Javier's - La Jolla

4.7
1724 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Dwsquared
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a beautiful, dare I say sexy place! The ambience is worth the visit and you feel like you are on vacation. Love it every time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The prior 3-5 visit was great. However, our last one was disappointing.

- Missed order
- Margarita wasn’t as good.
- Service wasn’t as good.

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vipSandyB
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is a good trendy spot for dinner - very lively with great drinks and ambiance.

Came for lunch on a Sunday and it was very quiet. I realized it is probably because they don't have a lunch menu. Their dinner menu is too expensive for lunch time and without the fun dinner ambiance/atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Bridal shower

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vipAmro
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We had a nice family dinner here on saturday the 22nd and I have to say the hostess was amazing, kind and accomodating. We had reservations at 5PM for 4 and ran into our friends and their family and she was kind enough to convert our reservation from 4 to 8! Rare to get such great service these days.

The restaurant is energetic and great people watching. Still has best chips, salsa, guac combo with drinks (although very pricey).

The food is good, not going to ooh and ahh, but good tasty food. I had the seabass special and it was a bit undercooked, but still pretty decent. Wife had the enchilidas suissas ans mentioned it was too lemony. Our waiter was very considerate and wanted to remake our dinners but with little kids attention spans waning we deferred. Our dessert of warm churros and vanilla ice cream made it up for it.

Ambience is best, great mix of people from different cultures and age groups. A wonderful confluence of society coming together and having a great time, even in the middle of a pandemic. People roll up to valet in Ferarris and family SUVs and nobody really cares. Side note valets are great as well, kind and courteous.

As we were leaving the place was packed and "happening", very lively scene and would be fun to come back to without kids next time.

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vipTiaM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time coming here and the ambiance was awesome! It's like a mini getaway and the service was amazing. Definitely will be coming back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent the food the service the music!!! wonderful

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vipShari
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The music playing was hip and cool but super loud. Great for party mode but not for date night out or family. More of an after work vibe. Food was quite good although service lacked luster.

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AmandaW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Waiter knowingly gave us a medium well steak when we asked for medium. $75 plate. Didn’t do anything to fix it until we had to ask several times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sever

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Russel
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The restaurant was very crowded. In the current environment the tables are too close together and no one other than servers wear mask. As I understand this is the customers preference I respect that. I feel like no thought was given to this from the management team. The table behind me was way too close. I won’t be returning. But that is my personal decision. Hope this helps better your floor layout plans in the future.

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vipTomT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javier's is such a great spot; easy parking, excellent food quality, outstanding service, cool venue and a bunch of tequila! Checks all boxes. Fun night!!

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annat
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I've never been disappointed at this restaurant. The service is always friendly and attentive. They are very accommodating and respectful. The food is tasty and the serving sizes are ample but, this is a higher priced establishment. The ambiance is very nice, patio and indoor seating. There are fire pits and heaters providing warmth on cooler days. Overall, this is a lovely place to have a good meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and good food.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive and kind waitstaff, great drinks and food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot say enough good things about this place! Absolutely love coming here! Always have great service and delicious food! Their margaritas are amazing as well. Cannot wait to dine there again!

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Mkmw
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and decor - first visit and will be back! Everything was super fresh and delicious!

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Inkisitive
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only reason why I wanted to attend this delightful place was because of I read a review that read although it was overpriced it was still delicious enough. Curiosity got me and now I’m hooked! I loved the camarones al mojó de ajo and I also tried the shrimp enchiladas which were good. The camarones dish though made me reminisce of a time when my dad would cook more often. Perfect excuse just to come back. Oh and the tequila selection is almost as good as the one in the town Tequila, you must try at least two. Enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Auténtica comida mexicana en un ambiente chic

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RupaS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food and drinks were overpriced and not very good. My shrimp salad barely had any shrimp. Our kids got burritos, which are not on the menu, and were charged $25 each for mostly rice and beans. We requested outside seating specially and ring a cake for the special occasion but both requests were ignored. Our waitress was nice and responsive, but otherwise, we were very disappointed and won't be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Not the same quality as Newport

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ArsolaF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was for my birthday we had great food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javier’s never disappoints! We have been to all of them and all are great!

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Tomcat
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javiers is top notch! The salsa was soo good, the taquito appetizer were beautifully presented and delicious. I had the mole, it was wonderful. The design of this restaurant is jaw dropping! Just have nothing bad to say, only wish it was closer to my home!

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JWDCA
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overall everything was excellent. The only issue we had was with valet being very rude to us with shoulder shrugs and “oh well” looks when we simply said “we didn’t realize there was valet available”
We parked in the Wells Fargo lot. It was our first time at the restaurant.

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AlmiraV
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner outings seems to be a hectic/chaotic than going to lunch. We wanted a nice place for lunch somewhere food and service is good. This was definitely nice. Staff were so attentive and an actual dining manager came to check on us. Table touching is not common anymore and we really appreciate that connection. Our waister was nice, not too pushy and gave us space and time to enjoy our lunch and each other. We’ll be back!

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vipKcsreview
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience1

It depends on what you want. Noisy, young, energetics will love it but others likely will not. It's hard to find initially but once there your only option is valet parking at $10 a car. Expect a wait even if you have reservations, which we did. It's lively. Very loud. The food was very average, nothing special. Service was initially very slow but food came out quickly, maybe too quickly for well prepared. It's expensive compared with other and better Mexican restaurants. En Fuego, Fidel's, Hernandez Hideaway etc are all better experiences, sane noise levels and better food.

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DwayneN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, felt like we were someplace South America. Waitress was spot on and always there for us. Food was great but drinks a bit to much on price.

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DougB
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Just too expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat service and food I’ve. ever revived

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CarolK
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit to Javier's and we found it just as wonderful in every way. This was a lunch experience which is better for us because it was less noisy. Same great service and delicious food. There is a lot of open air there with tall ceilings and heated patio space.

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Cmor1
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambience. Felt like we were eating at a Mexican resort.

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RMtzJr
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time to this location and we loved it. Will definitely come back again.

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MAyraR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Regatton music playing loud and for two long. Previous visits they had better music.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Had way better margaritas at other places despite there list of a dozen different options. Ceviche was flavorless and the tuna was frozen. Food was bland and didn’t have a lot of flavor but looked pretty. It came out in five minutes after ordering which there is no way the seafood could have been cooked fresh in that amount of time leading me to believe it’s all prepped earlier and then plated to order. Server acted like she could care less to be there and gave us an attitude when we asked her to explain the menu. Ambiance was nice but loud which we didn’t mind. Lots of pretty dressed up people. Manager was really nice and helped move us when the table of girls next to us had an excessive amount of perfume on and was giving me a headache. It was the best Flan I’ve ever had for desert though. It was a decent experience but not worth the expensive prices and the hype.

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vipJimmyZ
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best enchiladas on SD. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend!!!!

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Ataz
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food and drinks are good, but not happy when we had a reservation at 6:30pm and we had to wait for our table and it wasn't ready until 7pm.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We went for our daughters birthday. The food was great, however, we were seated outside in the walkway into the restaurant and the hostesses refused to move us. Our reservation should have been for the standard seating inside the restaurant. We were basically sitting on the sidewalk. Our party didn’t really even fit at the table as it was more like a cocktail table. For the price of this restaurant this was very disappointing.

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DaniS
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibe of the indoor outdoor experience is great. Service is phenomenal. Some portions of food were better than others. Overall fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food is good and service is great

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Javier's - La Jolla is rated 4.7 stars by 1724 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.