Agave

3.2
582 reviews
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$30 and under
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Lounge
Agave is a consistent favorite among locals and visitors alike. Agave offers delicious, distinctive cuisine, enhanced by innovative presentation and impeccable service in a cozy yet elegant atmosphere.

Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4pm-7pm!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Lounge
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Hours of operation
Open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast begins at 6:30am and is served until 11:00am. Lunch begins at 11:00am and is served until 4:00pm. Dinner is served from 4:00pm until 10:00pm.
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Phone number
(505) 995-4530
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Arturo Urreola
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Catering
With the experience of hundreds of catering events performed every year, our catering staff can accommodate small groups to grand banquets for hundreds.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sandoval St.
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Complimentary Valet Parking
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 582 People Are Saying
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3.2based on recent ratings
3.2
food
3.3
service
3.7
ambience
3.3
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56% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Table was reserved. Plenty of open tables. Service was excellent, attentive correction of drink order was
Immediately resolved. The food was delicious and plentiful. Great place for everyday dining. A bit pricey.

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KT
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Restaurant uncomfortably hot. Bartender made us feel unwelcome, so much so we went to another restaurant.

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LB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed that the "fine dining " menu was the same as the bar menu. When I mentioned it to our waiter, he made a nasty remark and walked away. I told him that his remark was uncalled for and left the lounge.

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S
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

welcoming staff all recognizing the special occasion, however we reviewed the menu on line and chose the restaurant because of 2 entrees we were looking forward to. Much to our chagrin a different menu was presented to us when seated. We decided to stay though disappointed. Our choices with the offered menu were very limited with only 1 or 2 choices other than the usual bar food. The quality of our choices were nicely presented and the quality was there, wine list outstanding but on the pricey side. Major downfall was not having the appropriate menu on line

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We went just for drinks and a bite. Margaritas were very good as was the flight of guacamole. Ni

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to visit with friends and family. Staff was attentive and courteous. I highly recommend.
Dino

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CF
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The service was good but the food was not very good at all.

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k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Agave because we heard that the margaritas were good and they were. We were pleasantly surprised that the food was also great! Awesome ceviche, great sliders, tasty fries!

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KA
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service! Quiet setting. Very attentive server-Ryan

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RH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

In the past, when we ate at "The Old House," (what it was called before being named Agave) there was a full dinner menu. In it's new format it is pretty much bar food served in a nice dining room. The choices were mainly appetizers and sandwich items. What we ordered was tasty, but definitely not what we expected for a special anniversary dinner. We'll scratch Agave off our list of "Special Occasion" restaurants.

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S
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

As a local, I have often met friends for dinner at the El Dorado Hotel before an event at the Lensic because of its close proximity. The expansion of the Agave bar into the space previously occupied by the Old House Restaurant is attractive and we enjoyed a quiet booth. However, the menu is lacking. The service is slow and the food is uninspired. It is a shame the hotel can't hire a good chef, an adequate kitchen and bar staff, develop an interesting menu and serve delicious food! Also, it would be appreciated if the hotel would honor a Lensic ticket stub and provide free parking. Then we would be more likely to enjoy a pre performance dinner and after performance drink with friends......like we did before the hotel changed hands.

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L
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely decor but limited menu and mediocre food. Santa Fe has much better options for the money

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Menu has changed from what they have posted online... not in a positive way. Service was very good, best part of the evening. I ordered the Filet and while the spices were interesting the portion size and quality of the meat were pitiful especially for the price. Another person ordered the Pappardelle which was marginally acceptable. However they had run out of the meat that was selected. I opted for the 'rum brownie' for dessert which was probably the best of the food selections for the evening. I won't describe it but the presentation was borderline pornographic and had us all laughing... but probably was not their intent. I don't know how this place survives in a city like Santa Fe which abounds in very high quality restaurants.

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DW
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We have been here many times. This time was a real disappointment. 45 minutes from seating to being served first round. Second round took awhile, too. Some in the party received the second round before the rest because another server took the drinks. The waitress was overwhelmed. We felt sorry for her. I expect better at this bar based on past experiences.

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SM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We had a drink at the bar, and dined at Agave on Friday evening, March 2, 2018. The wait staff was very friendly, however they were very, very understaffed - especially behind the bar. During dinner, we waited 20 minutes for a glass of wine. Unacceptable. They are too many other restaurants in Santa Fe with better service to go back to Agave. And, we're locals...

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D
New Mexico
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Subpar food but attentive server who accommodated our dietary restrictions and still got us to our theatre performance on time. Thanks!

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B
Phoenix
61 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Old House Restaurant recently closed and Agave, which was in the next room, expanded its space. We didn't know this when we made the reservation but kept the reservation since we had tickets to a function that was across the street. There was no hostess and no one to seat us until a busboy found someone. Agave is . . . a lounge? . . . a small plate restaurant? I don't think they quite know how to utilize the larger space yet. Service was poor. We had to ask different servers to find our server. The wine came after the food, 2 shares that we asked come separately but didn't. The shrimp tamale was all tamale. The salad with grilled salmon was ok, could nave been grilled more. Both came on plates of an awkward size, making sharing a mess.

Breakfast came as part of the package. The waiter was sloppy with pouring water, getting it on the table, menus. When the check came (since it was already paid for) he wrote a note "suggesting"an 18 % gratuity. Food was good, tho.

