Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

4.1
7877 reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican

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Pre/post-theatre
As per New York City’s mandate, Rosa Mexicano will require proof of vaccination to dine in our Union Square and Lincoln Center locations beginning Monday, August 16th.

The safety of our guests and our staff is priority #1. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

We are also accepting requests for patio seating. Please know that our patio is limited and the request is not a guarantee. We will do our best to accommodate but the requests are in high demand and we will not be able to accommodate everyone. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon.
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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.

Support Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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What 7877 People Are Saying
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4.1
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3.9
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vipTimothyD
Houston
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Consistent and enjoyable.

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Natalie
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The food is delicious. The service outdoors could be more attentive - we felt forgotten at moments.

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JohnNed
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable dining experience. Delicious food and drinks. Attentive service that did not rush. Perfect location if going to a show at Lincoln Center

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ThomasB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food here. Always consistent and our waiter was great!!

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EstherC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Our food came out cold. This was our first visit for over 2 years, and we used to love it. May try it again sometime but not for a while. My heart goes out to restaurants right now because I know staff turnover is high, but our waiter was not very friendly nor attentive.

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viptckdp
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff, food was espectacular, love the ambiance
Can’t wait to go back

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vipJulianaP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Terrible service, and the food was just okay this time. The guac wasn’t flavorful and the carne assada was nothing like before.

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vipLaurieP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience2

Slow service. Served entrees before appetizers.

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vipYaelD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

First time back to this long-term favorite restaurant after the onset of COVID-19, I found the tastes I longed for, wonderful, but the portions -- especially of the guacamole -- most disappointingly small/tiny. We all suffered during this period. But that doesn't justify stinginess. I hope this is just a temporary overreaction. So I will recommend the restaurant, as I always have, but with caution.

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vipPapi
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We went to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Service was not very attentive but the food and the ambience was.

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vipOperavore
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

After opera date with husband, one of our favorite spots. Missed having the guacamole made at the table but it was just as tasty. Great margaritas, enchiladas and quesadillas!

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PaulinaB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Most unfortunate. I have dined at Rosa Mexicano for many special occasions and love the cuisine but this was not a good dining experience. I made a reservation in Open table at 10 p.m after the ballet at Lincoln Center. Why accept late night reservations if you do not offer quality service to your patrons? We were seated downstairs with a lot of noise, uncomfortable seating and terrible atmosphere. Only after I asked twice to be seated upstairs did they change our table. There were many patrons dining upstairs. We ordered the special October regional cuisine menu and a bottle of wine. We were RUSHED, half way through our appetizers our entrees came and the server put it on our table, crowding us. Then the lights came on upstairs! It changed the whole experience. Patrons started leaving. We ate quickly, didn't finish dessert and asked for it to be packed. No coffee or tea. After not going out due to 1.5 years of the pandemic, and my sister came from France to celebrate her 60 birthday, this was an unfortunate dining experience. I will not support this restaurant again. Poor management. Most unfortunate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Sorry but food overall was not good. Chicken quesadillas were awful and rice and beans even worse.

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SportsFan
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience

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JUdyA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Service was slow. A line to get into the hostess. Table wasn’t ready despite a reservation.
Food was not seasoned and tasted lackluster.
Fresh guacamole was good but very small portion
Overall would not go back
Only advantage was it was across the street from Lincoln Center

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience2

No checking of vaccinations for most; no requirement for masks; allowing a small dog at a nearby table because the diner said it was a service dog, sitting on her lap. Will not eat hear again.

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Lovefood
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time back since Covid. From the moment we walked inside to the time we left we were made to feel like we were the only customers in the restaurant. The service and the food were outstanding. This is one of our favorite restaurants in the city. It did not disappoint.

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MOCA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Appetizer was delicious. Entree was good but should have been served with a fish fork. Dessert was good, but not enough ice cream.

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vipWilliamT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was very good. Server was friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, the food took longer than preferred to get to the table.

