Rosa Mexicano - DC

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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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Treat your loved one to fresh guacamole, delicious drinks and authentic Mexican food. Fall in love with our Valentine's Day specials or feel free to order from our regular menu.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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DD
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The salmon was on the dry side and the relleno was different than expected. I thought it would be stuffed with the fruit listed on the menu and it was all ground up. It was so-so. Usually they make the guacamole by the table but they didn’t this time. We wanted it medium spiced, but it was more tasteless.

The waiter was nice. We always like to eat here when in town. The place looks a bit tired.

C
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the budín de pollo and the tres leches cake. I wanted seconds of both.

CB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal on the featured menu highlighting the cuisine of Puebla. The menu offered 7 different light courses, perfect for sharing between two, as well as a featured cocktail and two mezcal shots. The price and size allowed the two of us to order literally one each of everything on the menu (okay, two soups and two of the cocktails), including the mezcal shots, for a filling but not overstuffed meal. The food was all excellent--not a failure in the bunch--and we salute Rosa Mexicano for the concept as well as the quality!

S
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch great experience the manager Rebeca was really nice and helpful as well we cannot wait to go back

MU
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The hostess was extremely rude to an employee. She yelled at the waiter to get a to go box for a customer and called him a stupid idiot. It was completely unacceptable.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food5service3ambience1

Fire alarm was going off during the first half of our dinner. Noise level in general was way too high. Wait staff never offered to refill our drinks.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The food was just okay, most of them unsalted, arrechera steak was good and the dessert pudding was good. Service very slow. Our server made a mistake with our order. I explained 3 times what we ordered and he keeping brought food that we hadn't ordered. In the end, the manager and server were very apologetic for the confusion.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Noisy as there was a capitals match

OT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Overall the food was okay was not blown away.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible! So disappointed. Use to really like this restaurant.
Not anymore
Way to spicy and bad service.

FM
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and great service

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very nice experience! Love love love their salmon!

DM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The service was really not what I expected. The first server give me this look when I’m sitting in a square table, and I was like , um, the receptionist put me here🙄. Then she keep asking me to order expensive drinks. When I ask her for suggestion for menu, she said this is a Mexican restaurant (um, I’m pretty sure I know that based on the name of this restaurant 🙄) and suggest expensive dishes. I’m not sure if she is like this because she want a bigger tip but if your service is poor, I don’t think you will get much tip anyway;/

The other guy is much better and friendlier and I try to ask for him for the rest of my meal. But her horrible service is what make me to never come here again.

DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

After we were seated we waited 10-15 minutes for anyone to show up to take our drink order. When no one did we asked a server who our waiter was. He pointed at a waitress and said it was her. He then asked her to come to our table. She came over clearly put out and said "Yes?"...and we said we were hoping to put in our drink order. She took our order but we waited quite a while and no one came. Then another waiter arrived to take our drink order about 10 minutes later. He retook our drink order and took care of us the rest of the evening. But we were confused what we had done wrong. It was a weird experience. Both of us are in the service industry and try our best to be respectful of staff, but the service was just poor and the restaurant was not busy.

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Honestly, super disappointed. The manager walked around constantly checking on tables but not saying anything, the servers were quiet and rarely checked on you, the ambiance was sub par & the food wasn’t worth the price.

I hope this is helpful for folks because I’ve never left a review for a restaurant until now.

CG
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I was looking forward to trying this place out as I've never been....well worth it!!! Get the Guac!

MZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for celiacs; the service was great specially for a big group (the manage to separate checks and have us order whatever we want instead of fixed menus as in other restaurants)

MB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Noise level very high!
When you make a reservation, you should be able to be seated within 10 minutes at the most! We waited 1/2 hr. Stop cramming in tables so you can make more $$!! Way too crowded! Food is still good - service OK.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was a birthday celebration

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Family dinner before a Wizards game at the Capital One Arena.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The host was friendly and inviting but service pretty much stopped there. Have no idea who our server actually was and the service was very slow. To be fair, it was after 9pm so we are hoping it was simply due to short staffing. The food was very good and we will definitely return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

While pleasant, our server did not place the order as we requested it. Instead he ordered what he felt we would want and was only mildly apologetic about it. For example, my boyfriend wanted a double order of their vegan tacos. It’s what we ordered and I double checked to make sure our server had recorded everything we wanted accurately. However, when the food arrived, items were missing. When he returned to the table, we asked if he rang the additional taco order in and he replied “no I did not” which (in my opinion) wasn’t his call to make.
Overall, the evening was lovely and the food was delicious. We’ll definitely return. I’ll just ensure that everything we order makes it to the table next go ‘round.

