Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

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7065 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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M
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service started slow but once we ordered the staff was very responsive. Good, tasty food; our gluten free guest was truly delighted with everything from appetizers to main meal.

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

Delicious food, cold tantalizing cocktails, fabulous wait staff, wonderful atmosphere!

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always busy which is good. Booked a table for 4 for a bday.
Service was amazing. Friendly efficient helpful.
Food: guacamole was as usual superb. Perfectly seasoned.
I had the Chamorro(Pork shank) perfectly done. Also shrimp Ceviche which very good. Desserts were excellent. Avocado ice cream special is the signature dessert and was very very good.
This is a favorite of mine. Will be back for sure.
Other dishes At our table. Salmon was excellent. Also a traditional burrito

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T
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Make a meal out of the appetizers and tacos and you’re unlikely to be disappointed. Previous visits sampling the larger entrees were pleasing only half the time. This time, appetizer-focused, we all left well-fed and smiling. Service is always attentive; margaritas well mixed.

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VN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

All in all, it was okay although not necessarily good. One of the good things that Rosa Mexicana has is that it offers a good gluten free menu, which is the reason why I chose to go there. My server was well-informed of the gluten-free options and what made one dish gluten free and the other one not.

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JP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Way too noisy. We had to leave before desert.
Noisy noisy noisy noisy noisy noisy

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CR
Miami
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best guacamole prepared tableside.
Very well seasoned mole poblano quesadillas.
Service was very good. We are definitely coming
back

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

Always a great place to have a meal before a performance across the street.

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

We ate at Rosa Mexicano before a concert at Lincoln Center. The food was delicious and the service impeccable.

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

Rosa Mexicana is a consistently good-to-very-good Lincoln Center area Mexican restaurant. The guacamole is about as good as it can get.

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II
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Nice ambiance and good cocktails. However the food was sub par. The ceviche was ok and the fish tacos and the shrimp special were mediocre. The deserts were the worst part. We ordered the flan and the tres leches cake and both simply tasted bad. Overall, the food has hone down in quality. Probably an ok place for appetizers and cocktails with nice ambiance, but for good food there are other great places close by.

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

This is really my favorite "go to" restaurant in NYC. Always consistent food and service. Can get you in and out quickly if you need to get to Lincoln Center. Will vary the ingredients if you need them to.
Little change ups on the menu all the time for the better. (But bring back the pozole and the lamb in the parchment paper in the winters.)

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

We had four great dinners and excellent service and a good amount of time to get to the theater

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

My go to restaurant at Lincoln Center! Wonderful food, drink and atmosphere.

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LH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I was not overly or underly impressed with Rosa Mexicano. The ambiance and service was good; however, the food was not anything I would write home about. Considering there are so many options in New York, this isn't one that I would recommend because of that.

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OT
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

great room, mediocre food. it used to be much better, too bad they did not keep up their standard.

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L
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Just not good. Bathrooms dirty and lacking soap and paper. No air conditioning on a 90 degree day. Service very slow. They should be able to do better but seem to be on a decline.

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SP
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great experience. My family has a great time! They loved the food and atmosphere.

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GQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The steak I had was like trying to eat a boot. The drinks were watered down and the place was noisy. Service was very good.

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Nice place, very kind service! We loved! Guacamole and tacos very good!

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OT
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you’re a Texan and away from home it’s good to find Mexican food done right.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent!! It’s the first time we’ve been to Rosa Mexicano, and we’ll be sure to go back!

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice. Loved the guacamole and Marguerita. Food very good. Noise was extremely annoying

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S
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant has an intimate feel with the warm of home!

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FF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was very delightful. Our server for the evening was Somora and she was AMAZING!! Beyond pleasant and attentive without being intrusive and annoying. I am not really a fan of Mexican food, but the fish tacos HERE were soooooooo good. The fish was very fresh, seasoned well, lightly battered and fried to perfection. Crispy and piping hot on the outside, yet flaky and moist on the inside. definitely worth the price. The pomegranate margarita was excellent... all 3 of them. :) On my next visit, I am definitely going for the spicy pineapple margarita! I saw it being served at another table and goodness did it look thirst quenching. Also, the flan and churros ice cream sandwich were the perfect desserts. I will definitely be returning in the near future!

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b
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Rosa Mexicano used to be one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Despite being a large corporation you could rely on the kitchen to turn out interesting flavorful dishes that defied most corporate expectations. Unfortunately, this no longer seems the case. While the ambience is pleasant and the staff, as always, works hard to make you happy and comfortable, the food lacks flavor complexity and texture. It now seems much more like a corporate restaurant that is trying not to alienate Americans seeking slightly ethnic varieties of American food; everything is rather banal and soft. I hope they will go back to an earlier vision of food that surprises and excites the palette and tastes more like authentic Mexican food.

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h
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location and service! Excellent service! Really enjoyed our meal.

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DK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best margaritas and guacamole! Delicious tasty food!

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LE
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I am asked to write a review that is at least 50 characters in length but the only thing I want to say about the place is meh.

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S
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time for am afternoon lunch. Sit outside!
The staff were great dealing with our toddler

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GW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. Great food, great prices, great service, great ambiance. My visit couldn't have no been any better. By the way, get the guacamole (it will change your life).

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love the food always great.
Best drinks
Friendly waiters

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LC
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I have always had good experiences at Rosa Mexicans until last night.

When we were finally seated, a waiter never came. We were brought chips by someone but they were cold and stale. Finally we flagged down a waiter at another table (after about 15 min) and asked who our waiter was and he rudely said it was him.

We asked to order drinks and when they finally came (margaritas) he did not give us straws (every other table had paper straws). We couldn’t drink our drinks until they were half melted when we got a different waiter to bring us straws and water. When our waiter saw this a few minutes later from another table, he visibly rolled his eyes at us.

Our waiter never once spoke a full sentence to us. He did not introduce himself.

After the meal, he brought us the wrong check that was for another table that had spent more than we had.

We corrected him and he just rudely snatched the bill and my card from me and walked away. When he brought it back he did not speak, just threw it down on the table and walked away.

It was such a disappointing dining experience. Even the food was not the quality I expected, but the horrible waiter really made me never want to come back.

I would not recommend this particular location of Rosa.

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FP
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is fantastic at this location. The service was good, but not great. Being proactive when ordering brunch drinks in recommended as is allowing time to enjoy. The staff is very friendly.

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d
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Excellent service the wait staff was very helpful. Unfortunately, they were out of mexican coke and the guac was made with a less than ideal avocado, which turned it into a less than expected experience.

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EW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great spot for lunch or dinner pre or post Lincoln Center show. Very conveniently located. The staff is very friendly to adults and children. Guacamole made table side is always a favorite for us!

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JB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and service.

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T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent restaurant, but tables a little close together and prices a little high for good Mexican food. We would go again and would recommend, though.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Based on the guacamole alone, I would recommend Rosa. The rest of the menu is pretty great too.

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