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“Not as good as I was expecting”
Review of El Agave

El Agave
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Ranked #181 of 4,806 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$50
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Cross street: Old Town Ave
San Diego, CA
Level 6 Contributor
217 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Not as good as I was expecting”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

This out-of-the-central-area of Old Town Mexican restaurant is lovely inside and has lots of tequila bottles as decor. The prices are quite high. I really wanted some basic Mexican (even if gringo-ized) Mexican food but got what they call Mexican nouvelle cuisine. I ordered enchiladas that were okay but not great. Came with a salad instead of rice and beans. As long as you know what to expect, I suppose it is okay. But where were the tostadas???? (I love tostadas!)

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank maringfro
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
249 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Excellent Mexican Cuisine”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

Enjoying a brief trip to San Diego from our home in Mexico, we enjoyed dinner with our friends who recommended El Agave in Old Town. The food, service and drinks were excellent and the cost extremely high. I usually follow the axiom that "you get what you pay for", but El Agave takes it to a new level. The food choices and preparation match the "high end " excellent restaurants in San Miguel de Allende, however I was a bit surprised by the "high end" price. Welcome back to the U.S. price structure. I had pork with garlic and achiote sauce which was excellent. One of my friends had chicken with a mole sauce that he also deemed excellent. The waiters were all very competent, and whipping back and forth between English and Spanish to help the Spanish speaker make her choice. The atmosphere is true "tequila", displaying what is advertised as about 1,000 choices of tequila. Enjoy El Agave, it is excellent.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank George M
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Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Not so impressed”
Reviewed 27 February 2014 via mobile

Took almost an hour and half to get the food. The server keep forgetting to bring bread. A colleague didn't get her food made what she asked and by the time she hot her order, other's good got a bit cold. Too pricey for what we were served.

Thank satoronto_12
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Outstanding Atmosphere + Mole!”
Reviewed 11 February 2014 via mobile

Great quiet atmosphere with truly professional servers and amazing food. Located a bit off the very touristy central Old Town area, but well worth the extra couple of blocks walk from the hotel. Very nice space, clean, and interesting to look at the hundreds of different tequila bottles on all the walls and spanning the ceiling. Certainly a memorable and unique setting for an equally memorable meal. The salsas that came with the chips were clearly fresh, homemade, and flavorful. The margarita I had was fairly typical, but tasty nonetheless. I had the three moles chicken special recommended by the server, with a red, green, and brown mole. The red mole was my personal favorite, and simply outstanding. All three moles were excellent, and a good way to sample a variety of flavors. The chicken was cooked excellently--nice and juicy. I had dinner at another restaurant in the Old Town area the following night (Migual's Concina), and there are simply no words adequate to describe how much better El Agave was compared to "the competition". Enjoy the brief walk to El Agave and you'll be glad you did!

Visited February 2014
1 Thank inca911
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Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Dependable great restaurant”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

El Agave has a wide range of tequilas (including a house reposado) and and an excellent menu. Others have commented on their mole dishes, but El Agave also has great soups (sopa de mariscos, sopa de tortilla) and other classic Mexican dishes like chile relleno, chalupas y enchiladas. Dependably good

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Robert K
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