Javier's - La Jolla

4.7
1398 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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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service3ambience1

We had reserved a table more than a week in advance. When we arrived we were seated in the bar lounge. Chairs were uncomfortable and it ruined the evening. I spent $182 including tip and don’t think I’ll be back.

AO
vipAndreOgura
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a Great time at Javier’s! The service and food are out of this world. The decor and vibe of the restaurant is so fun and beautiful!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING. San Diego is growing up! Finally! Go! For any occasion. It’s great people watching. Great drinks and amazing food. But dress casual chic so you fit in. It’s casual upscale for sure!

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Michele
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance at Javier's La Jolla is amazing. A lot of thought and detail went into the design of this restaurant. We started off our meal with chips and salsa, and ordered a guacamole on the side. (Delish!) My main course was the Carne Tamiquena, recommended by the waitress because it had a little bit of everything (steak, enchilda and taquitos).

My guest dined on the Trio De Enchiladas Del Mar - he must've liked it because he finished the entire portion!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Terrible experience , usually Javiers is on point but today was terrible. Won’t be back for a while

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Another great experience. Food was absolutely delicious!!
Can’t wait to go back 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Very pricey, bad service, food was okay

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my family of three to Javier’s to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The ambiance is beyond beautiful and the drinks, food & service were top notch. Nightly recommend Javier’s for lunch or dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant to celebrate my hubby's birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my birthday, food was overpriced for quality/taste in my opinion but it was good. staff is super friendly and made the experience extremely special!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Had booked a table for my birthday weeks ago. Arrived, snubbed us and put as at a small table literally at the entrance while there were plenty of empty tables inside — plenty lol. When asked why we weren’t good enough to get a normal table, again snubbed. Will never return. Good is food though, might as well have gotten it to go since that’s what it felt like.

JP
JamesvP1
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javiers’s never seems to disappoint. Service was amazing. Rhianna, our server, was the best. Presentation of food was inviting and so professional and the quality superb. Even the owner, Omar, gave us a special welcome.

JF
vipJohnF
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy birthday to my beautiful wife

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience5

We typically go to the Newport location and have never had any issues there. Being in San Diego, we wanted to go somewhere “safe and consistently good” that we knew of. The La Jolla restaurant itself is beautiful, so we were looking forward to a normal Javiers experience. When we arrived the hosts were not well organized - they had the wrong day pulled up on their reservation book. There was slight confusion, but we made it to our table. We were greeted quickly, and waters were brought right away. Our server was polite, as was the rest of the staff. Drinks and Appetizer came out quickly and tasted great. Unfortunately, our server put in the wrong entree order. No big deal, mistakes happen. What is an issue is the way it was handled. The manager came over and explained what happened, which was obvious - not a big deal. Then the server came over to let us know the correct food would be out soon and proceeded to blame us for the incorrect first order and finish with its hard to hear in here. Making guests feel uncomfortable is super unnecessary. We order the same thing at the Newport location and never have any issues with it. We also never have to ask for silverware and plates when dishes are brought out. In addition, the bathrooms don’t have toilet paper thrown everywhere on the ground. It’s even more unfortunate because we have a guest visiting from out of town. Overall, the experience was okay, only because the food and drinks were good. The server was not so great.

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WendyH
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Definitely get the feeling they are doing you a favor by letting you dine there. No warm welcome, no smiles. I actually stood at the host desk for several minutes while the three people behind the desk chatted with each other and cleaned menus with no acknowledgement before I asked them if they could help with my reservation. Incredibly loud inside restaurant, we could not carry on any conversation, it was laughable. Salad came out drenched in dressing. Whole night was just an eh. And then super expensive check on top of everything.

I have always liked the other Javier’s I have been too, hopefully this one catches on. Making guest feel welcome would be a good start.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The service is very much nonpersonal

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alanac
Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Nice atmosphere but too expensive for what u get.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

loud for dinner conversation

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and service overall is good. The place is beautiful and with great ambiance but very loud. It’s expensive for enchiladas and churros but the quality is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolute great experience at Javiers!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service!

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vipFoodstasty
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar with a friend and got served swiftly and effectively. Food was great. Drinks were just as good. Loved the pollo Josephina, ceviche de pulpo and tamarind margarita. Talk about delicious

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great ambiance

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food was amazing but the service was horrible. Our waitress was very cold and barely checked our table. She seemed very friendly with other tables but completely forgot about us. When she did check our table, she was very rude. I loved the food but she ruined the whole experience.

PC
PamC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner with great service.

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vipSDFoodie
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a great time at Javier’s La Jolla! The consistency is unmatched.

GC
vipGerardoC
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food but not the best Mexican food I’ve ever had… prices are higher than the quality of the food.

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vipKristina
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. They have a bunch of salsas that aren’t on the menu that you can ask for that are delicious. Everything about this place is beautiful and the food and service is amazing.

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LVERRN
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the most beautiful atmosphere-food is amazing, visiting from Vegas and visited her twice-love it here-this place is a “must” no matter where you are staying in SD-worth the drive! Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food3service2ambience3

We had an issue with the food, it was not very pleasant to find “extra ingredients” on our enchiladas. The issue was resolved by our server, who was not happy about the issue.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service I’ve had in a long time. Our server was very attentive.

AO
vipAndreOgura
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

My family and I have been coming to Javier’s for all our special occasions or birthdays. Yesterday was not what we have come to know when dining at Javier’s. The service staff seemed like they didn’t want to ge there. Once we were sat down, our waitress came by and took our drink order and after that, our interaction was very limited to any at all. We brought chips, salsa, water in the beginning but once again after no staff came by to check or fill our water or baskets or even attempt to ask if we needed anything. because it took so long for our waitress to finally come back and take our order, it took us over an hour to get our meal. Not once did she come back and check on us or see if we needed anything once again. We were left to attempt and flag down staff for anything. I am extremely disappointed since this is not typical of Javier’s service but yesterday was a complete disaster as it seemed our table was basically brought the initial items and then forgotten about. Our waitress barely said more than 10 sentences to us and it seemed when we asked for anything that it was a burden on our part for asking. I am hoping this is not a recurring theme at Javier’s now because this was meant to be a nice anniversary dinner for my parents and turned into a mess just trying to anyone to notice or come to our table.

I will say that the food when it finally came out was OUTSTANDING which I am so happy that standard has never failed. Hopefully the waitress and other servers can be a little more conscious of ALL tables and make the effort to help guests when dining.

AK
vipAKX71
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice environment.
Great food. Not sure if 100% authentic though, but it doesn’t matter to me.

MI
vipMICHAELS
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very overrated. If you are looking for relaxing dinner, this is not the place. We were not finished our starters and they were bringing our main course. The place is a see and be seen vibe. Food is good, but very pricy as are the drinks.
Very harried experience, I could do without.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Very slow service and food was coming out at different times and not cooked properly. For that price we expect much more.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omar Sosa is an amazing owner/ manager! Came to the table and greeted us personally! Had an amazing Tablita for 2 and a couple of Roca Patron drinks! First class all around!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was terrible, wrong items brought to us. Way over priced for the basic bland food. Not authentic Mexican food. Pretty sure the food was straight from a can including the watery guacamole.. Not even close to the hype. Highly disappointed!

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Javier's - La Jolla is rated 4.7 stars by 1398 OpenTable diners.

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