About Rockin Baja Lobster Gaslamp

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.

310 5th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
HAPPY HOUR 3pm- 6pm LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR 9pm- CL

Cross Street:
K Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 234-6333

Website:
http://www.rockinbaja.com/

Catering:
We'll take your guests on a trip south of the border without even having to leave San Diego. We have locations in Gaslamp, Old Town, Oceanside and Newport beach. We offer fully catered meeting spaces -Private & Semi Private. Dee Dee DiRienzo - deedee@rockinbaja.com / 619-269-0444

Parking Details:
Only two short walking blocks away from the San Diego Convention Center and just one block away from the Gaslamp Quarter Trolley stop.

Public Transit:
Gaslamp/Convention Center * San Diego Bus & Trolley system: http://www.sdmts.com/

Private Party Facilities:
Contact us today to help plan your next event and allow us the opportunity to take your guests on a trip south of the border without even having to leave San Diego. Please email or call to check availability or ask questions http://bit.ly/RockinBajaBanquets

Private Party Contact:
Dee Dee: (619) 269-0444

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Allow Rockin’ Baja Coastal Cantina to take you and your guests on a delicious journey to a sunny coastal paradise where summer never ends. Our unique venue offers a truly memorable dining experience that is ideal for groups of all sizes. We are located in the Historical Gaslamp Quarter and only steps away from the San Diego Convention Center, Petco Park, the Gaslamp Trolley Station and most of downtown’s many hotels and shops. We also are located in Historic Old Town, Oceanside Harbor and Newport Beach. Your guests will enjoy a memorable experience while feeling like they’ve escaped reality and landed in the relaxing ocean side land of Puerto Nuevo Mexico where they’ll enjoy hand crafted beverages from our classic bar along with the exceptionally great food from our chef and team. Our venues offers 2 custom salsa bars, plasma TVs and much more. Dee Dee DiRienzo - deedee@rockinbaja.com / 619-269-0444

Specials

NFL/College Game Day

Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Taco Tuesday

Tuesdays from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Specials

NFL/College Game Day

Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Details

$4 Dos Equis, $5 Fireball Shots & Deals on Wings & TJ Dogs. Excludes Tax and Tip. Offered in the bar & Lounge area. Special valid Oct 3, 2017 - Jan 29, 2018 on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM.

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Rockin' Baja Style Feast from Thurs 11/23 thru Sunday 11/26/17. Deal includes Canadian Lobster Tails, Crab Cluster, Baja Style Shrimp, Grilled Marinated Chicken & Grilled Corn on the Cob, served w/ Beans, Rice, Tortillas & more with a Free Guacamole Appetizer & Free Fried Ice Cream. ONLY $55 FOR 2.

Taco Tuesday

Tuesdays from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Details

Street Tacos - Vendor Cart Style~$2 / Grilled Chicken or Carne Asada. Blackend Ahi Tuna - A Frikin' Great Taco!~$3 Surf & Turf Taco~$3 / Succulent Shrimp & Grilled Carne Asada. San Felipe Style Fish Taco~$3 Our "Crispy Fried" White Fish Filet!. Excludes Tax and Tip. All Day Tuesdays. Special valid Oct 24, 2017 - Feb 24, 2018 on Tuesdays from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM.

Rockin Baja Lobster Gaslamp Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Special Occasion (6)
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Good for Groups (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
People Watching (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fun (4)
Live Sports (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Spicy (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and fun place to hang with friends and work associates

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We had chicken and carne asada tacos. They were delicious. I liked the chicken better than the steak. I am not a big chicken person but this was really good.

The have a nacho bar with all different types od salsa.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was delicious. Dodgers Won!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

had a great dinner before the concert at the Balboa theater. great lobster tacos! chips and salsa bar is awesome! plenty of choices for everyone.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, People Watching, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Restaurant was closed, thus reservation was not honored.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Very fun place, brought some family that was visiting from out of town. They really enjoyed the big Baha bucket and the drinks. All you can eat Chips and salsa bar was a big hit as well. Great location to explore gaslamp after dinner.

Tags: Disabled Access, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Spicy, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Baja style seafood, has the tacos and the best of the 3 meats was the lobster, and the shrimp a close second and the steak (asada) was okay. Great happy hour deals, would definitely recommend and visit again.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Found this restaurant on Google map app. Had no clue what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. Adult beverages were good, food was delicious , ambiance fun and loud. Servings were ample, I wish I could have taken the leftovers but we were flying out the next day. Best of all was the ability to make a reservation from the Google app, and we were seated immediately! I recommend this establishment!!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

And our server Luis was great, great food, good time for date night with mybwife

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Casual, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Service and beverages were enjoyable. Food quality was just ok. I would go back for a casual experience.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Server wasn't very knowledgeable; He didn't know what Old Bay is; I asked about seafood buckets, he said one buckst had 4 lobster tails but it was only 2... or 4 halves. They deep fry the seafood; it was very greasy; I was expecting a boil; one half tail was so overcooked and dry, I couldn't get the meat out of the shell. Waiter left no bowl for the shells. I asked for one and never received. It was really loud inside. It wasn't crowded either. There was a ball game, some out of towners were watching and yelling at. There was some kind of promotion going on so there were people traipsing by constantly. Rice was a little crunchy(old? undercooked?) but I thought the seafood was horrible. Who deep fries lobster? It was still in the shell! I have never eaten that before.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 6, 2017

It was a nice dinner date in down town with great service and good food.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

amazing , loved it , Britney is a awesome waiter! I think her name was Britney. she waited us outside last night , short blond hair up to her chin.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Made a reservation at 4:00 pm for 8 with the Open Table app for a pre Metallica concert meal. Arrived 10 minutes early, told the hostess I have a reservation at 4:00. She looks at me and says, "We're not taking reservations ". I show her the reservation to which see says "No reservations today." I ask how long to get in, 30 to 40 minutes. Go ahead and wait it out.
Food was pretty good. They messed up our orders for a few of us and we didn't get drink refills.
But I'll go back, the food is usually good and no one was rude. One bad experience won't keep me away.

