Owner Juan Carloz Gomez finally unveiled his third restaurant in San Diego with El Agave Del Mar's opening in the beginning of April at the Del Mar Plaza. Like his other two spots (El Agave in Old Town & Iberico Spanish Bistro in La Jolla), El Agave Del Mar boasts a second story view and offers traditional classics with historic recipes. Being that El Agave's version still sits atop my list of favorite moles, and since we're big fans of tequila and sunsets, we chose to avoid our customary 'waiting period' for a new restaurant and stopped in for a first bite when the eatery was only 2 weeks in.
El Agave has been serving "Mexican nouvelle" cuisine to San Diegans from its Old Town hub since '96. The Del Mar location offers a very different feel than its predecessor, as it comes with beautiful views overlooking downtown Del Mar and the Pacific, along with an ultra-modernized design. As you enter, a quaint dining area offers a quieter setting and features hard wood floors, a stone wall and tequila filled cabinets. Oversized wicker lantern globes warm the ceiling of the window-lined main dining room and bar area, and three huge mosaic watermelon sculptures brighten up the room. Glance behind the bar and you'll see some 2,000 tequilas - one of the largest collections in the country.
EL AGAVE DEL MAR
1555 Camino Del Mar., 2nd Floor Del Mar Plaza