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Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

4.1
4.1
8268 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Located directly across the street from Lincoln Center, Rosa Mexicano is the ideal destination for dinner before a performance, or a cocktail after the show. This impressive space features an award-winning, 30-foot iridescent blue tile water wall inspired by the cliff divers of Acapulco, designed by architect David Rockwell. Known for tableside guacamole service and creative margaritas, Rosa Mexicano offers a fresh take on authentic Mexican cuisine, serving both beloved classics and sophisticated dishes in a fun atmosphere. Our beverage program boasts over 100 varieties of tequila and agave-based spirits, and our signature Latin hospitality is delivered with warmth and professionalism. A destination born of a unique vision, at Rosa Mexicano you will experience upscale dining that honors Mexican heritage, culinary techniques, and the global explorations and inspirations of our founder, Josefina Howard, who was a world traveler, entrepreneur, interior designer, chef, and innovator.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 136 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Thu 11:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 977-7700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ishmael Lozano

  • Catering

    We offer a full range of off-premise catering options for groups of all sizes: buffet stations, prix fixe menus, family-style menus, or passed hors d’oeuvres. To discuss a catering order, please contact Michelle Rosenberg at mrosenberg@rosamexicano.com and 516-474-8308.

  • Private party facilities

    Rosa Mexicano's dramatic spaces are designed for all types of events like large social dinner parties, business cocktail receptions, as well as smaller gatherings. To start planning your next event, please contact Michelle Rosenberg at mrosenberg@rosamexicano.com or 516-474-8308.

  • Private party contact

    Jacqueline Vasquez: (888) 331-4268

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Cross street

    62nd Street

  • Parking details

    The closest parking garage is at 61st and Columbus.

  • Public transit

    1,A,B,C,D trains to 59th Street. 1 train to Lincoln Center (66th)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 8,268 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. B

    Barbara

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We asked for a table upstairs but we were told that nothing would be available in spite of having a confirmed reservation. The lower level is freezing and we ate with our coats on, as did other diners sitting downstairs. Our tiny table was in the middle of the space near the kitchen door with servers dashing past us , trays overhead. Insist on table upstairs for a better experience.
  2. s

    susanb

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    We arrived early for our reservation and were made to wait 30 minutes to be seated even though there were many empty tables in the restaurant. The person in charge of seating was not pleasant.
  3. MM

    MartinM

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Generally quite pleased overall. We had a reservation and although others were waiting, we were immediately seated. Food was well presented, tasty and a good value. Would have given 5 stars except for it was very cold. We were on first floor, 50' from door, yet had to wear our coat.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Under staffed and not great
  5. R

    Richard

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was excellent, service was excellent, wait staff was very friendly, the check in was very crowded and the women seemed overburdened. The noise level was too loud for a relaxing meal though Saturday night is a difficult time. We had a party at this restaurant with about 80 people and all the above superlatives were true. Highly recommend. If the noise level could be cut all would be easier.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    If you have mobility issues, do not eat here. Seating downstairs is limited and the only bathroom available is up a steep flight of about 30 steps. If you are handicapped, you cannot use the restroom. Pretty sure this is a violation of some sort.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was amazing!!
  8. M

    Momdaughterduo

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful "pre NYC ballet" lunch at Rosa Mexicano. The food, as always, was delicious. The guacamole was the best we have had and our quesadillas were delicious, the right balance of flavors. The service was especially outstanding: as soon as we needed more chips they appeared! Our server made sure to check in on us throughout our meal.
  9. CJ

    CarrieJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun and delicious dinner! Great vibe, delicious food, and wonderful service.
  10. PR

    PaulR

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    It’s obvious that this location has seen better days. Bar was dingy, food was served room temperature or cold with little attention to detail, and the ambiance has lost its former glean. The attentive service was the only plus.
  11. GG

