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Javier's Cantina & Grill

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45 Fortune Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 872-2101
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Bar scene
Outdoor seating

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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 12
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  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pricey, but the flavors, oh the flavors!

Off the rock for a conference in Irvine and whenever I get to the mainland, Mexican food is my first priority. Usually it is through a food truck or a nice little joint, but while sitting at the hotel bar a couple of old Mexican gentleman told me about this place. They mentioned it was a little... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Toni T
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I was fortunate enough to be part of a business trip that had dinner at Javier's Cantina & Grill. The food and service are absolutely top notch. We never hit the bottom of the chips and salsa and the carnitas plate that I ordered was tender and delicious. It is a bit of a loud atmosphere but we weren't there... More 

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Irvine, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Good quality food and great Margaritas. Very busy and active on weekends and evenings. Located in the Irvine Spectrum, it is also fun walking around the area.

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Melbourne
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

Had a great night with Alex as our waiter. Ordered some seafood yummy appetisers and a slow cooked Osso Bucco for main. Nice tequila after and good margaritas. Ask for help with the menu and enjoy.

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Love the great seafood options. Salsa is great, that is how I tell a great Mexican restaurant. Little pricey but well worth it.

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New Hampshire
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123 reviews 123 reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

I had been looking forward to dining here as my son-in law said it was his favorite Mexican Restaurant. We stopped by a few months ago and there was a long wait so we went somewhere else. My husband and I returned this past Sunday night and there was no wait. Overall I wasn't impressed at all with the experience.... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Off the rock for a conference in Irvine and whenever I get to the mainland, Mexican food is my first priority. Usually it is through a food truck or a nice little joint, but while sitting at the hotel bar a couple of old Mexican gentleman told me about this place. They mentioned it was a little pricey, but very... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Went for a business dinner, would love to go back again to try everything else that took my fancy on the menu (including the margarita's).

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Irvine, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Javier's is a great meal, whether you want traditional or lighter mexican fare. Margaritas are excellent as well. Be prepared to wait-but its worth it.

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Irvine, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been going to this establishment for 15 years, although they were originally in Laguna beach their new location in Crystal Court is very cool! Lot's of space, service is great as well as the atmosphere! The food is the best!!!!

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Irvine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food in general is good and the salsa is great. I order off the menu and get a carne asada burrito, which is best in town (but that is not saying much for mexican food in Orange County). I would go more often if the food was not as expensive for what you are getting.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 45 Fortune Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: (949) 872-2101

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?