Barry, "Spartan" suggested this for our VT Meeting. What a great choice it was! While waiting for the others to arrive, we were given red & green chips and salsa to snack on. Most of us ordered Margaritas. The patio overlooked the Marina and the view only needed a colorful sunset. The sunset did come and many photos were taken of it.
Rockin Baja Lobster's first location was in Bonita, an area of Chula Vista. It was originally known as the "Old Bonita Store" a restarurant that replaced a store. It was family owned and the family could always be seen greeting new customers. I had lunch there quite often in those days.
The family decided to bring "Lobster Puerto Nuevo" to their Chula Vista restaurant in the early 1980's and eventually changed the whole place to "Rockin Baja Lobster." I think the Oceanside location was the first added to what is now six restaurants from Chula Vista to Newport Beach.
Lobster Puerto Nuevo is a style that was originally sold in the little fishing village of Puerto Nuevo, Mexico, about forty or fifty years ago. People would drive south from San Diego or Tijuana, Mexico to this village stop at any one of the small homes and order Lobster. It was served with frijoles and tortillas. The lobster was hot and deliciously tender. In fact, even the lobster served in five-star restaurants (that I have been) is not as tender as in Puerto Nuevo. So, the owners of Rockin Baja Lobster brought this favored dish up
Favorite Dish: Buckets of seafood, chicken or beef were served with frijoles, rice, tortillas and as many trips as you'd like to the salsa bar. It was strange eating out of a bucket for some of us, but there were no complaints and the chattering around the table fell silent as we ate the delicious food.
The price of a "Bucket" starts around $16.99 and moves up from there. However, there are other choices on the menu and some are priced lower.
Rockin' Baja Lobster offers guests rare taste treats from the oceans and land. Its signature "buckets" overflow with lobster, shrimp, crab, carne asada, chicken and even more delights (selections are accompanied by all-you-can-eat beans, rice and flour tortillas).
Favorite Dish: The meeting was a success and we all tried one of their signature buckets. I selected The "Lil Baja Bucket" (stuffed with slipper lobster tails, marinated chicken, grilled carne asada, and Baja style shrimp). Laurie-Jeanne tried The "Lobster Bucket" (baja style slipper lobster tails split and seasoned in the traditional Puerto Nuevo style).
It was a recommendation to eat here by someone at Wyndham. So we tried it out and found out the food was good and they were nice enough to make my sons special burrito's. The boys enjoyed them and we were very please how nice the service was. The decor was fun. I would recommend anyone to try this place out. It was very pricey, but we enjoyed it anyway.
We visited the Baja Lobster in April 2004 & were very happy that we made the stop! There were 4 of us...2 adults & 2 12-yo boys...& all of us found MORE than enough to fill us up. Food was great. Prices were reasonable, esp for the amount of food you got! Atmosphere was fantastic! I would love to go there again - minus the kids!
Favorite Dish: The Buckets were VERY popular!
Fun, casual atmosphere turns a local lobster dinner into a party at Rockin' Baja Lobster locations around the county. Just ask fellow VT member rebibi (Elisabeth), her husband Remo, and their friends Fritz and Clara.
Favorite Dish: The Appetizer Combo is pretty darn good as it contains Chicken Fingers, Killer Shrimp and Pepper Poppers (mild red jalape?os stuffed with rich cream cheese and succulent shrimp; breaded and golden fried), Crisp tortilla chips (topped with beans, cheese, olives, green onions, tomato, jalape?os, sour cream, and guacamole) and chicken/vegetable egg rolls all served with ranch dressing and raspberry jam.
The "Big Baja Bucket" for two is their signature bucket, stuffed with slipper lobster tails, marinated chicken, grilled carne asada, and Baja style shrimp, served with two crisp Caesar salads and 'All You Can Eat' beans, rice, flour tortillas.
The "L'il Baja Bucket" which comes with supper lobster tails, jumbo shrimp, carne asada, chicken, Mexican rice, refrito beans drawn butter and flour tortillas.
Another great dish is the Lobster Lovers Combo which is a San Felipe style lobster taco, a langostino lobster enchilada, and a cup of creamy lobster bisque (truly a combo fantastico for lobster lovers only!).
How about the Fried Calamari Steak Sandwich (fried calamari steak served with creamy salsa & tomatoes in a toasted sourdough bun) with fries and fruit.
Then wash it down with an Original Margarita on the rocks, or for something different a Horni Margarita will fit the bill.
Rockin' Baja Lobster has six locations in Southern California: 2 in San Diego and 1 in Oceanside, Bonita, San Marcos and Newport Beach.
They serve Mexican style seafood. Our food in Oceanside was just a great experience.
