Hartford Magazine – 2010
Boasting the largest tequila bar north of the Rio Grande, the modern Mexican hangout attracts a lively crowd for lunch, dinner and after work. La fruta margarita has earned rave reviews for its zesty, strong fruit flavor. Be prepared to work for a seat at the bar on a Thursday or Friday.
RestaurantsCT.com – Taste of Hartford Review
RestaurantsCT.com – Aug. 2, 2009
Not only did Agave win the Hostess with the Mostess, but we also received a great pictorial review from restaurantsct.com. Here's a preview, but be sure to click the link for the full experience... "I dined at Agave Grill and, as my photographs will reveal, had a great deal of fun. We were greeted by two of the prettiest restaurant hostesses anywhere (when my wife's not at her evening job) and hospitable manager Jonathan Sabon. Soon we were ensconced in the corner window table, where we could watch life on a fine mid-summer's evening pass us by..." [READ
Best of Hartford 2009
The Hartford Advocate Readers' Poll – April, 2009
The votes are in, and Agave has again made a strong showing in the 2009 Hartford Advocate Best of Hartford Readers' Poll. This year, we took home 2nd place for Best Mexican Restaurant and Best Place for Margaritas, as well as 3rd place for Best Burrito. Thank you for your votes! [READ
The Hartford Courant – June 7, 2007
The really great thing about this fruity, zesty, strong margarita
concoction– and, believe me, there were a lot of great
things about it – is the fact that it didn’t quite
taste like any I’d ever enjoyed before. I couldn’t
quite place its unique flavor, so I took another sip, and then
another. My confusion wasn’t for lack of trying. [READ
Hour In Hartford: Allyn Street – Unwinding at Agave
CTNow.com – May 7, 2007
This Mexican cantina is known for its fresh, zesty south-of-the-border
cuisine – in
particular its fresh Guacamole, which is literally prepared tableside
by your servers as you watch them blend together a mixture of avocados,
tomatoes, Serrano chilies, cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime.
Agave doesn't host any sort of a traditional Happy Hour per se, but
you'll be lucky to get even a seat at the bar if you stop by after
5 p.m. on a Thursday or Friday afternoon. [READ
Agave Grill has taken the edge off Hartford's craving for a place that could enliven lunchtime and spice up the night. Devotees know that unless they tear themselves away from their desks at 11:30 a.m., they may have trouble scoring a table at lunchtime. Even weekday evenings are jumping at this cozy corner cantina, where the food and beverages both exceed expectations for Mexican fare. With nearly 40 tequilas, including some rare distillations, and a menu of signature margaritas, happy hour here is never a bore. Few diners can resist starting with guacamole prepared tableside in a stone mortar, and the array of enticing appetizers makes an evening of passing plates with friends a viable option. We particularly like the smooth ahi ceviche, the delightfully crisp and zingy habanero barbecue wings and the spicy shrimp quesadilla. While even tacos come with interesting fillings, such as crispy fish and grilled vegetables, we prefer to stuff ourselves on the richly flavored steak arrechera rubbed with garlic and chilies. When you're ready to trade spicy for sweet, the banana chimichanga awaits, covered in chocolate and whipped cream.
This hip, funky cantina serves up some of the freshest, tastiest Mexican and South Western food in town, so it's pretty much always packed. Order the guacamole dip, and the server actually prepares it tableside while you watch. A fun and vibrant bar scene only adds to Agave's charm. Agave's is fast becoming an area favorite.