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Rockin Baja Lobster Newport

40 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Sun- Thur 11am- 10pm
Fri & Sat 11am-11pm
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Phone number
(949) 723-0606
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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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 - / 619-269-0444
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Cross street
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Parking details
Only Metered and Street parking available, so please allow additional time for parking. Meters are free after 6 pm.
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Public transit
Bus 47 ~
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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 - / 619-269-0444
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Funikki (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2015

Great service and great good. Highly recommend the buckets of sea food. Our server Trent was fantastic.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on June 25, 2015

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.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on June 25, 2015

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!!

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on June 15, 2015

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!!!

Marysdaughter (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on May 28, 2015

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!

DavidG722 (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on May 9, 2015

The food is unique & original (Slipper Lobster) Prices are very high, but it IS the beach. Atmosphere is very friendly. Waitstaff is on their toes & extremely pleasant.

Osocute (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2015

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

mike4339 (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on April 26, 2015

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 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.

vipRst1211 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2015

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

Dubb (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2015

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!!!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

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.

Sunirose (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

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!

Jaime (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

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.

Kimmy (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2015

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!

vipJack (London)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2015

Good Mexican seafood, basically prepared & served fresh, friendly neighbourhood service

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2015

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 9, 2015

Freshest, most generous portion of crab/lobster/shrimp I've ever had. The "bowl" sized drinks are crazy big and so good.

SueWho (Portland)
3.0  Dined on January 8, 2015

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.

Marysdaughter (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2014

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!!!

Mary (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2014

OUTSTANDING Seafood , Taste is to die for, Price is not too extravagent.. Guacamole n Salsa are delish, Michelada were tasty , Mixed drinks not weak nor watery. Salad was fresh n crispy. Dessert was scrumptious. We had seating for 12 . We got there early n were seated shortly. piped in music was requested 3 x before it was turned on up stairs .My only : ( is there are no coupons for this restaurant . I n another searched the web : (