Ed, the restaurant itself amazed me. HUGE describes it well. There are many large dining areas. We chose to sit in the covered outdoor area with a view of the ocean.
The place is highly decorated in lots of dark browns. I loved the look. This photo was taken in one of the rooms that didn't have guests in it. There were several rooms!
Something is good about the place as it was packed except for that one room.
Tequila was showcased as we entered so I'm thinking it's a place to go for "sampling."
As for the food, Javier's has been touted to my by my neighbor for a good six years. I finally agreed to go there with her. She always told me it's expensive which I found odd because I feel if the food is great, I wouldn't mind paying a little more for it, and... how much could Mexican food be?
My enchiladas were good. Were they outstanding? I really don't think so. They were good but they needed more mole. The rice and beans were okay. I think my plate was $12 or $14. Maybe a couple dollars more than at another place. They also used nice dishes and silverware.
But... They also serve steak and seafood options. On the Lunch menu these sold for $20 - $50! I didn't see a dinner menu.
The wait staff at Javier's was very attentive without being obtrusive which was nice.
Would I go back? Yes, if in the area. I wouldn't make a special trip from where I live.
They also have locations in Irvine Center and the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas.
I think Javier's is more about the atmosphere but I also might have ordered the wrong item. Maybe it's a place where you take someone.
The shopping center also houses a Williams Sonoma and a Trader Joe's.