Selena Rosa

4.2
88 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Selena Rosa is a vibrant Mexican Restaurant on the Upper East Side. We offer fresh Guacamole made to the order along with some of the best Huge Frozen Margaritas in the city. We offer a Tequila selection of over 50 different Tequilas. Come join us at Selena Rosa whether its for casual drinks/dinner or date night we are more then happy to accommodate guests of all sizes.
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R
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This restaurant does not know what it is doing. The server did not listen to our requests and food
had to be sent back. In the meantime, one of us ate without the other -not such hot food I will say. I had to inquire of the manager what happened to the redone food as it took a long time to come back. This is not exactly what I would call a a nice dinner out together. Food mediocre and service poor.

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite Mexican located on the upper East Side.
I recommend the happy hour specials and everything on the menu.

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PB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Horrid service. Sound level unbearable

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

To be honest, the food was just bland. My boyfriend ordered the chicken quesadilla, and I, the shrimp. Both were jus cheese, and the proteins. There was no seasoning.... nothing. The worst Mexican food I have had in the city.

When I noticed the quesadilla, just had shrimp and cheese... which is far different from the menu... I asked for salsa verde, for some type of freshness. The salsa verde was, also the worst, I personally, have had. There was no spice or really much flavor to it.

Overall, I would not go back.

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CG
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food; attentive servers; had to wait over 30 mins past the appetizers being done, before the main course was served...

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SL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Poor service.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a big party of 11 and they were able to accommodate us. We got to sit in their dining room downstairs, the host and manager were very welcoming when we arrived with our parry. They made excellent recommendations on food and wine. The service absolutely complimented the food which made our evening together with our friends very memorable.

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BB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made this reservation a few weeks ago, making sure they were available on Christmas Day. When we arrived, the place was closed. Door locked, chairs up on tables, etc. Yet Open Table sent me a reminder half an hour before my reservation.

Luckily, there was a good French place open across the street. Very disappointed.

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s
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Thanks so much for the wonderful margarita, fajitas, and the loveliest tres leches and flan we have had in a while!

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RB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Small Cozy place with a chill vibe. they do have a bar but we did not sit and drink. the food was delicious though, an you get quit the bang for your buck.

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JK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this place, but you cannot sit in the front room. So noisy, you can't hear yourself think. BUt, the back room and garden are lovely.

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OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good Mexican style fair served in a lively atmosphere with good

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DM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Margarita was not good at all, I couldn't not finish the drink. We ordered a Mule (ade with rim) then was told that they ran out of Ginger Beer, so no mule. The octopus tacos were way too spicy, the menu did say spicy but this was unbearable to enjoy the flavor, the octopus however was very tender. Chicken in enchiladas was dry and chicken tortilla soup was subpar. Ambiance? We had to use our cell phones to read the menu for it was way too dark to see.

However, the waiter was nice, polite and attentive, which is why I would rate this restaurant a 3.

I would not recommend this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was bland and my fajita skillet was burning the inside of the oven mit on the handle so the entire place smelled of burning plastic not to mention the rice with my boyfriends enchilada came and tasted of Palmolive

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Have had delivery many time and it’s consistently good. Eat in however was less impressive, Margaritas were terrible. Poorly mixed unless you want to get drunk on 2 drinks. Good traditional Tex-Mex but may want to stick to delivery.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Literally the worst dining experience ever. The waitstaff left us unattended, the guacamole was served without chips, the rice tasted like soap, the tacos had hair in them, and some of the orders came out wrong... just to name a few. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND

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D
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent but the ambiance could have been better if the restaurant weren't open to the street where there was some road works going on. Some of our guests had never eaten Mexican food before & it was a good first introduction to the cuisine, which they liked.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only problem is that i booked through open table and when i went there they couldnt find my booking , so i blame open table not the restaurant .
The food is amazing everything is good and the prices were ok

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P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed all my meal & my drink was amazing !!!!
I need to come here for happy hour. Thank you for an amazing evening :)

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good. Best frozen margaritas

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EA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Cozy place for everyday outings.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible service and food was average.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for Mother’s Day and had a great time. Happy hour all day and the food prices were very reasonable. Would definitely go back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Mediocre Mexican food in the Upper East Side. The food wasn't bad, but it also wasn't good. It's not a good sign when the hot sauce is as mild as ketchup...Seems like this place is better suited for grabbing drinks during Happy Hour rather than having dinner. A bit too noisy for a date, but good for those who want a more energetic atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love it there but it’s always so loud in the back room. That’s my only complaint. The homemade veggie chips and salsa are wonderful.

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OT
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful service, good food and atmosphere. the acoustic not great, therefore: a bit loud.

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KB
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Food was good but the place was a madhouse. Very noisy, not what I was looking for on a Saturday night. The front area with the bar was packed and crazy and the back room felt like cafeteria dining, tables packed and noise level so loud my husband and I could not even have a conversation.

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t
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Delicious margs and tacos. Great for a date night or girls night.

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OT
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The carne fajitas and chicken quesadillas were very good. Service as well was very good: courteous and attentive. All well process. A bit loud.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a great place overall and their margaritas are pretty strong!

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SG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food quality seems to have gone down. I haven't been back for awhile and was excited to return. Margaritas are good but poor quality meat in the tacos and chips were stale. Off night maybe? Highly disappointed either way.

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JR
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Festive and noisy but very good service (our chips bowl was refreshed often!) and good Mexican food.

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HJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

I really wanted to like this place but the food was horrible. The steak in my burrito tasted boiled while the burrito wrap itself appeared old, dried out. The appetizer guacamole serving was small, containing more filler ingredients than avocado. That being said, the margaritas were good. But, that was about it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super experience

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a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is a great place for authentic Mexican cuisine at a good value. Except for less than stellar service from our waiter, I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, south of the border meal.

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G
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

I was a frequent patron of Cilantro and of Selena Rosa until my last experience. They changed their menu, prices and food quality. I was so disappointed. The vhips were soggy and the meats overcooked. They were out of many items, charged more for things without changing to price list and were slow. The quality of the food was subpar and very dry. I needed extra toppings to make it edible. I would not recommend going here until they get their stuff back together.

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Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not bad but not memorable either. Great service, very friendly. Would eat here again if I was in the area but wouldn't go out of my way

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G
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food starting with the chips, plantains, and salsa.
Boris the waiter and the rest of the crew kept us happy with vodka, more food, and filled water glasses. We will keep coming back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't like noisy restaurants and despite the big parties and bar.....quite quiet for a nice conversation!

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NY
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice size drinks and good food but waitress could have been more attentive.

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