Rosa Mexicano - Union Square
Rosa Mexicano - Union Square

Rosa Mexicano - Union Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com/
  • Phone: 2125333350x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Thursday - Saturday 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Joe Quintana
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Regardless of your party size, Rosa Mexicano is the perfect venue to offer your guests a creative, upscale experience. We offer a full range of catering options: buffet stations, pre fixe menus, family style menus, passed hors d'ouvres, etc. We also offer off-premise catering for groups of all sizes. For Large Party Reservations, please contact Camille Karimzad at 212.835.1739 or email at ckarimzad@rosamexicano.com
  • Entertainment: We offer a television in the bar area. 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: Between 5th and Broadway
  • Public Transit: Union Square Subway (L,N,Q,R,W,4,5,6)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: The closest lot is on 17th between 5th and Broadway
A word from Rosa Mexicano - Union Square
Just blocks away from Manhattan’s lively Union Square, our third New York location provides a warm and vibrant setting for our award-winning authentic Mexican cuisine. Designed by David Rockwell, the restaurant features architectural accents inspired by the late, famed Mexican architect, Luis Barragan. The internally illuminated electric-blue tiled water wall features cliff diver figurines and candles among the cascading water to separate the bar from the main dining room. Warm terracotta and yellow colors with hot pink accents are featured throughout the restaurant as well as traditional, one-of-a-kind Mexican crafts, fabrics and artwork. This combination creates the perfect backdrop for the festive atmosphere and innovative Mexican cuisine of Rosa Mexicano.
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Rosa Mexicano - Union Square reviews from OpenTable diners
310 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (199)special occasion (116)fit for foodies (113)hot spot (97)vibrant bar scene (81)neighborhood gem (80)great for lunch (77)kid-friendly (48)romantic (47)great for brunch (44)late-night find (31)great for outdoor dining (17)notable wine list (8)scenic view (7)Show More
  • Love Rosa Mexicano!
    alidav65
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My husband and I love going to all the Rosa Mexicano restaurants. The margaritas, guacamole and food are always superb. The one near Union Square is no exception. The atmosphere and service were excellent. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yougottaeathere
    ugot2eathere
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    what a great find! the food was Delish. we started with the tortilla soup which is a show in itself. followed by fish tacos, corn on the cob and ice cream. tacos came with rice and beans. frozen pomegranate margaritas were wonderful. watched them make the guacamole for the table next to us. looked amazing - but had no room for it!!! go for it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    RTUES
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Rosa Mexicana never disappoints. Consistently great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LC
    LC85
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Oustanding ambiance and service! Food was good but could be better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as usual...
    scrocchio65
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I've been many times at this restaurant and it is a must go!!! The atmosphere is so nice and Please go earlier to spend a little time to have a drink on the bar. our waiter was so nice and the fresh Guacamole they make right in front of you.... DELICIOUS. Worth any single dollar !!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I like the food and service
    designs
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I am a returning customer. I always like to bring my friends and family to enjoy food and drinks here. Recently I found out the Margarita is tasted lightly. I hope the restaurant can improve it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Had my anniversary at the restaurant and the staff were incredibly helpful with the surprise I had planned. Food was great but it took a little while to get out to our table. Drinks were delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great guacamole
    Miizty
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The best about Rosa Mexicano is their delicious gualamole prepared to your liking at your table. The interior design was nice, but quite cold.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always love coming here
    TatKal
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The restaurant has a great atmosphere, always busy, always efficient staff. Everyone loves the tableside guacamole and the main dishes are good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Mexican food
    RetiredGourmetVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Has a Gluten free menu! The food was outstanding. They accommodate your preferences. I ordered short ribs and they were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food!
    mlw1988
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Decent selection and table-side guacamole is always a plus. Slow, inattentive service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYcGirl75
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Dinner was awesome along with the service and atmosphere! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was not impressed
    Dying2dine
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Ambiance is nice, table side guac was nice but we had to order it twice as they do cut you a bit short. Liked the brown rice. My fajita was cold and that ruined my experience
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Guaca-noisy
    chewsy1
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    On a week night, four people at a table could barely hear each other shout for the noise. Just awful. So avoid Rosa if you've come for normal conversation. But the over-flow, youthful crowd seems oblivious. The guacamole at table was predictably fine and fresh, and all but one entree flavorful and satisfying. The highly recommended short ribs, however, were tough and stringy. Warm churros with 3 dipping sauces were a treat. To best enjoy this place, come at off hours. Too much of a scene, otherwise, for relaxed enjoyment.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very cold
    jensina
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It was very cold inside.I complained several times but they did not do anything about it. The food was good though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter? What waiter?
