Agave Rio

4.0
403 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tex-Mex

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So, what could someone expect to find when they come to Agave Rio?

They can expect great Tex-Mex food, hands down the best salsa this side of the Pecos, excellent margaritas, craft cocktails, a nice selection of beer and wine. You'll also experience our main dining room, accented with handcrafted, cool architectural features, and the best patio in Texas that highlights a Texas-sized playground for the kids and live music from local entertainers on the main stage every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

It always been our desire to create a place that you would love enough to think of as your home too. A place to bring your family and loved ones for Sunday brunch, a birthday or anniversary celebration, or simply to kick back, relax and hang out with friends,
while you watch the stars come out at night!

This is your gathering place and we cannot wait to see you!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tex-Mex, Mexican, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Wed, Thu, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am–10:30 pm
Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Happy Hour
Thu, Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Phone number
(281) 665-3337
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Agave Rio’s private rooms are perfect for both social and business events. Whether you are hosting a wedding reception or special celebration; a business luncheon or education workshop, our unique meetings spaces will be personally tailored for you and your guests.
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Private party contact
Private Dining Coordinator: (844) 829-8557
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Agave Rio’s secluded patio oasis offers a magical experience. As you step through the prestigious wrought iron gates, among the first things you will notice is the rhythm of soft flowing water features, lush tropical foliage, the cool tones of delicate southwest architecture, and the lovely breeze. The picturesque view creates the atmosphere of an enchanting hideaway and you won’t be able to stop yourself from envisioning your perfect event unfolding before your eyes!

If your dream wedding is a small intimate gathering of close friends and family, Agave Rio can provide the perfect setting for up to 30 guests. Our intimate ceremony packages include the officiant, photographer, coordinator, bouquet and boutonniere, champagne toast, cake and more. Agave Rio gives you the flexibility to host a beautiful event while staying within budget.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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MM
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Good patio. Food quality has declined. Service needs improvement.

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D
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The Mother’s Day buffet was very disappointing. Food selection was limited, service was slow, and the 20 percent mandatory tip was ridiculous.

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Went for Mother’s Day brunch. The service was extremely slow, we had to grab a pitcher of water ourselves so we could refill our own drinks. The food was cold, and the bbq was dry.

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

I live in Firethorne and have been to Agave many times. This time the TexMex experience was poor. I had a party of 6, we sat inside. Music was too loud. I asked the waiter to turn it down. 15 minutes later it was just as loud. The waiter skipped one person’s drink order. Two in my party ordered chicken tortilla soup. It was chili, not soup. I ordered tamales. Everyone else was served and I was told my order would be right out. 15 more minutes and I was informed that the chef was not cooking tamales tonight. I was offered another entree on the house. At that point I settled for something quick and a to go box in order to not hold up the rest of my party. If the chef is not serving tamales the wait staff should know it at the start of dinner service and certainly not tell me twice “It’s coming right out “. DISAPPOINTED

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B
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Mixed Review. Interesting ambiance, good food, average drinks, poor service.
Advised upon arrival for our Wednesday reservation, that the outdoor "Adult Patio" was Closed on Wednesdays. Following service was poor. Wine glasses were dirty and had a bad odor. After the waiter disappeared, the owner attempted to remedy the situation, by replacing the glasses with more of the same, while explaining that they had been contaminated during recent renovations. Attitude and effort was right - solution was not. Full price with no effort of a partial "comp" for the problems.

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T
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Here's the one star review from tonight:

This was our time in and we made a reservation using Open Table. We didn't have to wait long for the table, which is why this review has one star. We were ultimately underwhelmed by the staff and the accuracy of the kitchen. We had several servers helping with our table for two and only one of the four came across as polished and trained on soft skills. My husband enjoyed the poblano cream soup, but vegetarians beware: there are delicious slices of pork in the soup and they aren't listed on the menu.

After waiting an hour for our main entrees to arrive, my order (chicken fajitas for one) was brought out correctly. The fajitas were a generous portion and leave plenty of leftovers for the next few days. My husband's order was full of errors not once but twice because of mistakes in the kitchen. The food didn't leave us with a desire to go through the trouble of packing it for lunches over the next few days, so we found a group of hungry people and donated our dinner to them.

We are fun folks who enjoy adventure, but this evening did not meet our expectations. We were told by the awesome waiter we had (for real, he was working so hard!) that the computer crashed and they were overwhelmed by tickets. That explains the kitchen faux pax, but doesn't account for the staff. We are not in a hurry to return here for a date. Perhaps this location is better as a large catered event destination.

