Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor
Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor

Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com/
  • Phone: 3015671005x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Friday - Saturday 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Andre Meza
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our Cactus room and Potomac Patio can hold parties for large groups and smaller more intimate parties. Our restaurant has gorgeous views of the Potomac River that make any occasion extra special. Off - premise catering is also available. For Large Party Reservations, please contact our Catering Manager, Kaye Newsome, at 301.567.1005 or knewsome@rosamexicano.com for more information and pricing.
  • 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: 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

  • Public Transit: Metro bus line picks up from the Southern Avenue rail station, Indian Head Hwy & Southern Ave(DC line),Oxon Hill Park & Ride Lot and St. George Blvd. & Waterfront St. (National Harbor)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking garage is available with rates of $2.00 for the first hour and $3.00 for 1-3 hours.
A word from Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor
In 1984, Rosa Mexicano set a new standard for Mexican cuisine when it first opened on the upper east side of 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 stylish and festive ambiance that includes an illuminated water wall.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (44)great for outdoor dining (28)fit for foodies (22)good for groups (22)great for lunch (21)special occasion (19)hot spot (12)great for brunch (8)romantic (7)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (6)neighborhood gem (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Rosa's delivers
    cindersailVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    What an excellent evening. The food was high quality, super fresh and prepared in the authentic manner of true Mexican flavors. I ordered a Hanger steak perfectly cooked medium that was juicy,and loaded with extra flavor from marinating. On the plate with the steak was simple cheese enchilada that was utterly delicious with a warm cheesy interior and a mild ranchero sauce. Every dish came to us piping hot and beautifully seasoned. We can readily reccomend Rosa's in both National Harbor .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Get the Table Side Quac
    Rosemontman
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I love this restaurant. Not just this location but the one next to Verizon Center as well. This is a great location overlooking the Potomac river. Food is always good. Atmosphere is great. Staff always helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our waiter was prompt and attentive. I had the crab enchiladas. I asked if I could have them made with flour tortillas instead of corn. They were amazing!!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    Travel4ever62
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Enjoyed the view of the Ferris wheel and great food. Have to get the table side guacamole....it was terrific. One person had the mahi mahi and it was good. Another had stacked cheesey chicken enchiladas (called something else) and they were excellent. I had basically skewered chicken and it was fair, fairly dry but the plantains more than made up for it. If you're in national harbor, this is a great choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hpycouple
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Went to Rosa last night for an anniversary dinner. Our waiter was great. very friendly and gave great suggestions on what entrees to get. We had the pomegranate margarita and white sangria. both were good and on the strong side. For our meals we got ceviche, carna asada tacos, chicken flutas and mahi mahi tacos appetizer. Liked everything but the ceviche. it tasted bland. Wouldnt really go here for a date night again. Its more of a family/friend dinner place and not so intimate. only other complaint would be the food is pricey for what it is.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good Mexican in National Harbor
    Dani9269
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The guacamole and mango chili margarita were to die for. I was very disappointed in the ceviche.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good guacamole
    MelderVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The menu wasn't very exciting, but the food was of decent quality, and the table-side guacamole was pretty good. It was clean and the service was fine, nothing negative to say, but not exceptional either.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Attagirl
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The food here is really good. My friends loved it and we all thought more authentic than most Mexican restaurants!! Guacamole is a must try!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE
    Kevin
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    OUR FIRST DINNER EXPERIENCE TO NATIONAL HARBOR , I FOUND ROSA MEXICANO ON OPEN TABLES AND LOOKED AT SOME OF THE REVIEWS- IT WAS GREAT FRONM START TO FINISH, FOOD AND SERVICE WERE TOP NOTCH AND THE VIEW OF THE HARBOR WAS ICING ON THE CAKE
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never again!
    mustfindfood
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I don't usually write reviews but this is an exception. I am very dissatisfied with this restaurant. There were 5 in my dinner party & only one person enjoyed the meal (salmon). Two of us ordered crab enchiladas which were horrible. The green sauce poured over the enchilada was so over powering that the crab was barely recognizable in flavor. The other plates were the fish taco & the three enchilada dinner (again, the sauce was so overpowering and far too much of it). For such terrible food, the cost was so overpriced. The total meal was $195 with 1 non alcoholic & 1 alcoholic drink, & 2 desserts (the best thing the whole evening). I don't mind paying $200 for a meal, but not with food this bad. However, I will say, service was excellent.
