El Secreto de Rosita

4.5
76 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
El Secreto De Rosita seeks to create great tasting food to be enjoyed in an eclectic "hacienda" atmosphere that warms the heart.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 76 people are saying
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4.8
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vipRandA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service delicious food but the dining area was really loud which made conversation difficult.

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vipcynthia
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Ceviche was very good. Drinks, fried calamari, salad, and arroz con mariscos were just ok (with the exception of the mussels in the arroz which were fishy tasting) but nothing special. We did mention our disappointment with the mussels to the waiter who said he would let the kitchen know but we never heard anything further.

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vipLauraS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great- so friendly, funny and even gave a dessert for my friend d birthday. The vibe was so fun- great decor and the food was amazing! Will definitely be back.

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LuciaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Tuna Taradito was bland and almost tasteless. Did not looked as appealing as website pic. Cocktails were excellent though. Our mains tasted good. Nothing exceptional. Service irratic. Nice ambiance a plus.

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HillaryC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and delicious food. Such a great find

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited from Houston

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

I really loved this place. The food, drinks and service. I really wish we could have ate inside because it was lovely and which was the very reason why I booked to begin with. We arrived and were seated in the very front of the restaurant by the door, so I was facing the street and tents, not scenery I signed up for. I also got bit by mosquitos that evening which cut our evening so quick. I was so disappointed. I hope to get better seating if I return next time.

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JaclynC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious! But I may be biased because I grew up with Peruvian food.

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Takomamama
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food at El Secreto de Rosita was really outstanding! We loved the ceviche and the aji de gallina - both were so delicious and well-executed! The host was so kind, too - I called a few times to make sure the table was ready and right for our anniversary dinner and they were so accommodating and friendly! And they brought us champagne when we arrived, which was very sweet. The service could have been sharper, though - they didn't see we needed silverware and brought our appetizer before we had it and had to ask for some. And the pacing was sluggish. Drinks were nice and overall really liked the atmosphere, music carried to the terrace seating, which felt private due to some discrete fencing. The only thing missing for us is more vegetable options on the menu and entrees, but a really great spot! Will hope to try again for drinks and small plates, too! :)

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vipDETDC
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

The place was nice enough, but the staff was overwhelmed. Nobody seemed to have food on the table as we waited an hour for an appetizer, after it taking 15 minutes to be spoken to by a waiter. The food wasn't good enough to make the wait worthwhile.

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vipAlejandroB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Unfortunately was a bad experience. The restaurant is very nice the service was prolonged I believe because they don't have staff the food never came was not enjoyable. Probably I don't come back.

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vipTarso
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This place is very good
Good food , and the staff is outstanding
Must check

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Hannita816
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service! Beautiful spot for a night out with friends or a date.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly warm, kind staff and amazing food and cocktails. We will definitely be back for more ceviche and lomo saltado. Don’t skip dessert either!

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FamishedFountain
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic meal. Traditional Peruvian classics and then fusion with Asian flavors. We loved it!
And the COCKTAILS!! Delicious. Too good... too tempting... too many!!

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Augusto
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great quality of the ingredients and good flavor on all of them. They could improve the desserts.

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NedaA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Wine was hood and ceviche but can’t say anything about dinner dishes ,
The server was kind

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Stephania
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arturo and Keith took great care of us. The food was delicious and the drinks were amazing! Looking forward to go back.

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Jeannie
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Confusing menu and limited wine selections. Received 2 appetizers instead of entrees. Lovely outdoor setting but noisy due to fire station across the street. Food was delicious!

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vipVictoriaB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food a service!! Little loud in the inside section closest to the street since the doors were open.

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vipAndreD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was great and very attentive. The food, however, was a bit lacking in flavor and Peruvian spices. Their lomo saltado was very good though and would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!!!

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aldo
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience4

I hoping to eat Peruvian food. I am from Peru and that was definitely not Peruvian food.

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MattF
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to dinner with my wife for our first anniversary and it was amazing! We loved the food, cocktails, and ambiance. Our waiter gave us complimentary champagne for our anniversary and was very helpful when deciding what to order. I would definitely recommend trying this place out

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and the tapa style dining was delicious. I’d definitely go again.

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Deee2449
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server and overall staff were so nice!! I had the best time celebrating my birthday here!! And the food was so good!

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EmyWaiandt
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food, nice atmosphere, good service, but overpriced

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CharlieM
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place with great vibe. Excellent service and delicious food. I gave the food 4 stars just because the Mahj Mahi dish did not have the spices or flavors as the other dishes did.
I will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty dishes. Good value. Young crowd.

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vipNick
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service at this place. The decor is also very hip and gives off upscale lounge-style vibes. highly recommend the ceviche nikkei, teriyaki chicken, and flan.

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vipCarlosZ
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Had a great time dining. The cocktails were amazzzzing!

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vipSandra
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious the ceviche was really good like back home in Peru the fish was fresh full of flavor

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best Peruvian restaurant in the DC area. My husband is Peruvian and we took our two nieces there for one of their birthdays and it was a great experience. The service is terrific, and the staff are both knowledgeable and friendly. Great Pisco sours too!

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SarahR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was fabulous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I truly enjoyed the experience! The food was great and the server was attentive! He never missed a beat. Check them out.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

El Secreto de Rosita had a really good taste of Peruvian cuisine. The Lomo Saltado and Arroz con Mariscos were phenomenal, literally bringing me back home.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First and foremost the food is fantastic. My husband is Peruvian and he loved it. I had the Lomo Saltado and he had the arroz con mariscos and we were both impressed. The drinks were creative and delicious. But the decor is what really pushes it over the top! Deep emerald green velvet chairs along with unique pieces of art displayed all across the walls and everything is showered with the light from sparkling chandeliers. It really makes for an experience. Highly recommended for adults.

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Lizette
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, loved the decor. Our server, Keith, was great. My pescado a lo macho was delicious and loved the chicha morada pisco drink.

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PalomaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ceviche was fresh, the chicha morada pisco drink was delish -- highly recommend -- high praise coming from a fellow Peruana!

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ElizabethD
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an incredible ambiance with amazing food and delicious drinks! A new favorite for sure.

FAQs

El Secreto de Rosita offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 234-8400.

El Secreto de Rosita is rated 4.5 stars by 76 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.