GUACAMOLE - IT'S A MUST!
Took my staff of nine to enjoy a nice outing and got some push back from several of them when I told them they HAD to try the guacamole, spouting they didn't care for guacamole! However, after the first taste of that fresh, incredible guacamole, they were soon all fighting over the bowl! And, if this place makes one of their appetizers so delicious, you can only imagine what the rest of the menu is like! FRESH! FULL OF FLAVOR! SIMPLY AMAZING!
12/21/2012 4:00:00 PM
We went to Rosa Mexicano for
We went to Rosa Mexicano for National Harbor's 2013 Restaurant Week -- and lunched there on a Saturday. It was a sunny day so we water-taxied over from Old Town Alexandria for our lunch reservation. We'd been to the Rosa Mexican across from the Verizon Center but it was our first trip to the NH restaurant -- and everything was just as delicious as expected. Great experience, good value -- made a sunny Saturday even more special.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We go to Rosa's for the table
We go to Rosa's for the table side guacamole-so good-but the entrees are delicious too. Service was friendly and efficient. Food came out quickly and hot. The view was amazing. Next time would love to try and get a table by the window!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Rosa Mexicano ~ Fantastic!
We will definitely return to Rosa Mexicano! We were immediately seated per our reservation and our server Keith made our dining experience fantastic with his knowledge of the beverage and lunch menus. All four entrees were delicious ~ fresh ingredients and beautiful presentation.
Thank you Rosa Mexicano!
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of the only places to
One of the only places to get authentic Mexican food in the DC area.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Mexican food we've ever
Best Mexican food we've ever had! Great Sangria, too. Loved the sunset view over the river from our table!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best: tableside guacamole,
Best: tableside guacamole, frozen pomegranate margarita (excellent!) , chicken enchiladas
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Prices are a little high and
Prices are a little high and you need to take into account the extra charge for parking at National Harbor ($9 for 2.5 hrs). I am glad we made reservations with Open Table since the restaurant was very busy. Guacamole made right at the table is very good. Chicken Tortilla Soup was also very good. Setting is very relaxed and there is a great view of the marina and Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We will return for the food
Rosa Mexicano is not your usual Tex-Mex. It has many unusual Mexican dishes that are far from the beaten track. We enjoyed the short-ribs with sides of beans and rice, and the very hot filet and chorizo on a skewer plated over rice. They have fish selections like red snapper. A typical drink list with margarita specialties, plus a huge selection of tequillas, grouped by type and price. Expect to pay more than $100 for dinner for two, including drinks and tip. The staff was very engaging and helpful, paying attention to our stated needs. On the downside we were initially seated right next to the server's station, a place that seemed to be right in the middle of activity and not conducive to our date night. Many servers looked disheveled.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Business lunch was a great success
Great restaurant. Food was excellent and authentic. The staff were cordial and professional. Business lunch was a great success.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great first experience
We had a great first experience and we will definitely go back. We also recommend making reservation ahead of time
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Manager Brian is a gem!
What a great time we had here. Everything was so delicious and every detail was just perfect from the amazing drinks down to the last bite of homemade donuts. Brian made sure everything was too notch for our group of 9. Couldn't have asked for anything more! Best guacamole ever! Yum!
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Rosa Mexicano is always where I take my friends & family when I want to assure them of my good taste. The Guac & Cheese Fondue (i go with Choriso) is fantastic! I always get the Chicken Tortilla pie - can't beat it; however the Mexican Tuna Salad with fruit is certainly challenging the top spot. Event the sides of rice & beans are delicious in their own ways. Also got the Watermelon & Rosemary Taquila cocktail - very refreshing. Thanks for making me look great again!!
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
They stook behind their work.
