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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Big Love Bucket features Baja Favorites! Whole Lobster, Crab Cluster, Shrimp. Skirt Steak, Chicken, Guacamole Appetizer & Fried Ice Cream to share. Grilled Corn on the Cob, “All You Can Eat” Ranchero Beans, Rice, Tortillas, Honey Chili Butter & our World Class Fresh Salsa Bar. Only $69.99 for Two!

Rockin Baja Lobster Gaslamp Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

3.8

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Special Occasion (7)
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Happy Hour (7)
People Watching (6)
Live Sports (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fun (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Authentic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Kind of touristy. I didn’t like the Lobster tacos and my husband didn’t care for his margaritas. It was overpriced as well.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The waitress was great, when we had her attention. I have a feeling she was working multiple tables- like too many (both inside and outside). She was very honest when we asked about various food choices and in the end, all three of us were happy with our selections!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Chain all the way.. wasn’t aware of this before we booked a table. Place was basically deserted which is never a good sign. Live and learn

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

made reservation for 915 through open table - got there and they said they stopped serving at 9pm. what a waste.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Service was extremely slow and it took 45min to receive our appetizer and it came with the main food. 1 dish of the 3 was wrong.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very enjoyable. Great food.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve Dinner

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Best birthday ever. The manager, Daniel was a gem. We loved it so much that we are returning for our mom's bday.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always friendly staff. Good food. My sister comes to visit. We get the chips and all the salsas.

Tags: People Watching, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Fun atmosphere and our waitress, Haley, was attentive. However, the food was not enjoyable. Rubbery and greasy shrimp and Lobster tails. Tortillas were dry and hard.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We enjoyed the food specially the chip bar and all the sauces seems our waiter was also the bartender and was very on attentive and spoiled the time. Cloud noxious tables didn’t add to the atmosphere

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

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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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