Red Agave Tequileria + Cocina + Calaca Bar

4.0
34 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Experience Mexico’s traditional culinary excellence, with a touch of modern, high energy, casual fine dinning. Red Agave prepares its dishes with the upmost care, to preserve the original and authentic taste from the Mexican region they originated from. All ingredients are hand selected by Red Agave’s chefs, and only the best and the most fresh make it to it’s scratch kitchen. All though the menu is ample and full of great dish selections, Red Agave’s chefs will cater to dish requests not on the menu. Servers perform table side food presentations, fresh tasty guacamole to awesome queso flameado (cheese flame). Most food creations are gluten free, chefs are always willing to accommodate dietary restrictions. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available through-out the menu.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
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Phone number
(303) 444-2922
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Valmont
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Parking details
West side of 28th St. in front of a large parking lot. In addition we also has underground parking.
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Public transit
RTD bus stop located in front of the restaurant as well as across the street on the corner of Valmont and 28th St.
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JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were late for our reservation. We had a group of 7. They were still able to accommodate us after moving a few tables around. The service was very good. The food was excellent - from the freshly made quacamole at table side to each of our dinners. My husband who is picky said that it was the best meal he had while were visiting our daughter at CU. We took our daughter and 5 friends and each enjoyed each of their meals. Ambiance was very nice. Would highly recommend this place to others.

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Our party of 3 adults was disappointed with most of the food. The coin margarita was decent and the table side guacamole was pretty good but the bean and cheese enchiladas were not piping hot or tasty. The chayote chilli rellonos were totally bland and tasteless. For $105 + tip we expected better and can get tastier, higher quality food in Boulder. We were told the manager was coming to talk to us but after 15 minutes had not shown up so we left. We will not be returning to this restaurant.

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M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Asked for more water, never got it. Asked for salsa, never got it. Asked a busboy for the check, never came. Barely saw the server. Overpriced margaritas with limited alcohol.

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GC
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Prices are very high for the food as served.

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MD
Denver
227 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This has been our go to Mexican restaurant for a year. Held a large family gathering here last month. Food is still good, but the place seems to be losing its energy. Maybe because Jeff, our favorite server, is not there now? Too bad.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Used to eat there in it's previous iteration as Agave. Had become less than pleased, but decided to give the new group a try.

Service was friendly, but not really competent. (Brought us the wrong item even after we had corrected the waiter about it.)

Coin Marg was terrible. WAY to much agave and almost no tequila - tasted like bad lime Kool-aid.

Food - The guac (the wrong item) was the best thing on the table. to be fair, it was quite good.
entrees:
Verde Enchiladas were filled with unseasoned, dry chicken.
Spinach Enchiladas (not sure of the name on the menu) were supposed to have black beans, but had none.
Carne Al Pastor - was significantly undercooked pork - red in the middle.

All that came to $102 pre-tip for 3 people. There is no lack of places in Boulder where $102 USD buys you far better food.

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CB
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, server was knowledgeable about tequila, which is what attracted us to the restaurant for lunch. Many choices of tequila, with an excellent, well laid-out tequila list.
loved the home made tortillas.

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r
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Table side guacamole is delicious and enjoyable.

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M
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Too many dishes are spicy. Seems overpriced.
The other 2 people enjoyed it. I was disappointed.
The fried ice cream was great! I should have just ordered that for my meal.

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TG
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with great service. Bathrooms clean. Salsa and guacamole were homemade and delicious. Great drink selections.

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T
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It took forever to get our food tonight. Our server was nice but we sat and waited for over 40 minutes for our plates. It wasn’t very busy, we were maybe 1 of 3 tables at the time.

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h
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found Red Agave by accident and were so happy we did. Had the best food served by a very personable server. We really enjoyed everything!!! Super find.

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N
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I really wanted this to be fabulous; it had been on my list for awhile. Should have had a clue when the place was almost empty at prime dinner hour. The menu was actually quite good, including many traditional dishes like Nogales and Poblano. We ordered salsa and chips, as there was no complementary provided. The 3 salsas were good, but expensive given most offer for “free” . We ordered tamales, and pork pastor fajitas. The fajitas promised lots of verges, including mushrooms, zucchini and standard Vegas. Didn’t find any of this, but the dish was smothered with green peppers, which I don’t care for. There were a few small pieces of pineapple, but not enough for a typical pastor. The meat was in small bites, and seemed to be prepared some time before serving. Although served in a cast iron plate, these fajitas did not have the freshly made feeling one expects from fajitas. We had dinner and a couple of drinks, and the bill came to almost $75. Way too much for what we got. The service got slow after we ordered, they said they were “slammed” with customers, but most seats were empty. This place has potential, but a long way to go!

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MZ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a delicious meal in a wonderful setting! My husband & I had not been here since they first opened many years ago and our whole group (6 adults, 2 kids) were so impressed! Wonderful margaritas to accompany an impressive meal (meals had: tamales, steak burritos, mole’ enchiladas, rellenos, steak tacos, sopapillas, etc)!

We’ll definitely recommend & return!

