Rosa Mexicano - Chevy Chase
Rosa Mexicano - Chevy Chase

Rosa Mexicano - Chevy Chase

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com/
  • Phone: 2027779959x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday 12:00-10:30
    Friday & Saturday 11:30-11:30
    Sunday 11:30-10:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Steve Lukis
  • 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 knewsome@rosamexicano.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.

    FESTIVAL DE HELADOS | JULY 31-AUG 24
    Desserts inspired by classic savory dishes such as guacamole, tamales and empanadas, and paired with handmade ice creams and sorbets infused with Mexican flavors ranging from prickly pear to chili-spiced chocolate.

    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


Getting there

  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Rosa Mexicano - Chevy Chase reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (25)great for outdoor dining (19)special occasion (16)great for lunch (16)kid-friendly (14)great for brunch (6)romantic (6)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great service
    Marquis103
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Good 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekdays-great for kids
    DCdiner
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Kids 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:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bueno!
    zorba
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food. Beautiful decor. Excellent service. It's not always easy to satisfy a group of four, but RM did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    tjermVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We frequent the restaurant enjoying tequila and food. I always order a second round of food to go it's so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!!!
    Pbar2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food is excellent, bar service was phenomenal, wait staff was excellent and attentive, my party of 4 had a fabulous time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer
    ellencVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I'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:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very flavorful
    Rosie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The 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:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • way too dark
    luvoatmeal
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    the 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wouldn't Rosa be disappointed?
    Arturo
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food 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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    SohoGirl67
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Friend 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:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Best Mexican food we've found in the DC area. Great service. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The 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.
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  • Raise the Roof for Rosa
    Luv2Brunch
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    At 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was delicious. The servers were very accommodating and helpful. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stubborn waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I 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:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing
    Lovely
    Dined 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.
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  • Yummmm!
    JoJo
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Love 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:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very satisfied
    Claret
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our waitress was extremely helpful and charming, the food was delicious, and the margaritas were superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!!
    JoJo
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Rosa 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:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum
    tjermVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience!
    SD21704
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10189023VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was good. Nothing exceptional. I like the chicken taquitos but thought the salsa lacked flavor
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go only for the Guacamole
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The 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.
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  • JoJo
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Between 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!
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  • Brought friends
    Mkd444
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We love this restaurant so we wanted to introduce our friends to it. They enjoyed the fresh guacamole and the fabulous frozen pomegranate margaritas. Our waiter was fun and friendly and our entrees were delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raquel Cobian
    Raquelita
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Being from Mexican heritage, I was impress by the favors just like my grandma's kitchen !! I will be telling people about this restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun!
    PamPam31VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Definitely will return! The wait staff was great and we loved the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    flvluv
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Our entire party of 8 was disappointed with the food. It was bland and tasteless. Some was even soggy and lukewarm. The service was bare minimum and nothing more. They tried charging us for a kids order that according to their menu was supposed to come free with purchase of an adult entree. Their reason why? Because it was a holiday. OH that makes sense. Don't think so! The guacamole was ok but extremely overpriced. We would not recommend this place to anyone.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 430 reviews are from the Rosa Mexicano - Chevy Chase reviews archive.
  • Try the chicken or beef
    foodiesister
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I had never been to Rosa Mexicano before. My friend and I each ordered an entree and we split both of them. Neither of the entrees was very good! We got the Salmon Kale Salad. It did not describe it on the menu as a "chopped salad" but it was, and the salmon was chopped into teeny pieces. I like the taste of salmon and fish. But this salad had a "fishy" taste that was too strong, like maybe the fish wasn't as fresh as it should have been. We also got the Baja Fish Tacos. This one was better, but the fish was a little like fish sticks. Deep Fried. I was expecting a better experience and am not in a hurry to get back to Rosa Mexicano. I think if I do go back, I will try the standard chicken or beef and guacamole.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Apathetic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I am a fan of the downtown location, but the Chevy Chase venue leaves a lot to be desired. While the food was ok--but not as good as downtown--the servers were not attentive during a weekday lunch-hour. Specifically we had to ask to order, refills were sparing, and staff was in attentive.
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  • Guacamole rocks.
    sussVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Want to burritos on menu. More varieties on real Mexican food street fare as well a restaurant level dishes. Menu is too safe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy Find
    YummyFind
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    While visiting DC for business, we experienced for the first time, Rosa and all I can say is Yummy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was great and service was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive but ok
    linkVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It was expensive for Mexican like food, portions were small..The best thing was the guacamole that was made in front of the table..we go here for the guacamole. .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers' Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The service was great, the food was mediocre, not especially tasty or fresh. Event menus are always tough, but this one disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food in loud atmosphere..
    Daisy
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    If you're going to Rosa Mexicano, you probably are looking for a noisy fun place and this is. It's in a space that has had various restaurants over the years, and they seem to do very well. The servers ask if you want guacamole - while it is very good, made at table, it's way too much for 2 people as a starter. Chips are excellent, salsa okay not great, the entrees were very good and not traditional burritos-and-fajitas fare. Good wine options by the glass and of course margaritas. Very attentive service, speedy delivery of drinks and food. The only downside is if you actually want to talk to the person you're having dinner with, make sure to ask for a table FAR away from bar/dance area. Deafening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid Cinco de Mayo
    ACommenter
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Obviously Cinco de Mayo is a celebration, so one might expect an upscale restaurant like this to have an upscale celebration. But, one would be wrong about that. The blaring hip-hop music (really?) forced our small party of 4 to, literally, scream across the table just to have a conversation. There appeared to be only one waiter (!) for the entire back dining room and just one guacamole girl (!) for the entire restaurant (on a night when the "special" prix-fixe included guac for every table). What should have been a standard 60-90 minute dinner took 2.5 hours because of the snail-pace of the service. The food was good, as usual, but this night was a total management disaster. #fail
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  • Disappointed
    glutenfreeda
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We have eaten here many times and had fabulous food and service. We all ordered the skirt steak (because we have had it on previous visits and it was wonderful) and were all disappointed in the meal. The meat was very tough. Did you change ownership or management?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic