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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4.2

service

4.2

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4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (43)
Good for a Date (32)
Authentic (31)
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Scenic View (29)
Good for Groups (26)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Casual (25)
Kid-friendly (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Great for Lunch (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Special Occasion (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Fun (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Spicy (15)
People Watching (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Business Meals (8)
Romantic (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Cozy (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Tapas (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Vegan (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 hours ago

Annual trip to See ICE

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 (Detroit)·Dined 7 hours ago

Food was delicious but very expensive for Mexican food two cocktails & two entrees with no appetizers or dessert were $70 which is pricey for Mexican food the portions were small yet delicious

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 (New Mexico)·Dined 5 days ago

Had a wonderful dinner with family - a group of seven. We were seated right on time and the food and service were excellent.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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 (Columbus)·Dined 6 days ago

The food is always amazing here I try to eat here every time I’m in town.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

My daughter wanted to celebrate her 15th birthday here with five of her closest friends. She had an amazing time and especially loved the fresh guacamole that was made at the table.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Fun, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

First of all or seating could not been better with our table buy the window corner that gave us an excellent view of the harbor. But most off all the service from arriving, seating, table service from our very friendly guacamole preparer to our courteous waiter made our anniversary dinner wonderful.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

All of our food was supremely delicious. The enchiladas and Mexican corn were addictive to say the least.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

lovely place to dine with friends, family or others.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was excellent. My wife and I enjoyed our meal and drinks.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a great view of the Ferris Wheel and the Christmas tree (tonight was the tree lighting).
Food and Service was great.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Quite place and Very good atmosphere! Excellent Food and Service!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent service and guidance for ordering from waiter. 4 people for the dinner and all ordered a different entrée. We all really enjoyed the food. The guacamole made at the table was delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

My husband and I have enjoyed Rosa Mexicano several times over the last few years. This weekend we wanted to treat our son, daughter-in-law and teenage granddaughter and told them wonderful things about this restaurant. We had always enjoyed excellent food and excellent service. Not this time! The food was at best mediocre. My husband order the same dish he has enjoyed many times before – Tres Enchiladas--and it was not what it had been…it was skimpy and just “thrown together.” None of the dishes we ordered measured up to what we were used to. Service? The waiter did not bring the drink one person had ordered at all and had to be reminded. He never inquired if anyone wanted a second drink during our time there. While we were all still eating our entrees he dropped the check on the table without an explanation. When this was pointed out he simply said he wanted us to have it in case we wanted to split the bill. Not a rational response at all. He then brought a single small complimentary serving of ice cream for the table to share…and plunked it down on the table while we were still eating our main courses. He never did inquire if anyone wanted to order dessert or coffee after dinner. This is not an inexpensive restaurant and we most certainly did not get the quality of food or service to match the bill.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food and restaurant are excellent. It was clean, the people were nice, and the view was wonderful.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

GREAT, as always! You have to try the table-side guacamole! Oh, and the menu has been recently updated with more options!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Not too sure how the ball was dropped so badly during this dinner. I'm aware that early November could be a off season for waterfront businesses. Nevertheless, we paid for the full dining experience (along with the view

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wait staff were fantastic! Great experience and we will return.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I truly enjoyed the accommodation of my request; however, the appetizer and drink portions are to small. A pitcher is just a small mule and will barley make 2 drinks, when it should have made three. The appetizer portion was small as well but the food flavor was great!!

Tags: Waterfront, Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I had been here before in 2012. I recall it being better on that visit. My chicken dish was overwhelmed with cheese. The table-side guacamole was fair. The Sangria was good. I was underwhelmed by the chips and salsa. It was extremely loud, but not the fault of the restaurant. It was a special occasion and I noted that on my reservation. We got a table quickly by having a reservation but seemingly no attention paid to the request to sit by a window. Overall just Ok. I would not rush back.

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!! The guacamole was everything.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The carpeted floors keep noise to a minimum which made it easy for our group of 6 to converse without yelling. The food and service were very good. Though a bit pricey, the upgraded margaritas (e.g. Cadillac) are worth it.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Fun, Authentic, Spicy
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great guacamole, margaritas, tequila list, and fantastic tacos, enchiladas and vile rellenos. No fajitas per se, but otherwise all the best TexMex in MD/DC. Great if you're attending a mtg at the Gaylord Nat'l Convention Ctr.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our server was super-friendly and made us feel welcome right from the start. She wisely asked if I had tasted mole before, as it has a distinct taste (I had, and thought Rosa Mexicano's version was excellent with just the right amount of spice/flavor for me). My dinner companions also liked their entrees (carnitas and another dish called Mezquitos?, or something like that. We had the tableside guacamole, which was tasty, but overpriced. All in all, it was a positive evening, and I would recommend it.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was excellent, server was VERY knowledgeable! Overall a great, festive experience to celebrate my love's birthday with our friends.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food and drinks. Will definitely go back

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

My pork shank was a little over done and dried out. Had it once before for dinner and it was delicious.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The service was great. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and quick with refills. I was under whelmed by the food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Really good

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Cute bartender was beautiful with beautiful eyes

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I absolutely recommend Rosas. I had two amazing meals there and had great service during each visit.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Felipe was spot on. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Don’t live in the area but have dined here 4 times in the last year or 2 and it’s always good. Keep up the good work!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was not flavored good, blah. Ordered table side guacamole and it was enough to feed one but that is it. Uncle Julio's has the largest portion by far. Won't ever recommend this place to anyone. It was very warm in there as well and the bathroom was filthy!!!!

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My family had a wonderful time at Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor. The entire staff was very professional, attentive and well-versed on the menu items. We were greeted immediately upon arrival and seated by the window as requested. The food is great, especially the guacamole made right at the table. Although I thought the food was a little pricey, it was well worth it to have such a pleasant dining experience. Thank you.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had a great time at Rosa Mexicano's despite the staff being over worked and not being very attentive. The food was great and the drinks were okay. I've been there before and experienced way better service, maybe it was just too busy for them. We will still come back in the future.

Tags: Scenic View, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was good, for the most part. One person in our group did not like their meal but we were able to swap it out for something else. Also, we found it hard to find options other than fish and chicken, specifically for dishes like the flautas and empanadas. This was disappointing as many other venues with this type of cuisine will have more than one meat option for flautas and empanadas. The service was also pretty slow. The waiter checking in on us was very seldom and it made it hard to make adjustments, add things on, and pay for our meal. I've had a much better experience at other Rosa Mexicana locations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Authentic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had horrible service after sitting for 15 minutes before anyone talked to us we still were not served chips and salsa. The waiter came to the table 3x’s with nothing in his hands. Finally when our waiter brought our food out before our appetizers or drinks that was the last straw. We will never go back. For some reason the waiter couldn’t comprehend why we wanted to talk to the manager. Seriously, if you have ever served you would understand why your customers wouldn’t be happy... customer service is a lost art.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wonderful time spent with a friend

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food here is okay compared to Guapos

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The best spot in National Harbor! Delicious food, tasty drinks and great location. Friendly staff, too!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We took my boyfriend's mother here while she was visiting from England. The food was delicious! We ordered the guacamole medium spicy, but it wasn't spicy at all so if you like spice, I'd suggest to ask for extra. The entree portions were huge so we split two between the three of us, which was perfect. We didn't get a chance to see the desserts, but I'll definitely come back again!

The only thing we noticed that was slightly off was our waiter. He sort of had a slightly surly way about him. The rest of the staff were great though!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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