Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

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6587 reviews
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Our highly anticipated second Rosa Mexicano location opened in July 2000. Just steps away from Lincoln Center, this impressive David Rockwell-designed space features a 30-foot iridescent blue tile water wall that spans both levels of the restaurant and is adorned with 240 miniature cliff divers. Here you’ll also find a dramatic “floating” staircase made of orange and red terrazzo slabs and backlit panels behind the bar embedded with rose petals. Awarded “Best Restaurant 2000” by Interiors Magazine, this unique, contemporary look ushered in a new era for us at Rosa Mexicano.
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Ecuador
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Ambiente agradable y excelente servicio

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!!! Great table, service was fast. Manager checked in a few times. I recommend checking them out.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Server and hostess were terrible

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is fantastic - great food, great cocktails, friendly service, fun atmosphere! And the chef is very accommodating of our rather complex food restrictions, which is really amazing.

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l
Memphis
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were looking for a place for lunch before a matinee at Lincoln Center. This place got good reviews so we made a reservation here. It took forever to get a server, but after we ordered the food appeared immediately. Obviously it had been prepared ahead--and the place wasn't that busy. The mole sauce had a glaze on it from sitting around. My Corona arrived but was not cold. We got up and left and told the manager we were not going to eat there and why. He was very nice, but we won't be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my boyfriend on a date. We had a great experience. Great food, great ambiance. Will definitely come back.

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FA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We've been to this restaurant a few times. The last time, we found the food to be subpar. We had nachos to start that came soggy and cold, rather than crispy. I had fish nachos that came cold. My friend had a meal he also found lacking. Service was absent for the most part of the meal. We had a hard time getting somebody's attention to get the check in order to be able to leave. Will not return.

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AI
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Well besides that I was miscommunicated that there is happy hour in all the restaurants. I even called. I recommend that the site should show information on which location has happy hour and not and advised the staff. The food is great and staff was amazing. The food is delicious especially the chamorro.

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E
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Rosa Mexicano has great, upscale Mexican cuisine. We took my parents out when they were in town, and it's become one of my dad's favorite places. The staff is attentive, friendly and accommodating. The tableside guacamole is not to be missed. We loved our dishes, but noticed some portioning issues (one person got nearly twice as much of the sides as another who got a similar entree). The restaurant is a little loud and dark, but overall it's an inviting, fun atmosphere.

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C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful service with the City’s best guacamole! Nice attention for a birthday celebration by all. Always enjoy dining at the special spot with some of the Big Apple’s top Mexican cuisine.

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food was very tasty. Great views from the upstairs at the Lincoln location!

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Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Before-opera dinner

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AB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most outstanding feature for me was the service. A very polite, kindly, caring, informative and accommodating waiter and support staff, each of who explain his role and narrates the function he is performing for you (i.e. even the guacamole preparer, makes the guac to ones taste and interacts with the patron). The beautifully soothing blue waterfall wall with a pattern of 3D Acapulco cliff divers adds to the creatively lit color palette and ambience. Very memorable and pleasant experience, to say nothing of the incredibly delicious cuisine.

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M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food beautifully served by a wait staff that really wants to please. Tres leche cake over the moon & back. Will definitely return.

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JT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican food I have ever had! I would highly recommended this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Wasn’t a fan of the food

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Napoleon our waiter was excellent.

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p
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our second visit to Rosa Mexicano at the Lincoln center location. I wish OpenTable had an "Excellent" rating - I would use it. Really great!

Their guacamole (made at your table and you choose the spice level) is one of the best! We had the Alambre de Camarones (shrimp) and the (pork) Carnitas. Both delicious! Portions are LARGE. Don't order a side dish with dinner! Their tacos look great - maybe next time.

For dessert the tres leches is one of the better preparations I've had. But here's another idea that we did this time: Order the sweet plantain with one or two scoops of ice cream. Made a GREAT dessert. They have a really good Mexican chocolate ice cream.

Great for pre- or post-theater if you have a Lincoln Center event.

We prefer to sit upstairs - a bit more open and lighter. That section opens at 5PM.

I do wish they expanded their beer selection - offering one or two stouts and some beers on tap would be great. We had Negra Modelo.

Highly recommended.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rosa Mexicano is a fine restaurant with an excellent menu with many choices for those who have diet restrictions. There are choices for those who eat either vegetarian or for those who have a more varied diet.

The wait staff was very attentive and

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A
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Pro: Food is generally good; cooked and seasoned well and served at the proper temperature. The salad was the low point as explained below. Regular Margarita was outstanding. It is the best I've had since I was last at the Cadillac Bar in Nuevo Laredo many years ago.

