Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

4.2
7858 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
As per New York City’s mandate, Rosa Mexicano will require proof of vaccination to dine in our Union Square and Lincoln Center locations beginning Monday, August 16th.

The safety of our guests and our staff is priority #1. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

We are also 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.

Support Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center during COVID-19

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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

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What 7858 people are saying
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JeromeC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had the fixed dinner and the guacamole. The guacamole is a must have. It's delicious. The enchiladas were a bit bland, but good. The tilapia was the whole fish! We had a great experience except toward the end, they weren't as attentive and it took awhile to get the bill. Nevertheless, we will definitely be coming back! The fixed menu is an incredible value.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only gave for noise because we ate outside and it being Friday night, the Mt Sinai ambulance were very busy. Not fault of restaurant. We really like their outdoor setup. Waiter was excellent helping me choose a new Gluten Free entree which I hadn’t tried before and it was excellent. Will return soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the margaritas and table-side gaucamole

JD
vipJessicaD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Place has gone downhill . Bad food and service.

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Jaleofforman
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Terrible service. So many mistakes by multiple members of the staff. Guacamole was $30….$30……..for guacamole……

Saw the waiter twice the entire night. Terrible experience.

NS
vipNotSkinny
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Terrible food. Very disappointed.

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vipcesny
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious duck breast with blueberry chipolte sauce, asparagus and mashed potatoes. Great value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service was terrible. Guacamole was unrecognizable. I asked for Margarita without salt. It came with salt. Much too noisy.

KM
KarenM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Great service early in the evening slowing down a little late in the meal. But overall we enjoyed our visit and would definitely come again.

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ILUVNY
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Rosa Mexicano - old reliable - everything still fresh and good - 2 years later to return to Lincoln Center and RM was great - but man was our waiter GROUCHY!

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vipRobkar
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Excellent service from waiter, but after he took our dinner order (immediately following guacamole and drinks) it took almost 40 minutes for our dinner to arrive. Instead of a leisurely dinner with dessert, we had to eat quickly and leave in order to arrive at Lincoln Center in time for a performance.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Rosa Mexicano remains one of our go-to restaurants when we come to New York for the opera. The food and service are always reliable. This time we had the chef's special three course meal, which was quite tasty and a great value at $38. The room always has an energetic feel, but is not overly noisy.

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viplisainvegas
Denver
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the tables outdoors for dining. Hostess gave us a bit of a hard time as we did NOT have reservations, but thanks to OpenTable we secured a reservation and were seated without delay. Good drinks, good food. Will return.

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johnz
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance and location. Friendly and attentive service. Entree initially came out of kitchen cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Birthday for my wife.

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emilyb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great date night! Service and vibes are great every time :)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went take our cousins to eat from another country and they loved it! The waiter (forgot his name, sorry) was very attentive and took great care of us. The food was amazing as always and we can’t wait to go back again.

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WendyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The service was slow. We didn't see our waiter for a long time and our food arrived about 45 minutes after we ordered. They are probably short staffed. Otherwise, food, atmosphere and COVID safety very good.

EL
ELISAP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The poor waitstaff suffered because of disorganization at the front desk, which was having trouble juggling takeout orders and left dining customers, with reservations, standing around while they squabbled over how to get tables cleared so people could be seated. they definitely need a better system. they complained openly about shortstaffing as an industry-wide problem, which is definitely true. the waitstaff remained cheerfully heroic and helpful, though. and the food was as enjoyable as ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. (food,and service) Caroline, the manager took the time check with each table to see how they were enjoying their dinners. It was not just a token visit but a sincere visit. She also gave encouragement to staff members.

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viprrr108
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this place. Atmosphere is wonderful and so is the food. Everyone talks about the guacamole but my faves are their fish tacos and chicken enchiladas. It was my bday and at the end of the meal they brought me a luscious flan with a candle in it.

