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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
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 70
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  • 85
    Very good
  • 47
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  • 12
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  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always a party

Javier's at Irvine Spectrum has good food and a lively atmosphere. It is always packed so make reservations. The service is good but the food is better-especially the carnitas. Their potions are pretty good size and of course they give you chips and tasty salsa while you wait for your food. Lots... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
drblee
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Irvine, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Javier's at Irvine Spectrum has good food and a lively atmosphere. It is always packed so make reservations. The service is good but the food is better-especially the carnitas. Their potions are pretty good size and of course they give you chips and tasty salsa while you wait for your food. Lots of outdoor sitting as well-perfect for spring/summer nights.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Go early as they get super crowded. Food is pretty good, but we really go for the Margaritas....they're pretty delicious.

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Tustin, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Absolutely terrible! The manager, Omar Sosa, Was rude and condescending, mimicking the customers...appalling! Waste of anyone's time and money to be at a restaurant with so little care to their customers.

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Orange County, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a fun place to go with friends who want a lively restaurant. The food and service are very good and the bar is very active. However, I would not recommend this restaurant for business meals. The decibel level inside can be off the charts. Because of the noise level, it's way too difficult to carry on a comfortable... More 

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S.E. PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Starting with the chips and salsa which were very good we moved on to the Queso Fundido, which was not very good. No real flavor beyond the cheese. Could barely notice the chorizo. Skip it and focus on the entrees. We had steak fajitas, the shrimp enchiladas and a couple of other dishes. Everything was excellent. It's pricey with entrees... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The food was certainly worth the wait. The only reason I don't rate them a five is the noise level. When they turned the music up it only got worse.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Plan is to watch a move at spectrum & have about 1 hour before our show start! So stop by for the happy hours and this place is packed on Thursday night and Berle find a seat at the bar. The bartender very friendly and chips & salsa is very fresh we ordered stakes casadia and it was very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

Ok ok I know it's not "real Mexican" food but it is really good. This is not not a hole-in-the-wall but a higher level of south of the border dining. It's good try it !

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Vegetarian choice is very limited. Wine is good and is very neat and servers are very good,. Nice location. I always take my corporate clients there. Though they like it but the food for vegetarian is almost nothing...non-existent.

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Park City, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The chips and salsa were fantastic, service was fast and efficient, orders taken quickly and food delivered timely. I had the shrimp and crab enchiladas and because it looked like it was all puréed, I could not make heads or tails of the shrimp or crab. My colleagues were also perplexed by their dishes. The chile verde was literally just... More 

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Additional Information about Javier's Cantina & Grill

Address: 45 Fortune Dr, Irvine, CA 92618
Phone Number: (949) 872-2101
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Mexican

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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
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?