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Rosa Mexicano- Minneapolis
Rosa Mexicano- Minneapolis

Rosa Mexicano- Minneapolis Details

  • 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
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.

    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.

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.

    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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Really no complaints other than the menu items were a little on the high side. However, the guacamole was terrific - a must if you go"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I've been 3 times now and all three times it has just been mediocre at best. The margaritas are good but the food is not (aside from the ceviche tacos which were great)."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Rosa Mexicana does not disappoint! We were there for the second time in a few weeks and it was fabulous! The service there really can't be beat. Our waitress was very kind and was very helpful in accommodating our dietary restrictions. The food is always fabulous and the atmosphere was perfect for a date night. 2 items not to be missed are the street corn and the espresso flan. The street corn is a little messy but wow is it worth it. The espresso flan is this mix of (typically) strong flavors that are paired so well that everyone plays nice together."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Delicious guacamole and margaritas. Nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "1st visit here. Great selection of items not generally associated with Mexican food. Plenty of food for your money. Sat outside which was nice, but some construction across the street. Near theatre and sports areas. All in walking distance."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Excellent service, food was delicious and you could still have a nice conversation and hear each other talk even when the dining ro was near full. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Our server was horrible. We went there for restaurant week and he charge us regular prices. We didn't say anything because we just wanted to leave. The food was delicious though! And the host was very accommodating."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My team at work visited this restaurant during Restaurant Week. The food was great and the addition of a dessert was fun. Needless to say, none of us needed dinner that night as we were still well-satisfied with the amount of food we had been given for lunch."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The restaurant is gorgeous! We were there for Restaurant Week and were surprised at home many options we had on the event menu. I ordered the lump crab enchiladas for dinner. I was not a fan (and I do love crab). The waitress was very kind and very quickly replaced it with chicken enchiladas in a red sauce, yum! My husband had no complaints about anything he ordered. For dessert we had the flan. Let's just say that whomever made the flan deserves a hug."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Every dish was full of flavors that compliment each other. Varied menu with beef, chicken,crab, shrimp, etc. Looks like gf would be no problem. Offers a great opportunity to try new flavors and foods. We will go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Just love everything I order at Rosa Mexacana--especially the guacamole and enciladas"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We have mixed feelings on this place. The initial waitress left us for 15-20 minutes and as we were getting ready to leave the table another waiter came in and saved the business for this business. People around us did take notice of our emptiness, but we were certainly not rude about anything. New waiter comped was given the okay to comp a few items (we paid for our lunch) and we went on our way. Food was pretty good, service was good after the initial waitress. Hope your experience is top notch from start to finish."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Overall food - excellent. Fresh guac. made at tableside. Quick service and not overbearing."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I cannot say enough about Craig, the manager, and the staff at this fantastic restaurant. We had a VERY large group assembling for the Shriner's convention and parade, with kids and some guests with limited mobility. We asked for a seat by the window to watch the parade on Hennepin Ave (of course everyone wants a window) but they found a way. Our group made several last minute changes, arrived early and stayed late, made duplicate reservations, and made special requests that should have made the staff crazy. But instead they just smiled and ensured that we had a wonderful time. The food was great, the server was amazing (he even managed to give everyone separate checks, which blew our minds) and the management was incredible."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Happy Hour is 4-7. My drink was empty for 20 minutes before the waiter came back - it was 6:58 and I said I wanted the white wine on the happy hour menu. Waiter said sorry happy hour is over - I showed him my phone which said 6:58 and he said our clock says 7! argued with me. Couldn't believe it - he could have handled that much better. We'll never go back. First impression food was average and service was amateur."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Not your typical Americanized Mexican. Unique good combos with a great flavor. Presentation was amazing. Beautiful atmosphere"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Not amazing, not anthibg extra ordinary. I've had more amazing food cheaper and more authinic. If you go the gacumole was the best and drinks."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Overall, we had a good experience. The fondue with chorizo is a must have. Good happy hour and small plates."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Would be nice to have more veggie dishes along with the various sauces on the menu. Every time the menu is changed, it seems to loose the more healthy choices, deep frying fish for instance in the tacos and smothering in creamy sauce. Each time we order, it seems like the server has to say "well, I'll check with the chef to see if we can do it without or do it with" whatever we want. Its usually done, but why not just keep it on the menu?By the way, we love the brown rice and bowl of black beans served with main courses!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Rosa Mexican and staff out did themselves for us. The food was both delicious and beautifully presented. We were celebrating a special anniversary and the chef came out to speak with us and present us with complimentary champagne. The table-side guacamole was done with flourish ad was the best in town. Splendid and highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Fantastic guacamole made at the table. Portion sizes were modest yet adequate and thus did not leave you bloated and feeling heavy, as can sometimes be the case with Mexican dishes for me."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Essentially, this restaurant is poorly managed and poorly staffed. They have more rules than an elementary school (re: seating, happy hour, table-side guacamole, etc.), and possibly the worst service that I have ever experienced. The hostess was confused, the manager was rude, and our server was disinterested. There were only two other tables full while we were there, yet getting our waiter's attention was like mission impossible. The unlimited guac is not really unlimited if you have to hunt and beg to get it each time. (We were only able to get one refill.)"