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American, Mexican, Seafood
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed March 28, 2022 via mobile

Went for dinner with friends to celebrate birthdays and our friendship. No disappointment here, food was fresh, plentiful and delicious. Karen our server was attentive and helpful. Margaritas were delicious as were our entrees. Seafood was well prepared and very flavorful. Our friends opted for...enchiladas and said they were delicious and satisfying. It's nice to feel welcome and not rushed, well priced and good value. We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

Our first dinner at Baja Joe's was a fun experience. We will go back. The food was very tasty and served at just the right temperature. I had the Fajita Burro with shrimp and grilled veggies. I ordered rice and beans on the side, as...well as my red sauce.My husband had a Pollo Burro, same sides and enjoyed his very much. My Baja Punch cocktail tasted wonderful, the husband's beer was to his liking. One of our party received a blended margarita instead of the "on the rocks/salt" which she ordered. That error was quickly fixed by our server. Our server, Mike, was helpful and had a very pleasant manner. Our only complaint was the volume of the music - too loud to hear our server and to have a conversation with our dinner companions. We did ask twice for it to be turned down, and it was lowered a bit, but could have been lowered more. As I'm writing this review, I'm enjoying my leftovers - portions are generous and just as delicious reheated!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed September 12, 2019

We were looking for some Mexican food in the south... Read reviews and picked here... nothing special here. Very loud place! Service was slow to seat us, order and the waiter couldn’t get things correctly. We didn’t get our app ever... wrong drinks. Only positive...from the dinner was the bacon, crab filled shrimp! Amazing!!! Would likely not go back? Waiter needs training, it wasn’t that busy.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 15, 2019

Be aware of Baja Joe’s Mexican Cantina in Mesa. Last night we ate there with some friends, total of 4 people. Our total bill was $158.92. They charged us an automatic gratuity of $31.59, which they said is 18%. Well... 18% of $158.92 is $28.61....It appears they included the taxes when calculating the gratuity. That’s an IRS no-no. I have never seen an automatic gratuity for less than 6 people. At the bottom of their menu, it states, automatic gratuity for parties equaling $100 or 8 people. I called the manager (FERNANDO) about charging gratuity on taxes and he said that’s just the way our system charges it. Two lessons learned. You will be charged automatic gratuity for anything over a $100 and you will pay gratuity on the taxes. I will also inquire with the IRS.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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sean s, Owner at Baja Joe's Mexican Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2019

For the 9.5 years we've been open we have always has this clearly listed on our menu. it is nothing new nor has it ever changed, and we do not have a Fernando working for us. This is also very common with restaurants everywhere...and many...More

Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

Real Mexican restaurant. Shrimp and more shrimp. This is where the Latinos eat. Got to try it. Say hello to Javi.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 20, 2019

We hadn't been here for awhile and after the last 4 visits this past month, I'm not sure why we hadn't been there for so long. They do have outdoor dining with a non-smoking and a smoking section. The staff is extremely friendly and efficient....Their guacamole is the best we have had this side of the border. They prepare it tableside so it is the freshest it can be and also they will add more onion, less jalapenos - however you like it. We are extremely fond of the seafood dishes. There are also many other typical Mexican items. The restaurant is a bit noisy so we prefer to sit out on the patio.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 11, 2019

This restaurant is in a shopping center. Plenty of easy parking. Inside is fair to good decor. We go back for the food and drinks, and will keep going back. I've only had their Mexican specialties which by appearance look average fare, but the taste...is special. Friends say I'm missing another aspect of their food, by not having their stuffed burgers - which friends rave about. I also enjoy their exception house margaritas.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed April 4, 2019

I visited Baja Joe's with family. The decor of the place is bizarre to say the least. It resembles nothing of Baja California and it wasn't very clean either, dingy at best. The service was slow. Chucho was pleasant when he came by but he...did not come by often enough. In fact, every server we were able to summon was friendly but not very attentive. The food was average at best. We ordered appetizers but everything including the main entrees arrived at the same time. My fish taco was cold and dry. My seafood enchiladas were good and plentiful but nothing extraordinary. I asked for rice and beans but the beans did not come with my plate as I ordered them so I had to ask for them from another server. The drinks were fine not great! My experience here is like visiting an all-inclusive average resort in Cabos where you get a lot but nothing authentic and nothing great.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 19, 2019 via mobile

We returned to Baja Joe's after an absence of a couple of years and were sadly disappointed. Although the service was excellent, the food was sadly lacking. We ordered the combo fajitas and they arrived promptly, hot and looking great! But they were tasteless! No...flavor of any kind of chilies! The tortillas that accompanied them were also tasteless. When the check arrived we found that the chips and salsa we had agreed to weren't free...they are now charging for everything but the water. Sadly we won't be returning anytime soon!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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sean s, Owner at Baja Joe's Mexican Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2019

Very sorry you feel that way. We've done nothing to change anything though. We've had the same cooks, some for all 9 years we've been open and the ingredients the same...not a single change. Could be possible that something was off...that happens every once in...More

Reviewed February 25, 2019

I go here for lunch during week and drove kids down for dinner Sunday. There is a “bar side” and a table side.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed January 27, 2019

Four of us went for dinner. The inside is old and very well-used. We sat at a booth in a side room. Our waitress was very attentive and patient. Two of us had no idea what to order. The menu was HUGE and diverse and...unfamiliar to us. The other two people were regulars and knew what they liked. I ordered a chicken burrito with salad. One person order beef and peppers on a sizzling skillet with condiments. The regulars ordered seafood dishes. No one could finish there meals due to the amount of food on each plate. I will speak only to my burrito which was filled with mostly refried beans and some chicken. The salad was simply romaine lettuce in large pieces and a little dressing. The regular patrons loved their dinners and will be back again.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed November 18, 2018

Not fancy, but a true Mexican resturants. It is a favourite amongst the American Mexican population telling me tat it is truly original and good.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

When we first visit this restaurant, it was great, tasty food, but then as we continued to visit, it seemed as if the food started tasting a little different. Just an fyi, they charge for chips & salsa now lol. Overall their staff is friendly...& we've never had any issues there. I guess you can say we will be back! 😊More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed August 29, 2018

Loved my meal here and the very attentive staff. I love red snapper so when I saw the menu online I just had to have it. It was extremely good and I asked for it to be served with rice and refried beans. It was...really good!More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 27, 2018

This was once our favorite Mexican restaurant......NO MORE! First of all the quality has fallen. The steak in the fajitas was not the quality thaty has been served for many years. The tortillas just plain SUCKED. They are paper thin and maybe 4.5 inch in...diameter, way to small for fajitas. Worst of all is the now $1.99 charge for chips and salsa.........just a rip -off. They lost a customer.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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sean s, Owner at Baja Joe's Mexican Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2018

Ronald, Sorry you feel this way.Our quality has not changed at all over the years, still the same made from scratch goodness, all portions and sizes of everything have not changed. Yes we now charge $1.99 for a large serving of chips and salsa (both...More

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Baja Joe's Mexican Cantina is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4