Javelina - Union Square

4.7
705 reviews
$31 to $50
Tex-Mex
Welcome to Javelina, New York City's only authentic Tex-Mex restaurant!

*Please note If you are booking STANDARD SEATING this will be for an indoor table. 

Home of the best Queso & Margaritas in New York City!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 705 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5
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4.3
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MaretieW
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love Javelina's food. We did order guac and queso, but was only given 1 basket of chips that was not replenished for over an hour until we requested more. There were only 2-3 others in the restaurant so it seemed like no one was waiting on us for that hour. Would be great to have chips replenished when our order calls for it. Otherwise, everything was good!

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CourtneyC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my parents here as they were visiting for the weekend! The food and service was excellent, great outdoor seating as well!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality food and drink.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

They weren’t ready to open on time so we had to wait to be seated. Otherwise it was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was okay and pricey. Drinks were pricey and not great. No Happy Hour specials.

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vipDanielleB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

I have been here in numerous occasions and really liked the food, ambience, vibe. I was excited to bring my friends from France to dinner here. I could have gone anywhere and chose this.

The lights were all on as if they were about to start cleaning up. There were sneakers in the floor where one would normally stand by the bar. They couldn’t for some
Reason give me a chicken taco in a hard shell, even though I’ve had it in the past. It was not a good experience and wouldn’t want to go back - which is upsetting because I had really liked it. It’s as if you were closing for good soon and just didn’t care at all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

JM
vipJMichael53
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

You just cant beat the crispy ground beef tacos, or the queso with chorizo, or the home made flour tortillas, or the Margaritas. The servers are always welcoming, friendly and helpful. It's always worth the ride up from TriBeCa for NYC's best Tex-Mex.

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Paige
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in the neighborhood. Reliably delicious tex-mex!

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vipTyler
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This place has gone down significantly in quality and service post COVID.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service great food

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place has some
Of the best Tex-mex in NYC - fajitas and queso!!!!! yaaaaassss

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vipmwnj
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

good food - got so full on the apps though -- guacamole amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously, this place is like a second home. My friend and I always come and everyone is absolutely amazing. Shout out to Dre and the staff!

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SalimM
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tacos, just like being in Mexico. Individual portion sizes and priced accordingly.
Our second time there (visiting NYC) and will go again in our next trip to the city.

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vipStephanieE
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

PP
PeterP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a good spot. We loved every bite…and sip. A++

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Birthday dinner. Sat a few minutes early which was great but didn’t see a waiter for almost half an hour after sitting. Had to flag down a food runner to put in a drink and appetizer order. Didn’t see our actual waiter until almost an hour after sitting. Good runner and hostess were great though.

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vipPAS525
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Javelina has been our go-to for a while! We love it and went a lot pre-COVID. Last night was the first time back after having ordered delivery a bunch. Sadly last night was filled with lots of misses. First off, the wait staff was super rude. He kept throwing the items down, which was very aggressive. As a former server, I get that there is short staffing in the food industry, but that doesn't mean you need to be rude. Then the wrong meal was brought out. I told the food runner it was incorrect, and then in less than a minute, he brought back the salad. They essentially took the chicken from the first salad and placed it on a bed of greens. The salad had barely any other toppings - legit greens, 1-2 pecans, and chicken from the other salad they just took off. The chicken had the cheese on it from the first salad - there was no cheese in the salad I was supposed to get. I had to wait a while for him even to come over to explain the situation. The wait to even tell the waiter about the issue took so much time my partner was already halfway through his meal. They did remedy the situation by making a new one to go and taking the salad off the bill. We did appreciate that, but after that, the server barely came over anymore.

We are hoping they work out their kinks with staffing shortages or whatever was going on last night. We will return and I do recommend it, but it was a super bummer expecting the Javelina's we've come to love over the past 6 years of being open.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

We visit this location quite a bit. The food is always good, and so is the service. This visit the 6-12-21 the service was horrible, waiter/bartender was rude when we asked for the house tequila. He never wrote any items down resulting in our entire order being wrong and had to be remade. Total disappointment

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Donato was beyond. He was incredibly friendly, timely and helpful in choosing our meals. He is a great asset and representation of your restaurant.

GB
vipGriffinB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

It was just ok. The queso was tasty and our server was great but the food and drinks were overall mediocre

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vipabez
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The outdoor seating was pleasant and far from the crowds...the restaurant was very responsive to my request to seat us in a corner. The margaritas were excellent, but the food was mediocre We were three people and no one really liked it. So that was disappointing.

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vipNyeats23
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Definitely overbooked reservations and staff was overwhelmed. Did not have enough outside tables for those who made outside reservations and you could tell they were panicking. Tried to seat us inside without acknowledging we were reserved for outside until I said something —felt pressured to go in. Finally sat outside and was reminded continuously about the timeline which I didn’t see other tables told about, yet it wasn’t my fault they didn’t have a table for me.

The table next to me also had a medical emergency which was very alarming. 911 was called. On top of the general personal concern for the other guests, it did delay our ordering which didn’t seem to phase the staff. It was also weird that the table with the medical emergency was presented a check before they left. Their meal should have been comped. It was very weird.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

service was slow but the food was good and a fun atmosphere

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Leah
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Drinks were good. Food didn’t really taste like the meat was marinated in anything just meat thrown into some tortillas with some okay sauce….just tasted kind of bland for $16 tacos (2 tacos for this price). Probs wouldn’t go back, which is a shame bc I really wanted to like it

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vipcaitlinm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Our service was great

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Feels very cold inside. No wine glasses for 13$ wine per glass.

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Kevan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was a bit too salty and the queso was lacking a some flavor. Overall food was average. Jalapeño marg was not spicy at all.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new go to place for Mexican!! Loved it!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always my favorite place to meet up with my fellow ex Texan friends . It reminds us so much of home and takes the edge off of homesickness especially when traveling home this year hasn’t been an option. Thank you for everything you do !
We will be back

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vipMegan
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely delicious - the staff was incredibly friendly and great COVID precautions were taken throughout our time at Javelina (QR Code Menues, great mask wearing by staff, socially distanced outdoor tables)

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kckc
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outdoor dining

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Jake
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Good food and queso, but worst margarita of my life

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST texmex in nyc!!! I’m from Dallas and it tastes exactly like home. Will be coming back again and again and again

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EmilyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, best Tex mex in the city. Love it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

White queso for the win always!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Javelina - Union Square using the Order Online button. Javelina - Union Square also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Javelina - Union Square also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 539-0202.

Javelina - Union Square is rated 4.7 stars by 705 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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