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El Agave

#156 of 3,785 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Old Town
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2304 San Diego Ave. Second Floor Ste B, San Diego, CA 92110 (Old Town Ave)
+1 619-220-0692
Today
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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San Diego, California
Level Contributor
57 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hadn't been to El Agave in years - we returned this past weekend and had an amazing meal. It's the kind of menu that leaves you confused because you want to order everything -- hard to make up your mind! The ceviche was delicious. Highly recommend any and all of the moles, but particularly the Mole Poblano Don Julio.... More 

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1 Thank travelvixen9
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104 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very superb. The atmosphere is cozy and gives you the "old town"-feeling. The stuffed calamares as appetizer are amazing. Their food it great and nearly no cilantro! Great taste.

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1 Thank Nadja V
Houston, Texas
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84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

If Mole and Tequila are favorites then you'll love this place. The walls are lined with Tequilas and there are a variety of moles as well as a variety of different dishes prepared with each mole. I am not usually a big fan of mole but the duck with mole was excellent. Guacamole and margaritas were great too as was... More 

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1 Thank Melissa L
Ridgewood, New Jersey
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

When my husband was a teenager, he lived in Mexico City so while visiting San Diego he wanted an authentic Mexican dinner, not the usual Tex-Mex. We found what he was looking for at El Agave. Some what small and cozy with about 2 thousand tequila bottles in glass cases throughout the restaurant. We had the house Margarita which is... More 

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2 Thank Carolyn O
Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

This is a very Authentic Mexican food place. The place is very nice inside. Clean, and you feel like you are 5 star dining. For us Texas Tex Mex people the food was a bit too authentic for us but if open to a true Mexican meal in sure it would be wonderful. The Specislty is Moles. Drinks and service... More 

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Keller, Texas
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281 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Great Mexican food. Try the 'Trilogia de Moles' to get a great perspective on moles. There is a green, red and traditional mole. They all have a nice level of heat to complement the flavor of the mole. The service was great and helped us through the menu.

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1 Thank Deac83
San Diego, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I only had drinks in the bar but the couple next to us had a dinner and it looked fantastic and they said it was great. Not your typical Mexican food but really high end gourmet dishes. I saw at least 5 different mole dishes. Caters to fish mostly.

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3 Thank Cory_Scott
Thornton, Colorado
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

I ordered the Ceviche and the Tampiquena. Both were delicious. Steak was tender and the sides were well presented and flavorful.

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3 Thank mamreilly
San Diego, California
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36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

If you like tequila then you need to check this place out. They have the largest collection of tequilas I've ever seen. From the cheap to the "it's how much?, wow"

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2 Thank blackadam858
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Small intimate upstairs place with thousands of tequilas and covered outdoor seating. There is a full bar, but don't miss the tequila drinks. The excellent food is more authentic Mexican and less Tex-Mex. For example the braised lamb shank was exceptional. There are the usual chips, salsa and sides. The desserts are creative and delicious. The service is efficient. Prices... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2304 San Diego Ave. Second Floor Ste B, San Diego, CA 92110
    (Old Town Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 619-220-0692

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?