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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Big St Nick Christmas Bucket! Enjoy a Baja style Seafood bucket of Canadian Lobster Tails, a Snow Crab Cluster, Baja Style Shrimp, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Corn & much more. Also Includes a FREE Guacamole Appetizer & a FREE Fried Ice Cream To Share. Only $69.99 Available 12/22/17 through 12/25/17.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Big St Nick Christmas Bucket! Enjoy a Baja style Seafood bucket of Canadian Lobster Tails, a Snow Crab Cluster, Baja Style Shrimp, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Corn & much more. Also Includes a FREE Guacamole Appetizer & a FREE Fried Ice Cream To Share. Only $69.99 Available 12/22/17 through 12/25/17.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND 12/29/17 thru 1/1/18! Our Golden Sombrero features Whole Cold Water Lobsters, King Crab Clusters, Skirt Steak, Baja Style Shrimp, Grilled Chicken Breast, Mexican Street Corn & More with Free Guacamole App & a Free Fried Ice Cream Dessert & a Bottle of Champagne! ONLY $99 for TWO!

Rockin Baja Lobster Old Town Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (20)
Good for Groups (20)
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Special Occasion (16)
Fun (16)
Happy Hour (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Authentic (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Spicy (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Great Beer (5)
People Watching (5)
Romantic (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Cozy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Business Meals (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Live Sports (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Fun place, good food, live music too

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Fathers day dinner with friends

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We celebrated Father's Day on Saturday for lunch.
The server was attentive and efficient. We had 9 people in our group which included two three year olds. The restaurant was very accommodating.
The food was authentic and delicious. The Cadillac margaritas were too sweet and not enough tequila (of course).
We sat in the back covered patio. It was a warm day. Wished management turned all the oscillating fans on....suggestion....outdoor air conditioners!
We will be back.
Mahalo!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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food5
ambience4
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Rockin Baja is a very busy and festive place! Live music is actually quite good even though you're not expecting it or maybe, expecting Mexican style music instead... Their chips and salsa bar is AWESOME! However, you can fill up on them fast so save room! Good food and good service, but not excellent. Drinks are really tasty, but they are pricey. Taco Tuesday is a great deal and their happy hour looks good too!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Went here for a girl's get together on a Friday night. Just FYI, if you come with a large group, they will seat you when a majority of the group is present. The food was good and they have a good selection of drinks. Our waitress was very sweet. Good place for a causal dinner. The only downside I would say is that the live music is too loud, can't really have a conversation without screaming at each other.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Can't get enough of the lobster & shrimp! Great food and a great atmosphere.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Haven't used open table before, but setting up the reservation was simple and easy. Checked in with the hostess and tbey had us seated exactly on time. I have made the trip to Rockin Baja a few times. The service was great and the server was very attentive. Food was always great as usual. Sea of Cortez bucket if you want lobster tails, shrimp and a healthy pair of snow crab clusters.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Amazing as ALWAYS! The place we take everyone anytime they come to town to visit .

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The atmosphere was good. The seafood is fresh compared to most seafood places we've been before.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 5, 2017

The service was good. Ambiance was good. Food was marginal. The self-serve chips and salsa bar was a nice touch, and it was probably the highlight of the meal. I had the lobster lovers dish. The taco was good. The enchilada tortilla was very tough as though it had been over-reheated. Some pieces of lobster were decent in the enchilada while others were too tough to eat.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Love the atmosphere, and food is great. Always a place for a great gathering & meal.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Our daughter wanted to try lobster & we wanted to meet up with a friend, this place was great. We split the shrimp & lobster bucket, our daughter had the seafood skillet, & our friend had the ahi tacos. The food was outstanding & now our daughter likes lobster!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Great place to have a party and get together, we had a wonderful time

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Fun atmosphere and very Mexican as to decor and menu yet some great other options. Excellent server on all fronts.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The hostess's at the front were very rude and seemed "put out" by doing their job. When approaching the stand to inquire about our reservation the second night the girl working the stand rolled her eyes and told me "its going to be awhile." I had made a reservation online at 4:00 pm that day for a 7:45 reservation for 15 people. We ended up being seated at 8:00 which is reasonable with our party size and the fact that the place was PACKED(very different from our Thursday night dining experience.). But both times we visited we were greeted with bad attitudes. Other than that the place was EXCELLENT! The first time we went it was my SO and myself. It was a quiet Thursday afternoon, we were seated by the waterfall on the back patio and the environment and wait staff were excellent. On Sunday we wanted to return with family that we were visiting, Again the service inside the restaurant was great. We loved the salsa bar and all the variety! Overall it was a great experience both times.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We went to Rockin Baja for our 11-year-old son's birthday because he absolutely loves their lobster tails. What we did not expect was the level of service we got from Kelly, the manager that night, and Jess, our server. We had a party of 8, so we weren't surprised to find our table in one of the cozy backrooms. That would have been fine, but the live music was a Santana cover band called Santana Pa Ti, and since our son is an aspiring guitarist, and we'll-versed in classic rock, he desperately wanted to sit near the band.
When we asked our hostess she was courteous in saying, yes, but it would take a little while for a table to open up. We ordered drinks and had just about given up when the band began playing "Europa" and when most of our party got up and left the table to be near the live music, Kelly saw an opportunity to take care of his customers, and did exactly that. He moved us across the restaurant, kept our server the same, and let the band know that we had a special birthday boy that deserved a song in celebration.
The Baja Buckets came quickly after the delicious cocktails, and those buckets held more than enough food for us to leave with over-stuffed bellies.
The meal, the ambience, the entire experience was magical. Our son said it was his best birthday dinner ever! Granted, he's only got 11 to look back on, but we'll consider it a victory nonetheless.
Thanks Kelly, Jess, Santana Pa Ti, and everyone else at Rockin Baja for making our night amazing!

