Rosa Mexicano - Chevy Chase
5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20015Neighborhood:
Chevy Chase, DC
MexicanPrice: $31 to $50
Rosa Mexicano - Chevy Chase
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com/
- Phone: (202) 777-9959
- Hours of Operation:
Friday & Saturday 11:30-11:30
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Executive Chef: Victor Cruz Flores
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: Regardless of your party size, Rosa Mexicano is the perfect venue to offer your guests a creative, upscale experience that few restaurants can match. We offer a full range of catering options: buffet stations, pre fixe menus, family style menus, passed hors d'oeuvres, etc. We also offer off-premise catering for groups of all sizes. For Large Party Reservations, please contact Kaye Newsome at 202.777.9959 or email at email@example.com
- Private Party Facilities: Our family style parties accommodate 10-20 guests in the main dining room. We have a private room for sit-down dinners or cocktail receptions. The restaurant is also available for buyouts. We offer off-site catering for parties of any size.
- Private Party Contact: Kaye Newsome 2027779959x
- Entertainment: On special occasions, we have guest musicians and/or mariachis present to heighten the festive atmosphere. Please contact the restaurant directly with questions.
- Special Events: HAPPY HOUR AT CANTINA BAR | DAILY, 4-7 pm
Half-price select cocktails and appetizers will make you very happy for much more than an hour.
KIDS EAT FREE | SUN - THURS (Dinner Only)
Enjoy a complimentary kids meal with the purchase of
any adult entrée*.
*Limit 2 kids per adult. Kids 10 yrs & Under
- Cross Street: Ingomar St NW
- Public Transit: Red Line - Friendship Heights.
- Parking: Valet
- Parking Details: Rosa Mexicano provides discounted parking for our valued guests in the Colonial Parking Garage on Jenifer Street.
Before 5pm - $6 with validation
After 5pm - $4 with validation
The Garage is open till 10pm Sun-Thurs and 12am on Friday and Saturday.
A word from Rosa Mexicano - Chevy Chase
In 1984, Rosa Mexicano set a new standard for Mexican cuisine when it first opened in New York City. Playing a leading role in defining what was then a "new" cuisine to American diners, Rosa Mexicano delivers authentic Mexican cooking in an accessible, stylishly festive atmosphere. Rosa Mexicano's menu features a range of award-winning signature dishes, including our Guacamole en Molcajete, in a traditional lava rock mortar. Described by Time Out New York as "green ecstasy in a stone bowl," it is prepared table side and served with house made chips, warm corn tortillas and condiment salsas. Rosa Mexicano is also known for the Frozen Pomegranate Margarita, as well as the modern and festive ambiance.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
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Rosa Mexicano - Chevy Chase reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance3.7Noise LevelModerate
good for groups (25)fit for foodies (23)neighborhood gem (23)special occasion (15)great for outdoor dining (13)kid-friendly (12)great for lunch (11)romantic (6)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
- Curros!evilmisspoliteDined on 11/11/2014I have very mixed feelings about this place. The staff are friendly and nice, but some of them do not understand English very well. Our waiter was able to speak English, but he addressed us in Spanish many times. I’m not sure why he was doing that; did he think we were Hispanic or we spoke his language? Not sure, but that could be offensive to some people. Hubby ordered a drink, but he didn’t receive it. The person who brought us our food doesn’t understand English when we told him that hubby’s drink didn’t arrive. The manager came and asked what was wrong, and we told him that we didn’t get the drink. Seconds later, our waiter came and asked the same question! There’s no coordination between the three people. What we ordered: 1. Guacamole en Molcajete: Really good fresh and chunky. We got it with extra tomatoes. It was made right at our table. A bit pricey for guacamole. Could use better chips to serve with it. 9/10 2. Mexican Street Corn: if you really love corn, order this. Otherwise, it is not so special. It was basically corn on the cob. Not what I expected. 8/10 3. Chile Poblano Relleno: bad execution of the pepper itself because there was VERY little mushroom in my pepper, I did not see or taste goat cheese, and the brown rice in the pepper tasted like raw flour/dough. It was deep fried in a batter which I think was truly unnecessary. It could have been roasted in the oven because when they drenched the pepper with the batter, all the rice inside soaked it up and gave it that raw dough taste. The beans that came on the side were nothing special at all. The salsa verde and salsa ranchera were SO good though! 5/10 4. Carne Asada: steak cooked well and delicious. Didn’t like corn tortilla. 9/10 5. Churros: Crunchy, fresh, warm and delicious. The best thing I ate during this visit. It comes with 3 dipping sauces (dark chocolate, raspberry and caramel which is basically dolce de leche) 10/10 Would I go back? Maybe not, but just to have more of those churros!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SensitiveSensitiveVIPDined on 11/2/2014The Mexican food was delicious. It was a special occasion, El Dia deLos Muertos.Special Features:
