Rosa Mexicano - DC

4.3
5501 reviews
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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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Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Fiesta at Rosa Mexicano for Cinco de Mayo!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat mom to our special Mother's Day specials.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Celebrate dad with our Mexican-spiced Father's Day specials.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Celebrate Easter at Rosa Mexicano with a Mexican twist.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 5501 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Going away luncheon.

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S
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This establishment is very noisy. It was difficult to make conversation and hear fellow diners at our small table due to very loud ambient noise.
The food was a bigger problem, however. Three of us left our food nearly untouched. Server did not ask if we had problem with food just took away full plates. Elote was soggy, cold and seasoning was so heavy with mayonnaise flavor it was unpalatable. Entree of crunchy chicken tacos, buchin and carne asade were also came out cold.
Overall was an expensive dinner, subpar food both flavor-wise and was not hot. This was not an enjoyable experience.

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

Great food and ambiance
We came from Philly for spring break , this was recommended by our conceirage at our hotel
Had a great time

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l
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A really fun evening. The service was a little slow but good. I would definitely recommend this restaurant

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

Table side guacamole was fantastic and the other items we purchased were ok. Was difficult to track down our server at times but it could have been because we were there later in the evening.

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

The service was terrible. We had a reservation at 9:45pm and the restaurant was not busy. The server was very slow to come and take our order and slow every other time we needed assistance and the check. Just to be able to order we had to get the attention of the host to assist in tracking down server. Server was not busy serving lots of other tables either. He would either stand back by the corner bar or disappeared.

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M
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner and service.

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

It was a delicious meal with good service. When I went there was a Caps game that night, so it was a bit louder than I would have liked, but it was still a good experience. Worth the money.

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SO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bar was fantastic! Guacamole was amazing. We dined outside and enjoyed the city and area.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food delicious as always but we sat outside this time and service was terrible. We would have order more food and drinks if someone had actually checked on us.

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

Other than the noise level I have only praise for the restaurant. The tacos are like street tacos- which I prefer to "Americanized" versions. Although the menu is more limited than some other restaurants-the options provide a wide range of choices. During the visit the Caps were playing in the play-offs--so the noise level was more intense than other visits.

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RS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The service was not great - our area did not seem to be especially busy (at one point several tables were standing and talking to each other, which was awkward for seated tables) - but we still waited for water refills, food orders, and finally, the check. My companion's chicken was slightly under-cooked and my quesadilla lacked any real flavor. The margarita had not been mixed/stirred/shaken at all and tasted awful, a surprise given the $13 price point. Overall a disappointing experience.

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BB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Rosa. Great atmosphere pre-game, even if it is loud. Love the food, and the service. Very attentive staff. We will be back!!!!

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P
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The guacamole gets smaller every time and it was not even good - the avocados were not ripe.

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VC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant with a very attentive service and delicious food! Guacamole was freshly made and test great. Definitely a place to recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Management petrified of customers using vertical id- even thought the identification is 100% legal and accepted by all 50 states. Really disappointed by the lack of customer service.

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MC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to DC and the restaurant was recommended by the hotel. The food was delicious and the presentation was very nice. The service staff is friendly and attentive. I was totally happy with this dining experience. I will always return when in town.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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SO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good but not outstanding. Mexican Ice Cream and Guacamole were the best items ordered‼️

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JB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mojitos and guac were fantastic. The fish tacos could have used a little more seasoning but overall everything was great!

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OT
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Guacamole was unbelievable. Made fresh infront of you. Unfortunately mains were just ok.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The service was slow, however the manager kept coming by to check up on us and there was a Caps game on. The food was amazing and I’m excited to come back!

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JR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Some of the worst Mexican food I ever had, especially for the price. The chips have no taste, the salsa seemed like it was out of a jar, and the carne asada was the fattiest piece of meat ever. The fish tacos were just thrown into the tortilla with sense of culinary preparation. If your looking for good Mexican, especially at a heavy price...DO NOT GO HERE!

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ME
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

I guess the answer is yes and no. The food is great. But our service was sooooo bad it ruined the evening. 10 minutes till person came to the table, apps taken to wrong table, no refills until we ran down another waiter, 15 minutes to get the dessert menu, wrong desserts brought out. Entire meal took 1 hour and 45 minutes. And the entire place had cleared out for the Caps game. Great food but bad experience.

