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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.
San Diego, CA 92110
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Traditional Mexican
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm
Old Town Ave
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Please call the restaurant for details.
Street parking also available.
Juan Carlos Gomez
Private Party Facilities:
Deposit required. Please call the restaurant for details.
Private Party Contact:
Carlos Aceves: (619) 220-0692
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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