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“Pretty good Mexican” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cantina Agave

Cantina Agave
291 Fumin Lu, Shanghai, China (Jing'an Temple)
021-61701310
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Ranked #758 of 12,562 Restaurants in Shanghai
3.5 of 5 stars 63 Reviews
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Jing'an Temple
San Diego, California
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“Pretty good Mexican”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Cantina Agave is one of our go-to places when we are in Shanghai. Is it the best Mexican food? no. But it's not fair to judge Cantina Agave against a So-Cal burrito stand or a Tex-Mex restaurant on the border of Mexico. Cantina Agave is pretty decent Mexican food available ten thousand Kilometers away from Mexico, and for that we are thankful.

Cantina Agave is in a great location in the French Concession, and it's quite an enjoyable place to have a meal, sit outside, and people watch when the weather is nice.

The burritos are good, the nachos are good, and the salsa is decent. The service is at times slow, with several waitstaff at times milling around the front door area, oblivious to the waves and shouts of the patrons within.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Las Piñas, Cavite, Philippines
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Average..Nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Ate here many times not because the food is great but because whenever I pass by I am hungry lol. The food is not that special at all, average mexican food so as their drinks, though, they have actually a pretty descent portion because normally I can't eat them all food they are serving me haha! The only thing I like about the place is the atmosphere outside the restaurant as you can spy on people as they walk by :) the place seems clean yet the service is not that good either. They need to focus on service. Actually, the Price is not that bad but they could've make it better so the customer can be satisfied with what they're paying for. Wouldn't hurt to give it a try but I will suggest to find a better place if you want to expect a great mexican.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Expensive and disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Great location in a very nice area of Shanghai.
BUT: food was relatively expensive given what we got, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Taste was far from proper Mexican food.
Had a margarita that was kind of strong, but obviously prepared with cheap ingredients which, given the price (55 RMB), was a rip-off. I should have known since they say on the menu that the margaritas are deceptive... They are indeed.

Visited October 2012
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“Average and expected more”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Its was OK, I have had been margaritas and food so so. Again I had been upsold on the experience and may be I need to go when it was Mardi Gras, who knows ....

Visited March 2012
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Ohio
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“Not great food but better than Pistorela”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

If you live in Shanghai, it does not take long until you learn that no food tastes like the real thing that you would eat in any other country. So the same with the mexican food. They never serve you chicken breast for your chicken dishes and it is ever part of chicken with all the fats. The drinks are not bad and the nachos are good.

Visited June 2012
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