They stook behind their work. I would go back and recommend them.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
An outstanding restaurant
We've dined in more Mexican restaurants than we can count -- from Minneapolis to Tucson, New York to Oaxaca, Poland to Australia. Rosa Mexicano has, by far, the most original Mexican cuisine, providing the most enjoyable taste sensations, and was a uniquely pleasurable dining experience. Even the old standby Cheese Enchiladas take on a unique and surprisingly pleasurable flavor. Another standard -- the guacamole -- is the best we've had, and having it made table-side is an added attraction. The wait staff is pleasant and attentive, without being pushy or interruptive.
The prices at Rosa Mexicano aren't cheap, but they're not outlandish. The noise level was occasionally a bit high, but that was because people were enjoying themselves.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
There were four of us & it was our first trip to this restaurant. We have eaten at the one in the Penn Quarter several times, but usually for lunch. We shared a large order of guacamole, which is first rate in Rosa, made at the table & incredibly fresh. For meals we had the pork shank, succulent & delicious; carne asada, subtle, tender, & very good; short ribs were tender & beautifully presented; ceviche & empanadas as a meal were also very good. This is a very good Mexican restaurant that is very far away from a taco & bean joint. The ingredients are fresh, the recipes are innovative, the presentation is gorgeous.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
A must try at least once
Dessert is lacking, but great food with large portions. Friendly wait staff and great view.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rosa Mexicano did not disappoint.
Rosa Mexicano did not disappoint. As usual the guacamole and the maker were fantastic. Everyone enjoyed their meal
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Plus for a Business Lunch
Excellent, attentive, but inobtrusive service. Food is very good, especially the Mex-fusion dishes, and one can opt for healthy (paleo) options. Great ambience outside with a nice view of the harbor. Good choice for a business lunch - noise levels outside are low/inobtrusive to normal conversation. I have (not this occasion) assailed myself of the bar - pretty lively Fri/Sat night, and if you are a Tequila aficianado, you have come to the right place - all but the more obscure Tequilas are available, with flights for tasting several. Good place to do a relaxed weekend lunch.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service from start to finish
The food at Rosa Mexicano is always excellent; notably the service at this location was also excellent. When I told the waiter of a food allergy, she spoke with the chef, Antonio, who came to our table to inquire if he could prepare a special dish to accommodate this issue. I agreed and a short while later, Antonio personally delivered a spectacular shrimp dish. My husband's food was also outstanding and the margaritas are terrific. The attentiveness of the wait staff, the hostess and the chef were impressive. They clearly understand they are in the service business.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
July Business Lunches
Great hostesses, really enjoyed the mango and watermelon juice while waiting for my guests. I also live in Southwest and the guacamole rivals restaurants near my Arizona home.Been three times already this month for business lunches. Service was good, food superb and fast. Keep up the great work!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nothing too brag about
On business with Clients and attending meetings at the National Harbor. Rosa Mexicano was very convenient. The signature guacamole dip was delicious!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is perfect. Enough said. Great service, amazing food, comforting ambience, the whole shebang.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My girlfriend and I went here
My girlfriend and I went here for our 3 year anniversary. Despite the reviews, it was amazing! Order the guacamole! They make it fresh for you and I almost wanted to lick the bowl- it was that good!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
High energy, healthy mexican dining
We went here during a business conference to break free from the hotel dining. It was just what we wanted to see - energy, music, and lots of people enjoying their food and drinks. The menu is a little limiting, but fresh and nearly healthy for the most part. It will set you back a few bucks (not cheap mex), and the portions aren't huge, but it was a refreshing and belly filing experience. We'd give it two thumbs up! The tableside guacamole was fantastic. And the steak sizzle plates were wonderful.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food-- glacomole prepared
great food-- glacomole prepared tableside- sangria hit the spot- if you like Mexican food then this is your place.
8/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Their was nothing negative about this place. From the time we were seated to the time we left was delightful .The food drinks and service was supurb!
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a good experience...
I go to this restaurant fairly frequently, mostly at this location (National Harbor) but sometimes to the Chinatown location in DC across from the Verizon Center. The food is always very good and the atmosphere and service are reliably good. I'm a great fan of mole, which I am told is an acquired taste, but I love the Oaxacan Enchiladas! The family style rice and beans that come with the entrees are very good. Always a good experience here...
