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.





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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Rosa Mexicano - DC reviews from OpenTable diners
264 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (104)fit for foodies (102)hot spot (75)great for lunch (70)special occasion (62)neighborhood gem (61)vibrant bar scene (60)great for outdoor dining (48)kid-friendly (27)scenic view (20)late-night find (19)romantic (19)great for brunch (18)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • holy guacamole!
    ffl82
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We ordered the spicy guacamole, which wasn't exactly spicy, but it was DELICIOUS! In fact, it was some of the best we've ever had! Pork tacos & enchiladas were also fabulous. The only negative was the red sangria, which was too sweet without much kick to it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    AmwTcw
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It is the only restaurant I like to go to before an event at the Verizon center! Simply the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    marne
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Simply great food and great service. We had an excellent dinner and will be back again and again. Also, there is a large selection for gluten free friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best guacamole in town!
    LoveMexicanDC
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Guacamole made right at your table in front of your eyes - you can't get any better than that. The food was great - the service was even better. At the Penn Quarter location in DC, get a table by the window so you can see the happenings in front of the Verizon Center right across the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rosa's 2014
    Highlander
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I had the baja fish tacos. They were overcooked, not enough sauce, too much cold cabbage, just not that great. The side dishes were good. I used to love the food at Rosa's, but it is not as exceptional now as it was a couple of years ago, at least not for my taste. With all the competition in D.C., it's important that every dish is excellent. That's what it takes to bring me back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bandit
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Great food and service, but the noise is very loud during Capitals game days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-hockey meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    GREAT service! Good food, convenient to the Verizon Center for some pre-game dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet Space
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I asked for a quieter space because I have a hearing impairment. When I walked-in, I was concerned because of the din. In fact, the hostess had difficulty hearing me! But, all was well, they showed me to a table in a small room with 10-15 tables where it was considerably quieter. My companion and I enjoyed a great meal and good conversation. Don't be fooled by the address - the restaurant is actually at the intersection F and 7th NW with the entrance on F opposite the Verizon Center and the entrance to the Metro. Great location!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Mexican Food
    DinnerwithHubby
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Ate here with a nephew and husband before going to an evening show. I will say that we were seated near the bar and it was full and a bit loud (sometimes had to raise my voice for my nephew to hear me). Love the guacamole that's made at your table (with varying degrees of heat). The marguerita special that evening was pomegranate and it was quite good! My husband and nephew both had enchiladas and they seemed to enjoy them (the plates were cleaned). I had chicken layered with tortillas and cheese and it was very good. We each had desserts -- flan, ice cream sundae, and special dessert (crepes with caramel sauce and ice cream). All were very good though I would have liked a little more caramel sauce with the crepe.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but not outstanding
    sawtooth6
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food and service was good, but neither was outstanding. We ordered the three course lunch. I did not like the fact that we had to assemble our tacos with the small plates they presented each of us. The cheese was burnt and stuck to the bottom of the cast iron plate the food was served in. Good, but definitely nothing special
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great place - very noisy but otherwise perfect! .....................
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I love Rosa. Eat there a lot in Chevy Chase and in downtown DC. I think the food is very good. The only thing I don't like is their chips and salsa. The chips seem cake-y to me...a little thick. And the salsa (at least the last time I went) was very chunky. Lots of big chucks of peppers and tomatoes but little liquid. Made it hard to dip chips.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • berdieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Perfect place for a caps game. Service is fast and the food is great
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Short Ribs in a long time
    Luis
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I got thee big chunks of meat very well cooked and very tender. Great flavor. I loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfort food
    Food4thought
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Every time we go to Rosa Mexicano we can count on quality from the Guacamole made at your table to the well-prepared entrees. We never feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • leaferVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food was good. Margaritas are small with lots of ice and expensive for what you get.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Myself and a group of friends had a wonderful dining expereince all around. The only thing was that the lighting could have been a tidbit brighter because it made it hard to read the menu or maybe enlarge the writing on the menu. Overall, I highly recommend your establishment. The Marguritas were GREAT....two would be the max, they're a small but have a kick to them. LOL!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    Radish
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Celebrated a birthday lunch with a great table in the corner with windows on two sides. Service was excellent. The birthday cake was quite a production with a huge sombrero like pillbox with a slice of neopolitan ice cream inside. Food was excellent especially the plantain dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We had a lovely, relaxed dinner; not rushed, yet well taken care of. Food was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at Rosa's
    Eatoutalot
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Chicken tacos and table made guacamole excellent. Kale salad with salmon not so good...very fishy tasting which made us wonder how fresh the salmon was and salmon was in flakes tossed with kale so wasn't possible to push it to one side. Refried beans...blah. Rice...good. Mini mahi tacos so so...probably won't be having lunch here again...
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Rosa!
    LaurenVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    This is by far my favorite place in DC. I will always take people here. I love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing waiter!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I unfortunately don't know the name of our waiter, but he was amazing! (We were in the back room way to the left when you walk in the front of the restaurant.) He was attentive but not overwhelming, polite, had excellent food and drink recommendations, and even brought us an extra enchilada when the busser switched our plates by accident. Our group was all so impressed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really Good Deal
    Banquo
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went to Rosa Mexicano DC for the 30th anniversary menu, and it didn't disappoint - at $30 a head, it was a really good deal. The food was very very good, and the service outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good mexican restaurant
    erliVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I highly recommend it,!! Love this food! The restaurant has great dishes, the "guacamole" was delicious
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theater dining
    Yummy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Just what my out of town guest needed before and evening of theater. Very generous portions so we took home enough for next day dining. The valet parking was a big plus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, wonderful energy
    Musicologist
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I love dining at Rosa Mexicano whenever I am in Washington, DC. The place has a wonderful, infectious energy that extends to staff and customers alike. It's always crowded, and I'm always glad to see it such a success. The Mexican food is always interesting and delicious. I admit to a special fondness for their iced tea.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crowded from Verizon center
    Ard12VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was very cry from our event at the Verizon Center. First when we got there we had to wait. They were not prepared for the large crowd. However once we went back after the crowd dispersed, 20 mins after our reservation we were seated and had excellent service. Highly recommend the guacamole app the Ticer. We purchased the other appetizers and they were average.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
  • Great food and service
    DLD13VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Enjoyed dining here for the first time -- the food was delicious, service was good, and I enjoyed trying one of their margarita variations. Definitely will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy but tasty!
    MusicmanVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    For energy this restaurant is tops--just don't expect to carry on a meaningful conversation! The food and drinks are fabulous, starting with guacamole made table side. The empanadas were over-done, but everything else was made to perfection. This is serious and interesting Mexican food, not your average menu at all. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
  • Dinner Experience
    PatB
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Directly across from the Verizon Center, great event choice. Authentic Mexican cuisine and the 'Rita's' are to dye for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • 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
    dc2londonVIP
    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
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    • 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