Rosa Mexicano - DC

4.3
5210 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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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Delivery or takeout
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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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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
EL DÍA DE LOS PADRES
Father's Day | June 17th
This Father's Day, indulge your padre with a Mexican feast for brunch or dinner, including our Pez Espada en Mole Coloradito or Chuleta de Cerdo. Celebrate dad with a Tromba Mule - our twist on the traditional Moscow Mule.

BRUNCH
Sat & Sun | 11:30am - 3:00pm
Churros French Toast. Enough said.

HORA FELIZ
Mon - Fri, 4-7pm at the Bar
Specially priced Margaritas, Sangría y Cervezas!

EL MENU DE CANTINA
Mexico City Cantina Fare
$8.5 Tacos, Quesadillas, Antojitos y mas – Served All Day at The Bar
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

Private Dining

Rosa Mexicano's dramatic spaces are designed for affairs of all types, from large dinner parties and cocktail receptions to the most intimate of gatherings. To start planning your next event, please contact Janice Conner.

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What 5210 People Are Saying
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4.2
food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

The food and the service was not good. I have been to this restaurant before and expect it better service and taste of food.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The food wasn’t that great, but the drinks were awesome! Sad that I spent so much money on the food though. I expected it to be better

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always a good experience and delicious food. I eat here with friends everything I visit Washington.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Rosa Mex is a long time favorite - my vircle of friends has celebrated many birthdays and special occassions here. But this visit was disappointing. We made a 5:15 pm reservation after being assured that there would be valet service available to my friend who has a broken toe. She even double checked the day of our ressie, and the hostess assured her valet starts at 5pm. When she arrived at 5:10pm, there was no valet. The hostess promised to get the manager to find a solution, but the manager never showed up. When we were seated, the hostess again promised to get a manager and send him to our table. He never showed up. When we were leaving, the hostess for the third time promised to get a manager, and none showed up. We will not be visiting Rosa Mex again any time soon.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Service was really slow by our main waiter. He rarely came to the table.

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Food is just meh and the portions are so small. For what they charge, I would expect much higher quality and a bigger portion.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

They’re bringing out the guacamole in smaller bowls now and not making it tableside, other than that the usual great experience.

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2018

This is a chain and an enjoyable one. I was there with a party of 5 and even though we had a reservation made a week in advance it still took an extra 20 minutes for them to set out table....at 6:00 on a week day. I thought that was a bit ridiculous but something we can’t control. It seems that they were short staffed and the front desk staff was very chatty with fellow employees. Rather disappointing but their table guacamole and interesting dishes are what we went there for anyways so mission accomplished for us.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great food! Great service. Have the pomegranate margarita...delicious!!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We visit Wasington for 33th aniversary and spend all afternoon with splendid cuissine experience and delicius flovors for mexico, we are with great feelings about our dinner in Rosa Mexicano restaurant

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Attentive waiter in spite of a very full restaurant. Food was very good - as usual. Easily met our theater time schedule. Fairly priced. Friendly staff. No complaints.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Excellent food and service as always

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

2 different ambiances. Cool dining / bar area and a quiet dining room. Went in front door to get seated and thought oh this is a cool place with an upbeat atmosphere.
Then they led is to our table behind a wall and into another "very quiet" dinning room. It was a little bit of a downer from the initial feel for the place, but we didn't let it get in the way. As we sat there we noticed as more people entered the room the noise level went up and did get better and didnt seem like everyone could hear you conversation anymore.
The Salsa & Table side Guac are awesome and the food we ordered was very fresh tasting! I would return again, but they should put music in the dining area to loosen the feel us a bit

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Service a little slow
Especially delivering drinks

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Rosa Mexicano is one of my favorites. The food is always delicious! A gourmet version of Mexican food.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Staff were amazing and lovely! Chef came out to speak to us! Highly recommend!

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The restaurant itself is dated and dirty. The owners appear to have put no money towards capital improvements. I remember going here several years ago and it feeling nice and modern. In fact I took my out of town guests here thinking that it would be nicer than Lauriol Plaza, not the case!

