Rosa Mexicano - DC
Rosa Mexicano - DC

Rosa Mexicano - DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com/
  • Phone: 2027835522x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Friday - Saturday 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Sunday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Steve Lukis
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, 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: We offer a full range of catering options: buffet stations, pre fixe menus, family style menus, passed hors d'ouvres, etc. For Large Party Reservations, please contact: Janice L. Conner at jconner@rosamexicano.com or 202.783.5522 for more information.
  • 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

  • Cross Street: F Street NW
  • Public Transit: Gallery Place - Chinatown
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available daily for dinner only. Garage parking available Monday to Saturday as space permits.
A word from Rosa Mexicano - DC
Directly across from the Verizon Center, Rosa Mexicano has been serving classic Mexican cuisine for over 20 years. Try the famous guacamole, prepared tableside, & sip a frozen pomegranate margarita while enjoying the festive, stylish and comfortable ambiance.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Rosa Mexicano - DC reviews from OpenTable diners
257 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (88)fit for foodies (81)special occasion (67)great for lunch (67)hot spot (58)vibrant bar scene (58)neighborhood gem (50)great for outdoor dining (44)romantic (24)kid-friendly (21)great for brunch (21)late-night find (18)scenic view (15)notable wine list (6)Show More
  • Dry chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was terrible!!! Chicken was hard as a rock and dry. They ran out of shrimp and the manager just offered something else and walked away.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very slow service
    Rh1968
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our server was not very attentive which caused our time at the restaurant to be much longer than needed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Good As It Gets
    OpsimathVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I have been dining at Rosa Mexicano since it first opened in NYC thirty years ago and the food is still divine after all these years. Mexican cuisine here receives the most creative and professional treatment imaginable, superb ingredients, brilliant preparation, friendly and attentive service. Always a delight. From the now classic pomegranate margarita and hand prepared guacamole to the redolent mole, no place better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • overall experience
    Rich
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Wait staff were attentive and very accommodating. Food was excellent. An excellent experience all around.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good Mexican
    dc2london
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    the food and service are always good; it's a little loud and trying to accomplish a lunch "hour" can be difficult, but when you're in the mood for good Mexican food, it's a great choice
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food & margaritas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was amazing and the drinks were just perfect for a meal before a concert. We had a reservation, didn't have any wait, left in perfect time for the show. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    Mojo
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent service! The waiter was extremely friendly and helpful...and always close by when we needed something. The food was very good and we had a great time as always at Rosa Mesicano!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Mexican in DC
    MattyVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Overall the food was very good. Service was a bit spotty but oveall fine. There seemed to be a bit of an attitude when my friend asked the bill be split. Would return and plan on it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Kids lov Guacamole.
    imworden
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    If you love Mexican food, then you'll love Rosa Mexicana.. Margaritas were Amazing and the kids had a blast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Compliments to the chef, the food is fantastic. The bartenders are very nice and provide excellent service. The host stand is unwelcoming and not professional.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunchieVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Great spot for Business lunches & dinners. Also great for after work beverage - a great selection of both
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Guacamole must be ordered!
    MaliceInWonderland
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    At Rosa Mexicano, one must indulge in the treat that is the guacamole made table side. The freshness, ingredients, and overall presentation are a must for any visit to this establishment. Extremely knowledgeable staff as well. Excellent mixologists tending the bar. Overall a pure pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night spot
    DPW1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was great. The service was good. My husband and I had a great date night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Mexican
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We always go to Rosa Mexicano when we attend theatre nearby. Pricey (for Mexican) but always very good. The tableside guacamole preparation is fun to watch even if it's for someone else, and the cheese enchiladas are terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar service bad
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We are at the bar -- big mistake. There were only 2 groups of 2 at the bar and yet the service was bad, they forgot to bring items we ordered and were generally uninterested in the fact that we were there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Delicious
    Silverla
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I've been a fan of Rosa Mexicano since it opened in NYC in the 80's. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced Mexican food
    Lauranapiranha
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Overall had a good experience. Chose the 3 course option, food was tasty. Service was slow and unable to understand how to accommodate guacamole requests.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I've have been to RM plenty of times and the service and food is always great but this time it was just ok. My chicken quesadilla was kind of dry and I had to ask twice to get some sour cream.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service
    nannerVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I have eaten at this restaurant several times and was excited to be taking my husband for his first visit. We ate outside since it was a lovely evening. I don't know if our waiter was new or just bad, but we had to flag him down to take our order and it went downhill from there. He brought the wrong entrée to my husband, who then had to wait for almost 15 minutes to get the right one. The waiter forgot to bring another glass of sangria also. The food was great and the guacamole was inspired! However, my husband said that he would never return due to the bad service. I love the food and will be back and hope the service improves...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Nice Birthday Gathering
    TJSwan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We took my mother to RM because she is in love (and rightfully so) with the guacamole, and it was right on time. Honestly, the food was good, although there was nothing that stood out as a gold-medal winner. But would I go again? Definitely. Their drinks are fantastic, and the server we had was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laguna
