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Cholla Bay, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Must be great for drinking... Not so much for food?

All over Phoenix, I see J.J.'s Cantina license plates so maybe I had built it up in my mind. On my first trip to Puerto Peñasco, JJ's was my first stop for lunch over at Cholla Bay. The 'parking lot' was full so I had high hopes for a home-cooked, Mexican meal. The bar was where most customers... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
392 reviews 392 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
268 helpful votes 268 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

All over Phoenix, I see J.J.'s Cantina license plates so maybe I had built it up in my mind. On my first trip to Puerto Peñasco, JJ's was my first stop for lunch over at Cholla Bay. The 'parking lot' was full so I had high hopes for a home-cooked, Mexican meal. The bar was where most customers were. We... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Made the trip out Cholla Bay to look at the cute houses and walk the bay during low tide. We were there for early dinner so the night life hadn't started yet - the place was empty. Had quesadillas and fries - cheap and average. This would be a great bar during one of the live concerts.

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OKC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Great place for a concert though it can get a bit crowded Great place for to grab a drink unless it is during the aforementioned concert, which then it might take a few minutes to get the drink in hand. Good place to grab some food. Had the fish and chips and the asada tacos. Fish and Chips were great... More 

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las cruces
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Had a quick breakfast and bloody Marys and enjoyed it. Nice and quiet that time of day. We hit a lot of the bar/rest. on the Malecon and this one was very good.

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Puerto Penasco, Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I had lunch there a few weeks ago. I found the "style" of service not my favorite. After finding a table, getting a drink, you had to go back outside to the front (without taking your drink), then ordering from a simplistic menu. Tacos $2.25 per, quesadilla $2.50 per (a tortilla folded over). A little pricey for a "serve yourself"... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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86 reviews 86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

JJ's no longer has a kitchen to serve food of and the food stand beside their bar is inconsistent. A few months back, we were able to order nachos made with real cheese but on our latest visit, we were served stale chips with a squirt of liquid orange goo. Part of the fun for us was being able to... More 

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We stumbled onto JJ's Cantina, and now that I am back home, I am reading the comments of fellow tripadvisorians - I can only echo what dudebroman from Texas said. JJ's is an old bar, very affordable, don't go there for decor but sit outside at the concrete table and forget about the madness of the world. It was a... More 

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Big Island
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I'm really surprised to see this on trip advisor and somehow it just doesn't belong here. JJ's is a local place to get an inexpensive cocktail, enjoy a magnificent view, and ideally you are not even here if you don't already love the place. It is so not about food or drink. or the bathrooms or the service. I've been... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

JJ's had a neat set up. Outside of a shaded patio connected to the bar is a series of stepped banquets that lead down to the beach. These are cement and flank a center set of stairs, kind of like a small stadium. Each banquet feels like it could seat 6 people comfortably and there's a small raised stage for... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My wife and I decided to check out this bar while we were at RP. I was told that it was a legendary bar that had been in RP for a long time. It was to my wife's delight that everyone was speaking English there. I looked around the bar while she ordered our beers at $1.50 per. The bar... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Cholla Bay, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Northern Mexico  >  Sonora  >  Puerto Penasco
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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