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El Agave

2304 San Diego Ave. (Congress St.) Send to Phone
An old-world Mexican restaurant with good food, rare tequilas and a striking interior.


Lunch & Dinner Wed.-Mon.

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El Agave, San Diego, CA

El Agave Restaurant Review

: One of our favorite Mexican restaurants in a city known for them, El Agave differs from the rest due to its dedication to regional specialties and authentic ingredients. For those bored of enchiladas and tamales, El Agave serves a salad of nopales (cactus leaves), a refined yellow squash and leek soup, and six different types of moles. Of note are the pierna de cerdo en pistache (leg of pork baked in a chile with ancho, celery, garlic, sesame and pistachio); the nineteenth-century Oaxacan pollo ahogado (chicken in spicy guajillo sauce); and sea bass with pasilla chile, bell peppers and plantains. Another winner is jumbo shrimp marinated in chili then flambéed in citrus sauce. Viewing the collection of rare tequila in the museum (the biggest in the U.S.) is worth the trip alone. Make a reservation for a culinary adventure or stop in to sample some of the hundreds of tequilas onsite. A true gem for those yearning for good Mexican fare, El Agave's setting is sophisticated in a rustic fashion.

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