Roca Roja Cantina

4.2
164 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Roca Roja is situated on the beautiful marsh front in Cherry Grove at 806 Sea Mountain Hwy in North Myrtle Beach, SC.
With two unique floors, First floor- upscale Mexican restaurant and Second floor- casual open air Cantina, there is something for all!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 164 people are saying
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ToriW
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the outdoor seating overlooking Cherry Grove Marsh. Excellent server. Had the local catch tacos (cobia) delicious. House margarita with fresh squeezed lime, queso dip has chorizo and is a generous portion. Chips were tasty and just the right thickness for dipping.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent from start to finish. Food is fresh and homemade and you can tell. Our server was fantastic and everything was very timely. Love the setting and view and the upstairs looked great for a girls night out. Will be back for sure.

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vipK2925
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The wait staff very knowledgeable and friendly. Will definitely go again!

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vipRVAFoodie
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST Mexican food I've ever had!! Amazing drinks and the food was not your typical cheese slide Mexican. Unique and fresh ingredients in both the drinks and the food. Staff was super nice too!!

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VickieT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food could have been warmer, seemed to have been under heat lamps perhaps and couple dinners were better than others. Plentiful portions. Very nice outside patio with a view. Would go back and try again next time in town.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Atmosphere, drinks. Appetizers and live music - all good.
Food and service poor.

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SuziB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Was very disappointed!!! Horrible time management with reservations.. the salsa was good and cheese dip…Our meals were cold and not very tasty

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So here’s the thing. This restaurant is outstanding! When it first opened, definitely there were issues… Covid related issues! We locals are missing out if we don’t support this restaurant. The food is excellent, The location is perfect what a beautiful view of the marsh, the wait staff friendly and efficient. All of our restaurants have suffered with a lack of staffing. We need to show them grace and support them. It was five of us and we all were delighted with the food and the drinks!

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Disappointed
Charleston
38 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This was our second time eating at this restaurant. The food is always good once they get the order correct. This time the flank steak was cooked well done when ordered medium. Well done flank steak is extremely tough. The flank steak is still tough with medium but at you can eat it. We made reservations for dinner. The restaurant was empty with only one party inside. The outside porch had 5 tables occupied. The hostess needs more experience in greeting customer manager upon arrival. We had to wait 10 minutes while the hostess said the table was being cleaned. We could see a table that the other hostess was cleaning. However when we were taken to the table, we didn’t sit at the one that was being cleaned. We were seated at one of the many empty tables. Why make us wait for a table to be cleaned when it was not even the table we were going to. Overall the restaurant is okay. The management needs to work on ensuring the kitchen gets the order correct and needs to work on the hostess receiving customers better when they walk in the door.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for authentic Mexican. The fundido was excellent with homemade chorizo. We had enmodoladas and camarones al mezcal- both were delicious. The wait staff was very passionate about the menu which speaks well of the chef. I am local and will be back.

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TheresaF
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is amazing! The view is amazing! The service was excellent The first time, and fair The second time

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit. Was not disappointed. Server Joshua was amazing. Very informative and attentive. Complimented his chef and co-workers. Great overall experience. Would recommend. Ask for Joshua!

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vipTyTo
Savannah
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere.....generous portions.....the fresh fish tacos and the shrimp tacos were delicious.

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JohnO
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What had a great meal overlooking the marsh. The food was delicious and our server Josh was excellent.

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Karen
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was good. Waitor was good. Management was rude and unprofessional. Overpriced.

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vipMandieK
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Reservation was at 7:30. At 8:05 we left because no server ever came to our table. The food is great…if you can get it. Very disappointed. Left and went to a different restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time and it was nice. Good food! Will be back!

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KathyG
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been to Roco Roja Cantina a few times food and service are awesome

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MariaB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasantly surprised with the authentic cuisine. The staff was very polite and accommodating. The steaks were cooked perfectly! The entrée description should note that the rice and beans are mixed together and whether condiments, such as sour cream, are topped. That was the only negative comment among our party. Other than that, they were pleased with their meal.

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Kayla
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the drinks were great and our waiter Jacob was friendly and attentive!

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GregP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Would definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great awesome food , understaff when we were there

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Goatgirl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Basic Mexican food with a twist and nice presentation. The mole enchiladas and avocado ice cream were awesome. Got 2 meals out of the Mole.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Very under staffed. Slow
Service.

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vipjdk4560
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We visited Roca Roja on a Friday night. We were seated immediately on the back outside patio over looking the marsh. The place was moderately crowded but nobody was waiting. We were immediately met by our server who welcomed us and got our drink orders. The chips and salsa provided were excellent, along with the guacamole app, We had ordered tacos - Steak and Street Pork. Both were good. Overall experience was very good. Service was excellent. After eating multiple places during the week where staff and kitchens were short handed, this place was a pleasant change. Definitely would recommend for dinner or hanging out at bar.

