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Roja's Mexican Grill & Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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2704 San Jose Blvd, Carlsbad, NM 88220
+1 575-885-2146
08:00 - 15:00
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Sun 08:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
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Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States
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176 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We didn't enjoy our breakfast it was veery generic, and the green chili sauce was just chopped green chili and onions, no sauce to it. Will not be back

Thank Robin C
Georgetown, TX
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on a Saturday after Carlsbad Caverns. Quick, friendly service. Juanita's tacos were amazing - fresh and tasty street tacos. My son had the chicken fried steak, which was just ok (but I didn't expect much and it was what he wanted and he happily ate all of it). Came with fresh fried potatoes - those were good. Salsa... More 

Thank AAbatteries_TD
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Went along time ago before they changed ownership. Tasted good but got sick from them twice . Scared to go back

1 Thank donkeys2016
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

After a long day exploring The Caverns we were looking for some eats. Some looking around on TripAdvisor, we decided to try Roja's (Now called La Juanita's) Wow, excellent food and service. From the chips and salsa to the ice cream(included with kids meals) and everything in between was excellent. Reasonably priced lunch specials. When in Carlsbad and wanting some... More 

1 Thank spmirks
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

I was a little concerned about some of the reviews but I was one of the satisfied ones. The service was timely and the food was delicious. Had chicken enchiladas with both red and green chile sauces. Both were very good and the red had a strong bite to it. The salsa was tasty and everyone in our group was... More 

Thank Roxanne H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

Although the food was not the best, the server and cooks were all very friendly. You can tell quite a few locals come here! The carnitas made me think of chickfila but were delicious either way! Some food was traditional, most was not, but all was good and our table of 4 enjoyed our meals!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Houston, Texas
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

This place gives you more food than you can eat. Great value for your money. Friendly staff. Food always consistent and served hot. have been many times and will return again. Open Sat and Sun, which is unusual in Carlsbad. Off the beaten path.

Thank imdun
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

If you are looking for great (and authentic) Mexican, look no further. A hidden gem just off the beaten path! Flavors were amazing, portions were huge and service was friendly and attentive. The green chili sauce was fantastic and the salsa was amazing. Even items we usually don't enjoy we loved. Highly recommend this restaurant!!!!

Thank SCF
Toronto, Canada
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91 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

After whole day of exploring Carlsbad Caverns, we ended up super hungry in Carlsbad City. Roja's was our first, and really good choice. They serve delicious guacamole, their quesadillas are full of amazing, melty cheese, and chile rellenos are tasty. Unfortunately they don't have liquor license, no chance for cold beer. Interior is cozy and homey, nothing sophisticated, but that's... More 

1 Thank Kaja C
Stuart, Florida
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

This is a small, unassuming place for good Mexican food! Don't bring your checkbook...(who writes checks any more?) because the sign on the door says. "No checks, please". Kidding aside, we started with the usual tortilla chips and salsa which had a real kick to it. It's the kind of salsa that "tickles" the back of your throat...not for wimps.... More 

2 Thank JLS722

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2704 San Jose Blvd, Carlsbad, NM 88220
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 575-885-2146

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