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Agave Mexican Bistro


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

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We bring authentic Mexican food to your table & invite you to pair it w/ your choice of a variety of matching beverages. Take a look at our dinner menu below
Chicken $+3.00
Pulled beef $+3.00
Agave Nachos
Fresh homemade tortilla chips w/ our homemade refried beans, melted chihuahua cheese topped w/ jalapeños, pico de gallo, sour cream & guacamole. 9.75 add chicken or pulled beef
Chicken, pulled beef or cheese flautas served w/ lettuce, onions, tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream & queso anejo
freshly diced Haas avocado w/ onions, tomatoes, serrano chiles, lime juice & cilantro prepared at your table, served w/ homemade tortilla chips
Queso Fundido
sizzling​ Chihuahua cheese & Mexican chorizo cooked in a traditional lava stone, served w/ fresh flour tortillas
Ceviche Acapulqueño
Halibut marinated in lemon juice w/ chopped onions, tomatoes, serrano chiles & fresh cilantro, served w/ avocado & crackers.
Ceviche Del Dia
Ceviche made daily w/ lemon juice, fresh cilantro & served w/ avocado & crackers. Please ask server about daily ingredients.
Tamale De Elote
Fresh​ corn tamale w/ seared shrimp inside served w/ a chipotle cream sauce.
Layered grilled flour tortillas w/ melted chihuahua cheese, black beans & your choice of chicken, pulled beef, pork, chicken tinga or veggies. Served w/ guacamole
Shrimp Quesadillas
Layered grilled flour tortillas w/ melted chihuahua cheese, black beans. Served w/ guacamole
(Cup or Bowl)
Cup $6.25
Bowl $8.50
Sopa De Tortilla
A spicy chicken-tomato broth topped w/ crispy corn tortilla strips. Accompanied w/ sides of avocado, queso fresco cheese, sour cream & tortilla chips & guajillo chiles.
Cup $6.50
Bowl $8.25
Sopa Black Bean De Tortilla
A hearty soup w/ diced tomato, corn, onion, topped w/ queso fresco cheese & crispy corn tortilla strips, avocado, sour cream & shredded anejo cheese.
Cup $6.75
Bowl $8.50
Agave Chile
This spicy traditional soup of pinto beans, flavorful meat, onions, tomatoes & chiles is topped w/ shredded cheddar cheese.
Cup $6.75
Bowl $8.50
Cocido De Pollo
This lightly spicy stew evolved from the food stalls that line the streets of Mexico city. shredded chicken, avocado, potatoes, white onions, tomatoes & a hint of chipotle in a fresh chicken stock.
Cup $6.75
Bowl $8.50
Cheese & Corn Chowder
Fresh red potatoes, roasted corn & bell peppers in this delicious creamy cheese soup.
Cup $6.25
Bowl $8.25
Consomme De Pollo
Chicken consommé served w/ rice, mixed veggies, shredded chicken, onion, serrano chiles & fresh lime, chili powder & cilantro.
Grilled Salad
Tomatoes, avocado, queso anejo cheese, scallions & pumpkin seeds served over grilled heart of romaine lettuce w/ ranch dressing
Steak Salad
Fresh mixed greens, avocado, scallions, tomatoes, bell peppers, corn & queso anejo cheese served w/ grilled steak strips & Italian dressing.
Shrimp & Avocado Salad
A colorful & refreshing salad w/ grilled shrimp, avocado & chunks of mango served over a bed of fresh mixed greens w/ a honey- lime dressing.
Ensalada Caesar
Believe it or not, caesar salad was first made in tijuana, Mexico. try our homemade dressing served over a full heart of romaine. $9.00
All traditional entrees served w/ Mexican rice & homemade refried beans.
Weekly Combination Plate
Ask​ your server for details.
Carne Asada Plato
Grilled steak sliced thin & served w/ beans, rice & an assortment of traditional toppings. Served w/ flour tortillas.
Chile Verde Plato
Our delicious thick, stew made of pork, tomatillo, onions & roasted green chile peppers, served w/ beans, rice & corn tortillas.
Tostada Plato
Crispy corn tortilla w/ your choice of pulled chicken, pulled beef or tinga style chicken w/ refried beans, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, guacamole; topped w/ sour cream & cheese.
Chicken & Cheese Chile Relleno
Roasted & peeled poblano chile stuffed w/ chicken & chihuahua cheese, covered w/ a lightly fried meringue, blanketed w/ a seasoned tomato sauce.
Classic Chile Relleno
Roasted & peeled poblano chile stuffed w/ chihuahua cheese, covered w/ a lightly fried meringue, blanketed w/ a seasoned tomato sauce.
Carne Asada Burrito
Our favorite grilled carne asada steak slices wrapped in a flour tortilla w/ refried beans, chihuahua cheese, lettuce, & tomatoes. Topped w/ your choice of salsa roja or salsa verde.
Chile Verde Burrito
Yummy, thick, stew made of pork, tomatillo, onions & roasted green chile peppers wrapped in a flour tortilla w/ refried beans, chihuahua cheese, lettuce, & tomatoes. Topped w/ your choice of salsa roja or salsa verde.
Salsa roja
Salsa verde
Classic Burrito
All chef’s specials served w/ rice & refried beans if you desire.
Catch of the Day
Blackened lightly w/ Mexican spices served w/ mashed potatoes & asparagus then surrounded w/ our homemade mango salsa.
Mariscos Del Caribe – Seafood Caribe
Lime glazed blackened shrimp, scallops, peppers & onions, served on a bed of coconut rice & mushrooms, topped w/ a honey-lime glaze & dressed w/ a unique homemade mango salsa.
Emilio’s Pasta
penne pasta & tender chicken strips in a flavorful roasted red pepper & tomato cream sauce created by Emilio w/ applewood smoked bacon & white wine.
Plato Vegetariano
Grilled vegetables marinated in soy ~lemon sauce, served w/ white rice, black beans & a small green salad.
Plantanos Del Patron
Fresh bananas rolled in flour tortillas, deep fried & served over vanilla ice cream & topped w/ Mexico calle sauce (Agave signature desserts)
Mexican donut, sprinkled w/ sugar, served w/ chocolate & cajeta caramel syrup.
Flan Neapolitano
A traditional vanilla, cream cheese & caramel custard.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Mexican, Southwestern
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
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All reviews chips and salsa enchiladas table side guacamole pulled beef grilled salad street tacos beans chicken mango great mexican food sour mix three floors third floor great drinks hot sauce outside seating state street
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Food is excellent, staff friendly and attentive. Portions are large. Only issue is the stairs to the second or third floor. On a nice day there is outside seating. Always satisfied with whatever I choose. A bit pricey for Mexican food, but worth it.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Cheryl F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I live a couple towns over, and Agave is the best Mexican restaurant nearby!! Awesome food, wonderful atmosphere, and amazing service! I recommend a chicken,cheese,and rice burrito with melted cheese on top and re-fried beans as a side! Their fresh chips and salsa are a...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank HannahFB
Reviewed 19 January 2019 via mobile

First time. Service was good. We had a fajita and the agave steak quesadilla. Food was good. Considering how quick the meals came out both dishes were barely warm. Pricy for the size of the meals and nothing that would wow me to want to...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jltmet56
Reviewed 4 January 2019 via mobile

No snowy owls... a Plum Island expedition turned sour when there were no owls in sight. However, a stop in Newburyport fixed our blues. Felt in a Mexican food mood... so tried Agave on State Street. The queso was a volcano of cheesy goodness, and...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 480jeannee
Reviewed 24 December 2018

It's too bad that they have just about the worst recipes/chef ever, because the place is a great spot otherwise. The food really is terrible. Just what can you do to beef tacos to make them awful. Well, you can fry bits of beef in...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Maryanne S
Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

We stopped in here after visiting the small local movie theater (also great - see separate review). We had a light (late) dinner and a couple of drinks, and everything was excellent! The waiter was super friendly and helpful, the food fresh and good, and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Dan J
Reviewed 12 November 2018

The fish did not taste fresh at all. My friends pulled chicken tasted like it was made a few days prior Nice wait staff

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Bobbi B
Dawn M, Owner at Agave Mexican Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2018

Thank you for the feedback on your visit to Agave Mexican Bistro. We take all of our reviews very seriously. I would like to speak to you directly about your experience. Please call or email and ask for myself or the General Manager.

Reviewed 28 October 2018

Best place for an amazingly fresh Salad! I love the grilled salad but the the Avacado Shrimp is hands down the best Salad in town! I come here often with friends. Yummy chips and Salsa, the Guac is amazing and the cheese/corn chowder is off...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Anke_Schafer
Reviewed 24 October 2018

We had lunch at this lovely spot right downtown. The guac was a huge serving, so fresh and yummy. The salsa is fresh homeade and just spicy enough. the Red Snapper ceviche was truly to DIE for. and the margaritas were super strong and yum....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Cruiser785861
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Very disappointed and treated unfairly by a person we believe was the manager or owner. Yesterday, we sat down at an outside table with our mini Labradoodle. When we arrived there were two other tables where guests had dogs sitting under their table. One table...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Barbara D
Dawn M, Owner at Agave Mexican Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2018

Thank you for letting us know about your experience. Agave Mexican Bistro follows Newburyport's Health regulations that include the ADA's rules and regulations for service animals. I'm sorry if the host at the time of your visit did not relay this specifically to you, but...More

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