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J
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a very nice time. We sat inside as the weather had turned a bit chilly. We sat at a table right under a speaker in the back by the fireplace. It was quite loud, but was turned off when live music began, which was very nice. The margaritas were great and the food was very good. My husband ordered a combo plate and he was disappointed with his enchilada. It had a little bit of melted cheese on it, but no sauce at all. He had requested chopped onion on his enchilada and that did not happen. He didn't send it back, but didn't eat it either, he said it was too dry. My tacos al carbon were perfect as well as my son's fajitas. Not sure I'll be able to talk my husband into going back, but I would. Water glasses were refilled often. I think our waiter was new, Juan if I remember right, but he was very good.

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation and Agave Rio said they didn’t have it. They accommodated me only because I was part of a special group.

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C
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Usually we are very pleased when we dine here. However the brunch was terrible. Everything was empty, not being replenished, didn’t even have plates. Went home and ate after spending $170.00 on brunch.

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LG
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Overall our experience was good. However, the condition of the buffet left much to be desired. The food was dry and some things were overcooked. They were constantly running out of food and dishes. Given that it was Easter Sunday, I am willing to overlook and will go back because the atmosphere is great and the mimosa wasn't bad either.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Easter Brunch

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible service, took 30 minutes before they even took our drink order, food very overpriced. Charged for sodas with a buffet. Typically half or more of the food in the buffet was empty. Don’t waste your time or money.

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a
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, and the atmosphere was wonderful. Plus we had a very attentive waitress!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Easter brunch

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MR
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family & I had an 11am Easter Sunday Brunch Reservation, and when we arrived we were immediately seated(we requested outdoor seating). Our waitress promptly took our drink orders, and the staff remained attentive throughout our time there. The food was delicious, with plenty of options for everyone(Sea Food, Beef, Chicken, Pork, Turkey, Fruits, Vegetables, Chips, Salsa, Desserts, Omelette Station). The hostess was kind enough to offer to take a photo of us at the table, and in front of a beautiful stone wall. The place was simply gorgeous, and we will return for other meals!!!

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CS
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

I went to Agave Rio for Easter Brunch. The venue and service were great but the food was a big disappointment. The items available were limited. They only had one person working the omelet station. The carved items consisted of smoked items only including turkey, sausage and brisket. The turkey and brisket were extremely dry and the turkey was like rubber. We made reservation for 10:30 and by the time we got to the dessert bar almost all the items were gone. The staff stated the dessert bar would be restocked but it never happened. We also ordered mimosa's which were mostly orange juice.

I have been to Agave Rio for dinner and it was a good experience. I would not recommend for brunch as it was a big disappointment and overpriced for the selection.

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

We went there for Easter.

1 Omelette cook, 1 Omelette station, that only prepared 1 omelette at a time, for all the guests that were there for Easter. Per the Omelette cook, he never cooked an omelette prior to learning the day of Easter. As you could imagine, the line for Omelettes was VERY long.

Brisket was DRY, and buffet line was out of food often. They could not seem to keep the tortillas stocked for the make your own fajita section, and the Beef and Chicken for the fajitas were cold and VERY dry.

I will NEVER go back there again.

And, for $35 per person, this should have been a great experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with friends. Table was ready when we got there and they put heaters around when it got cooler.

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DB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming here for three years and always have a great experience. We feel like family.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good, but it took over an hour to get our food. The music was very nice, but it was a little loud.

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AZ
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

If there was Zero stars I would absolutely rated it that way... I been living in the area for a long time and always though about this place and to our surprise it was a nightmare. First, the hostess couldn’t found the reservation that I made thru OT. Second, the server took so much time to deliver everything, the drinks, the appetizers, the food, everything... My wife asked for a Martini called “Fancy pants” and it was like drinking a smoothie! I ordered a Mojito, simple drinks and I was shocked with the lack of understanding as to how to make a simple so simple drink!!!

So sad since this place has an excellent location and ambiance, it reminds me of the Town ofTequila in Mexico, where you can eat in an Hacienda style setting...Soooo disappointing!!!!

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J
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I am usually very understanding but this experience was very disappointing!! We thought it would be great for our anniversary and service was non- existent. Manger made plenty of excuses for the lack of service (busy and short handed) but other tables were being well cared for around us. We were there over an hour and only saw our server twice! It ruined what was supposed to be a nice evening.

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PB
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The ambiance was the best part of the evening. Service and food quality could be improved. Great outdoor patio area...very kid friendly.

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FT
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We have been here many times since they opened. When we go, its almost always on a Saturday evening.
At this point, the only reason we go here is for the patio dining and live music.
SERVICE: ALWAYS horrible - they are chronically understaffed
KITCHEN: is ALMOST ALWAYS way behind in getting out orders.
FOOD QUALITY: too high for what you are getting
WINE: often out of several on the list, IF you even get a wine list. Last two time we were told there was no list, as they were in the middle of changing vendors. Unacceptable for the prices they charge.
So, if you just want to have the opportunity to sit on a nice patio when the weather is good, have cocktails, wine or beer and not care if they are out of your choice of libation, I would recommend ordering several appetizers as your 'meal' when you order your your drinks -- and leave it at that. Skip the dinner menu - you may or may not ever get it, and if you do, it will take forever.

