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Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

4.1
4.1
8418 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Located directly across the street from Lincoln Center, Rosa Mexicano is the ideal destination for dinner before a performance, or a cocktail after the show. This impressive space features an award-winning, 30-foot iridescent blue tile water wall inspired by the cliff divers of Acapulco, designed by architect David Rockwell. Known for tableside guacamole service and creative margaritas, Rosa Mexicano offers a fresh take on authentic Mexican cuisine, serving both beloved classics and sophisticated dishes in a fun atmosphere. Our beverage program boasts over 100 varieties of tequila and agave-based spirits, and our signature Latin hospitality is delivered with warmth and professionalism. A destination born of a unique vision, at Rosa Mexicano you will experience upscale dining that honors Mexican heritage, culinary techniques, and the global explorations and inspirations of our founder, Josefina Howard, who was a world traveler, entrepreneur, interior designer, chef, and innovator.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 100 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Thu 11:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 977-7700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ishmael Lozano

  • Catering

    We offer a full range of off-premise catering options for groups of all sizes: buffet stations, prix fixe menus, family-style menus, or passed hors d’oeuvres. To discuss a catering order, please contact Michelle Rosenberg at mrosenberg@rosamexicano.com and 516-474-8308.

  • Private party facilities

    Rosa Mexicano's dramatic spaces are designed for all types of events like large social dinner parties, business cocktail receptions, as well as smaller gatherings. To start planning your next event, please contact Michelle Rosenberg at mrosenberg@rosamexicano.com or 516-474-8308.

  • Private party contact

    Jacqueline Vasquez: (888) 331-4268

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Cross street

    62nd Street

  • Parking details

    The closest parking garage is at 61st and Columbus.

  • Public transit

    1,A,B,C,D trains to 59th Street. 1 train to Lincoln Center (66th)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 8,418 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. LF

    LoveFood

    Western NC

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined today

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, fun environment (seating was tight & the restaurant is fairly noisy) and good service.
  2. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    111 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    111 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Was freezing cold at our table Asked to be moved as was with my two grandsons They said no We were dining early Nachos arrived cold they finally redid Wasn’t as good as usual Disappointing Basic tex mex
  3. L

    Lofty

    New York Area

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Tasty food, but as always the waiters were hard to find when we wanted them.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Service ridiculously slow and inattentive. Glasses not refilled, no checking on meal or needs. And food was not the best Mexican I’ve ever had, and dishes not served hot. The drinks were pretty decent, however.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Service was great, place was noisy but that is expected, food was just meh. Very little flavor.
  6. A

    Abellsz

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very cool and chill spot nice ambiance friendly staff will definitely be going back again maybe with a group this time
  7. Z

    Zaidina

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It is good to see what food, service, and ambiance continues to be good after Covid.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Wouldn’t let 2/3 sit, waiter spilled meal all over table, to go order too forever, wrong food came out
  9. N

    Nelson

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The guacamole was not as good as the last time we were there. Neither was the main dish. Disappointed but was quite crowded
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and cocktails before the Opera
  11. JW

    JW3315

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I ordered the ahi tuna tacos from the “Tacos” section of the menu, and what arrived were 4 tiny, one-bite size pieces. They were tasty enough, but could not reasonably be considered an order of tacos by any definition, and certainly were not a satisfying dinner. Definitely seemed much more like an appetizer. Very disappointing. If they had been described accurately on the menu I would have ordered something else.
  12. CC

    CarlosC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, reasonably priced, wonderful ambience , our table of 13 had a wonderful overall experience. Yes, I would recommend Rosa Mexicano to all. carlos
  13. G

    Gandalflion

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fine server served excellent table-side guacamole, enchiladas were great and the mole sauce was perfect.
  14. b

    bmaguide

    New York Area

    112 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious & well priced.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The hostess was rude and made us wait standing although we had elderly folks in the group that needed to be seated. We were seated in a Our food was late and cold. Overall- not a good experience on
  16. JM

    JoeM

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A good time. A really nice time with friends. Food is tasty. Their table made guacamole was delicious and the duck tacos were a treat.
  17. HM

    HelenM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fun atmosphere, and the wait staff was excellent, very attentive and cheerful
  18. D

    Diner8912

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Chicken in tacos was unflavored rubbery and inedible. The guacamole cart and restaurant in general looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in a long time. The restaurant has really gone down hill.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding all around! Food is very flavorful and the service is friendly.
  20. KM