Con: The Caesar salad was dreadful. A Caesar salad is not made with anchovy oil. The menu should not list the salad as being Caesar whether a Mexican version or not. Caesar salads have a very specific dressing that delicately balances specific flavors and that dressing does not include any fish oils. It is not a good idea to tamper with what is known as a Caesar salad. I am sure that Caesar Cardini would be appalled with what was being called a Caesar salad in this restaurant. Avoid it unless you like an overpowering anchovy flavor an ingredient that kills all of the classic flavors of a Caesar salad. Here is a piece of history on that point: " Oh! And all that “a real Caesar Salad has anchovies” rubbish? That came about when Caesar’s brother, Alex Cardini, eventually opened a chain of restaurants in Mexico City, where he also featured Caesar Salad on his menu. The only difference between his version and the traditional Caesar Salad? He added anchovies, (whyyyyyy?!) and this tweak is still a popular addition for Caesar Salads in many restaurants. (Blech!)"

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service . Server advised perfect portions for the table. Plus they did a nice birthday celebration with us

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CK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Couldn’t be more pleased with the service and food!

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DH
New England
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went here for its location, and weren't disappointed, as we just had to cross the street to get to the Met. Menu was a bit limited, but enough to choose from. Drinks were very good but on the expensive side, while the food was priced more reasonably. Good-sized portions, enough to fill you up but not feel overstuffed. Service fine, but could have been a bit more attentive. We'd probably go again if we were heading for a Lincoln Center event, but wouldn't go out of our way otherwise.

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WA
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and Service. We were going to an event at Lincoln Center so, it was perfectly located!

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BL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

My group was so disappointed. We've eaten at other locations and it's always a win.

Maybe this was an off afternoon but the food was bland - even the guacomole - and cold. My 8-year-old said his beef taco tasted like steak gummy's. The rice and beans was more like rice and bean paste.

I will give credit for the service. They tried. They remade the guacamole and bought us lime upon request which we added (because they don't), along with salt. oh, and by the way, neither of two salt shakers worked. We had to open them and delicately pour from the shaker.

And the server also brought my mojito back for adjustment.

Great location if you're going to Lincoln Center so I hope things get better.

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DL
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about the place, great food, great service and nice looking restaurant with lots of windows. It accommodates large parties easily and comfortably. We particularly enjoyed the large and delicious quesadillas.

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PR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I have eaten at the union square restaurant a number of years ago. Felt that the restaurant was like a cheap tgi fridays. Food was not great. It’s such a shame but I won’t be returning

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SH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had to wait more then a half an hour to be seated for a 6:15 reservation and we arrived ten minutes early!
No waiting area, so you feel like you’re in everyone’s way while waiting to be called!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Always love the atmosphere and the food. Fun place to go with friends.

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Service was excellent!
Hope to be back there sometime soon

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DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meeting place near Lincoln center. Fantastic service and great Mexican food.

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M
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food, as always, was delicious. However, it was annoying that the hostess refused to move us (away from an extremely loud table), stating that the upstairs was going to be closed early. This was approximately 8:00 on a Monday. When I used the restroom after dinner, the upstairs was open and quiet.

This kind of behavior is what makes customers decide to whom to give their business. Restaurant owners should be aware that host/hostess attitude has a direct and often negative impact on their reputation and income.

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the various dishes of our meal at Rosa Mexicano were really good! (We live in California so we've eaten a lot of Mexican food to compare with.) The staff were super helpful, and the meal was served excellently and very quickly, which was most helpful as we were running a little late for the opera.

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SI
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Rosa Mexicano never disappoints- the food is always delicious and the menu changes providing variety. Noise level is not too loud as we can hear each other in conversation without shouting.

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m
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Rosa Mexicano is a good friend’s favorite restaurant in the area and we have shared very good meals there. This wasn’t one of them. We decided on brunch and were disappointed from beginning to end. Pomegranate margaritas were weak and tasteless as if lacking liquor. Guacamole was blah, barely chopped and lacking flavor. Cornbread served with eggs Benedict was best part of meal but could have been warmer. Eggs were too well done for poached. All in all, a poor excuse for an expensive meal for my friends 90th birthday celebration.

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E
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got to the restaurant 10 minutes early and although very crowded, got seated right away. Service was excellent as usual. I had the carnitas which came with rice and beans and pineapple. Every part of the meal was excellent. The pineapple was surprising fantastic. The spices on it made the dish, although it wasn’t spicy. I ended up taking home almost half the meal as the portions were very large. Been there many times and always walk away with a smile. One of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. It is a bit expensive for dinner but well worth the price.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner after the theater.

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AF
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our only criticism is that we had to wait over 20 minutes for our reservation and there is no good place to wait...and noisy.

But once we went upstairs and were seated, things completely turned around. The service was great and so were the food and drinks. Everything was delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fantastic with excellent service to match.

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R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a table for lunch - after the Big Apple Circus show at Lincoln Center. The restaurant is conveniently located across from the Center. I had mis-calculated when to reserve, arriving
at the restaurant a full 40 minutes early! While luck probably was with us that day - given how
popular this venue is - I want to also credit the Hosts and all the staff, who were very accommodating...
and ultimately squeezed us in without, as it turned out, a long wait. With a party of 7 (including
3 children - ages 9,6 & 4), this restaurant is very kid-friendly (kid menu, crayons and plastic cups!).
The food also has plenty of gluten-free options - which also accomodated one of the adults in our party.

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