Baja Mexican Cuisine

6/5/2007 Update:

New awning outside, same food inside.

2/14/2007 Update:

Read Guest review below!!

Description – Popular, “fun” restaurant & bar on the uptown end of Hoboken. Good Mexican food & Margaritas. Subsidized parking at 1415 Park Ave. Zagat rated. Entrée price range $10-$14.
Services – Mexican cuisine, Bar, Take Out, Lunch specials, Early bird specials, Free Parking
Website –
Address – 104 14th St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone – 201-653-0610


2/14/2007 Review:

Today’s review comes from Hoboken411 reader “Willow.” Thanks for your contribution! It made me hungry just publishing it!

My friends and I decided on Baja tonight since it has always been tasty in the past and on this cold night they offer free parking (at the garage on 14th and park). First came our drink orders it was your typical mixture of ice tea, soda, and a beer. The order was for diet coke but like other establishments this was the fountain substitute, YUCKY!

We started off ordering an order of guacamole and jalapeño poppers for appetizers. The waitress brought out a basket of tortilla chips and the house salsa which was very tasty. It had a bit of smoky flavor and we gobbled those down fast. Out came our guacamole (which we did order the large portion) it also comes in a smaller size. It was good but we felt it lacked a some flavoring. Maybe some salt and lime might have helped. We soon realized that the poppers were M.I.A. and we asked the waitress who admitted she forgot. What is it with wait staff that refuses to write anything down?


Anyhow the rest of the meal was on course with the main dishes of : Baja tacos, chicken verde enchiladas, shrimp and chicken fajitas, and ground beef tacos.

The Baja tacos were a disappointment. The bottom was covered in grease and they did not have much flavor. The refried beans that accompanied it were too runny and again lacked in flavor.

The chicken verde enchiladas were good. The sauce should have been spicier but the chicken was good quality. The black beans that came on the side were a little undercooked.

The ground beef tacos were reported as being dry and not seasoned but when loaded with salsa and other condiments satiating.

Lastly, the shrimp and chicken fajitas were determined to be the hit of the night. Large shrimp and hunks of chicken came out on one of those sizzling plates along with tortillas, guacamole and rice.

Of course, being typical women we decided to share some deserts. We choose the tres leches and the chocolate banana with ice cream. Reading the menu we thought the description of the banana desert was not fried. It was fried but that didn’t stop us from practically licking the plate. The tres leches was excellent as well.

Overall, the food was fair. The service which started a little off finished well. I am sure we will return in the future and hopefully they up the seasoning quotient.

Old Awning:

51 Responses

  1. brian_g says:

    Apparently Jambers has issues with Baja.

    I am a frequent diner at Baja. It is close to my apartment and I enjoy the margaritas.

    I get the Tacos Baja frequently however I ask them to make it spicy and put some cheese in it. Makes them much better.

    They are very accommodating about adding stuff to your order so if you want something added to a menu item, just ask them.

  2. cmboken says:

    Just ate there last evening and I have also gone there many times. I like the food and that is why I go back. The bar is nothing special. One problem I did have with it is they nickel and dime you there. I shared a order of fajita’s with my wife and when it came out they only had two flour shells with it. Even if I was to order this dish alone I would need more then two. We asked for more shells and they charged us. They also charge for every soda. The service was slow and not attentive.

  3. rag246 says:

    Mission Burrito fr the win. But if you are going to do Baja, get the Baja Special.

  4. hobokenmartinez says:

    i used to work there, and for the sake of full disclosure, i was fired.

    the fajitas rock. the tortillas are amazing. like someone else said, the fajita fundida is unbelievable. i can’t tell you how much i miss the coconut margarita.

    that being said, the owners are assholes. they are dominican and are the biggest bunch of sexist assholes i have ever met. ‘major,’ one of the owners said to me once that if it was up to him he would only hire men because women are too much trouble. on another occasion he made a comment about me being mexican. and let me be quite clear – i do NOT get offended easily. they hate mexicans and women.

    also, YES, they do nickel and dime you. expect to pay for extra tortillas or sour cream on the side.

    i miss the fajiita nachos, but i will not go back there!!! :)

  5. strand says:

    the fajitas are the best in town. Definelty need to get the baja special for 2. It feeds at least 4 when you also get an appetizer.

  6. Trail of Dead says:

    Eating mexican food on the east coast is like eating pizza on the west coast. Always disappointing and even if it looks right, it never tastes right. Avoid this place. Better go a couple blocks east to Uptown Pizza.

  7. emarche says:

    Uptown Pizza is foul.

    There is -great- Mexican on the East Coast…just not in Hoboken. But you’re right about pizza on the West Coast. Blech.

  8. Trail of Dead says:

    Really hate it that much? I like the crunchy sometimes, and better than most west coast pizza.

    It’s not like the mexican food here is bad, it’s just different. I read an article by a Mexican cook once who said he tried to make West Coast style Mexican food in New York, and it just didn’t taste right. Something about the different water, humidity, etc.

  9. emarche says:

    Nah, just when I’m sober. Crunchy is good.

    I hear the same thing about pizza on the west coast (well, rest of the country, too) from east coast pizza nuts – ‘it’s the water’, ‘it’s the humidity’, etc. Apparently same rules apply to bagels. But hey – the way I look at it is: when I go out west, awesome Mexican food (not to mention animal style at In & Out); when I get back home, great pizza. Win/Win.

  10. josephcampbell says:

    This place needs a new hostess, or at least a person purely devoted to phone orders and take out. We tried to dine here this evening, but we stood there 10 minutes w/o being acknowledged. 3 other parties besides us stood there while the hostess took phone orders and ignored us. The bar is so dark and uninviting when you enter, and the neon is just w/o class. I voted w/my undervalued dollar and when next door to Port of Spain. While that restaurant has some renovating to do, at least the food is non-greasy and honest, and the staff treats you like a human being.

  11. swordfish says:

    [quote comment=”13961″]I would rather eat at Chevy’s than that Sludgehole Baja.[/quote]

    let’s face it. You gotta know where you are….and WHAT to order.
    ive been around the block and have a few suggestions.
    At BAJA….TEX MEX…..this is what they advertise themselves as…they arent TRYING to be authentic. The fajita fundito (steak) amazing entree…the baja special (for two) …..the queso fundita (an appetizer of the gods)… margaritas…choose a tequila…cadillac it if you like it spicier.

    AUTHENTIC mexican…Charritos. Period.

    French Dip?…I hate to say it because i miss the ole Lady janes……BUT…..Hudson Tavern. That sandwich knocked my socks off….i think about it constantly. so good. best ever.
    Heard their burgers good too….but i havent had the chance to taste it yet, but from what ive heard its a contender…


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