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El Agave, San Diego, CA
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El Agave

4.8
4.8
1783 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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Booked 25 times today

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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 1,783 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Mexican

  • San Diego

    Mexican

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  1. CC

    CarrCarr

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was fabulous as always. Service is always top notch and we love the ambiance.

  2. S

    Sherry

    Kansas City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant is really nice and very clean. Our server was extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful. Our food was excellent and at a very affordable cost point. This is definitely a revisit on our next trip to San Diego.

  3. EG

    ElenaG

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous! Amazing! Fantastic! I never was a fan of Mexican food, but this restaurant made me change my opinion about it. You must try! Especially Duck Burrito!

  4. TD

    TheDudeAbides

    Seattle

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience1

    very strange vibe, seemed like I wasn't supposed to be there and was annoying the staff by asking for some food and drink...food was pretty average and might have been in the window a bit too long. Plenty of other spots to dine, will not be back

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had been here on our last visit to San Diego and fell in love with the food and the Tequila choices. So it was a must go place this trip to come back. And the food was as amazing as we remembered it. The Shrimp a la Tequila are fantastic as it their Mole. We will be back on our next trip!

  6. DR

    DavidR

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great, unique Mexican food. Can't beat the tequila selection. Good service and nice atmosphere. Have been here a few times and haven't been disappointed.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Father’s Day

  8. LS

    LenS

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The food is really good, and that’s something you can get in other Mexican restaurants. The mole dishes are very special.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pretty nice place. From the outside it doesn’t look very exciting. But the inside the the restaurant is really cool. We sat on the patio and it was also nice, but the inside really cool….food was amazing, service was excellent….but drinks are kind of expensive ….but drink are expensive everywhere :(

  10. FC

    FionaC

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    There really is no comparison between El Agave and the other restaurants in Old Town San Diego - this is the real deal with real Mexican mole and excellent margaritas. Perfect for a sophisticated dinner with family, friends or a date. You generally need to book in advance.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter was as lovely as the setting, it’s truly amazing what a thousand bottles of tequila can do to cast light on a room. I found one of my favorite yet difficult to find Sopes , three thick discs of corn masa each topped with a different and delicious carne, Chicken, beef or chorizo. Super good. BF ordered the steak tacos and Blood Orange Margarita, pronounced it all wonderful . Fast and friendly, a few loud parties having fun and business travelers too from out of town. High volume but festive!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful! Service and food was great!

  13. E

    Ethan

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Food was bland. Margaritas were good. Service very slow! I wouldn’t go back.

  14. RS

    RSHa

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Charming interior with hundreds of bottles of tequila. Waiter very helpful and efficient. Delicious mole.

  15. Y

    Yellowcat

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    El Agave was delightful. We were greeted warmly on arrival, and the ambience of the bottle-lined walls was pleasing and colorful. The menu is interesting and varied, and Tacos al Pastor were simply delicious. I'll be going back again.

  16. L

    Luckylady

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visiting for college tours. We loved this restaurant. Great experience all around!

  17. TS

    ThomasS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service! Thank You. See you again soon.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was very good . We had the short rib and the sea bass. The palenta was great. A find at the end of old town in San Diego

  19. TA

    TonyA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time dining here and had a wonderful experience. Great selection of unique dishes, great service and ambience. We will definitely be back!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    El Agave is fabulous. In a world of samey Mexican restaurants, this place really stands out. The moles and ingredients are excellent. Every dish was stunning actually. 3000 bottles of tequila on the walls if that floats your boat. Gray place. Check it out if you want the real deal done well.

  21. RO

    ReneeO

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is my new favorite spot. It's like a total hidden gem. I'm fearful to write this because then it might be forever booked but its really that good.

  22. J

    Jake

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All the way around, El Agave is a wonderful resteraunt. The professional service from the staff stands out in 2022. This was our third visit to San Diego over the last 12 years and each time we look forward to the next.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this restaurant, the incredible food, and ambiance!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent experience

  25. LW

    LindaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love the staff! Nicest group of people. Service is fabulous and the food is delicious!

  26. H

    Havefundswilltravel

    Jackson Hole

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Javier was a great waiter and the food was spectacular! I really liked my short ribs poblano on cheesy risotto!

  27. FL

    FLAVIO

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambiance and service. We highly recommend the pulpo a las brasas.

  28. JW

    JohnW

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best food and drink in San Diego Great dining experience

  29. BF

    BrigFan

    Palm Springs

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this restaurant. It's up-scale Mexican food, not Tex-Mex style. Presentation was beautiful. Every mouthful was so delicious. Wait staff was efficient, knowledgeable about the menu, and each had a fun sense of humor, Can't wait to go back!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow. First time here, it was amazing. Everything from the place, the service and the food was simply perfect.

  32. J

    Jess

    San Francisco

    123 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    123 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    No Cal-Mex here, this is authentic Mexican cuisine, as fine as one experiences at upscale Mexico City restaurants.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    It was good I loved the place, however they did take a very long time serving our table others that arrived after us received their food way before we did.

  34. CL

    CieraL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely incredible food! And Jorge was an exceptional waiter. We will definitely return. The atmosphere was also noteworthy. 👍

  35. LW

    LaurelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food is delicious. Great atmosphere. Perfect for meeting up with friends. Bar very small, but quaint. Will definitely come back.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    First time experience. The service & food was fabulous. A little in the high side $$$ though. Will be back soon

  37. TA

    ThadA

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent margaritas and food

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Nice evening visit with my daughter. Hard to find parking when lot was full. Opened up when liquor store closed at 7.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Agave excelled our expectations. Food was as Mexican as you can only get in Mexico and, although a little pricy, it’s worth every bit of your money. The place is unique, cozy and with lots of pizzazz! Our server, Alberto, was superb and the rest of the staff super nice and attentive. We highly recommend this place!

  40. R

    Raylynn1

    Palm Springs

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food was fun and delicious. The mezcal drinks were inventive and really tasty although we had 3 each and felt nothing, they could do better with that. Definitely a place I would go again, great vibe.

FAQs

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

El Agave is rated 4.8 stars by 1783 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

View takeout menu

Delivery

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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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