Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila – Old Town

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420 reviews
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Casual, upbeat, fun and located right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila is a favorite among locals and out-of-towners for tasty tacos and top-shelf tequila. Stop in before or after shopping and Spring Training games, or jump-start your night on the town with our 100 premium, handcrafted tequilas and made-to-order specialty margaritas.
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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saw a few people turned away who got upset as they didn’t have reservations. Upstairs wasn’t open. Lots of revenue lost due to needing more tables. I made reservations due to same issue in past. It wasn’t that crowded. Not sure place is managed well for maximum income potential. Great margaritas , guacamole & tacos tho!

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m
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat outside if weather permits. Really neat place in walkable, quirky Old Town Scottsdale!

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JW
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been having our happy hours here for the last few months and enjoy the service and food. Thank you!

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for coming in and enjoying the food! look forward to seeing you soon. Have a great Day Molly Chamerski Restaurant Manager

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KR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Reserved a table outside for family dinner with young child. They were afraid of rain (didn't happen) and we were seated upstairs in a SUPER noisy room next to a table of very loud and rowdy guys. We couldn't even hear each other speak. Food was ok. Our waiter was great and tried to help. Not a pleasant evening at all :(

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BA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Happy Hour at Cien Agaves is always a great value! The margaritas, and the 1/2 price appetizers make for an economic dinner, and the food is very consistent. We go every couple of weeks.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Greeted by rude hostesses - both appeared as if they hated their life followed by sour faces. When I provided my name for my reservation they gave me a blank stare, then looked at one another as if I was the inconvenience.

The waiter was great, friendly and checked on us frequently.

My food was delivered cold and the parts that weren’t became cold in a matter of minutes. I figured I would give this restaurant a second chance as I did not care for the food the first time and yet another let down. The quality of the food does not meet the price or overall expectation when presented.

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DL
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We sat outside where it was very quiet. The shrimp civiche appetzier was tasty and a great value with happy hour pricing. The tacos were seasoned with the right amount of "kick" for us. We will definitely come back.

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1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We arrived in time for happy hour price- 5 minutes before ending. Waitstaff offered to put in order for additional drinks and appetizers which was very nice
Good salsa and guacamole
Food was too salty
All I could taste for the black beans was salt same with the rice
I was the only one in our party who ordered black beans
Enchiladas were tasty

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Amazing Mexican

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NK
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was a ball. Lots of people and a great vib. Server was outstanding especially when our guest didn’t show up for 15 min and we were already seated at a table . Much better then other scottsdale location which is loaded with a bunch of kids!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The kitchen was incredibly slow, we were told two cooks didn't show up. The food took over an hour from the time we ordered, and there was a mistake on my order. Rather than wait for another hour I ate what I was served and complained to the waiter. To the managers credit he comped my order. Unfortunately, the meal gave me gastrointestinal strife all night long. I'm disappointed because I used to eat here all the time when I lived in the neighborhood and never had an experience like this. I doubt I'll be back any time soon.

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FF
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but not great and the service was average at best. Part of it was that we were seated upstairs and it was a trek for the waitress but that doesn’t change the service. I’d recommend the place as it was tasty but I likely won’t go out of my way to go back.

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy coming here. Sometimes personal and th edrinks are great. For business like this event no drinks. Food is very good and tasty. Love the salsas as well.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The service was awesome. As was the vibe and feel of the place. The drinks were awesome and as advertised. The food however, was awful the tacos were not up to par. I do think this place is a better bar than it is restaurant.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Tacos and service

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LE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Food was too spicy even after we asked waiter if it was and requested mild. Super loud that we couldn’t hear each other talk. Slow service & we had to track down our waiter for more water refills.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot!