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This was our first time frequenting the restaurant. Unfortunately, our waitress was unfriendly, a terrible server and rude. The manager quickly saw our dissatisfaction and came to her rescue. I would recommend the guacamole appetizer!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Poor service, overpriced food ($24 for 2 avocados worth of guacamole), small portions. You can do better downtown."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We got a really great deal through Livingsocial and the amount of food and drinks we got for the money bordered on ludicrous. We ended up taking home almost half the food. The service was very, very professional while still friendly and personal, and the overall vibe was sophisticated without being oppressive. The ceviche tacos were a bit intense for my wife and I; the flavors and richness were amazing, but overwhelmingly flavorful. I'd say too much citrus and a bit heavy-handed on the truffle oil for our taste. Other than that we loved everything. My margarita was superb and the tacos surpassed my expectations. My favorite was the Filete steak tacos, and how the steak blended with the sauteed mushrooms. Seriously eye-wateringly good"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I don't care for the menu. Need more of a variety of foods to choose from. Also be great to put origianl tacos with hard shells on the menu."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Rosa Mexicana has some highs and lows. By far the best thing about RM is their fresh made guacamole. Delicious. And the margaritas were good as well. We sampled frozen strawberry, grand marnier, and regular on the rocks margaritas - all good. The on-the-rocks margarita was a tad bit strong for our tastes. The chips are fine (nothing special) and the salsa is odd - very sweet. The worst part was the main course. I had an empanada with chicken - it was so very dry corn (I think) tortilla with shredded chicken with no sauce or flavor inside. None of the other tree people with me enjoyed the dish. This was my first visit and I will likely not go there again. Total bill for 4 people was almost $200."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had our favorite (short ribs) outside. The experience was very good. We enjoyed our meal and the service. We will dine here again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "There really is nothing wrong with the food at Rosa Mexicano and the service the night we were there was great but the real problem is even attempting to take Mexican "upscale". Mexican food has its roots in the street and its flavors and heritage own it to the core, trying to put the food on a fancy plate rarely elevates the food beyond its already delicious roots and oftentimes the food disappoints not because it isn't good but because you realize that your $15 enchilada isn't any better than the $5 you get from the taco truck."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I had another great time at Rosa Mexicano. I recommend anyone that loves mexican food to try it."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Not the ordinary Mexican Restaurant - table side guacamole was excellent - food was very good - service was top notch - thank you RM!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "If you're looking for authentic Mexican food this is the place for you. If you're looking for tacos and burritos check out another restaurant! The service was excellent, the food was great and the chef made a personal visit to our table! You must order the table side guacamole. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The place is beautiful. Great looking place. The food is ok, but expensive. I don't mind expensive, when it is remarkable, which this was not. Service was fair to poor. Different servers trying to decide whose table we were, then no one waiting on us. We were offered a refill of the complimentary chips, but they did not refill our salsa. I ordered a "Family style" entree, and was not brought a plate until I had completed eating. All of this on a Wednesday night when there was lots of tables available. I'm afraid what service is like on a Friday..."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The waiter was awful with a large group and messed up all of our bills! Took over an hour to figure out our bill, thus cutting into important bachelorette party time. Food was yummy though. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "A friend and I went for happy hour and had a great evening. I had called ahead to ask about wi-fi, and the manager stopped by to make sure everything was working properly. We had a relaxing enjoyable evening in the shade of the patio - delicious "Guac on Tap" happy hour special and margaritas - the strawberry-mango was DELICIOUS! We will definitely be going back for another happy hour on the patio! "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We thought the food was wonderful: everything was well prepared and presented. We particularly liked the flan with built-in fudge brownie for desert. Weren't crazy about the music, but sitting by the water feature helped. We ate Mexican food again a couple of days later, and it tasted totally uninteresting in comparison. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "This was a good meal - not the best Mexican food, of course, not quite worth the prices. But the prices are more about the ambiance and location."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Five of us met for a friends 51st birthday. The service was excellant and the food was fantastic! Our server, Abel Diaz was able to answer all of our questions on the menu. He was very knowledgeable and knew exactly what everything was and all of the ingredients. Two of the ladies in our party recognized Chef Mauricio Legorreta from a news segment they had seen recently. The chef was kind enough to come to the table many times during our meal and explained the food and how it was made. The guacamole and the queso fundu was great! And all of our entree's were perfectly prepared and tasted amazing! The chef also treated us to a desert of churro's en bolsa and it was so delicious. We had a great experience and will surely be back again! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was simply wonderful! Our waiter was quite lovely and shared his opinions to his favorites. And let's not forget the pomegranate margarita's that were amazing. I will be going back with the rest of the my friends in the near future."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Went for Mother's Day brunch. Restaurant was only about 1/4 full, so expected attentive service. Received wrong menus at first, should have been Brunch menu, got the Dinner menu instead. Ordered the table-side fresh quacamole - took over 20 minutes to arrive and then had to ask for more chips. I thought an empty chip basket would be an indicator that more were needed! Food was tasty, but average for the price point. I ordered one item and was delivered something completely different - however, since I was torn between those 2 when I ordered, I didn't send it back. They gave my wife a complimentary sparkling wine and some truffles for Mother's Day which was a nice touch. $95 for 3 people - could have been better."
    Dined on 5/11/2014