    KevinM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined on a Friday night with less than an hour to get to the ballet at Lincoln Center just across the street. We showed up 15 min early for our reservation & we were seated practically right away. Our server, David O., was excellent. He was very attentive, helpful, and friendly. The guacamole was perfect & a very generous amount from 1 avocado. We are dairy free & pescatarian, so went with the ceviche tasting which was absolutely terrific. We also shared the ahi tuna tacos (great) and the shrimp tempura tacos (a standout in an overall exceptional meal). We’d been here before, but not in a long time & not since before the pandemic. As lovers of the arts who are just getting back to more regularly attending performances at Lincoln Center post-pandemic, this will definitely be a reliable “go to” restaurant for us.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a reservation at 6.45PM When my friend and I arrived at 6.45PM sharp we were told we’d have to wait at least ~20 minutes to be seated because people were finishing their dinner slowly. That’s unacceptable. We were on a tight schedule and so we left. What’s the point of taking reservations if you can’t promise them in the end? Disappointing
  22. CK

    CynthiaK

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Tables too close together and noise level made conversation impossible. Food tasted as if they forgot the seasoning.
  23. MO

    MichaelO

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the staff friendly and very helpful. It was a great dinner.
  24. B

    Bryan

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Rosa Mexicano is always the perfect restaurant for dinner before a performance at Lincoln Center. It's right across the street, the food is excellent and they get you out on time. We happened to be there during restaurant week and ordered from that menu (just a limited version of their regular menu) so the cost was very reasonable. The shrimp ceviche was creative (the best we've had) and the tampiquena tender and very flavorful. We will certainly go back.
  25. n

    nycprofessor

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I have been going to Rosa Mexicano for many years. The food is very good and the menu is fairly extensive. I appreciate that there are vegetarians and gluten-free options. One negative: the service now is not as good as it was in the past.
  26. JW

    JasonW

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    My husband and I dined here at 6pm on 1/17. We had a reservation. It was pretty much a disaster from the moment we arrived. We waited 30 mins for a table, initially we were told they had no bar to wait in?! Really? I had dined here before so I knew better then the host confessed he was new and didn't know. The service was deplorable from start to finish. The only thing we ate that was decent were the guacamole and chips. My margarita was pure water, everything moved in 20-30 min increments. The drinks took 30 mins, then our waitress came 30 mins after that for the order... you get the picture. The food was cold, tasteless and just disappointing. I frequented this restaurant for years. We will never go back. Don't waste your time too many other overall dining options in NYC.
  27. DF

    DianeF

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food is always good. The service is a bit slow and inattentive, and it does get busy. Yes, we realize it’s a casual place, but blaring music really makes it difficult to carry on a conversation. And it took quite a while to get the restaurant week menu. It wasn’t offered to other tables either, so that opportunity was lost if customers didn’t realize that NYC restaurant week had started. Also, there’s now only one dessert choice for restaurant week.
  28. M

    Marty

    New York Area

    77 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We were 4 “regulars,” one in wheelchair. Three weeks before, we made the reservation, specifying upstairs at an easily accessible table by the elevator. We arrived on time and were told we were being seated downstairs which is more crowded, noisier & chillier. When we refused, we were told that a table upstairs had paid but it might be 20 minutes. It took 30 minutes during which time 80 year olds had to stand at the entrance while many people were exiting from upstairs. One of the hostesses, while polite, was rather short with us. We would have left but, not being very mobile, there was no place to go. Not pleasant at all. We have reservations this Saturday (celebrating a birthday) and are now dreading what might happen. On the plus side, once upstairs, our waitress was amazingly nice. While the food was, as usual, fine, we are disappointed in the fairly recent changes in the menu which appears to have been reduced in size, with our two favorite entrees disappearing.
  29. S

    Steve

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service from the host to the table. Excellent food, beautifully plated, with noticeable improvements over what always was wonderful. Great value in fine dining.
  30. RR

    RaritanRiver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Know what you are getting: the food is more sophisticated and more generic than your local Mexican restaurant. Within those constraints, the food was excellent. Everything was fresh, thoughtfully cooked and spiced, and little bit surprising. The tuna ceviche, a dish which we were familiar with from dining in Lima and local Peruvian restaurants, was both tasty and surprising. The service was prompt, friendly and extremely accommodating. The one defect was the noise level. The room is intrinsically noisy, the music was much too loud, and the diners, shouting to hear themselves over the noise, contributed to the general din. Not as pleasant or romantic as it otherwise could have been. Expensive, but within the expected range.
  31. GM

