Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

4.4
7749 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
ALL RESERVATIONS ARE FOR INDOOR ONLY. OUTDOOR IS FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.
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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
What 7749 people are saying
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Joseph
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed being back at Rosa Mexicano. They clearly value new hygiene guidelines. As before, drinks and food were delicious!

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DavidS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

I have been going to Rosa Mexicano for 38 years, dating back to the small original location on the Upper East Side. I was a regular customer and knew Josefina Howard, the original owner of the restaurant. The point is I go way back and I have a keen knowledge of the quality and style of the cooking at Rosa Mexicano.

Josefina would be irate if she knew what has become of her life’s work. I had lunch yesterday at the Lincoln Center location with a friend I hadn’t seen in 32 years. The food was inedible. I typically order the same thing - I start with guacamole and finish with Enchiladas de Mole Poblano. The guacamole was tiny, mashed up, and not spicy, which is the way it was ordered. The enchiladas were thick and mealy, the chicken inside was very small and the mole did not resemble what I expect from Rosa Mexicano. The only thing that remained great was the Pomegranate Margarita's which was exactly as it has always been.

Someone has dropped the ball at Rosa. I will never go back to the Lincoln Center location and am hesitant to go back to the upper east side location if the food is the same.

We spent $250 for lunch and it was a complete waste. For those thinking about going to Rosa Mexicano, I would suggest that you have a drink and eat elsewhere. As a side note, I have never written a review of a restaurant. Not once in my 60 years. That's how strongly I feel about our experience. I hope this was helpful to an owner that might read this or a customer that is considering Rosa Mexicano for a meal. Go to Maya on the upper east side. They know what they are doing, unlike Rosa.

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GuapoCMSV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It had a very nice atmosphere.

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Esther
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved this place for the food and for the people there

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vipNancyS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. The Guacamole was to die for. We had two orders of it. Had five different tacos and they were all delicious. Server was pleasant and attentive.

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vipFlash
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Something has happened to Rosa Mexicano and it's not good. I love this place - have been a customer for years - but my triumphant return to inside dining was not glorious. The tableside guacamole comes from the kitchen - okay, I accept that - the price was the same but the portion in the iconic volcanic bowl was easily 1/3 smaller. Fewer chips provided too. What's going on, Rosa?

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Chris
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The restaurant was nice. We were celebrating Mother’s Day. The issue we had was, the main dish came before the appetizer. I eventually asked to Bring both at the same time. We were waiting for the dessert over 10 minutes. The Waiter came without it and asked if we were ready for the bill. It seems like bad communication between the kitchen and the waiters.

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JoseP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went for Mothers day, the place looks very authentic, like being in Mexico but the food is nothing special. The Guacamole came with zero salt, it was completely tasteless... far to be close to mexico. The carnitas were OK, the queso fundido as well.... Overall fine.. but I do not think I'll go back there are much better Mexican options in NYC...

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Mother’s Day

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vipDaniel
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

solid, regional cooking; deep depths of flavors; always consistent; always an enjoyable meal

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luvgdfd
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

If you don't mind loud conversations, competing with the music system and barking dogs that can be heard indoors. Go for it. The food is delicious as are the Margaritas.

SG
vipSteveG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

We had requested a table by the windows and they were not able to accommodate it.

The food quality wasn't as great as what we have had there, in the past.

The waiter was good, but the hosts were not friendly nor attentive. When we left, not one said "good-bye" even though they were standing by the front door without any customers around them.

The waiter was friendly, but seemed over worked. He had 2 large tables at the back of the restaurant and we always had to flag him down. He barely had time to check in with us. The steak I had was luke warm and the enchilada was cold.

This restaurant was always a great, solid place to eat. Unfortunately, it has gone down hill, and I can no longer recommend it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I’ll give the place consistent high marks for the service. You never have to wait long for anything you may want or need. All courses came out promptly. We enjoyed all of our meals except one person who found their dish too salty. But 75% of the time we come to this location, everything is top notch. So a once-in-a-while “meh” for anything they serve isn’t enough to not return for the overall top notch experience. This location has a nice, upscale vibe and clientele. Will return.

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vipMalu
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Returned to in restaurant dining at RM. Great service, great food and an attentive and thoughtful waitstaff were all appreciated. We will be back.

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vipGlobalblondie
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Used to love this Rosa and really sad about the decline in food quality in the last few years. My enchiladas were gloppy and not in a good way.

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Exigente
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entrees of two different steak dishes, the dessert of tres leches and coffee, and the margaritas throughout were delicious. We sat on the second floor where we had plenty of space, a great open view from the window, minimum noise, and wonderful service. Gracias!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

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vip11and14
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

They don't have a good food anymore. The food was cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Overall a mediocre experience. Our waiter was virtually non existent and could care less!!!
Will not return.

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Moana
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a beautiful ambiance, friendly service, and wonderful food! The social distancing and respectful Covid practices couldn’t have been better. We’ve been coming since 2005, and have never once been disappointed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was a nice experience. Those churros were not freshly baked, they were definitely taken out the freezer/fridge and warmed up. I understand mass production but I’ve tasted better. My main course was delicious. It’s Americanized Mexican food, but I had a good time. Ambiance was perfect. I would return.

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CasualDiner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great appetizers, good drinks, food was a bit meh. One of the dishes came out a bit cold.

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thediplomat
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

One dish of food arrived cold, but was replaced right away. Restaurant is nice, pleasant, with very good Mexican food but service was a little slow in the beginning.

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vipDac35
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience whether with friends, date night or family
Great food and margaritas

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vipSpecial
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The server was overworked and left us needing to wave him down more than once but good for the restaurant that they are so busy the server can’t keep up. Now is the time to rehire staff. Otherwise, it was a Rosa Mexicano dinner as usual. Delightful.

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vipJohn
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was a bit slow unusual for this restaurant. I assume the management hasn’t adjusted to larger crowds.

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LynnR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service. A favorite restaurant.

MB
MichaelB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice spot. Good food. Location was perfect as we were staying at Columbus Circle area:

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vipScott
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good. Frozen margs are the best.

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viptckdp
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance & great staff. We go to Rosa Mexicano every time we go to the City from Connecticut.

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RichardP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always I enjoyed my meal at Rosa's, but I was a bit shocked that entrees now longer included rice and beans. Seems an unwise way to economize; please re-thing this.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, yummy dinner out w our 13 year old daughter - consistently great food, friendly and professional waitstaff, contemporary atmosphere

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SophiaY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to spot for upscale Mexicans food.. ambience is fantastic and the service is fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Restaurant was really under staffed, took 30 minutes to get a waiter for putting in an order and another hour before we got any appetisers. The order came out wrong and by then we didn’t even have the time to put in additional food.

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vipSherwin
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

We weren’t getting attention. Guac was so late as well.

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vipHardlee
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Drinks and food were very good. Service too. Nice setting.

JT
vipJanelT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosa is one of our favorite go to Mexican restaurants. The guacamole sets the standard for every other Mexican restaurant we ever go to.

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DavidH
Philadelphia
2 reviews