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

VERY noisy restaurant. The tables were also so close together and there was hardly any space for the staff to walk through. “Tableside” guacamole was made 5 tables down...half of the fun is watching it made right next to you. Service was OK - the front desk knew it was my birthday though and that was never acknowledged. Food is excellent, although pricey. But if you like a relaxing ambience and quiet conversation, this isn’t the place.

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2.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Too much food too little quality. Worst guacamole we ever tasted.

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2018

We both tried new dishes and were very disappointed. Not st all what we expected and the flavor was horrible. The salsa also tasted rancid, like it had expired, and we turned it away twice, as we did with one of our meals. Very very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

A little pricey but the food is absolutely amazing and we received a free desert! Guacamole, an appetizer, 2 entrees and a complimentary desert came out to total 114$

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

While I did not love the enchiladas, others did love the quesadillas. Chips and salsa given (pretty good) and though we did not order it, they make guac at the table and the ingredients looked fresh and good. The restaurant is located on a corner and the lighting and decor of it was very good. We were pleased with our meal overall and the prices were fair as well. One thing I would have prefer they do differently is to serve the beans and rice in separate bowls.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

I've been meaning to try Rosa Mexicano for years. Sorry I waited so long. The food is very good and the prices are reasonable. Had the chicken enchiladas with mole poblano sauce. Highly recommended. Looking forward to my next visit already.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Awesome !! great cocktails !! I love the service at Rosa Mexicans and the folks are great with positive attitudes.

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2018

We had street tacos which were good but a little pricey. Guacamole was delicious but at $15 I’d expect phenomenal. Service was present but slow; we had to ask for everything (water refills, more chips, to go box). We accidentally forgot our leftovers and returned to the restaurant within minutes (I realized it as we stepped into the Metro escalator and went right back up and to the restaurant) but they decided to be speedy after we left and said they had already thrown away our bag of food. It was good but I don’t need to return.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Needs more vegan, vegetarian options to attract customers most interested in healthful dining.

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3.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Overall good, but not great. Went for dinner on a Monday night. Restaurant was full and quite loud. Too expensive for Mexican cuisine. Beer selection limited, especially since it's bottled. But service was very good.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

The guacamole was great, definitely the best part! Our entrees were so-so.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Our server could have been more friendly and attentive.

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1.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The worst dining experience ever. This establishment was the first establishment that I have ever experience racism. I booked a reservation for two and when host sat us at the table in the corner we next to a bed of fake flower arrangements that had nets flying around it. I asked the host to move to another table by the window that was set for a party of 4. Host said that table requires party of 4 so we decided to take the seat with the nets flying by. Not even 5 min later it was a white couple( party of 2) came in and sat at the same table by the window by same hostess that refused my request

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Yummy! Though a bit overpriced for what it was-

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Larissa was terrific. She didn’t rush us and was very attentive!

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Service was very slow!

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

My fiance didn't like the food and my food came out almost I've cold. The national harbor location is much better.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

What a great place. The food is flavorful and authentic. Weekly 2 course lunch special for 20$. The guacamole is a must but the medium was more like a mild for me being from the south. I enjoyed the meal. Our server was often hard to find.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Amazing mole enchiladas and great service! Had an amazing view of the Portrait Gallery too!

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Our main server was great. An experienced woman. A couple of the others were stern faced and not very amiable. It was warm out and I suspect they were not happy wearing those black outfits and caps. I would not have been. Guacamole looked a like it had been standing a bit. Generally we were pleased with the entrees we had.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The food and service was excellent but the bathroom was not clean

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The food is good. I think the best veggie option is the guacamole. It is spicy a bit too much so for my kids. I have eaten here twice when in town. The big complaint this time was my husband's dish which included grilled cactus had a clump of spines. We pointed it out and they laughed. Didn't apologize offer him a new one etc.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Drinks outstanding. Guacamole wonderful. Entrees tender and juicy.

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