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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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