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F
Washington DC
216 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Perfect spot for dinner before an event at the Capital One Center. Great margaritas but the usually excellent guacamole was less than expected this time. The authentic specials along with the chips and salsa make it a great choice for dinner or lunch.

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MA
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We were in DC visiting our daughter in college. Felt like Mexican and had seen the restaurant on previous trips. Looked invited so we booked a table for 3.

Decent menu, great food but terrible service. The cocktails seem to be batch-made because the waiter, who really didn’t want to be there, said they were out of the Single Barrel cocktail I ordered and it’d be 3 weeks (yes, weeks) before the next batch was ready. Their plain house margarita was good and pretty much all we needed.

The waiter, Wilmer, took our appetizer order before drinks, odd but we went with it. Save your money and forget the guacamole. They have the cool carts for it, we expected a little show, but got nothing but average product. My grocery store has better guacamole.

The worst part of the service was that fact that we were only through half of our entree and the waiter brought out the dessert menus! Seriously? He didn’t want to be there and obviously didn’t want us to be there. Given the food scene in DC, there are better options that Rosa Mexicano!

3 days later: I look at my card account online and I was was charged $30 beyond my receipt which I kept and was able to dispute very easily through my card bank. It's too bad, I was really looking forward to that meal!

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RA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 5

Our 23 year old cousin was with us and we were grabbing dinner before the Wizards game. He presented his valid ID which happened to be from out of state and vertical. We then learned about the "no vertical id" policy that is maintained at the company level where Rosa Mexicano does not accept any id's that are in a vertical format, even if they are valid and show the person is of legal age to drink. We chose to leave before ordering anything. We were told by the manager that the odds were about "50-50" we would run across this acceptance issue at other DC restaurants and bars, when in fact we had no issues at any other location throughout the weekend. Rosa Mexicano is ultra-conservative about a policy that most locations in Washington DC seem to have no issues. Their corporate office needs to wake up, this has cost them our business due to their over-the-top risk aversion.

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EM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were seated promptly. The meal was delicious. The staff was not always as attendant as you might hope. I feel like they need to check in a little more frequently to see if anything is necessary.

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JW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and service excellent even during a full house prior to a Capitals game. Must have reservations! Valet parking took about 15 min to get the car after we finished so don't plan to make a quick getaway if you use their valet service.

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DD
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

VEry busy night; service slow and waiter messed up the bills badly. Food was not good enough. To outweigh the problems.

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R
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

made a reservation for dinner before a Caps game. Can't get more convenient than this place, it's just across the street. yes it's loud, you just have to get over that i guess. but the food was delicious, ordered the pork shank and OMG it was delicious, never had anything better. It was huge, my husband and I normally split a meal and an appetizer (Chicken flautas) no one was hungry afterwards. Next time we have company in town i plan to take them here!

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MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The front desk staff were very helpful in terms of my companion being slightly late for our reservation and also in remembering that we had requested a fairly quiet table if possible. Food and service also great.

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LD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too loud, too busy. Go at off hours (i.e., when there is no game at CapOne, specifically) to enjoy the attractive decor and fun menu.

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JT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Guac was great as usual, but mole poblano was uncharacteristically tasteless. Manager comped us when we gave them feedback.

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B
Dallas
466 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous! Mexican Caesar and the Tres Enchiladas were superb. Beans are not bad but rice is bland and tasteless. Such a shame. Great service. $24 for three enchiladas is ridiculous!

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c
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service excellent, big and busy dining room. I loved the Red Sangria. Enjoyed our dishes and portions were good.
Table side Guacamole was very good.

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Have visited Rosa mexicano in NYC and loved it. The food on Saturday night was bad. My husbands meal wasn’t cooked. My soup was like gravy. The only thing that was good was the guacamole.

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CW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Rosa Mexicana! The food and drinks were delicious. We especially enjoyed the fresh guacamole made table side.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and services was very good. The street musicians playing outside were very loud.

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TM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Despite being during Blossom Festival we were able to sit outside. Server was very busy but managers stepped in to assist. Food quality was incredible. Drink prices typical for big city but overall good experience

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