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Rockin Baja Lobster Newport

3.9
3.9
35 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Located in Newport Beach, California, Rockin' Baja Lobster Coastal Cantina offers buckets of fresh seafood and signature cold drinks in a vibrant and inviting venue. Guests who visit Rockin' Baja Lobster Coastal Cantina can enjoy popular items such as sizzling mussels, Canadian lobster tails, Alaskan king crab legs, lobster fajita tacos, carne asada, chicken burritos, Baja shrimp bowls and more.

Pair a refreshing margarita with your meal for a complete experience at Rockin' Baja Lobster Coastal Cantina. The naughty margarita involves several different liquors in a fishbowl with a sugared rim. The coffee cocktails offer a blend of rich coffee and sweet liquor flavors for an after meal treat.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm / Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, HAPPY HOUR M-F 3pm- 6pm / LATE NIGHT Happy Hour Fri & Sat 9pm- Close
  • Phone number
    (949) 723-0606
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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<br />http://rockinbaja.com/banquet-menu/
  • 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 questionshttp://rockinbaja.com/banquet-menu/
  • Private party contact
    Dee Dee DiRienzo: (619) 269-0444
  • Neighborhood
    Newport Beach
  • Cross street
    Balboa
  • Parking details
    Only Metered and Street parking available, so please allow additional time for parking. Meters are free after 6 pm.
  • Public transit
    Bus 47 ~ http://www.octa.net/
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine

What 35 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 0.2Value

NoiseModerate

35 Reviews
  1. Funikki

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and great good. Highly recommend the buckets of sea food. Our server Trent was fantastic.

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  2. KaeleyS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I came here with 7 family members, so a a fairly big group. Our waitress was very attentive and we didn't have to wait long for our food to come out. The restaurant was busy/lively, but we could all hear each other talking perfectly fine. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meals. I ordered the ahi tuna tacos and they were great. Most of the meals contained seafood, but even my cousin who is not a fan, was happy with his chicken sandwich. Also the restaurant is right on the beach so we were able to enjoy a stroll along the pier after dinner.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    While on a beach vacation, we decided to take the whole gang to dinner on our night. The grandkids love Mexican food and seafood so this sounded perfect. It was good food and portions are huge. Marissa was a very attentive server. Thank you! Tables were a bit sticky but the place was casual so we let that slide. Besides our little ones added to the stickiness! Parking is terrible. We parked in the valet around the corner where sign said $4.00 but as it turned out that was for the higher end restaurant in front. We had to pay$20! Knowing all of this we would go back...lobster bites were yummy!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2015

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I booked a table on line for 6. When we arrived (5min earlier than our reservation) the receptionist told us she didn't know why our accepted on line because they had no room for us and she didn't know what she could do. Mind you she was also very unpleasant!! Finally she says she can seat us but the tables would be seperate... After that we sit and go over the menu... Our waiter comes to take our order and is rushing us and rather irritated that we had questions... The nerve of us to ask which margarita they recommend! I order the spicy cucumber and end up with a regular Cadillac margarita.... Unreal!!! Not a friendly face in the whole place. Not a smile. No customer service. No thank you!!!

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  5. Marysdaughter

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Rockin' Lobster for my birthday lunch and enjoyed buckets of lobsters. They are delicious with the most amazing seasoning. So amazing that we bought two bottles to take home to put on our own grilled seafood. The service is really terrific. We were well taken care of by a really nice server who made my birthday lunch extra special by bringing me a fried ice cream. Thank you!!! We will be returning to this terrific restaurant soon!

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  6. EMoore

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was seasoned to perfection. All the food was so good and the chips and salsa made for a great starter! TVs all around to allow for watching sports. This place will be a must next time I'm in Newport area

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  7. mike4339

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a Sunday morning and we planned to meet some of our motorcycling friends for lunch. We originally made reservations for 12:45, but got down there earlier. They were able to seat us immediately. Fortunately, our friends got down there early enough to get a parking space because if they hadn't, parking is a mess there at the pier area. So we sat on the patio, which was nice, but kinda had an alleyway feel to it. Quite a bit of foot traffic, but not much of a view. The table they sat us at was pretty small. It had a bucket in the middle with napkins, utensils, and salt/pepper. There was no way 4 drinks, 4 large plates and everything else would fit on that small table. We had to ask for an extra chair to put the bucket and a few other things on. We ordered the Tequilla shrimp appetizer that was awesome. They also brought out chips with three different kinds of salsa that were also pretty good. I had the Tres Amigos Tacos, which were three tacos...one carne asada, one shrimp, and one lobster. Those were all very good as well. My g/f had the lobster fajitas tacos, She said her's were very tasty and she liked them. We got there early enough to beat the lunch crowd, so they were not busy. Our food came out pretty quickly and was all very hot and fresh. It may be weird, but one of the ways I generally rate service is by my drink glass. Today I had water, and I had to ask several times for a refill. I like the waiter/waitress that sees a half full glass and either refills it, or at least asks if you'd like a refill. Overall, this was a very nice lunch experience. I'd go back, but I'd like to try the Old Town San Diego location next time.

