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Javier's Grill & Cantina

Mexican Restaurant and Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Crystal Cove, Newport Beach
  • Danny O.
    "La Tablita is a must try."(6 Tips)
    Daniel G.
    "Jalapeño Margarita = to die for."(5 Tips)
    Peter C.
    "Lobster enchiladas and Cuervo de la Familia tequilla - must haves"(3 Tips)
    Bill F.
    "The bone on carnitas is to die for."(8 Tips)
97 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • Mexican food
  • enchiladas
  • la tablita
  • seafood
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  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BiebertAugust 23, 2014
    Amazing decor. Love the fire pits and open air seating throughout the restaurant. The food was just as tasty as you'd expect for such a beautiful place. You must try it!
  • Kimi C.
    Kimi ChiangAugust 17, 2014
    Delicious food and amazing service. We didn't make reservations, when we arrived it was a 2-2.5 hr wait. Servers helped us get a table in the lounge in 15 mins !!! Loved everything, esp flaca marg
  • Kristen A.
    Kristen AdamApril 10
    Best deal in the house is the combo: cheese enchilada & shredded beef taco (really hungry? add the chili relleno). If you truly want the good stuff get the carnitas. refried beans... nuff said.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GlueckDecember 31, 2014
    Go for la Tablita the taco platter (it's really fajitas). So much food. The carnitas on the bone is tender with a crispy skin, don't miss it
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BMarch 13, 2012
    My wife had the most beautiful baby shower for her girlfriends this past February. Every detail was perfect including the impeccable service. We had a great time, many thanks Javier Jr, Rufino, & Suzi
  • Nicholas V.
    Nicholas VanderBorghMarch 30, 2013
    Awesome seafood. Everyone loved it. . I was the guy who had the ribeye. This is not the place to have a steak. 1. It didnt look like it was 16 oz. 2) it was good but not great.
  • Ravin D.
    Ravin DaveDecember 5, 2013
    The tablita is dank and amaze! Good for two hungry dudes, but just don't eat too many chips before.
  • OC Weekly
    OC WeeklyNovember 21, 2011
    Voted Best All-Ages Meat Market in OC Weekly's Best Of 2011 Issue! Wide variety of margaritas and champagne! Click the link to download the Best Of app and view more winners! Read more
  • Rj S.
    Rj St ThomasAugust 11, 2014
    Get the house margarita on the rocks, the Shredded beef Chimichanga with extra beef and top it off their caramel flan!
  • Lynn P.
    Lynn PinaMarch 19, 2011
    Get the Cabo Azul seafood special with the lobster enchilada, chile relleno stuffed with shrimp and crap and the shrimp taco. It is ridiculously good!
  • Sandy D.
    Sandy DupleichNovember 20, 2011
    Be sure to make reservations on the weekends. Decor and ambiance is off the charts. Food is fantastic too!!
  • Eileen M.
    Eileen MarieJuly 10, 2012
    This menu is difficult to navigate when you're on a diet - lol!
  • Danny O.
    Danny OlivaSeptember 30
    La Tablita is a must try. Carnitas & Steak fajitas are so gooood.
    Upvoted Oct 16
  • Steve♥Tami
    Steve♥TamiJune 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chicken Fajitas or the Steak Picado. Simply the best around. We drive up from San Diego for this Mexican food. Can't go wrong. Enjoy!
  • Katie Z.
    Katie ZuccaroAugust 5, 2013
    Great food, atmosphere, location and awesome place to people watch ;)
  • John D.
    John DunnJune 8, 2010
    Can't go wrong with Carnitas. Queso and Guacamole go great with the Chips. Order a pitcher of margaritas, you'll want more.
  • Maurizio C.
    Maurizio CocchiMarch 1, 2014
    Cool to stay at the bar, eat what you like and enjoy the atmosphere
  • Ben D.
    Ben DunhamNovember 13, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Try their signature margaritas. Jalapeños flavored one is a must try :]
  • Mezcal El Silencio .
