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

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (44)
Good for a Date (31)
Good for Birthdays (30)
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Scenic View (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Authentic (28)
Casual (26)
Special Occasion (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Fun (19)
Great for Lunch (18)
People Watching (17)
Kid-friendly (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Spicy (15)
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)
Late-night Find (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Cozy (4)
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 2 days ago

Always a treat! I couldn’t ask for anything more. I love everything about this restaurant. We were seated immediately, chips and salsa came out almost immediately after we were seated. Our waitress followed shortly after. She was attentive, but not annoying and the food was amazing as usual. It’s a little bit on the pricier side, but I don’t mind because everything is top notch!

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·Dined 2 days ago

I only like the fact that this restaurant sat my party while I was running behind. My food was not good at all. It was actually very dry. I never received my drink and found an interesting speck of color on my food afterwards. Won’t be returning

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·Dined 2 days ago

Our table was ready ahead of time, staff was friendly and attentive. Great view and comfortable atmosphere. We had a great experience. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Happy Hour, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Love this restaurant! The food is tasty. Love they make the gucamole fresh in front of you! Took my sister for our birthday celebration and she loved it!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Had the enchilada sampler, which tasted wonderful, especially the spicy mole sauce. Had a mango margarita which was delicious and refreshing.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Spicy, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Really good food and friendly/helpful staff. I wish our table for six was a little larger for more elbow space.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was very good. Service was a little slow, but he had a big table next to us to attend to. The margaritas weren’t the best I’ve ever had compared to other places. Their menu is a little more restricted than other Mexican restaurants. But I would however go back. The only real complaint I have is that open table talks about a 15 minute grace period. I called the restaurant before 8pm (reservation was at 7:45) to tell them I got a little lost and that I was walking towards them. The host told me they would have to put me back on the list. Got there, and the table wasn’t even close to ready. The party before us hadn’t even left yet. So why was there a rush to cancel my reservation? I checked my phone list and I indeed called before 8. Opentable even emailed me saying that the restaurant marked me as a no show no call. They didn’t even have that many people waiting when I got there, only like one or two families. I understand you don’t want to lose money and you want everyone to have a good dining experience. But, not even 10 minutes out of the 15 minute grace period had gone by and they had already marked me as a no show no call.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

A bit noisy but the kids loved it! Good Mexican. Fun to watch them make guacamole at your table!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food wasn’t that good and way over priced. Don’t recommend

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My ceaser salad can with frozen lettuce twice

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

me encato pase mi cumple numero 26 en este lugar y todo salio muy bien, la atencion y disposicion excelentes

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Waterfront, Authentic, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was all good, very enjoyable...waiter Devon (???) was very pleasant and knowledgeable of menu and was able to discuss special dietary limitations and requests of our group. Would definitely return next time in National Harbor.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We love Rosa's and are frequent customers of a lot of there locations. This location is small so I HIGHLY recommend reservations, especially on a weekend night!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our server was attentive and amazing. All of our food and drinks were brought to my party of 6 at a reasonable time. Amazing service!! And the food was excellent😋

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Nice amosphere....Great food and great service would go there again

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Pricey, but well done and delicious Mexican food that is authentic. Came here in late afternoon for celebration for our daughter and had a great time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Annual trip to See ICE

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

High school reunion

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I love this restaurant every time we have some special to celebrate we go there nice people,excelente food,excelente service i recomend to all people want to enjoy a good food Rosa Mexicano is waiting 4 you thanks everyone

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Consistently good food and service. This was our third visit in as many months.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Casual, Comfort Food, Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I cannot recommend this establishment for anything. Great disappointment, as we admire Rosa Mexicano in Penn Quarter.

Our prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner was awful. Turkey had dried under heat lamps, side dishes were served tepid and lacked flavor, and the tableside guacamole preparation ritual looked tacky and downright unhealthy. Our waitress was exhausted from short staffing and too many diners.

What were we thinking, motoring out here to National Harbor from Capitol Hill?

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fantastic fresh guacamole served tableside will get me back to this restaurant. The carnitas also were great. I really liked the pineapple that came with it—a bit of the flavor of tacos al pastor. Service was decent but I was seated next to where they were bussing all of the tables and it was a bit noisy. It definitely pays to make a reservation too as this was a busy place.

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Fun, Scenic View, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (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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