Brothers Rodrigo and Javier Jerez opened Margarita Grill in Pelham in 2006.

Margarita Grill offers live music, tasty dishes and fun atmosphere

Story By Angie Brown

Photos By Dawn Harrison


Chances are if you are in Pelham any night of the week, you may hear music as you drive by the Margarita Grill restaurant.

Owners, and brothers, R.J. and Javier Jerez, opened their restaurant back in November 2006 and are coming up on its 10th anniversary. The brothers have restaurant experience in their backgrounds, and so they decided to open one of their own.

With two patios and music every night — not to mention two different musicians featured on Friday and Saturday nights on both of their two patios — Margarita Grill has become a popular place to hang out, order good food and drinks and enjoy the lively atmosphere with friends and family.

“We are one of the few places actually that I know of to have two different venues going on at the same time in Pelham,” says Javier of the music featured on both year-round patios on the weekends.

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Margarita Grill has been voted Best Margarita and Best Patio in Shelby Living magazine in recent years by the local community.

The restaurant features traditional Mexican cuisine, and Javier notes the Cuban sandwich and quesadilla dishes are some of the best sellers. The menu also features such items as fajitas, mahi mahi, mesquite burgers, seafood tacos, burritos, chimichangas and much more.

The ambience is another popular thing that attracts guests. “The friendliness of it all, I think, is what really makes Margarita Grill an exceptional place. And that’s not just me saying that. I’m quoting customers throughout the years,” Javier says.

In addition to their patios featuring live music on the weekends, they also open up the parking lot sometimes before certain concerts at Oak Mountain, such as Jimmy Buffet, which has been a big hit.

Spring and summer weather means even more people on the patios, making for a fun, festive time. There is also a sports bar seating area inside with plenty of televisions to watch the game. And the entire restaurant is going smoke-free as of May 10.

Margarita Grill also has a catering service that can handle everything from office events to birthdays and weddings. Menu items to choose from for catering include a fajita bar, taco bar, carnitas bar and more. Further information can be found regarding catering options on their website or by calling Margarita Grill.

Javier notes that not only does the restaurant have great and fun-loving customers, many of whom have become friends, they have great people who work there, making for an ideal combination.

“We have fun-loving customers and made a lot of friends throughout the years,” Javier says.

They are also grateful for the support of the community throughout the past almost 10 years.

“I would like to say we are very thankful to the Pelham community for taking us as part of their routine, their local hangout place. We are very grateful for that,” Javier says.

Margarita Grill is located at 234 Cahaba Valley Road in Pelham. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and the bar stays open later every night.

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