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Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria

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(31 Reviews)

1032 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

(410) 576-3938

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Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria is located at 1032 Light Street in the historic McHenry Theater building in Federal Hill, just one block north of Cross Street Market. Blue Agave has been dubbed "up-scale" Mexican and is unique in its variety of Mexican cuisine from authentic regional dishes featuring rich, earthy flavors, to the fresh flavors of the coastal regions. Our menu features seasonal offerings to take advantage of the freshest ingredients available, and to ensure that there is always something new and exciting for our guests to enjoy. All sauces, salsas and moles featured on the menu are made fresh in-house daily. Be sure to save some room to enjoy our selection of desserts, all of which are made in our kitchen. See our menu for details.Aside from its emphasis on regional Mexican fare, Blue Agave is proud to offer over 130 premium tequilas, some of which are not available anywhere else. For those not yet introduced to the world of tequila, please visit our page entitled 'Tequila' for a glimpse into the harvesting and production of this mysterious libation, and a comprehensive menu of our offerings. If your experience with tequila has been limited to your radical college days, 'body shots' with liquid fire that could dissolve the rust off of your '55 Impala, and hangovers that lasted for 3 days, then do yourself a great favor and let us introduce you to the wonderful world of tequila which includes golden liquid that is made to be sipped and enjoyed with a good cigar, much like the finest cognacs. For margarita aficionados, Blue Agave makes a variety of its own creative concoctions and serves them fresh in large 14oz glasses up or on the rocks. The frozen variety is not an option here and you won't find any blenders behind the bar, for using such a piece of machinery damages the delicate composition of the tequila rendering it less flavorful!Blue Agave brings the flavors and scents of Mexico to you in a warm casual cantina environment with exposed brick and plaster walls, time worn wooden floors, and custom tile top tables. The warm coral and maize hues of sand and sun, and the blues and greens of the sea and sky complete the scene and set the stage. Be our guest, relax, and enjoy the experience of Mexico right here in Baltimore!
Hours

Regular Hours

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Phone: (410) 576-5134

Fax: (410) 576-5134

Payment method
amex, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Southern Baltimore, Federal Hill - Montgomery
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Categories
Mexican Restaurants, Latin American Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Good For Groups: Yes

Cuisines: Mexican, Latin American

Price Range : Average

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msowingsmills

05/15/2011

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A Big Disappointment!

A friend and I went to Blue Agave in Baltimore on Saturday, May 14, 2011. The dinner and service were awful. We arrived about 7 p.m. only to find that we should have made reservations. We were told that there were tables near the bar that were available, so we sat at a 2-top. We were also advised that if a reservation were canceled, we could move to the dining room. Just after we sat down, 4 other guests sat down at nearby tables. I guess it was too much for the bartender to keep up with. It took 15 minutes for him to come over to the table with the chips and salsa. I had to ask that the table be wiped - twice- because it was very sticky. In 10 more minutes he brought the menus, but only one set. I had to ask for another menu. When he came to take our drink orders, he finally wiped the table (I had to move everything off the table for him to do that). We then ordered the mixed appetizer platter. Except for one item, the platter was pretty awful. Just after we ordered our entrees, the hostess came to tell us that we could move to the dining room because a reservation was canceled. We started to gather our things but were told that since we had already ordered, we couldn't move to the dining room. I asked why our food couldn't be served to us in the dining room. The hostess said something about the 'system being old"" and the order couldn't be transfered. I asked if she could check if our orders had been placed yet since we had just ordered a minute before. The order had been turned in, (the only fast thing the bartender did all night.) Although the reasoning did not make sense, my friend and I decided to stay at the bar and not make an issue out of this ludicrous situation. The bartender said someone would be by to clean off our appetizer plates. The table had not been cleared when the kitchen staff brought out our entrees, so I moved the platter, plates, chips and salsa off the table. The kitchen staff proceeded to serve me my friend's duck entree, announcing it as my pork dish. The pork was overcooked and flavorless, and the dish was mostly potatoes with very little pork. The duck was much better. We thought we'd try a dessert, and had to ask for the dessert menu. We decided to share a dessert and have coffee, but after waiting about 20 minutes for someone to take our dessert order, we gave up. We asked for the check. When we got the check, the groupon we had was not reflected in the total. The bartender said to just deduct it from the total. (I’ve used a lot of groupons at restaurants, and never was I told to just deduct the amount from the total.) I will never go back to Blue Agave. Service was deplorable and the food (even the appetizers) was just so-so.

