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Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

4.1
4.1
8250 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 114 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 8,250 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. LS

    LauraS

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The place has good food but you can’t get near the bar because people are eating. Reservations are a must but you need to remind them you are there. If you are seeing a show at Lincoln Center give yourself enough time because you may be delayed.
  2. CF

    ChristineF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Gracious servers. Acoustics inside LOUD. Outdoors much better although our heater was broken.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The quality of Rosa has gone down drastically. The service is bad because there aren’t enough waiters. The food is average. The bathroom has no soap in it and even after telling the hostess there was no soap before we left. Overall a poor experience for what we paid.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The food was not good. The service was terrible. Our waitress argued with us about whether we ordered a Coke. Just bring us the coke. But the food was just not good. The Migas’ omelette was a total disaster. The Mexican rice with the kids chicken quesadillas was so dry that it is either undercooked or recycled from yesterday.
  5. A

    Autre6

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Hood food, excellent frozen margaritas and hot churros. Just across from Lincoln Center.
  6. JM

    JMLZ

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service5ambience4
    Such a tragedy. This restaurant used to be amazing, for decades. Why they felt they needed to go and ruin the menu we will never understand. We used to eat there monthly sometimes more, recommended to more people I can count, never will now, and we’ll never eat there again, so, so sad.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We were looking for a place for 8 people - including two kids - that was quiet enough that we could talk. Rosa Mexicano was perfect! Good food for adults but with kid-friendly options, not too noisy, good service but not rushed. Ideal for what we were looking for.
  8. n

    nervin

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    We had the Thanksgiving menu, unbelievable how bad it was
  9. K

    Kris

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always have great meals at Rosa Mexicano. Thanksgiving was no different: it was a great meal, a great way to spend the holiday. My friends and I had a terrific time.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably one of the best Mexican food restaurants in NYC!
  11. s

    stevenm

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Used to be the "gourmet" mexican food place. Very high end. Two locations in NYC. Has slipped significantly since it's become a chain with multiple locations in many states. Made-on-site guac is still good though! Menu is unispired.
  12. I

    Ixdo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, atmosphere and location. We always return!
  13. C

    Coleman

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They were short on staff as so many places are nowadays so it took a lot of arm waving to get any service. I had an 8 o'clock performance to attend so time was somewhat of the essence. When my food arrived it was barely warm. I last ate there over 10 years ago and it was an excellent experience all around so this time around I was disappointed. To end things on a more positive note my waitress was very kind and did her best to work the room. Also the cosmorita margarita was delish...
  14. MO

    MartinO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The waitress was very attentive, but the food; especially the main course was cold. I had been to this restaurant several years ago and had high hopes of a repeat of that earlier visit. Frankly, I was a little disappointed
  15. SR

    SarahR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    I very much enjoyed my chicken tortilla soup and steak tacos, and my friend liked her cheese enchiladas with mole poblano sauce. I have a huge criticism, though, about the check-in process. I arrived promptly at the time of my reservation, but had to stand amidst a crowd of people hovering around the hostess station. The hostess repeatedly instructed us to form a line, but there was no physical space in which a line could form. Some people stepped to the left, others to the right, while more people continued to arrive. It's a bad design. When the hostess finally asked for my name, I gave it and expected to be seated. She informed me, though, that since my friend had not yet arrived, I could not be given a table, since the restaurant's policy is only to seat complete parties. I pointed out that whether my party was one person or two, we'd still be using one two-top. The hostess shook her head "no." I then pointed out that I was on time, and she responded that since the whole party was not on time, the whole party was late. I was quite annoyed by this interaction. Fortunately, I was allowed to sit outside in an unheated area, and the waiter was very nice. My friend joined me and we ate our dinner outside while shivering. I don't plan to return, despite the delicious food. I don't need that kind of aggravation at the end of a long work day. I strongly suggest you work to improve your reservation/check-in process.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very fresh food and attentive service. Found a very economical option for Manhattan Def will be going back
  17. RU

