Rockin Baja Lobster Oceanside
Rockin Baja Lobster Oceanside

Rockin Baja Lobster Oceanside

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rockinbaja.com/
  • Phone: 7609676199
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner
    Daily: 4:00pm - 9:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Find the lighthouse!
  • Parking: No
A word from Rockin Baja Lobster Oceanside
Rockin' Baja is a full service and fun Mexican-Seafood restaurant that offers uniquely prepared Baja style seafood presented in rustic steel buckets. We created a diverse menu filled with exceptionally great, finger lickin’ good fun food delivered fresh to your table daily. Kick back, drink an ice cold beer or margarita, enjoy a shot of tequila and experience all the good times that are Rockin’ Baja.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Rockin Baja Lobster Oceanside reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (28)good for groups (22)scenic view (21)kid-friendly (14)great for lunch (13)special occasion (10)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (6)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)neighborhood gem (5)fit for foodies (4)romantic (1)Show More
  • Hidden Gem
    EatWellVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Amazing first visit! Food great,scene awesome,and kid-friendly...win win win! To top it off,found out they have fabulous Sunday football DIY Bloody Mary Bar with large TV's to watch all games! I'll be back on Sundays at Minumum! Yummers!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large portions family style
    l131993
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is a famiy style grub joint. That being said, it leaves your tummy full. The food was good enough. I ordered the seafood enchiladas and my husband ordered the epic burrito which were huge and tasty. I can't complain :). Now the constructive critique: we had to wait even tho we had reservations. We were then seated at a "bad table" meaning bad location (walkway), bad size (so tight I had to loop my purse over my knees) and bad legs (wobbled and spilled drinks). Fixing a wobbly table is near free so there is no excuse. And i guess it's snobby of me to think that reserved patrons deserve a table that's a little better than the "I didn't plan ahead/walk-in-table". But that is just me. I could have sat in the bar and had a better time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    ParentsOnTheLoose
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great portions, tasty food, and our server Marcos was awesome. The tequila lime shrimp appetizer was amazing. Next time we are back in Oceanside for vacation we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great times
    familyfun2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    After a tragic week it was nice to unwind and have good time. Service was quick, food great and our waitress was friendly and checked on us often .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME!!!
    FamilyFeast
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My family has been coming here for years and it is always soooo delicious!! The seafood buckets are the best! Great salsa bar and the tortillas and butter are tops!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taco Tuesday
    llho
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I always wanted to try Taco Tuesday at Rockin Baja Lobster. Finally, i was in the neighborhood on a Tuesday, so why not? The tacos were yummy and the price at $2 apiece was yummy too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Rockin Baja!
    stefunny1
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've been going to Rockin Baja for years. Usually we go to the one in Old Town San Diego, but we were not in San Diego this weekend and just drove to Oceanside specifically for dinner here. I have eaten at all four of the current restaurants (Old Town, Gaslamp, Oceanside and Newport), as well as two others that are no longer open. Definitely one of my most favorite places to eat!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • :(
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    One of the hostesses was extremely rude. Our waitress was great; however the inside floors were filthy, our table was dirty and the food was below average.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Need to rock the site.
    plumeria
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This restaurant needs a good cleaning and spruce up. Maybe pushing the "beach hangout" look too far. The food was good though, and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    BGeez
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food with great view and excellent service...we will go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of 6
    Romonkmccall
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Was great for a later dinner for six. They seated us promptly, brought the margaritas quickly, and the waiter was really good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service sucked
    Yaya
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We asked for a minute to go over the menu not a hour ! The girl in training was much nicer than the actual waiter no one was nice I understand it was busy but being nice dosent take time ! Don't think I will go back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review from our visit on 7/6/14
    Birthday
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Scheduled 4 parties to meet on 7/6 to celebrate a special birthday party. This location was a difficult one for most of us to find a parking spot as it's located in the Harbor of Oceanside. The food was very good. Once we finally all arrived, some of us were 40 minutes late due to the lack of parking, our experience was good. Our waiter was excellent. The food was very good. I had the Lobster plate with a Lobster Taco and Enchilada that came with Lobster Corn Chowder. My dish was tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location and great food.
    barber84
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Service was excellent, we sat at our table right away. The drinks were very good and the food was on point. I'll definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun restaurant! Great food!
    Cgoodnight
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food, service, and atmosphere are all great at Rockin Baja Lobster!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It does rock!
    thnx77
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went to the Oceanside location for a graduation celebration dinner :-) It was right on the boardwalk over-looking the harbor water front. We sat outside which is enclosed with glass. It felt comfortable because you don't feel the wind chill when it gets later in the evening. They also have nice outdoor heaters :-) The food was GREAT and filling! It is a good price, slightly high, but fair for steak/chicken and seafood. The service was fantastic too! It is louder inside seating, so I'm glad we sat outside. I recommend RESERVATIONS!! You will wait a long time otherwise! I made them online and they got the reservation IMMEDIATELY! I know this because I called to request we be seated outside. It was a GREAT EXPERIENCE!! Go! :-)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • get your motor running
    motorpsyco55
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Made this our Sunday "Ride to eat " run for our Harley group. Did not disappoint. Great food, great staff, Great time!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RBL review...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Our hostess, Sami and server, Amy were great! It's nice to be seated promptly with a happy smile and to be checked up on, again with a smile, after our food arrives.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We made an online reservation for 7 for Friday evening. An employee called to confirm reservation, we reduced res to 6, which she granted (a professional and welcoming employee) and requested an outdoor harbor view as this was a special ocassion. We arrived on time, but the hostess insisted on seating us in the corner behind their only wall, even tho asking again for the harbor view, and even though view tables of the harbor were available for the next 60 minutes. Not impressed. Our food server was outstanding. The food was excellent. The hostess was terrible. Not likely to return, as the only employee (hostess) who could make a difference for us, didn't care to.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sea of Cortez Bucket!
