About Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor

In 1984, Rosa Mexicano set a new standard for Mexican cuisine when it first opened on the upper east side of New York City. Playing a leading role in defining what was then a "new" cuisine to American diners, Rosa Mexicano delivers authentic Mexican cooking in an accessible, stylishly festive atmosphere. Rosa Mexicano's menu features a range of award-winning signature dishes, including our Guacamole en Molcajete, in a traditional lava rock mortar. Described by Time Out New York as "green ecstasy in a stone bowl," it is prepared table side and served with house made chips, warm corn tortillas and condiment salsas. Rosa Mexicano is also known for the Frozen Pomegranate Margarita, as well as the stylish and festive ambiance that includes an illuminated water wall.

153 Waterfront Street
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
LUNCH:
Monday - Friday 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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

HAPPY HOUR:
Monday - Friday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 567-1005

Website:
http://www.rosamexicano.com/

Catering:
Our Cactus room and Potomac Patio can hold parties for large groups and smaller more intimate parties. Our restaurant has gorgeous views of the Potomac River that make any occasion extra special. Off - premise catering is also available. For Large Party Reservations, please contact our Catering Manager, Maggie Nunn at 301.567.1005 or mnunn@rosamexicano.com for more information and pricing.

Parking Details:
Public parking garage is available with rates of $2.00 for the first hour and $3.00 for 1-3 hours.

Public Transit:
Metro bus line picks up from the Southern Avenue rail station, Indian Head Hwy & Southern Ave(DC line),Oxon Hill Park & Ride Lot and St. George Blvd. & Waterfront St. (National Harbor)

Executive Chef:
Andre Meza

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
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

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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 Kaye Newsome.

Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (55)
Good for a Date (48)
Scenic View (38)
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Good for Birthdays (36)
Casual (35)
Special Occasion (33)
Good for Groups (32)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Authentic (25)
Fun (25)
Spicy (25)
Worth the Drive (23)
Great for Lunch (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Kid-friendly (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Happy Hour (17)
Romantic (17)
Business Meals (15)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
People Watching (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Hot Spot (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Cozy (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tapas (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Vegan (3)
Great Beer (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (2)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Very happy and pleased about my experience here. Needs more shrimp dishes on menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Cozy, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun, Spicy
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·Dined 3 days ago

It was a great visit. As soon as my fiance and I arrived, we were seated. By using the app, we bypassed several groups of people that were waiting to be seated.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

Normally love this place but felt rushed during our last visit. Almost like we were just tourists they were moving through and didn’t care about because they’d never see us again. Food was ok - although fundido was delicious. Overall just a bleh experience. Disappointing.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent as always - great food, great service, great guacamole!

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, People Watching, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Interesting menu. Excellent Service!

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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Love the atmosphere, speed of service, and friendly servers!! I’ll go back soon!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a great time and the food was excellent! Love the atmosphere! A must if you are in National Harbor!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

I’d recommend that the servers try not to be too pushy on sales. While we understand that sales drive business forward, our server crossed the comfort line by trying to push appetizers. After we said that we didn’t want an appetizer, he asked, “so, are you going to go with the queso or the table side guacamole?”. We politely declined AGAIN, and he walked away seemingly frustrated. the server lost our confidence that he Had little interest regarding what our preferences were which had made us question our restaurant selection choice.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Overall very disappointing. Not the restaurant I remember.
We ordered the table side guacamole, and to our shock it wasn’t made table side. They just brought it out and put it on our table.
I ordered the stuffed chicken based on other reviews and I was really surprised that it came out dry and cold.
My wife ordered the shrimp quesadilla’s and they were awful. Came to table cold and were very weak. She noted that the Qdoba quesadilla’s are far and away better.
We will not be going back anytime soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

The salmon was EXCELLENT! My compliments to the chef!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Hot Spot, Disabled Access, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Organic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

I was there right on time for my reservation at 7:45 cause I had to be at 9:30 in the fare wheel for a ride that I bought before. The waiter didn’t come until 8pm cause it was so busy and I understand that, but the food took over 1 hr to come to the table and it was horrible; cold and the steak over cooked. Anyways we rushed to eat it (we literally just took a bite and we left). Of course it ruin my date and I missed the rest of my plans cause I got out to late.
This used to be my favorite restaurant I love their guacamole and the service. Definitely not going back anytime soon it makes me sad cause when people use to ask me what was my favorite restaurant I have always said Rosa Mexicano “the one in National Harbor”.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was ok. The food use to be better. The noise level of the music was too loud to hear the waiter. Several times I had to ask the waiter to repeat what he said.

Tags: Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Great place to sit down to eat. Would recommend the medium guacamole if you do get it. Mild tasted somewhat bland, the medium has a bit more flavor.

Avoid the table that is at the corner of the open floor area, foot traffic will surround you from all sides (like you are basically sitting in the middle of a hallway or sidewalk).