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. Love the chicken and steak tacos. And the guac is amazing. Fun atmosphere. The night we went service was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    MsPicky
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    First time here, I will however say I was impressed. The service was great had reservations for 6:45 pa arrived early and was seated immediately. The waitress was awesome, she was able to recommend great dishes and drinks. The ambience is great for a romantic date.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite
    DPW1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My husband and I go there often and have a great experience every time. The food and service are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost its lustre
    DCO3VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This used to be one of my favorite restaurants in the area, but in recent years it's gone way down hill. The food is flavorless, the service is completely absent, and the prices are still high.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Used to be MUCH better
    Yani
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Rosa Mexicano food quality has diminished over the years. I used to be a huge fan and was looking forward to Restaurant Week. It was sadly disappointed. The waiter was excellent but the food left much to be desired for my friend and I that dined together. The food was just "OK" quality which I could have cooked at home for myself. When I dine out, I want the "WOW" factor in my food but that is not what we got. The enchilladas were supposed to have shredded chicken but it was really chunks of chicken and the fish tacos were just bland with no real taste. I was TRULTY disappointed with this meal over all. The manager came over to check on us and voiced our concerns and she just walked away.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice place
    Quez
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were there for restaurant week and the reputation of the establishment. We were not disappointed. The guacamole is made on the spot and the food is good. Get there early, it fills up fast.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great for restaurant week! The serving sizes are huge and they let you pick from the entire menu. Also great that you can substitute dessert for a margarita. Loved it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 4th year & loving it more each time
    4thandgreat
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is our 4th year coming here for our anniversary. I can never say enough good things about Rosa. We are lucky enough that our anniversary falls during the ice cream festival every year. We love seeing what creations they come up with each year and trying them, We will be back next years!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yumchaVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Good chip and dip kind of place...very very disappointed with entree. Plates were dirty and qualiry of meet were OK. didn't care for rice or beans.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best guacamole ever!
    momlovesfood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My friend recommended this place while I was visiting DC with my 10 year old son. We had a lovely lunch with excellent, attentive service. The food was delicious. We will definitely be back when we are in town from Rochester, NY. This was the best guacamole ever! Delicious fish tacos, too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food and drinks
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had the pork shank and chiles rellenos and both were great. The pomegranate margarita was good also.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty and unique
    joyceVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We really like this restaurant and have been here several times. Their menu is creative the prices are reasonable and the choices are diverse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    KnowsGoodFromBad
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had a truly enjoyable lunch at Rosa Mexicano recently. The drinks and food were very good; however, the service was truly awesome. There was a slight mishap with one of the dishes when it arrived at the table. The waiter promptly and coureously said he would replace the dish. I have a new dish within five mintues that was equisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rosa's Rip Off
    Matchboxmemories
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great vibe when you enter the restaurant. And great guacamole. Unfortunately that is all that was good. Realized how a waiter can make or break your dining experience. Waiter was not helpful & rarely around. As it was our first time dining at Rosa we expected (like better restaurants in DC) for him to offer suggestions and guide us through some favourites on the menu etc. All he did was convince us to try a "Mexican mojito" which tasted nothing like a regular mojito (and when getting the bill found out it was $12) and was terrible! Food was very disappointing. Example: fish tacos-fish was breaded & then put in taco shells! What the heck! Expected much more for Rosa's prices.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun!
    katie03VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Rosa Mexican never disappoints! I love the fresh tableside guacamole and the enchiladas suizas topped with tons of fresh cilantro and chopped onion. Their wide variety of tequilas and margaritas are also a nice addition. Service is friendly, portions are large and the restaurant is lively without being so loud that you have to shout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice!
    NittanyLyons
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The fresh guacamole at the table is unmatched. All the dishes were delicious! Our server was very humble, friendly, and patient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never fails
    glovesmVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I have never been let down by Rosa's palmagranete margaritas, guacamole, or general fare!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food; excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Have dined here on several occassions. Enjoyed each one. Food, service, drinks and ambience are wonderful. Will dine here again, and again, and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TashiVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    A perfect summer day in DC and just right for enjoying lunch in the outdoor area of Rosa Mexicano. In addition to the terrific guac (which we especially love since they will make it for us without onions), we had an outstanding salad. Beautiful kale with veggies and perfectly roasted salmon. So glad we decided to share the salad since it was huge! All of that plus the musicians on the street - such fun!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sub- par experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I've been to this RM location a few time and, following my visit on Saturday evening, it will be my last. I want to begin by saying our server was great: hospitable, accommodating, attentive. The issues I have are with the smaller than usual portions of food, the relatively "bland" quality of food for the premium price, and the seating (my party of four - including my sister who was visiting from out of town - was stuck in the crowded back party room when there was ample seating in the front of the restaurant.. We had a 7:30 reservation). The overall experience was simply not good. We walked out feeling as though we'd wasted our money and still in need of a full meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall