Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

4.2
7846 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

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Ring in the New Year at home with our Rosa Mexicano family packs!

What 7846 people are saying
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PatrickB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The check in process was seamless: id and vaccine pass. Gave me comfort that the requirements were being followed. The service was great. My companion speaks Spanish and he handled the ordering and suggested fish tacos. Gave it a try and it was fabulous.

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vipNancyM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The menu has changed and is more affordable now. There is good variety, and everything was tasty! Tables are well-spaced, servers are friendly and the food came out in a reasonable amount of time.

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Justine
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Something went wrong with the kitchen. We waited an hour for our food! We were told that the computer wasn't working! Food was delicious but we almost missed our show. I think we should have at least been comp'd something like free chips and salsa or a drink.

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MelindaA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The food is mediocre, kind of thrown at you, and the restaurant was hot and too loud to hear anyone speaking. With waiters in masks now, it is a struggle to hear them and then it is not all that good when it arrives. A sorry slide for a once great Mexican restaurant. I give them props for checking IDs and Covid status.

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vipDoubleffs
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Dining before ballet. Waiter overloaded so service bad. Food cold. We asked for medium guacamole and it came hot. This is a neighborhood restaurant for me. If I had been with my husband, we would never come back. Hope it improves.

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Zerlinarosa
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The staff are completely overwhelmed. It’s understandable, but they need to limit seating until they figure it out.
The food - the salsa was horribly bland - just pulverized tomatoes and onions without salt or garlic or peppers. I got a 3-inch chicken bone in my pollo pibil tacos, but nobody to tell as our waiter was trying to cover several tables. The guacamole was good but overpriced. Worst thing was the constant waiting for service. Our waiter was lovely but, omg, they need help at the bar, help in the kitchen and help on the floor.
We won’t go back until I hear that things have improved.

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vipJimInHastings
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Quite disappointing compared to pre-COVID. Inadequate waitstaff, inept maitresse d’ & poorly prepared food. Even their signature guacamole was poor - pre-made and no longer prepared fresh, table side. ☹️

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MOCA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Tour of Mexico Prix Fixe. Everything was lovely. Ate outside as weather was good.

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AlisonC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! I definitely recommend it if you love Mexican food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious . Pomegranate margarita is the best. Guac also!

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vipShariS
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Miss the guacamole at the table service. Bruch selections were very nice. Drinks good as well.

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GP10
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Outdoor seating!

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vipMaitreyaP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Our good experience was messed up by your waiter Jorge who was in such a rush to force second round of drinks even before we finished ours. We were there to meet a friend and he would constantly interrupt us asking if he could bring the next order even before we finished with our food !
When he misplaced my Amex c.c ( which he found later!) our patience with him was worn thin !

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vipSLR1
Baltimore
87 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 41st anniversary in NYC and try to visit Rosa Mexicana at Lincoln Center whenever we visit. We had a wonderful meal, delicious margaritas and impeccable service, as always. Thank you for another special lunch for our special weekend!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and great food!

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Marilynw
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lively, clean, friendly atmosphere. Excellent drinks, brilliant guacamole and wonderful, interesting, authentic food. Highly recommend it.

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vipFreddy
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had to ask particularly for the meal on the website. It offers dishes not available on the unwieldy main menu. They we delicious.

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vipCharlesR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal outside in one of the booths. Certainly not the same as being upstairs but we do it we must! The food was delicious as always!

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vipUWSide
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lily the manager is amazing. Love the michelada! Food is tasty and nice presentation

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KristinW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in based on reviews and we’re not disappointed. I recommend the Mexican bowl with the guacamole appetizer. It was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My lunch companion and I were encouraged not yo sit outdoors as per our request because service was said to be quicker indoors.
We agreed and had to wait over an hour for our order when everyone else was served. We brought this to the attention of the hostess who kindly agreed to deduct the cost of our meals.