DH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We love Rosa and go there often before/after Capitals games. Everything is usually consistently good but our experience this time was was a little different. The table cloth and window shade was dirty, spattered with dried food stains. The menu was inflexible i.e. if you are getting 3 street tacos, why can’t you choose three different tacos, why do they all have to be the same? The waiter seemed disinterested. The guacamole was GREAT. A young lady with long dark hair (didn’t get her name) made great guacamole.

K
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The restaurant was quite dirty, especially the floor was full of chips. The colleagues at the entrance haven’t been too friendly. The food was ok, not more than that.
The only good point to mention is the location of the restaurant, which was very central.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Be sure to order the Guac, prepared at your table!

NT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Poor service, you practically had to chase down the waitress

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

The service and the food was good. I got the Hongos tacos that were a bit spicy but overall good.

M
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

This place has gone down hill, table side guacamole wasn’t done table side. The carnitas was very dry and not cheap$28.00, drinks were inconsistent, we were looking forward to it since we had eaten at Rosa before. We will not return.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

When we walked in there was a man asking for money at the hostess stand and was aggressive. The police were called and he was removed immediately. The waitress was so nice but she didn’t come back much so we needed a drink for quite awhile and our table wasn’t cleared from
Appetizer to main meal. They were busier than usual so this could have been the reason. Other than that it was good.

DC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Our service was really lacking. We had to ask for utensils after being seated for 15 minutes with food in front of us. Our waiter rarely checked on us. Have been there a few times, the service is usually their downfall. This was the worst yet. Food is good, but not worth it.

S
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went the night of a hockey game so before the game it was bedlam. Despite the crowd, we were seated promptly and service was excellent. Food was very good - my only complaint is that I didn’t expect the flautas to be SOOO spicy—a warning from the waiter or the menu would have been welcome. After the game started the noise level was perfectly acceptable.

KL
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was nice. Homemade guacamole was delicious. Service was good.

CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience3

So disappointed with the shrimp street tacos. No flavor, no spice, nothing but small plain shrimp and cabbage

s
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex was a great server!!!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I haven’t been here in awhile but was not impressed. As we sat down we noticed that the glasses were all dirty. Not a good first impression. The guacamole and queso appetizers were all excellent. The meal I ordered did not specify that it was spicy- and it was so hot I could not eat it, I barely touched it and the waiter only said sorry. After we got our meal we were not checked on for a long time. Our server seemed extremely busy and I actually felt bad for him but felt bad for us too. 3 out of the 4 us did not like our meal. The chili rellenos were way too spicy, the filet and chorizo was loaded with rice and barely any meat. So sad that there was not any attention to the details of our Christmas dinner and the restaurant seems like it went downhill. The table was dirty upon us sitting, the floors had food all over them and the bathrooms were disgusting.

BH
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, small portions. Tables to close to each other.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Did not love it. My cousin’s water cup had a lipstick stain on it, and my margarita glass was not clean. I order enchiladas, they served 3 different enchiladas together, they looked beautiful but flavor wise I was not impressed. Service was good and the guacamole they prepare it in front of you.

The wall is cover with tiny little guys “flying” we later figure out it must have been some sort of fountain gone-wrong. What’s up with that?!

The best thing about this place is the location... :(

i
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the second year we dined at Rosa on Christmas day and both times were excellent.

DC
Washington DC
156 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a great dinner on Christmas eve, with tasty margaritas and well prepared, delicious food.
I ordered the Alambre Del Mar with shrimp - very good! My husband ordered Budín De Pollo which was also very good.
Our thanks to the staff who were gracious and professional.