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BJ
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Poor service outside but great ambiance and food was good.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Having a date night comes only so often so when it does we want to make the most of our night out. The adult patio at Agave Rio is always a good choice as the ambiance, food, and live music all within a short distance is always spot on. The new Tex-Mex menu was also very tasty and a cold margarita (or two) was just what we were looking for in a night out. Whenever we visit it is like leaving Katy and heading to a resort in Mexico all within a few miles from our house.

We will be back!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

This was my third time at Agave Rio. If this is the direction things are going it may be the last. Service was incredibly slow and our food came out dry and barely room temperature. Sent it back to find it slightly warmer and still dry and tasteless. Kids meals were hot and tasted good but we opted to get the check and leave after we waited so long for cold sub-par food. Even mentioned to the manager that it wasn't a good first impression for our friends and all he did was make sure we weren't charged for the food we sent back twice, which I had already made sure of. Not the way to win repeat business! Stay away until they figure out how to cook their "new menu" at the very least. Hopefully they haven't ruined their brunch in the process.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch was fantastic

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DB
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

Great patio, extremely slow service

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B
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 4

Started out great. Good atmosphere. Good food. Had a young lady singing and playing guitar . Then suddenly a mariachi band crashes the place because a group apparently hired them for a birthday party. They were absolutely the worst group of players I’ve ever seen. They couldn’t just play a song or two, they keep playing more and more songs. The manager said he couldn’t do anything about it. Imagine going to Perry’s or Babins and a mariachi band shows up. This place just went down on my list.

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KN
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was very good, the ambient was good, the music was good. This is a nice place to go and dine and talk with friends or date. The only thing bad it closes to early. (@ 11:00 PM)

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JR
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome evening. We ate inside for the meal then moved outside for drinks and music. Beautiful inside and outside. Highly recommend.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was amazing, the staff are super friendly and will go out of their way to accommodate you and your party! Great place, great drinks and great vibes!

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B
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and delicious food! Our large group of family sat outside. Grandkids enjoyed the playground.

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B
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Went for Valentine’s Day and you would think with only 9 things on the menu things would run smoothly. Food was good but the service was lacking for a night that the restaurant knew in advance was going to be busy.
We gave our decisions for each course up front so that dinner would flow well. Someone different brought our food over each time and when we needed to ask for another drink or salad drsssing, they would tell us they would tell our waitress whom we already told 10 mins prior what we needed.
I’m not sure where they dropped the ball but drinks took forever to come out and I had to wait 15 mins for salad dressing. It completely ruined the mood and by the time we got our entree, we were ready to go. Asked for boxes and to have our dessert boxed up as well.
When the check came they had the nerve to add in a 20% gratuity! That equated to a $30 tip which was def not earned or deserved. Subtracted the gratuity and left what was earned.
This place seems like it might be good on a different night but they definitely were not prepared and I hate that ruined the night. It was our first time dining here and it sucks that’s the impression we were left with.

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UZ
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The restaurant is really, really beautiful. It’s obviously a popular spot. The menu was a prefix for Valentine’s Day. There was a choice between 2 appetizers, salad or soup, 4 entrees and 2 desserts. The food was good but not great.

For a meal at the $60 per person price point I was expecting something along the lines of Tiny Boxwoods or Backstreet Cafe in terms of quality and quantity . It wasn’t quite there. That said however the prefix menu appeared to be a departure from their regular menu. We will definitely go back and try them on a normal night...

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d
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Valentines Day and they had a special limited menu. Look forward to returning and sampling their regular menu

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LL
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food. It was Valentine's day, nice crowd size. Service was chaos at best, very slow and disorganized. And they included a 20% gratuity which was well out of reach given quality of service. Could be a better experience during normal evening, not sure if I'd take the chance though.

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H
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Valentines Day with my wife. Chose a table inside - unfortunately their indoor tables are merely metal patio tables with a tablecloth... Chairs were lightly padded folding chairs. With a fairly open restaurant, we were sat next to a bussing area and one table away from the restrooms.

Meal was $60 per person on a price fix menu - food was outstanding even for the price but the tables/chairs somewhat ruined it for me.

Service was adequate but again, for a fairly empty restaurant it should have been more attentive. 20% gratuity was added automatically to the bill... I paid it but the service was not worthy of that amount.

Restaurant has several bar areas inside and out which look great! I will be back but I think in the context of casual dinner and drinks on a weekend. Despite the exceptional food taste/quality this will not be my go to fine dining / date night restaurant.

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