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Rosa Blanca

580 reviews
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$30 and under
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Combining the laid-back, all-day appeal of a diner with the innately comforting character of classic Cuban fare, Rosa Blanca is the best of Latin and American culinary culture from Philadelphia’s top Latin-American chef: Jose Garces. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night and take-out, there is no better place to satisfy a comfort food craving.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuban, Latin American, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday & Thursday: 11am - 9pm
Friday: 11am - 1am
Saturday: 10am - 1am
Sunday: 10am - 4pm
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Phone number
(215) 925-5555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jose Garces
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Private party facilities
The Private Dining Room will accommodate a maximum of 40 Guests for a seated dinner, and does have A/V capabilities.
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Private party contact
Laura Vernola or Erin Degiulio: (888) 389-5523
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Cross street
7th Street
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Parking details
Street parking, Valet parking and access to several public lots within walking distance.
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If you book a private event at Rosa Blanca, our event coordinators can provide you with unique entertainment options for your party.
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Gift Card
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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phillyfoodie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 31, 2015

Wonderful brunch! It was our first time here and the food and ambiance lived up to expectation. Another great Garces restaurant. The food was delicious: Cuban french toast, bagel with smoked salmon & yummy cream cheese; Vaca Frita. Drinks were memorable and strong. This definitely will become a place to enjoy in the future, Thanks for helping to make a birthday celebration so special.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on May 29, 2015

They are "closing for the summer" which I translate to going out of business but it's a nice place. The price point is a bit too high and their drinks are watered down however.

clarapq (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 22, 2015

Great Latin American Food, "Ropa Vieja" and "Cordero al Caribe" highly recommended. The environment is nice with a very friendly and professional service.

phillymomma (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on May 16, 2015

We went to Rosa Blanca for brunch this past weekend and we were delighted! The food was marvelous and the Bloody Mary's delicious! It is large and spacious which is a huge plus on the Philly brunch scene. We will be back for sure!

Penmark (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 15, 2015

The ambiance is very comfortable and relaxed. The food was delicious- beautiful flavors blended together. We loved our cocktail- Smokey Hemingway. It was quite unusual. Our server was engaging and made the meal even more enjoyable. The Masitas de Puerco was so moist and the sauce nicely spiced. We did a salad, a couple of small plates and an entreé to share and it gave us a nice sampling of tastes!

vipDiningOutOfTown2 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 15, 2015

I've gone to Rosa Blanca regularly for the past year; and the food, service, and ambiance have remained very good.

JBflash (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

Took our mom's here and they enjoyed it. It was something different and the food was excellent. As usual with these restaurants, the bar bill will hit the hardest. The spicy gin flower infused cocktail was excellent. The bloody mary was not my was thin and watery and I prefer one that is more hefty. That and the fact that there was no music (Cuban music would have been awesome) playing are my only complaints. The emanadas were tasty, as well as the flank steak and pork with eggs. Great service!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on April 25, 2015

I was very excited to dine on exciting latin cuisine. We had a very strange server who did not have any clear idea of the menu or specials. We tried the upgraded tasting menu and found that it was very hit or miss and the hits were only singles. The one outstanding taste was the octopus appetizer which was outstanding. Restaurant was very loud

Torr (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on April 24, 2015

Very disappointed with this place. Portions were ridiculously small. We order a cuban sandwich and the octopus salad. The octopus was rubbery and chewy. The cuban sandwich was very small and plain. The quality of the meat wasn't the best, having a lot of fat. Avoid this place if you can.

vipalanm804 (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on April 18, 2015

First time we were truly disappointed at a Garces spot.

The service was plain slow. The front station was confused when we arrived - it took three people talking to each other to eventually seat us. Although the waiter really tried to keep up, it took ordering them twice and over 20 minutes for drinks to appear after we ordered them.

At his recommendation, we ordered the special rib dish. It was dry, over spiced, partially burnt and anything but special. The rest of the dishes were just ok - not nearly what we expect from a Garces restaurant. Tinto and Village Whiskey are two of our favorite places. Distrito is close behind.

The ambience was plain loud --- plus we were seated at a banquette where at 9:00 pm the band/singer took over the adjacent table to setup their gear/instruments about two feet away making us feel like we were "in the way" (good thing we didn't order desert or coffee).