We would stay at the hotel again -it was lovely - but not eat there.

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MJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I come here for early dinner often. I took my friend for lunch this time.
I like that the valet parking is available.
It’s spacious and service was great. The salad dish that I was looking for was no longer in the menu, but the server talked to the chief and they accommodated to my request.
I appreciated their efforts.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Total train wreck. Our family has been going to the old house for 20 years as it has been one of the best restaurants in town for years. Sadly, they only tell you that the old house is no more once you arrive and what you are faced with is a hotel restaurant. Service was terrible and disorganized. Just as another reviewer mentioned appetizers arrived at the same time as 3 if our 5 entrees ( two others took 23 minutes to get there). So embarrassed as we took out of town guests to a former great place. Clearly they have moved away from real food and just want to serve the hotel guests. The restaurant is poorly managed (after long waits and incorrect orders, we never saw the manager). Good place to go if there is literally no other place open.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Terrible service and undercooked food. I would never go back.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was abysmal. First course arrived before drinks. They did not have the sparking wine or bottled wine we ordered from their list. First course came before drinks. We sent it back. Then first and main courses came at the same time. We sent the main back. No accommodation from management for an expensive and aggravating Christmas celebration which still cost an arm and a leg.

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SL
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

xmas eve entrees...both seafood and prime rib were delicious. However for 85.00 each... the prime rib was truly the better value. Seafood entree served only 2 shrimp and 2 scallops

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Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have been many times to this restaurant and always had a good experience with food and service. This time the food was bad and service poor. Unless management get it’s act together I don’t recommend this place to anyone!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around. 👌🏻

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CM
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food, table service good too, hostess could of been better, a little dismissive on checking in

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

While my steak was good, my husband's sea bass was flavorless. The service was poor even though it was not busy. There were many empty tables.

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RT
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Meal was good but has been better in the past. Service was average. Have been here many times but will probably try somewhere else next visit to Santa Fe.

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New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Very disappointed in this Thanksgiving dinner. Salad was overdressed and soggy; Lobster Bisque had less than a teaspoon of lobster. Turkey was almost non-existent and was a mess. Server spilled a pitcher of ice all over me, the floor and the table. We had to ask for things at least three times. Very disappointed!

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New Mexico
52 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service, cuisine, wine and ambience was very appreciated.
The coffee was horrible - skip the coffee.

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Phoenix
61 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shrimp cocktail, crab cake, sea bass. The sea bass was cooked perfectly. It was my birthday and I got a flan and chips and salsa. Enjoyed after dinner drinks. Best was just taking the elevator up after dinner. Lovely evening!

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SF
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was great but we were the only table for an hour. A few service issues, nothing major, just details. The bar was very loud, made it hard to have a conversation in a room with only one table seated, us.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was awesome. The service could be better.

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Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is amazing. I can see why it is rated #1 in Santa Fe. Service was ok at best.

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SF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Server was really low key. Food was slow coming out and my steak was way under cooked. By the time my steak was served, the ithers in the group were finished eating. He did take 15% off my meal without me having to ask

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

We noted that the restaurant had few diners, so took that as a clue we might not have made a good choice. As a result we ordered from bar menu. Calimari and nachos were mediocre. Nachos billed as "grilled"chicken, it it there were only a few nuggets of tasteless chicken.

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Main courses were absolutely terrible. We went on a Thursday night. I didn't think it would be terribly busy, but it was the only night my husband and I could work out an anniversary meal together. I should have heard a bell ring when the hostess called to confirm our reservation, quoting the wrong times, then asking me to come in later because they were quite busy. My husband ordered the noodle paella, although it wasn't called that, and it was so salty he had to send it back. He rarely sends food back! He ordered a scallop and shrimp dish to replace it. When it finally came out, there were no scallops on it. No manager came to visit us. I had a beautiful piece of steak that was drowning in sauce. Again, way too salty. The meal presentation was horrible and the place is really loud acoustically. We were offered a free dessert for our anniversary. Gee,now I feel really special.... I had creme brûlée and my husband had a chocolate tort type thing. They were delicious. Kudos to the dessert maker. Shame on the head chef!

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AK
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

While the food was outstanding and all six of us agreed everything was delicious the service was the poorest we have had in a long time. As the hostess seated us she informed us that along with the regular menu there was also a three course dinner available. When our server was asked about this she either said they were out of it or it wasn't available. Wait time for getting our drinks was at least 15 minutes. We had to continually flag down our server for bread and butter plates, drinks and additional serving pieces. The whole wait staff disappeared for long periods and the only attentive one was the waiter filling our water glasses. Two of us were served our entrees and then another 15-20 minutes elapsed before the rest of our party was served. The Food and Beverage Director and/or the Restaurant Manager need to get on the floor and train their staff properly. We hadn't been to the Old House in a while and won't be back any time soon. It's a shame as the food was delicious and this was a birthday celebration.

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GO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Mediocre when you think of our expectations- the restaurant is in the Eldorado Resort - it should be classier

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New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's expensive, but the food is delicious and the room is lovely. However, I do think they should have had a vegetarian option among the main courses on Saturday night. That said, the chef is outstanding.

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GR
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Bar is close to dining room, so was very loud the night we went. Food was good but not good enough to support the price. Disappointing. The hotel its located in is beautiful.

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