    KRGone
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We went here for my husband's birthday with the family, about 15 of us, and had a great time. They were very accommodating and quick with food and drinks despite our large group. I would definitely recommend the Sea of Cortez bucket. It was delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 27 reviews are from the Rockin Baja Lobster Oceanside reviews archive.
  • Duke
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Parking is an issue. In fact, I finally found a parking space that was not for boat owners to later discover was a paid parking space. The paid parking area is not well marked as I found out the hard way-$58 parking ticket. I will not go back to the Oceanside location because of the parking situation. Get valet parking and I will go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Who wants great food & harbor view?
    pnnypit
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Never disappointed with this place. Definitely recommend making reservations for the patio. Great for people watching. Who needs paid entertainment? Even both mens' & womens' bathrooms are unforgettable, in a fun way. Their menu specials are "buckets" of food. Pricey so save for special occasion or just order ala cartePS-no suits & ties in THIS place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scenic find
    TerriVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Took my mother there for an early Mother's Day lunch. Setting was very nice, service and food was good. The salsa could be a little more tasty/spicy. Other than that, no complaints.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    gnugz
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Took my wife here for our anniversary, it did not disappoint. The food was stellar and the service was great as well.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, enjoyed the view
    rables
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Had a fun time with family - the service was excellent, so is the location. We enjoyed the chips and salsa bar. Drinks were very good, food is OK, but overall a great place to go for a casual evening out with friends/family.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • With reservation,long wait
    itwasok
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I made reservations a few days before the evening get together for ten of us, when we got to the restaurant they said the other group In front of us had their check but were still at the table . They finally assured us that it would be warm enough outside (we had a 2 year old) and they set up our table . Being rookies at Baja we waited for our chips and salsa to come but never did then we saw other groups getting chips at the salsa bar so we followed. The Epic burrito was mostly beans and rice and not much lobster and shrimp , most of the other food was average to just above average.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Rockin lobster review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Overall our experience was good. Took too long to get a waitress acknowledge us. Tables were very sticky and rocky(hence the name Rockin Lobster). Food was awesome and at a fair price. We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable experience
    EEsDadVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food was good, not great. The service was good, not great. Overall, it was a nice dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great day, perfect food.
    Carter
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We went to lunch on our anniversary. I am so happy we did. We enjoyed great scenery, great service and perfect food. We plan in coming back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an unforgettable birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I spent a wonderful time with family celebrating my birthday. Food was just delicious, and kids had so much fun! Service was excellent. Amazing localization in the harbor, I recommend this restaurant to all who wants taste good mexican and see food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you like hanging in grubby bars
    ikhnaton
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We went to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday. They seated us immediately, so we expected a great experience. Unfortunately, the wooden tables were sticky, as though they rarely cleaned them. The restaurant was rather loud even though it was barely half full. Our food took a long time to arrive, but our waitress kept checking on us to see if we were ok and kept assuring us that our meal was almost ready. My wife's steak came out undercooked and dry. The waitress took it back and came back with a new perfectly cooked steak in seconds. We wondered where this one came from so fast. The food was just average. I probably won't go here again. The didn't even sing happy birthday to my father-in-law or give him a free dessert.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Fun
    Gabe
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    My wife brought me to this little gem to celebrate my birthday. The service was great and the food was amazing! I definitely recommend Rockin Baja Lobster to everyone. It was so much fun and worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, great place
    Cfoodluver
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I was extremely pleased with the customer service and the food was hot and delicious. I requested a drink from the bar that the bartender was not to familiar with or our waitress but they were gracious enough to look it up and make it for me. It was delicious! My husband and 3 kids were very happy and we all had a great experience. We can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Mahi Mahi in foil was
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The Mahi Mahi in foil was good. The tuna tartare was not. Service was excellent and the chip/salsa bar is wonderful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time, great food, it
    Dave
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Great time, great food, it was a blessing to be with family on New Years. Servers were fantastic and nice, couldn't ask for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Years Dinner was excellent!
    LobsterLover
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We ordered the Sea if Cortex Bucket with lobster tails, snow crab legs, and shrimp....rice and beans too.Very good! Good service. Very friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Football Sunday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Had a great time with a friend in the bar area watching Football. Several big screens tuned into different games, Happy Hour Prices, Breakfast specials, fun crowd.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    First experience was exceptional; when in town again we shall always consider this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great gem tucked in the harbor
    Marina
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    We had a great night, the food was wonderful. Especially the lobster tacos. The restaurant was loud, a little loud for conversations but the harbor was peaceful on a Wednesday night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    QueenCheryl
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    This is my friends favorite place to eat so we went there for her birthday, even though it is a 2 hour drive. We got there and had non problems getting a table right away thanks to our open table reservation. We sat outside which provided a view of the marina. We figured that we were going all out and ordered the biggest bucket they had. It was incredible, my husband and I enjoyed every bite and we ate the entire thing. Lobster, shrimp, crab legs, steak and chicken. Yummy! Even though we were full, we had to try the dessert. We had a s'mores sundae, churros and deep fried ice cream. We all shared. Afterwards we walked some of it off shopping and walking to the beach. It was a great day.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.