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Rosa Mexicano - National Harbor

4.3
1850 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
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.
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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
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
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Phone number
(301) 567-1005
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Andre Meza
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Public parking garage is available with rates of $2.00 for the first hour and $3.00 for 1-3 hours.
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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)
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Special events & promotions
¡EL DÍA DE PASCUA!
Easter l Sunday, April 1st
Mexican-Spiced Easter Celebration featuring our Mixiote de Cordero and Pescado a la Veracruzana, y mas!

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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Gift Card
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

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.

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Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Come Fiesta at Rosa Mexicano!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat mom to our Mexican-Inspired Specials at Brunch or Dinner

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1850 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 12 hours ago

Love the guacamole!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

First time to Rosa Mexicano and thoroughly enjoyed it. The margaritas were good, especially the jalepeno inspired ones. Table side guacamole is a must have and the dinner portions were a good size and ample for sharing. Service was excellent. highly recommend a reservation though as we arrived and waited less than a minute for our table. It looked like the standard wait, even closer to 8pm was still at least an hour or more.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

I loved the restaurant, location, ambiance and cuisine. I would return again. A++

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Exc l the by food and service. The server was very attentive. We celebrated a birthday, which the server honored with ice cream and the opportunity to wear a sombrero. Nice touch! We will return.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We had a great experience at Rosa's. We went for the Happy Hour and found an itty-bitty table for the three of us, but when a party of 2 left a larger table, Metadel came over and asked us if we wanted a larger table. She bussed it quickly and had us set up in no time. Made us feel cared for! And she took good care of us for the rest of our time there. All her recommendations were spot-on.

Then the food: Cantina Tacos de REs (beef brisket tacos) were fabulous! Cantina Flautas (chicken flautas) were also delicious. The Cantina Taco de Carnitas (pork) was too salty for me, but the guys loved it. We all agreed that the Guacamole made right there was excellent. We all enjoyed the house margaritas to wash all this down and had a great time.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food & service. Lovely view of Potomac.

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1.0Dined on April 16, 2018

For the third time, i was incredibly disappointed in this restaurant location I do not live in area, and have had the pleasure of dining at restaurant in other cities The restaurant cleanliness and food quality were horrible and the service was mediocre at best
I sure hope this is not the direction this restaurant is going in all locations— as you have always done it so well

This location needs some serious help, unless it is just acceptable for the tourist they may serve

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Don't be late. We were 15 min late for open table reservation and had to wait another 40 min to sit. Food, bar, and table service however was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Our waitress was excellent!! Food was amazing as always!!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Amazing food. So impressed. Would recommend the cheese dip. Wil definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

one of my families fave restaurants. we are never disappointed - can't wait to return

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We love Rosa's. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and even better food. The view on to the Potomac River is stellar. The staff does a great job of being helpful, kind and responsive. Definitely recommend checking them out.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

By far the best customer service national harbor has to offer. I have been to national harbor two times and this place has alot to learn about customer service. Oscar at rosa mexicano did a great job.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great service, great food- slight wait

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The prices were a little high, considering the portions. They forgot 2 of the entrees, in which we waited another 20 minutes for. The waitress was very apologetic and took a couple of items off of our check. They need to have more staff when the restaurant is busy.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We decided to go here last minute. Hostess was very nice and accommodated us even though we were 15 minutes late and place was pretty crowded. Service was excellent and drinks were really good. Food was mediocre compared to the price.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We had a lovely time and my friends that came it was their first time. They thought the food was amazing and the service was excellent.

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Picked this restaurant to celebrate a birthday in a festive environment that was beyond the standard chain Mexican food restaurant. It was a disappointment. The environment had a good energy but the restaurant was littered with chips all over the carpeted floor. It made the place feel unkempt and dirty -- which it was. The service reflected that it was built for the tourist "trapped on the island" and they didn't expect to see me again. It was functionary at best. The food was fine ... not bad, but nothing that was memorable, expect for the price. I've dined at the Rosa downtown and had a much more enjoyable experience and was expecting same at this location. It did not meet my expectations.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Atmosphere was great, food was delicious, service was very friendly and efficient and the view was amazing

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent as always!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great restaurant, great service. Food is very good and they are very attentive. Quality restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

The food and the margaritas were fantastic. The tableside guacamole was outstanding! Thank you!

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Our experience was 'ok.' 1: My husband observed an employee leave the bathroom without washing his hands. Ew. 2. When I requested my child's chicken tacos leave out the cheese, I was told that couldn't happen. However, when we received the dish it was obvious the cheese could have been omitted and we could have all been spared a toddler meltdown. 3. The guac was great. You could probably just get that and be happy. At least our food came out quickly and we had a reservation so we didn't have to wait. Disappointed to spend $100 on a 'meh' lunch.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I noted that it was my daughters birthday but nothing was ever said. Plus we were seated in a terribly noisy room with obnoxious children

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Was immediately seated by the window had fresh guacamole made by a server and service was excellent will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The chips and salsa were delicious and the guacamole did not disappoint. The carne asada was the table favorite. Drinks are expensive ($13/tumbler of margarita), but good!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great meal. Try the Carnitas!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Reliably good food that is fresh and innovative. And those pomegranate margaritas!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Had a great team building lunch.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

They gave us a beeper that was dead so our wait was 30 min when we didn’t respond to being called.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Guacamole was delicious. My fish tacos were cooked perfect...lightly fried fish over a yummy, tangy slaw.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We chose this restaurant based on decent Open Table reviews. But we were very disappointed. Quite frankly we've had better food from food trucks. The salmon dinner was just OK. The pork dish was, oddly enough, mostly just a large hunk of meat. The $15.00 shrimp quesadilla was a HUGE disappointment. The tortilla was dry and there were only about 2 tiny little shrimp in each of the four small segments. It was just some cheese with a few tiny shrimp sprinkled on. It was accompanied by about a tablespoon of pico ... no sour cream or quacamole.

This restaurant is taking advantage of the tourists to the harbor who want a nice view of the water and wheel.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We love this place. Food isn't "authentic" but it's a fancified version of Mexican food. It's different but as long as you're not expecting your local hole-the-wall authentic fare, it's still super delicious. Very loud on a Saturday night but restaurant is nicely decorated and clean. Guac and margaritas were extra delicious. Be prepared to spend money as it's not inexpensive. Would not bring my kid here (would be a waste of money on him).

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The wait staff was incredibly attentive! The guacamole superb! So fresh!!! The margarita was wonderful. The food was tasty. The ONLY negative for me was that it was very dark. I could not see the menu in front of me without using the flashlight on my phone (and no, I’m not old and I don’t have vision problems).
Definitely recommend!

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Excellent table side quacamole

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Had a great meal, as usual, at Rosa. Originally our favorite spot in NYC and thankfully now an outpost in DC area. Best table side guacamole and authentic Mexican food.
Don't miss it.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Rosa is a DC area fixture, and never really disappoints. The food and decor are great for a nice, authentic Mexican experience. Also, a good value for this area, as the average meal with a drink cam be had for under $50.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Food was fresh and delicious but the made at your table guacamole was outstanding!!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The guacamole was awesome. The food is an upper scale Mexican. Over all it was good. It was a change from basic Mexican chain Restaurants.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Fantastic authentic Mexican cuisine! Table-side guacamole is a must! Would be a good choice for lunch or dinner for any occasion. Atmosphere is very authentic.

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