Roca Roja Cantina

4.2
72 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 72 people are saying
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4.2
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JanelleS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The margaritas were horrible. Has a weird taste and overall was not good. I think we took a few sips which was unfortunate. The queso dip tasted store bought. We ordered the al pastor tacos and chicken tacos. The al pastor was sub-par. Every thing was pretty bland. I wish there was more flavor and spice. The chicken tacos has absolutely no flavor. Plus they were super wet and made the taco shell soggy. Overall 2/10. Would not go back.

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LeeB
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and great service we were visiting from Ohio and glad we went there for dinner

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JohnC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice up-scale Mexican cuisine. The food was really good. Service was excellent. Thank you for a nice dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was not good and the service definitely was lacking . So disappointing . Unfortunately unless things change, we will not be back. Such a shame because the views are amazing!

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vipBeachBikeCruise
Raleigh
96 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love LOVE Roca Roja! This is our new go to place! Excellent food, fabulous service and everyone is always smiling. The chef has an amazing menu and the specials are always great but we totally love the chicken enchiladas with mole sauce! So yummy and a generous portion.

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BeverlyV
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The servicer was good. The server suggested the most expensive items on the menu. The food was ok, nothing really exciting. There was very little flavor for mexican food. They are overpriced for the quality of food, $85.00 for lunch.

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vipKathrynG
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lively and loud. Very good Mexican food and great margaritas. Pre-teens and adults alike enjoyed. Service was exceptional in spite of crowded evening. Kitchen was very good in getting the food out and hot.

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vipdwn713
New England
54 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great flavors. An upscale version of Mexican food that goes beyond rice and beans and burritos. We were very pleased with our dinners. Great view on the deck. All in all a great dinner. We will definitely return when we are in town.

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vipjacquelinek
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Visited Roca Roja for the first time. We were seated on the outdoor patio. The views were amazing. Our server Angela was great. The food was not your typical mainstream Mexican, which I loved. Everybody in our party of 6 enjoyed their meals. The salmon was amazing. The Enchiladas were so tasty and presentation was cool. Portions were large. I will be going back. They also have a great upstairs bar for a pre or post dinner drink.

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GeorgeB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservation using Open Table and when arrived was seated as soon as we arrived. The food was excellent as well as the service. It is an upscale Mexican. Not your standard Mexican chain type. Suggest seating outside overlooking the marsh and Cherry Grove.

JB
JeffreyB
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better food than a standard mexican place! Back deck overlooks the marsh.

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DennisL
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Austin is a horrible waiter. Seems like the place is in trouble. Watered down margaritas, 4 small pieces of ribeye for a while burrito….just bad all the way around.

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KevinV
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Outside deck seating had a great view.

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RickM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall, the experience was good. Our waiter was mediocre at best. Great food, good drinks and loved the ambiance.

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CourtneyH
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The views from the back deck were awesome and the service was great. However, the food was subpar and the drinks weren’t very good either and I thought everything was overpriced and not worth it.

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vipJenniferS
Raleigh
26 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The drinks were excellent... but we were not a fan of the type of cheese used for the dip and the burrito. If you did not eat the cheese dip immediately, it would get extremely hard (almost like it was made with Velveeta Cheese). We would go back for the drinks... they were great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Really slow service for waters, drinks, and most of all food. Food was okay but not great. Bar upstairs was the highlight. Wouldn’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The only disappointment was the avocado ice cream which wasn’t ice cream at all but some concoction of avocado mixed with a cream sauce: not even cold.

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vipRegulars
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, the service was even better! Garrett was very attentive and helpful with menu selections. The steak fajitas and fish tacos were the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful

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Star
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a Tuesday night out with friends for "Taco Tuesday". We had made a reservation and everything was ready for our group at the requested time. The decor is beautiful and definitely reminds us of Mexico. The bar is one of the most beautiful bars we have seen with lots of colorful metal tilework. Food was fabulous, especially the tacos! There are many unique and authentic dishes and beverages with a large selection of mezcals. We loved the 3 offerings of salsas that came with the tortilla chips. The elevator was a plus too as some of our friends like to avoid stairs. Will definitely return!

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GailC
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place service excellent. Food was amazing. Drinks wonderful

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JoshJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Our waiter must have been under the influence or did not understand the concept of a restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the terrace. Great view and atmosphere!

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Mouse22
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Complimentary chips and salsas were good. We had fajitas and burrito, both good. Went upstairs to the cantina and caught Happy Hour. Good prices.

