Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

4.1
7931 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican

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As per New York City’s mandate, Rosa Mexicano will require proof of vaccination to dine in our Union Square and Lincoln Center.

We are accepting requests for patio seating. Please know that our patio is limited and the request is not a guarantee. We will do our best to accommodate but the requests are in high demand and we will not be able to accommodate everyone. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon.
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Located directly across the street from Lincoln Center, Rosa Mexicano is the perfect destination for dinner before a performance, or a cocktail after the show. This impressive space features our first, award-winning, 30-foot iridescent blue tile water wall inspired by the cliff divers of Acapulco, designed by architect David Rockwell.

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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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 7931 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The place was chaotic. We did not eat as we were seated for. 15 mins and no server. There were abundant staff butt seems they were arguing over who had our table. Lots of chit chat among servers. The bar could not keep up with number of orders! This was very disappointing since it was a birthday dinner and also I've been several times and always had a great experience. Hope this was a one off!

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RachelF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Service was a little slow but the food is always excellent. There was a private party happening which made it a little noisy and probably accounts for the slower service

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great! I hope to eat there the next time I attend the Ballet or Chamber Music.

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vipmsmouse
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was excellent and they were so nice. The food is commercial and they put cheese on everything so if you are lactose sensitive beware. The guacamole made at your table is worth the price and they cater to your taste. My seafood was so so and the vegetables were undercooked . They were so busy that I didn’t want to send it back since we had a show to catch. It’s a big place but full of tourists so not for me but if you are fro out of town and want something slapshy go for it

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vipTondaS
Nashville
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The guacamole, salsa, and service were stellar. The rest of the food and the overall ambiance did not match our expectations. It wasn’t terrible. Just not up to our standards I suppose.

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vipParasS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Not nice very run down

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Carol
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience, fabulous service , nice ambience, good food and value!

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ArnoldoV
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best mexican food ever! I visit Mexico regularly and go to good restaurants over there but this one is the best!

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Luis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value for the locale, cuisine, and customer service!

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vipKathleenB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I get that every one is understaffed-but we sat for a full hour before receiving our meal. We had to ask about our drinks and then we sent one cocktail back twice before our server “went behind the bar and made it myself”. The food arrived cold and we were done waiting and waiting so we ate a few bites and left. I feel like this location has been steadily declining over the years. I won’t be back anytime soon.

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vipelgibby
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it! Staff was great, service was fast. Location is really great (Lincoln Center). We dine here often when we’re seeing a performance.

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vipcarolina
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was not up to par. Soggy tortillas. Portions skimpy

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vipKimL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were excellent. They were receptive of our time constraints due to a show following dinner.

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BobS
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food at a moderate price. Very convienient to Lincoln Center

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JCM123
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

It was a strange night at the restaurant. We were there for a 6:00 pm Thanksgiving dinner and were told by several people that the restaurant was closing at 7:00 pm. But not to worry we had time to finish dinner within the hour. Just what you want to hear on Thanksgiving! Long story short as I watched people being seated at 7:00 pm and asked again what was going on, I was told that no the restaurant was not closing at 7:00 pm. That was the latest time people could be seated. If I hadn’t asked several times to clarify that the restaurant was closing at 7:00 pm that would be one thing. But I did and my husband did. Needless to say, the fastest Thanksgiving I ever had!

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vipefoodie
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

It is sad to have the place that hosted one’s wedding reception become so disjointed where service was slow as molasses, servers NEVER checked on how anything was or came to check without being flagged, food was cold and drinks were lackluster. Would not recommend this experience to anyone. And how embarrassing! We are locals with out of town guests and they wondered why we had picked up that restaurant.

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Nena
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Terrible service. The ceviche lacked salt, they prepared the main dish with shellfish even though we told them of my allergy and the tacos were not prepared as we ordered them and came cold; they were completely tasteless - we couldn’t eat them. Things were so bad that we were not charged for dinner. Their apologies were nice but they did not make up for a terrible experience.

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vipLhdnyc
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Seven hostesses on the ground and second floors, yet they’d forgotten about our reservation because we arrived early. Our waiter was fine but covered far too many tables.

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vipJohnR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were seated at an awful table. It was by a door that the waiters were using for outside service. We experienced a constant change of temperature. The waiter was poor in communication. Service and food less than adequate. No reason to go there. There are too many great restaurants to frequent to waste time and money at Rosa Mexicana.

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alessandram
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

I have been many times at Rosa Mexicano, but yesterday was the last time. The dish I ordered (quesadilla di pollo), despite being marked as gluten-free on menu, had a flour tortilla as I realized after the first bite. That was unacceptable. In addition, check in was chaotic, despite us having made a reservation. It took ages to have a waiter get our order. There was no toilet paper in any of the stalls. All in all disappointing.

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vipcmr374
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I found a long blond hair in my food, so I couldn’t finish it, and though the manager refunded it and offered me another dish at that point I didn’t want anything else from that kit hen. Also service was subpar, which is so unusual that we ended up having a conversation about it w the people at the adjacent table.

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LizC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center never disappoints!!!

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KennethA
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

We have dined here many times. This is the first where we did not thoroughly enjoy our experience. We were seated downstairs and the atmosphere was not “energetic”, it was chaotic. Screaming children, cold blasts of air from the outside dining service door, clanging trays… A lot of unpleasant distractions from an otherwise good meal. A small irksome detail was the sticky plastic menu. The whole vibe was more like a busy Applebee’s than what we’ve learned to expect at Rosa Mexicano’s. In the future we will insist on being seated in the upstairs dining area. The wait staff were very courteous, but seemed harried.

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

Birthday
Great atmosphere, great food, great service

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JoeS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time for my 3 friends . . . two of whom just returned from a Mexican vacation. Post-opera dinner. Excellent food! Great service . . . a little slow. Just a pleasant reunion/shared meal.

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BonnieM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We had a post-opera reservation on a Saturday afternoon and found the place very crowded and seemingly chaotic, but we finally got a table downstairs--which turned out to be a problem, especially when a door to the outside was opened, which happened often. But the service and food were outstanding, the staff responding well to our requests. Especially liked the grilled portobello, a vegan choice, cooked with kale and maize and a sauce rich with tomatillos, as well as plant-based chorizo. I'm not a vegan but loved this.

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MexicanCustomer
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosa Mexicano is like going back to Mexico and having all the food we love.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was excellent, service was okay. My issue however is that this was the only time during our entire visit to the city that my credit card was away from me and the day after our visit there was a fraudulent charge for a hotel in Chelsea - we were staying in Manhattan.

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John
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our time there. The food was delicious. I particularly liked the guacamole. Wait staff were helpful. A party in the back made it a bit noisy.

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vipEunice
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely evening!

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vipAndreaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The quality of the food has really gone downhill - one of my party got sick last evening after eating our meal.

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alliemack
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This restaurant is good for pre-show dinners before going to a performance at Lincoln Center. Good price point for a fairly casual meal.

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Davyn
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Ceviche was spicy but very tasty. We told our waiter that we had 7:30 pm opera tickets (for a 6:15 reservation) and he was able to get us out on time. We ordered chips and salsa, ceviche sampler and a chicken asada main dish - all shared by the two of us. The chips came out quickly followed by the main dish. They forgot the ceviche. It came out pretty quickly when we told the waiter that it was missing but we were hoping for it to be our appetizer. The margherita was great. Overall the meal was very good and our bill was $54 - a real bargain in NYC.

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vipmarzanne
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Guacamole, fish tacos, Carnitas and Margaritas. Great service. Very comfortable and spacious restaurant. Consistently good.

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lakeshaj
New York Area
1 review