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: Antonio Contreras
  • 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.

    FESTIVAL DE HELADOS | JULY 31-AUG 24
    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

  • 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
62 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (39)great for outdoor dining (27)fit for foodies (19)special occasion (18)good for groups (17)great for lunch (17)hot spot (12)romantic (9)neighborhood gem (6)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • 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
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 1072 reviews are from the Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Event Gone Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I booked a reservation for my friend's birthday dinner. Everything was top notch! One of the best parts was the customer service. We ended up having a few more people commit after the reservation was made. While most restaurants would not want to accommodate you especially on a Saturday night, Shawn was excellent in helping make the adjustments. There was no problem, no stress, and no attitude about the last minute change. My friend had a wonderful birthday and all in attendance enjoyed themselves. You have to get the table side guacamole! The only downside was that it took a while to get both rounds of our drinks we order but the food did come out rather quickly. I def would have no problems recommending to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Great Margaritas!
    Dawn
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I've always had a great experience dining at Rosa Mexicano no matter the location (DC or National Harbor). The food is great and the margaritas are even better! The one at National Harbor has indoor and outdoor dining options in nice weather with a great view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!!
    Mary3108
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The weather was horrible that day, windy, rainy, snowing, cold but we love this place the food was delicious, great service amd in a normal day you can enjoy a beautiful view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    Carmen
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    First time at this Rosa Mexicano. The guacamole needed more seasoning. When entrée arrived part of it was cold. I told Pablo who brought out another portion but by that time didn't want any more food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went to Rosa Mexicano for
    foodlover
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We went to Rosa Mexicano for Restaurant Week. The deal included 3 items -- your choice of an entree, an appetizer, a dessert, or a beverage -- for $35. All in all, it was a pretty good deal! We paid $7 extra to get guacamole as one of our appetizers -- certainly glad we did it! We also got pomegranate margaritas. While they may seem small when they get to your table, you'll see the value once you take a sip -- there was no skimping on alcohol! The only part of our meals that we weren't impressed with were the cheese enchiladas. They weren't bad, just nothing to write home about. The decor and ambiance were top notch and the service was incredible! Would consider coming back if in the area, but not make the drive specifically.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, good for groups, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent product.
    JAIME
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Always excellent food & drinks at reasonable prices. We'll always recommend both National Harbor and Washington DC locations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The fixed menu had a limited variety. We were four in our party of which two ordered from the pre-set menu. The guacomole was a hit! Food was good and our server was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Guacamole from Heaven
    Jillysea
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We used Open Table to make our reservation 2 days ahead &I'm glad we did. We were seated right on time even w/the 1.5 hr wait for those w/out reservations. We were seated in literally the BEST seat in the entire restaurant,a corner table overlooking the harbor. Our waiter immediately offered the well-known table side guacamole. It was out of this world! My husband and I both ordered Mojitos which were also excellent. We shared a Mexican Caesar (delicious spicy croutons) & crab enchiladas. The enchiladas themselves were delicious but the were covered in a cilantro sauce which overpowered the crab meat. We ended up scraping it off & enjoying the enchiladas w/out the sauce. The beans &rice were also scrumptious. Everything was timely&so good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Good food and great drinks. Lively environment makes for a good time, but you need a reservation because its always a full house. I wish they took reservations for groups greater than 7.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.