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I enjoy this restaurant because
I enjoy this restaurant because they have a fantastic gluten free menu, having Celiac disease it makes it nice to go out and enjoy a meal with no worries. And the Sangria and guac is amazing!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were in town for a conference and this was recommended to us.
We were able to walk from Gaylord National and the food was delicious the outdoor seating was perfect. We loved our food. Overall it was great! The guacamole was delicious as well as the Chamorro/pork shank! We were very very happy and we left very full!!
Thank you for a great experience!
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first experience
This was my first experience at the National Harbor location, but it definitely did not disappoint. The Guacamole that they prepare right at your table was delicious and I would highly recommend the pomegranate margarita. As far as main courses go, the Chamorro and Tablones were to die for! Our waiter Brad was very attentive and extremely helpful in recommending items from the menu to try.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beware the peppers!
Enjoyed the guacamole and my crab enchilada. When in Maryland...
My dinner companion was caught off guard by a pepper in the Alhambre meal -- so beware of the green thing masquerading as a pea!
Love the frozen pomegranite margaritas. They, too, can catch you by surprise.
Always look forward to the opportunity to enjoy Rosa Mexicano -- since we don't have them nearby.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The braised short ribs served
The braised short ribs served over rice and beans were amazing. The portion is big enough for two to share. Thumbs up also for the carne asada. The guacomole is prepared tableside and was a little disappointing as the restuarant does not use limes in their recipe. First impressions are lasting impressions. If we stay at National Harbor again, we will definitely return to this restaurant.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Enjoyed lunch with friends. Plenty of choices and great guacamole. We'll-trained waiter. Nice water view.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with Out-of-Town Friends
We had an excellent dinner with our visiting old friends, who now live in Illinois, and who had never eaten at Rosa Mexicano National Harbor. Rosa Mexicano National Harbor easily accommodated our friend in a wheelchair, and we all enjoyed a delicious meal (drinks, guacamole, great entrees, and desert) as well as excellent service.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoy a meal
We were seated quickly and had a server at our table by the time we were seated. There were many servers taking care of us and we never had to wait for anything. It may have been because we were early for the dinner hour, but our meal came out quickly and everyone was satisfied with their orders. We wil certainly return when we visit National Harbor.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Mexican food in a new area
This is my first time in national harbor. There are a lot of steak and American food restaurants but we wanted Mexican. This place is a nice large restaurant within walking distance of all the major hotels in the area. Our drinks were made very well and tasty. I had a traditional margarita. The chicken tacos were good but nothing to write home about. We ordered freshly made guacamole for the table as an appetizer and it was delicious.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious food with flare
Rosa Mexican is an all time favorite. Their table side fresh made guac is delicious. Have as an appetizer or to accompany a savory dish like the chicken enchilladas or marinated skirt steak. Their drinks are pretty tasty but i am not impressed with their dessert menu.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth a Try
I've been meaning to try Rosa Mexicano for several months. I finally went a few days ago and was very pleased. The decor was dark/romantic/dimly lit. The booth had moderately high backs for added privacy and the overall tone of the restaurant was quiet. Our waiter was good, not great but good. You HAVE to have the fresh guacamole made in front of you! It was superb!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thanksgiving dinner on the water
Three of us had Thanksgiving dinner at Rosa's at National Harbor and enjoyed a Yucatan twist on the normal turkey feast, all with a great water view. We started with the outstanding guacamole and margaritas. The turkey was moist and tender, but the mole, fortunately served on the side, was unexpectedly sweet and without the complexity of a good mole. The root vegetables were perfectly roasted, and the black beans and brown rice were the best I have ever had. All agreed that the pumpkin bread pudding with caramel sauce was very good. The attentive service by the wait staff rounded out this interesting and delightful Thanksgiving meal.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM