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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."(7 Tips)
    Daniel G.
    "Jalapeño Margarita = to die for."(7 Tips)
    Peter C.
    "Lobster enchiladas and Cuervo de la Familia tequilla - must haves"(3 Tips)
    Daniel A.
    "Get the Cabo Azul, the Carnitas, or anything with shrimp or seafood."(9 Tips)
104 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • Mexican food
  • la tablita
  • enchiladas
  • 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, 2016
    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
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel ArcherJune 19, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Cabo Azul, the Carnitas, or anything with shrimp or seafood. The enchiladas are amazing. And the jalapeño margaritas 😃
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Jill O.
    Jill OlhoeftApril 17, 2017
    Crowded, customers are diverse, fun place, beautiful venue & restaurant. The food & service are Amazing! We'll be back soon.
  • Kelsey K.
    Kelsey KotzebueMay 2, 2017
    La Tablita is fantastic. Also, the house margarita tastes just as great as the more expensive ones.
  • 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, 2016
    La Tablita is a must try. Carnitas & Steak fajitas are so gooood.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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!
  • Maurizio C.
    Maurizio CocchiMarch 1, 2014
    Cool to stay at the bar, eat what you like and enjoy the atmosphere
  • Katie Z.
    Katie ZuccaroAugust 5, 2013
    Great food, atmosphere, location and awesome place to people watch ;)
  • Jun D.
    Jun DFebruary 23, 2013
    Try La Tablita! It's so good! Enough for 2 to 3 people!!
  • Mezcal El Silencio .
    #MezcalElSilencio is the best choice for Margaritas, Mezcal Mules, Old Fashioned and Mojitos!!
  • 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.
  • Bill F.
    Bill FaethMay 18, 2013
    The bone on carnitas is to die for. Trust me.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinAugust 16, 2016
    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
  • Kristen J.
    Kristen JonesMay 21, 2015
    Get the carnitas and a margarita with your closest friends at sunset!
  • DJ Lizzie C.
    DJ Lizzie CSeptember 13, 2013
    Cadillac margaritas are great. Chicken salad was yum
  • C.J. F.
    C.J. FladgerJune 1, 2013
    The food was amazing!!! Service was fantastic!! The best date night!!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CFebruary 2, 2012
    Took Corina's tip, Seafood Enchiladas are great, highly recommend them
  •  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
  • Kellie
    KellieDecember 17, 2011
    The Guacamole is perfect along with a good sipping tequila
  • Vanessa W.
    Vanessa WeeksMarch 4, 2012
    I had the shrimp and drank Patron on the rocks - this place is a hot spot!
  • Alexandra E.
    Alexandra EsparzaOctober 22, 2013
    Best carnitas I have every had!
  • Negeen
    NegeenAugust 12, 2012
    Get the "Ensalada de Carne Asada"! SO GOOD.
  • 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.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WoodridgeJune 6, 2014
    Fav of mine highly recommend! Read more
  • Lenee ~.
    Lenee ~~February 16, 2015
    The crab enchiladas are a win!
  • 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.!!!:-)
  • @dentalgaymer
    @dentalgaymerJune 11, 2011
    Hot spot Friday & Saturday nights. Make reservations! - @dentalgaymer
  • Geoff Y.
    Geoff YaleSeptember 1, 2017
    Everything is amazing
  • Amir Z.
    Amir ZonoziNovember 17, 2015
    Jalapeño margarita is like yoga for your taste buds.
  • Ben D.
    Ben DunhamNovember 13, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Try their signature margaritas. Jalapeños flavored one is a must try :]
  • 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.
  • Joanne K.
    Joanne KimOctober 16, 2014
    Best damn mole I've ever had.
  • Chavelli
    ChavelliMarch 2, 2013
    Great atmosphere and fantastic food!
  • D M.
    D MoneyAugust 6, 2011
    Get the steak fajitas and nothing else. Thank me later.
  • LimelightJenn
    LimelightJennJanuary 5, 2010
    go to javier's & ask for the la tablita. it's where fajitas meets amazing tacos & it's for sharing.
  • Christopher M.
    The seafood quesadilla is bomb.
  • Caroline G.
    Caroline GerardoNovember 14, 2012
    best pick up bar in the OC beats Maestro's
  • Joseph W.
    Joseph WilkFebruary 13, 2012
    Steak picado is yummy in my tummy. Pomegranate amaze balls!!!!
  • Gabe G.
    Gabe GoldfeldJanuary 29, 2014
    Amazing margaritas!
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LouieDecember 27, 2010
    One of the best. Ask how much for tequila shots before ordering, could end up pricey.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Javier’s has the best margaritas and serves upper-scale Mexican cuisine. -Lynne Curtin, Real Housewives of Orange County
  • Angelina Z.
    Angelina ZeppieriFebruary 10, 2015
    Lobster enchiladas and shrimp ceviche.
  • @SkinnynSatisfied
    @SkinnynSatisfiedDecember 30, 2014
    La Tablita, Spicy Margarita, Refried Beans
  • Alex B.
