVID-19 continued to exist in San Diego. The staff was all very conscientious, wearing masks, and making us comfortable. The tequila and food were outstanding. They don't have vegan menu items but the chef made a delicious mole dish for me.

Great place, awesome staff.

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LaurenR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Agave is a special place, not your typical Mexican restaurant in Old Town! Delicious margaritas made with fresh ingredients like hibiscus, tamarind, and watermelon among others. The Jamaica margarita is my favorite! The food is also great and I love the ambience inside with all the different tequila bottles! It’s a slightly higher price point but worth the quality! Recommend for special occasions! Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Drinks were excellent, as were the meat dishes, the taqueria appetizer in particular was much larger than anticipated, same with the churros. But the salad was a big letdown. Mole was very good and service was excellent but for a Mexican food it was a little on the pricey side, even for high end Mexican.

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LarryO
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food, drinks, and service were excellent. Our server Javier Was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and courteous. This was our first visit to El Agave and it will be our go-to place for authentic Mexican dining.

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vipJeffreyD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food- octopus, Caesar salad, mole sauce was as good as my grandmas (who was born in Mexico) and dessert- great service also. They seemed to really care.

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AleciaA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Peaceful, not too busy during this time. Excellent Sea Bass Tacos!

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vipMWLS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best! If you like Mole' this place takes it to a new level. Fresh ingredients, delicious flavors, and amazing dishes. Great selection of tequila and the staff has really good knowledge of the different flavor profiles each of them brings. Staff is also extremely friendly and attentive. My wife and I drive to San Diego from LA just to spend a night and eat at El Agave. If you have never been here, go, GO NOW!!!

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vipFoodLver
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. My husband and I have been dinning at El Agave for over 15 years. We have always had a wonderful experience, not just because every item in the menu that we have tried has been delicious, but also because the service is exceptional.

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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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