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About Rockin Baja Lobster Old Town

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.

3890 Twiggs St.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Sun- Thurs Dinner 11am-9pm. Bar Closes at 10pm / Fri-Sat Dinner 11am-10pm. Bar closes 11pm / HAPPY HOUR 3pm- 6pm M-F / LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR 9pm- CL nightly

Cross Street:
Congress

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(619) 260-0305

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

Entertainment:
Live Music Friday & Saturday Evenings

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:
Nearby Street Parking and Public lots too

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, 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 - 10:00 PM

Oyster Mondays

Mondays from 11:00 AM - 10:00 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 - 10:00 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. Ask about specific Beer & Drink Specials! Sorry No Substitutions/Modifications. Special valid Oct 24, 2017 - Feb 20, 2018 on Tuesdays from 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM.

Oyster Mondays

Mondays from 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Details

Freshly Shucked Oysters for $2 each, All Day - While they last!. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Oct 24, 2017 - Feb 20, 2018 on Mondays from 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM.

Rockin Baja Lobster Old Town Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (26)
Good for Groups (22)
Live Music (22)
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Fun (21)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Good for a Date (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Great for Lunch (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Kid-friendly (11)
Authentic (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Great Beer (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Spicy (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Romantic (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Cozy (3)
Live Sports (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

$2/$3 tacos on Tuesdays! Tried all the options (fish, ahi, carne asada, chicken) and loved them all. While waiting for the rest of our party we had chips and salsa from the unlimited nacho bar. Pineapple and mango salsa was my favorite but there were Also lots of others. Drinks were good, food was good, and service was good. We sat near the fountain inside and didn't realize that it was a partial inside-outside seating. We recommend that option since it feels a little more lively. Very cute entrance to the restaurant too.

Tags: Great Beer, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Late-night Find
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were looking for a Mexican restaurant with seafood and we found a great place. Rockin Baja exceeded our expectations. We got a table far enough from the band so we could talk. By the way, the band on this Saturday night was wonderful (they played our old favorites). The atmosphere was festive with great decor. The food-great lobster and shrimp-endless variety of tacos and burros. Being from Phoenix we know Mexican food. We will be back next time we get to San Diego.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food was good but on the pricey side. Although there was quality ingredients I could easily get something with chicken or beef for much less. I understand their seafood can be pricey though and it might be more marketing to price their nonseafood items closer to their high end items. Overall I liked it and would go back and recommend it.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our food was excellent...we had the original bucket. Our server was very attentive and checked on us numerous times. We were seated out on the patio, under an umbrella and right by the waterfall, so it was great! I would highly recommend this restaurant. We had lunch there before seeing a play at the Cygnet Theatre, just a few blocks away, as we always do and it works out well. And it was easy to make a reservation through Open Table.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Loved, loved the restaurant. We're from Orange County and we're very pleased with the restaurant choice. Wish we had one close to home. Highly recommend.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Hot Spot, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Casual, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Favorite restaurant in San Diego, I go every time I am in San Diego.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This restaurant is a little off the main streets of Old Town San Diego. Its service and food make it well worth finding!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

From the check in desk to our waitress everyone was on point and so friendly. Our waitress was perfect and I didn’t have to ask her to help me plan the evening. The food was excellent. I would go back over and over again.

Tags: Fun, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Live Music, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Awsome serivce awsome food great place all around.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Double date with a friend from college and his wife was great location for personalized experience

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Purchased 3 of the original Baja buckets; plenty of steamed and seasoned shrimp, grilled skirt steak, grilled chicken, grilled corn, lobster tails were the 4 inch tails - minimal amount. If you're going there for the lobster, you might reconsider. Food was prepared well, seasoned nicely; sides refried beans and lime rice, tortillas, and an awesome salsa bar and tortilla chips were plentiful.
Drink of the day- Long Island Ice Tea, was not prepared well, flat tasting and a lot of ice.
We sat on the patio near the waterfall, nice ambiance but a bit noisy. Service was accommodating and pleasant. Overall it was a good experienced and we would revisit and recommend to others.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My experience started off sour when we got to the hostess stand. The hostess was not customer friendly, I’ll just assume it was a busy day and she had a long shift. This was our first time at the restaurant, and with a reservation. The music was good, food was good but our waitress was slow. A lackluster experience at best...

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This place was so much fun and great food and wonderful service!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Was one of the best casual dining experiences I've had to date.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Pleasant experience even though it's in a heavily trafficked tourist spot. Food was good, served quickly. Server was professional

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Our group was celebrating / mourning the departure of a good colleague to a better position with the US Navy. The service was top notch and the food came out in a reasonable amount of time. Considering our party included 14 friends, the server and the kitchen did a very good job. I would organize another large group event here again.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 26, 2017

It is a good quality and fun place in old town San Diego that serves Mexican food and was pretty crowded. I do not drink alcohol but the other guys said their margaritas were very tasty.
The only thing really missing was good live Mexican music, that would have made it a lot more fun

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We were waiting our dessert for half hour, no one come over to check.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

From host to bill, everything was perfect

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great restaurant , good service and food is delicious but despite having a reservation we waited almost 15 minutes past reservation time to be seated.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Neat little place in Old Town, clearly touristy and catering to it. Live music the few times we have been here. Nice little serve yourself chips and salsa bar. The buckets are kind of cool, a lot of food. The food is "fine" ... it is typical simple straight forward, the shrimp tacos were very good. But nothing special

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My wife and I have dined in Old Town San Diego many times. One of our favorite spots has always been Old Town Mexican Café, but we decided to try something new. My wife is a lobster and crab lover, so we chose Rockin Baja. We had a couple of drinks, an appetizer and the bucket for two, containing two lobster tails, crab legs, steak, chicken, shrimp, corn, rice, beans and tortillas. It was very good! It could actually probably feed three people. The service was fair and the atmosphere was pleasant. We sat next to a small waterfall which made is even more inviting. I am sure we will go back and hopefully have the same bucket!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Went for birthday dinner on a Friday night. Service, ambiance, and the live band were amazing. We got the sombrero bucket for two and the food was pretty good. It was all flash fried so it made the crab legs difficult to get the meat out. And it all had the same taste. The drinks were excellent and the self serve chips and salsas were delicious too. Would definitely go back but probably skip the bucket and get tacos instead.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I love the food here. So tasty! I would recommend this to anyone.

Tags: Authentic, Fun
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

I liked that I was able to make a reservation for my work party of 15. They made it easy and had my table ready on arrival. The Buckets were delicious with meat, chicken, lobster, shrimp, corn and rice & beans on the side. The offer also came with their amazing fried ice cream. The office was talking about it for days. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Overall we had an okay experience, the food made up for our bad customer service experience. We originally had reservations for 8:45pm on a Sun, hostess called and asked if we could bump it up to 7:30pm because the kitchen closed at 9pm. We were more than accommodating as this changed our schedule for the evening and it was our ANNIVERSARY, we get there about 7:15pm they didn't ask for the name of the reservation, and sat us down. It was not busy, there were more empty tables than full and not too many large parties, our waiter had us waiting for over 30mins we were about to leave until another waiter stopped and asked us for our drink order and got our original waiter for us. SO we let that slide even though it was our anniversary and we let our waiter know, she only apologized but did not offer our drinks for free or any type of accommodation for being kept waiting on our anniversary. Then she tried being overly nice to try and make up for her tip, which she still got a 15% tip. I feel like the waitress should have been more accommodating as it was our anniversary, they changed our reservation time. I was excited to eat there but will not recommend to friends or family. Next time we are in San Diego we may not stop by. I wish I could remember the waitress name. Just not happy that I wasted my anniversary there and we live in AZ ugh.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

I made a reservation and asked for seating by the water fall/firepit area and got the side patio away from it all wasn't to happy with that especially trying to celebrate me wife's bday

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This is a great restaurant. Make sure that you just take your seat and don't try to start out in the bar. You will have a totally different experience if you start in the bar. This is the second time in two months that we have had horrible service in the bar area. The restaurant itself has incredibly good food and service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 5, 2017

We've been coming here for years. Attentive wait staff; great experience.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Been coming here for many years. Booked a reservation to bring my husband and kids for mine and my husbands birthday. This place has gone down hill...the service was absolutely HORRIBLE. I mean we to ask for everything including utensils, drinks, check, crackers for the crab legs. Our waitress only came back at the end to ask if we wanted dessert and left some dirty plates . In a last minute ditch effort to redeem a tip, I am assuming. There was another waitress that was helpful, it was not even her section and she tried to help. I appreciated her, as she tried to accomdate the fact that for a $200 meal for 4 people felt more like I was at a buffet at Hometown Buffet. Really turned me off . So sad as I used to love this place. Worst experience I have had in many years .

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

great atmosphere, live music and delicisious food. Love their drinks they are amazing. and the food is awesome.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Cozy, Live Music, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Not very good food just thrown together it was very hot at dinner service was good oysters were not very good also just not very good food

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 2, 2017

First time there, a little too noisy for me. It is a family restaurant, so quite a few little kids. But got used to that quickly. The food was DELICIOUS!!! I had the three amigos tacos, my husband had the lobster lovers combo, also, really, really good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We went here during the heat wave in San Diego so it was pretty miserable feeling throughout most of the entire restaurant. The food, as usual, was absolutely fantastic! We were a bit disappointed, however, that the happy hour menu was supposed to only be in the bar. We looked prior to ordering and the happy hour menu didn't say anything like that AND the "bar" was only 7 feet from us. That's always very disappointing when businesses do that. When we're ordering a full meal, what does it matter to you that I get a few bucks off my drink?

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Upon arrival valet greeted us in a friendly manner as well as the hostess and waitress was friendly. The definite opportunity was the quality of food. Our bill was $115.00 and it was not worth it at all. The food had no flavor.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Originally had reservations to sit in open indoor patio but ended staying inside bar area since it wasn't crowded & our bartender Heidi was very friendly & attentive. Loved the self-serve chips & salsa bar! Best mango salsa ever!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Overall very good. A bit pricey compared to other similar seafood joints because the portions were smaller.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We went there last year, loved it so much, decided to go back this year, ordered the same thing, the bucket, the lobster tails were dry, over cooked, orered the shrimp appetixer and the sauce was thin, the chicken was great, the service was good.

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

This was our 1st time here and it was a memorable experience as the food, service and ambience were exceptional. We will definitely return and recommend this venue

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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Went for a birthday dinner. Everything was great!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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