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Rojo Mexican Bistro - Rochester

3.9
306 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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About

Rojo Mexican Bistro in Rochester, Michigan specializes in serving unique Mexican influenced dishes. The family friendly restaurant offers comfortable dining in an upscale atmosphere.

Rojo Mexican Bistro serves lunch and dinner and offers an assortment of shareables, tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, salads, burritos, sandwiches, entrées, sides and signature cocktails on the menu for diners to choose from. Appetizers available at the restaurant include chicken empanadas, calamari, quesadilla and chicken tortilla soup. Main entrée selections at Rojo Mexican Bistro include enchiladas, rojo chicken, rojo rib eye, salmon, chimichanga and chile relleno. Cocktails featured at the restaurant include house margaritas, sanga-rita, rojito and frozen margaritas.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
MONDAY and TUESDAY 11AM TO 10PM; WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY 11AM TO 11PM; FRIDAY 11AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT; SATURDAY 12 NOON to 12 MIDNIGHT; AND SUNDAY FROM 12 NOON TO 9PM
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Phone number
(248) 601-9300
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Our semi-private room can accommodate up to 45 guests.
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Private party contact
Manager: (248) 601-9300
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Catering
Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Valet is available everyday during holiday season.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
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3.9
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3.9
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3.8
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on March 26, 2016

I've been with my family before and we enjoyed it, but this time was a bust.

I was given the wrong dish (but the manager gave me my entree for free). Also, the sides of rice and beans weren't provided with two of our dishes so we had to ask for them. We were excited for dessert, but kit-kat cake was awful. It is a small and dense cake with an outside layer of chocolate. The problem is it was extremely dry and tasted like it had barely been thawed from a freezer. The chile relleno had a thick outside layer of fried egg (egg not listed on the menu), which I did not enjoy. Finally, the salsa tasted like blended paste...nothing unique or exciting.


But the vegetable quesadillas were great!! Because I have had a decent experience prior, I will go one more time and re-consider. Hopefully this was just an off-night.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2016

Good food, good atmosphere

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2016

Pretty place, food is not good

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3.0Dined on February 27, 2016

When we arrived at the restaurant, the hostess had difficulty finding our name (which was our error, not hers), but then had a bit of an attitude about it. The atmosphere, noise level and vibe of the restaurant were good. Our server greeted us within a reasonable length of time, but it took a very long time for our drinks to arrive. We were finally able to order an appetizer and our dinners when our drinks came, but then our dinners came out within 1-2 minutes of our appetizer.

The food itself was very appealing looking - fresh and colorful - but none of it had much flavor. The queso fundido was cheesy but bland, and our dinners were without that spicy, flavorful blend of tastes that you normally expect with Mexican food. Even the side of guacamole that I ordered was bland. How can grilled chicken and steak be flavorless? Two different frozen drinks tasted mostly of ice.

It wasn't bad, but when you drop almost $100 at a Mexican restaurant for 1 appetizer, 3 dinners and 3 drinks total, you expect something a little more memorable.

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2016

The steak was over cooked and I think too expensive for what you get. The waiter was awesome.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2016

I loved the extensive tequila selection and I will be back to sample.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

This was truly an amazing restaurant! Our server was beyond helpful and attentive. The drinks were well poured, tasty, and cold. The salsa here is beyond compare (so much we had to take some home). The prices and entrees were amazing as well. If you're looking for a good night of Mexican I would strongly recommend a trip to Rojo.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2016

It was average at best. Hostess was not friendly, Dodd was just OK and wait staff felt rushed. I won't return as their are many other options that I feel are better.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2016

We didn't like the girl who suppose to be friendly but she was grumpy. Who we went to first like we have reservations, place was empty that day . This is the fist time we went this location, we always go Birmingham. Please don't read me wrong she was really grumpy😫😄

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Just like everyone else is saying ... ... I was sitting there for 15 minutes with no one coming to my table. I ended up having to go to the hostess stand and asking who my server was. The manager apologized and comped me an appetizer.

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2016

The food was not good. I had chicken fajitas that had no zip in the flavor. The chicken tasted old, like it had been cooked earlier and warmed up. My husband had enchilada verde, which had no sauce over it. Our server was great though! He did a nice job attending to all.

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2.0Dined on February 12, 2016

When we walked in there was no one at the host stand (there also was not a lot of people in the restaurant). We waited a couple minutes and the hostess came over and greeted us and took us to our table. We waited about 5 minutes and she came back and dropped off chips and salsa. Waited another 5 minutes before our server actually came around to take our drink order. Shortly after that another server or busser came and dropped off water. The server took off so fast after taking our drink order we couldn't put in for our appetizer until he came back with our drinks. When he came back we ordered table side guac to start and our meals at the same time. The guy came over and made it, we asked for it medium. It ended up being barely mild but still good. The guac wasn't on our table for more than 2 minutes and our dinners came out. We barely had any of it due to the timing. I finished my drink and my husband was still working on his instead of asking if we needed anything else (I would have happily said yes to another drink) he just told us he would bring the check. He never checked on us after we received our meal. What else was disappointing was the table next to us seemed to have a really good server and we got stuck with the crummy one. Food was decent but the overall experience wasn't good.

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3.0Dined on February 6, 2016

My girls love the restaurant, but we had a couple issues. I have gone to the Rojo Mexican Bistro website and sent a comment twice, which I am waiting for a response on. I'm not upset enough to slam them publicly, but if they won't respond soon, I will be.

