First of all, the positives. Best margarita I have ever imbibed, anywhere (ask for the smoked salt) and the guacamole is to die for. The appetizers are also generally very good. The food is hit or miss. The misses aren't bad, though. There is a learning curve, and one should not be too tough early on. The bar is nice, the deck is quite nice as well. The wait staff are generally flaky but charming. The hostess is your usual ice-princess, but that's common enough. The problem is that they seem to measure success by how loud and how crowded the place is. Out of the the dozen or so times we have set out for Agava, we have been turned away by a ridiculously long wait, or the prospect of seating six people at a table that would barely hold four. That would be OK, hey, we want it to succeed. But the problem is that every time we go there now, there is some band, or an event or something out of the ordinary that fills the place up, even though the place would be full if they just served food and drink (i.e., what a restaurant DOES). In other words, a restaurant that would do a brisk business without any of these gimmicks is trying every gimmick in the book! So, those of us who live in the area and have been praying for a cool new restaurant (or any decent restaurant) in the neighbrhood end up having to go elsewhere. The owner is the person who owns Ithaca Bakery, so that may explain the embracing of noise and pandemonium, as well as the general desire to priviledge out of towners over locals, but it is just too bad. I will not be going back any time soon. They clearly do not need my business.