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

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (44)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Scenic View (30)
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Good for a Date (30)
Good for Groups (28)
Authentic (28)
Casual (27)
Special Occasion (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Fun (19)
Great for Lunch (18)
People Watching (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Kid-friendly (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Spicy (16)
Comfort Food (12)
Business Meals (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Romantic (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Tapas (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Cozy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Healthy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Good, lively atmosphere. Guacamole was delicious and dinner selection was very good. The pace of the service was good... he came by to check on us, we didn't feel rushed nor where we needing service and couldn't find the waiter. We even had desert and coffee afterwards. Great date night, good conversation and good food. What else could you ask for. I will be back again soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Service and food were Ok. Nothing to write home about. Outside seating gives an opportunity to watch vibrant outdoors - good for people watching! Guacomolle and chocolate cake were very good, but not the main course.
I would recommend for casual dining.

Tags: Casual, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

It's been a year or so since I last visited Rosa's. I have been many times and the food was always fresh and the ambiance was nice. This place as really dated since my last visit. The veneer in the tables are peeling, menus are old, little if any interaction with staff, tableside guac was very bland as it appears they were using a cheaper avocado instead of Haas avocados. Prices have always been high but the quality and services justified it. Not anymore unfortunately. Doubt I will go back. Too many better options

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Our server was especially helpful with a menu request.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The food was weak. No lime in the Gauc! The sauces were good. I had the " abado" chicken, it was over grilled, and tough.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great food, great location and the best Cadillac margaritas in town.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Spicy, Casual, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2017

The restaurant needs to be remodeled. My umbrella was stolen from the front where there was a basket in place to hold umbrellas. Our server had no clue about the wine by the glass offerings. He had to inquire as to whether or not a wine was from Colombia indicated by CL on the menu. They flashed the lights so that we would take the hint to leave. Just a horrible dining experience and I am so embarrassed because I raved about this place for so many years. I will not return.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food wasn't terrible but it wasn't great either. The guacamole is good as it's made fresh but they don't use lime. I had to ask for it. Service was very slow. Maybe I hit it on a bad night. The margaritas were great!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

There is no better table side guac than you can find at Rosa's. This is real mexican cuisine, made with high quality ingredients.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food and the drinks were great! We loved our waiter...he was friendly and made sure we had a great time!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 1, 2017

This was our fourth time visiting this restaurant but the third time at this location. It was the best; a great location and menu for most any occasion.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Awful experience.
Dirty.
Food came out cold; like fridge cold.
Silverware dirty.
Sangria glass dirty.
Plastic and uncooked tortilla chips. Soft and gummy.
They lost one!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Absolutely love Mexican food, especially authentic. The food here lacked taste and was incredibly overpriced for the quality. Three small, nearly meatless chicken enchiladas in green yaky stuff without a side of rice and beans for $20. The $14.50 table side guacamole was nothing special. Much better at Chipotle. I would not recommend this place to anyone, period. Even the service was slow, slow (during not so busy time) and the waiter had the personality of a turnip.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The Guacamole is always my favorite being prepared fresh at the table. I ordered the 3 different Enchiladas platter but did not enjoy them much. The sauces were either too spicy or too much tomatoe paste. It lacked creaminess and cheese. I saw crema in the descriptions but didn't find it on my plate. I should have emphasized to the waiter that I wanted something very cheesy.

The waiter was very friendly. He gave us space as we needed, but dropped off our check before we finished our lunch in case we were in a hurry.

Rosa Mexicana is always a nice environment, but I can't help feeling the food is over priced.

Tags: Spicy, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Chicken was served raw. The waitress was great she took it back and got a fresh dish. Check your food. Especially when eating on the patio. It is not well lit and inspection of your food is challenging.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Wonderful food and great service!!!

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

I love this restaurant but my last experience wasn't what I thought it would be. I left a note when I made the reservation stating that it was our anniversary etc the waiter barely acknowledged us the entire night and it felt a little rushed. The drinks were not as good either, But the food was phenomenal as always.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Beautiful evening on the patio! Love National Harbor this time of year and can't go wrong with Harbor music entertainment and margaritas

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We have dined at this location on several occasions in the past and always enjoyed the experience.
Food: Food was good as always at Rosa Mexicano.
Service: Our experience with the service was not good. Even though we had made reservations in advance, we were seated in a bad location (very loud, table seemed to be stuck in a walking path). When I asked the host if we could be moved, he initially dismissed me and said the other tables were for those who had made reservations and no other tables were available. I reminded him that I had made a reservation. Thankfully we were then moved to an available and better table.
Our waiter was inattentive, and seemed apathetic about serving our group of 4.
Did not offer to explain the menu or make any suggestions.
Cleanliness: Bathrooms were messy and did not seem to have received attention.
Overall an average experience.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Spicy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Nice location with friendly staff. Fast food delivery and a our food was incredible. Empanadas were to die for. A must try for appetizers

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was absolutely delicious. We will definitely be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Food was ok. Guacamole was very bland, even spicy was pretty bland. Other dishes pretty good to good. Kid's meal seemed a good value.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

A very pleasant evening. Wait staff friendly and attentive. Have to have the fresh avacado! Plenty of menu choices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

When Rose Mexicana first opened, it was excellent. We made it our go-to for special occasions, but it's time to look elsewhere, after three disappointing experiences in a row.

Most recently, we made reservations there on August 19th for an anniversary dinner. The cocktails and the ceviche we had as an appetizer were excellent, but it was downhill from there.

First, my wife had to send back her entree because it contained an ingredient she is allergic to, and which was not specified in the menu description. Getting the replacement order required waiting even longer than the original order had taken. I ate my entree so it wouldn't get cold while we waited, and then she had to eat hers after I was done. This really killed the sense of sharing an experience.

The food, apart from the ceviche, was also disappointing. The steak was gristly. The enchilada sauce was reminiscent of Spaghetti-Os. The rest of it was fine but not exceptional, and certainly not of the level to justify the upscale pricing.

The service was also medicore. Our waitress did not stop to check on us at any time during the meal, so we waited and ultimately had to catch her eye and wave her over to get fresh cocktails and more water. Otherwise, we had her attention only when ordering and getting the check.

So adios, Rose Mexicana. It's a shame that the restaurant has not maintained its initial high quality, but it's 0 for 3 now. Time to move on.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

DIned here on a Sat night. the place was packed...1 hr wait without reservation. Fortunately we had one. Had a great table on balcony overlooking National Harbor. Perfect sunset view. Food was excellent. Couldn't stop munching the chips & salsa! Had the Salmon-delicious. Yummy drinks all around.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

My family and I were visting from Cleveland, Ohio. The food was good but the guacamole was fantastic!

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

I had the pork shank. It was tender and flavorful. Wife enjoyed the empanadas with chorizo and dipping sauce. We sat near the large bay window and had a great view of the waterfront and river.

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Excellent food, wait staff and ambiance. I loved that the guacamole is made right at your table. That alone adds to the fun dining experience. I will bring my husband and kids here for a night out. It's worth the 50 minute drive from my home.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We each had a traditional margarita--very nice. We shared the TINGA DE RES Braised beef brisket tacos and the CARNITAS. They were both very good. The tacos had a very generous amount of meat--very welcome since it seems that many places skimp on the meat in tacos. The carnitas were very good as well, and came with rice and beans. The only thing we did not care for was the pineapple, but we just left it so not a problem. (We came for dinner from the MGM Grand-the shuttle over was fine but going back we had to wait a long time and make several stops before getting back.)

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2017

On open table I asked for a specia table by a window because we were there for our daughters 18th birthday. We were initially seated by the service station in the back so they obviously don't read the requests on open table. They had no idea it was a birthday celebration. We asked to move and we were put in a booth. The table was sticky which the server stated the finish was coming off the table so nothing she could do. The seats were also torn. For an expensive restaurant they should do better.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Very Goid experience, limited menu. Somewhat pricey for the small portions

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Had a great time

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great experience! Love the food, service was great!!

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great food, as always. Decent service but it was pretty crowded when we were there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

My wife and I love this restaurant. They have the best guacamole around. The staff is very kind and courteous while bring your food quickly. The view at National Harbor is amazing from Rosa Mexicano.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food was so amazing!!!!! Our server was really quiet and not very attentive but overall great ambience and experience overall.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Service was very slow. One of our party requested something at the beginning of the meal and instead of telling us it might take a while they brought it out at the end of the meal when she no longer wanted it. Also we were there for a birthday and I made note of it in the reservation. I mentioned it again when the restaurant called to confirm. The waiter still had no clue and then we had to wait forever to get the minuscule Birthday dessert.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

We were seated before our reservation time which was surprising since the restaurant was very crowded. The food, guacamole and nachos, had an excellent, authentic flavor. Sangria was some of the best I've ever had. Service was good considering we were there on a Saturday. Cost was pricey- $14.50 for guacamole! The noise level was over the top which made it hard to have a conversation. Not the best atmosphere for a romantic dinner- more like a frantic dinner. We left early because of the noise.

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We came in specifically for the guacamole tonight! We enjoy it every time we come to Rosa and it's a reason we keep coming back. The selection of tequila drinks is long enough that we have been able to try new drinks every time we have come to Rosa. Joel was our server and he was polite, friendly and very helpful guiding my partner to the spicy cucumber drink. We also ordered the Churro ice cream dessert and we throughly enjoyed it.

Thanks for your help Joel!

I'm happy that each time we have come to Rosa our experience has been a good one. See you all soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I went for my 29th birthday. I had a party of 7. The hosts were absolutely unprofessional and were no help at all. They struggled to find my reservation (I was trying to check in early) and instead of telling me to wait a moment while they work things out, they said nothing and just helped the next person. I almost left. However, one of my friends asked them for the table and they immediately sat us. Not sure what the issue was. My actual server was AMAZING! Once you get past the ignorant hosts, you will get a smiling server and enjoy the restaurant.

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