Javier's - La Jolla

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$30 and under
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Mexican
JAVIER'S presents a rich heritage of elevated Mexican cuisine in a friendly, captivating ambiance. Enjoy hand-shaken margaritas, rare tequilas, craft cocktails and a vast selection of beer and fine wines. Dine with us in the main dining room, al fresco patios, one of our semi private dining rooms, or at the exquisite bar surrounded by one of the West Coast's largest selection of the world's finest tequilas. We at JAVIER'S consider all our wonderful customers a part of our family and thank them for their support and sharing in the success and joy that is JAVIER'S. Come experience the freshness of our original Mexican cuisine in a warm, friendly environment at one of our five locations.

Please be advised we don't allow strollers. If you bring your stroller we have a designated area to store your stroller while you dine.


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LauraG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So yummy and so quick! Everything was great.. the service, the care and quality of food.

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vipRMLang
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We enjoyed the decor and the food was very good. I had the Cabot azul was excellent but a lot of food. My husband ordered a typical combination plate which he enjoyed. The Javier Margarita a must have.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most beautiful interior spaces in the country! The Spanish, Mediterranean, and rustic vibes were everywhere. The food was amazing and the view was spectacular from our booth. We had the ceviche and the mole which were both exquisite. They did a great job at distancing the tables for guests for safer dining during the pandemic.

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vipNatalie
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab enchiladas are the best as are the chips, salsa and margarita's. Our waitress was attentive but not intrusive for our anniversary meal.

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vipDavid
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is consistantly excellent. Great authentic food, outstanding ambience (we love the outdoor feel of the place) and amazing service. A must-try for steak lovers is the 14oz Prime bone-in ribeye. Cannot wait to go back!

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ltsmith
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great and drinks and food do not disappoint. Lobster enchiladas are amazing. Noise level can be challenging at times.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING, gorgeous area with excellent food. Would go again. 10/10

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vipKimN
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drunk

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Tell your wallets to buckle up, they're in for a ride.

Starting with the tamarindo margarita, that was pretty impressive.

When it started to go downhill was when the civiche came out.... have you heard of dry civiche?! Two words to explain it... Lack luster.

Just when you thought you could only go up, you order your second margarita, the Javiers. Picture plastic bottles tequila, sweet and sour and more water than you pour in a hydro flask and you have their "Cadillac margarita." And don't get me started on the casa margarita... it was a tequila water from the local watering hole down the street.

Just when I thought I hit rock bottom. The food showed up and actually turned out to be a solid meal. We had the seafood enchiladas and the seafood trio. It was solid. Worth $35 per plate? Absolutely not.

However, the ambiance was awesome and the meal and service could have been worse.

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QuentinC
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, ready for the next occasion

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Beautiful restaurant and good food, but the service was atrocious . The server messed up our order multiple times, never once apologized. Never smiled at us, seemed like he was having a very bad day and did not want to be there... not good when you’re spending $200+. I have no desire to go back

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prettytexaslace
San Antonio
45 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place. Food was excellent. Service was top notch. Environment was over the top. Large selection of adult drinks. Lots of delicious foods to choose from. A loud and energetic crowd. Highly recommend the shrimp tacos and the fajitas. Will most certainly return!

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vipJoan
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor is elegant, food superb and service impeccable. Highly recommended.

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vipVictor A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Far too crowded during a pandemic. Some people were not wearing masks when they got up. Tables are very close together. Waitress was not wearing her mask properly. Disappointing and scary experience to say the least.

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vipRastratton
San Diego
150 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always enjoy Javier's and especially during the pandemic they are very careful and take all precautions. The food and service were both excellent. Good to have a meal outside and feel like you are on vacation for a least an hour during this time.

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Luismacho
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and well presented . Margaritas were a little pricey but everything else was amazing .

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Bad table, asked to be moved and got another bad one in corner. Made reservation one week in advance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were refused service because we had a stroller.

JM
vipJeffM
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and incredible ambience!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance, great food and spectacular customer service! Beautiful restaurant!

MT
MarcT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance inside and the lobster enchiladas were outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great accommodations for COVID-19. Felt really comfortable and safe

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boyfriend me birthday surprise! Waiter and everyone was great! Good was amazing!

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RobertS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Food and drinks, location is stunning visually

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DVine
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant , the service was excellent and the food was delicious especially the queso fundido and crab enchiladas.

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DianaL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We are frequent visitors @ Newport Coast location. I have to say your Fajitas and Fideo del mar did not meet up to par as we are accustomed to @newport coast 🙃

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a lovely lunch with a fabulous atmosphere. The food is delicious and the service is on point.

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SpecialOccasion
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance! Always a great spot for a celebration!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Drinks and music were perfect, we had dinner before so we only ordered the beef taquitos which were good and the mole enchilada which I do not recommend, I was only able to take one bite.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and loved the music

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vipMonique
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javier's has become our Friday lunch / happy hour spot. The food is great and the margaritas even better. We always receive the best service from the hostess to our waitress. We go back time and time again and always get the same level of excellent service. I continuously get the enchiladas suiza. I promise myself I am going to try something else, but it's always so good and rich in flavor I have to get it. This has become a great relaxing spot to eat, drink, and laugh the afternoon away.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and delicious

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vipstuF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Tablita excellent however chicken and carne aside way over done. Pork was fantastic.

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vipRuby22
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I should start by saying my family loves this place and we love Josh the manager who always treats us like family. We usually get Gisela( who no longer works there) or Bianca who are both amazing servers.

This time around we were there to celebrate my husbands bday. Josh came by as per usual, he’s the sweetest. But our server was so slow, we felt like she kept wanting to close us out the whole time. She finally brought the bill which we paid, it was over $900. We told her we’d close that out but wanted another round of drinks. She told us she’d have to talk to a manager, because someone was waiting for our table. A manager came about 15 minutes later (not Josh) this manager said he’d need to move us. We waited about another 30 mins. Let’s do the math, that’s 45 mins later just sitting there, letting the celebration fizzle put. We could have had another drink and been gone within that 45 mins. Finally she came with our drinks and another bill, and guess what we were never moved.
I absolutely know if we would have said something to Josh, he would have fixed it, but shouldn’t everyone be giving the same service as Josh & Bianca!!!

Bummer Birthday!!!

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TatianaC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Always love coming here. Our service was pretty crappy this time for the first time ever! Drinks took a really long time. Server wasn’t too friendly. We’ve never had a female server before here until today. Food came out quick. Enchilada suizas were extremely salty this time. Our dessert was great.

CA
CARMENJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service; fresh seafood; good Mexican selections and flavors; VERY mediocre margaritas; stick with pure shots which are very generous. Very Loud; fun people watching; beautiful decor; very expensive

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vipFoodie1
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our server was wearing a mask but she was not covering her nose. This was of great concern to us. She wasn’t very friendly and overcharged us by $7 per drink. Food was just okay, nothing great especially for the price. Will skip this place from now on.

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vipRichH
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This a large busy restaurant. It is doing its best to seat as many people as possible, but there were many people in the bar area and mingling about— not great for intimacy or social distancing. A young crowd, if that is what you are looking for. I think there are better options in La Jolla for this type of cuisine and better values to be had. Probably good for a business lunch or if you are shopping at the Mall .

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were out celebrating our anniversary and everyone was amazing!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was over capacity for Coronavirus standards

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Javier's - La Jolla is rated 4.7 stars by 929 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.