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Javelina - Union Square

4.6
4.6
784 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tex-Mex
Welcome to Javelina, New York City's only authentic Tex-Mex restaurant!

*Please note If you are booking STANDARD SEATING this will be for an indoor table. 

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tex-Mex, Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 539-0202

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Lawrence Ofori

  • Catering

    We offer all of our menu items for off-site catering no matter how big or small! Please email info@javelinatexmex.com for more information on how we can help make your next event amazing!

  • Private party facilities

    We offer full and partial buyouts of our restaurant for corporate events, parties, rehearsal dinners and everything in between. Please email info@javelinatexmex.com and we can help plan your perfect private event!

  • Private party contact

    events@javelinatexmex.com: (212) 539-0202

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Cross street

    East 18th and Irving Place

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Javelina is just a couple of minutes walking distance from the Union Square subway - 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R/W and also close to the NJ PATH stations at 14th and 23rd streets.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 784 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    This restaurant used to be great & fresh. Now the chips are stale, rice is dry, and meat even tastes old. I hope things improve or I won’t return.
  2. LB

    LloydB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Friendly crew, good food. Servers are very nice. They need to correct the manager’s attitude on our visit (Jan 6) who was very rude. I heard him tell everyone that came in early they would have vacate their table in an hour and a half. My party had reservations, he gave us a crappy table up front with rest of tables empty, we asked for table next to the wall and then he warned us we would have to leave in an hour and a half. A complete turn off and not welcoming and totally unprofessional. Not the way to start off your dining experience.
  3. VM

    VM324

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great place, simple ambience but food speaks for itself. More vegan options would be great, but the nature of the cuisine makes this tough I guess. Overall great experience!
  4. EP

    EliseP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The enchiladas were cold. Everything else was fine.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Amazing happy hour deals. The prickly pear margaritas were delicious and we loved the white queso. The tacos were also very fresh. I got the fried fish tacos and they came out crispy and very flavorful. Would definitely go again!!!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful per usual
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food was absolutely unreal
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Casual and good location!
  9. j

    jendawgger

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good for quick gathering with friends or colleagues -- everyone loves tex-mex! Understand the 90-minute rule but if the server hasn't been seen to signal for your check and you are in the middle of finishing your drink, the host corralling you out was a little much.
  10. TW

    ThomasW

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The three of us had a great time at Javelina for happy hour. The Prickly Pear margaritas are amazing, and it’s such a rarity to find Tex Mex style white queso. This is one of my favorite places in the city!
  11. SS

    SheetalS

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Should not take a 9.30 reservation if the kitchen is closing in 15mins. AWFUL and a waste time f time take them of your site.
  12. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time at Javelina and the food and service have not disappointed. I will be back.
  13. JA

    JASE

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    it was so hot in the restaurant. almost unbearable.
  14. K

    Katb

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Food is always incredible here! Service was a bit slow/our server didn't come to check on us until we were well finished with our meal, but regardless very friendly and nice.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The queso definitely deserves to be highlighted! Surprisingly underwhelmed by the margaritas.
  16. LM

    LeticiaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The man seating people wasn’t very friendly, as soon as I sat he said exactly when he’d need the table again. Not welcoming.
  17. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The White queso dip was amazing, the Al Pastor tacos were great. The facility itself was clean and the staff were friendly and helpful. This was a great spot we recently discovered and we will be back soon!
  18. CM

    ChristinaM

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I always love Javelina. Amazing queso and margaritas.
  19. MK

    MargaretK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I consider myself a Tex-Mex expert, having been born and raised in San Antonio. I approach New York City Tex-Mex food with a bit of healthy doubt; it’s never going to perfectly imitate the tex-mex of the 210. This place was pretty good. The white queso was DIVINE, and the margaritas were tasty. The San Antonio puffy tacos were disappointing. The puffy taco shell was just not up to par. I still enjoyed my experience and would probably return to get something else like a fajita plate. Service was good and vibe was good, especially for a semi-casual dinner.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    Was way to hot and loud. I’m 27 and I get noisy restaurants, but I shouldn’t have to yell so the person next to me can hear me. Also it was really really hot. Was AC broken?
  21. TB

    TheresaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the food was delicious. We were seated promptly and chips and salsa arrived immediately. All in all an excellent evening and we would definitely return!
  22. KH

    KathyH

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous brunch. I have the tortilla soup and it was delicious! I’ll be sure to come back on my next visit to new York city!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday! Visiting NYC from TX! Always incredible!
  24. CM

    ChristinaM

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really tasty, good service, not too loud, big enough portions that I’m eating the second half for lunch today!
  25. SD

    ShellyD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Best Tex Mex I’ve had in years! I used to live in Texas.
  26. C

    Christine

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had the best dinner out with our 3 year old and 8 month old - which usually seems impossible! The staff was so welcoming, and service was very quick. We enjoyed our margharitas and meal was delicious!
  27. AE

    AlexandraE

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing!
  28. AM

    AngellikaM

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food recommendation and service was amazing 😋😋😋👏👏👏👏
  29. S

    Scoting

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love eating outside here. It’s a side-street so it’s not crazy loud like restaurants along avenues or every-damn-where inside. Love the salsa here and the mole enchiladas. Good margaritas. Food came lightning fast, by the way. Nice server. Was our second visit of 2022 maybe-almost-post-pandemic summer. (We had been once before the pandemic and it was super loud, which we didn’t like, so this review is admittedly a bit influenced by having been outside most recently. Of course, the food and all the other factors were the same when we ate inside here, too.) Definitely recommended. (Did I mention we hate loud restaurants?)
  30. RC

    RebeccaC

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Super friendly! Food a tad salty but def please check out the queso and delicious food!
  31. MZ

    MichaelZ

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Food was great as always. Service was great as always. We sat indoors. They did not have the air conditioning on and it was sweltering. I felt especially bad for the servers who had to work in that heat.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    AC could be better otherwise good time
  33. K

    Kayla

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful day for outdoor dining, our server was lovely and we had such a great time!
  34. T

    Timothy

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Not really tex mex. Egregiously salty salsa too. Tasted like salt water.
  35. AD

    ArnonD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Food is great. Quality ingredients. Service very friendly and quick.
  36. MJ

    MatthewJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truest form of Tex mex I’ve had in nyc. Best queso in the city.
  37. G

    Grace

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The food was all right overall, but not worth the price. I would not recommend.
  38. NM

    NotmyfaveMexicananymore

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Both and myself and my friend got sick from the food. I had a fairly swift and severe allergic reaction to the prickly pear margarita apparently. Rash and swelling all over my face and neck. My friend was up all night with digestive distress.
  39. F

    Food4me123

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Found hair in rice. Ew.
  40. AW

    AronW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always great. No complaints!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Javelina - Union Square does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now, Postmates and Uber Eats. Javelina - Union Square also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 539-0202.

Javelina - Union Square is rated 4.6 stars by 784 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Javelina - Union Square

119 E. 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    East 18th and Irving Place

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tex-Mex, Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Javelina is just a couple of minutes walking distance from the Union Square subway - 4/5/6/L/N/Q/R/W and also close to the NJ PATH stations at 14th and 23rd streets.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lawrence Ofori

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 539-0202

  • Catering

    We offer all of our menu items for off-site catering no matter how big or small! Please email info@javelinatexmex.com for more information on how we can help make your next event amazing!

  • Private party facilities

    We offer full and partial buyouts of our restaurant for corporate events, parties, rehearsal dinners and everything in between. Please email info@javelinatexmex.com and we can help plan your perfect private event!

  • Private party contact

    events@javelinatexmex.com: (212) 539-0202

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