    yummy
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The restaurant is always reliable, but this time the server let it down. We dined early so the restaurant was not busy. When we needed something we had to track down another waiter. Our waiter was too busy having a long conversation at the host stand with a group of other staff. How long? From the time we received the food until we had to ask another server for the at bill when we were finished. Really?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional even with hitches
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    What a great space and great food. The only draw back was that it was hard to get water, get it refilled and the order seemed to take a long time even though it didn't seem to be that busy. Also , the host at the door was a little clueless. I asked to change our table and he said fine but didn't bother bringing the menus to the new table. Seemed gauche for such a fancy place with such great food. The waiter was outstanding for service and conversation. Really wanted us to enjoy everything. The restaurant was lucky to have such an ambassador!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I love this resturant. There is a great variety of food options as well as drink menu. This is a great spot to go to catch up with friends and enjoy really great Mexican food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another fantastic evening
    LuisVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We just keep coming back. Treated new friends, and their small child, to dinner. From entering the door, and having a dedicated space for carriages, to getting the high chair for the child - nothing was a problem. Everything was delivered with a smile. Great energy and music. Great food - the choices keep getting better! Drinks continue to be awesome. No complaints. Looking forward to our next time at Rosa Union Square.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Bueno
    bizzed4dinner
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The space is beautiful and the food was very good. The tableside guac is de rigueur. We had the Sangria - the small pitcher (20oz) is better than getting 1 glass each, but not as overwhelming as the large pitcher (60oz!). Got about 2 glasses worth each. Get's kind of noisy - but definitely a lively vibe. Desert was a peanut butter thing and a perfect end to the meal. Overall, really good dinner experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love this place!
    heyhillVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food and outstanding service have made me a regular here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Union Square staple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    More children than usual but otherwise great as always. Food was excellent as was service. They should decide if they want to be aimed toward adults or family friendly as it definitely changes the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • disappointing waste of money
    MexicanFoodFoodie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This restaurant was chosen for the food, decor and as a special place to celebrate 2 events for both my good friend and myself. The noise level was so loud we had to shout across the table at one another and still could barely hear ourselves!! Waitress was surly, pushy and visibly annoyed with us, deliberately ignoring us. At one point we even had to ask the hostess to get her, another time one of the staff. The food was a joke - the queso fondue was NOT - it was served in a skillet!? I've had queso fondue before, and this wasn't it. The nachos were soggy as well. Beer was brought in bottles and we actually had to ask for glasses! Then again, wanting to leave and pay the check, but where was it?! First and last time at this place!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as I remember
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    What once was a go to for big celebrations has become an overrated, subpar, overpriced chain. Still beautiful ambiance, if not loud. Sad really.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the best Mexican restaurant in town
    Chefniv
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is not our first time to dine in this beautiful restaurant. The menu is always renew by thier great chef. Great place for kids!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    BarbieGirlVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Love going to this restaurant! The Union Square location is the best. This is my 2 year old granddaughter's favorite restaurant and she is quite the foodie. The staff is so friendly and they go out of their way for kids. The adults love it also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Tex-mex
    Viaggiatore
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Always solid upscale Mexican. Can be a little noisy. Great margaritas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Mexican restaurant
    AlbertoVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I went many time to Rosa Mexicano and I am sure i will continue to go there. The food is authentic Mexican food and very delicious, the services is incredible, all people who work there are amazing and friendly , for me the service is very important to feel like home.The drinks are amazing. I recommend to try the enchiladas with mole and spicy margarita, both are the perfect tips for dinner. Enjoy Rosa Mexicano.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veggie Mix Up
    VeggieEaterVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My vegetarian entree had pork in it. Runner said vegetarian as he placed it down, so the waiter entered it correctly but the kitchen screwed it up somehow. They took it out and brought the correct dish 15 minutes later after my wife had finished eating. Apparently serving meat to a vegetarian or serving entrees 15 minutes apart are no big deal at Rosa, because all I got was an "Sorry about that" along with my full price check. I would have expected a gesture like free dessert to make up for my inconvenience. Also, my coffee took literally 10 minutes to come out. In the end the food was good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anonymous
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Wonderful service. The flowers we ordered were beautiful and a lovely surprise for the birthday girl.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • trendy diner
    trendydinerVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Wow! This place is quite impressive. I went there for the first time on a gilt coupon and had a fabulous time. This is my new favorite mexican restaurant. The dishes are amazing especially the beef taco with truffle oil!! Definitely will be going back and would recommend this place! The service was also very good as the waitress was quite attentive and did not rush us out the door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexi-Feast
    BarryBVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I love this place. The margaritas are so good. Food is always tasty. The table-side guacamole made to your personal taste is the best!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexican dinner
    Gaetano83
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I recommend this place to everybody..really good quality of food really good service and price is in the average of restaurantes likes that..take the guacamole salad.so good..they will prepare it in front of you!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Of course the guacamole is always the best in the city, but the rest of the experience is equally as enjoyable. In a city that has few upscale Mexican restaurants, this place is a sure win. As a side note - I'm happy to see that they have finally expanded their frozen margarita offerings to 4 flavors!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trying to be fancy/authentic
    Fitzy0131
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food wasn't anything special and very pricy. The room was loud so it was hard to hear. The bar area is nice for after work drinks.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always Satisfying
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I dont often dine at Rosa Mexicano but every time I do the ambiance, food, service and drinks are all satisfactory. The only time I experienced something that was unsatisfactory was when I tried the Modelo Sangrita for the first time - not what I expected. But that will not deter me from another visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced and bland
    review
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Was so disappointed with Rosa Mexicano. The drinks were terrible, the food was bland, and everything was way too expensive. Service was great and space was lovely, so a shame about the food & drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over Priced
    krypt0rg
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    $13 for a margarita seems way too much. We ordered the chicken enchiladas covered in creamy sauce. After eating them, my stomach started bloating and I could barely walk. They are very heavy. I will prolly try the tacos next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Guacamole made in front of you!
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great for groups. Good service. Great after work bar scene too.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as every time
    HungryCouple
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Everything was just fine, thanks for the great food and service. Always nice to come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.