Rosa Mexicano - Riverside Square
Rosa Mexicano - Riverside Square

Rosa Mexicano - Riverside Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com/
  • Phone: (201) 489-9100
  • 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: Josh Paige
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For Large Party Reservations, please contact Sophie Ball, sball@rosamexicano.com or 212.835.1740
  • 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

  • Cross Street: Route 4
  • Public Transit: Bus 756 Fort Lee (exact fare, $5.55) to Hackensack Ave and Commerce Square, walk to The Shops at Riverside Square straight on Hackensack Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are designated 10 minute pick up parking spots for Take Out as well as many parking spaces near the restaurant.
A word from Rosa Mexicano - Riverside Square
Our first Rosa Mexicano to open in New Jersey is located at The Shops at Riverside in Bergen County. The 160-seat restaurant features a spacious bar and lounge area, as well as outdoor and private dining options. Under the creative direction of architect and designer Timothy Higgins, the décor features vibrant colors such as vivid pink, deep maroon, rich butterscotch and warm yellow. Traditional craftwork and adornments include Oaxacan wood carvings of mythical animals, custom wax-dipped artwork, Mayan Indian textiles, and folk art masks. Tortillas are fresh-made on-site at a station featuring colorful tiles and a hammered copper hood. Through the unique designs and cuisine, all will encounter an authentic Mexican experience at Rosa Mexicano.
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Rosa Mexicano - Riverside Square reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (21)fit for foodies (19)romantic (12)special occasion (12)hot spot (11)great for lunch (11)vibrant bar scene (11)kid-friendly (8)neighborhood gem (8)great for outdoor dining (5)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (4)late-night find (4)Show More
  • Great Mexican
    1njgalVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Always a nice dining experience. ..love the guacamole prepared table side. Enjoy The Shrimp entree. . excellent Margarita. A great place to stop after a day of shopping at Riverside Mall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, rushed service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I like rosa Mexicano. The pomegranate margarita is great. The food is also very good. My only complaint is that the service felt rushed even though it wasn't too busy. The main course came out right as they were clearing the guacamole and the waitress was grabbing our glasses before we were done with our drinks most likely hoping we were going to order more. Overall it was a good night out.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Rave About Rosa...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Rosa Mexicano is very special to my husband Mark and I, it has been our favorite since our dating days and was where we dined the night of our engagement! The atmosphere, service, and gourmet Mexican cuisine never disappoint and we always delight in bringing new friends here and see it become a favorite for them with each sip of their signature pomegranate margarita, watching and then partaking in table-side guacamole (btw: it's always nice to tip your maker, he's created an experience for your table and made to your specifications:), every bite of their delicious entrée and of course a decadent dessert right before our eyes! It's simply THE BEST!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • zService was great
    Rodisgirl
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food was good, but the service was great. Everyone was so nice!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rosa Mexicano
    DMCTVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We went here for brunch, which I've had there before and enjoyed, but apparently they don't serve brunch anymore. Instead I had a tortilla soup and fish tacos. The chicken in the soup didn't taste fresh and the fish was very fried and greasy in the tacos. I've had great meals here before though, so I won't completely bash it, but I won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Upscale Mexican
    Tank
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    More upscale Mexican, with some unusual twists. Part of shopping center with many other restaurants.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding service!!!!!
    Jenjen
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Food was good but the services was outstanding , our waitress was not only sweet , and courteous she was very knowledgeable of every dish we asked questions about . The chef was outstanding , he created a tasty dish for us after what we order was no longer available , but the best part was that they didn't tell us anything about it ! the waitress came with this great dish and informed us of what happened . That was such a great touch of class . Will go back again . Thanks for a great experience
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service excellent
    vjoneVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My waiter was engaging and awesome. he had great suggestions and recommendations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rosa Mexicano
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We met on Saturday night with friends. The restaurant was very energetic, interactive. They sat us at a nice table up on the raised area. We were in the middle of all the action, but yet still felt that we had our privacy. The food and service were excellent. The manager Paul came to our table and welcomed us. Although it was our first time there, we felt like "family". Paul brought us over dessert at the end of our meal compliments of the house. It was a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • holy guacamole
    4Foodandwine
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    was my first time at the restaurant and I totally enjoyed it will definitely be going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican Food
    1njgalVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This restaurant is consistently good…love the avocado appetizer! The shrimp entree is also excellent. Margaritas delicious!! We enjoy the outside doing area weather permitting. Great location…at Riverside Square.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bob's review
    BobbyG
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Always enjoy the food. I try something different each time and always pleased. Can't beat the Guacamole for a starter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent!
    SuzeshoesVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our thanks to the hardworking staff who work so hard to provide an exceptional dining experience! You feel well taken care of as you dine on the tastiest fare! Loved the tableside prepared guacamole and the pomegranate margaritas! The chefs special cerviche appetizer with truffle oil was delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeterD
    PeterDVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This restaurant used to be a favorite, but they have changed the menu a couple times and taken off several favorite food and cocktail items. Their guacamole made at the table has typically been amazing most vistas, but this time was just okay. The chili relleno was very good. The service, which has historically been a highlight of Rosa was vey poor on this visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure!
    citypsyche
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I've never had a bad experience at Rosa Mexicano, at any location. The most fun part of any meal there is the guacamole, made-to-order right at your table. Fun to watch and delicious, and the server will make it hot or not, according to your preference. The restaurant feels spacious, the booths are comfortable, and while the bar scene is lively you can be seated far enough away to not feel bothered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best guacamole!!!
    campmom22VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Rosa Mexicano is really good. They offer finer Mexican food, and their guacamole is outrageous - made at the table fresh. Another great feature is a gluten free menu for those of us who cannot have gluten. We have been several times and plan to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frequent Visitors
    ToineVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We frequent the restaurant quite often; it's our favorite Mexican restaurant. We travel 45 minutes for this restaurant, and it's well worth it. The service is always impeccable and friendly. You cannot go to Rosa and not have their fresh Guacamole. They come to your table and make it table side. They will make it exactly to your liking. For us, that means no tomatoes, and extra cilantro. We have tried many of their dishes, and they have all been equally good. Some of our favorites are the Tablones (short ribs), the chicken tacos, and the Costilla de Res Enchiladas. Even their Caesar Salad is delicious, with a bit of a Mexican twist. We highly recommend this restaurant to all our friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican food
    FoodieDanVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I really enjoy going here.. the mango drink is great!!! The guacamole is actually my favorite!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable experience
    Ang1459
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great service and food! Drinks were very good too! Overall a good find close to home , near the mall :)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 512 reviews are from the Rosa Mexicano - Riverside Square reviews archive.
  • Great time
    fishingfoul
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everything was perfect, outstanding service. The only thing was I think who ever washed the cilantro that day missed a bit of sand. Guacamole and rice had some grit. I have been in food industry 30 years and know this can happen and did not really bother me that much but other patrons might not feel the same way. Overall will definitely be back. The margaritas rocked!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great guacamole
    Stace
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I are always looking for good restaurants with Gluten Free Menus and this restaurant is one of them. We have been there a couple times and always get a good meal. They also make guacamole right at your table, so you can decide how spicy it is.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Outstanding margaritas. Fresh tortillas were delicious as was the chile relleno and tacos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Old time favorite will definitely return. Great for groups.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great management!
