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About Rojo Mexican Bistro - Novi
Rojo Mexican Bistro - Novi is an unconventional Mexican Bistro serving you a dining experience in an upbeat, casual atmosphere. The most popular order at Rojo is its table side guacamole, custom-made to your preference. Of course you can order all your favorites like fajitas, quesadilla, tacos and burritos. However, it is highly recommended that you order the much sought after Chile Relleno, which is a roasted poblano pepper filled with melted cheese and topped with tomato sauce and even more cheese. You can add ground beef or BBQ pork for a nominal fee to kick it up a notch. Or try the Seafood Cazuela complete with calamari, shrimp, mussels, scallops and Mahi Mahi, all sautéed in a chile-infused lobster stock.
Novi, MI 48375
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday 4:00pm - 11 pm, Friday and Saturday 4:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
12 mile and Novi Rd in Fountain Walk
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rojo Mexican Bistro - Novi Ratings and Reviews
The food was expensive and not as good as much cheaper Mexican restaurants. The refried beans felt like they came right out of the fridge without being heated, the rice was hard, and the frozen margarita was not blended enough to drink. We had no silverware or plates when we received our appetizer, and the waiter never waited around after delivering to see if we needed anything else. We were constantly having to call him back to the table.
My wife and I have been to this restaurant several times, and always found it to be unique and enjoyable. This experience made us really sad the way the restaurant has gone downhill so quickly. The food, the service and the atmosphere have all deteriorated to the point that is was just a bad mexican chain place - no better than all the others. Too bad.
Our second visit to Rojo and we were not disappointed. Our first venture here was on date night so this time we brought the kids and grandparents. The tableside guacamole was not as good as the first time we tried it - there was something missing, but it was still enjoyable. I was impressed that they were willing to substitute shredded beef for no extra charge on my Two Story tacos (would have been worth the upcharge). If you are bringing fussy teenagers be sure to have them review ingredients carefully. My son ordered the California Burrito without onions or pico de galo but forgot to subtract the black beans too. It's a good thing they were generous with the nachos otherwise he would have been a hungry boy. No criticism towards Rojo - the ingredients were clearly listed and I thought it looked pretty good.
Well-prepared Mexican-American dishes and appetizers, nicely presented, along with a wide range of cocktails, sangria and beers. Most popular are the special nights, such as Taco Tuesdays (which are busy) and Thursdays when appetizers and jumbo margaritas are $5. Service is generally friendly and prompt. Noise level is above average which can make it difficult to converse but adds to the fun and liveliness.
Rojo in Novi remains one of my favorite restaurants in Metro Detroit. With reservations, I am always seated the moment I come in. The food and drinks are fantastic. We ordered Carne Asada and Chicken Fajitas this last time and they were not only perfectly done, but we had enough to bring home and eat it for lunch the next day. Table side guacamole is also a must. Service is wonderful. Highly recommended.
A step up from the typical neighborhood mexican restaurant. Got our food within 10 minutes of ordering despite it being a busy Friday night. The Cerveza Margarita was a nice drink. Wait staff was very attentive. If you're a Tequila drinker this is the place to go. Half of the drink menu is made up of different types of Tequila! Will definitely come back :)
I think the experience of this restaurant depends on the dish you order. I read reviews before going , and after our group's experience I can guess that it depends on the entree ordered. I agree with other reviewers who say the mixed drinks are weak. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON MIXED DRINKS/MARGARITAS HERE! The chips were good, the salsa was fresh and the appetizer of table side guacamole was excellent. I was looking forward to my entree until it came. The re-fried beans were average, the rice was horrible, and my wet burrito was bland and disappointing. I would have rated this restaurant with 1 star had I not tasted my husbands dish.. I would have never guessed both came from the same restaurant, it was great. It's all in what you order.
My husband and I dined here the other night and loved it! The service was excellent! I enjoyed a unique cocktail called Agave Spice. Gold tequila, lime and chili infused agave in a martini glass. Spicy yum! The tableside guacamole was fabulous! My husband had some great fajitas and I had mussels that were in a delicious sauce. Will dine there again for sure.
I had a wonderful and memorable evening dining at Rojo. The decor inside is beautiful and spacious, and yet still intimate enough to be relaxing and private. Our food came in large portions and tasted fabulous, and they made some of the best Margaritas I've ever had. They also have a very extensive Tequila selection, if that's your thing. The service was good and friendly, with a few touches of flare that made it feel even more fancy. I had a great time at Rojo, and I would recommend it.
Rojo just catapulted to the very top of my list of Mexian restaurants to go to. We arrived early afternoon and were immediately seated. We ordered the tableside Guac. as an appetizer and I must say, it was the best one I've had. Eveyone really liked their food, I had the Chimichanga and the outer wrap was light and flaky, not greasy at all. It was packed with meat, melted cheese, and all sorts of other flavors inside every bite. The Margaritas were great, and the price was even better. My friend ordered a shrimp dish in a red sauce. the flavor was exceptional and it was packed with so many large shrimp. Service was also great. Will definitely be making this my go-to place for Mexican food.
Not your usual mexican fare where everything tastes the same. 3 in our party ordered tableside guac, shrimp diablp tacos, scallop tacos, and enchilades verdes. All was good -- could have been hotter temperature-wise. The beans were almost cold. Food came out really fast after the guac made at the table. Margaritas were good too.
Food tasted great though and would go again.
Went to Rojo on a Saturday night. Our table was ready for us on time.
We enjoyed the table side guacamole very much . The salsa wasn't bad and they had hot sauces in two flavors to add to it which helped. The chips were somewhat fresh.
We live across the street from a popular Mexican restaurant and we drove 20 minutes to go to Rojo. It was worth it , we will return .
We went to Rojo's on a recommendation from a friend. We do not live close to the Novi location, but we decided to try anyway. I was kind of disappointed that the restaurant was kind of dirty and the booth that we were sat in, was ripped and taped up. I found the pricing a little high for Mexican, but figured if it was great food, well worth it. My husband asked the waiter about the fish (Mahi Mahi) tacos and they were recommended. When he brought them, you could smell the fishy smell right away. My husband could not eat them and sent them back. I ordered the chicken enchiladas which the chicken was in chunks, not shredded. And I thought a small portion for the price. I do not think we will be going back. Sticking to Mexican Village.
When we booked this restaurant, we were unaware that it is a franchise -- with a mission to sell their customers a membership. The waiters are trained to present the buy-in option to diners. We weren't interested so found it kind of annoying. Food was ok, and service was just ok too. I ordered a drink to be served with the meal. The beverage never appeared despite a reminder to our waiter and a request to other personnel. While we like the ambiance of this mall location, we are unlikely to return to Rojo.
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