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Apr 19, 2010 09:40 AM

Agave Mexican Grille in Malden -- stay away!

My husband and I checked out this new spot last night with bated breath. I had read bad things about Dockside, and knew it is owned by the same people, but still I allowed myself to hope--a little. It is walking distance from our house, so had it been good, it would have been very exciting for us.

It is not good. Not at all. Stay away.

Where to start? Okay, draft beer selections: Bud Light, an IPA, and a Stout. Really? You have three taps and these are my choices?

Half of the margaritas include sour mix.

The salsas were clearly out of jars. One of them tasted like Campbell's Tomato Soup with spices added.

The waitress didn't know what Dos Equis was. Yes, a waitress working at Mexican restaurant had never heard of this beer, and didn't know how to pronounce it. This is forgivable, but very humorous, considering in a recent article, the owner of Agave was quoted as saying the place would be an educational experience for the patrons. Well, I suppose for patrons who have never heard of Corona it might be.

The guacamole was served on a bed of shredded lettuce to make it look like there was more of it. Guac itself wasn't bad, but was completely unsalted. When we started stirring in salt, whoops, we stirred in lettuce, too. Sigh. The guacamole also cost eight dollars, which seemed excessive considering that it was a very average sized serving merely propped up to look like a huge one.

The fajitas were completely lackluster. Any chain Mexican restaurant can do better. Actually, my husband reports that fajitas at the 99 blow these away.

Another reviewer on Yelp ordered mac'n'cheese from the kids' menu for his son and noted that it was Kraft.

Just learn from my mistake and do not waste your time or money at this horrific place.

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  1. Thanks for taking one for the team.

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    1. re: Aromatherapy

      We actually warned our neighbor who we saw on her front porch on our walk home. We don't really even know her, but felt compelled to tell her not to ever go there. It was our little PSA.

    2. Thanks for reporting on Agave Mexican Grille in Malden. I drive by Agave on my way to and from work. I was thinking of trying it for lunch. I think I'll try another place.

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      1. re: buffet king

        Try Ravi's, on Highland Ave, or Kebab Corner, near Wellington! The neighborhood still has a few worthwhile places. =)

        1. re: ginafly

          I haven't been to Ravi's on Highland Ave but I do know where it is. I have heard that their food is good. I either go to the Kabab Corner in Medford or the Kebab Factory in Somerville for their lunch buffet. And don't forget Regina Pizza at Station Landing/Wellington Circle in Medford. It's my favorite pizza place. I order a well done link sausage pizza.

          Regina Pizza
          44 Station Landing, Medford, MA 02155

          The Kebab Factory
          414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

          Kabab Corner
          4110 Mystic Valley Pkwy, Medford, MA 02155

            1. re: buffet king

              Yes. The key to Regina Wellington is to get it well done. My husband and I have an ongoing debate about whether we prefer Regina's or Ravi's. Ravi's "big cheese" pizza was simply to die for the first time we had it.

        2. We went over the weekend and had a positively horrifying experience.

          A number of us went and more than half of us had our orders messed up. Plus, we had to wait nearly an hour for our food, and more than 20 minutes for our desserts. Service was completely messed up from start to finish. But to me, the most disturbing thing wasn't the service and overall operations--it was the food. Service issues and operations issues can work themselves out, especially considering that they had only been open 3 days when we went. But the food ranged from average to inedible (the tamale had a sickly-sweet mole that I just can't shake from my memory), and I'm not sure that will change anytime soon.

          I almost felt bad for the people who worked there, as they were pleasant to us, seemed like decent folks, and were repeatedly apologetic about our orders. But I can't justify going back there, unless it's for drinks at their tequila bar.

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            Agree with everything you said Re: service vs. food. Service things will work themselves out, but it was very clear to me that the management does NOT care about offering decent food. By the end of our meal, I was so angry, I didn't want to order a 2nd Corona because I simply did not want them to have any more of my money.

            1. re: hiddenboston


              Is this place owned by the same people who own the Agave in Newburyport and Portsmouth, NH? Sounds like the same menu, but Agave up here is not that bad. Nothing special, either, and the margaritas are mostly sour mix at ludicrious prices.

              1. re: aadesmd

      's owned by the Dockside owner...........

            2. too. Went over the weekend for lunch. All I have to say....Food just OK (how ever, I never got my order) Service SUCKS........ Where is Chef Gordon Ramsay when we need him? I know that they are new......Beeing in a retail business, I know it is all about service. Service is key, it can make or break you every time.

              1. I wish I had read this post before going, won't go again, food was very bland