    Vbustamove
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Thank you to Paul and staff, my fiance's birthday was a hit! We were pleasantly surprised with an awesome table set up, the sombreros, and the awesome "cake". You went above and beyond our expectations and made our experience truly special. PS- Guacamole was amazing...so fresh.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised by the quality & service
    amylynneVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Chain restaurants aren't always known for high quality and innovative menu selections but Rosa Mexicano delighted with the yes it may be corny but it's superb make at the table guacamole, followed by ceviche tacos and the taco specials that are on a par with Manhatta's finest and trendiest taco cucinas. Meats and fishes that fill the tacos are the freshest and highest quality, service is friendly without being cloying, the choices of tequilas and the ability to get flights of tequila all make this a place fit for foodies as well as those who simply want to ramp up their Mexican dining experience. Come to Manhattan or visit in New Jersey, Rosa Mexicano proves that gourmet Mexican food is right here, right now.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicous as Always
    MrsWoods122014VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Rosa Mexican is a staple for when my fiancé And I are in the mood for Mexican. The food is guaranteed to be delicious and the guacamole is always made to perfection! The service is great as well, very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mexican outpost in mall
    lfreckle27
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Three of us went here to celebrate a birthday on a Saturday night @ 6:30. Once seated, the waitress efficiently asked for our drink order. We decided on a pitcher of sangria and she attentively served it throughout the meal. We had the guacamole dip, not outstanding but nice touch. We each ordered a different dish, fish tacos, brisket and pulled pork tacos. Only the pulled pork was disappointing, a little dry. Without even a reminder, except for what I wrote on my Open Table reservation, the staff came out with a cupcake and candle for the birthday boy. We finished off with Mexican doughnuts, which were excellent! Parking is fine as long as you park in the garage (not a problem!)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SledgeBrother
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My wife and I had a very good dinner and experience. The staff was polite and attentive. We have recommended the place to our friends and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Rancheros
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Interesting, tasty recipes. Extensive tequila menu is fun. Our service was very attentive. We enjoyed our evening (and the leftovers the next day!) We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RyanTP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I gave the food 3 stars simply because of the guacamole, that was delicious. The actual meal was ok, I've definitely had better Mexican food, especially at this price point. The location is in riverside square mall which tends to be on the higher end, wish the food followed suit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Servicable
    Whitebread
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    It is a chain; the food is adequate. For authentic Mexican food, visit El Bandido.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BobbyG's
    BobbyG
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I am always satisfied with food quality and service. It is a favorite of mine for it's diversified menu and you can't miss out on the fresh made Guacamole at tableside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My happy place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We are regulars at rosa but it was a special treat for cinco de mayo. Our server was outstanding and recommended the special holiday menu. We had our favorites, guacamole, enchiladas, with an added bonus of Flautas, and Churros for dessert. Exceptional! Add a full pitcher of sangria and that's all you need for a happy Monday! Thanks Rosa Mexicano!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rosa Mexicana - Jersey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Enjoyed the NJ experience of Rosa Mexicana. one of my favorite places in Manhattan, this suburban version did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant at Riverside!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Rosa Mexicano has become my new favorite at Riverside Square. A cozy, inviting room, outstanding food and great service! A fantastic evening! THANKS!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent
    DugganVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We love Rosa Mexicano! The food is consistently good and so is the service. Lovely ambience. Fabulous margaritas and guacamole. Little known fact: vegetarians can feast here, too.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unica Margaritas are sensational
    SimpleDinerVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We go for the guacamole and the margaritas. The dinners are excellent too. This last experience was a little disappointing because the entrees came as we were taking our first tastes of the guacamole. Suddenly everything was on the table. We felt very rushed. I had the baja tacos which were excellent. Husband had some sort of layered chicken dish that also looked yummy. Salsa should be better for a restaurant of this quality but the chips are crisp and salty and don't taste greasy and the entrees are fresh and bright.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kitchen problems
    mrwineVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    A dish we both ordered came out partially filled and never arrived despite my complaints. The manager apologized and said the chef screwed up but he did take the cost of the two items off the bill.
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  • Great menu
    KenParamus
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We were very impressed with the gluten free and other special diet offerings. The service was excellent, the food tasty and the atmosphere fine for a casual night out. The only suggestion would be to improve the bar which provided us with some poorly mixed drinks.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gets My Vote
    teach29
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I'm a frequent visitor at Rosa Mexicano, both Lincoln Center and the Riverside Mall. Often times my husband and I go for the guac and the signature margarita during happy hour and other times we go with friends and family for dinner and lunch. They never disappoint. Service is exceptional and so are the different entrées.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.