We chose from BAJA BUCKETS
Most Baja Buckets are prepared for one to four persons and are priced per person! All Baja Buckets include a crisp Caesar salad and "Family Style" bowls of "All you can eat" ranchero style beans Mexican rice, flour tortillas and incredible salsa bar.
SHRIMP or LOBSTER BUCKET
Baja Style Shrimp $16.99 per person
Slipper Lobster Tails $17.99 per person
Or you may choose a Combo of the two for $17.99 per person.
THE BIG BAJA BUCKET
Bucket stuffed with Baja style Slipper lobster tails, grilled marinated chicken, char-broiled carne asada and Baja style shrimp. $16.99 per person.
Favorite Dish: THE BIG BAJA BUCKET
AKA the Bucket House, everything comes in a bucket, except for the margaritas. There are several different buckets on the menu, most are filled with seafood with chicken or steak. There is a salsa bar where you can load up on Mexican "hot" stuff.
Favorite Dish: The lobster I had was very good and I didn't mind it coming in a bucket!
Here's one of the seafood buckets, not sure the name of this one. I had the shrimp bucket and the shrimp had a delicious slightly crispy seasoning (oops or was I eating the shells!). Buckets ranged from around $16.99 to $22.99 each.
The inside of the restaurant is tropically decorated with colorful paintings and the resemblance of thatched roofs throughout.
We had to move indoors when the rain started and unfortunately the bar/restaurant closed at 10:30.
The Rockin Baja Lobster is located on the marina with great views of the boats and a red and white lighthouse next door. The food is primarily seafood with a mexican flair. There is a salsa bar and the "seafood buckets" are served with rice and refried beans. There are many combinations of buckets to chose from, lobster, shrimp, chicken, crab legs, etc. We also ordered pitchers of margaritas that were very refreshing.
Here's part of the VT gang.
In the Rockin Baja Lobster they have a salsa bar with a varitiy of different salsas which range from Hot to sweet.
As you can see Supun was enjoying the salsa bar.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the Honey and chilie butter. I also liked the hot carrots. The honey and chilie butter was great on the shrimp.
Reservations have been made for 5:30 p.m. under the name “Haynes/VT Meeting” on the patio overlooking the marina. I have contacted the restaurant and they offer bucket packages (which include your choice of bucket, tax, tip and choice of soft drink, tea or coffee).
A liter of Margaritas serving approx. four glasses: $15.00
Its signature "buckets" overflow with lobster, shrimp, crab, carne asada, chicken and even more delights. Selections are accompanied by all-you-can-eat beans, rice and flour tortillas and unlimited trips to the spectacular Salsa Bar, featuring the famous Honey-Chili Butter.
Favorite Dish: None of the packages include alcohol (e.g., margarita's, cocktails, etc.) and will have to be purchased separately. If we take a page out of the Long Beach meeting and everyone brings $26.00, then we should have enough for dinner and margaritas. The restaurant does accept various forms of payment (cash, credit card, debit card, travelers checks, etc.) but please be advised that they will only present one bill to us.
The different types of buckets that they serve in their package are:
The "Lil Baja Bucket" ($19.64 per person) - supper lobster tails, marinated chicken, grilled carne asada, jumbo shrimp, drawn butter and served with “All You Can Eat" refrito beans, Mexican rice, flour tortillas and unlimited trips to the salsa bar.
The "Bahia Beach Bucket" ($20.86 per person) - supper lobster tails, jumbo shrimp, chicken, snow crab and drawn butter and served with “All You Can Eat" refrito beans, Mexican rice, flour tortillas and unlimited trips to the salsa bar.
The "Baja Style Supper Lobster Bucket" ($22.09 per person) - supper lobster tails and drawn butter and served with “All You Can Eat" refrito beans, Mexican rice, flour tortillas and unlimited trips to the salsa bar.
The "Baja Style Shrimp Bucket'" ($22.09 per person) - Baja style shrimp and drawn butter and served with “All You Can Eat" refrito beans, Mexican rice, flour tortillas and unlimited trips to the salsa bar.
Not offered in the bucket package but also available for those who don't like seafood is the The "U Call It" Bufadora Beach Bucket ($18.99 per person) - where you can choose from one to four items: grilled carne asada, carnitas, marinated chicken, Baja style shrimp, smoked sausage, slipper lobster tails, or succulent snow crab legs; served with a crisp Caesar salad and "All You Can Eat" beans, rice, flour tortillas, and the incredible salsa bar. You will have to pay for your own soft drink, coffee or tea.
Spartan took us to the Rockin' Baja Lobster Bar & Grill.
Favorite Dish: My friend Clara and I had the Big Baja Bucket for two with lobster tails, chicken and, and, and.... We really couldn't eat all that. It was too much, but very tasty. And don't forget the big choice of Margaritas!