Rosa Mexicano - Minneapolis
Rosa Mexicano - Minneapolis

Rosa Mexicano - Minneapolis

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com/
  • Phone: (612) 656-7144
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Mauricio Legorreta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, 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, View, 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’oeurvres, etc. We also offer off-premise catering for groups of all sizes. For Large Party Reservations, please contact Sara Prutzman at sprutzman@rosamexicano.com or
    612.656.7144.
  • 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.



Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th and Hennepin (City Center)
  • Public Transit: PUBLIC TRANSIT:Take the Light-Rail to Fifth & Hennepin Avenue.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $9 after 5pm daily.
    612.656.7144

    DRIVING North: Take highway 35w south to Washington Ave turn right, left on Hennepin Ave. South: Take highway 35w north to downtown exits take the 11th street exit, right on Hennepin Avenue. East: Take highway 94 west to the 11th street exit, right on Hennepin Avenue. West:Take highway 394 east to the Dunwoody exit, Dunwoody turns into Hennepin Avenue.
A word from Rosa Mexicano - Minneapolis
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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Rosa Mexicano - Minneapolis reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (61)fit for foodies (57)special occasion (50)great for outdoor dining (27)romantic (27)hot spot (25)great for lunch (21)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (13)neighborhood gem (13)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (5)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Enjoyed our night out!
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    chips and salsa were very average, Margaritas were very good . Our entrées were delicious. The flan desert was one of the best deserts we have had in a long time, done very uniquely. We enjoyed our evening very much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    NonalcoholicDiner
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Our glasses were never refilled; water glasses filled only while entree plates were on the table. We didn't order alcohol, and I wonder if that was part of the poor service. It took so long to get my beverage, I thought it had been forgotten. Our server essentially pushed our bill on us: should I bring you your check now? It was asked 4 times; they were still open. We stayed talking + catching up and would have ordered more food + beverages had anyone ever come back to our table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    SNE2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Amazing food, service & staff. A must stop if in Minneapolis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LV625
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Rosa Mexicano was a fantastic dining experience. The food was delicious, the server attentive and the ambience extremely fun.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Celiac (gluten free) suffurers
    Ports20
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Waitress was stationed at tables to far from each other which made service slow. Food was awesome and delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Food was good, great atmosphere - perfect proximity to Target Center!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rosa Mexicana offers very authentic mexican food
    Nanci
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Was very excited to try this restaurant and had had my margarita picked out a week in advance. I did not like the margarita; tried a more traditional margarita and did not like taste of that one either. The city I live in has a Mexican restaurant that has fabulous margaritas so was disappointed. Our waitress was fantastic and did a great job of explaining the menu, but did not tell me that the entree I selected was served cold. Entree was OK only. We ordered guacamole, which was made at the table but when I saw the amount of cilantro food preparer was going to toss in I tried to stop him, but not really listening to my request. Guacamole was very good anyway. All 5 of us ordered a different dessert. Most were very good, but my flan was only OK. Think I just do not like authentic Mexican food, which surprised me. Also did nothing for my daughter's BD. Best part of the Rosa experience was our wonderful waitress. I would not return to this restaurant, but not sure that anything was really wrong with Rosa just not my taste. Also pricey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Food service was good, bar service poor. Waited over 10 minutes to get drinks to our table and the second drink was ordered when our food came. Finished our food and still no second drink
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NeighborVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Although I did appreciate having the chef come to the table, this place was not able to accommodate allergies well.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    For the price of the food I don't think it was worth it. I've had better for less money. The service was really slow-we waited almost 15 mins before the server even came to take a drink order then walked away right away even though we were ready to order. When we finally ordered and got our food we were less than impressed. We will not be returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    BrendaVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I loved everything about this restaurant from the service to the table side guacamole to the pomegranate margarita to the entree. I highly recommend. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Ok
    OutstateMNFoodie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We went before a concert at the Target Center. The guacamole was delicious - we got both the medium & spicy (spicy was amazing). The drinks were very good (pineapple mojito & a margarita our server recommended). Our server was great (I wish I remembered his name). However, the actual food/tapas we ordered were nothing special, and definitely not worth the price. At 1 point, I think the bar got too busy for itself. Someone in my party ordered a drink that took extremely long to get. Then someone in my party ordered a bloody mary - awhile later, we were told there was no bloody mary mix left, then awhile after that, a server showed up with a bloody mary, and another margarita that we didn't order?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food and staff were wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    On a very busy Friday night before a concert the food was slow but the staff and managment was great to us. The food was wonderful too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Satisfide again
    DecerningDiner
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    I was happy that I recommended Rosa Mexicano to visiting colleagues who had never been. It was a Monday night so quieter than usual which was perfect for a first timer to be able to take time reviewing the menu and linger over dinner. As usual the food was outstanding and the guacamole made fresh at the table was a hit. Outstanding service as usual. I highly recomment Rosa Mexicano for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place to eat downtown
    Celeste
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This is a warm and friendly restaurant that is simply stunning. The food is edgy and surprisingly good- the staff is warm and accomodating. Order the the guacamole that they make table side. You wont regret it! Perfect for Birthdays!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around great!
    Supertaster1
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We came for a birthday celebration on a weekday evening. It was a perfect dining experience. The food was divine. We had the enchiladas and pork tacos and an empanada appetizer. The service was just excellent. The ambience was lovely. It was not very busy so we were able to chat with our server and that made the experience that much more enjoyable. Parking was easier than expected with a ramp that brought us to the inside entrance without setting foot outside. Prices were reasonable for downtown-not cheap, but 15-20 for an entree is not bad. The coffee flavored flan brownie was inspired. A perfect end to a perfect dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My third visit here
    bluempls
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Saturday Oct 26 was my third visit here and also was my third time to have their Desde 1984 Special menu. There was some confusion about the valid dates but once i showed our server their website, the confusion about the dates was settled and we had a good meal. SUMMARY: Appetizers and Entree was good, nothing extraordinary. Presentation is very good and clean. I had the Filete in tequila wild mushroom sauce which i think was too rich and heavy, my palate is searching for something fresh. Drinks was very good, refreshing and has a kick to it. Very clean and refreshing with balanced fruity and sweet but there seems to be a lack of presentation Overall I recommend this place for special promotions Service was very good and very courteous
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quentin
    DJJohnnyT
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Was our server, and he couldn't have done a better job. He made sure that me and my significant other were taken care of for the entire duration of our 2hr stay, and we traded witty banter all night. The food was glorious, the atmosphere superb. And overall, Quentin made the night. I hope he reads this! Great job
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • run of the mill Mexican food
    Hector
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    nothing really outstanding. heavy on sauces, light on meat/seafood in dishes we had.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Great food, perfect menu for restaurant week! Would be great for date night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food is excellent but the are steep, so it wouldn't be a place I would go often.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cold food
    lovedining
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I were very excited about having table side Guacamole and a nice dinner, the Guac was good, we tried the soup....which was very good and then we split the tres enchiladas, after 2 bites it just got cold.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was Delish!
    Baylaker
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Can't wait to come back and try more things on the menu. And I had one of the best margarita's ever.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    the wait staff was excellent. i had a bday dinner with a friend and they helped me suprise her and our waiter was nothing more than wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Anissa
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The service was outstanding and the food was amazing. Rosa has a great ambiance. I have been there a couple times now and have enjoyed both times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not perfect but very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The restaurant had fantastic ambiance with water features and the table were well spread out. However, two of us were seated in a booth for four and felt far apart to start. The guacamole was cool and fresh, but nothing amazing. The chicken tacos were the better of the two entrees and the chicken enchiladas were smothered in a sauce that had plenty of lime in it. I would return as it was only one entree that left a poor taste in my mouth. Service was great as well!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable meal!
    Jejjej2000
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    New to area & found Risa's to be a fun & enjoyable restaurant. Excellent food! Looking for to trying some of the other locations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Marianne
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My daughter recommended this place and I just loved it....their table side guacamole is to die for!!!! Going back in December!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding service
    dotto
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Myself and 4 other coworkers went on a Monday night and it was the 1st time for all of us. We had outstanding service, food was delicious and the guacamole made at the table was amazing. I will be coming back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Drinks & Apps Only
    LetsEat
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The drinks were great, the fresh quac, salsa and chips were great! Didn't have dessert but what I saw looked really good! Main entree was so so, I had the three different enchiladas plate: beef, chicken & cheese. Meats and cheese were good but to much mole sauce on the plate drowned the flavors. Would go back for the Sangria (white and red) and the apps but won't order an entree.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    Melissa
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went for a dinner on a Friday night. The restaurant was busy but not crazy. The service was great. The food was excellent. We brought our 4 year old and thought it fit our family fine. The restaurant is pretty noisy so we didn't feel she had to sit perfectly quite. The guacamole was awesome as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rosa Mexicano
    bluempls
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This is my second time to have their special Desde 1984 dinner special and food here has always been very good. Every dish is well prepared and cleanly executed. Our appetizers were freshly made, delicious and perfect with accompanying fresh salsas. Our entree was heavy, very rich and very filling but nevertheless, still very delicious. (I had the filete with mushroom cream sauce). Overall, food was very good, service is excellent and this place is a pricey $$$ even with the specials going on Recommendation: Try this place for an upscale dinner specially with the specials going on Frozen mango margaritas are very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale Mexican food!
    Norskechick
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Loved it! Everything was awesome! Right from the start. Very welcoming, prompt and courteous service! The homemade guacamole was made right in front of us, delicious! Homemade salsa could not stop eating. Yum! Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The service was so slow it overshadowed the fact that the food and atmosphere was good. I would not recommend going here if you are in a hurry.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Slow to serve
    Daisy418
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great food & atmosphere. Server not attentive. Food took over half hour to arrive and server never came to table to check on us or provide status of dinner. Manager alerted us of dinner coming out just prior to it being served. Very good entrees and guacamole made at the table. Hopefully just an off night with the server.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and Miss
    MsMarlin
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was my second visit to this restaurant, and there are things that are done really well (like the guacomole prepared tableside, and the tortilla soup) and not so well (the veggies in the vegetable tacos were limp, and the service was incredibly slow). We had to ask for the rice and beans for the table, as our server forgot to bring it. I doubt we will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kagles
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service for drinks and appetizers served quickly but then waited forever for food and even longer for a second round of drinks. Guacamole was marvelous but the entree's were only OK. Service started out great and ended badly.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Viva Mexico
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    For authentic Mexican food in a modern setting, Rosa Mexicano is definitely the place to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was just mediocre for high prices, but the inattentive service is what wrecked the evening. I will not be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanks for the Guac!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our group of 10 had a reservation and an honest mistake was made where our table was given to a different group, so we had to be split into two separate tables. Our group was not upset - more easy breezy, go with the flow kind of people, but the restaurant proceeded to go out of their way to make us happy and they sure did. The margaritas were excellent, the food was all excellent, our server did a wonderful job as well. To make up for the mistake, they also took care of our unlimited guac for both tables - thank you! We had a wonderful time and would recommend and will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.