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  • Great gluten free options
    arbucloVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My friend is gluten free and she had an amazing selection of dishes to choose from. I really like that their menu sports interesting Mexican dishes that you don't get everywhere. Food is very tasty too, the most important part.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Mexicana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Dining here was a good experience. Guacamole prepared at the table was excellent because the preparer paid attention to our likes and dislikes. Service was fast, friendly and efficient. Food was delicious and beautifully plated. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Review.
    Steelerman
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great food, nice view. Not enough attention from the waitress.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Service and Food
    RBmom
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We has a great time. The server was outstanding in explaining the menu and suggestions to several people in our group who had never been to Rosa.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed very much
    Herpgirl
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food, service, location and ambiance were all wonderful. No complaints. Really loved the guacamole!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Took my girlfriend
    Jaydee
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I took my girlfriend cause it's her favorite restaurant and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fufi
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I had such a great experience, specially because our waitres knew a lot about the food and gave us great recommendations from appetizers to desert!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUMMY
    jrae
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Baja fish tacos are amazing. Drinks are awesome. Call ahead to make sure you don't have to wait for a table!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anita
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Definitely, comfortable dining at Rosa Mexicano. We had a lovely lunch. The service was very good & friendly. The guacamole appetizer made at the table was very nice, but nothing out of the ordinary. I had the tres enchiladas for my main meal. They were tasty, but again, nothing out of the ordinary. Pricey lunch!!!! But a great view~
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long lunch
    RKSpringfield
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Two co-workers and I went to Rosa Mexicano for lunch at the end of a conference at National Harbor. We weren't in a big rush, but we did have to return to the office that afternoon. Our menu selections were pretty simple -- two of us had chicken quesadillas and one had a beef backrib enchilada -- no drinks, no appetizers. The restaurant was busy enough but not packed; however, it took a very long time for our food to be prepared. The meals were prepared well; the enchilada was nicely seasoned, and I heard no complaints about the quesadillas. The sides of rice and beans were served family style, which is a good idea since not everyone likes one or both of them.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I've never had a bad experience at this Rosa Mexicana. It's always a good choice when deciding to eat out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our group of four had a super time.
    BikeAndBrunch
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We've been here before, and as usual the service and the food are exceptional. We appreciated in particular the knowledgeable advice from our server about what was available that day. Looking forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Atmospher
    Foodforthesoul
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Food was surprisingly good. Really enjoyed the guacamole and ceviche. The braised short ribs were tender and full of flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1080 reviews are from the Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor reviews archive.
