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La Bocanita

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1185 Circulo Mercado, Rio Rico, AZ 85648
(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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Nampa, Idaho
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87 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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
Laguna Niguel, California
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Cozy, inviting, friendly, cheery, with great shrimp tacos and cold beer! Prices are very reasonable. They have a big variety of all the Mexican favorites. It's a must if you're in the area!

Thank B A
Burlington, Canada
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417 reviews
290 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

We mostly shared a big family platter between 5 of us. Soooo good. The waitress was very good to us and helped my niece get the dinner she wanted. Everyone there seemed to know somebody else there too. It was an experience and the food was fresh and amazing.

Thank JALToronto
Green Valley
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126 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Really good food, Mexican, seafood and combined. Some unique dishes. Menu is first in Spanish, then English for most items. Extensive menu. Draft Negro Modello which is not common. When the place is busy they don't have enough service staff so service is very slow. Our order came expediently once we were able to order. Getting the check was a... More 

Thank James M
Green Valley, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

A tiny place, crowded with people and tables. Lots of locals and big rig drivers sit side by side with visitors from all over. The shrimp dishes are wonderful. I tried a jalapeño appetizer for lunch stuffed with shrimp, wrapped in bacon, and fried. Served with the greatest dipping sauce that reminded me of a Ponzu sauce with personality. Wonderful... More 

Thank debkimball
Phoenix, Arizona
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

The shrimp in cream and cheese sauce is a must. It is very different and absolutely delicious. The shrimp taco and Marlin tacos are excellent, too. With wine, our dinner for two was under $40. The menu is impressive for such a small place. We'll be back! Great, friendly service, comfortable atmosphere and wonderful food-- You can't beat that!

Thank faldago
Rio Rico, Arizona
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

I took my mom for her birthday to the Bocanita in Rio Rico because I heard the food was great .The food was okay , the service was terrible our waiter went to the table twice and that's only because I got up to chase her down she was moody and never polite. I told the lady at checkout about... More 

Thank Joanne R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, Latin, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Rio Rico
  • Phone Number: (520) 281-0249

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?