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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

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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97% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (24)
Special Occasion (22)
Creative Cuisine (18)
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Fit for Foodies (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Good for a Date (16)
Cozy (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Casual (11)
Romantic (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Fun (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Spicy (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Tapas (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Business Meals (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 2 days ago

This place was incredible! Awesome food, great ambiance, excellent service!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

Great 1st time experience. My date was very impressed.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Love this place. It's up-scale Mexican with wonderful favors (180-degrees from Taco Bell!!). The tequilas recommended by our waiter were terrific. The food was so delicious. Can't wait to return. This was recommended by a friend who grew up in Tijuana. This is the only Mexican restaurant she will eat at in SD.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The margaritas and mole sauces are delicious! The service was great.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

El Agave is always good. My husband and I both tried something new for dinner since we get stuck on the same thing since it is so good - and both new things were good, too. The cadillac margaritas are the best - ask to sit out on the side where it is enclosed but you can look out the window and open the window for a nice breeze!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

The opportunity you provided the four of us -- two visiting Alaskans, one third-generation San Diegoan [who had not ever been to El Agave before!] and one experienced, transplanted Californian from the East Coast -- to taste unusual/authentic ingredients and enjoy your preparation and imaginative presentation of Mexican food was a real pleasure and much more than we had realized we were in for. Thank you! We will recommend you to all and sundry!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Tasty food and prompt service but the prices were a little high for rather small portions. The decor was also a little dated (we were chilly seated by the windows). Not bad, but not amazing either.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Wonderful service.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Real Mexican food, the way it should be presented. A real Gem in Old Town. Great ambiance as well as food. Everything is terrific. Will go again and again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Moles were authentic and delucious

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

El Agave provided fabulous epicurean delights. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our menu entree choices and look forward to going back for more!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We love El Agave. Go there every time we get to San Diego (from Colorado). I love the décor...warm, dark tones; "earthy" atmosphere; fascinating collection of tequila bottles. It's just a great place for a special meal.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great fun! Lovely place to try a variety of tequilas and have a friendly chat with the bar keep. Food is delicious - traditional Mele.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was great. Very authentic and a specialty cuisine. While they don't have a kids menu, they did cater to my two small girls with kids options. Staff was attentive and awesome as well. A tad expensive, but that's what you get in Old Town if you want good food!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Girrardo made our night with impeccable service and his vast knowledge of tequilas. Food was flavorful and fresh. Ahi and lobster apps to die for and we loved the black bean and trio sauces with the chips. Best Mexican and tequila selection in SD.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing restaurant. Worth every penny. Come hungry. Waiters are really interested in helping you find the best dish. Incredible service.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was amazing and our server was great

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 (London)·Dined on January 12, 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 10, 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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 (San Diego)·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 9, 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 5, 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 December 31, 2017

Great food and ambiance. The service very friendly

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 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 29, 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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 (London)·Dined on December 29, 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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vip
 (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 27, 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 27, 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 25, 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 24, 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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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Alberto served our table. He was outstanding.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 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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 (San Diego)·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 19, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 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 18, 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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