  • I would highly recommend!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This was my first visit and I will return again and let my friends know.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night
    Mmmgood
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Good price for great view and great food. Guacamole is a must.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    amooreVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Food was bland and uninteresting. Paid 14 dollars for two very small cheese enchiladas. Won't go here again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So - So lunch
    Glenn
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    First let me say if you're planning to go to a Rosa Mexacano in the DC area I'd definitely would go to the branch by the Verizon Center rather than National Harbor. My wife & I have been there twice for lunch recently. The food is average at best. Unfortunately the service at this branch is extremely slow and has a trend of getting worse. In both occasions the wait staff kept us waiting after we were seated and then after we received our food never once came back to check on us. We also had to wait an inordinate long time to get our check. Its lucky the restaurant is located in such a tourist spot as NH or no one would visit it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Birthday with Guacamole
    Cubfan
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The bottomless guac at the bar during Happy Hour is the way to start an evening celebration. After downing 3 volcanic rock bowl servings of freshly made guacamole, accompanied with as many margaritas, we proceeded into the restaurant for a light dinner. Great view of the river and the new ferris wheel at National Harbor. A word about the margaritas: the signature pomegranate ones are excellent but over-priced; the house margaritas are sensibly priced during happy hour, very good, but under-sized. Skip the premium margaritas, just not worth the increased cost. We will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place to connect
    Bee2
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    When meeting with friends or family in the area, we always stop at Rosa's. Great food, great view, and centrally located, just across the bridge from Alexandria.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    Lovemesomefood33VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Food is good, a bit overpriced so be prepared to spend a few extra bucks..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, lovely view
    AWaldorfDiner
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed an early lunch there on our anniversary. We sat at table in the window overlooking the pier at National Harbor. Beautiful ambiance! The guacamole "at your table" was fun and delicious. We each had a tequila from the amazing tequila list, and it complemented the food beautifully. A special treat were the pork taco "carnitas" which were beautifully presented and delicious on the homemade corn tortillas. It was quiet when we were there, but I suspect it gets a little more dynamic later. I would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ShelliVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Orlando, our Server, was absolutely fantastic! Bar area is very comfortable and the scenery was great. Guacamole and great service.... Winner all day!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Find
    Georgiagirl
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had a fantastic time at Rosa Mexicano at National Harbor. This is our meeting place when we come to National Harbor on vacation. The food is so delicious and the Guac just amazing as it is made fresh just the way one likes it.... The best part about this place is the wonderful people that work here. Orlando and Matty in the bar area are just the most amazing Servers and they are almost like family ! I cannot wait to go back again in a few months.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always great service and food
    Ricknoonan
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    we've been here many times, and have always had a nice experience. recently dined there with a group, reservation for six, and we had 10 with us, they were able to accommodate without fuss. fish taco's are my favorite, along with the spicy guacamole made table side.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can I just get the guac
    DCLadybug
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Love Rosa's. Usually go to the downtown location but ended up at National Harbor for a work lunch event. What's not to like the margaritas and guac are amazing. They never disappoint. The service was only fair but overall the experience was good. I would go back again, but have to remember the portion sizes are HUGE!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view - so so food
    AlexDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Went expecting good Mexican food but was very disappointed. Restaurant was crowded with convention attendees and huge group waiting. After our experience - wondered why. Noise level was painful thanks to high ceilings and hard surfaces. But we were there for the food...and left wondering what the positive reviews were based on. While one diner's plates were attractive, the food lacked flavor. The other diner? A hot (rather cold) mess. First dish returned to kitchen because it was cold - heating it didn't improve it...too much tomatillo sauce and cilantro. High points were server, view and salsa.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wait staff amazing
    jahd
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The best way to describe the wait staff is their attention to detail. They seem to have been trained well and know just the right time to come to the table to assist.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed at Rosa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Not quite there. Food was OK. Training a server, left some gaps. With all the great Mexican alternatives not likely to return any time soon.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Mexican food
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Rosa Mexicano is one of our favorite restaurants in National Harbor. We ate there twice during our four day stay (and did the same thing last year)! Has great food, wonderful guacamole made table side, and tasty drinks. I recommend the mango chili margarita. Also has a lovely view. Wish they had a Rosa Mexicano near us.
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  • Splendid Mexican Evening.
    TrussyVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Went for a family meal, with my wife and two girls (13 & 10), had a booth inside, they have a really nice deck which looks like a great spot on a nice day. Mexican food is popular with my family and we've eaten in a lot of Mexican restaurants. This is right up there with the best - great spot, service was pretty much perfect and the food was enjoyed by the whole family - I had carnitas tacos and they were probably the best I'd ever had, the kids had chicken tacos, which they really liked - although maybe more Mexican dishes on the kids menu would have been good. Their specialities -the hand made guacamole was a nice bit of theater and the margaritas were splendid.
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