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Rosa Mexicano - Lincoln Center
Rosa Mexicano - Lincoln Center
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Rosa Mexicano - Lincoln Center Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com
  • Email: lcteam@rosamexicano.com
  • Phone: (212) 977-7700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Dinner: Monday 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Tuesday - Friday 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Saturday 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Sunday 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Pedro Duarte
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer a full range of catering options: buffet stations, prix fixe menus, family style menus, passed hors d'ouvres, etc. We also offer off-premise catering for groups of all sizes. For Large Party Reservations, please contact Amira Gertz at 212.397.0666 x29 or email at agertz@rosamexicano.com
  • Entertainment: On special occasions, we frequently have guest musicians and/or mariachis present to heighten the festive atmosphere. Please contact the restaurant directly with questions.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Pre-theatre cocktails, Monday - Friday 3 - 5pm: Heading to Lincoln Center for a show? Enjoy our famous margaritas, specialty tequilas, sangrias and beers, along with a selection of our authentic Mexican specialties at very happy prices. Now that's an hour (or few) well spent!



Getting there

  • Cross Street: 62nd Street
  • Public Transit: 1,A,B,C,D trains to 59th Street. 1 train to Lincoln Center (66th)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The closest parking garage is at 61st and Columbus.
A word from Rosa Mexicano - Lincoln Center
Our highly anticipated second Rosa Mexicano location opened in July 2000. Just steps away from Lincoln Center, this impressive David Rockwell-designed space features a 30-foot iridescent blue tile water wall that spans both levels of the restaurant and is adorned with 240 miniature cliff divers. Here you’ll also find a dramatic “floating” staircase made of orange and red terrazzo slabs and backlit panels behind the bar embedded with rose petals. Awarded “Best Restaurant 2000” by Interiors Magazine, this unique, contemporary look ushered in a new era for us at Rosa Mexicano.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "The guacamole is excellent! You MUST get this when visiting any one of their locations."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Great upbeat restaurant in Lincoln Center area. Good food, great ambiance and the tableside preparation of guacamole was well worth the visit. A real fun place to eat before or after the show."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I was disappointed by the flavor of the food. Most was bland and left a lot to be desired. Some of the rice was hard....The guacamole is good, but sadly that's not enough to make me return."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Reliable Rosa. I come here for the classics. Frozen pomegranate margaritas, fresh tableside guac, and the best mole enchiladas in town. The service is great. The dining room is spacious and comfortable, and the views of Lincoln Center are awesome. It's not "cheap mexican" (i.e. taco truck prices), but you get a lot more bang for your buck than the countless run of the mill mexican joints around town. Great outdoor patio and a cheap and lively happy hour. Be careful, though, the margaritas are STRONG!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I had a lovey time. Food was great. I had the budin - which I recommend. The guacamole is fantastic. It was made fresh to order. I could not get enough of it !"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Definitely don't pass up their table-side guacamole! It's perfect!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Everything about Rosa Mexicana is wonderful. From the incredible service to the amazing food to the ambiance. There is nothing missing here. For me it is about the perfect place to eat lunch or dinner. Watching as they make the guacamole and then eating it!!! Just the greatest. I cannot rave enough about Rosa Mexicana! Outstanding. Oh and each and every staff member is friendly, and very helpful. The service is out of this world."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Always have the guacamole made at the tableside and margarita. the flavors of the dishes are intense and well balanced."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great place. A little pricey but definetly worth it."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "This place is so busy I thought it must be a sure fire winner. I was so wrong. It is incredibly noisy but that's forgivable given how big the place is - what's UNforgiveable was the halfhearted lacklustre welcome on arrival and the generally charmless service throughout. I don't really want to have to deal with a noticeably unhappy server throughout a meal. The food was no better than so so and at times pretty awful...a big pile of stodgy mushroom sauce suffocating my filet mignon like a giant lump of mud. I'm left wondering how on earth this place stays so busy...it was packed out with apparently happy diners so maybe it's just me. I just don't get it!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We have been going to Rosa Mexicano since it opened. Lincoln Center is obviously the draw and i think management has taken its success for granted. I can't ever remember sending back two glasses of Malbec at any restaurant. I can't ever remember having half full Margaritas and seeing the waiter go to the bar to get more to top them off. I cant ever remember the shrimp skewer over rice having COLD rice! I can't ever remember the short ribs being dry, rubbery and inedible. The staff is great, pleasant and accommodating, but that's not enough to get us to return and spend our hard earned money on less than mediocre food."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Our waiter was able to suggest changes in a dish to accommodate my tastes. I was impressed with the flexibility and willingness to please. It was delicious!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "very authentic mexican food. Side table guacamole was outstanding. tables are close together, noise level is energetic. Drinks were very expensive."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Wonderful guacamole!!!!!!!!!!!! Great Margaritas!!!!!!!!! Beef Enchilladas with Mole Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!! YUMMY CHURROS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "It's not worth sitting through the ear-splitting noise of this restaurant, to have the great guacamole. We were seated on the first level in the back, which was slightly better than the cacophony of the bar area. And I checked out the upstairs, which was equally unbearable. The food was good, the service was ok, but I'll never go back."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Noisy ambience especially around theater hours. Food is pricey and just okay"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Very good Mexican Food very near Lincoln Center. Service is quick or you can linger. Very good quacamole prepared table side. Nice lunch menu before a matinee."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "If you like good mexican cuisine and are in the Lincoln Center area look no further. The table side guacamole is outstanding as are the main entrees. The cuisine is served hot and quickly with just the right amount of waiter involvement. The dining on the second level is scenic and quieter than the first floor which has the bar and noise of the entryway."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We Have Enjoyed This Restaurant Many Times And They Never Disappoint. The Lincoln Center Location Is Our Favorite. Individual Pitchers Of Delicious Sangria Was The Highlight For Me This Visit:)"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We came here for a pre-show lunch on a Sunday. We were seated a bit early which was very nice--we were a large group and accommodated right away. The food was delicious as always and the guacamole is top-notch. That is a major draw and never fails to disappoint. Service here is often spotty. I feel like there is always a point when your server forgets your table is still there. Once we asked if we could order (after waiting for a while) we got a little more attention. Overall I love this place and will go back, you just have to make sure they stay on top of you!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "When visiting NYC, I usually try to hit this rosa mexicano at last once as it is so consistently excellent. Your MUST start with table side prepped guacamole. I've never left the restaurant disappointed. I'm happy that they are now in my hometown of San Francisco,though it does not have the same sexy vibe as the Lincoln center NYC location. Service is always spot on for this level of price point."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I go to Rosa's all the time, sometimes its great, sometimes its ok, and sometimes it no good. This time it was okay. The guacamole is always the high point of the meal. The plantains were a bit cold, and my steak fajitas were a bit tough. Service was greatly lacking, I am pregnant and the waiter was not very accommodating in getting me a non alcoholic drink, even though I did end up with a strawberry lemonade eventually..."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Fish and lamb tacos were excellent. So was the skinny marguerita. Freshly made by the table guacamole was delicious."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My husband and I went with our sophisticated daughter and all of us had a fantastic meal. My husband is notoriously impossible to please, so this was fantastic! We made a reservation, walked in, were seated immediately, and had drinks and guacamole within minutes on a busy Saturday night. We then relaxed and had a wonderful evening. The wait staff were friendly and informative, there when needed, and not pushy at all. The guacamole and pomegranate frozen margaritas cannot be missed!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The people who work at Rosa Mexicano are very good with attention to service. The food was not as good and very expensive. The guacamole was okay but really flavorless and expensive. Seating was uncomfortable. We felt like the table was just placed in a main crossroad of where the server station was which was uncomfortable along with being set beside a large party of very loud people."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great fish tacos at this next to Lincoln Center site. Friendly wait staff."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My daughter and I enjoyed everything about our dinner experience. The food was excellent and our waiter was attentive and charming. We will definitely come again when we attend Lincoln Center."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Overall great dining experience. Fresh guacamole a favorite. We also loved coconut mojitos . Enchiladas were excellent, only dis appointment was the quesadilla ,it was bland with very little chicken or any filling."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Always fantastic food and service. Been here 10+ times and always expectational service!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "With Guacamole to die for and skirt steak skillet that melts in your mouth - Rosa Mexicano is always a treat when we visit New York City. The restaurant was packed even on a 26 degree Wednesday evening. Fantastic fun spot for groups!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My wife and I, on a recent trip to New York, went to this restaurant on the recommendation of a friend who lives locally. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the guacamole, but the rest of the experience was disappointing in an OK way. Frankly, we had reservations about looking for good Mexican in the North-east, and we have had really good Mexican in many other parts of the world. We should have followed our instinct. The atmosphere was wild downstairs, and too sedate upstairs where we dined. The guacamole had excellent texture and taste, but the portion was smallish. The crab enchilada was not really an enchilada, but rather some type of toasted tortilla sandwich with sauce. Cheese enchilada just OK. Overall, will look elsewhere first."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Went there with a group of friends and enjoyed a great time with excellent food and service."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This has been my favorite restaurant in NYC for the last 10 years. Always good and great for introducing folks to Mexican food."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Perhaps its because I have a wonderful Mexican Restaurant nearby in South Orange, NJ, I found Rosa Mexicano less appealing than expected from the reviews. The service was OK, but although we were seated directly across from the upstairs service desk we had difficultly getting anyone's attention. The food was also just OK. Usually when I order a dish with rice and refried beans the sides come on the dish or with the dish for each order, not as separate items for the table (4 people) to share. The enchiladas were soggy and drenched in sauce. The guacamole was fresh and good. The margarita was excellent , although smaller than I am used to. Overall, I found the evening there to be just OK and not worth the price."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We have been customers at Rosa Mexicano for a long time, and we are never disappointed. The food and the service are always excellent."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Hands down this is one of the best restaurants in NYC. The food is great and the staff make the experience really wonderful. I had the lamb taco and they were delicious. Also tried the queso fundido."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I met up there last Friday early evening before going to Lincoln Center. It was the perfect, it is literally across the street. The Guacamole IS indeed perfect and made to your liking. The prices were exactly what I would excpect for the location, and our waiter was helpful, courteous and professional. The red sangria was very tasty. I do suggest getting a reservation. Another bonus in the bar area where you wait for your table, they have a couple wait staff around happy to help you get your evening started. I really can't think of one thing to improve on."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Very good mexican fare. Authentic flavors and some interesting options."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Es ist ein spezielles Lokal in seiner besonderen Aufmachung. Die Vorspeisen sind exzellent. Der Aperitif perfekt. Die Hauptspeisen leider etwas kalt, leider. Insgesamt empfehlenswert."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We really like this place and go here every time we visit the city but it wasn't as good this time as in the past. The quality of the meat was not as good and portion sizes have shrunk. Their service is outstanding though and remains as consistent as in the past."
    Dined on 3/20/2014