- Great Food, but...OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 11/1/2014The food and drinks were outstanding; however, the wait staff is so-so. We were seated promptly for our 7 p.m. reservation and received the booth seating that we asked for, but it took forever for the waiter to come and take our order. He started off little slow in responding to us, but he came around as the night went on. I must say the homemade guacamole is awesome and the drinks are very strong (kudos to the bartender).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The place for Guac. & Margaritas!SD21704VIPDined on 10/25/2014Our visits to Rosa Mexicano always begin with their tableside made Guacamole and Margarita's - both are prepared to perfection. The menu offers many delicious traditional dishes not found at other Mexican restaurants. The tortilla soup is perfectly spiced and we always enjoy a bowl. The sauces are made in-house and I can definitely taste the difference. Selecting a favorite dish difficult because everything I have tried, whether it was the steak filet, short ribs of beef, shredded beef enchilada, or a seafood dish, has been excellent. The dining areas are very spacious and not crowded. You can enjoy your tables conversation without feeling that the neighboring tables are able to hear every word.Special Features:
- Disappointed !OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 10/18/2014Used to come here often-- what happened? Came with the kids. Food was seriously SO disappointing! Couldn't believe the way we asked for this or that and they wmeither just ignored us or forgot. Kids food ( how hard can this be?) was terrible. Period. Didn't check on us for long long times and we were sorry we spent our Saturday night here as a family. Kept trying to turn our table! Our kids were being angels and barely had eaten bc food was just bad news. No management? Or new? Really too bad.....guacamole even not as good!
- 2nd Time Was the CharmmddinerVIPDined on 10/15/2014Our group of 6 did not have a very good experience when we dined here earlier in the year. After I posted my comments on Open Table, I was contacted by the manager, Mario. He apologized for our experience and volunteered to have us all return for dinner on him. Despite several months passing, he honored his offer and hosted us all for a delicious evening of food and drink, coupled with excellent service. Mario's willingness to take responsibility and try to redeem the restaurant in the eyes of 6 diners is commendable, and not often seen. We agreed we would all return, and look forward to enjoying our next visit.Special Features:
- DisappointingZubinDined on 10/13/2014The cost for the food just didn't match the quality.
- Mexicano it isLovingtheblueduck2014Dined on 10/11/2014I really enjoyed the lump crab enchiladas with pumpkin seeds, it was yum, yum, yum! However, I could have done without the red spicy sauce. The Mexican street corn is my favorite a girl can overdose on those. Lastly, the frozen tropical mango margarita was made to perfection, the best I've had and put a smile on my face.Special Features:
- Guacamole HeavenNUParentDined on 10/10/2014Best guacamole I've ever had--prepared fresh, table side. Aesthetically pleasing, delicious, attentive service. Enjoy!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- pgilvozDined on 9/25/2014Nothing particularly good, nothing particularly not good. Just so-so, with too much chile in some of the food, none in some of the other (the "special" guacamole seemed particularly bland). So, for the quality of the food, it also seemed overpriced.
- Lovely staffEllebeeDined on 9/22/2014We were holding a weeknight meeting kind of late, and Rosa Mexicano graciously seated us as we trickled in one or two at a time, gave us a table in the quiet part of the restaurant, and let us linger until we finished. Big thanks to the staff for treating us so kindly! I only ate guacamole, which was delicious, so I can't speak to the food overall.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Atmosphere Nice, Experience Sosojpk1Dined on 9/20/2014The Chevy Chase space was very nice, so I was anticipating a better than average evening. Did not turn out that way. Slow service. Took probably five minutes for a waiter to show after we were seated, several more minutes after that for chips and water to arrive. The waiter was lackadaisical. Did not seem interested in making our dining experience worth while. Ordered the guacamole, made at table side. Good but then, the person that made it kept trolling to get his bowl back. Very disturbing. While every one else's food was good, Most of the cheese in my Tres Enchiladas cheese enchilada was cold and unmelted. Desert was good, in house made doughnuts. Surprisingly small servings of the Ice cream. Guacamole and desert were the highlight.
- eat2beDined on 9/17/2014Food was excellent. Margaritas were OK. Restaurant was not busy, but that does not take away from very good service.
- Great serviceMarquis103Dined on 9/5/2014Went here for dinner on saturday night and the service was impeccable. Also, compared to the national harbor rosa mexicano and the downtown restaurant it was more intimate, less crowded and you could actually have a conversation without yelling. Great for a date.Special Features:
- Granddaughter treatYummyDined on 9/5/2014Four of us went to celebrate my out of town granddaughter's 16th birthday. her first taste of mexican food was a success!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/30/2014Good food, slow service. Friendly but inattentive staff on an evening when the restaurant was not Finished appetizer before drinks arrived. Veggie tacos very good and unusual. Chile relleno also tasty. Just moved back to town and would have to try again to get a better sense of the place, but differs from other Tex Mex on Wisconsin corridor.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Weekdays-great for kidsDCdinerDined on 8/25/2014Kids eat free. The margaritas are good. The gaucamole is usually great but one time it wasn't as good. The service was a little slow but people remembered us and that was very nice. Kids eat free Sunday-Thursday in Chevy Chase so that is awesome. The outdoor patio is really nice.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bueno!zorbaDined on 8/20/2014Great food. Beautiful decor. Excellent service. It's not always easy to satisfy a group of four, but RM did.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- yummytjermVIPDined on 8/17/2014We frequent the restaurant enjoying tequila and food. I always order a second round of food to go it's so good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love it!!!Pbar2Dined on 8/16/2014Food is excellent, bar service was phenomenal, wait staff was excellent and attentive, my party of 4 had a fabulous time!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First timerellencVIPDined on 8/16/2014I've been hearing about this place for awhile and finally got to go. I enjoyed the food although I was not happy with what I ordered since it was fried, my fault. It tried the other dishes at the table and they were good. Would go back with my boyfriend next time to try something different.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very flavorfulRosieDined on 8/16/2014The short ribs were very tender! They were out of several desserts at 8:30 p.m. but the chocolate ice cream was great!Special Features:
- way too darkluvoatmealVIPDined on 8/15/2014the restaurant is tastefully decorated, has friendly wait staff, and decent food, but they turn down the lights way too much in the back dining room, which has no natural light. We were there around 7pm, and they had already turned down the lights as much as possible (unless they wanted people dining in total darkness). Suggest asking for a table in the front part of the restaurant, where the windows are, if you want to see what you're eating.
- Wouldn't Rosa be disappointed?ArturoDined on 8/2/2014Food quality has slipped here to the degree that I will not soon return. Too bad for what was once a great spot to dine. Chips were stale, had to request more - salsa was old, not fresh - guacamole was too far beyond recognition with an overabundance of other things besides actual avocados - and the meals for our party of 5 were all a big downer. On the flip side the sangria was perfectly blended and fresh tasting. The staff was very good an deserves to serve better food! I didn't go there for them after all!
- The following 450 reviews are from the Rosa Mexicano - Chevy Chase reviews archive.
- NiceSohoGirl67Dined on 7/20/2014Friend reviews gave me high expectations. Wasn't blown away, but perfectly nice. Table side guacamole was fresh and good, although need lemon or lime juice. Didn't love the chips--thicker and harder than I like. Queso was disappointing and was already hardening at serving. Fish tacos were really very good. Service was attentive. I was there for a 6pm dinner, so fairly quiet still and not much ambience yet. Outdoor dining looked appealing. Will try that next time. Will definitely go back and explore the menu further, and at a later time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 7/19/2014Best Mexican food we've found in the DC area. Great service. We'll be back.Special Features:
- disappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/15/2014The food over all was quite bland. The guacamole was okay but overpriced for what it was, bland. The chips were stale, and the salsa not very flavorful. I had the garlic shrimp on brown rice, shrimp was overcooked and tough. I asked the server for a recommendation of fish fare that was savoury and flavorful, unfortunately the shrimp did not capture that theme. Service was good. I hope this helps in bumping up the flavor profile.
