The new (as of late 2021) Agave Rehoboth offers the same menu as the popular Agave Lewes, however the physical plant is roomy, welcoming and beautifully designed. There are two bars, with the main one in the larger dining room. It's inviting with lots of seats. The smaller bar is in an open/adjacent room that can be closed in for private parties, etc.
There is a selection of six soups, and our favorite (as of now) is the Chicken Tortilla. There are two stars of the show at both Agave restaurants. The first is the margaritas. They are presented in a beautiful glass and are made with all fresh ingredients. One of the more popular versions is the pomegranate margarita. There are a number of flavors from which to choose. The other star of the show is the selection of guacamole. The 6 selections include the regulation Tomato & Onion all the way to the Gala Apple & Midnight Moon Cheese version. Wanna try a few? They have a sampler of 3 for $21.
The apps also stand out. Our favorites are the Hot Mexican Rockets (peppers stuffed with chicken and wrapped in crispy bacon) and the Super Nachos to which you may add a selection of proteins. Do note that though many of the local Mexican joints bring chips & salsa to the table, Agave charges for theirs. Three sizes range from $6 to $9 to $12. It's a huge portion and quite good.
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The entrees live up to the reputation set by the original Agave in Lewes, and at the moment, our favorites are the Steak & Blue Cheese Quesadilla and the Stacked Tomatillo Enchilada. It's hard to go wrong: There are a total of 20 from which to choose, including an order of Sweet Ancho Ribs dished up with a twice-baked sweet potato. This one is a must-get.
The service at all of our visits was efficient, businesslike, and as friendly as it needed to be. I like that they use runners to get the food out of the kitchen and out to the guest quickly. The hot sauce I asked for was delivered in a small ramekin (about 2-3 tablespoons, give or take), but the surprise came when they charged $2.50 for it. In my opinion, this seems to cross the line. If the sauce is that expensive to make )it was delicious, by the way), perhaps they should increase the menu prices by a nickel or so to cover that expense. Those of you who frequent RehobothFoodie.com know that I defend the pricing at our better restaurants … food and labor are expensive nowadays. But an upcharge for a bit of sauce smacks of nickel & diming for such a classy looking and relatively high-priced establishment like Agave. It has nothing to do with the $2.50. But it does have a lot to do with good optics.
The new Agave Rehoboth is at 19178 Coastal Highway where the old Jakes Seafood used to be. Prime times can mean a wait, but visiting before dinner time and afterwards seems to be a good time if you want to be seated quickly.