Rosa Mexicano - Riverside Square

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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Our first Rosa Mexicano to open in New Jersey is located at The Shops at Riverside in Bergen County. The 160-seat restaurant features a spacious bar and lounge area, as well as outdoor and private dining options. Under the creative direction of architect and designer Timothy Higgins, the décor features vibrant colors such as vivid pink, deep maroon, rich butterscotch and warm yellow. Traditional craftwork and adornments include Oaxacan wood carvings of mythical animals, custom wax-dipped artwork, Mayan Indian textiles, and folk art masks. Tortillas are fresh-made on-site at a station featuring colorful tiles and a hammered copper hood. Through the unique designs and cuisine, all will encounter an authentic Mexican experience at Rosa Mexicano.
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We had a reservation for 6:30, but when we got there, they didn’t have tables ready. They actually did, the restaurant was reserving them for a bigger party later on. They seemed to have a lack of bussers to clean the tables, so it took 15 after our reservation to be seated. Once we were seated and ordering food, I asked a few questions about a tequila flight the restaurant was advertising at the hostess table. Our waitress knew nothing about them. When she asked what they were about, she just sounded more confusing. When we were waiting for our check and desert, it took quite a long time to get it. Food was good, but bad service!

TD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

room was to bright for dinner. The waitress was terrible. Drinks were not correct. second round order multiple mistakes. Food took 40 minutes to come out and 3 out of 5 dinners were not what was ordered. Waited 20 min before dessert, we had to finallybask for menus. over all really poor food and service. would not recommend.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Rosa Mexicano used to be our go-to spot for the last 4 years. Unfortunately, recent changes to the food/menu have made the restaurant take several steps back: Tacos from the kids menu are too spicy for kids, tacos from the regular menu are too small and too spicy for adults, the empanadas are soggy, drinks take 20 mins to arrive, food for adults comes before food for kids. It used to have great food but now I don't think we'll be going back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved everything about it. The food was delicious but the service was very slow. Maybe they need more servers. Other than that. Loved it and will go back for date night

RG
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

First time we were unsatisfied with our overall experience. Both my son's and daughter's steaks had to be sent back twice because they were not cooked as requested. Yes, you did take them off the bill but being my wife's birthday made it an unpleasant dinner. I must add the manager and waiter were very apologetic for the inconvenience and showed professionalism.

JV
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very tasty and good. Portion sides were filling. Nice Mexican restaurant. Staff was very friendly and explained that it was a new menu. Planning on going back again.

SB
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I remembered my waitress name. She was super nice and tentative if I’m not mistaken her name is Angie. She was on top of everything. Super sweet. Definitely recommend

KG
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was average. Service was not great. Place was empty. Price was not worth it.

TT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the new menu. We had the vegetarian quesadilla, tuna tacos and mexican lasagna. All were AMAZING. And don't forget the pomegranate margarita!

LB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food , drinks and good service.

KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

New menu small portions expensive disappointing from previous visits

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst dining experience ever. It took an hour and a half for us to get our dinner, which was average at best. Poor ability to accommodate custom requests. Waiter kept screwed up everyone's orders. Manager offered little empathy...wouldn't even discount our bill.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very busy no guy. But the managers and servers were very helpful and attentive. Bar and drinks were backed up and slow though

CP
Las Vegas
33 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

They took anything good off the menu and the tortillas were awful. Why does a Mexican restaurant take quesadillas off their menu? Margo’s were good. Go for drinks and chips and stop there. Also the check was stupid expensive.

N
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I have been going to Rosa Mexicano in Union Square and Hackensack for years. Today’s experience was at best mediocre. There was a massive lack of attention to details:
Delayed service; hostess not addressing my concern by telling me that I have to wait; out of empanadas; missing a special anniversary menu appetizer that arrived after the entree; Anniversary entree was cold and the pepper undercooked; overcharged and doubled charged for items on the check;total in paper check and new e-check/ cc scanner didn’t match delaying payment. Too many disappointments in one evening.
And the leftovers were the wrong ones!!! Ugh. A total disappointment.

a
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Although there were few diners in the restaurant, our waitperson was non-attentive and perfunctory

j
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

food is the same as in NYC -- the only other place we have been -- but parking is a cinch, especially on a Sunday.

CH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good but service was lacking not attentive.
Table was scratched up and sat us in the back by the kitchen then a table of 2 adults and 3 children that were running around the tables.
The prices are high for the level of service.
The restaurant needs to be redone. Carpet was wet and slippery

LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & great service! Plus we never felt rushed. We will definitely be back!

VE
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good. They take the Mexican food to a high level. The service is excellent.we love the place

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Will never be back. Food was terrible and over priced. We returned the "chefs special".Service terrible. Music was so loud.

PC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Need more authentic tacos in the menu. Change the entire menu. The margarita and guacamole are the best.

MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The quac was outstanding but even though it looks like a lot...they only use one avocado per bowl....3 of us ordered fajitas and I'm used to them coming out on a steaming plate...this was not the case....I sent back to be reheated. Overall though staff was very kind and the place ran very smooth. Drinks were great and hostess was lovely

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

The service was absolutely dreadful. Our server did not return to take our dinner orders until after we finished our appetizers. The server did not check on us and we needed to request drinks from the bartender ourselves. The ran out of clean steak knives and we needed to wait for steak knives to finished being cleaned while our dinner had already been served.

MR
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It’s a good Mexican restaurant but very over priced.

KW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

They were understaffed and we had to wait much longer than we've had to before. Seems to have high turnover at the manager position.

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was just ok. I was expecting better given the price of entrees. Service was fair-our waiter did not come back to check on us for long periods of time so we resorted to asking other servers for assistance. Nothing memorable about the experience. Probably will not visit again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Normally a great time despite another table already under an umbrella. After dining on way to car, walked past a new table under one of the umbrellas. I didn’t notice if any service people went on a Sunday...

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Value was ok. Nice place overall.
Negatives- You can only order a huge side of Guac for $16 which is absurd. Food came out only Luke warm not hot.

FI
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent... fun and authentic food and atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing. The guacamole is to die for! Everything is fresh and tasty!

B
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We were disappointed the guac was not prepared at our table as stated in the menu. Was one of the reasons we chose this restaurant.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, attentive service!

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flautas were incredible and the new summer dessert was incredible. It was a churro ice cream sandwich! Sheyla was a great server!!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience

J
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were good waiters were helpful and friendly and it was not crowded plus parking is easy.

BG
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always pleased with food and service. Consistency is what brings me back.

AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love, love, love this place. Always excellent. I live quite far but make the trek once a year and always worth it! Great food.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Absolutely terrible. There was very long periods of waiting for food even though the restaurant was fairly empty. The service was nice but not attentive. The nachos were pure spice and the bottom tortilla was extremely soggy. When we asked for water, if was warm! The shrimp tacos were basically fried nothing and had zero flavor. My friend ordered enchiladas and neither of us could even finish out food. Not impressed and would not recommend especially for the price.