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“Seafood that tastes like you're right by the sea of Cortez” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Bocanita

La Bocanita
1185 Circulo Mercado, Rio Rico, AZ 85648
(520) 281-0249
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Ranked #2 of 10 Restaurants in Rio Rico
Cuisines: Mexican, Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Rio Rico, Arizona, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Seafood that tastes like you're right by the sea of Cortez”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This little unassuming restaurant seems to get the freshest seafood in Arizona. Every item I've tried has been great with some being exceptional. Their caldo largo is awesome and almost too much to eat at one sitting and is chock full of every type of seafood imaginable. Their fish, shrimp and marlin tacos are as good as any I've ever had. They also serve typical sonoran mexican food which I haven't tried, as every other restaurant in the area also serves mexican, most exclusively, but friends who have tried it say it too is above average. Prices and service are good, you will not be disappointed!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tucson
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Felt like I was in Sonora...in a good way!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We presented this place with the ultimate challenge- short notice for party of 20 on a Friday night. Without hesitation, the hostess took our reservation and welcomed us a couple hours later with open arms. We are a group that does monthly dinner/happy hours, and we find that there really aren't that many places that can handle that many people simultaneously, but the staff at La Bocanita performed wonderfully. And the food- oh wow, so good. From the seafood cocktails, whole fried fish and Sonoran style shrimp to the guy singing and playing the synthesizer, it felt like we were beachside in Puerto Penasco rather than in the Arizona desert. And it was inexpensive for seafood. Overall, our group gave La Bocanita a big thumbs up! Next time we're in Rio Rico we will be back!

Visited June 2013
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Nogales, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Are you looking for a great meal? This is the place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This is a restaurant where you can find either you're craving fresh seafood or mexican dish, you need to make a stop at the Bocanitas Restaurant in Rio Rico, AZ. Excellent customer service, Fridays and Saturdays enjoy the music! Close to the I-19 Highway. Make it a destination for a destination!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“The best Mexican this side of the border”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Noted this restaurant on Trip Advisor and since we were in Rio Rico for a Memorial Day getaway we thought we would give it a try. Unfortunately they were hosting a graduation gathering inside so we didn't get the true experience. The food however was plentiful and the best I have had since being south of the border. The enchiladas/rice/beans were excellent, shrimp cocktail, and fish tacos were a delight for our palates. The best Mexican food in the area, that's Mexican, not Tex-Mex, the specialties are seafood based. Shrimp, octopus, snapper, shellfish. It was amazing the number of take-outs picked up during our visit. We will definitely return and the prices were right.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rio Rico, Arizona
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36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Only fair, but they do offer seafood”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I can't say I hated La Bocanita. The food was fair...nothing awful, but nothing outstanding either. The atmosphere is bland - generic Mexican. While you can get some seafood offerings that are a little harder to find in Rio Rico, they're all rather pricey (though not extravagantly so). There are other restaurants within a few miles of this one that are significantly better if you're looking for good Mexican food. However, if you really have a craving for seafood and you're in Rio Rico anyway, I guess you could do worse. The management and service were both fine.

Visited May 2012
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