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  8. Rst1211

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I live in the Bay Area now and every time I get back to OC this is the first place I go! So delicious!!!! Love the flash fried lobster tails

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  9. Dubb

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My girl took me for my birthday, and it's always great. It was her and her daughters first time and they really enjoyed it. Only issue is its sooooooo far away and the table they put us at was right in the middle of all the people traffic. Aside from that I would have gave them 5 stars!!! I will be back, I always have fun and get wonderfully delish food...... Deuces!!!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I choose Rockin Baja Lobster to spend our 30th Valentine's Day for our romantic dinner, we were not disappointed. The food was amazing and the Ryan was a great waiter!! We sat outside and enjoyed the scenery.

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  11. Sunirose

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have always loved this place! We come on special occasions and the seafood is awesome ! Endless tortillas and variety of salsa. The servers are GREAT as well. Great Job Rockin Baja Lobster!

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  12. Jaime

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My Husband and I have been coming here since we first started dating 16 years ago, regardless of management changes, menu changes they hold true to a relaxed, casual environment with Baja style food. It's like being sun kissed in Mexico on the beach and eating fresh seafood with a Corona in hand. We love it here, and continually visit on every special occasion. We commute an hour with out traffic to enjoy this place... If that doesn't say how pleased we are I don't know what does.

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  13. Kimmy

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first visit to this restaurant, it was absolutely delicious. I went during Newport Beach restaurant week, what an amazing deal! The seafood tasted exceptional and the dessert was beyond mouthwatering! I can't wait to return for happy hour and taco Tuesday!

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  14. Jack

    Hertfordshire

    129 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good Mexican seafood, basically prepared & served fresh, friendly neighbourhood service

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  15. RobD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was our first time to go there and we could not find the place right away. Even we had GPS. We made a reservation with Open Table it helped us a lot. I had a window seat which you can see ocean. I guess it was the only one spot with a view in the restaurant. The food was great and we needed two containers to bring leftover to home. Waiting time was about 25 minutes but was not so bad as we had chips and three kinds of salsa for start.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Freshest, most generous portion of crab/lobster/shrimp I've ever had. The "bowl" sized drinks are crazy big and so good.

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  17. SueWho

    Portland

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    No need for reservations, this was a seat yourself place. Staff were accommodating and friendly. The food was good just entirely too salty. Would be a good place after a day in the sun.

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  18. Marysdaughter

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant consistently serves the most delicious buckets of lobsters, has the most polite staff and always makes us feel at home. Our lunch was for my Mom's 92nd birthday and she was treated as the special person that she is. Thank you!!!

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  19. lobster

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    This was the best place for lobster and combo buckets. How things have changed. The buckets are so made for you to have to purchase more than one to get what was all in one big bucket. I did order the 2lb lobster platter for two. Its was not all that. I drove from Az. and was not only stuck in traffic but our waitress was not only fake seeing her interact with us at times snippy, then seeing her in action with her acting friendly act was disgusting. Especially how she would just tell her co workers pocket rocket night tonight. watch and see. The best thing was the hard workers in the kitchen and the males that worked there. They were always going out of our way .

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  20. Rustyztwo

    New York City

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We love the bucket of crab, lobster and shrimp and we were again not disappointed.

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  21. RICKTIFF

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was awefull I had the carne asada which tasted like a rubber ball. My kids something similar with bad results. I had calamari appetizer and that was awesome. Other than that well we left the restraunt with full plates and empty stomachs

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  22. MrSkunkApe

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed the Baja bucket. It was full of tasty lobster tails and yummy large shrimp. I couldn't believe how many lobster tails they included in the bucket. Everything was seasoned to perfection.

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  23. disappointed

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I recently dined at the Rockin Baja Lobster in San Diego and the entire experience in San Diego far exceeded what I received in Newport. By this being a beach area restaurant I expected better service, better food, and overall better dining experience. The tables were dirty, the service was exceptionally slow, and the food was bland and the chips were stale

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  24. Nancy

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our friend told us about Rockin Baja in Newport Beach, but we waited for out-of-town visitors before we gave it a try. What a wonderful place for a fun lunch! The buckets are amazing! The lobster and shrimp fresh and the spice mix really finger-licken' good! Service was friendly and attentive, the crowd energetic and fun, really I can't say enough good things. We will be coming back here--definitely now my favorite place in Newport!

