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Javier's Cantina & Grill

45 Fortune Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 872-2101
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Ranked #26 of 534 Restaurants in Irvine
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Connecticut
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

When I think of this place the overriding thought is NOISE NOISE NOISE! Although the food is somewhat better than the average Mexican restaurant, the prices are also higher than average. We were kept waiting 40 minutes past our reservation time and then the food took another 40 minutes to arrive after we ordered. We very nicely brought both these... More

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Irvine, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It did not measure up to my expectation based on the quality, taste and quantity of food. Tortilla was not that great. The serving is not much for the price and taste is not that good.

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Irvine, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's not just a Mexican Restaurant; it has lots of different food. I would go there again.The friends I went with loved it.

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Joshua Tree, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I attended a dinner in an interior room with colleagues. The food was delicious and amazing with great service. Unique items including appetizers and entrees. The filet mignon and lobster was awesome. Highly recommend for a special event.

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modesto ca
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Two people at our hotel recommended this restaurant when I asked for the best place around. It was definitely upscale Mexican, in a delightful atmosphere. But don't go without reservations! People were signing up for a 2 1/2-hour wait while we were there. If conversation is important, ask for a table out on the patio. From chips to chicken, combo... More

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Irvine, Ca
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The Irvine Spectrum restaurants are packed and fun during the summer. Javier's Cantina Grill is no exception. The bar is a great area to hang out after work or for meeting clients. The drinks are strong and chips/salsa are endless. The restaurant side however is less impressive. Outdoor seating is good and ambiance is nice. The food however is poor... More

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Dallas, Texas
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114 reviews 114 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

which direction to go in with this place. I ate here twice over a week, so I guess it was good enough the first time to return for a second. With that said, the food just isn't all that great. I had the mahi mahi one night with the fundido, nothing special. Probably had my least favorite shrimp ceviche of... More

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

This is an upscale restaurant and the food was incredible! Would have rated 5 stars but $58 for a pitcher of margaritas is excessive and we didn't order high end tequila, just the house brand! Service was fantastic!

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Beds
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90 reviews 90 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I first visited as part of a large corporate group, and liked it so much that I returned the following night! The choice and quality of food is good, and the atmosphere and service are great. It is always busy so I advise booking ahead, though the waiting system is handed very efficiently too.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great food, a bit pricey but well worth it. Kids had a great meal. Margaritas were great! One of our favorite places to eat when we visit SoCal.

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