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Javelina - Union Square

4.6
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634 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Tex-Mex

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Authentic Tex Mex Restaurant in New York City!

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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 634 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great! The food was good, the service was amazing - I am glad we ended up here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food and service!

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vipBlooming2
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was very good and the service was excellent. Enjoyed the experience.

MS
MicheleS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Javelina’s and happy to see that they were open for outdoor dining.

MF
vipMichaelF
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Consistently fresh and friendly. Frozen margaritas the best. Staff is always friendly and helpful.

SL
SherryL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Solid choice in the tons to choose from in NYC. Food was fresh and tasty! Queso was the bomb!!

DG
DanielleG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Unlimited chips! Like seriously nonstop

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The margaritas had little to no alcohol in them

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Hanka
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javelina has consistently been a great place for friends or a date - everything there is amazing, everyone I take loves it, the servers are literally so lovely and helpful, I want to drown in all of there frozen margs- do I need to go on?? Only downside is I have no self control in there and every time I leave I’m literally so full I could die. Fav restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Mr. Post and his team delivered an authentic Tex-mex experience from start to finish. As a fellow Texan, I am proud to recommend my friends to experience a taste of true Tex-mex all the way in NYC.

AM
AshleyM
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Expect to be rushed. Food was taken away before finished even after telling them twice we were still working. Great queso though.

MF
vipMichaelF
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Far and away the best consistent tex mex in town. Friendly staff and great frozen margaritas! Keep up the good work!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the server kept giving us their amazing chips and salsa. Made our New York experience such a phenomenal one and for that we our grateful!!!!!

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Michelle
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly staff, loved the braised beef tacos, rice & beans and mango mint margarita was awesome! Great place to have fun with friends or family.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I used to love this place but it’s gone way downhill - so disappointing. The portions keep getting smaller and smaller! The chips were stale so we told the waiter and he kindly brought new chips but those replacement chips were also stale - we just let it go. Drinks were fine. The value is terrible - $14 for queso?!?! We decided we were going to find a new TexMex place for the next time.

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vipMorangie
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Thet have the best queso that I have ever had and I love queso. Atmosphere is mediocre- nothing great but if you love different quesos, Javelina is a must! The service is very good- super attentine and personable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seating, food took a while - but comp’d with free drink

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panthers
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

it was good, except no tamales that night. they ran out at 6:30. It is loud and hard to hear your friends, but not so crazy loud to keep from going there.

JM
vipJMichael53
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friday lunch at Javelina was a great way to start my weekend. Javelina was lively even at 2PM, and with good reason—great Tex-Mex! I had one of the lunch combos—a perfect way to enjoy three different items. The tortillas I ordered to eat with my queso with chorizo were freshly made and delicious. As always, great service, even as busy as it was.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Way too loud!! Please add more noise absorbing materials to the space

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So I have two favorite things at Javelina: the queso blanco that is so delicious and the white peach and habanero margarita that is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy. I’ve been here so many times and I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

LS
LizS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Authentic Tex-Mex, from a native. The only place to get queso around.

MF
vipMichaelF
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Great service. Raised in Texas. The best in town

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food and the service was incredible. We loved our waiter! Recommend the loaded queso!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server Allie was wonderful! Great energy, warm and friendly. She took great care of us. The food was great and drinks were very good. All in all a great dining experience!

AB
vipAlisonB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Maybe it was an off night, or maybe it had gone down hill. Prickly pear marguerita was watery, and not the same, prices higher and portions smaller. The server was eager to get us out, even though they were not full. And was kind of obnoxious. They didn’t serve the churros. Was always my go to around union square. But maybe I will think twice now...yet could have been an off night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was so salty that it was basically inedible

JM
vipJMichael53
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you are looking for great Tex-Mex in NYC, you just can’t beat Javelina—Union Square. The casual setting belies the sophisticated and authentic flavors it offers. It’s the real deal. The white queso with chorizo, the crispy ground beef tacos, and the chile rellenos are crazy-delicious. I am always impressed by the friendly service, whether dining solo or with a group. Javelina—whoever or wherever you are—thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks.

MR
MelissaR581
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javelina is one of our favorites restaurants in NYC and we’ve sought it out on trips to the city the past three years. Delicious Tex mex, best guacamole we’ve tasted, and the tacos and fajitas are our faves.

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vipThomasW
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Javelina, but this was one of the best experiences I’ve had so far. We got great service and excellent food. Their queso is a MUST.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, especially delicious appetizers, and awesome vibe inside.

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Kate
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience2

This place seemed nice - the staff were friendly and the service was quick. However, it was far too noisy - I could barely hear the people sitting across from me. Also, don't come here if you are hoping to take your time and have a relaxed meal. The wait staff were VERY quick to take away plates and ask if we were ready for our check, and would interrupt our conversation to wipe the table/hurry us along.

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usqreviewer
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Drinks - ok. Recommendation frozen margarita vs on the rocks
Appetizers - check out there queso! I would go back just for it!
Dinner - ok. Avocado tacos unique but needed more flavor
Hot sauce selection - poor

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Cheese wasn’t melted on veggie enchiladas and the green sauce was way too salty. Chips and salsa were good though.

MG
MinaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The noise level was deafening, uncomfortable; way too much to hear your dinner companion. Also we would have liked to have an option of tea and decaf coffee in addition to reg coffee. There is not to much of an expense to offer these. As it turned out we left with no after dinner beverage.

Would recommend with reservations about the noise level.

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Mackenzie
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Overall great experience in terms of food, drink and service. We didn’t like, however, that we were a group of 3 and out at a larger “shared” style table with another couple across from us.

BT
BrentT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Tex mex in town hands down

FAQs

Javelina - Union Square does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Chow Now and Postmates. 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 634 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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