    #MezcalElSilencio is the best choice for Margaritas, Mezcal Mules, Old Fashioned and Mojitos!!
  • Bill F.
    Bill FaethMay 18, 2013
    The bone on carnitas is to die for. Trust me.
  • C.J. F.
    C.J. FladgerJune 1, 2013
    The food was amazing!!! Service was fantastic!! The best date night!!
  •  b ǝıןןǝʞ
     b ǝıןןǝʞOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    mhm it's all about seen and be seen. The better you dress the better the service, sad but true
  • Kristen J.
    Kristen JonesMay 21, 2015
    Get the carnitas and a margarita with your closest friends at sunset!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CFebruary 2, 2012
    Took Corina's tip, Seafood Enchiladas are great, highly recommend them
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinAugust 16
    This 9+ rating is ridiculous. Definitely a scene in Newport Beach but food is not cheap and the quality is not aligned to price. Beans and rice side were not up to snuff. Jalapeno marg was not spicy
  • Joshua S.
    Joshua SteckerMay 9, 2010
    If you're on a date, order the La Tablita. Great make-your-own taco dish, perfect for two.
  • Vanessa W.
    Vanessa WeeksMarch 4, 2012
    I had the shrimp and drank Patron on the rocks - this place is a hot spot!
  • Kellie
    KellieDecember 17, 2011
    The Guacamole is perfect along with a good sipping tequila
  • Negeen
    NegeenAugust 12, 2012
    Get the "Ensalada de Carne Asada"! SO GOOD.
  • @dentalgaymer
    @dentalgaymerJune 11, 2011
    Hot spot Friday & Saturday nights. Make reservations! - @dentalgaymer
  • Jun D.
    Jun DFebruary 23, 2013
    Try La Tablita! It's so good! Enough for 2 to 3 people!!
  • corina w.
    corina wolfeJune 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Seafood Enchiladas to die for....and the Margaritas are soooo yummy!!!! Bring on the Margaritas.!!!:-)
  • Alexandra E.
    Alexandra EsparzaOctober 22, 2013
    Best carnitas I have every had!
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WoodridgeJune 6, 2014
    Fav of mine highly recommend! Read more
  • Lenee ~.
    Lenee ~~February 16, 2015
    The crab enchiladas are a win!
  • DJ Lizzie C.
    DJ Lizzie CSeptember 13, 2013
    Cadillac margaritas are great. Chicken salad was yum
  • Dolores S.
    Dolores SalmanJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the "Skinny Margarita no salt" to avoid the excess calories and bloating from a normal margarita.
  • Amir Z.
    Amir ZonoziNovember 17, 2015
    Jalapeño margarita is like yoga for your taste buds.
  • D M.
    D MoneyAugust 6, 2011
    Get the steak fajitas and nothing else. Thank me later.
  • Joseph W.
    Joseph WilkFebruary 13, 2012
    Steak picado is yummy in my tummy. Pomegranate amaze balls!!!!
  • Chavelli
    ChavelliMarch 2, 2013
    Great atmosphere and fantastic food!
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Javier’s has the best margaritas and serves upper-scale Mexican cuisine. -Lynne Curtin, Real Housewives of Orange County
  • Joanne K.
    Joanne KimOctober 16, 2014
    Best damn mole I've ever had.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LouieDecember 27, 2010
    One of the best. Ask how much for tequila shots before ordering, could end up pricey.
  • Caroline G.
    Caroline GerardoNovember 14, 2012
    best pick up bar in the OC beats Maestro's
  • Gabe G.
    Gabe GoldfeldJanuary 29, 2014
    Amazing margaritas!
  • Christopher M.
    The seafood quesadilla is bomb.
  • LimelightJenn
    LimelightJennJanuary 5, 2010
    go to javier's & ask for the la tablita. it's where fajitas meets amazing tacos & it's for sharing.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BuljanNovember 18, 2014
    Can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
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