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MS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Upscale without being pretentious. Nice ambience

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J
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great evening at Red Agave. Great selection of Tequila and the bar knows how to make a proper margarita. Food was authentic and very well down. Service was over the top attentive, genuine and great all night. Extremely friendly and welcoming. We will be back.

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MD
Denver
227 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Favorite Mexican restaurant. Terrific food. Good service. Jeff is the top. He was not around when we arrived, but he still saw us and spoke to us. Service was still good, just not Jeff good. Excellent tequila selection. Enchiladas and chili rellenos were our choices tonight. Brought my brother and his wife along. They also thought the food was great.

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TM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Red Agave is a neighborhood gem tucked away in an unremarkable retail strip. The molchetjos (black lava bowls) come boiling hot and filled with seafood, beef, chicken or pork, vegetables and delicious cactus. The tamales are also excellent. Our family loves this place.

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KE
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love Red Agave. The food is wonderful with lots of authentic choices. The numerous tequila and mescal choices are great! I love the ancho chile & cucumber margarita. This is our favorite neighborhood spot with friendly service and great food. We take all our friends there.

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MM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a special place. We love the vast array of tequilas available to sample but as much so, the food has been very good the 3 times we have dined here. Table side prepared fresh Guacamole, a variety of delicious tacos made fresh with homemade corn tortillas... Tasty tamales. Many other things on the menu look enticing but since we can't eat cheese or gluten I cannot comment on them. Our waiters have been very professional and knowledgable about all aspects of the food and tequilas. Very good service and friendly. We were told they have a 50% off deal on tequila every week...Wednesday or Tuesday....check it out! We don't drink more than a shot in a sitting but the discount would entice us to explore the more expensive ones.

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AE
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Somehow we have not been aware of Red Agave despite it having been in the old Gondelier location for years. They apparently recently did a major remodel and despite it being in an old strip mall, the second you walk through the doors the interior to beautiful and welcoming. What really blew us away was the service. Unbelievably attentive with a real attention to detail. We ordered tableside queso that one of the waiters was being trained to do and the flaming part didn't come together quite right, so the head waiter had a brand new set up sent out (despite us being okay without the flames). Well, the second run went perfectly and it was worth the redo. Then onto the food which was nothing short of amazing. This is not your hole in the wall Mexican food but a more upscale interpretation of some authentic dishes. We had everything from shrimp to steak to chicken, etc. and it was all fantastic. Rounded it out with desert and we were incredibly happy. We will definitely be making this part of our going out rotation.

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M
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

They were lovely and so nice. Food was alright and the wait was long. But overall it was pretty good.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Excellent service. Would like the flavors to be more bold. Shrimp Cocktail was excellent.

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JB
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Mexican food I’ve ever had!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three generations of us (age range 31-91) stopped by for an early dinner and were delighted. The oldest of us, who has a lot of experience with chile rellenos and is not an easy sell, proclaimed these her favorite ever. The rest of us had various molcajete specialties and were equally impressed. Our server was knowledgeable, helpful, and managed to be attentive without being intrusive. We had an excellent time and will definitely be going back. Highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Massimo was the best

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l
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is great! We love Red Agave for any occasion.

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MD
Denver
227 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Favorite Mexican restaurant. Tried tacos and enchiladas this trip. Pork was crispy. Enchiladas were great. Coin margueritas are the best. Loved the key lime pie for dessert. Jeff is a terrific waiter.

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SS
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I hadn't been to Red Agave in quite some time but it had always been very busy in the past, so I made a reservation for the four of us. We were surprised to arrive at a nearly empty dining room. Perhaps is was just an off night but it gave us pause. However, we could not have been happier with the entire experience. Our waiter was funny and attentive (ok, we weren't sharing him with many others) and the food and drink was outstanding. The table-side guacamole (with best chips ever) was divine, as were the spinach enchiladas amd mahi-mahi tacos (I don't recall what our friends orders but they were very pleased as well). The servings aren't huge but satisfying and leave enough room for their yummy key lime pie, flan and coffee. We'll be back and hope to see a busier dining room the next time—because Red Agave deserves it!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday event

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MD
Denver
227 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved this place. Been open seven years but this was our first time. (Has been closed 11 months to build out a rooftop bar space.) We started with salsa made table side with house made chips. I had a chili relleno like never before. Soft pepper, not fried, stuffed with nuts, raisins, pomegranates and a cream sauce. Very tasty.

Wife had a pot of meats and cheese and cactus leaves. Great flavor. Not real spicy, but can be adjusted if you like heat.

Over a hundred tequilas, mezcal and beer an wine.

Located in a strip mall. Great find for us. Jeff, our waiter, was very helpful and informative.

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OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maximo made our visit outstanding! Tableside Guacamole was delicious and prepared to our liking. So many great options on the menu. Can't wait to come back and try more!

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

Had an enjoyable meal with friends. Loved the table side preparation of the guacamole and salsa!

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SA
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad they reopened. I missed them. Food was awesome. A bit of a long wait for food for a quick business lunch but worth the wait.

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