    RUinNYC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I thinks it’s time restaurants seat you even when all haven’t arrived. I was lucky to get a seat at the small bar but I got the last ones. My friends were delayed by 30 minutes. The host should have seated me.
  18. P

    Pickyeater

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Ok, so. My son has wanted to go back to Rosa’s for over a year. And it didn’t disappoint. It was delicious! Our waiter was outstanding very on point with us. He answered all our questions, and was a refreshing change from servers we’ve been getting. The food…we had the birria tacos and queso for apps. Tacos were very good we could’ve eaten 3 more. The queso was more cream than cheese this time, it was good but last time was better, still demolished it though. I had the queso enchiladas in mole sauce (omg! So good!!!) and my son had the brisket enchiladas. I’m surprised his eyes stayed in his head cause he kept rolling them and saying “so good” after every bite. We also had the burrachas frijoles, sautéed spinach and Mexican rice. All very worth it. The corn side we didn’t care for, but that’s just us. Dessert was tres leche(I’ll be honest it was a little dry but the whip cream and strawberries with it? Yum!) and churros which were very tasty but I was too full to finish. We were there early on a Sunday so it was quite, and we enjoyed people watching out the windows. We love Rosa’s, and are thinking of trying all their locations so we can see which we like best.
  19. CM

    CathyM

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All food was terrific and moderately priced. We loved the guacamole as always, and ordered Parilladas for 4 people……astonished on how much food and the tasteful quality of the chicken, chorizo, steak and shrimp included. And the sides were abundant and delicious. We thought this dish was a bargain. As always there are great margaritas and “fun” ambience. Fabulous dinner!
  20. RA

    RogerA

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great environment, steak tacos were delicous as were the drinks! We were 15 minutes late and they sat us no problem. One negative is we asked for spicy guacamole and got regular guacamole. Overall definitely recommend!
  21. E

    Effie

    New York Area

    114 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    Came for a quick guacamole post-theatre. The food was delicious! We asked for a table "far away" and we got one -- but it was in a "private room" (where there were three open tables for two, in addition to the long banquet table). The private party was assembling as we were there so no issue for us...but clearly awkward for those coming to the party. WHY WERE THESE OTHER PEOPLE IN THEIR ROOM?? This was particularly odd as there were at least four or five tables for two outside in the main part of the restaurant along the stair railing. We had our lovely guacamole and asked for and were brought saltless chips - all good. When we got up to leave one of the guests at the big party apologized for "driving us away." Entirely unnecessary from our perspective but it did make me wonder why we had been put in that room at all. Very odd.
  22. d

    djd1

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We made a 12:15 reservation for a birthday lunch. Our table was in the corner of an empty room. We were offered only the brunch menu. We were about to leave and asked the server for a lunch menu which she was more than happy to provide. Not sure why the manager offered only the brunch menu on a Saturday afternoon. We have had many good experiences at this and other Ross Mexicano locations. So, we’ll come again as we hope this was just a bad day.
  23. M

    Mayor

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Walked in and the woman at the desk had her head down. After about 30 a finds I said “excuse me” and she looked up. I’m later found out she had not checked in our reservation and it looked like I did not show. She said upstairs is closed. I could see people. “Bar or table”. The empty guacamole bowl sat at out table for the entire meal. The waiter was unfriendly. When I asked for a frozen margarita he asked twice for what kind. I said a regular. He asked again. Empty and unused dishes sat on our postage stamp of a table forever. Inattentive, terse, careless, slow, unfriendly service. The absolute worst I’ve experienced in a long time. Close your doors. You will not be missed. Hire staff that wants to work.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service
  25. LK

    LeslieK

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is very good as is the service. The noise level can be high depending on where you sit.
  26. JM

    JayMann

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was great. Waiters were great. Matradee, eehhhh. I planned a surprise birthday party for my wife. The two of us walk in and go to the bar. I go over to the matradee and I let the matradee know what's going on. A short time later, she tells us our table for 6 is ready. So much for the surprise. SMH
  27. PG

