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Mexican, Caribbean, Seafood, Healthy, Grill
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited Javi’s on Monday, January 10th and had the best meal of our week-long visit to Isla. Everything about the meal was delicious and the atmosphere was exceptional. The peanut butter martini was perfection in a glass! Service was attentive and kind and the...restaurant was beautiful and clean. This should be one of the top restaurants on Isla!More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I travel to Isla annually for the whale shark migration. We are active farmers, and heavily involved in the specialty food/fine dining industries in The States. We have been privileged to work, and dine in Michelin Star restaurants. When dining out, we...are processing the experience at every level. We do NOT dine out often. Even while vacationing, we prefer to prepare our own meals. Javis is an exception. Javis a portal; an invitation into Cantina culture. The Folx working here are genuinely glad to be in the space. They care. They get it. The cocktail, and food menus are creative, while maintaining adoration for local flavor. The music is live, well curated, and heartfelt. I love this place, and a visit here on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night is always a highlight of our trip. Oh. And ask Javi (he will introduce himself!) about the old tree. Just, please.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was such a pleasant relaxed evening. Food was awesome, music just right. Service above and beyond

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed December 6, 2021

We had visited Javi’s on previous occasions as this was our 4th visit to the island. This is by far our favorite restaurant on the island. Our Nov 2021 visit also included our wedding ceremony and guests. We selected Javi’s for our wedding night dinner...which included 18 guests. The meal was amazing and all of our guests are still raving about it. Our reservation/meal included a welcome margarita, salsa/guacamole/chips, salad, surf & turf and dessert. Marla and staff were extremely helpful in making sure everything was perfect. We were seated in the courtyard as requested and Javi was the dinner entertainment. Everything was perfect and the dessert chimi was melt in your mouth and so delicious. During this trip we also returned for two other meals which included thanksgiving turkey dinner. It was so good. Javi, Marla and their entire staff do an amazing job at making sure everything is perfect and guests are happy. Love this place and a great big thank you! We look forward to our next visit.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 30, 2021

Was uncertain about going in as the restaurant seemed empty. They asked if we wanted to sit in the back and that was great. Good food. Unique drinks. Live music not too loud and all the staff were friendly and responsive. Would go again. FYI...front was also full when we left.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 29, 2021

The restaurant, the tequila tasting and the catered dinner were all amazing! We will definitely book again and highly recommend for anyone visiting the island.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 27, 2021

Food, service and holiday recommendations were on point. Excellent turkey and dressing! Highly recommended

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 16, 2021 via mobile

I tried this restaurant after reading multiple positive /excellent reviews. I wasn't sure if it was open as the door was closed even though it was 5.20 pm. The sign at the entrance indicated happy hour from 5-6 pm, but I was informed that happy...hour was no longer offered (no big deal). I opted to sit outside and ordered a pineapple margarita and shrimp ceviche while deciding on my main meal. The drink and ceviche were good, not spectacular as expected. The restaurant started to fill up quickly, and that was the end of timely service. I did not see a server for a long time. I had planned on ordering food, but there was no one available. I decided to pay for my meal and leave. One of the servers came out of the restaurant to attend to a customer who had issues with his “golf cart.” I was able to get his attention by yelling as he quickly went back in. The owner did stop by briefly and said hi when I was waiting for my drinks. He seemed nice and friendly. He left soon after. I did not get a chance to experience the excellent service per the reviews and have dined at better restaurants in Isla Mujeres.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 13, 2021 via mobile

Javi's never disappoints! The staff here are always so kind and the food and drinks are delicious! David greeted us at the door and we were shown to our table. Service was perfect. Loved my grilled pineapple margaritas and crusted chicken with Javi's mashed potatoes!

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 13, 2021 via mobile

Good food, wonderful hosts, live music 3 days a week, bartender (David) is amazing! Try the peanut butter martini! Don’t miss this place!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Javi's Cantina Restaurant Bar

Yes, Javi's Cantina Restaurant Bar offers takeout services.

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Javi's Cantina Restaurant Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5