This may be a jinxed location for Garces. We went to its predecessor Chifa one time and never went back although it wasn't nearly as bad as last night's experience.

Suzanne (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on April 11, 2015

Great second visit. It was much busier on this visit because it was Sat night. Noise level very high so we asked to be seated downstairs which was fine after we asked them to lower the music. Music was great but we needed to talk during our meal. Food was fantastic! Lamb curry out of this world. Service pleasant and of course we shared a Cubano sandwich.. There will be more visits but maybe not on a busy Sat night.

jenb30 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 11, 2015

My friends and I were looking for a place to celebrate a birthday, and we chose Rosa Blanca. The dining room had a lively atmosphere and the round corner booth was perfect for a group. The service was excellent and the GM, Beth, introduced herself and made sure that we had everything we needed.

The guacamole is some of the best I've ever had and the cheese bread (pan de bono) is delicious. I could've eaten that as my entree! The smoked hemingway cocktail was excellent, and the mojitos are perfect - not too sweet. We all had different entrees - skirt steak, ropa vieja, pollo a la brasa, fish of the day, and even a Cuban. We couldn't finish all of the food but we tried. The flan is seriously a must-get. As we were finishing up, a band was setting up because they have live music on the weekends. I will be back to try their brunch! I love that the food is simple and flavorful and isn't something you can find on every other menu in Philly.

vipNHC44 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2015

If you want authentic Cuban food. Rosa Blanca is on point.

DMCMP (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 29, 2015

Amazing guacamole with smoked pineapple. Corned beef hash was not what I expected because the meat was on the side and not mixed in with the potatoes and peppers but it was absolutely delicious. The little hit of vinegar brightens it all up. The drinks are fantastic too. Service was wonderful. The music was a bit loud but overall outstanding dining experience.

vipTweakie (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on March 28, 2015

On this visit we found our waiter to detract from our overall experience--he seemed perfunctory at best--for example he said "let me get your drink order cause I have these two credit cards to run through the system" --he rushed through the specials and wanted to take our total food order quickly instead of giving us a bit of time to enjoy our drinks then order--now, the restaurant was not crowded so I felt there was no reason to be hurried like this--

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

We waited a long time to be seated. We waited even longer for someone to come wait on us. It ended up that the bartender not only had to attend to the bar, but he ended up being our waiter as well. I don't know if they were short staffed that night or what the issue was, but it was not a good experience. It was not the waiter's fault as he knew the food and drinks, but he could rarely get the time to break away from the bar long enough to wait on us. Also, the noise level was extremely loud.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

There was a problem in beginning because the stairs downstairs were dark and scary. There was an elevator but it was outside and the staff didn't seem to either know or want to get involved. Once that was straightened out, the other problem was we ordered the chef-tasting menu & it was unorganized. Food was good.

foodoyoflife (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

I took my family (two younger sisters, mother, boyfriend) to eat to celebrate our Dad's new job. When we arrived a curt hostess told us we could not sit in a booth until our table was ready. There were three empty booths and instead she said we must sit at the bar. My parents (61 and 53) both have knee problems and the booth was the best option until the table was ready. The hostess was rude and argumentative. We eventually got a manager who immediately sat us in the booth and prepared a table. When she took us to the table, the area downstairs where we sat was private and quaint. The manager was courteous and attentive. Then, the pleasant server explained the options and specials, we ordered and eagerly anticipated the food's arrival. We thought the poor service was over but then the food came and the orders were wrong! The food runner insisted my Mother's steak was well done even though we could see the meat was pink. Then my sister ordered pork but got shrimp. When the server came to check on us, we told him of the errors and he took the food away to fix the errors. We were disappointed to wait to eat. Those whose orders were correct had to eat cold food and my mother and sister had to wait several more minutes without food while the rest of us started to eat. The server offered us free dessert but the attitudes of the hostess and food runners left such a sour taste in my mouth! That behavior is unacceptable. I trust losing business is not part of the plan so poor service must be replaced with attention to detail and catering to the customer and not the employee's personal needs.

sebnmg (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on March 20, 2015

The manager, Ilon, as well as the rest of the staff from hostess to servers were fantastic!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on March 14, 2015

Very quiet for Saturday brunch. Food was good. Service was okay, not bad. Would have enjoyed a livelier atmosphere.