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NancyG
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and servers were very friendly and welcoming. Food was very good. Authentic Mexican dishes. Nice selection of different cocktails. Our dining table was on the open deck overlooking the marsh which was also very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely restaurant with fresh, good food. The service was great too. Visiting from out of town but would go to this restaurant again.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The seafood was excellent as well as the nachos with the assortment of salsa.

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JaneH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Elevated ingredients!
Service was on point!

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GailT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Prices are high for mexican. My chicken was over cook. Wait staff very good and friendly outside dinning excellent

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vipBeckyLew
Cleveland
28 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We have been there twice...once in April after they first opened and then again May. Drinks, salsa and quacamole...super yummy. Food in April was actually better than in May.

Had the "Flambe Prawns"...first time..nice and big..very good; second time smaller shrimp and the overall dish was a little greasy; "Beef Tampiquena"....first time very good; second time way over cooked and we sent it back, but it still came out over cooked just not as over cooked. Three of the table had the "Pork Street Taco"....all said average at best...the pork wasn't very flavorful.

I will go back and try one more time, but I'm thinking this might just be a good "snack place" versus a "dinner place".

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JameyV
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great new place! the service was a little off because our server was new and inexperienced, but given that all restaurants here are begging for employees it is understandable. The staff was friendly despite the confusion about having a reservation at the front desk.
The food was great and the view off of the back deck was beautiful!
Can't wait to go back!

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Frederick
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and atmosphere was amazing.. Great cocktails.I would highly recommend if you want a great change from the norm.. Highly recommend the grilled octopus..

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NickB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant additive to the local restaurant scene. Very good food, fairly basic but fine decor, especially nice overlooking marsh. A little tight for staff I suspect, but didn’t impact service from Rosa who was excellent

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Gina
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was one of the best true Mexican restaurants I have been to. Everything was fresh and delicious. The service was great with Dalton our server. Will be back next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and Margaritas! My husband had the CALDO TLALPEÑO ("Tlalpeño" broth). It was amazing! He followed with the ENMOLADAS ("Mole" enchilada). Again, amazing! I had the fish tacos which were excellent. The chef’s tastebuds are reminiscent of Rick Bayless. We tried the Avocado ice cream with caramel sauce. It was scrumptious. Don’t miss it if you are searching for a memorable meal. Our server, April, was great!

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vipjftraveler
Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

Our first visit was on Cinco de Mayo and they were very busy and overwhelmed.
Service was decent. Menu was not the regular menu so there were limited choices.

Our food was mediocre at best. The chips and salsa were very good but the main courses were lacking in flavor.

We may try this restaurant again on a typical evening, but our first visit was not a good impression.

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DistaffDiner
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The worst dining experience we have ever had from an Open Table establishment. Outdoor seating for our reservation was never available after waiting for well over an hour - most of it spent standing in the over crowded cantina.

There needs to be some seating designated for handicapped who are waiting. Staff could pull a chair or two from tables that are not full and offer mobility impaired guests seating while they wait

We finally had to take an indoor, corner table by a door because our guest, who had travelled an hour to join us had to work the next day and needed to get back home. At least 2 guests were offered seating options who had reservations for 15 and 45 minutes after us. That is when my patience was exhausted.

One serious problem was with the menu on the web site. The web site never said the regular menu was unavailable - that any of our party saw - so we were disappointed in that.

The food we did choose was also a disappointment. The turkey tinga was chicken - according to our server, and quite bland in taste and almost minced in texture. We were told it came with beans - which it did not.

The size of the salsa ramekins was sad. When we asked for pico de gallo to add some flavor - it took 3 requests and we received a single tablespoon sized ramekin for the 3 of us.

Chips were warm - and good - and the guacamole was nice. My husband does not usually like guac, but it was his favorite part of the meal.

One other note - having never been there - the web site led me to believe the cantina was a rooftop area - as in entirely open to the elements. I thought I was booking a reservation to enjoy music and the out doors. I was also disappointed to find that my reservation to be seated outdoors was on a level without live music.

I am sorry to have to say this, but we were embarrassed to have invited guests to such a chaotic, stressful atmosphere with marginal food.

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NancyR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We were not told that there would be a limited menu. Very disappointed. Drinks were weak.

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BluesBlonde
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

This was our 2nd visit and our first meal was fabulous! I think the mass produced burritos,(since it was Cinco de Mayo) where the tortillas were hard as a rock and limited menu was not good.

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Roca Roja Cantina is rated 4.2 stars by 72 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.