Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

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7047 reviews
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Our highly anticipated second Rosa Mexicano location opened in July 2000. Just steps away from Lincoln Center, this impressive David Rockwell-designed space features a 30-foot iridescent blue tile water wall that spans both levels of the restaurant and is adorned with 240 miniature cliff divers. Here you’ll also find a dramatic “floating” staircase made of orange and red terrazzo slabs and backlit panels behind the bar embedded with rose petals. Awarded “Best Restaurant 2000” by Interiors Magazine, this unique, contemporary look ushered in a new era for us at Rosa Mexicano.
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OT
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

great room, mediocre food. it used to be much better, too bad they did not keep up their standard.

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L
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Just not good. Bathrooms dirty and lacking soap and paper. No air conditioning on a 90 degree day. Service very slow. They should be able to do better but seem to be on a decline.

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SP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great experience. My family has a great time! They loved the food and atmosphere.

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GQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The steak I had was like trying to eat a boot. The drinks were watered down and the place was noisy. Service was very good.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Nice place, very kind service! We loved! Guacamole and tacos very good!

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OT
Austin
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When you’re a Texan and away from home it’s good to find Mexican food done right.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent!! It’s the first time we’ve been to Rosa Mexicano, and we’ll be sure to go back!

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice. Loved the guacamole and Marguerita. Food very good. Noise was extremely annoying

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S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant has an intimate feel with the warm of home!

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FF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was very delightful. Our server for the evening was Somora and she was AMAZING!! Beyond pleasant and attentive without being intrusive and annoying. I am not really a fan of Mexican food, but the fish tacos HERE were soooooooo good. The fish was very fresh, seasoned well, lightly battered and fried to perfection. Crispy and piping hot on the outside, yet flaky and moist on the inside. definitely worth the price. The pomegranate margarita was excellent... all 3 of them. :) On my next visit, I am definitely going for the spicy pineapple margarita! I saw it being served at another table and goodness did it look thirst quenching. Also, the flan and churros ice cream sandwich were the perfect desserts. I will definitely be returning in the near future!

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b
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Rosa Mexicano used to be one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Despite being a large corporation you could rely on the kitchen to turn out interesting flavorful dishes that defied most corporate expectations. Unfortunately, this no longer seems the case. While the ambience is pleasant and the staff, as always, works hard to make you happy and comfortable, the food lacks flavor complexity and texture. It now seems much more like a corporate restaurant that is trying not to alienate Americans seeking slightly ethnic varieties of American food; everything is rather banal and soft. I hope they will go back to an earlier vision of food that surprises and excites the palette and tastes more like authentic Mexican food.

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h
Minneapolis
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location and service! Excellent service! Really enjoyed our meal.

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DK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best margaritas and guacamole! Delicious tasty food!

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LE
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I am asked to write a review that is at least 50 characters in length but the only thing I want to say about the place is meh.

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S
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time for am afternoon lunch. Sit outside!
The staff were great dealing with our toddler

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GW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. Great food, great prices, great service, great ambiance. My visit couldn't have no been any better. By the way, get the guacamole (it will change your life).

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LC
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I have always had good experiences at Rosa Mexicans until last night.

When we were finally seated, a waiter never came. We were brought chips by someone but they were cold and stale. Finally we flagged down a waiter at another table (after about 15 min) and asked who our waiter was and he rudely said it was him.

We asked to order drinks and when they finally came (margaritas) he did not give us straws (every other table had paper straws). We couldn’t drink our drinks until they were half melted when we got a different waiter to bring us straws and water. When our waiter saw this a few minutes later from another table, he visibly rolled his eyes at us.

Our waiter never once spoke a full sentence to us. He did not introduce himself.

After the meal, he brought us the wrong check that was for another table that had spent more than we had.

We corrected him and he just rudely snatched the bill and my card from me and walked away. When he brought it back he did not speak, just threw it down on the table and walked away.

It was such a disappointing dining experience. Even the food was not the quality I expected, but the horrible waiter really made me never want to come back.