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3.0Dined on February 1, 2016

The food is always good here. Unfortunately, tonight the service was lacking and food took a while to get.

The manager did comp one glass of wine.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2016

We had our first meal as a couple at Rojo and were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful food choice. The service was quick and efficient. We signed up for the rewards program and are looking forward to benefiting from it, especially on Mondays with the BOGO on entrees!

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3.0Dined on January 23, 2016

I ordered the fish tacos, which had an excellent cut of Mahi Mahi, but I found the dish otherwise pretty boring. The pico was just diced tomatoes and there wasn't even a hint of cilantro, two essentials for a good fish taco.
The margarita mix is home made and delicious though, and the tequila section is fantastic. Not much selection in the way of beer though.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2016

My boyfriend and I went to Rojo for our anniversary dinner over the weekend and it was great. The food was delicious and our waiter was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2015

Met friends for dinner after Christmas and had a great time. Service was perfect! I wish I could remember our server's name; he was very busy on a Wednesday night, and he knew we wanted to catch up with our friends. He was attentive, but not pushy. Wonderful!

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2015

Our visit was by far one of the worst we have ever had. The place was packed and unfortunately they did not have enough servers. Apparently they had several servers who were missing. No manager was seen the entire time we were there. The hostess wasn't doing her job when she seated customers. Food was only fair but this was due to the amount of time it took for servers to even bring food to the table. Couldn't get drink refills very easily. They need to make sure they have enough wait staff to accommodate a crowded restaurant.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2015

Table side guacamole.

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2015

Good quality food with friendly staff. Very quick food turnaround without feeling rushed. The only thing I didn't care for was that they charged me for spreads and sauces that the waiter just asked if I wanted like it was complementary. Seems like it should have been included with the meal price.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2015

It's a good place to be with friends and drink a couple of margaritas or beer

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2015

I took my mom to lunch here and had great service, fantastic margaritas, and delicious food!

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2015

As always, we had a fantastic experience at this restaurant. I wish I remembered our waiters name (I've had him twice) but he is so attentive. We had the jumbo margaritas and they are the best!

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2015

Very busy, had to wait 30 minutes for our reservation and I kept seeing open tables which were not being sat.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2015

Our waiter was wonderful, wish I had remembered his name. Quick service and very friendly. I wish I would have stuck with the taco salad (which I usually get) but decided to branch out and get the burrito bowl. It wasn't bad, just a little more bland than the salad. The rest of the table loved their food, and the house margaritas were to die for!

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2015

Great service

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2015

Among all of the Rojo locations, this one is especially good service and food. This time was the first time the steak in the Fajitas was very fatty and not edible. The manager gave us partial credit and it seemed reasonable.

The only other problem is that the restaurant does not accept OpenTable reservations all the time. There have been many times we choose another restaurant because OpenTable showed that no seats were available -- but when we walk by the restaurant, it seems empty with many open tables.

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3.0Dined on September 11, 2015

Food was good. Service could have been better. When we were seated, they did not ask if it was the right spot for us. We needed a quiet spot and soon the live music started and was no longer quiet.
The server was attentive. However, we were not given our napkins and silverware until we asked for it (after the food was served).

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2015

Came in for Taco Tuesday and was thoroughly impressed! Great deals on food and tequila, and the service was very quick even when they got busier. Will be returning for their other "deal of the day" offerings!

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2.0Dined on July 3, 2015

Server was polite however did not pay close enough attention to order as my food was delivered to table cold. Manager on duty did offer free entree which I did not accept as we had bogo coupon. Dessert was accepted.

Quality of food has gone way down.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2015

Food was good, service was good, and they had a wide variety of tequilas.

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2015

We enjoyed being on Main Street with the large windows open and live music. Service was fast and food was terrific. We will be returning often.

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2015

Server was very pushy with getting us to order. It was noticeable by our whole group and rude. The restaurant was busy but there were plenty of open tables. We thought we must have been her last table and she wanted us to leave, but shouldn't she have passed our table onto another server then? Her pony tail was also whipping my friend in the face. Just kind of an odd experience. It doesn't deter me from coming back, but it does bring the "Rojo exprience" down a notch in my book.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2015

The service and food were great. It's a great Mexican place in downtown and nice to have other places to walk to after. Delicious!

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2015

Nice Mexican dinner. Live band, good drinks, food and service.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Rojo's is located in downtown Rochester, it was a nice place to go for lunch with few colleagues. Service was very polite and attentive to our needs. Food was delicious and prices were reasonable. The Team like it.

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1.0Dined on November 8, 2014

Very noisy. They got our drinks wrong 3 times. The tables are set up in the middle of the floor which is very uncomfortable. I would not recommend this place to a friend. Not a good experience.

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1.0Dined on October 31, 2014

We have faithfully tried to give this restaurant another chance. It continues to fail.

When it was Andiamo and Steve Simmon's responsibility it was wonderful and always busy. Staff and food were very good and Pete in the kitchen assured us of great food!

We repeatedly have tried to support this local restaurant. It just continues to fail. The last visit was our LAST VISIT!!! Far to costly for poor service and horrible food. Sad because the place is very nice looking and much money was put in it to open under the new venue! This is a great location and I cannot understand why it just can not get it's act together. Joe Vicari needs to take a closer look at this one.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 2014

I love the Taco Tuesdays. Such a great deal with wonderful food.

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