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Agave Mexican Bistro

50 State St, Newburyport, MA 01950-6610
978-499-0428
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Ranked #13 of 84 restaurants in Newburyport
Cuisines: French, Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
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English first
Londonderry, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

I love the interior of this place. The food is always fresh and the drinks are always good. I NEED to try the fish tacos. They always look so good, I see them ordered a lot. For the people that complain about price....I have to say, It's Newburyport, go to Salisbury if you aren't willing to pay for the experience.... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

Everything here was so delicious, and the atmosphere was nice. I especially loved there salad, I can't recall the name, but it had mangos, shrimp, some other stuff and an avocado dressing on top. I don't even like avocado, but the salad was delicious.  I also ordered burritos, one beef and one chicken, I normally prefer beef, but the chicken... More

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Although I'm not a huge fan of Mexican food, I thought it was average. I also think it is over priced for the food you get. Drinks (margarita's) are tasty too, but over priced in my mind. I would probably go back, but expect that I'll be paying more than what the food is worth. A nice atmosphere in the... More

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Dawn M, Owner at Agave Mexican Bistro, responded to this review

Hi KathyD, Thank you for giving our restaurant a try and sorry that you found your food less than impressive. I am Dawn McCandless the owner and I always want every customer to have a great experience. I also take great pride in not only using the best ingredients but also by making the environment very comfortable and inviting. Please,... More

Ipswich
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My wife and I really do enjoy a special trip to Agave for a taste of their wonderful margaritas, along with their excellent guacamole and an order of Taquitos. Great and friendly wait staff and bartenders and a very comfortable atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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Dawn M, Owner at Agave Mexican Bistro, responded to this review

Hi stoneystone68, Thanks so much for the wonderful review and for your continued business! I am Dawn McCandless, the proprietor of Agave Mexican Bistro and Agave Mexican Bistro Dos in Portsmouth. Sounds like you had great food and great service, both of which are very important to me. We could not be in business for 10+ years without the support... More

Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This place is not bad. It is a high end Mexican restaurant so the prices are slightly elevated. I will admit that the portions are enormous, so you can easily get 2 good size meals out of most dishes. I wasn't blown away by the flavor of the food and the sauces, I thought is was just average. I also... More

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Dawn M, Owner at Agave Mexican Bistro, responded to this review

Hi VA-beer, Thanks so much for coming to my restaurant. As the proprietor of Agave, I am sorry you weren't "blown away" but hopefully you will give us another try. I have worked on the recipes trying to perfect them over the 10+ years that we have been in business, but maybe next time try a different dish. Feel free... More

Newburyport, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We love the atmosphere- fun, and you can eat outside! Definitely good food and LOVE the Fish Tacos - a must try! Great drinks too!

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Dawn M, Owner at Agave Mexican Bistro, responded to this review

Hi 32DebL in Newburyport, This is Dawn McCandless, the proprietor of Agave and we are delighted that you love our restaurant and especially the fish tacos, my personal favorite as well! If you have not tried it yet, next time get the ceviche - a big hit with fish lovers everywhere! Thank you for your business and kind words, Dawn More

Boston
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We have been frequenting Agave for years and have always enjoyed it. Our last 3-4 visits have disappointed however. On our last visit it started with a warm beer and poor service. Service quality makes up for a lot of sin.., The food was fantastic when we started going years ago but the restaurant is resting on its laurels a... More

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Dawn M, Owner at Agave Mexican Bistro, responded to this review

Hi ReelBuddies, Thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback and for your years of patronage. I am Dawn McCandless the proprietor and I agree with you in many ways. We can only improve with constructive input from our valued customers! We are actively in the process of retraining some of our more seasoned team while getting our new hires... More

Newburyport, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Agave was a welcome introduction to the Newburyport restaurant scene. The margaritas are delicious, the guacamole and chips freshly made, the soups flavorful and the the chili good enough to impress my difficult mother (who loves Tex-Mex). I love the shrimp soft tacos and the chicken quesadilla, as well as the tostada salads. My standard for great American-Mexican food is... More

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Dawn M, Owner at Agave Mexican Bistro, responded to this review

Hi MarionT from Newburyport, Having eaten a lot of great Mexican when I lived in California, I share your high standards for great Mexican! I am Dawn McCandless the proprietor of Agave and we are so glad you enjoyed your most recent visit here. The margaritas are made with a special mixer that we make ourselves; and everything from the... More

boston
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This a restaurant that I have tried to love. Beautiful interior. Good location. Good drinks at times. The best margarita I have ever had, once. Great food once in a while but more often than not the food is bland and disappointing. I hope the owner is listening. I really would like to make this a regular spot but may... More

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Dawn M, Manager at Agave Mexican Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Akido, I am Kimberly Jackson the Operations Manager at Agave in Newburyport. We are so sorry that you had a bad experience with us and hope that you will give us another try. If you have a moment, could you give me a call at the restaurant so we can get our quality control back in order and keep... More

Amesbury, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We have visited Agave twice, though the visits were a couple of years apart, due to our disappointing experience on the first occasion. There won't be a third visit! The food is very overpriced for ordinary Mexican fare. On our first visit, the featured special Margarita was very good (though $14, and that was 2 years ago); on this visit,... More

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Dawn M, Manager at Agave Mexican Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Ann P, This is Kimberly Jackson, I am the Operations Manager here at Agave in Newburyport. I sent you a message under separate cover but wanted to make sure it went through! We are so sorry that you had a bad experience with you and hope to learn more so that we avoid any further issues. Also we care... More

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