Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor
Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor

Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com/
  • Phone: (301) 567-1005
  • 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
79 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (47)good for groups (34)fit for foodies (28)special occasion (25)great for outdoor dining (25)great for lunch (24)hot spot (17)romantic (12)great for brunch (9)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (6)neighborhood gem (6)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    As countless others have written (on Yelp, OpenTable, etc.), there's just no bang for your buck here. 15 dollars for guacamole? I suppose it wouldn't be so bad if there were more than one avocado, but there isn't more than one. And that's an inexcusable mark up. As for the entrees, like the guacamole the flavors are mostly fine, but when you pay 16 dollars for vegetable tacos and the majority of the entree is simply rice and beans... again, inexcusable. I counted 4 halves of brussels sprouts and 2 asparagus stalks. The rest? Mostly just mushy and inexpensive root vegetables. So where's the value here? And more importantly, where's the nutrition? In any case, my issue (as it is worth many other people) is not with the service. They all were friendly and attentive. The issue is with the ridiculous mark up on the menu items. No doubt this is the result of being located at National Harbor, but it nevertheless is off-putting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RM, nice atmosphere, food needs more spice.
    Swanson
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We made dinner reservations online with Open Table and stated it was for a Birthday celebration for a family member, but no one asked when we arrived. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and deco of the restaurant, but the lighting was a bit too dim for me. We started with the Guacamole Dip (mild & spicy) which was very good. I ordered the Baja Fish Tacos which were rather bland, not much flavor, but I did enjoy the side bowls of black beans, rice and plantains. My family members seemed to enjoy their entree's, only one wished she had ordered the enchilada with chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We felt rushed.
    Specialnightout
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Lunch here was a great experience. Dinner felt rushed. They never offered to bring more of the "family style" sides.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Save Your Money
    Dargan
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Rosa Mexicano is waaaaay too expensive for mediocre Mexican food. While the location and view are extraordinary, the food is anything but. Service was good, but the drinks are too expensive: $11.00 for a margarita at lunch time (or anytime for that matter) served in a very small non-margarita glass is unbelievable! Lunch with a margarita, plus tax and tip, comes in around $38.00. Add to that $9.00 for parking and you have a very expensive outing for a very disappointing experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place , very good service .
    Lhuiz
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    When we arrived is little noise place , horrible music for the bar , But the service is wonderful, smiling employees, food great, and espectacular food.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downhill from a year ago
    Mike
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I haven't been here for a little while due to being out of the area, but boy have they changed. Sometimes change is good, but none of their change is. They raised the price of their most popular margarita (the frozen pomegranate), they got rid of several of their (in my opinion) best items, and they no longer have some of their better beers such as the Rogue Juniper pale ale. Getting rid of the scallop and pork belly tacos was a huge mistake as was the duck enchiladas. The nachos are nowhere near as delicious as they used to be even though the menu describes them to be the same and still calls them "hand cut". This is such a shame because we were really looking forward to having Rosa's back in our lives, but we will have to search elsewhere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super Food/Overwhelmed Staff
    Wanda
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    It hardly seems fair, but I have to say that it would be good if the service matched the food. The reason it hardly seems fair is that the lunch time crowd was probably three times the usual size! That said, a more sophisticated and experienced staff would have handled it better. I'll definitely try another Rosa Mexicano, as the food was quite special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great views, Great food
    chollie
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    A bit pricey but a great view and good food. Good variety on the menu - food and drinks. Flank steak special was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big groups aren't good for others
    Eat3
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Excellent food with interesting recipes, very nice ambience, and very good service when our server wasn't pre-occupied with his table of 20. It's a poor management decision to assign a server to a big group table and also to a table for 2.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS A WINNER!
    Gino
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We've been there many times. This occasion was her birthday, she specifically picked Rosa Mexicano! Service is always professional and friendly. Great view of the Inner Harbor. Always crowded because it is so good! Make a reservation! Highest recommendation!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    FoodiefromDCVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Rosa Mexicano is by far the best restaurant at National Harbor. The food was great and the flavors were very authentic. The portions aren't large but you will definitely leave satisfied. I would recommend the frozen pomegranate margaritas, the guacamole, the Pollo Pibil and the enchiladas. Will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Night Out!
    Datenyte
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My husband requested dinner at Rosa Mexicano for his birthday outing and we had a great time. Guacamole was awesome! It was like a party in a bowl when it arrive at our table! Skinny margaritas were fabulous! Feeling a little tipsy, I spilled water on my husband trying to give him my glass after he ate one of those hot green peppers (for garnish) that we were warned about from our waiter. Took his mind off the burning sensation! 😛
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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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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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE
    KevinVIP
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1084 reviews are from the Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor reviews archive.
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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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    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.
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    scenic view
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    • 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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  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.