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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food5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Salsa bar was great. Sat at bar while waiting for table. Bartenders were friendly. Band was great!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Great Beer, Authentic
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food5
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service4
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Excellent food and service that is off the beaten path in Old Town

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Great staff,friendly and accommodating! Wonderful they could accommodate a large group on short notice on a big holiday weekend! Good food, great drinks and a great time had by all!
Thank you!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Came back for the crab legs

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 25, 2017

I love this restaurant! I went to the Old Town location for my birthday with my family and reserved a table for 15. The seating was perfect and the service was great. We ordered the Baja Buckets and we all shared family style. The food was excellent with a big selection to eat from: lobster, shrimp, steak, chicken and all u can eat flour tortillas with rice & beans...oh and of course the chips & salsa bar. It was perfect timing too because we got to see the soccer game while we had desert and opened up my gifts. Overall it was a perfect night at a really cool restaurant :)

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

During our stay in San Diego we dined at Rockin Baja Lobster. It was very nice. The location is very pretty. We used the valet parking of the restaurant, because it's difficult to find a parking place in Oldtown. The food was tasty and fresh. The service was excellent and the food was served quickly. Especially on weekends it's very busy, so a reservation is highly recommended.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Our server juanito was excellent. My observation is on the front with a hosted they had a mess with the people, we have a reservation 2 day ago with open table and we was waiting 15 minutes after our schedule, and we was inside all the tables was empty, I can't understand why? But the food and the service was excellent, everything the salsa bar has was clean. Thanks Rockyn baja

Tags: Authentic, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Good price for the amount of food served, Excellent Food and the service was awesome!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fun, Authentic, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We went on a Friday night and the live music was great. Food was delicious!! Great variety. Service was excellent. Save room for the fried ice cream, it was by far the best we have ever had!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Food was amazing! Had a great time with friends. We made a day trip out of it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 29, 2017

If you are in san diego you need to go to this place food is great atmosphere is awesome we went on friday night and they had a live band.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Was super busy but the staff was on their game and all was enjoyed by all

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 29, 2017

It was a celebration for my Mothers bday and fathers retirement. Enjoyed the food and the service. As always, rocking Baja never disappoints. Thank you for making our experience a memorable one.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Great food , fresh ingredients a fun atmosphere even on a Wednesday night. Service fantastic! Felt like a night out not just dinner. Also love the salsa bar!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, People Watching, Spicy, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Fantastic first experience
Service was outstanding
Will frequent again

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Have been coming here for years. Great food, great atmosphere and in a perfect location to enjoy Old Town too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The live music on Friday night this time was not very good and it was very loud, which made conversation grind to a halt. The best part of the evening was when the singer took a break for about 20 minutes. You also don't seem to have enough food servers for the size room. Make the chips and salsa area look a little less like a trough.

Tags: Live Sports
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 21, 2017

I felt the margaritas were a tad small for the 15 dollars.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Took my dad for his birthday.
Food was awesome! Better than expected :)
Service was on point too
Highly recommend this place!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Had a great waiter, who made our experience terrific. He recommended the dinner we had, the drinks we drank, and the dessert we did not! He was personable but not intrusive.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Enjoyed the food and the service was wonderful. The music, live, was a bit too loud.

Tags: Fun, People Watching
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 15, 2017

If you are looking for a taste of Baja Mexico, this is your spot! The salsa bar fits all appetites and heat levels. The lobster tails are just as yummy as Puerto Nuevo, but the price is double what you pay if you cross the border. Fun music and lively atmosphere to spice up your day or night. I love it!!! This location is walking distance to old town and. Alex parking only $5. Check it out!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Spicy, Special Occasion, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Incredible food! Had the special Easter Bucket:Canadian Lobster Tails
Snow Crab Cluster
Baja Shrimp
Grilled Marinated Chicken
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Guacamole Appetizer,
"All you can eat" Ranchero Beans, Mexican Rice, Warm Tortillas with Chili-Honey Butter
Fried Ice Cream to Share

Everything was exceptional. Service was great, food was great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Live Sports, Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Great place! Every time I come into SD I come here and bring the group I'm with. Everyone loved it. Great service, atmosphere, and seafood buckets.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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