Javelina

4.7
570 reviews
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Tex-Mex
Authentic Tex Mex Restaurant in New York City!

Home of the best Queso & Margaritas in New York City.

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Sun 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Thu 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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BK
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and great service! A casual dining experience that was a real pleasure.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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GL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service & food!

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JS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service

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JR
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fair
Food ok
Atmosphere ok
Server speed super fast - almost too fast.
Surprised they didn’t ask to refill my drink.
I think overated on opentable.

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JB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always recommend Javelina to everyone in NYC. It's the best queso/tex mex in town. Great staff.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Very nice. We felt a little rushed when the hostess sat the check on the table in passing before we had asked for it. But the drinks and food were excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Very slow lunch service during the week. After waiting 45 mins or more for food, Had to rush through my meal since I only had 5 mins left before I had to go back to work for a call. On top of that, they didn’t even send me the correct order.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Javelina is the best Tex-Mex in NYC. It’s delic and always amazing.

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CW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

When we arrived for our reservation we asked to change to 3 instead of 2. Our table could clearly fit an extra chair however this request seemed to annoy the hostess and after moving the chair promptly told us she would need the table back in an hour even though she never mentioned this when the same table only had two people at it. Our waiter was nice however there were a few mixups with drinks and our food being incorrect. Love Javelina food and margs however the service and chip covered floor left something to be desired. May return but will most likely try a different Mexican option in the neighborhood next time.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a fun place for drinks and the most delicious nachos I've ever experienced. I can't wait to go back and try all the other food.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to spot and it never disappoints

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R
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good tex-mex food. Great service by Jason-a gracious and efficient wait person.

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CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I went here on the recommendation that their margaritas were the best. The prickly pear (non frozen) did not disappoint. Tacos were excellent and the portions were larger than expected which is always a pleasant surprise. I will dine here again in the future. Make a reservation as it gets crowded quickly!

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VA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service is always great at Javelina. Always one of my go to Mexican restaurants. This time it was a little loud and smokey in the restaurant, but other than that was still great.

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AA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Queso (white cheese Bob Armstrong), jalapeno marg, and grilled shrimp quesadilla

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OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a Texan transplanted in NYC, Javelina has become my go-to for a taste of home. The margs and white queso are must haves and every meal I’ve had to date has been perfect!

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JM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The Tex-Mex never disappoints here. The restaurant attracts food lovers who want a comfortable and fun environment. The white queso with chorizo is a must. For more sophisticated diners, the chile relleno is refined, filled with cheese and a delicious picadillo. I am already looking forward to my next visit.

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TW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my favorite Tex Mex in the city. They have delicious queso and their food has a great fresh taste to it. It’s an upbeat and cool atmosphere. Always a good time at Javelina. :)

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CP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our wait staff was incredible. Friendly and fun and fast!

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Took forever to get food

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RD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Needs televisions or music to add to the experience

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

QUESO QUESO

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

We arrived to find an empty host stand and no one working greeted us for several minutes, not even the nearby bartender. The service was terrible and the food was okay. Okay in the sense that one out of three items came to us as ordered. Two in our party are lactose intolerant and ordered the same tacos without cheese. All of the tacos came with cheese. So someone had to sit there with hot food getting cold while the other two waited for the right tacos. Not only was there no apology, but we had to beg for any service at all—even the bill. This wasn’t my first bad service experience at Javelina, so this is more than a fluke or a bad day. I won’t be back.

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JT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

In theory, I like what they're trying to achieve: cheap Texas-style Tex Mex in NYC. But it doesn't work out as hoped. Chips were great, as was the queso. But the salsa, while solidly spicy, tasted burnt. The carne asada was cooked great but the sauce that came on it was not tasty and sort of ruined the meal. And the margs were not very good either. The prices were fair. All in all, this place was loud and OK. It felt like a great spot if youre 25 and not looking for top quality. Granted Tex Mex is supposed to be on the cheap side, but this place sacrificed taste and I don't think they even meant to. Close but no cigar.

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MZ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. On the noisy side for conversation.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, drinks were STRONG. Chips addicting. Fish tacos a little too fried/ too much batter, but everything else was yummy. fun spot, lively crowd.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. They even gave us samples of their new margaritas!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Food was amazing.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, cheese dip to die for! Rather noicy, hard to talk but then again I was there a Friday night... Decent prices and good service.

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Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Javalina. Lived up to its reputation- great queso and guacamole along with tasty margs. Food was very good. Reminded me if Tex-mex in Texas/ only prices were 35% higher. Only in NY!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food but seemed to be EXTREMELY loud. Not a great place for a date.

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Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Chips and salsa when we arrived at the table. Enchiladas well prepared with speedy delivery. Balcony view was exquisite. Price was reasonable.

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A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best. Queso. Ever. Overall the best tex mex in NYC.

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HL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Javelina a few times before but always for dinner. This was the first time for brunch. I had the Cadillac (eggs w/chorizo jalapeno and queso) tacos. Delicious.

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AK
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot if you're homesick and craving good Tex-Mex. Margaritas are some of the best in the city!

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, amazing service!!! When we got there at 6:00, it was quiet...by the time we left, it got very noisy. Still - we loved our time here;

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I are from Alabama and feel like we haven’t been able to find good queso. Until now!!! The queso was amazinggggggg!!!!

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FB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent everything!

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