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JJ's Cantina

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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: Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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  • 16
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  • 23
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 5
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  • 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
Friendly and Fun - and NO SNIVELING allowed!

As the Cantina's slogan says - No Sniveling allowed. Great bar/cantina atmosphere with a great patio and outside seating with wonderful views. The food was not 5 star - but was definitely edible and authentic. Worth the stop for the authentic old school atmosphere and the friendly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Tom B
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Gulfport, Mississippi
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Gulfport, Mississippi
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109 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As the Cantina's slogan says - No Sniveling allowed. Great bar/cantina atmosphere with a great patio and outside seating with wonderful views. The food was not 5 star - but was definitely edible and authentic. Worth the stop for the authentic old school atmosphere and the friendly (at least both times we were there....) crowd of mostly expats and tourists.

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Thank Tom B
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'll make it simple. The bartenders are not very friendly, there was very little heat inside, the food was not very tasty, the bathroom was awful with no toilet paper or soap and only one stall. This place needs a major overhaul!

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Thank Spenser B
Chandler, Arizona
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90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The bartenders aren't overly friendly, but they're cool. Drink prices are very reasonable. The food is average, but if your mission is to eat when visiting JJ's, then you are misguided. The view of Cholla Bay is pretty amazing blue. If you must eat, just walk down the back steps to the shore and grab some ceviche. There's always a... More 

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Thank Huck K
Phoenix, Arizona
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

Went there today and had a late breakfast- chorizo and eggs. Only us$3, and was fantastic. Loved the tortillas! View is fantastic though road was less than desirable from sandy beach, but that is par for the course here. Highly recommend as a stop if in PP!!

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Thank Lisa S
Phoenix, Arizona
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

The standard must do for first timers. Try the fries, drink a corona and watch the water--Cholla Bay (the bay that JJ's is on), is a little different than the other beaches. You can watch the boats of the local fishermen go out and come in, sometimes there are contests, and if you're a football fan, try a Sunday at... More 

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Thank KaceyJack
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82 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

This place is good place to go to. The beach is just right along it and with some live music as well. The drinks are good and the service had to keep up with the mad rush that they had when I was there. The atmosphere on the inside though is just fixed on the past though with all the... More 

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Thank Jacob E. G
Denver, Colorado
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293 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Excellent little bar/cantina, always worth swinging out to Cholla Bay if you're in Puerto Penasco/Rocky Point. Come at low tide, pick up sand dollars in the bay (shuffle your feet, there are stingrays), then stop by JJ's for a couple of beers before heading out. If you like luxurious all-inclusive resorts stay away, if you like Mexico beach village charm... More 

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Thank Nate H
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is one hell of a bar. No AC and lots of Corona. Get some atomic cherries as well. You can float up in your kayak or walk from a home rented in Cholla Bay

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Thank halfacat
Tucson, Arizona
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72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

JJ's is an excellent little cantina/bar in the area. My wife and I like to come here for bar food and cocktails (and cerveza!) and enjoy the outdoor deck area as it overlooks the Bay. Always a fun time.

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Thank Andy W
Arizona
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58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

JJ's is an institution in Cholla Bay and if you go to Rocky Point you don't want to miss a stop in for a Tecate and a fish taco. Most of the time it's a sleepy little place with a staff that's been there as long as the building (well, not quite). If you happen to hit it on a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Cholla Bay, Puerto Penasco, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Northern Mexico  >  Sonora  >  Puerto Penasco

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?