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“LaRoca is an exciting adventure.”
Review of La Roca

La Roca
Ranked #1 of 30 Restaurants in Nogales
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
melrose park, il
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“LaRoca is an exciting adventure.”
Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

You might want to imagine that you are stepping into a Warner Brothers movie and you are the star. They are particularly accommodating to English speaking guests. The food is an adventure without being a challenge. You'll remember the experience for a long time.

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank alaway
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English first
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful Old Mexico”
Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

Loved the entire experience. Will go again when we return to Nogales AZ. The food was delicious. The staff was impeccable. Was very safe.

1 Thank Delanalvshawaii
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Clinton, New Jersey
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Reminiscent of Old Hollywood Style Dining”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

My boyfriend and I drove from our hotel in Tucson to Nogales to see the border wall, cross the border by foot, shop, and eat at La Roca.

I had no directions on where I was going so I just turned off at the last exit before the border crossing in Nogales, Arizona. Seeing the border wall was a wonder. It was huge, long, thick, black, and rolled over the hillside. That was something to see in itself.

We easily found parking as lots are two blocks from the border crossing. Parking was cheap at $5.00 but be warned that they can close early (around 5pm) and they lock the fences. Give yourself time to wait an hour in line to get back to America and retrieve your vehicle. Nogales, Arizona was very clean and felt extremely and surprisingly safe. There were many other Americans parking and walking to the border as well.

Crossing the border was an ease. We just walked right in. They do not check your identification. There is no wait you just cross over. Be prepared to be harassed every step of the way by shop keepers. It was annoying but nothing worse than you find in the Yucatan. We had no idea where La Roca was. A local showed us and we gave him a dollar at his request. It was probably a ten minute walk from the border.

We went in the back door which was the wrong way in and were confused. A man in a white tuxedo came over and seated us promptly. The restaurant's ambiance reminded me of Rick's from Casablanca or dining in a Newport mansion. The dining room is very classy and glitzy but I felt comfortable dining in jeans and a t-shirt.

The waiter brought over a menu on a chalk board which I adored. True Mexican dishes were listed and there was a great variety to choose from. My boyfriend got the chicken mole and I ordered the cheese enchiladas. Both dishes were awesome and fresh. The highlight for me was asking the guitar player to perform Malaguena Salerosa for me. He sounded better than Chingeron which is hard to believe!

After dinner we used the bathrooms which were spotless and went to the balcony for some drinks. We encountered some Arizonans and chatted for awhile. We ordered mojitos and Corona's. The view from the balcony was not scenic but definitely interesting.

Please don't be afraid to travel to Nogales. To see a New Jersey Devils game is more dangerous than walking to Nogales.

  • Visited March 2014
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6 Thank Barbara S
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St. Paul, Canada
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Elite Dinning Just 'South of the Border'”
Reviewed June 3, 2014

This quaint little restaurant was recommended by an ambitious friendly sales person in the 'boutique shop' area of Nogales. Roberto earns his living selling wares from a half dozen different little shops. We were sceptic when he told us go to 'La Roca' for lunch. We are happy we went. Friendly Staff, Elite service, and good food for a reasonable price. Expect linen table cloth and linen napkins. There was musician playing guitar and singing when we were there He went from table to table serenading guests. Almost a scene from a romantic movie.

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Larry C
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new york
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

We have been going to La Roca for years and the last time it was almost empty as was the town. Very sad . Today the town was full of tourists and La Roca was bustling. It seems to have returned to a popular place. The staff was friendly and helpful.. The food was delicious as were the margaritas. Don't listen to people saying it is not safe to go there, just go and you will be glad you did.

Visited April 2014
4 Thank nana60newyork
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