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El Agave, San Diego, CA
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El Agave

4.7
4.7
1879 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Experience the true flavor of Mexico at San Diego’s premier Mexican cuisine destination.
Established in 1996, El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria offers its patrons a unique dining setting within
the largest tequila museum in the United States – with over 2,700 tequilas on display – also
repeatedly voted the #1 tequila bar in the country. Nestled in historic Old Town, San Diego, it is the
perfect place to enjoy a business lunch, romantic date, rehearsal dinner or to simply relax and
unwind sipping find tequila with friends.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Traditional Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 220-0692

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Juan Carlos Gomez

  • Catering

    Please call the restaurant for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Deposit required. Please call the restaurant for details.

  • Private party contact

    Gimel Torre: (619) 220-0692

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town

  • Cross street

    Old Town Ave

  • Parking details

    Street parking also available.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,879 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Mexican

  • San Diego

    Mexican

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  1. c

    chrisa

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner at El Agave, we had a very nice time. Our meals were excellent and would highly recommend.
  2. D

    Domo

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambiance with all of the tequila bottles lining the walls and ceiling. If you are a tequila lover, then this is the restaurant for you! Wonderful flights of different types of tequila to sample. The food is delicious and service is on point. Definitely will be returning again!
  3. PE

    PatriciaE

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there. Really good and authentic Mexican. I ordered the mole and it was good and large quantities. Loved it. Will be back.
  4. KL

    KevinL

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I had the sea bass which was fantastic. My wife did the fillet and shrimp - steak was rather tasteless and bland. Parking is simply awful in that area.
  5. L

    Lynne

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and margaritas were fabulous!
  6. C

    Caroline

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Wow! What a cool ambiance. Every dish is a 100 percent hit. Service is great, can be a little pushy on the upselling. Would be a perfect date or small group destination. Parking a little tight.
  7. BR

    BarryR

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this restaurant screams dining adventure. Lots of soul in the furnishings create a great ambiance. Drinks, food and service fabulous. If in doubt, get the Don Julio mole. A little off the beaten path but well worth it. Will definitely go again.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful good and atmosphere. We will all go back soon!
  9. BF

    BrigFan

    Palm Springs

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sea Bass was fabulous and so was the Tequila Shrimp. would definitely order them again! Our guest said the Blood Orange Margarita was the best margarita she's ever had. I loved the Passion Fruit Margarita too! This is one of our favorite places - the carnitas tacos are wonderful. Never disappointed here.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    Absolutely overpriced joint with less than adequate service and small and tasteless food. The four of us had one drink each, tacos and churros for dessert. It was disappointing $220 for us four with the tip. It wasn’t even busy yet the service was so damn poor. Will not go back and would not recommend. So damn overpriced for what you getting. Unbelievable…and I live in San Diego thinking I need to try this place based on sort of decent reviews…OMG
  11. BC

    BethC

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem! The whole experience was amazing and I will definitely go back; waiter was fabulous and knowledgeable. Tequila was great; food was perfect.
  12. RJ

    RoseJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was very yummy and staff is very friendly and knowledgeable on the tequilas!
  13. CW

    CeciliaW

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always delicious! This spot is one of best hidden gems in San Diego.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary.
  15. GL

    GregL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never been before.Shame on us!More gourmet Mexican food on a European Bistro setting. Great ambiance Delicious food A must to enjoy
  16. LC

    LindaC

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is exquisite in flavor and visually. The service is excellent and all of the staff makes sure that everyone is well taken care of.
  17. n

    nydiner

    Orange County

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service will come back for sure any time!
  18. XD

    XDude66

    Phoenix

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, authentic Mexican food! Love this place. Great for date night.
  19. K

    Kauaikraze

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was celebrating a birthday and have always wanted to try the food. Every experience was outstanding. Our server Jorge was very helpful in describing the dishes as well as the different types of tequila they offered. It was an excellent meal, and we will definitely return.
  20. JZ

    JoelZ

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    My wife and I have enjoyed El Agave many times; the mole is outstanding. Besides enjoying the mole, I had the Salmon Natas. The salmon was "melt -in-your-mouth" and the preparation was perfection. My wife and I look forward to their "Jalapeno Margarita" as we love Margaritas especially when they are mildly spiced up with Jalapeno peppers. Unfortunately on this visit something went wrong in the bar as the Jalapeno Margaritas had no taste. The Jalapeno preparation consisted of merely placing slides of fresh Jalapeno in the tasteless drink; we couldn't taste the Jalapeno. I am sure this is outside the norm for this special restaurant, but if you enjoy a good Jalapeno Margarita, be sure the ask how it will be prepared before ordering. Otherwise, enjoy this great restaurant.
  21. FA

