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La Bocanita

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$$ - $$$
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1185 Circulo Mercado, Rio Rico, AZ 85648-6247
(520) 281-0249
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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88 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch here with some friends and were very impressed. It is a bit out of the way but an amazing place. The menu is extensive and specializes in seafood. We had the bacon wrapped shrimp that were cooked perfectly with the bacon crisp but the shrimp not dried out. The ceviche was also delicious. Most of us split... More 

Thank Jim B
Rio Rico, Arizona
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there on 9/24/16 this place is expensive and they cook their food in the same oil. ALL of it, tortilla chips, chicken, fish everything. Apparently even their fried ice cream. My daughter is allergic to gluten and got sick because they fry their tortilla chips along with everything else.

Thank cindyg843
Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

The food here is delicious. I have been here several times and I really like it. The service is fair but the food is amazing.

Thank aniter08
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This is one of the best places for surf or turf in Rio Rico along with an adult beverage and you have a very good place to sit down and enjoy.

Thank JKramer85621
Phoenix, Arizona
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

To many choices on the menu , average service and very average food for above average prices .. I won't be going back .. I could have made a better choice I selected soft tacos and regretted for the rest of the evening ..

Thank 8bradleym
Rio Rico, Arizona
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

I have tried this restaurant a few times and have found the food to be so-so. I had shrimp tacos and they were not good for my taste. I took the shrimp out of the tortilla and ate it that way. The sauce they had on it was not taste worthy. The service was ok. For Mexican cuisine, I find... More 

Thank christyaz1
Nampa, Idaho
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92 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

We had lunch and the food was good. The portions are generous and the flour tortillas are wonderful! Enchiladas and frijoles are good, so are the chili rellenos. The rice is quite bland. The restaurant offers many seafood special dishes, and several of the shrimp dishes looked quite good! Chips and salsa were complimentary and tasty. Service was slow--better not... More 

Thank Ruth G
Rio Rico, Arizona
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016

I reviewed Bocanita a couple of years ago and gave it mixed ratings. We have since grown to love the place and come here often. We love most everything on the menu, just avoid the deep fried fish unless you like it dark and crispy. Their enchilada sauce is so good! Wonderful atmosphere too,

Thank easterbread
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Now, before I go on a rampage and explain the problem let me start by explaining that my family and I have been purchasing food from this establishment since its inception as a roach coach next to Joe's Pharmacy, and because of the exceptional service we always received from the owner along with the taste of the food, we have... More 

Thank Josie N
Tubac, Arizona
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96 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

If you're looking for excellent, authentic Mexican dishes in southern Arizona, many of the locals go to La Bocanita in Rio Rico. It's not easy to find but worth the search. La Bocanita specializes in shrimp dishes. My favorite is a green cream and cheese sauce over grilled shrimp. Also excellent carne dishes and other traditional dishes. No frill interior... More 

Thank RJClancy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1185 Circulo Mercado, Rio Rico, AZ 85648-6247
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Rio Rico
  • Phone Number: (520) 281-0249

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?