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Great customer service, Elizabeth was very professional.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2018

The food was good but not hot. It seems like Rosa has lost a little something. We were celebrating our 20th Anniversary and no one wished us a Happy Anniversary even though it was stated within the reservation. Just a little disappointing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Great food and excellent service!!! Will return again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I am not sure why you took the short ribs off the menu. Bring back the short ribs...

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Awesome guacamole - and I don’t eat guacamole!!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Particularly slow service especially when the restaurant was not full. For example, 20-25 minutes after ordering our dessert which had yet to be served, we asked to cancel as we had to head to a show. Our response was actually declined. She brought the dessert, which included barely warm churros. Drink order was also incorrect twice. Food was very good, esp tableside guac, but overpriced unless you need to eat at the National Harbor for an event etc.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Celebrated my friend’s 40th Birthday and it was Restaurant Week as well!! Food and drinks were amazing and the ambiance and view were awesome!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The two young ladies at the hostess booth were not welcoming at all. I said hello to them and received a cold look in return. That started the evening off on a bad note. Our server seemed irritated by our questions about food selections. He talked really fast which made it hard for us yo decipher which menu item he was making reference too. Overall it wasn't the worst experience I've had but not anywhere near a 4 star experience. I will not suggest this restaurant to anyone.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Service was outstanding. Food is nothing special. It's a big bowl of okay. Dinner for 1 with 1 cocktail was $50. Could get the same meal, ambiance, and cocktail at Chilli's for HALF that price.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great food and atmosphere. It was restaurant week but the restaurant week menu was not presented, we had to ask specifically for it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

My friend and I both tried something new. The food is always good, so we're never disappointed. Yara, our server was AWESOME! Friendly and knowledgeable, but she didn't hover. She was fairly busy, but took time to ensure we were enjoying ourselves (She really worked the whole section like the professional she is!)

Two thumbs up for the experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I have been to Rosa Mexicano many times at different locations, and it never disappoints! I came this time for my 21st birthday, and the staff was friendly and gave me complimentary ice cream and tequila! What more could you ask for. Thank you for such a wonderful evening!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Our server, Victor was excellent and very patient! He made good suggestions for drinks and food choices considering that we had some limitations! Food was superb and yum! Drinks were awesome! Desert choice was not that great but that’s ok! Overall an excellent experience! Would definitely go again!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 5, 2018

I had lunch during "Restaurant Week", and the selections of appetizers and entrees were minimal, and my choices were very unpleasant to my taste buds. If the purpose of "Restaurant Week" is to highlight their cuisine and possibly lure back new customers, then they should serve their best offerings. And the price of my rather small margarita was $13.50, and was one of the worst ones I have ever tasted.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was great wouldnhave appreciated not being say in a walking/high traffic area with six people. My reservation was 4 days in advance and I requested a window the hosts did not look happy to be at work.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great service! Husband and I are vegan and they are able to accommodate and food was really good!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Nice restaurant, sort of dark as some tables don't have the lamps (near the window) so we had to use our phones to see the menu. Service was great and our waiter was on the ball. Wasn't really fond of the food as mine was tasteless (no seasoning) and wasn't sure if I ever tasted any chicken. Overall, doubt we will go back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 29, 2018

lovely mexican food, met my expectations and more. Thank you!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Our first time at any Rosa Mexicano restaurant was great! We did the table side guacamole and it was delicious. I don't care for avocados but the guac was worth overcoming my texture issue with the avocado. Our service was very fast, which might be my only complaint. I love receiving attention but the meal moved so quickly, I felt like we were being rushed. Drinks were good, entrees were delicious. I cannot wait to return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Spicy, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The servive was quick service. We all enjoyed our meals. We were a party of 4. We were in and out within 1hr 30.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went on a Friday night and had nice romantic seats with a view of the capital wheel. The food was tasty however the service was lacking. I really wanted to ask for tortillas with my meal but after the food came the server never came by. I tried to make eye contact and wave several times but he wasn’t paying any attention. After we were done eating and ready for our check he still wouldn’t come by. I had to ask a staff walking by to take our plates and he finally came by.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Cozy, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The guacamole - made at your table - was delicious and the highlight of the meal. Our meal came quickly despite the place was packed. (Definitely make a reservation). We were disappointed with the quality of the chicken served. It tasted like processed meat. If you are looking for a high energy restaurant, this is the place.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The service was excellent! Our server, Dewey was amazing! The food was delicious!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good restaurant and great food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was dry, not very appealing and service was very slow.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Asked for a seat with a good view, they sat us right next to the bathrooms. Waitress only came to our table twice and took 20mins just to bring our drinks. Food did come out exceptionally fast after ordering but meat was very dry as if the meat was already made and sitting out for orders. Not worth the price.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Very Very good

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