Rosa Mexicano - DC

4.3
5638 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Directly across from the Capital One Arena, Rosa Mexicano has been serving classic Mexican cuisine for over 20 years. Try the famous guacamole, prepared tableside, & sip a frozen pomegranate margarita while enjoying the festive, stylish and comfortable ambiance.
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NP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our wait person, Nancy, was fantastic - attentive, great sense of humor and she went out of her way to prepare a nice presentation plate, with a candle, for some cupcakes we had bought and brought with us to celebrate our daughter's birthday. At our request, they skipped the whole sombrero happy birthday thing, which my daughter really appreciated. :)

Food was fantastic, too and there were mostly non-drinkers at the table, so the mocktail offerings were particularly welcomed by our group.

Can't wait to come back again!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and atmosphere was great! Only downside is we had to wait for 20 minutes even though we had a reservation.

HR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

the food was not as tasty as I expected. I can cook better than that.

C
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner before Shawn Mendez concert, extremely busy so service was slow and requests forgotten. Food was ok but not memorable.
Gave 4 stars with consideration for the fact staff was overwhelmed by volume of diners.

A
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was amazing. We got seated earlier than our reservation time, and our waiter was excellent. We sat outside and it was very nice. However, the food is very pricy for its quality. It is good, but not worth $80 for just two people. I would come again, but I would go for lunch and order different food.

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very attentive and made outstanding recommendations. We will be back!

AW
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and menu. Sometimes the reception can be challenging in terms of finding an acceptable or appropriate table.

AD
New England
22 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waitstaff were not at all knowledgeable about allergens and kitchen is unable to make adaptations for spice allergies. Really, you can’t find a piece of plain chicken in the back?

LC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never liked guacamole until
I went to Rosa Mexicano! That was about 15 years ago & it’s my go to place in DC for a margarita, chips & guacamole! Their enchiladas Suizas, bean & rice are also favorites. Excellent service too!

a
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Rosa Mexicana is a fun restaurant with great ambiance. Food is ok, not great, but ok.

JL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe and food. Did lunch one day and was very pleased.

B
Dallas
477 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was very friendly but incredibly slow. Waiter apologized profusely. If you like good Mexican, this is worth a trip.

R
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Broad choice of margaritas, but La Tradicional is a great choice. Table side quacamole is very good and willingly adjusted to individual taste. Chicken quesadillas were the only disappointment — chicken tasty, but not enough cheese. Everything else was great.

DJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. Would go again.

R
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was great for a Sunday brunch! Would recommend thi give it a try soon.

OT
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Having been to Rosa Mexicano in NYC and MN many times I was looking forward to an amazing up scale experience.
Upon arriving the hostess was fighting with another customer that they were about to seat.

Upon using the restroom I could smell the bathroom from outside it literally smelled like a cage in the zoo. My associate also experienced two guys mock fighting in the restroom and one of the guys told him that his girl friend left him and he said he was high on coke.

We then ordered mild guacamole before dinner and asked it to be mild it arrived spicy as can be.

Next they had the shades drawn by our window side table and some guys were banging on the window and none of the staff did anything.

Food was rushed and beyond the experience I expected.

The DC location needs serious quality control and cleaning staff.

MP
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great. My disappointment was having to repeatedly ask for a second drink. We ordered them and had to remind the servers multiple times we hadn't received them.

KM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food, location and atmosphere were great, and spoke for themselves, however our server seemed less than happy to be there.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Waiter was horrible, took forever to get his attention. Had better food at Uncle Julio’s...never going to this place again

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tacos and the pomegranate magarita is amazing. This place has the best tres leche

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent service! My server thought my portion looked small and took it upon herself to bring me a new one. I hadn’t even noticed!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Event night at Cap One Arena. Clearly overbooked by a lot.
I do not recommend for show nights. Walk a few blocks away - it’s worth it.

DS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We had a long wait due to a concert that most people were attending. Ended up with 15 minutes to eat, so we couldn't really enjoy our food. The bar actually made a mistake and made 2 sets of drinks for us, but we couldn't enjoy the second one because we had so little time.

OT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We were seated 20 minutes after our reservation time and then got watery queso fundido and lackluster pollo budin. We have been going to Rosa a long time and this time the food was the worst by far.

PD
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great place to eat, Right across the street from the capital one center… So extremely convenient. Can’t get any closer to the metro center.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and atmosphere. It’s our favorite restaurant to go to before a show.

L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We got there for Happy Hour for an 8PM concert across the street which is very convenient!
All the food and drinks at Happy Hour were very good quality!

VS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table side Guac was great, back rooms were much quieter than bar area room. Food was great and a lot of variety!

E
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a treat! The quality of the authentic food and service is very good.

Thank you for another terrific time Greg and Rosa staff!

VW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great staff!

B
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks at this place are the best! Great flavor and value is not bad, considering the area and that this place is a bit fancy! I would totally recommend!

AZ
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Food was good but expensive. Service was horrible though - my plate was very greasy and as the waitress was clearing the dishes she poured grease all over my shirt and shorts and didn’t even apologize. Stains wouldn’t come out.

RO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

No HH at tables? Boo.

C
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as always!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Took my coworker for s retirement lunch and manager presented us with a surprise bottle of champagne to celebrate!

EB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Great table side guacamole and chips. Please note that if you are over 21 and still have a vertical ID they will NOT accept it.

SC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here before a big concert with a group of 7. It was my daughter’s 21sr birthday and we had a grand time. The drinks were amazing especially pomegranate margaritas and sangria. Food was lovely as well. The staff gave great service even though it was packed. We made it to the concert on time. They even gave her a mini celebration for her birthday which was much appreciated.

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food - table side guacamole is always a go to!

VC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious, abundant, and fresh. We were a party of eight, maybe that's why it took a bit longer to get to the table. But we all ordered different dishes, and all were excellent. Guacamole prepared fresh tableside is a must. Loved the carnitas with seared pineapple, and the side of plantains!

RT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Very good food. However service was terrible - we were ignored all night. Waitress came by and gave water, but then didn't come back and take order for 15 minuites. We flagged her down and she took drink/food order. We asked her for extra jalapeno on the side with guac, she said yes and then didn't get any. Asked guac guy for some, he said yes, then didn't give any. Asked a busboy. Said yes, didn't give any. Had to flag down a different waiter to get more water. Had to flag down a different waiter for the check.

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