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Permanently Closed - Rosa Mexicano - Minneapolis

1109 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - In 1984, Rosa Mexicano set a new standard for Mexican cuisine when it first opened in 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 modern and festive ambiance.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(612) 656-7144
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mauricio Legorreta
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Private party facilities
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 Sara Prutzman.
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Private party contact
Amira Gertz: (612) 656-7144
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Regardless of your party size, Rosa Mexicano is the perfect venue to offer your guests a creative, upscale experience that few restaurants can match. We offer a full range of catering options: buffet stations, pre fixe menus, family style menus, passed hors d’oeurvres, etc. We also offer off-premise catering for groups of all sizes. For Large Party Reservations, please contact Special Events Manager at 612.656.7144
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Cross street
6th and Hennepin (City Center)
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Parking details
Valet parking is available for $9 after 5pm daily.

DRIVING North: Take highway 35w south to Washington Ave turn right, left on Hennepin Ave. South: Take highway 35w north to downtown exits take the 11th street exit, right on Hennepin Avenue. East: Take highway 94 west to the 11th street exit, right on Hennepin Avenue. West:Take highway 394 east to the Dunwoody exit, Dunwoody turns into Hennepin Avenue.
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Public transit
PUBLIC TRANSIT:Take the Light-Rail to Fifth & Hennepin Avenue.
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On special occasions, we have guest musicians and/or mariachis present to heighten the festive atmosphere. Please contact the restaurant directly with questions.
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Special events & promotions
Day of the Dead | October 30th - November 1st.
On the Day of the Dead, spirits are invited home for feasting and storytelling, keeping memories alive in our hearts and minds. Join us! We'll be welcoming our loved ones home with traditional Enchiladas de Mole Poblano and Enchiladas de Mole Blanco.

Serving authentic, regionally inspired Mexican Cuisine since 1984
11:30am - 4pm, Daily

DESDE 1984 MENU - $23 Lunch | $25 Dinner
Guacamole, Queso Fundido or Nachos for the Table
Diner's Choice of any Entree
Churros or Tres Leches

Happy Hour | Daily, 4 - 7 PM at the bar
$ Dos Tacos
$5 Quesadillas
Cocktail Specials & Pitchers
Bottomless Guacamole

Authentic Mexico City Cantina Fare
Served all day at the bar
$8 Quesadillas
$8 Antojitos
$8 Dos Tacos
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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viplizlovestoeat (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

Excellent food. I highly suggest making a reservation for Friday and Saturday nights. We had a reservation but I heard the host tell the couple in front of us that it would be an hour wait already at 6pm. That's probably because the food is so good! We had spicy margaritas, chips and salsa (are free!), my husband had a shrimp quesadilla and I had mushroom tacos which came with sides of corn, rice and beans. It was a lot of food. Unfortunately, we were going to a show so we couldn't take our leftovers home but I sure would like another helping of that corn!

Jennifer (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

Food was amazing. Service was very slow. We had reservations. We were seated right away. Took 20 minutes to place drink order. Ordered an appetizer that we never received. Almost an hour before we were able to order food. Took long time to get food did not get checked on to see if group wanted more drinks. Asked for more chips that we did not receive until after server removed the salsa....

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

Terrible service, mediocre food. We made a reservation more than 2 hours prior to a concert and spent the better part of that 2 hours tracking down our server to get our food and drinks. First, it clearly states on their website that there is a happy hour daily until 7pm - it does not specify bar only, and when we were seated in the main dining room and asked we were told "they don't do HH here". After mentioning to our server that the website specifies a HH, he literally just shrugged his shoulders and walked away. No further clarification and we were not offered a table in the bar area, even though at that time the bar area was nearly empty. It was not until I spoke to a manager later on in the evening that she told us the HH would have been honored in the bar area. We waited an obscene amount of time for our drinks, which were never refilled, and had to ask for refills on water and chips. The food was OK but not even close to worth the prices we paid. The tacos were almost too spicy to eat - and with no drinks in front of us, it made it hard to enjoy dinner. As our show time got closer, we cancelled the outstanding items we had ordered and not yet received and asked for our bill. A manager came and offered us a free round of drinks, which we accepted - but then had to have them taken off of our bill because we were charged for the FREE apology drinks brought by the manager! I will say this was NOT our servers fault. The poor guy was running around like crazy and the restaurant was clearly understaffed. This restaurant is managed TERRIBLY. We were there on a Friday at 5pm the night of a concert at the Target Center which is only 3 blocks away. This restaurant is also walking distance to Target Field and First Ave, so they should be no stranger to busy event nights. Friday HH/dinner time in downtown Minneapolis is no time for bad service - ESPECIALLY on an event night. Don't waste your time or money, there's many better options in Mpls.

Sevy (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

I love the restaurant. However, Our server was distracted and not professional. I ordered a 2nd glass of red wine (Merlot) and she forgot to bring it. I had to ask her after 20 mins and then she said that there is no more merlot. I was shocked to hear a restaurant of that caliber running out of red wine. She took another 20 mins to bring me another glass. I told her that I don't want it anymore coz my steak was over and she snapped at me that it's already ordered. Anyway, she apologized later but what a bad experience!

tconline (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on October 20, 2016

Don't go... Closed. No wonder the staff were so stoic. :-(

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on October 18, 2016

Food was very good, especially for the price. Went during restaurant week but would go again during regular times

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2016

This place was AMAZING! I went during restaurant week, so I can't really comment on prices, but I think that it would be well worth the cost! Absolutely phenomenal food.

vipSUZQ (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

The restaurant. Is beautiful and the service was adequate. The food quality, however, was a disappointment.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2016

Too many delicious options to choose from. Only negative was the lava hot empanadas exploded all over my shoulder when I bit in, had to be eaten with a fork.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2016

One of my favorite mexican restaurants... so much more than that really.

Table side guac is a must try.

Love the vegetarian options!

TheoT (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on October 12, 2016

Went to Rosa Mexicano for dinner mid week, first time. Not busy at all so we were seated right away and service response was fitting for the level of business. Great margarita! Good guacamole- fresh tasting. Ordered spicy, only detected a faint bit of spice. Again it was fresh and pretty good, but season it if your going to!
Food - looks good on plate, tastes good too, pork was tender. I would prefer more seasoning, even salt would help. And I'm not someone who needs a sauce or overly seasons everything. But the best plate of food can miss if it's not seasoned at all.
We will be going back and will recommend to others. I will ask to have food prepared to my liking if it's not quite there next time.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

A very modern decor with wonderful food options. Being a vegetarian, the menu and the items provided were excellent. Loved their margarita - one of the best that I have had.

Being from out of town, this was a great experience and would love to go to this restaurant when I visit cities where they are located.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on October 8, 2016

Overall, was a good experience.

Food was served barely warm.

Otherwise, tasty!

Pretty pricey too.

Rlllllllllllll (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on October 5, 2016

Great food but they only serve happy hour in the lounge. Did not know that when making a reservation. Pretty spendy

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on October 2, 2016

The food was excellent, we got the table side guacamole and the chicken tacos to share between two of us. More than enough food, could not finish it. The mango margaritas were very good. The ambiance was very nice and it was quiet but not busy when we went since it was early on a Sunday. Dined here several times before and it is always top notch. We love it