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El Agave

4.6
1487 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.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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KellyG
San Diego
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and wonderful ambience and service

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Veritas
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It is always a special treat to visit el Agave. This time a lunch for four. Beautiful presentation of exceptionally well prepared dishes from several regions. Our houseguest craved mole poblano and was not disappointed. The ceviche trio was outstanding. The chile relleno, stuffed with filet mignon, fruits and cheeses, is unique. Service was slow and we noticed that some of the more familiar servers were absent, perhaps related to changes due to COVID.

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Playaman
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very busy evening with Mothers’ Day customers. The staff recognized us as a long time customers, greeted us by name. Service was top notch and the food excellent. The initial appetizer I ordered was not available due to high volume of customers, but the waiter realized that the chef found enough for one order. They prepared it for me at no cost. It is nice to feel appreciated as “regular” customer and being taken care of as such.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went for Mother’s Day and the food was really good and the drinks better. I loved all the tequila bottles that decorated the restaurant. Our waiter was really cool and so was the bartender.

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LanceU
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife here for Mother’s Day and it was a very enjoyable experience. The food is obviously home cooked with care and tasted amazing.

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SDNative
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

So glad that you are still in business. We are SD locals and have been meaning to come back, so we booked a reservation for Mother's Day. We walked in and the space was just like we remembered :-). The Nopales salad is still the BEST... I had it for the first time there 15 yrs ago and kept coming back for it! Even though it has been a few years, it is still magnificent!!

Our server was wonderful. Honestly, the only regret service-wise is that our drinks were not refreshed regularly... it was out of place that the support staff didn't take notice of a table with empty glasses to grab another a bottle of water and bring it to the table, considering the spicy food (???) I heard this from folks at nearby tables as well :-).

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful experience... the food and staff were terrific. Love the location.. nicely located a short walk to the busy Old Town.. Great Tequila selection ...

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ChristinaC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the authentic vibe and the delicious food. Of course the tequila options too!

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JanetH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Mother’s Day lunch. El Agave is truly fine Mexican cuisine - nothing like your typical American Mexican restaurant. We split an ahi tuna tostada as an appetizer— delicious abs so fresh. I had the baked salmon over agave rice and my husband had the grilled pulpu with the most delicious potato purée that we’ve ever tasted. The service was very attentive and first class. Buen provecho!

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vipDebbieP
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love, love, love El Agave. Tried the Sea Bass this time and it was so delicious and will be my new favorite, they have great mole , I really love the Don Julio Mole. If you like Jamaica you should try the Jamaica Delight margarita, it is delicious and refreshing and the Tajin rim spices it up a bit.

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70slunchingladies
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Cilantro soup and it was as delicious as ever. I just love going to this place with all the Tequila bottles - great atmosphere. This place is a gem.
Our servers were terrific, knowledgeable, fun and swift.

Altogether it was a wonderful lunch out for the women and I highly recommend this place for a friends' time out or for a special date.

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HannahF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter went above and beyond to take care of our large group!

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vipSBFoodie
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
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 on May 5, 2021
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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was blah. Wayyyy overpriced. Drinks were ok. Cool ambiance though.

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BradleyJ
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipstevec
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!

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KwesiC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely place to take the kids or a romantic date. Excellent food and extremely accommodating service, especially for a family with an infant.

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DonnaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
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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Pancho
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at el agave. The sopes are so good

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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
17 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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vipMaryLeeJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We are regulars and took guests for dinner and your restaurant was packed and grossly understaffed. It was apparent in every aspect of our experience. Super disappointed with one of our favorite restaurants in SD

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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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DanC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service. Great cocktails.

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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

FAQs

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

El Agave is rated 4.6 stars by 1487 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.