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We waited about 15 minutes to even have the waitress take our order. We both ordered two tacos. We waited about another 15 minutes before the waitress stopped by to ask us if we wanted any chips and salsa, we said yes. The chips and salsa were mediocre. The chips needed salt and the salsa tasted like something out of a jar. About 30 minutes later the waitress stopped by and asked us if we wanted more chips because the kitchen is backed up. We asked her how much longer it would be and she said “I don’t know, maybe another 20 minutes. I just went back to the kitchen and there was a ton of red tickets.” No apologies or anything. At this point we had already been at the restaurant for an hour. We told them to cancel our order and we walked out. This place is a joke and I wanna would never return.

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T
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I have mixed feedback. The place is nice. The downstairs is cooler than upstairs, but the ambiance overall is nice. The food was good. Nothing spectacular, but we all enjoyed what we had. We also had margaritas and cider - all good. The problem was the amount of time that it took for us to be served. We ended up being there for an hour before we received our meal. The manager came by and apologized, and they discounted our meal, but it did take a really long time. Another couple came in after us and got their meal before we did - so I think they just screwed up.

In the end, I would recommend Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

great! Please disregard my previous message. It was for a different restraunt.

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TM
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Sitting at a bar the next evening and a couple fromNew York asked if we knew of a good Mexican restaurant We said as a matter of fact we ate at a fabulous place yesterday Cien agaves , we highly recommend it

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MR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the same waiter as we did the last time we were at Cien Agaves about a year ago. He was very attentive & made sure we had everything we needed. The guacamole is always excellent & great margaritas.

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b
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food for the price ,you could live just off the appetizers..Cadillac Margarita is a must have if you go

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mexican food (tinga taco is awesome), the best prickly pear margs that go down way to easy and a fun, vibrant atmosphere

Cien Agaves Tacos & Tequila – Old Town
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words and we are so glad you love our food and our Prickly Pear Margarita. Join us again sometime soon! Best Regards Molly Chamerski Restaurant Manager

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1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

We were seated in front of the door and freezing cold the entire time. Service was very slow. Probably will not return.

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YM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

The atmosphere here was really cool, the food was good and the house margs were legit. They seated us right on time but must have missed our preference for regular seating because we ended up at a high top. All around a fun stop!

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I reserved hit too seating, but was seated at a regular table.

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Grand Rapids
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Took a long time to get food. Waitress & Manager both apologized for delay but the restaurant did not seem to be overly busy

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LM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Just nothing impressive. I find it a tourist trap of a restaurant in old town Scottsdale. If you want more American style Mexican, quick and just some food to put in your belly great place to go. Probably great if you plan on drinking your night away as well, lots of drink options. My drink was good but very sugary coconut margarita. Would I chose to go back? Probably not. But would I tell people it’s a bad place? Probably not either. Just not a lasting impression. Hope this helps!

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and good food! Our server did a great job!

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CB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The $2 Tuesdays beef tacos were surprisingly delicious 😋! And the churros were out of this world 👍🏻! We were under the stairs, so missed a bit of the ambience.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are visiting Scottsdale and Cien Agaves was suggested by a friend who visited a week ago. The Cien a ritas are delicious. The happy hour 1/2 price appetizers could have been our meal. Great food. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The restaurant was 45 minutes late for our reservation, and when dinner arrived, the food was luke warm at best. We have been there many times, i think this was a one off.

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C
Omaha
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a great value!

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Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place with great food! We started with the guacamole. It was delicious. For the main dish we had a fajita bowl and a chicken chimichanga. Both were very well prepared, presented nicely and, most important, were very tasty. It was our first visit but we will definitely be back and we’ll bring friends next time!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Bar was constantly behind. Had to cancel final drink order as we were done with food before it was ready. Food was medlar best. Would find another place for Mexican food while in Old Town Scottsdale.

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JF
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation for 10 ppl on NYE last minute. They accommodated for additional seating last minute, and even had our table set up with water and chips by the time we arrived which was super convenient. Great service!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Happy Hour!!!

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n
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The shrimp tacos were delicious. The carnitas were very dry

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