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vipNoisyButNice
New York Area
188 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The guacamole here is still one of the better ones, but the rest of the dishes have gone downhill. I've been here twice recently--four appetizers, four main courses in total. Tortillas/taco shells used to be terrific--but now doughy and tasteless. Camarones chewy. Carnitas were waaaaaay overcooked. Even the black beans have become bland. Many plates seem to have been frozen and nuked. We go to Lincoln Center a lot, and really only return here because there are so few other places nearby. I realize that the pandemic has impacted restaurants terribly (the servers here seem very confused and inexperienced) but where are the former great chefs?

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Manhattanboomer
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I guess it was not our night at Rosa Mexicana. We had a 4:30 reservation to allow for a relaxed dinner before our 7 p.m. opera curtain. The hostess took me a table downstairs on the bar level.
Now upstairs is really beautiful with tablecloths and a nice atmosphere. Downstairs not so much. Hard top tables which didn’t even feel too clean. The hostess told me upstairs wasn’t open until 5 and we couldn’t sit there. So the experience was not too great. The food was ok, but service was lackadaisical. Next time if offered downstairs seating, I just wouldn’t stay.

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LizZ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Excellent food! Highly recommend. We needed extra help getting an elevator to the 2nd floor and the staff was most obliging.

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Sangria
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to see Rosa has survived the Pandemic, still serving the best pitchers of Red sangria, guacamole and Tortilla soup!

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vipggnyc
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Outstanding food—fresh, flavorful, creative. Unfortunately the service, at least at the outdoor booths, was unapologetically neglectful, and in the case of the busser, outright surly & dismissive.

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vipwaltn
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food came out very slowly. Over 90 minutes for appetizer and main, had to leave before dessert came in order to make lincoln center curtain

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JeffreyK
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We ordered from the “shareables” menu. It was fun to have the variety, and we couldn’t overeat because everything was small plates. The churros made a wonderful dessert, also designed for sharing.

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pshvt
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

First the good -- great atmosphere and location, warm and friendly people, great guacamole and drinks.

Alas, the dinner took a really long time and was cold and undercooked. We were going to a show so didn't have the option of returning it for a redo.

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vipjack
San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

RH
vipRalphH
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and extra friendly service.

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oedipamaas
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Touristy Mexican. Nothing special. Am I at 50 characters yet?

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SaraL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We are pescatarians and always looked forward to brunch at Rosa. This time, however, no more offerings of eggs Benedict with smoked salmon or crab meat. Everything had beef, pork or chicken. We asked if one dish could be made with veggies of some sort rather than the meat. We got push back. When we persisted, they offered spinach and mushrooms. Fantastic! Except when it arrived, there was no meat, nor spinach and mushrooms! The $10 Virgin Mary (Bloody Mary without alcohol) had no spices nor veggies, just tomato juice on ice. I've always looked forward to Rosa at Lincoln Center. Will now reconsider. Sorry if you're having pandemic supply chain problems, but I know you can do something for pescatarians/vegetarians.

JC
vipJosephC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Waiter was good and attentive, but food came out cold.

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vipdiner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The millenial hostess was an incompetent idiot. The service was disjointed and inefficient and the food was fine. Used to be a fun great place, with great food -even this one - which is a tourist trap. The original on First was the.best. RIP Rosa.

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emilyb
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Queso, tacos, salsa and margaritas make for the perfect date night. The food is always delicious.

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Prof99
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was wonderful. The only issue was no info as to where the handicapped bathrooms were. I was with my 80 yo mom and have an invisible disability. When I ask staff after climbing about 25 stairs, I was told there was an elevator, but people often went outside to take another elevator that is closer to the rest room. Not exactly handicap friendly and staff seemed stunned that I commented on it. I suggested they put a sign up to make it convenient for patrons.

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Suzzym
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with friends - food was amazing!

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vipBKLNMAMA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Napoleon got us in and out in time for the Opera.

LM
LMB1
New York Area
2 reviews