SurveySays

03/05/2011

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Not impressed

I give the one star to the pleasant face at the front door. After having been greeted with a smile, everything else went downhill. I'm sure the tables and the restaurant are clean, but we did not have a reservation and sat at a table in the bar that was sticky and dirty, as were the menus handed to us. Our service from the bar was adequate at best, and I almost felt bad lying when they asked how everything was. The complimentary chips were stale, and all three salsas were bland. We ordered guacamole, which had a large chunk of fibrous avocado at the bottom that could be penetrated by neither fork nor chip. When our meals arrived, we asked the server for utensils, and while he made direct eye contact and said ok, we had to ask again of the bartender. Neither of our meals met with our expectations, and that was the most uncomfortable walk home I've had in some time, as the food was dying to get out. I'm sure every restaurant has a bad day, but after this experience I'm not willing to return for a second chance.

Blowfly

05/11/2009

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Shockingly bad food

Just when we thought that the food in Baltimore couldn't get any worse we ate at Blue Agave. Our visit was kicked off by the surreally rude hostess. If she had been our server we would have just left. I don't know what her problem was but she needs to leave it at home when working with the public. Our server, on th other hand (Octavio?) was very nice. I wish I could say the same for the food. We started with chiles rellenos, which were underseasoned and literally submerged in oil on the plate. We also had the fried calamari which should have been labelled soggy, fried cornmeal mash. The calamari made up a very small proportion of the actual plate. For an entree we had the seared tuna tacos. The seasoning was better here but the plate had probably been sitting at the pass a little too long and was cold, except for the mushy beans. The tortillas felt like they were straight from the fridge and the tuna was just limp. For a $100 meal with tip the quality was shockingly low. We'll definitely not be back.

Darrenlm

04/14/2009

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This place was great!

I loved it! This place was great! I would go here again.I loved it! This place was great! I would go here again.

peanutsplz

03/20/2009

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good food.....but

We ate at this restaurant one Saturday evening and the service was horrible. It was 2 hrs. before we were served. The restaurant was WAY unde rstaffed. They had obviously cut back, due to the economy and were not prepared for the amount of business that evening.

Vlampe33

01/21/2009

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still very good

I haven't been here in ages, but I was happy to see that the experience was still as I remembered. The food is tasty, the portions are good and the service is still kind of spotty. That's the only thing that keeps me form giving 5 stars. I will return however, the margaritas and salsas are too hard to resist.

AliciaD1

11/12/2008

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Mucho Delicioso!!!

I just wanted to sing the praises of Blue Agave! This past Saturday, I celebrated my 25th birthday there with 10 of my closest friends. It was AMAZING! Our food and drinks were so delicious. At first, I was skeptical of their version of jumbo lump crab cakes, but they were surprisingly tasty w/ an unexpected flavor from the jalape?o corn cake that was served along side. A great twist on a Maryland classic. I sampled some paella from my friend?s plate, which was also fantastic. The margaritas were some of the best I?d ever had. My girlfriends and I split pitchers of the Rosarita margarita, and what a deal! Their pitchers serve 8 for the price of 6.
The service was remarkable. Carlos was our server, and he did a great job. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable of the drink and dinner menus, but he was very accommodating of such a large party on a busy Saturday night.
This was only my second visit to Blue Agave and the first for most of my friends. But rest assured, we will be returning very soon, as well as, spreading the word about this wonderful restaurant!
Gracias to the staff at Blue Agave for the amazing experience and for making my 25th birthday a night to remember!!!

elwood08

10/07/2008

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Terrible Trap for Those Who Have No Experience with Mexican Food

I must say that I was sorely disappointed this past weekend at Blue Agave. This may be the LEAST authentic Mexican food experience I have ever had. Let me say from the beginning, I grew up in Texas, home to both many fantastic Tex-Mex and pure Mexican eating establishments. My first clue should have been when asked if I had a reservation. I have grown up eating Mexican food at least twice a week and never needed a reservation. Anywhere.

The tequileria is a good gimmick. The atmosphere is pretty good. The service was also pretty good. To be fair, tables were available, and we were seated immediately. First, the guacamole was glorified pico. Also the salsas were lame. I'm sure that they were fresh, but they had the kick of a paralytic mule. My husband and I opted for enchiladas and a burrito. The burrito was awful, bland- the beef was not marinaded and store-bought taco seasoning would have improved it. The black beans also lacked seasoning. Matters were only made worse by the the restaurant not providing salt or pepper, making any attempt to save the burrito futile.