- Raise the Roof for RosaLuv2BrunchDined on 7/12/2014At the time we dined, Rosa Mexicano on Wisconsin Avenue NW was featuring tacos from different regions and different tequila drinks to compliment. Wow! Overwhelmingly delicious. A consistent favorite of my husband and mine is the Mexican Street Corn. No matter what entree you order, you MUST try this corn. The service is also always excellent. We have been back many times. One particular night, I didn't feel like an alcoholic drink. I asked the bartender to surprise me with something and the only direction I provided was I like savory over sweet. He concocted a a watermelon, lime and rosemary drink that was phenomenal. Another night, I did feel like an adult libation and had a gin, lime, and cucumber number that was oh so delicious.
- Great foodOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/11/2014The food was delicious. The servers were very accommodating and helpful. Will definitely be back.Special Features:
- Stubborn waiterOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/29/2014I was served a dish that I didn't order. The waiter would not change it despite my saying that I didn't order that dish. As what I was served was OK it seemed easier not to argue. In his defense, there were several similar dishes on the menu, so I can see how he would have been mixed up.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/28/2014I have eaten and I make a lot of Mexican food. I was expecting something much more authentic. The food was OK and for most people I think it would be considered pretty good. I like to eat at restaurants that can serve food that I don't normally make or can make it better than I. Not the case with this restaurant. (Maybe we made the wrong food choices.) We sat on the patio over an air vent from the underground metro. The hot air from the vent was a distraction in the summer heat.
- Very disappointingLovelyDined on 6/27/2014...but the guacamole and the vegetables on the children's plate was delicious and well prepared. Sangria and salsa and service all very disappointing.
- Yummmm!JoJoDined on 6/27/2014Love this place every time I come. Always lives up to my expectations that I hold from previous trips. The manager often rounds the restaurant asking how the we are doing. A wonderful way to stay in touch with your patrons. Yummmm!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very satisfiedClaretDined on 6/21/2014Our waitress was extremely helpful and charming, the food was delicious, and the margaritas were superbSpecial Features:
- Love this place!!JoJoDined on 6/13/2014Rosa Mexicana always puts me in the best mood. The food, ambiance, service stands out every time. Delish! It's a gem in the neighborhood. The menu is robust. I order a variety of entrees depending on my visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- yumtjermVIPDined on 6/13/2014We love going to the Chevy Chase location. Our server was attentive and even offered us a complimentary appetizer from the chef. You all know how to take care of repeat clients.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great dining experience!SD21704VIPDined on 6/8/2014I highly recommend starting with a margarita and guacamole. My husband enjoyed every bite from a large bowl of Rosa Mexicano's tasty tortilla soup and then moved on to the huge short ribs which were amazingly flavorful, tender, and moist. My short rib enchiladas were delicious and had the best sauce I have ever eaten. The brown rice and black beans were tasty side dishes with our entrees. The wine list offered a nice variety in both vintages and prices and the one recommended was a nice accompaniment to our entrées. We completed our meal by sharing a dish of their house made ice cream and cappuccino's. All-in-all a very memorable Sunday supper and one would gladly repeat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 10189023VIPDined on 6/6/2014Food was good. Nothing exceptional. I like the chicken taquitos but thought the salsa lacked flavorI would recommend this to a friend.
- Go only for the GuacamoleOpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 6/6/2014The rest was mediocre. Fish tacos were tasty but fried and not what was expecting. Kids meal selection was limited and not liked when it finally came. We all left with stomach aches.
- JoJoDined on 5/31/2014Between the service, the food, the ambiance - I love this place. I come with and without my kids. The staff are so respectful when I bring my kids which I greatly appreciate because they could easily not be. I get the same excellent service without kids - and I do choose this restaurant often for 'date night'. The pomegranate margs and guac are my deserted island meal - you know the one you have to choose to eat every day after day!