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Agave Uptown Oakland

4.3
4.3
319 Reviews
$30 and under
Regional Mexican
Agave offers classic and modern Oaxacan fare (a regional cuisine of Mexico known for its moles sauce, chocolate, cheese and mezcal) — think house mole, tlayudas (massive tostadas), burritos and carnitas. Agave spirits and micheladas are not to be missed.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Regional Mexican, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 288-3668

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Octavio Diaz

  • Private party facilities

    One Private Dinning Room up to 40 guests dinning and 60 Standing/Theater.

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    19 Street BART Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 319 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. PC

    PattyCakeLum

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    A group of us had lunch here and had the special of the day... branzino sea bass... SO DELICIOUS! Margaritas and mocktail pomegranate lemondate was excellent! The staff, including bartender, were so friendly and attentive. We are definitely coming back, and brining more friends for sure! Tanks Agave Uptown! HAPPY PLACE!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The ONLY complaint I have is that I wish there were more shrimp tacos. Two did not seem enough. The guacamole was amazing and the margarita was delicious. Churros and ice cream for desert was so good. Will definitely return when in town.
  3. LM

    LindaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was amazing. They were attentive and friendly. We initially had reservations for 10 people in the patio and they were able to change it and set us up inside due to weather change. The food was delicious. Over all an amazing experience!
  4. LZ

    LynnZ

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    It can be tricky to go to Agave on a night when it is swamped with people going to a show at the Fox Theater. Our wait person tried to rush us from the moment we sat down. I had to explain to her that Agave is not McDonald’s. It is a place to go for a full dining experience- a nicer restaurant.
  5. KS

    KenS

    San Francisco

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding as was the service. They were slammed by the crowd going to the Paramount. Amazingly everything was perfect as though every seat wasn’t filled. We hadn’t eaten here in a number of years and it was a fabulous dining experience. This will become one of our go to restaurants.
  6. RW

    RWCDiner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks and service close to the Paramount Theatre, would definitely dine here again!
  7. RE

    RafaelE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food and good service, especially since it was quite busy leading up to a show near by.
  8. B

    Burner2returner

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific meal, good mezcal selection, wonderful service.
  9. HD

    HeatherD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Agave. Their staff is friendly, the food is great, and they were very accommodating (without judgment) of my request to sit outside at the edges to reduce Covid risk. As a medical provider, I still am trying everything I can to not get it. They were kind and understanding. That really means a lot. Also, the live music outside was spectacular! Thank you!!
  10. DD

    2DineDevine

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal, as always, with 4 people sampling 3 different dishes. Got out of my rut of tried and true Agave favorites and tried the Chillies Rellenos. This staple of many Mexican restaurants was delicious with Rellenos bathed in delicious mole that’s just the right hint of sweet and chilles stuffed with flavorful cheese (sorry, don’t know what kind of cheese…but it was delicious!). Rice & black beans were excellent flavor and texture companions plated to stimulate the appetite visually. Another excellent Agave dining experience. I guess that’s why I keep coming back. Warm, friendly & competent staff too!
  11. BB

    BruceB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice live music. Great margaritas. Tasty food. Good location.
  12. JG

    JohnG

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was great except for the rice pudding dessert.
  13. E

    Evie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    very nice place. i have been before. this was a birthday dinner celebration. we had drinks and an appetizer. service was prompt and friendly. we ordered the platter and a tlayuda. the fiesta platter served 2 but it was generous and we were a trio! the carnitas were bomb. the lila downs drink was yummy. will definitely come back. again!
  14. B

    Becca

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Attentive staff and great food - outdoor seating for 10
  15. j

    josh

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We booked an outside table for a group of 8 for a bday dinner. The staff was super accommodating and friendly and the cocktails and food were both great! My only feedback would be to note that there are no outdoor heaters for outside seating.
  16. TP

    TrevorP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Service was awful. Everything else was good to great.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Service was very slow! Ambience nice and good food and drinks. Perfect for dinner before a show at the Paramont
  18. DM

    DocMilner

    Denver

    64 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Well, we hadn’t seen each other in a while, the four of us. Two of us were in SF and 2 in Fairfield. Meet around halfway? Off the BART? Sounds perfect. Unfortunately, the ratings let me down. It took us a while to get someone to come to us (about 15 min). the draft beers were brought quickly. The bartender’s special was slow in coming. It was tequila with berries and lime but tasted like simple syrup. Only. So gin and tonic with lime? The recipe is literally in the name. I have NO idea what i received but it WAS NOT G&T. Food - we used guacamole/chips and their mole special as our appetizer. Guacamole was mediocre - needed salt and lime juice. Chips were delicious. Mole was WAY too sweet and the poor chicken, had it not already been dead, would have been drowning in the mole. Also, for the mezcal flight, it was as expected - very good - but the traditional accompaniment was forgotten. We had to ask for some citrus and sal de guano. Overall, i was left very unimpressed and disappointed. It seems their focus and energies are on their carry out PIZZA and not their dine in restaurant/bar area.
  19. SS

    ScheherazadeS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Seated by hostess But Waiter never came Had to ask for a server to take our order Trued to pay tab but server never came so went to cashier and paid They couldn’t find a pen and then I just ended up leaving my signed receipt on counter top Horrible service
  20. OS

    OldSchoolWaiter

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Overall it was fine, just nothing special. We sat outside because it was a warm evening. The menus stuck to the table so we asked to have it cleaned which they did, promptly. But they still stuck, which was interesting. Decor and ambiance inside was sophisticated and lively. If we go back we'll opt for that rather than the sidewalk. Our server was very young as were a lot of the staff. Polite. He knew the food and drinks and answered a few questions. But he and several others were clearly inexperienced and were mostly going through the motions. There didn't seem to be any sense that they could take charge of creating a dining experience that would result in bigger tips. We started with a Smokey Paloma and Margarita and both were refreshing. The margarita was a tad sweet but tasted like it was made with real lime juice, not a mix. We ordered a second round which took a long time to get made because our server had to explain to the bartender the second ticket was for another round, not the same ticket for the first round. He apologized for the delay and was clearly embarrassed but jeez. Eye roll. We ordered the quacamole which I found bland and overpriced at $11. Two salsas came with it and we used those to give it some life. Maybe that's intentional so you can customize the quac to your taste. But I'd rather have more zesty, flavorful quacamole and more of it, and skip the salsa. On the other hand, the chips were excellent. Thick and crispy with just the right amount of salt. The scallop special was pretty good. Not the freshest but not objectionable. My partner had the thin sliced steak and felt it was nicely seasoned and rice and beans were good. Portions of the entrees were reasonable for the price. Nobody checked with us during our entrees to see if we needed anything. Although our server did ask if we enjoyed the food when he was clearing the table. Again, polite, but going through the motions.
  21. TH

    TracyH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful presentation of food. Cooked well. Server could be more attentive. Espresso machine was broken and they didn’t have coffee.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived for our Open table confirmed reservation and the restaurant agreed that we had a confirmed reservation. We were told that they longer took open table and they would not seat us because they were too busy. We had a very poor experience on a prior dinner visit and were trying them a second time. Needless to say this was our last attempt.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Restaurant was very nice, but when we showed up with our Open Table reservation, they said they don’t use it. Luckily they fit us in, but that needs to be squared away.
  24. EW

    EdgarW

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went there for an early New Year's eve dinner on a date. They had their regular menu, which is what my friend and I wanted. The drinks were tasty and the food was very good. The chips and salsa/guacamole were amazing. I could have eaten just that and I would have been happy. Our server, "Jesus G" was great. The food arrived on time and dishes were appropriately cleared when finished. He was friendly and cheerful.
  25. P

    Pagina

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    That gave us a large table in a side room for a holiday party. Great drinks and food.
  26. GK

    GourmetKanaka

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service for a little family celebration
  27. CB

    CaliBoi13

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Awesome service! Ambience is was great! They did a great job of making my partner feel special on his birthday.
  28. RN

    RobinN

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed the restaurant. However, my salad came missing a couple of key ingredients. When discovered the wait staff more than made up for the error.
  29. JH

    JeanH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent and really enjoyed our wait staff. He was a delight and really helped to answer our questions, and make great recommendations. We enjoyed our meal and our conversation that evening.
  30. BF

    BerkeleyFoodie

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Food is good. Service is horrible. Wouldn't go back unless it was for a concert at the Paramount.
  31. ST

    SashaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly, attentive service, fabulous food and drinks, and a vibrant, fun atmosphere!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2018

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Food delicious. But if you are coming pre event at Paramount, do your best to arrive before 6PM. Despite providing a limited and more expensive menu for the Speaker Series, this team can't manage to bring in enough staff to serve. We waited 15 minutes to order anything and drinks came haphazardly 20 minutes after that and we only ordered 3 beers and 1 agua fresca.no mixed drinks. If we had time we would have ordered dessert and more drinks but everything took too long.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food! A bit on the noisy side.
  34. s

    syd1919

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very impressed with the quality of the food. The mushroom tacos were outstanding and the fish and shrimp ceviche was also top-notch. We plan on returning!
  35. LG

    LisaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We could not get reservations and Flora but this was perfect for a very nice place not far from the Fox Theater. Great service, good food & reasonable.
  36. S

    Susan

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Four of us had a pre-concert dinner at Agave; it is a great choice in downtown Oakland. The cocktails were excellent; a good selection of tasty dishes. The service is outstanding. I’d highly recommend this restaurant and will return.
  37. ER

    EricR

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2018

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Tasty food but slow service. Overall, a good pick pre-Fox Theater dinner spot.
  38. MF

    MexicanFoodFavorite

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Agave was recommended by a friend. I was so disappointed. I ordered the Emmolas which were delivered at best lukewarm, not hot. The food was just alright, nothing I would order again. Maybe it was just a bad night for Agave (and for me too.) The server was great. She was friendly and attentive; and was very busy taking care of many tables at the same time. I do not write bad restaurant reviews unless warranted.
  39. GQ

    GQC1

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Agave Uptown is our favorite downtown Oakland location!
  40. AJ

    AmalJ

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Enjoyed the food, nice ambience and close to other activities!

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Agave Uptown Oakland is rated 4.3 stars by 319 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 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Agave Uptown Oakland

2135 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612-3003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Regional Mexican, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    19 Street BART Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Octavio Diaz

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 288-3668

  • Private party facilities

    One Private Dinning Room up to 40 guests dinning and 60 Standing/Theater.

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