There appears to be a problem in the kitchen which has not been corrected to date.
We come here frequently and wait a long time to be served.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Poor service incompetent receptionist

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vipDave
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Been to Rosa Mexicano many times, but not in a few years, partly b/c of Covid, partly b/c its at Lincoln Center and pre Covid its was all just too crowded... But heres what we found... food was ok, seemed like our food was already prepared and waiting in the wings, and not cooked to order which is what you expect in a restaurant. My dish, enchiladas, was almost room temperature (read: NOT HOT, how can enchilada be served any other way but too hot to eat?), and my dates was only slightly warmer, cheese coagulated with in 10 minutes of being served. Desert was the same, ordered churros and the dipping sauces were cold from the fridge, as in, WE COULD NOT DIP the damn churros... Its a microwave folks, how hard is it? No one ever came back to the table to ask us how he food was for entrees or desert, otherwise we would have said something. Which is an interesting thing, there was no real service, only the order, then the food runners, not even clearing of the tables app dishes.

Another interesting things is they have not removed any tables, and it was old school NY where the tables were so close (how close were they?) I could takes something off the table next to us without over reaching in the original place they wanted to seat us. We asked to be moved to a less populated area in the dining room and we were accommodated, so thanks for that. It was so tight, that when we were bing shown to our table, the servers had to move out of the way of serving a table, so we could pass...I would say for the comfort and piece of mind of the diners, the dining room could use a 10-15% reduction of total number of tables and give folks some space. I know the restrictions have been removed, but come on folks.. its still a pandemic.

So overall, not sure if I will be back anytime soon. RM was a treasure when it opened years back and even considered fine dining back in the day. Today its on par with Chilis.

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vipBarbaraN
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Find was delicious. We sat outside and as expected it was a bit noisy. Can’t wait to return

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FERNANDL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

choose upper floor................................................................

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RoOch
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The charm is gone. Food now is just above tex mex food chain restaurants.

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IanS
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

10 minutes to get a server. Food was just ok. Guacamole was basically chunks of avocado. Quesadilla has very little meat. Do not recommend

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LimaryC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to eat in the City. Food is excellent and so was the service.

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hugo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great, but always feel the service is what primes the most!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were the first table there
Apps (chicken nachos) took a long time 30-45 mins. We never got our entrees and the server never came back to see if we got our food.
Coffee mugs were extremely dirty, please polish
Tables that came after us, ate and got their check before us.
Won’t ever come back again, not even as a buyback
Sorry

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vipRICK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

As a long time diner of Rosa's I was not expecting the worst service I've ever experienced at this or any NYC restaurant. The initial food service/delivery was fine. But our empty plates sat on our very small table for way too long and were not removed off the table until I flagged down a passing server and asked for the plates to be taken away. When our waiter appeared about 15 minutes later, we ordered dessert.
20 or so minutes later I went indoors to inquire about our desserts. The waiter said the desserts were being prepared and would be ready in 5 minutes. 20 minutes later the desserts arrived. Every course was deliscious but the experience spoiled by the terrible service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

👍🏻🦋 good good good good

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EveM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great, the drinks were really good, food was ok.

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ElsW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great outdoor space. Margaritas are on point.

JC
vipJayCee
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It’s incredibly sad to see a much-loved NYC mainstay enter into such a precipitous decline following the pandemic. The kitchen staff struggled to produce food in a timely manner (despite operating from a significantly reduced and uninspiring menu, which seems to no longer include desserts). As the situation deteriorated throughout the course of the evening, the waiting staff disappeared entirely from the floor, leaving me and my fellow diners questioning if there was a staff walkout. Eventually diners began to rise from their tables asking the front desk reception for assistance with their orders. I’ve been a regular customer at Rosa Mexicano for decades and it pains me to see the wheels fall off what was previously a well-oiled and efficient establishment.

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vipFreddy
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I think the new menu is unfortunate. It is clumsy and inconvenient.
Also I do not care for the music piped. It is noisy rather than musical in the accepted sense of the word.

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BradM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Well prepared

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MatthewS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always good here!

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vipQuietPlease
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent

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vipDoubleE
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as always! Especially with Restaurant Week specials.

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 4.2 stars by 7846 OpenTable diners.

Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.rosamexicano.com/store/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.