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Rosa Mexicano - DC
Rosa Mexicano - DC

Rosa Mexicano - DC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com
  • Phone: (202) 783-5522
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "Looking for an Expensive sit down Mexican in the district, here it is. $14 tableside quacamole seemed mandatory. $17 tacos, $25 carne asada; good -sure. Great for that price, nah. Save your money, try something else and go to Chevy's some other time."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Friends from out of town vaguely remembered this Mexican place that made guacamole right at the table.....I knew right where to go! We ate in the back dining room, noise level was much better....Our table was called up right on reservation time. All the food is good, it was hard to decide. I had the skirt steak, excellent, juicy and tender. Friends were happy with their meal."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I had been to Rosa Mexicano a few times before and recall enjoying the food. But this time I had the shrimp tacos and could not have been more disappointed. They were cold and bland and nothing that I could not have done in a few minutes in my own kitchen. For the price I was very disappointed and it will be awhile before I try the restaurant again. However the chips and guacamole were great as usual."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The service was okay but the food was delicious. I would definitely go back. As for the décor it was very bright and cheery."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Food was great as always. Sometimes the service can be a little spotty, but this time quality of servic e matched quality of food."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Food was great but the service was really bad. Hopefully they were just having an off night or it was the waiter we had because it is a nice restaurant. I will go again and give them another shot in the future but with this experience will consider it vs. it being automatic."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Across from Verizon Center, outdoor eating a bit too noisy, great food, friendly staff. Perfect before a game but need to make reservations."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Rosa never disappoints!! It is our favorite place - the guacamole is so good! The enchiladas are fabulous. It's the only place I go to where I have no complaints afterwards. Can't wait to visit again!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Delicious guacamole modified graciously when I asked for the onions to be served separately. White wine sangria is a lovely summer treat. Entrée portions are generous and delicious."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Once again we had a great dining experience at Rosa Mexicano. We went there to celebrate our anniversary and were not disappointed. The table side preparation of their guacamole is always excellent and I highly recommend getting this as an appetizer. My sangria was the best I've ever had!!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The entire experience was great. The guacamole was awesome!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The food is delicious and the staff is great and very knowledgeable about GF options which is so helpful."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Had some very significant issues with a manager but the regional manager stepped up and made things right. Food is always good, service is generally attentive and ambiance is nice. It is pricey, however. If using an opentable cheque for payment inquire with the server regarding change prior to paying with it."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "attended with large group, seating was easy and quick. was not thrilled with my dish (crab enchiladas- was spicy and menu did not indicate this) but very much enjoyed tastes of other entrees especially fish tacos! service became someone slow towards end of meal/dessert/paying however to the restaurants defense we were a large chatty group who didn't seem to be in a hurry."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Hadn't been here in a couple of years. In the meantime, the menu has been streamlined and many old favorites are no longer featured. Some portion sizes (e.g., guacamole) seem to have been reduced. Food is no longer as interesting as it once was. Fortunately, the margaritas are still expertly made and potent. After an uncomfortable start when no one took our drinks order, an alert manager intervened and thereafter service was perfect. The guest of honor certainly loved her meal so all in all a success."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our waiter was personable and knowledgeable. The made at the table guacamole was so good we had two!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Shredded kale and bits of shredded salmon, terrible salads! So many better options for Mexican in penn quarter such as oyamel."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I had a shrimp special that had tacos and corn on the cob. The presentation made your mouth water and the food tasted delicious. Rice and beans were so good. And of course the fresh guacamole is to die for."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Met a friend for dinner. The service was good, my waitress was very attentive and gave great menu suggestions. The food was delicious."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Great service, better guacamole! Great place to unwind after work or after a game"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The food and service was phenomenal. A great experience for the whole family. I highly recommend la Rosa Mexicana."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food was mediocre and cocktails were really unpleasant. Not sure why this restaurant seems to have gone downhill?"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food was OK, nothing special this time. Sangria was average & service was average..."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The reservation system on OpenTable was down for several days. I called to change the reservation time and they said it was fine and it was confirmed. When we arrived, the hostess was very rude, saying there's no record of that call and there were no tables available (2 hour wait for walk-ins!). Once we were finally seated, the food was great and our waitress was very friendly. I hope they're able to get their reservation system working soon."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We keep coming back because you can count on delicious, creative and reasonably priced food. Holds its own even with all the choices in Penn Quarter. A pleasure"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Well...I must say ive been trying to get to this restaurant for a long time and the food was GOOD!! I'll definitely be gong back. thanks so much!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "guacamole made right at the table was outstanding. Shrimp dish was superb. Nice ambience at lunch for a good business meeting"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "First impression walking in was outstanding. The host greeted me immediately as your beautiful Hostess responded immediately with professionalism and efficiency. They did not make my granddaughter and myself wait for the two people missing in our party. I gave them a heads up that our daughter and her boyfriend were en route. Our server was outstanding as well and anticipated our every need. The hostess also interacted with our granddaughter with engaging conversation as well as "props" to keep her occupied. Your staff appeared to really enjoy their jobs as well as each other. Best experience with Rosa so far! Kudos!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant several times before and used to love it. The quality of food and drinks has gone way down. We opted for the fish tacos and they tasted like frozen fish sticks that were fried and put on top of a taco with a bit of red cabbage and bad tartar sauce. Our $11 margarita was way overpriced and completly not worth it. I would not recommend this place to anyone and we will not be back!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A wonderful Saturday afternoon dining experience with a co-worker which was a first time for her and recommended by me. There has not been a time that I have had lunch, dinner or happy hour that I was not pleased. I love this place and will return again."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was good although my date had to return her shrimp and brown rice dish because the shrimp was undercooked and the rice overcooked."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Stopped in after an all-day Smithsonian tour of "green roofs" in DC and Arlington. Discovered upon examining the menu that we weren't very hungry. So we merely ate the chips and salsa and shared the guacamole appetizer, which was as spicy as usual but could have used a little more elbow grease since several of the chunks of avocado were too large. The Mango-Chili and Traditional margaritas were very good and a shot of tequila tasty. We requested seating away from children and were accomondated."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "In my view, their "prepared in front of you" guacamole is the best thing on their menu, and it is a great menu and wine list."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I'll start by saying the food was good (not great). The service was a step below that. Our entrees came out before our drinks did. I requested the leftover food to be wrapped and the busboy disregarded my request. It wasn't a busy night and the service (although friendly) was not up to par. Based on my experience I'm not sure I would go back or recommend this restaurant to a friend."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Guac is good, food is fine. Nothing out of this world, but I eat here a lot."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "we didn't have as much time for dinner as we hoped, but the food we had was as good as advertised. servers were very helpful in getting us out in time."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We visit Rosa Mexicana most every year when we visit DC, and again it did not disappoint! Unique menu for a Mexican restaurant, starting with the excellent guacamole they prepare from scratch at your table."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Tableside Guacamole is a must order item. I had some of the signature pomegranate margaritas. My buddy went with the more traditional margarita on the rocks. I had a skirt steak entree, which was fantastic. My friend went with a Short Ribs entree, which he really enjoyed. Service was terrific. Managers went out of their way to greet us, and make us feel welcome there. Bravo! Well done."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Our waiter was great and very gracious. Our meal was very good, definitely one of the best "real"Mexican restaurants in town. I gave it four g instead of five stars because the tables were a bit too close together, hard to hear what my friend was saying with folks on the tables on both sides of us speaking really loudly. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014