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Rosita's Armory Cafe

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231 Salinas St, Salinas, CA 93901-2714
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
historic Mexican eatery in Salinas

old local establishment--Family owned for generations. Good, basicdelicious Mexican fare, a local favorite.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Gail K
Salinas, California
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Salinas, California
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

old local establishment--Family owned for generations. Good, basicdelicious Mexican fare, a local favorite.

Thank Gail K
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21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The chili rellenos are so good! Portions are good sized! Even though it is a home style Mexican restaurant the burger and fries are really good too!

Thank Vanessa L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

The service was slowish, but friendly. The chips and salsa lacking, the salsa is good, but the chips are cold, ugh. We ordered the lunch special, taco and burrito. The food was under seasoned, guess better than over seasoned. Just okay overall.

Thank Pamela H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Back in the early 1980's I was stationed in Monterey with the U.S. Navy. I lived in Carmel & drove to Rosita's all the time to eat!! I loved their food, it was my all time favorite restaurant in CA....I was discharched in 1982 & moved back to Minnesota & I now live in Texas. I have not been back... More 

1 Thank Amazingmom8385
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I have eaten here before; but I would walk by it daily since I was craving another dish. Today I was craving Mexican Cuisine and went in. Great food, low prices, Had the lunch special, added a second taco on the side. There are not to many Mexican places, in town, where you can enjoy lunch with a Corona. My... More 

Thank LuigiCalifornia
Salinas, California
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Good items! Enchiladas , the chile rellenos, the chile verde,not to mention their green salsa going to Rositas is not only good warm Mexican food it is like going for home cooking with family.

Thank caseybeyondborders
Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

My wife and I dated at Rosita's back in the 70's. It might be we were caught up with each other and, due to moving out of State, have not been back since 1976 but the food seemed a lot better back then. Yesterday, we found the food very average and lacking flavor. The chips were over cooked. The service... More 

Thank Mike P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

I was in high school in 1970 and Salinas was the land of rival high school sportsmen. I may have sat in this same booth during one of my many carefree jaunts at that time. But I know upon entering, the feeling of a cultural family kitchen; the spotlessly scrubbed counters tables and floors; and the memories drawing the eye... More 

2 Thank kauaivalentine
New Hartford, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

I very rarely give anything less than 3 or 4, but this just not good. We stayed over in Salinas after a day of hiking in Big Sur and another day of hiking in the Pinnacles National Park. We had high hopes of visiting the Monterey Brewing Company, but it, and what seemed like the rest of old town Salinas,... More 

Thank FEN_10
Salinas, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I am new to Salinas and my daughter and her family were visiting me. So I thought we would try this place out since it is touted to be the best. What a waste of too much money. Tasteless, with items floating in sauce, fake guacamole. Rice-a roni really? I am from So Cali and I guess this place might... More 

Thank LilyofSalinas

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 231 Salinas St, Salinas, CA 93901-2714
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: 831-424-7039

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican


Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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