The enchilada was dry, un-marinated chicken in a non-existent tortilla with the saltiest mole sauce that I have ever had. After three bites I couldn't physically eat any more. The rice had thyme or tarragon in it resulting in a minty-Morrocan flavor. At least it was edible. Although actual queso blanco (white cheese) was used, it was not enough to flavor the dish.
Next we got the bill. I am pretty sure that this is the most that we have ever paid for Mexican food. We could have gotten comparable portions with more flavor at a quarter of the bill if we had gone done to the Chipotle in the Inner Harbor. It is pretty bad when Mexcian-food-lovers would rather dine at Chipotle, but there it is.

We left still hungry and feeling like we had just been robbed. Don't waste your money unless you have no standards or you plan to imbibe enough tequila to not taste anything.

just4dining

09/29/2008

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Folks. You have no idea what Mexican is!

It is hard to see a true trend-setter, change hands, and try to ride on coat tails! I am not sure what level these folks(previous reviews) set as a bar, but this is not the same restaurant. We tried is once again to see where the kitchen had gone. This is not Mexican food! This is the facade of Mexican and a jumble of quasi-Ameri/Mex-stab at gourmet, shadow of its' former self. The service was not as bad a last time, but certainly not professional!
Go to Chicago or San Francisco to see real Mexican. If this is Baltimore's new version...I quit! BTW, marg's are definately not the same! Don't be mislead!

TBelloise

04/20/2008

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This is mexican at its best

I returned to Blue Agave after living in Fla for several years hoping to find the ""old"" Blue Agave still there. To my surprise, the Blue Agave has undergone a spectacular emergence under the new owner. What may have been good before has improved to excellent. The new offerings-habenaro pork, crab cakes, scallops, braised short ribs, lamb chops, etc.-are without equal. New appetizers round out the menu. Our group really could not find anything to complain about. The calamari appetizer is the best any of us ever had. The guacamole was likewise perfect. (Not sure about the negative comment on the guacamole-that review sounded more like a pitch to follow the old owner) The atmosphere has been upgraded as well but still keeps the mexican cantina flavor. Service was excellent. It was easy to tell that the new owner has a hands on approach to the business. My favorite tequila was still there along with the other 100 plus tequilas including several new ones not available at other places in Baltimore. But then Blue Agave was always Baltimore's only real tequileria. If I could, I would move Blue Agave to where I live now but I will have to be satisfied with more frequent visits now that business brings me back to Baltimore more often. My hats off the the new owner and her staff for one of the best nights out ever.

amye2007

11/14/2007

Overall
Decent but RUDE STAFF!

Food here is decent and somewhat expensive--for Mexican. Staff is very rude and have a total 'tude.

Probably won't go back based on treatment by bartender and hostess. Save your $$!

joseplumber

06/30/2007

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Best Food Drinks & Atmosphere

We went to Blue Agave two weeks ago; the food and drinks were awesome! I highly recommend this place. One of our guests was a vegetarian and there was a good variety of choices; her selection was very tasty. The food was very flavorful and rich in spices. Be warned that there could be a wait even if you made a eservation. This place fills up on weekends. Elizabeth, the owner, gave me a run through of several of their tequila picks (they have over 100) and much to my surprise, tequila is every bit as fine as a good bourbon or scotch. The margarita?s are also dangerously addictive! Guacamole is not padded with the wrong ingredients and boasts fresh avocado and lime flavors--the chips are made in-house every day with the guacamole. The Calamari is the best we ever had. Our main courses were excellent with rich flavor from the moles coming through with every bite. We understand that the owner and Chef Martin have completely redone the menu to bring more choices to the customers-we salute you for a job well done. The service was second to none. This will be come a repeat location for us throughout the year.

ovation12n6

04/26/2007

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Very good food. Excellent tequila

I don't know where Hipicky is from or exactly how they ""know"" traditional Mexican food. I find it funny how they say the food is aweful and then later it's okay. Hipicky probably thinks Mexican food is best served in a taco shell. Anyway, I thought the food was very good. The atmosphere is great... uber casual and the tequilla selections are phenominal. You don't often see the phrase ""Two drink MAXIMUM"" after a selection on the menu. 'nough said!

hipicky

02/05/2007

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Um, Gross!!!!