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Upstreamdancer
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Awful, understaffed, waited along time for any service.
Food and drinks are way over priced and the quality has gone down . This is the 2nd time .
Steak quesadilla were over spiced mushed meat and not pieces of steak.
Have eaten here several times over the years . Never again. It was disgusting and embarrassing to take someone out and have such poor service and quality.
Shame on you Rosa Mexicano . You just lost a customer.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great service. Super nice staff.

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leslieC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

They appear to be very understaffed. The service was incredibly slow and the staff needed prompting. The food was under seasoned and cold when it was finally served. I have eaten here several times in the past because of its proximity to Lincoln Center but will not eat here again

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cl69
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

restaurant looks not very well kept. Plates were old and broken. service was not clean. In general looks like restaurant is going down hill. Sad to say, love the blue wall. It use to be a nicer place. food was just OK

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vipStanandOllie
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Nice to be back at our favorite pre-opera restaurant. We missed it. Their Covid precautions were great. Our only criticism was the frozen pomegranate margaritas did not taste the same. Much more tart than they used to be. What happened?

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vipJosephS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was excellent as always. Brunch portions a bit small. Server was average at best

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KateM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

excellent food. the wait was a little too long for both our food and drinks. They never returned with extra utensils.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

I loved the food tbh. My mom had the quesadilla with beans and I had the churrro French toast. Everything was bursting flavors and some of the best Mexican food. I will be back with my family

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tabitha
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

loud, smelly and food was mediocre. also very slow service

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JeromeC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Had the fixed dinner and the guacamole. The guacamole is a must have. It's delicious. The enchiladas were a bit bland, but good. The tilapia was the whole fish! We had a great experience except toward the end, they weren't as attentive and it took awhile to get the bill. Nevertheless, we will definitely be coming back! The fixed menu is an incredible value.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Only gave for noise because we ate outside and it being Friday night, the Mt Sinai ambulance were very busy. Not fault of restaurant. We really like their outdoor setup. Waiter was excellent helping me choose a new Gluten Free entree which I hadn’t tried before and it was excellent. Will return soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Love the margaritas and table-side gaucamole

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Jaleofforman
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Terrible service. So many mistakes by multiple members of the staff. Guacamole was $30….$30……..for guacamole……

Saw the waiter twice the entire night. Terrible experience.

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vipNotSkinny
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Terrible food. Very disappointed.

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vipcesny
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious duck breast with blueberry chipolte sauce, asparagus and mashed potatoes. Great value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Service was terrible. Guacamole was unrecognizable. I asked for Margarita without salt. It came with salt. Much too noisy.

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NYCFoodie
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

Service was seriously disappointing. We had been here before for drinks and had a great time. Make OpenTable reservations and were told to wait, okay no problem. Then taken upstairs and there was NO ONE there. Not sure what we were waiting for, maybe short on staff? Waiter was terrible. Couldn't give the time of day. Never came back to ask if we wanted more drinks or even water. Never asked how our food was (which was delivered by someone else, so we really never even saw our waiter again until we asked for the check while he was passing by.). Won't come back.

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KarenM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food. Great service early in the evening slowing down a little late in the meal. But overall we enjoyed our visit and would definitely come again.

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ILUVNY
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Rosa Mexicano - old reliable - everything still fresh and good - 2 years later to return to Lincoln Center and RM was great - but man was our waiter GROUCHY!

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vipRobkar
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Excellent service from waiter, but after he took our dinner order (immediately following guacamole and drinks) it took almost 40 minutes for our dinner to arrive. Instead of a leisurely dinner with dessert, we had to eat quickly and leave in order to arrive at Lincoln Center in time for a performance.

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Bryan
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Rosa Mexicano remains one of our go-to restaurants when we come to New York for the opera. The food and service are always reliable. This time we had the chef's special three course meal, which was quite tasty and a great value at $38. The room always has an energetic feel, but is not overly noisy.