Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

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$31 to $50
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Mexican

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Located directly across the street from Lincoln Center, Rosa Mexicano is the perfect destination for dinner before a performance, or a cocktail after the show. This impressive space features our first, award-winning, 30-foot iridescent blue tile water wall inspired by the cliff divers of Acapulco, designed by architect David Rockwell.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.3
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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service! Have celebrated my birthday there a few times now.

GG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reliably good food and service. Can be very busy and loud so be prepared but well worth the noise and NYC jostling.

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosa still rocks after all these years! Excellent! Great place to try mezcal and tequila drinks.

m
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I really enjoyed the adult beverages, but that was about it.

L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The service was very friendly and professional. The guacamole prepared table side was fabulous. From there things went downhill fast. My chicken/steak/cheese combo fajitas style was very greasy and overcooked. My friend’s enchiladas were clearly not freshly made, but premade to be reheated when ordered. The flan for desert was not memorable. It was convenient to Lincoln center, which was biggest asset. I will look for other venues in the future.

P
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our server, David, did an amazing job at making sure we had everything we needed and in a timely manner. He also answered any questions we had about the menu. The tres leches cake is the best!

D
New England
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It used to be amazing food with an interesting gourmet Mexican menu. Now it's only slightly elevated basic Mexican food. They got rid of their signature braised lamb shank. Margaritas and guacamole are still excellent.

CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Great location and vibe inside but seems more like a tourist attraction. We ordered the gauc and tacs. Guac was excellent, tacos not so much - underwhelming to say the least. Also the portions were small, so not the best value. I prefer to go elsewhere for Mexican cuisine.

JL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went on “National Margarita Day” after a show a Lincoln center and the waiter didn’t honor the promotion of the day. Got the empanadas which were pretty tasteless and the steak tacos, which were good.

MA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Festive and fun plus great food and Margaritas! Attentive wait staff

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Having to wait for 20 minutes despite having booked a table was somewhat frustrating. The food was fine, but a little overpriced.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Receptionist was rude. She asked me if the second person in my party of 2 was present. I stated I did not know but wished to be seated. She then proceeded to ignore my request and immediately seated a couple that came in behind me. After waiting several minutes , I again requested to be seated when a second receptionist stated that the other member of my party had been seated before I arrived. There are lots of other good restaurants in the Lincoln Center area with receptionists that are competent and kind.

IT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Overall good for the area, food wasn’t as flavorful as expected. Everything else was great.

TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, although the portion size could be better. Drinks were good but the sangria was mostly ice which is a big no in my book. Over all very positive experience.

RM
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the Rosa's that use to be on 49th and 8th. I am so glad I found it. I have always loved Rosa's, great fond memories and more to come. The food price was reasonable for NYC but the drink price was too high for me. And I love their margaritas. I highly recommend Rosa's.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good!

C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Margaritas delicious! Loved the guacamole made fresh at our table! The Tres Leches cake was to die for! Will definitely come back:)

e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

food okay, not great
red sauce with the scallops tasted like ketchup
chips were good

E
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

As always the food was excellent! We got there in time for the pre-theater rush but were still seated at the time of our reservation without a hitch! And the restaurant was full & busy - so this is the mark of a team that knows their stuff. We had the table side quac which is always on point & all of my party enjoyed their dishes thoroughly. I had the Baja Fish tacos which were yummy & we all were fans of the spicy corn side. The only thing that put a little damper on our time there was the cocktails & service being a little inattentive. The gentleman in our party were not happy with their first drinks, but our server took then back & replaced them as well as apologized for the wait. All understandable given the time we went but we still had a great time & will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Rosa Mexicano is one of our go -to restaurants for dinner before the opera at Lincoln Center. The food is reliably good and the service is reliably prompt. You don't have to worry about missing the curtain or being disappointed with the meal.

M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service always awesome there. It’s the only restaurant I have gone to where we are called on time for our reservation thank you

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was polite, attentive to allergies, and helped interpret the terms in the menu

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a recovery of a major surgery!

IK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Well appointed, accomodations were spot on, service was great, never a bad time at Rosa .

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The expensive quac was heavily salted & bland like the entrees. I've been visiting this restaurant every few years for a dozen years and quality has gone downhill as prices have increased.

y
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience2

had a great time the first time i came here. but this time, they gave us a table that was place right next to a closet door right next to an ice bucket. LOLLLL. i should've left but i didn't. the placement of this tiny table for 2 was an after thought. just to fill in more people. i was told it would've been 40min for the next table, so i sat down.

guacamole was great, it was always good. the entrees were so bad. the tortilla wasn't even placed in the pan. LOL. the fish tacos - the fish wasn't even seasoned. The service was great though and the waiter was accommodating and offered us to order something else, after we took 3 bites in just to make sure it wasn't seasoned at all. but we had a show to see at the lincoln center and it took them about 30 minutes to bring our entrees so we declined ordering something else and just asked for salt and sauce to dip the fish tacos in.

They did take off the fish tacos without me asking so I really appreciated that. The guacamole was good. I will probably come back just for that and drinks.

JL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Miss the Union Square location but was not disappointed at Lincoln Center location. Great good and service - a great place to celebrate!

TC
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Very slow service

LP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, food taste delicious and our server was very kind and on top of his service. Fresh guacamole made right in front of you and the drinks were perect, i would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

it was a good experience, they even brought out complimentary cake because i told them it was a special occasion.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant, no complaints here. The staff, the atmosphere and Food was excellent. Definitely coming back in the near future.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attention to detail was very impressive. Rosa’s staff operate like a fine oiled machine. A testament to the General manager who was visibly involved with his staff ensuring service was up to par. Everyone was so nice. Stephanie at the check in counter was great. Our waiter Miguel was awesome. While walking to the restroom every employee was courteous and either stepped aside for patrons to pass by or they would call out if they were moving with trays so you know they are coming around the corner. Amazing food and drinks. The guacamole is by far the best in the city!

v
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, very good food options, held our table for us while we were 20 minutes late.

EE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service with passion for the food. Super ambience and location. We'll be back! Thank you.

JP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very intimate. Service is great. I arrived 1 1/2 late on Valentine’s Day and they were understandable and seated right away. I really respect the service there.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

An elegant, modern style restaurant, well designed, with--rare for New York City--tables spaced far enough apart for conversation and privacy. The food is usually as good as in Mexico, and that's saying something, but they have a tendency to over-salt, with the salt nearly overwhelming sometimes other flavors, even in spicy dishes! Service is poor (true both times I've been there lately). Too many waiters are brusk and not around when you need them. After they brought guacamole (too salty), we had to tell the busboys (all male) to tell the waiter to take our orders, to bring the dessert menu, and to give us the check. Rosa Mexicano (they should respect the Spanish language and do gender agreement) could be one of the top restaurants in the city, but it will not be until the owners and management get off their derrières and take very basic, simple steps to make this restaurant shine.

TF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Rosa Mexicano - especially this location! Delicious, comfortable, classy!

LC
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and margaritas were sooooo good.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, service and ambiance. Great location for before or after Lincoln Center events. Generous portions - sharing entrees may be the way to go, after the fabulous guac and chips!