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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Rosa Mexicano - DC reviews from OpenTable diners
277 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (96)fit for foodies (89)special occasion (79)great for lunch (76)vibrant bar scene (61)neighborhood gem (56)hot spot (55)great for outdoor dining (50)romantic (32)kid-friendly (24)great for brunch (23)late-night find (21)scenic view (19)notable wine list (5)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    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...
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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  • holy guacamole!
    Paddc
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic
    DCDiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I took my date here whom is of Mexican heritage and she absolutely loved the place, food, service. My first visit was very enjoyable, her umpteenth return was likewise.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    DCdiner7
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The service was okay but the food was delicious. I would definitely go back. As for the décor it was very bright and cheery.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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  • best guacamole in town
    LuvsteakVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Good Food, not so good serivice
    Rarereview
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Carmine
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Across from Verizon Center, outdoor eating a bit too noisy, great food, friendly staff. Perfect before a game but need to make reservations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rosa is my absolute favorite
    LaurenVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Guacamole
    HealthyFoodLOverVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great dining experience
    Nantahala
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    DBdc
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The entire experience was great. The guacamole was awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great GF options
    Shazam
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food is delicious and the staff is great and very knowledgeable about GF options which is so helpful.
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  • Issues
    WhitmanVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Revisiting after a long absence
    AmantediTavolaVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best guacamole ever!
    janelc
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our waiter was personable and knowledgeable. The made at the table guacamole was so good we had two!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.