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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

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 Old Town Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (22)
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Special Occasion (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Live Music (17)
Kid-friendly (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Fun (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Authentic (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Spicy (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Romantic (7)
Great Beer (6)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Cozy (5)
Live Sports (5)
Disabled Access (4)
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Great for Brunch (3)
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Healthy (2)
Scenic View (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

This place ROCKED!!! (pun intended). This was our first time to San Diego for a vacation and aren't familiar with the town so I looked on my TripAdvisor app for things to do and restaurants we might like and came across this place. The name alone had my attention immediately, I am a lover of all things lobster & after telling my husband about it, decided to make reservations for dinner. We ordered the Golden Sombrero Bucket & it was AWESOME!!! It was pricey, but with all that comes with it, it was worth every penny. Our waitress was great, the atmosphere was so cool, we loved it! I've decided this is my birthday/anniversary goto from now on, so I see many more trips to SD!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food, nice atmosphere... perfect place to enjoy lunch or dinner while having a few drinks and watching sports, let’s not forget great place for a date. Good customer service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Our meal was excellent, with all dishes coming out hot at the same time (which can be an issue at RBL). Service was good to start, but once the meals came out it was largely absent. Wouldn't have noticed if we didn't need some napkins and a side plate, but we did. Prices on the buckets seem to continue to increase, but it is a unique and tasty item.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great place as always. Service atmosphere and food is always delicious

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food! Music was wonderful! Want to go back tonight if I could

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a big group including kids and this place was great. There was a live band playing, so it was loud and fun inside. Our server was good and even offered to split our checks from the beginning.

Tags: Kid-friendly, People Watching, Fun, Casual, Live Music, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

All of us had a wonderful time celebrating our Anniversary and New Year’s Eve. We even got to watch the Chargers win their final season game. Excellent food, service & ambiance!

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Spicy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This is a fun place to take relatives who are visiting from out-of-town. The portions are not huge, but the fantastic and varied salsa and chips bar will make sure you don't leave hungry. This place is not cheap, but everything was tasty, and the atmosphere is colorful and a lot of fun. I really enjoyed my soft shell crab tacos, although all tacos made with flour tortillas. Corn tortillas would make everything tastier. The restaurant has a nice, large parking lot which makes it easier on busy days when it's difficult to find parking in Old Town.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

we were visiting from out of town, so we thought we should meet up with family at RBL. a known favorite place for dinner. The food was amazing! Rockin Baja was able to provide great service. I was especially impressed with the ever changing menu.

Tags: Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Waterfront, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Scenic View, Vegan, Afternoon Tea, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, People Watching, Spicy, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Organic, Healthy, Business Meals, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Lobster and shrimp were good. Carne Asada was tough. They used to serve warm tortillas. None were offered on this visit. Only a dab of beans were brought initially. By the time I got more beans, everything was cold and I was full. Poor server. We were two and she paid twice as much attention to the table of four right next to us than she did us.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was good, but I think the reception staff could use some better training. Poor communications skills, lost our reservations and I had to remind them that they were seating others before our group. No apology.

Tags: Spicy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Had a live band and the food was good as normal. The service was slow but it was likely due to our waiter having a very large party to support that came in ahead of us.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Birthday for 13 year old

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Christmas holiday party

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very good food and a fun atmosphere!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food and margaritas, service was a little lacking but overall it was fun

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The menu pricing is very deceptive. Under the Category "Signature Baja Buckets" it is stated that the "Big Baja bucket " is 59.99 for two. Under that listing is several other "bucket" items with the pricing individually shown. However, all the other buckets are for one serving - which is not made clear on the menu. For example the Shrimp & Lobster Bucket is $38.99...but is for only one serving. Two servings in one bucket is $77.98.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Musician Joe Cardillo is AMAZING! Made our night out even better. Go when he is scheduled to play.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were celebrating my husband's birthday. The waiters were not attentive. We always had our glasses empty. One of the orders was incorrect. Everything took too slow. The food was delicious and the live music and atmosphere was Awesome. Great overall except for the waiters.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 5, 2017

What is not to like. Delicious food. We had the cheaper Baja Bucket and still couldn't finish it and had to bring a lot of food home for another meal. Great service and delicious food. Love the salsa bar and the lobster tails and shrimp and margaritas.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was great. We did get corn on the cob with our meal which was not hot. Service was good considering we got there after they opened. We will return as the food was great and the beer was cold. Prices are reasonable

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I went here with my boyfriend and my two Aunt's, and the food was delicious. We all loved the ambience, and the decor of the restaurant. There was also a live band that night, and they sounded really good. Great place, I would definitely come back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Sports, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was just what we were craving noise level was horrible had to move way off the patio to get away from it all

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Bar Seating, Spicy, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Yummy and a great place for a mother daughter night

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

1st time here after a recommendation from a friend. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was cold when we got it.
We split the check and the tip on the recipt was 30% instead of 15%, which is just bad practice in my opinion.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 24, 2017

My son and I were on a business trip and we loved everything about the restaurant a 5 star rating from us

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Food was great except the corn was way burnt and overdone. We love coming to share the buckets; we had a party of six -service was great.. but we had to flag down the waiter a couple of times but he was busy so we understood.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This restaurant is loud with a party feel. Wasn't impressed with the food. I had the seafood burrito, it had so much sauce on it you couldn't taste the seafood. The other member at my table food was steaming hot, mine was lukewarm.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

$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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