Rosa Mexicano - DC

4.4
5308 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
BRUNCH:
Saturday & Sunday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

LUNCH:
Monday - Friday 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

DINNER:
Monday - Thursday 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Friday - Saturday 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Sunday 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

HAPPY HOUR:
Monday - Friday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Phone number
(202) 783-5522
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Wilmer Carcamo
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Catering
We offer a full range of catering options: buffet stations, pre fixe menus, family style menus, passed hors d'ouvres, etc. For Large Party Reservations, please contact: Jennifer Gladsden, jgladsden@rosamexicano.com or 202.783.5522 for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
F Street NW
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Parking details
Valet parking available daily for dinner only. Garage parking available Monday to Saturday as space permits.
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Public transit
Gallery Place - Chinatown
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Special events & promotions
THANKSGIVING DAY FIESTA
Thursday, November 22nd | 12pm - 9pm
3 Course Menu & A La Carte Specials
Enjoy Thanksgiving with a Mexican twist! From pumpkin soup garnished with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds, to a turkey dinner with your choice of mole poblano or traditional gravy, leave the cooking to us.

SEASON'S EATINGS
December 24th & 25th | 12pm - 9pm
Enjoy our Mexican-spiced holiday specials. From our crispy mini ceviche tacos and half-roasted achiote chicken, to our twist on the traditional "Cookies and Milk" and pomegranate punch, leave the holiday cooking to us!

RAISE A GLASS TO 2019!
Monday, December 31st
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Friends & Family at Rosa Mexicano!
4-Course Menu & Specialty Holiday Cocktail
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Season’s Eatings
December 24th & 25th | 12pm - 9pm
Happy Holidays! Celebrate the Holiday with us at Rosa Mexicano.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Season’s Eatings
December 24th & 25th | 12pm - 9pm
Happy Holidays! Celebrate the Holiday with us at Rosa Mexicano.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Raise a Glass to 2019!
Monday, December 31st
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Friends & Family at Rosa Mexicano!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 5308 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2
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4.2
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Two waiters were so high they could barely function

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Miami
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

I booked this restaurant based on location as well as photos of the food posted by others.
I was there with 2 others after watching a show at the capital one arena.
The service was great. The food not so much. we ordered the shrimp tacos- we believed we had better
The carne asada was pretty tasteless- we eat plenty of that to know this was not delicious. We also ordered the ceviche- it was pretty spicy and average in taste
I do like that they bring out chips and salsa like most other restaurants.

I was really excited to try this place out, unfortunately wouldn’t go again

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F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Very noisy and people crammed in like sardines. Service was good though. I attribute the noise and crowds to being a Saturday night in DC.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Yearly holiday night out in DC with my teenage daughter. I’ve been here several times but not in a while. The guacamole is still good but the food is overpriced for the taste and the service was awful and we felt packed in like sardines. I’ll go again for happy hour but never again for a “special occasion “ dinner.

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

The food was delicious, and the service was excellent. You can't beat the ambiance!

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TP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The seating is much too crowded. Everyone around us seemed uncomfortable trying to get out from their tables and not step on someone. Plus you're sitting so close you feel like you're having dinner with the table next to you too. Food is really good, but it is pricey. Service was okay. The National Harbor location is much better!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service.

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SG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Seemed to be really poor service for a Friday Night with an event at the Verizon Center (or whatever they call it now)...we had to ask for our server after sitting for 10-15 minutes and only then did we get water....it got a little better as the evening progressed...but again seemed disorganized.

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MY
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great spot for dinner before a show at Capital One Arena! Great food and fabulous sangria!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Food looks crappy but it actually tastes really great. The building has an unfortunate location next to the police blockade for the arena.the walls are all windows so imagine having the police sirens flashing their lights right into your face all dinner. Not entirely their fault but extremely distracting.

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B
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and drink, but the small glass used for the margarita for the $14.50 is a bit much.

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

I was seated by the door on a cold windy night. Everytime someone came into the restaurant, a cold breeze crossed my table. My request to be seated elsewhere was curtly denied. Food and drink was delicious. Service slow.

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B
Dallas
448 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was VERY slow, but friendly. Food was not on par with what it has been in the past.

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R
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

As always the guacamole! Pulled down by very non attentive service. Food good. We were asked with the check. No fill up on water.

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JO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Expensive but worth the price. Flavors of the food was excellent.

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S
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

So Good! So much fun! Excellent food, excellent drinks, excellent location, and convenient valet parking. What more do you want?

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful birthday celebration for my mom!

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Salt Lake City
51 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Convenient to Shakespeare theater for pre-show dinner, but won't go on a Caps game night again. Bedlam.
Good service, OK mexican food. Pricey.

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M
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great place for a meal right before a Caps game.

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S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for right before a show at the Capitol One Arena. Great food, fast, excellent drinks, and wonderful service.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good. Guacamole was fresh but lacked flavor. Service was great. Bathrooms need a good cleaning.

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LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the experience, and found the tableside freshly made guacamole delish.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here many times and the food, drinks, and service are always great! By far the best spicy cucumber margarita I’ve had. Would definitely recommend this place!

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C
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

What happened to this place? It's been a couple of years since I've been here, and I remember this being a great restaurant.

What we found was a mostly empty restaurant where it took 20 minutes for a server to arrive, empty dishes weren't cleared between courses, and the food was worse than what I'd get at Chipolte for triple the price.

At one point I noticed that both hostesses were on their cellphones, as well as two out of three servers that I saw.

What a joke.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The waiter ruined our favorite restaurant experience in dc

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. A great stop before the game or concert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I am disappointed that they don’t have any special for birthday, especially we have two people celebrated there.

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Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a friend’s birthday who loves Mexican food. She enjoyed everything, the guacamole, enchiladas and dessert.

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HX
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was not as good as I have had there in the past. I find their Maryland location to be better. Furthermore, a drink was spilled on one of our guests.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Great service and good guacamole. Otherwise, still looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant in DC. Too bad - great location.

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K
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very disappointed in food. Not sure how reviews were so good.

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RN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was just ok. The waitress didn’t seem interested in working

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F
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Poorly managed, some truly awful tables for two, indifferent service. Will not return.

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MP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was unusually poor ... inattentive server ... had to ask three times for our check. Food was great as usual.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Far better places to go! Overpriced for disappointing food.

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JD
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

While we enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine, Rosa Mexicano's ultra-small portions and overall quality do not merit the huge price difference when compared to your average Mexican restaurant. Most dishes are quite attractive in appearance but not very exceptional in terms of taste. We found certain dishes to be very greasy and the rubbery-textured cheese to lack flavor. The open space ensures a fairly high noise level, so I would avoid going on a Friday or Saturday evening. I will consider returning at a less busy time, but not on an empty stomach! I am a light eater, don't need much to be happy and still found these portions to be very skimpy. Not a generous place, not a good value.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Much better the my last experience a few months ago

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was a little nervous since recent reviews didn't seem positive, but we had a great meal, excellent service, and overall nice time at RM last Saturday. It got a little loud and crowded but nothing too crazy. I had the beef tacos and they were SPICY but really tasty! And the guac was as good as a remember!

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NM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

disappointing food- came out lukewarm, and was very expensive for the portion sizes

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