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Masa & Agave Cantina | Minneapolis's Best Mexican - Masa & Agave, Minneapolis, MN

Masa & Agave

4.2
4.2
23 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Now open! Welcome to Masa & Agave, a speakeasy-style cantina hidden below stairs at the historic Hotel Ivy in Downtown Minneapolis. Worshipped as the Aztec gods of fertility and long life, venerated for their powers of sustenance, corn masa and agave have been central to Mexican culture and cuisine since ancient times. Using authentic techniques, we prepare corn masa-based starters and Mexico City-style tacos that are bursting with regional flavors, along with dinner classics like Pork Carnitas and Negro Monelo-Braised Beef Short Ribs. Our collection of 200 agave spirits pays homage to the jimadores and mezcaleros who have labored over their craft for generations. Sip on a copita or two, or gather friends for one of our signature Margaritas - try the Tradicionale, Tamarindo or a Margarita al Gusto mixed with your choice of spirit. Salud!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (612) 353-6207
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / Mill District
  • Cross street
    S 11th St.
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 23 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Innovative

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Romantic

  • Twin Cities / Minneapolis

    Lively

23 Reviews
  1. TommyJ

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Guacamole was fantastic, but chips were stale and some soggy. Elotes were flavorful but too salty. I had the birrias tacos, which were okay. Again, too salty and the consume just added more saltiness. The drinks were meh and overpriced. Not what I was expecting. Overall, disappointing experience. On a positive note, the service was good and atmosphere was cool.
    Masa & AgaveResponded 4 days ago
    Hi TommyJ, Thank you for your candid feedback. While we're pleased to hear that you enjoyed both the atmosphere and service, we're disappointed to learn that your experience at Masa & Agave fell short. We'll be sure to communicate your comments to our culinary team so we can continuously improve our food quality. We hope to welcome you again in the future.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very dark, hard to read the menu. Service ok. Missed part of our meal order. Took awhile to get the order. Chips were like plastic! Not sure what they are doing. Weirdly have them in a napkin. Drinks skimpy, lots of ice. Food was good. Less than $100 for two, so pretty reasonable.

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  3. Czee

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible experience. Horrible service. Did not enjoy at all

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  4. CharlieB

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything from the drinks to the enchiladas and tacos were delicious! Such a welcoming staff so help and kind. Definitely going back
    Masa & AgaveResponded on February 19, 2024
    Hi CharlieB, Thank you for the 5-star review! We're pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable experience at Masa & Agave and found the food, drinks, and service to your liking. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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  5. PaulM

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Different and unique ambience, food was good, service great.
    Masa & AgaveResponded 3 days ago
    Hi Paul, Thank you for the kind review! We’re pleased to hear that you enjoyed our unique ambiance, delicious food, and excellent service. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was great and the food was delicious! The elote is a MUST try and the short ribs were amazing. Will be back!

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  7. Jessi

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing, especially the elotes. The service was wonderful and the ambience was exactly what we were looking for. We will definitely be back soon!
    Masa & AgaveResponded on February 6, 2024
    Hi Jessi, Thank you for your kind review! We are glad we were able to meet your expectations and thrilled that you found the food to your liking. We cannot wait to welcome you back so you can try more of our menu!

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  8. ray3508

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Welcoming and cozy space. Basically a bar on the lower level of the Hotel Ivy, hidden behind a curtain. Publicized as a “speakeasy-style cantina”, it didn’t seem to achieve either theme. Wait staff were friendly. Our server, Talia, was wonderfully attentive. Menu was limited. Nachos were thoughtfully plated; looked and tasted great. I had enchiladas for the main course. One of my dining companions had tacos. We both agreed the tortillas in those two dishes were tough, although the fillings were flavorful. I ate the chicken enchilada filling and left most of the tortillas. I also thought some prices were too steep for the portion/quality. $18 for two small enchiladas with inedible shells, and all sides extra, was too much for me. Everyone in my group of three agreed there was no reason for us to return to this bar.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was so nice and accommodating! Food and drinks were good! Thank you for a great experience.
    Masa & AgaveResponded on January 5, 2024
    Thank you for the 5-star review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Masa & Agave and found the food, drinks and services to your liking. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

    1 person found this helpful

  10. Marin

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this new concept. Great elevated Mexican food and cocktails in a cozy spot. We will be back.

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  11. NicholasP

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and ambience is great. Food and drinks feel a bit expensive for what you get, but it's still good.

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  12. JanetR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff friendly, food did not meet our expectations .

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best wait staff!! Food and drinks was great! Would recommend

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  14. 2todine

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was very good and the Taco Birria is the Best!

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  15. runnergirl

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is really solid. Drinks are delicious - really good margaritas! Service was above average. Main complaint is that it is super dark, like you can't read the menu AT ALL. We ordered an appetizer and the kitchen was backed up, so took a little longer, but they explained and comped it for us. Didn't bother us as we were enjoying our drinks! Will return.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a really nice restaurant. But the food was not that great.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The passion fruit margarita and nachos were amazing!

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  18. KimD

    Minneapolis

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food & service! We’ll definitely be back!

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  19. Houpo

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was very poor, first I reserved and was not even asked about that when showing up. Then I was only served after others who show up way after me and I was very disappointed as I even had to walk up to them to ask for more water as well.

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  20. Daisy

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very dark. Small menu. Good salsas. Food wasn’t super hot. Service was spotty.

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  21. foodiequeen

    Minneapolis

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Tried it out for the first time. Drinks were good. The guacamole was more bland and seemed to lack flavor. The birra tacos and enchiladas were decent. Rice and beans and the corn for sides had some different flavors not expected. Booth seats were fine but the chairs were a bit more uncomfortable. The rugs seemed to be a nice touch but too much of a tripping hazard. The staff were very friendly.

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  22. Afoodiesincebirth

    Minneapolis

    138 reviews

    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Glad we tried it! Loved the guacamole, tacos and margaritas, and the service was friendly and attentive.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This place was very cute! Good food and drinks. We went on opening night, and as expected, they had a few minor kinks to work out. We will dine here again once they have a good rhythm going.

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FAQs

Masa & Agave offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (612) 353-6207.

Masa & Agave is rated 4.2 stars by 23 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Masa & Agave

1115 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Additional information

  • Cross street
    S 11th St.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / Mill District
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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