1 person found this review helpful.
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

Great Food ! Great service! But didn't get outside table 8{ we sat inside because it was 30 min wait for our outside table

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Lively restaurant with good fish, shrimp and lobster tacos. Others enjoyed the burritos. Nacho chip bar was fun.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Happy Hour
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Always good and good prompt service. Prompt friendly service.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Spicy, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We were looking for a casual place for dinner on vacation, this was perfect! We enjoyed the Taco Tuesday special and specialty margaritas - wonderful!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 25, 2017

The food at Baja is good--not outstanding. Atmosphere at the Gaslamp location is identical to every other restaurant there.

However, the reason I will never go back to this restaurant is the 3% surcharge added to your bill to cover the cost of 'doing business in California.,' including the change in the minimum wage and health care.

First, it is terrible marketing. If you had added 3% to my $13 drink, I'd never have known. Second, I was told after the fact that there is a sign at the entrance--and yes there is. It is on the hostess podium, on the side, in a place that you'd never look. In fact, the hostess didn't even know it was there. It is not on the menu.

Finally, to the owner: I don't care about your politics. I don't want to know about your politics. And, if you don't like doing business in California, then take your business to Texas or one of the other 49 states that are more in line with the way you like to do business. And, if you can't cover that 3% out of the tens of millions of dollars your restaurant chain rakes in each year, then you probably shouldn't be in business. Oh, and if you don't like rest of the services provided to you by the state and local governments such as road maintenance, police, an office of tourism, schools to train your employees, etc., then we should talk about the state taking those things away from you and we can see how your business prospers.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Bland food, average service and a very poor interpretation of a Margarita. There's much better choices for fun and good dining in the Gas Lamp area.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great service, dirty bathrooms and okay food. Wouldn't go back

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Didn't get outdoor seating as requested, very slow service.

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Came here to celebrate my 21st with a dear friend of mine. The food to the drinks to the service was fantastic. Our server, Haley, was thoughtful, quick, accurate, friendly, and great!! The windows were open at night so you could feel the cool night air, but it wasn't too cold at all. You're able to be a part of the nightlife, but also have your own spot to just relax have some drinks and talk. It was great!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Great food!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on July 3, 2017

We waited forever for everything- drinks, food, even our check. We were there for three hours and not because we were having a good time.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Cheese not melted on the nachos.

My meal was warm at best. Hers was too hot.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Ate here with family on busy Friday night. Cool scene and plenty of outdoor seating to people watch. Food was good and portion sizes good. I loved the Mexican street corn. Excellent margarita!

I enjoyed the chip and salsa bar too!

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Good food and great service. I got tacos and while they were delicious I'd would have liked tohave a little more shrimp and lobster in them for the price. Overall I would recommend.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great service but with a reservation still took 20 minutes to be seated

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 1, 2017

The food was so greasy that the two of us spent the whole night trying to wash it off......They served lobster and shrimps without moistened napkins.....or napkins of any type except for the cheap napkins they used to wrap the silver with. The table was too small for the bucket of lobsters and shrimp...and there was no space to place the lobster and shrimp shells....No bowl was provided for that...The server could see what we had a problem and made no effort to find us a larger table...The noise level was too high to carry on any kind of conversation. We went there to celebrate our anniversary, and indicated as such on your website....The restaurant made no reference or acknowledgement of that.....Not returning.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Service was well timed and food was great. We made a last minute Mothers Day reservations for Dinner and it was a great choice. We had children of various ages from a 4 month old to a 10 year old and we had plenty of room. We had to sit downstairs though since we had car seats and the tables on the floor level were bar style seating which was a safety hazard for the kids but we understood. We ordered the buckets that were family style and we were satisfied with the amounts especially with the all you can eat flour tortillas, rice, and beans. The music was a tiny bit loud but can't complain since I know it is a restaurant/bar. It also has TV's all over playing sports, so that was a plus. Unfortunately, there was a plumbing issue in the restroom and it was very dirty, we didn't want to use with our kids and especially not to change our babies....but they did put up a sign to excuse their mess and they were working on resolving the plumbing issue. Oh but there was no problem getting down the stairs with our strollers because they have a lift gate to help with strollers and anyone in a wheelchair which was pretty cool and a well thought out feature of the restaurant. Overall it was a fun experience! The food was super yummy, we would definitely visit again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Love Rockin's food. The atmosphere in Old Town has a bit more flare if you want more of the Baja feeling. Rockin Baja is great.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great food, wonderful service. I like the ambiance better at the Old Town location.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Delicious food and fast service. Great family place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 30, 2017

I rarely see my daughter who is in the Navy and this is the place we agreed upon to eat at while her ship was docked in San Diego. Garrett and the staff were very attentive & courteous to my family, my daughter & her friends from her ship. The food was delicious & tasted great, even as leftovers for my lunch. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys great food & service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 22, 2017

C. J. Was our server and he made it a fun night. Our whole family was visiting San Diego and this get together was a high point. Thanks C. J. for the good time and the "Safety Meeting".

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on April 20, 2017

The tres amigos tacos were amazing!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 18, 2017

For taco Tuesday excellent. $3.00 off appetizers during padres home games.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 11, 2017

A little bland for Mexican food..but okay.. nice outdoor dining which made up for it!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Very very loud, over cooked seafood, inedible corn, so-so service, salsa bar just ok, they did not even get the Kraft mac & cheese right for my kid.

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