    GeneM

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Unfortunately the standards of this restaurant have gone way downhill. Over the last 17+ years we would visit whenever seeing a show in Lincoln Center. We have not been here since before Covid, but it is not at all the special place it used to be. Not even counting the outside scaffolding, the inside entrance/reception area is not inviting at all, now just a vacant unused bar. We were told in that reception area that our reservation request for an upstairs window seat on Columbus Ave would be accommodated; it was immediately dismissed when we arrived upstairs, as we were then led to an interior table in a darkened side room. Were told we would have to wait at least another 30 minutes otherwise. The wait staff was working hard and friendly, but they were obviously understaffed and frazzled, frantically trying to take care of too many tables. Lastly and most sadly the food was not the same, bland and not presented well. They used to make the Guac at your table, but not any more. The decorative 2 story blue wall of running water with the hundreds of sculptural divers... was dry and not working. That was truly symbolic of the entire restaurant these days. So disappointing. Hardly the festive and fun restaurant of the past. Not the way to end a lovely evening at Lincoln Center.
  32. L

    Lisa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Presentation of food was beautiful but it didn’t taste as good as it looked. Disappointing. Twice as expensive as our local Mexican restaurant at home and half as good.
  33. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Our reservation was for 6:30 PM but we were not seated until 7 PM. With theater tickets for 8 PM, we only had time to order the guacamole appetizer with the check, pay when the food arrived, scarf the food down, and leave for our show.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Made a reservation for 6:30 but wasn’t seated until 7 pm. Service was slow, could barely get the attention of any waitress. Food completely mediocre, drinks weak.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Arrived ten minutes early. Told to sit at the bar. We asked if there was a bar upstairs to sit at. They said yes. So we went to the bar upstairs since that’s where we would be eating and the door wouldn’t keep opening and freezing us. No sears, but the bartender said the little table to the side is bar seating too. We got two margaritas and waited. Waited and waited. I saw people come up and be seated. I asked about our table. Which I was at the top of the queue. She said that means your table is being cleaned. Okay. Great! Sat down and told my friend. Now people are coming in pairs and being seated. I go back up and ask about the situation. Four sets of two were seated and we are still there. She goes we didn’t know you were here…they were calling you down there. I said I just talked to you! So we are ready. She goes did you get a drink. I said yes. If you sit at the bar, you get a drink. We’ll close out the bar bill. I asked why it couldn’t just go to the table, not allowed. So got that cleared up and we sat down. Yikes. Glad we made it to the opera on time. The bathroom was disgusting. No toilet paper, filthy. One stall was decent.
  36. IB

    IvyB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Staff at front desk rude. Feels like a chain restaurant—like Fridays
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Celebrating Christmas
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were initially seated on the second floor all the way in the back (on the 62nd Street side of the restaurant). It is dismal back there. The experience is like you’re eating in the cafeteria. It’s as if you are not seated in the same restaurant as everyone on the Columbus Avenue side where there is a party atmosphere. The maître d’ accommodated us with a two top along the stairwell and we had a great meal with our server Jaylevy. She was attentive without being overbearing and very personable. And our favorite bartender, José, came over to tell us hello. He was upstairs last night because his bar is being renovated. We are looking forward to having dinner at the “new” bar.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything there was just delicious I’m going back asap😍😍😍😍
  40. DA

    DannyA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Food took too long to come like as if they forgot about us the food was alright but definitely not worth the money i expected better

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center using the Order Online button. Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 977-7700.

Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center is rated 4.1 stars by 8418 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 100 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

61 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

Additional information

  • Cross street

    62nd Street

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Thu 11:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    The closest parking garage is at 61st and Columbus.

  • Public transit

    1,A,B,C,D trains to 59th Street. 1 train to Lincoln Center (66th)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ishmael Lozano

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 977-7700

  • Catering

    We offer a full range of off-premise catering options for groups of all sizes: buffet stations, prix fixe menus, family-style menus, or passed hors d’oeuvres. To discuss a catering order, please contact Michelle Rosenberg at mrosenberg@rosamexicano.com and 516-474-8308.

  • Private party facilities

    Rosa Mexicano's dramatic spaces are designed for all types of events like large social dinner parties, business cocktail receptions, as well as smaller gatherings. To start planning your next event, please contact Michelle Rosenberg at mrosenberg@rosamexicano.com or 516-474-8308.

  • Private party contact

    Jacqueline Vasquez: (888) 331-4268

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