The big restaurant openings just keep coming at Westfield UTC. The latest to land is Javier’s, which slots into a street level space next to Larsen’s Steakhouse below Din Tai Fung. Founded over two decades ago in Laguna Beach, the popular restaurant has several locations in the Los Angeles and Orange County area as well as Las Vegas at the Aria Hotel and Los Cabos, Mexico. The UTC branch follows its most recent launch at Westfield Century City and is a combination of design elements from the Century City, Las Vegas, and Crystal Cove locations. Behind an exterior wall and arched entryway inspired by the architecture of Greek hillside towns, the restaurant resembles a upmarket beach resort, with oversized booths, custom mosaic floors, and hundreds of candles lighting the space and custom mosaic floors.
Known for its “elevated Mexican cuisine”, the restaurant is well-known for its premium steaks, from a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye served with cheese-stuffed chilies to a filet mignon topped with chipotle cream sauce. There’s a large selection of seafood dishes too, including wild Mexican white prawns sauteed in garlic butter and wine sauce and Maine lobster enchiladas in a creamy pasilla sauce. A shareable platter for two features make-your-own tacos with Angus prime skirt steak, carnitas, or grilled chicken served with sides and garnishes. The bar also does bustling business, offering a large array of tequila and specialty cucumber, jalapeño, pineapple, and tamarind margaritas.
Might there be more Javier’s in store for San Diego? Owner Javier Sosa tells Eater “We do not know what the future plan is for opening more locations in San Diego; anything could happen.”