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  25. LisetteG

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Every food we order seemed too rich. Hard to find parking but staff accommodated that we had to change our reservation time.

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  26. 1221

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    outstanding tostada salad. appetizers were great. guacamole right on.

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  27. busyinoc

    Orange County

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Don't even bother with any other menu items, just pick and choose from the bucket selection. The seasoning and preparation of the shrimp, crab and lobster is out of this world!

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  28. XOkatkat

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Me and my girls came for OC restaurant week. Glad we did! Food was delicious and great service!!

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  29. Chardnay8

    Orange County

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great Baja style seafood used in a variety of dishes. We ordered a Baja Bucket for two with lobster, shrimp and crab legs that came with rice, beans and tortillas. It was more than enough for two! I can't talk much about the ambience since we sat in a tight corner in the back the bar. I assume there is a dining room upstairs, but that wasn't available even though we made a reservation (which wasn't needed). Oh, and the cocktails are good. I had a pina colada, which I haven't had in years and it was so yummy! Like having dessert with my meal. Hubby had a Long Island and said it was very good. All in all we had a good time and really enjoyed the food.

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  30. pelican

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2014

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had to wait for one hour!! Because no reservation found in the system. I still have the confirmation e-mail. I came from all the way from Pomona to Newport Beach, they were asking me if I made reservation San Diego location!! I am not sure is that something OpenTable issue or the restaurant ? We loved food but I can't trust open table reservation !!!

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  31. Loveseafood

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was in town for business.. I wanted so good seafood.. I did an Internet search.. Thought I would try it.. The food was very very good! Bartender provided great service.. Diffiently be back the next trip to Newport Beach!

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  32. PATTYP

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    THIS IS A FAVORITE PLACE FOR MY FRIENDS, NOT SO MUCH FOR ME, BUT IT'S OKAY. THE PLACE IS RELATIVELY SMALL AND EXTREMELY NOISY AND DIFFICULT FOR A HANDICAPPED PERSON IN A WHEELCHAIR TO ACCESS. IF YOU LOVE SEAFOOD, IT'S A GREAT PLACE. FRENCH FRIES ARE AVERAGE AT BEST; DON'T CARE FOR THE BEANS AND RICE. THE TORTILLAS ARE GREAT WITH THE HONEY CHIPOTLE BUTTER MY FAVORITE THING. MY FRIENDS LOVE THE CRAB LEGS AND SHRIMP AND LOBSTER CORN CHOWDER AS WELL AS THE SMORES' DESSERT. THE SERVICE WAS FANTASTIC.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here for the first time for the Newport Beach Restaurant Week. The foods overall were great. The service was excellent. The Ahi Poke was the appetizer of choice. The complimentary chips and three kinds of salsa were delicious. We ended up asking for more. This was kind of make up for the waitress for forgetting to bring the rice and beans that was supposedly included in the entree (Famous Baja Bucket). My friend had the Mexican Caesar salad which was just OK. The Epic Burrito was excellent. My friend also had two cocktails (I forgot what he ordered because I don't drink) and they were great. We both had the fired Ice Cream and that was a good choice.

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  34. tommyvv

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    2.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was the only bright spot. The lobster burger was bordering on pathetic. The slight bit of lobster was soggy and tasteless and the rest of the sandwich without flavor except for the overpowering Tabasco mayonnaise. The Ceaser salad was tossed with almost no dressing and was nearly unrecognizable and flavorless. For a restaurant with lobster in its name the diner certainly deserves better!

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  35. GiselaC

    Dublin

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great seafood buckets, loved the Alaskan Crab Legs platter

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Rockin Baja Lobster Newport is rated 3.9 stars by 35 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Rockin Baja Lobster Newport

2104 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Balboa
  • Neighborhood
    Newport Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm / Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, HAPPY HOUR M-F 3pm- 6pm / LATE NIGHT Happy Hour Fri & Sat 9pm- Close
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Only Metered and Street parking available, so please allow additional time for parking. Meters are free after 6 pm.
  • Public transit
    Bus 47 ~ http://www.octa.net/
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Phone number
    (949) 723-0606
  • 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<br />http://rockinbaja.com/banquet-menu/
  • 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 questionshttp://rockinbaja.com/banquet-menu/
  • Private party contact
    Dee Dee DiRienzo: (619) 269-0444
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