    FAC3

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food, slow kitchen day
  22. L

    Luvfinefood

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wanted traditional Mexican food and for the most part, we were satisfied. The restaurant houses over 2700 bottles if tequila and for that trading alone, it’s worth a trip. I ordered the vegetarian enchiladas which was a bad idea. It consisted of carrots and other veggies in a tortilla. The veggies were cooked but not enough for me as they were still crunchy. There was not any cheese or anything else (except your choice of molé) that made the meal resemble an enchilada . My husband’s enjoyed his meal which consisted of Molê Poblano Don Juan. As a vegetarian, my choices were slim and unfortunately I couldn’t eat the carrots. My replacement was your typical cheese enchiladas and it was pretty good.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was delicious for the most part, but the tortilla chips were subpar. The camarones over rice were incredibly good. Service was a mixed bag. The hostess and wait staff were amazing and attentive, but despite having reservations our table was not ready when we arrived. We sat at the bar and the bartender ignored us. We never did get service from him until we were seated. Once the waiter took over it was first class service. Overall a good experience with an amazing entree and some delicious tequila drinks (served by our waiter).
  24. T

    Tony

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place to explore tequila with excellent food.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Our server experience was a little bit lackluster. I was also upset that we were seated outside where it was extremely hot during the heat wave while the inside was half full. I had reservations too… The drinks were great but food portion sizes were a bit small for the price point.
  26. L

    Luvwine

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food- unique setting- very good value
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Took 15min for someone to take a drink order. The food was ok but the service was rough
  28. L

    Linda

    San Francisco

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time at this establishment and the food was amazing! The margaritas, ceviche and entrées were delicious. The waitstaff was good especially the gentleman that picked up our dishes at the end of our meal, had a huge smile on his face and very nice. We visited the week where it was in the upper 90’s, yes very hot and we wished they had more fans. Although the food was very good the weather made it so uncomfortable.
  29. l

    lorenag

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, knowledgeable and attentive wait staff. Food was delicious, cocktails were amazing. Highly recommend!
  30. AS

    AndyS

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Elegant, quiet, and most flavorful. The specialty margaritas are all , shall we say, top shelf, and an uncountable number of Tequilas are available. Our server has a profound knowledge of them.
  31. MB

    MarcB

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing experience and beautiful drinks, pepino margarita top notch
  32. JB

    JeffB

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service Esteban gave us was outstanding. He was very attentive and friendly. The food was as always amazing. Not our first visit. We brought a couple of friends for the first time and they will be coming back for sure. They were impressed with the decor and tequila selection.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, amazing staff and amazing drinks!!!
  34. JK

    JamesK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We've been there on 2 or 3 previous occasions, and they were much better than our experience this time. Our appetizer was cold because our waiter asked us how it was before we ever received it. I think he forgot it in the kitchen! Timing on entree and dessert was just off! We'll give it another try because it is a unique venue! Hope it's better though!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Service is very slow, server didn't seem like he wanted to be there. Wasn't on top of anything. Food was good
  36. C

    Chris

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trilogia Moles is the absolute best. Elevated Mexican food - and beans and rice are not the staples that fill up half the plate. Very good food, and the cocktails are great, as well.
  37. DA

    DianaA

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and the tacos were delicious!
  38. SB

    ShannonB

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Salmon was so dry. Food was sub par and took forever. Service was insanely slow and not attentive. Great decor and cool venue but appetizers and entrees were oddly presented and extremely basic/nothing special.
  39. XD

    XDude66

    Phoenix

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is an excellent restaurant all around. Food is wonderful and service is very attentive. I recommend this place to everyone who wants good Mexican food.
  40. NR

    NeginR

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and drinks 🍹 I highly recommend this restaurant

FAQs

El Agave does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. El Agave also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 220-0692.

El Agave is rated 4.7 stars by 1879 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


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for El Agave

2304 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA 92110

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Old Town Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Traditional Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking also available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Juan Carlos Gomez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 220-0692

  • Catering

    Please call the restaurant for details.

  • Private party facilities

    Deposit required. Please call the restaurant for details.

  • Private party contact

    Gimel Torre: (619) 220-0692

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