Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

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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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OT
New York Area
166 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice variety of regional food. Well prepared, good service and value. Very busy so book ahead.

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

Always lovely. The server was so polite, and helpful.

CA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing times with my girlfriends. Food was great.

S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The drinks, guacamole, and service were great. Main dishes not-so.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Rough start. Checked in 10 mins early only to find out 25mins later they had not checked us in. Finally got sorted out and sat down 30 mins after scheduled reservation time but was comped generously to make amends. Regardless would still recommend.

JM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was terrible, the fish smelled like it was 2 weeks old and the three of us mourned the loss of a once very, very good restaurant.

DD
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I made a reservation on OpenTable for 8 people. The day prior to the dinner I called to ask if we can have seating with access to a wheelchair. The hostess yelled at me that I had no reservation multiple times despite me spelling my name over and over and telling her I booked with OpenTable. After 5 minutes of this banter, she found my reservation, said, "OK" and hung up. On the night of the dinner we arrived, 8 people, to be shoved into a booth/table for 6. We looked like sardines and our friend who is in a wheelchair could not stay in his scooter and was lifted by friends to a chair. We could not eat like this. I had to complain to the hostess multiple times and after a few minutes we were moved upstairs, where my friend had to exit the building to get into an elevator. We then had to wait another 20-30 min to order our meals. The waiter was nice, but that was the only redeeming factor of the dinner. Their rudeness and discrimination to a man in a wheelchair was beyond belief. I would NOT recommend ever going there.

c
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not been to Mexico, so I can't compare, but I'm from Southern California and I have not had a better Mexican meal ever!

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food tastes nice and the place was so nice.my friend and I had a really good time. thank you . the friend and I are living close to the restaurant, then we should visit again for sure.

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant space has a beautiful clean modern design, but noise level is a bit high. Service was very good and attentive. Food was great.

BB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!!!! Service was excellent, very attentive. We only had an hour before a ballet at Lincoln Centre, they got us through really quickly.

DP
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It’s a fun tradition to go to Rosa Mexicana and the Opera.

Pomegranate margaritas, fresh guacamole, mole enchiladas...

Unfortunately this time even with reservations at an early 6pm and a decent amount of free tables my date and I were put in a less than desirable table in the back instead of something more in line with the night I had planned. :(

The tables are a bit long. Makes room for the wonderful dishes but wish the tables were smaller to allow for more intimacy with my girlfriend. You seem too far away.

K
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Best pomegranate margarita in Manhattan. Damon was perfectly prepared

DD
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a local. Street tacos, Camerones, wouldn’t be what I selected next time but guacamole was outstanding however don’t hesitate to emphasize spicy. Ours was mild although we asked for a 4 on a 5 point scale. We sat upstairs. Downstairs seemed noisier.

FV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, good location good service, poor Margaritas.

S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Menu is a little limited, but the food is delicious. Great spot for dinner with family or friends.

f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

My response is biased by the fact that I found a piece of plastic in my salmon. They did give me another plate but took for ever for it to arrive and there was no attempt at any real apologetic action

TN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, service and drinks, love this place!

TD
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were a few minutes late for our reservation but the hostess was able to seat us in no time!
The margaritas are top notch as is the homemade guac table side.
We had one of the fish entrees and the marinated chx/steak dish. Delicious!
The uptown location is one of my absolute favorites - HIGHLY recommend!

TP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new menu is fantastic! I can't wait to try more of the new dishes. The scallops were just delicious!

DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I would recommend. Of the restaurants close to LC this is my favorite. Fod is great. Need to make a resv asap though to get the time you want.

PS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

good service and god food- way way too noisy, I will not go again pre preformance
strain to hear my table mates, so no matter how good service and food are, if the noise
level is awful, why go back?

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guacamole is a must !! Absolutely delicious, made at your table

TG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live across the street and usually stop by for lunch. Was my first time there with their new menu. Love the menu and food was great. Huge improvement.

k
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Only if they are looking for a quick bite before going to Lincoln Center. Our waiter was great, personable and professional BUT it was really loud even though we were upstairs, and the food was not what it once was. Tres Enchiladas with lots of gloppy sauce....and tiny tacos that only come in three same type

All in all a fair rating, location gets the best part of review (for Lincoln Center)

NM
New York Area
161 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I used to go to this eatery for years when I lived nearby, but in recent years the food is at the level of Chipotle. (In fact, Chipotle may have more flavor!) Even the famed guacamole is not what it used to be. Worst part: we were three, and we were seated next to a party of 12 or 14 loud young screaming immature witches. They were so unpleasant and shrill, ruining the ambiance for us during the entire meal. The waiter was very nice but explained that he could do nothing. I asked to speak to a manager, but one never came. The management should truly be ashamed. A once delightful restaurant gone to sh_t. Sad.

JW
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food is overpriced and not especially authentic. I've been numerous times to Oaxaca, Puebla and Mexico City and none of the restaurant's dishes came close. And the prices certainly didn't. I was also disappointed that the iced tea listed on the menu wasn't available. Noise level is uncomfortable unless one sits outdoors.

MR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a reliable restaurant option very close to Lincoln Center. As always, the food was fine. The service was very good. This time, we chose to sit outside since last night was likely one of the last times you could do that until next spring. The sidewalk tables are fine -- I thought it might be noisy with the traffic on Columbus Avenue but it was not. And the servers did not neglect us as sometimes happens when you sit outside. All good.

RW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoy their salmon salad although the amount of salmon is less than when I first ate here. The location right across street from Lincoln Center is definitely a plus.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service extremely slow. Bathroom terrible. Lights burnt out. Half of stalls broken.
Food and ambiance very good, but infrastructure bad.

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

Loved it! Food was amazing and service was even better. I was very very pleased.

G
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

The waiter delivered regular tap water in a bottle. It seem to be room temperature as opposed to cold. I had asked for ice, but it never arrived and I had to request it from the host who seem to be putting tortilla chips and salsa on all the tables in my area. Not what I typically would expect from a host position. But the host also brought ice to the table. I had ordered the three enchiladas plate. The food was warm, not even hot. I looked at other meals being served two other guest, and none looked overly impressive. For the price of producing Mexican dishes, and for the quality that was served, I feel this restaurant is VERY overpriced.

MF
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Horrible!!!! In the middle of eating my dinner a water bug (the size of an apple) decided to pay me a visit on the couch I was sitting on. One of the servers proceeded to hit it with broom approximately 3-5 times to ensure that he killed it. As per my request the manager arrived to my table and asked what was the problem? After explaining to him the situation and how disgusted I was he stated "THIS RESTAURANT HAS AN "A" RATING OUTSIDE." After about 5 minutes of arguing with the manager he finally agreed to pay for my meal (which later made my stomach upset). Horrible management and a horrible experience. Very disappointed!!!!!!!!

RH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our group of four all enjoyed the food, the service, the décor and festive atmosphere.

BM
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lincoln Center Rosa Mexicano needs a practical indoor elevator for its main dining room. Food and service are very good, but noise level is high. Could just stop the background music to reduce background noise. Would make conversation and meal more pleasant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service is friendly but ALWAYS TAKES TOO LONG

JD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved my first visit - will be sure to come back again

PH
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was courteous and fast and the food was very delicious.
We had a show to catch, so I really appreciate the fast service from beginning to
end.

t
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fabulous waitress. Smiles and cherry. Just too noisy to hold a conversation.

MM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Decent food, incredibly overpriced, and the restaurant is overcrowded, extremely loud and not clean. Gross menus (food stains all over it), bathroom smelled.

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