The food here is absolutely terrible! I have no idea why anyone even thinks this is remotely authentic. The flavors are completely off. I know mexican food, and well, this is not it. Also, they are soooo not accomodating to vegetarians. The drinks are tasty, and that's pretty much it. The food is just ok, and there are more authentic places in the area that taste a lot better.

mgandhi

12/04/2006

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Horrible Customer Service

The waiter was extremely rude to us as soon as we walked into the place. He didn't bring us drinks when we ordered them and didn't bother to bring us the guacamole that we ordered. While we were deciding on dinner, we requested chips and salsa, the waiter told us that he was not allowed to bring us food while the menus were still on the table because we may get food on their ""nice"" menus. Granted, their menus were really nice (heavy wooden menus), but we were 4 adults (over the age of 30) not 3-year olds. A little while later, the table next to us was brought chips and salsa with menus still at hand! Speaking of chips and salsa, just beware that only one order is complimentary and the next ones will cost you. After dinner, we asked the waiter for a recommendation for a nice dessert tequila. He said that he didn't know of any and left the table. No offer was made to check with the bartender, or to refer us to the drink menu...nothing! This place is supposed to be a tequileria....right? As rude as the waiter was (and as much as I wanted to hate the place), the food was really good. It definitely is not your ordinary Mexican food....very distinctive. I ordered the burritos and they were full of meat. Overall, the service was horrible but the food was good. I would not return to this place because for the price I expect good service and class - both which were missing here.

s1rude

08/23/2006

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I used to Highly Recommend it, but note the recent change in ownership...

Blue Agave is still probably the best _authentic_ Mexican restaraunt in Maryland, but the founder/owner/head chef did recently sell it and is no longer affiliated. This has brought a slight decrease in quality, some dissatisfaction among the excellent (especially bar) staff and a rise in prices. The excellent Tequila menu is still worth it at the new price levels, some of the food is no longer, sadly. The addition of tacky promotions like Wet T-Shirt contests (which can easily be found at dozens of other places around the corner in Federal Hill, if that's your thing) doesn't help either.

I don't mean to sound overly negative, because if you like Mexican food or, especially, Tequila, Blue Agave is still a good bet. It's just unfortunate to see a once great place take two steps backwards.

belmarbeachchic

07/27/2006

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Fabulous margueritas, yummy food, attentive service...don't miss the class on Tequila-just ask at th

Being out from out of state and frequest visitors to Baltimore we have visited Blue Agave numerous times and have always been pleased! So pleased during our last visit we gathered family from all over the country for a celebration at this wonderful restaurant. The owner, Elizabeth, couldn't do enough to be sure we were happy. Our service was very good despite the fact that we were a very, very large group which could be a real challange to a wait person. The food was wonderful, the drinks were out of this world and we look forward to our next visit! This restaurant is not to be missed.

softshoe48

07/20/2006

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Best authentic Mexian food

Been to the Blue Agave many times, either by myself or with company. Enjoyed the interesting selection on the menue, certainly not boring. Super selection in food and drinks. Service has always been top notch. Met the new owners (believe they have had the restaurant for over a year) and they are great. You can tell they put a lot of work in the Blue Agave to keep it at a high stardard that is expected of this type of restaurant. If you like true, authentic Mexican food and drinks, this is the place to go in Baltimore.

bfelder

07/20/2006

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a much more interesting mexican experience than other spots in town

We took our entire family there and had a delightful time; great food and good consistent service and great marguerita's made for a wonderful meal. We will definitely be back!

nater

07/12/2006

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Rude bartender (not the guy with dreads, the big bald tough-guy one)

Seriously, over the last 3 years of living in baltimore, I've been here at least 25 times, and tonight was the last. 2 and 3 years ago the owner was there all the time, coming by tables, and everything was great. since then, we've seen the food go downhill, but we kept going for a few favorite dishes, the margaritas, and that roasted salsa.

finally tonight we stopped by for a drink, sat at the bar, and the meat head bartender wouldn't serve us. just walked by two or three times, never asked what we wanted or anything. we've avoided him before after rude experiences, but the other barman (that guy with dreads, who is excellent) wasn't around so why not give baldy another chance? Shunned by baldy, we walked out after being snubbed.

we won't be back unless he's gone and the owner shows up again to get things in line again.

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