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La Roca Restaurant

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Calle Elias 91, Sonora, Nogales, AZ 84066
520 375 5750
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Cool, Delicious Cave on the Border

La Roca is an old school classic Mexican restaurant built into the side of a cliff, and the ambience is unparalleled in Nogales, and maybe in Sonora state. Be adventurous: La Roca is located in the middle of the red light district; however, all concerned parties protect the restaurant, its patrons... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2013
sababennett
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

La Roca is an old school classic Mexican restaurant built into the side of a cliff, and the ambience is unparalleled in Nogales, and maybe in Sonora state. Be adventurous: La Roca is located in the middle of the red light district; however, all concerned parties protect the restaurant, its patrons, and its interests. The food is outstanding and reasonable,... More 

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Patagonia, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We have eaten at La Roca many Sunday's for the brunch. The music and atmosphere is amazing PLUS the food is fantastic. You will not be disappointed but so pleased you made the effort to get there.

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California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Every time I can slip away to Nogales, Mexico, I make a point to go to La Roca. The restaurant is off a side street that has seen better days. The restaurant is beautiful. It is old world charm with suited waiters and wonderful service. The margaritas are tasty and after a pitcher (or two) you can feel them. We... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

La Roca sits about halfway up the hill that overlooks the Centro border crossing. There's a pretty courtyard with bougainvillea and a mosaic fountain. Then you walk up the stone stairs and into an old-school Mexican restaurant that is literally in the side of the rock of the hill. The waiters are dressed up in white coats and ties. The... More 

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Paris, France
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

This is the restaurant to go to for tourists in Nogales Sonora. While food is not exceptional, it's worth going for a meal, a drink or a snack which I did on three ocassions this April. Apart from lovely interior setting and old world atmosphere, I love the wait staff. Professional, attentive older guys as you would find in established... More 

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Seattle, WA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

We picked this place because it came recommended as best restaurant in Nogales, Sonora on Trip Advisor. Here's the good: * right across the border, 5 minute walk from the border crossing (park on the US side) * great hacienda style property against a 150 ft rock face * classic high ceiling large dining room, tastefully painted * waiters were... More 

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Nogales, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

We have dined here for over 30 years. I took my future wife here every Friday night when we were dating in the late 70's. Never been disappointed in the service or food. Definitely a unique setting, as it is carved into a rock cliff. Truly a classy Mexican feel to it with bold colors and decor. Recommend the tapequina... More 

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Nogales, Mexico
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Great athmosphere and good food, very hacienda like and only a few steps into mexico

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Rio Rico, Arizona
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48 reviews 48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

La Roca just celebrated its fortieth anniversary and it deserves many more! From the minute you walk in you know this is a special place. GREAT food (you won't find better in Tucson),amazing service, unique atmosphere (it's built into the side of the hill and one wall is natural rock)...It's worth getting a passport to come here. One caveat...it's located... More 

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madison
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2009

Whats a trip across the border without stopping for guacamole and magaritas at La Roca?? After a day of fending off storekeepers and haggling over prices, You wont believe what your about to walk into. The interior is tragically hip and the waiters are attentive. Look around and choose your seating environment. Relax..Enjoy strolling minstels while you chill in the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle Elias 91, Sonora, Nogales, AZ 84066
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Nogales
  • Phone Number: 520 375 5750

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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