    PatG

    Naples

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff. Great drinks Amazing food!! No
  28. Y

    Yochi

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The place is nice Albright too noisy. The service adequate. The problem is the food. A couple of dishes were too spicy for us. There should be a note on the menu or by the server. I ordered Torta, chicken Milanese, it was not edible. The texture of the cutlet was like him that was over fried. Nobody asked me why I did not touch it beyond the one bite taken. I will not recommend this place.
  29. SW

    SherriW

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Ridiculous pricing, mediocre food. Disappointing experience m compared to prior ones here.
  30. s

    sigmund80

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Restrooms up many steps and insufficient given the size of the place
  31. AW

    AlexW

    Cornwall

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Dined here on my last visit 15 years ago when my friend Megan Young was the Exec, and so happy this visit didn’t disappoint, wonderful food, attentive service, minor comment that it wasn’t clear that the whole order would come at the same time so my table was far too full, expected starters and entree separately. Nonetheless, a great experience, thank you:
  32. SL

    StephanieL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    The hostess was so rude. Not accommodating at all. Drinks were not good either. Very unsatisfying.
  33. H

    Hyun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant at Lincoln Center and we will be there again!
  34. AP

    AndrewP

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Overbooked ! noisy and staff seemed overwhelmed. Food is good. Ovoid Downstairs. It feels like grand central station.
  35. OG

    OperaGolfer

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    We've been eating here for 20+ years and are never disappointed.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Honestly wanted to like this place. I’m not overly picky or critical. I just want to have a good meal after a show. We started by ordering the guacamole with crab meat. We asked for the crab on the side, but twenty minutes after having guacamole with no crab we expected the waiter had forgotten. He came to us to say it was on the way, but we said no thank you as the guacamole was almost done. I ordered a spicy Margarita which I really liked. My friend ordered a cocojito, expecting a coconut mojito but was met with an indescribable rancid, lotion like taste. I tried it too, because I just knew she was being dramatic. For our mains I had the Birria tacos, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Cheesy and the consommé was delicious. The spicy salsa was delicious. My girls ordered tampiqueno which was actually pretty yummy. Steak with lots of accompaniments. I thought the flavor was nice. The rice and beans which came on the side unfortunately had a very strong taste. It tasted like it was overloaded with coriander or something. Narrowed it down to the beans which was so unfortunate, because, I love beans. I kept eating them anyways haha. At this point a manager came up to us and was surprised when we expressed our honest thoughts. He shared the business success and that they are expanding to many cities, which surprised all of us. Lastly I craved churros, so we went for it. And to my biggest disappointment, they were raw in the inside. I picked it up and it immediately fell apart to a doughy center. We politely sent them back, before really getting to enjoy the delicious sauces that came with it. We wanted to enjoy our experience. Honestly. I’m disappointed but have to adjust my expectations for the area and type of clientele they likely receive at this location. I was underwhelmed. Service was satisfactory and the ambiance was fine as well. But there were too many issues with the meal to say I left satisfied. Hopefully the other locations are different.
  37. n

    njvisitor

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    shrimp appetizer outstanding. there's a reason there is a box around it on the menu. large portions. Don't over order. Sitting in "booth" on the street on nice day really fun.
  38. RD

    RonD

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and the service were very good…our waitress (Diana) was terrific…friendly, helpful and efficient even though she had a lot of tables to serve. The restaurant was very busy and the atmosphere was bustling. We would recommend Rosa to our friends and certainly will eat there again. Drinks are little skimpy but the food we had was delicious and well presented.
  39. X

    Xxxxxxxxxxx

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    One bartender for the entire restaurant is not sufficient, but especially on a busy night
  40. SB

    ScottB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food is not as good as it used to be and service was not either. Waited at the front hostess station for 10 minutes before someone came to greet us. And numerous staff walked by during that time without any greeting or recognition.

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

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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 8250 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 114 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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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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