I would not recommend this particular location of Rosa.

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FP
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is fantastic at this location. The service was good, but not great. Being proactive when ordering brunch drinks in recommended as is allowing time to enjoy. The staff is very friendly.

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d
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Excellent service the wait staff was very helpful. Unfortunately, they were out of mexican coke and the guac was made with a less than ideal avocado, which turned it into a less than expected experience.

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EW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great spot for lunch or dinner pre or post Lincoln Center show. Very conveniently located. The staff is very friendly to adults and children. Guacamole made table side is always a favorite for us!

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JB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and service.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Based on the guacamole alone, I would recommend Rosa. The rest of the menu is pretty great too.

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VM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The drinks were very good and the food generous but I am afraid the flavors were not as I remembered them. Fish tacos were enormous but tasteless, Rice&Beans taste of nothing and the Guac was just ok. The salsa was good. The food used to be solid but not sure what happened. I would say 4 stars for drinks and 2 for food.

Service front was uneven. Some members of staff were great! Others hideous but in balance was a good experience.

Not sure I will go back in a rush.

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m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Loved it. Our go-to restaurant when we see a show at Lincoln Center.

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f
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great
It’s now my favorite restaurant near Lincoln Center
Amazing food and wonderful service

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ER
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful NY location to take my family, from out of town, including my super-hungry nephews! They loved it, and I enjoyed the meal and a perfect margarita as always. Also love the non-alcoholic beverages: hibiscus iced tea and cucumber mint w/ line & pellegrino.

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f
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Usually service very efficient. This time it was slow.

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F
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We allowed 2 hours for dinner so we would not have to rush. When we ordered entrees, I asked if the salmon dish could be prepared without the chorizo and was told it could so I ordered it. It arrived with the chorizo so we called over the manager and I ordered another fish entree that could be prepared more quickly. Was told would not be charged for the salmon dish (well, I would hope not!). The other entree arrived some time later but a relaxed meal then became rushed. The bill arrived and I was charged for the substitute entree, which did not seem right and finally they removed the charge. The food and ambiance were very good but they need to pay more attention to the accuracy of the order.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

we had a round table in corner and we could converse easily. the meal arrived lukewarm and fish tacos didn’t seem freshly cooked.

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m
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The guacamole is not as good as it used to be. Service outside was not great.

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CT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pro: Menu has a lot to choose from and the portions are generous. We ordered the beef tacos and shrimp quesadilla. Both were delicious. The table next to ours ordered the guacamole - looked great as it is made fresh at your table. Dessert menu was tempting as well.
Con: We had a reservation, the restaurant was not too busy, but they wouldn’t seat us outside claiming they didn’t have enough menus .... we were a party of two.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were excellent as was service. A wonderful experience!

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CP
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious. I enjoyed tasting all of the fresh ingredients and flavors. My fiance's steak was perfectly cooked and I loved the ride and beans. The drinks were not that great but I was pleased with everything else. It's a wonderful place to go for a date especially right before attending an event at the Lincoln Center.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The waitress was extremely rude, like she didn’t want to be there. When I would ask for a drink she would roll her eyes.

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V
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was pricey but it was good! The staff was nice and the venue was beautiful.

The tables were extremely small. I had to stack my plate on a ledge because there was no room on the table and it ended up falling on me. Also, more can be done about big control outside. I ended up with bugs in my food and drinks which shouldn’t be happening as frequently as it did. (I know it’s outside but still....)

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EL
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my 43rd birthday at Rosa Mexicano. One of our favorite places to eat. Food and service were amazing. And everything is affordable.

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HM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a standby when we go to Lincoln Center. Only complaint is noise level a bit high. Food was great!

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MB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Drinks, food and wait service were very good. Perfect location near the Theater District.

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JM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a reservation for six and the table was set for seven. The server took a long time to take our order. The food was good but only warm not hot. We have dined here before with much better service and hot food. Hope it was just an off night.

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PS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent!

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