After trying a string of mediocre Mexican restaurants in Northern Arizona, we decided to check out Agave based on their delicious looking menu. Unfortunately, despite the attractive colorful dining area, we were not impressed by the bland, overpriced entrees.
Agave will bring out a complimentary basket of chips and salsa while you browse the menu. While the chips were hot and tasty, the salsa was a bit watered down.
The menu itself looks decent on paper with a lot of entrees that sound completely mouthwatering, as well as plenty of selections for everyone (lots of vegetarian selections, seafood dishes, Chicken plates, all different sorts of burritos and tacos, and even combination plates).
I opted to try the Vegetarian Enchiladas which looked really delicious as written ( carrots, pumpkin, peppers, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli topped with enchilada sauce), served with rice and black beans.
Unfortunately, the enchiladas were pretty tasteless (could have used some cheese, sour cream, guacamole, or at least some type of spice), while the rice had a really strange flavor and smell, and I would have preferred refried beans over black. Definitely overpriced at 11 bucks, especially considering the bland flavor and rubbery texture of the tortillas.
The lunch entrees and combination plates are a slightly better value, ranging in price from $7-10, and also including beans and rice. The Chicken Chimichanga was not as good as others we have tried: the shell was rubber like in texture, as opposed to the usual crispy flavor.
For some great Mexican dishes in the Northern Arizona region, check out Miley's Cafe in Sedona: their enchiladas are extraordinary! Basically, the food at Agave was one step above a frozen Amy's Mexican dinner, only 3x the price!
Service was nothing special, rather as bland and boring as the food.
Agave is a very bright, authentically designed restaurant with the traditional colors, art, and furniture you would find in Mexico. It's a very spacious restaurant, attractive and pleasing to the eye. They also play traditional Mexican music in the background, which fits the mood perfectly. Nice views of Route 66 too. Unfortunately, a nice setting is the only thing Agave has going for it.
In a town with too many mediocre dining choices, Agave is just another restaurant to add to the skip list. Even the attractive dining room can not make up for the pricey, bland menu. Unfortunately, if you want great Mexican, you will have to travel 2 hours south to Phoenix as delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine does not exist in Flagstaff.