    Alex BuljanNovember 18, 2014
    Can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GeddisAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Jalapeño Margarita = to die for.
  • Tracy R.
    Tracy ReinhardtJuly 4, 2013
    Best Halibut ceviche!!!
  • Eray  (ЭРАЙ) Л.
    Exotic rest.
  • E G.
    E GDecember 21, 2014
    Really nothing special. Don't get all the hype about this place.
  • Anna B.
    Anna BureshDecember 29, 2012
    Swanky place. Herradura reposado margarita's are wonderful.
  • NikkiLynn S.
    NikkiLynn SmithMarch 23, 2013
    The best chicken quesadillas ever!
  • Breeb714
    Breeb714October 21, 2010
    Trendy! Busy! Yummy! Great group place. Look out for cougars
  • Jun D.
    Jun DNovember 21, 2014
    Good ambience and good food!
  • Donna A.
    Donna AcostaSeptember 21, 2012
    This is the tastiest mexican food!
  • Eric L.
    Eric LordNovember 12, 2011
    The carnitas are great!
  • Robert S.
    Robert SMay 20, 2016
    Atmosphere and decor to start
  • Tripster
    TripsterJune 10, 2017
    Jalapeno Margaritas!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LeonardApril 6, 2010
    Best Mexican food around, especially their seafood dishes.
  • Susan P.
    Susan PiazzaSeptember 18, 2011
    crab omelet is divine !
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonMay 19, 2015
    Cougars. And I guess the food is pretty good too...
  • Damon P.
    Damon PurvisAugust 8, 2014
    Location is awesome
  • Dawn J.
    Dawn JonesApril 1, 2012
    Get the jalapeño margarita
  • Angelina T.
    Angelina TDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Black Mamba! Mmmm
  • Holly O.
    Holly OlsonNovember 13, 2011
    Fabulous enchiladas and margaritas
  • Sameer K.
    Sameer KalwaniAugust 6, 2014
    Get the osso buco!
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™April 5, 2012
    Jalapeño marg. Enjoy.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BlumbergNovember 21, 2012
    Chips and salsa were good. Not impressed with the rest/ or the service.
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChengApril 17, 2010
    Lobster enchiladas and Cuervo de la Familia tequilla - must haves
  • robin r.
    robin roweJanuary 27, 2012
    Try the Cucumber Margarita
  • Lawrence L.
    Lawrence LukeJune 26, 2011
    Herradura tequila margaritas are the best!
  • Salvatore B.
    Salvatore BerrittoFebruary 26, 2017
    Chips are fire 🔥☄️💥
  • Alina T.
    Alina TerlepMarch 7, 2012
    They have the best Fajitas!!
  • Gary L.
    Gary LimaOctober 8, 2011
    Salsa is awesome!
  • Kristi W.
    Kristi WebsterJune 9, 2013
    Fun! Fun! You go girls
  • Pranav P.
    Pranav PMarch 13, 2013
    Jalapeno Margarita..
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FergusDecember 16, 2010
    Try the jalapeño margarita
  • Chris P.
    Chris PanaiaAugust 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Javier's Margatita with Espalon Tequila! Yum.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BeresfordFebruary 11, 2011
    great lunch here today!
  • Ann E.
    Ann EysenringApril 27, 2011
    Great spicy salsa!
  • Lindsay D.
    Lindsay DriesbachApril 23, 2010
    Get the margarita with Dos Lunas tequilla ! Amazing ...
  • Christaley N.
    Christaley NesbittDecember 30, 2014
    Where's the rest of the food???
  • William D.
    William DavilaJune 26, 2011
    This place is great !!!
  • Nick M.
    Nick MackJanuary 23, 2010
    Let's hit up Javier's at 7pm on Friday.
  • Sarita S.
    Sarita SCApril 1, 2011
    Do NOT bring your babies here. It's not a place they would like no should be.
  • Saif A.
    Saif AlmehairbiMarch 6, 2017
    The octopus and shrimp ceviche is a must to try...
  • Jen W.
    Jen WilliamsNovember 18, 2015
    Salsa way to hot - we both had horrible heartburn after eating here
  • Suzy B.
    Suzy BryanSeptember 6, 2010
    Have a good time here Read more
  • Mike C.
    Mike CastrogiovanniMarch 13, 2010
    Fav Mexican spot.
  • Bir B.
    Bir BenFebruary 8, 2014
    İnanamıyorum... Losangeles Lakers oyuncusu Kobe Bryantl'a tanıştım burada:))
  • Sofia K.
    Sofia KananDecember 19, 2015
    Excelente comida y servicio
  • Krlosk25 G.
    Krlosk25 GarciaFebruary 22, 2015
    **Eapectacular Los mojitos!!**
  • Sofia K.
    Sofia KananDecember 18, 2015
    La comida y el servicio
  • Edsson A.
    Edsson AguilarAugust 26, 2016
    Excelente lugar
  • Michael T.
    Michael TchongMay 23, 2010
    Salsa caliente! :)
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