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Abby
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely INCREDIBLE food and service. Our waitress was kind, attentive, and even gave us a free appetizer! The chef (Manny) came out to discuss my meal (I have a dairy allergy) and made the most delicious dairy free quesadilla I have ever had. 100000% recommend!!!!

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vipRobert
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Service was great. The three salsas brought with the chips were very different but very satisfying. Guacamole was well made and Nachos were great as an appetizer. There were six of us, order arrived for four of us after a short wait, two orders of fajitas came out very late accompanied by the general manager with an apology. They did right by us by subtracting those menu items from our bill. We did not have to ask. When management comes out to address an error by the staff, unasked, that is the mark of a great restaurant. The general manager got personally involved to correct our perception of the restaurant. This is something I admire, Will we return ? you bet. This is a great Mexican eatery with class.

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GeorgeS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Our waiter had problems related to whether or not we already ordered, forgot what drinks we ordered, but otherwise was very concerned about us enjoying our meals.

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vipTimH
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food is so much better than standard Mexican restaurant fare. You can tell the difference right out of the gate with the three different salsas they bring out with tortilla chips. The chili rellenos was amazing. The Cadillac margarita was superb. Service was excellent.

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MichaelN
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Me, my wife, and two of my sons went here while on vacation in Myrtle beach. The atmosphere inside the restaurant was nice. It didn’t actually look like a restaurant from the outside, more like a a big house. We reserved outside seating but was told it wasn’t available when we got there so we just sat inside. Wanted outside and the view but didn’t feel like waiting so oh well. We were asked if we wanted tortilla chips with a few different types of salsa to start with our drinks. We said yes and the small samples of 4 different flavors was very good. We found out when we got our bill, this was quiet an expensive add on. We assumed the nachos and salsa were complimentary like other Mexican restaurants. We would of probably still got the chips and salsa but not if we knew you only got 4 little cups of salsa, not enough to finish half the chips and how expensive it was. I’m the only one who got alcohol. I got 2 top shelf margaritas that were very good. Each one was $15 and I was ok with that but they could of been a little stronger. I got some kind of chicken, beef, and vegetable dish covered in a cheese sauce that was really good. My one son got a steak. He ordered medium well. It came out medium rare/rare. I asked him if he wanted me to send it back but I guess he was hungry and to my surprise said no. It was a big steak, not a lot of fat either but too pink. He ate about half, cutting around the real pink areas. My wife got some kind of tacos, can’t remember the exact type but she ate them and said they were good. The biggest issue was my other son who got ribs. It was one big hunk on a bone. Less then half of it was meat, mostly fat. I helped him cut off as much meat as possible but he left still very hungry. I got him wendys on the way back to condo. It was our first night in Myrtle and I was tired but I regret not complaining about the ribs. Especially with the price of them. I takes a lot for me to complain but this was A LOT! Oh well, woulda coulda shoulda??

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JanH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, flavorful authentic Mexican food. Great service.

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Marshallwrm
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Inside tables at the windows are quite tight to enter and exit. Very close to person behind you, tables are stationary, so no adjustment. Fish tacos were OK, not great, mostly cabbage. Rice and beans were what would have been available at any Mexican restaurant. Outdoor deck seating seemed nice overlooking the marsh, though it was too humid when we visited to sit out there for me. Restaurant and bar is nicely decorated. Liked that I was able to make a reservation! I prefer other local Mexican restaurants.

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SamanthaP
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Authentic menu but not everything was available. Margaritas were very sweet. Great marsh views. Our waiter was very on point.

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KissyF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was super good food and great service.

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amandaf
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about this place. The decor is cool, the view is beautiful, the service was amazing and the food came out very quickly. We loved all our meals (fish tacos, steak fajitas, cheese quesadilla for the kids).
We will def be back.

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PaulDunbar
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Decided to try Roca Roja Cantina because it was someplace we had never been before. We had a reservation for 5:30 but the traffic coming through Calabash and Little River was a bit heavier than expected. We were able to get a table sitting outback on the porch above the Salt Flat Creek. The scenery was filled with lots of birds, and certain creatures swimming in the creek. Our server was Austin and he was friendly and handled everything we asked of him. Austin had told us about a special dinner for two, that was not on the menu, but glad we went with it. It was a hot cauldron of Chicken, Steak, Chorizo, Onions, Peppers. They serve it with tortillas like they would a fajita. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We will definitely be back....

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EdwardL
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The menu was excellent. A great variety of unique Mexican cuisine that makes it hard to decide what to select.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and Jacb was an excellent server

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MonteR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good Mexican food, some unusual dishes. Only disappointment was they they did not have any of their signature dessert. Jacob was a very good waiter.

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Roca Roja Cantina is rated 4.2 stars by 164 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 reservations at the moment.