    GabrielaG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I have been going to Rosa for over a decade. It was the go to place for me and my family before going to the opera or ballet at Lincoln Center. This is NOT the same restaurant as before. The quality of the food has gone down significantly. No flavor to the food and the portions were all over the place. The service was the worst part. The waiter barely checked in with us about our needs and we were ignored the whole night. In addition, the table we were seated at for two was TINY! It barely fit our food and it was incredibly uncomfortable. I spoke to the manager who honestly did not seem to care about our poor experience. Needless to say but I will not be coming back to Rosa Mexicano. Waste of money for food and service that was terrible.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Great location, ambiance good, but food was absolutely horrible! Ordered spicy guacamole. Had to send back because bland and no heat. Ordered Shrimp Cervechi - few shrimp smothered in heavy sweet chili sauce. NOT cervechi! Worst was “Poblano Pepper- good for sharing”. I ended up getting a raw poblano pepper filled with some bad tasting dry beans and rice-like stuffing. No cheese at all. Pepper was crunchy with no seasoning. A small covering of sprouts covered the slit in the pepper. Serves in a bath of tomato soup. Most pathetic food I have ever eaten. $15 margarita was served in a small juice glass. We will never go back to this poor excuse of a restaurant.
  13. SS

    ShariS

    New York Area

    124 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    124 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Their Margaritas are the best. And don't forget the Tres leches dessert!
  14. TT

    TTTTT

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Wow, this place is cramped and run down. Really hectic and disorganized service. Mediocre food. But the restaurant itself is just dirty and ill maintained, small tables crammed close to each other, and servers constantly in the way.
  15. JE

    JillE

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved out lunch meal of tempura shrimp tacos. And our waitress was lovely, cheerful, and a pleasure.
  16. HN

    HillaryN

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and drinks! Great service as well. Wonderful option near Lincoln Center
  17. LF

    LindaF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    For a truly delicious Mexican meal in NYC one should always consider Rosa Mexicano. It is an excellent restaurant, with inventive takes on classic dishes and unusual new ones. Also, the drinks are great. Well worth visiting.
  18. j

    jjjjj

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Food came out incorrect and cold. Server was overwhelmed, (likely not his fault.) Overall a wildly disappointing experience.
  19. LS

    LauraS

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The place has good food but you can’t get near the bar because people are eating. Reservations are a must but you need to remind them you are there. If you are seeing a show at Lincoln Center give yourself enough time because you may be delayed.
  20. CF

    ChristineF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Gracious servers. Acoustics inside LOUD. Outdoors much better although our heater was broken.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The quality of Rosa has gone down drastically. The service is bad because there aren’t enough waiters. The food is average. The bathroom has no soap in it and even after telling the hostess there was no soap before we left. Overall a poor experience for what we paid.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The food was not good. The service was terrible. Our waitress argued with us about whether we ordered a Coke. Just bring us the coke. But the food was just not good. The Migas’ omelette was a total disaster. The Mexican rice with the kids chicken quesadillas was so dry that it is either undercooked or recycled from yesterday.
  23. A

    Autre6

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Hood food, excellent frozen margaritas and hot churros. Just across from Lincoln Center.
  24. JM

    JMLZ

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience4
    Such a tragedy. This restaurant used to be amazing, for decades. Why they felt they needed to go and ruin the menu we will never understand. We used to eat there monthly sometimes more, recommended to more people I can count, never will now, and we’ll never eat there again, so, so sad.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We were looking for a place for 8 people - including two kids - that was quiet enough that we could talk. Rosa Mexicano was perfect! Good food for adults but with kid-friendly options, not too noisy, good service but not rushed. Ideal for what we were looking for.
  26. n

    nervin

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    We had the Thanksgiving menu, unbelievable how bad it was
  27. K

    Kris

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always have great meals at Rosa Mexicano. Thanksgiving was no different: it was a great meal, a great way to spend the holiday. My friends and I had a terrific time.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably one of the best Mexican food restaurants in NYC!
  29. s

    stevenm

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Used to be the "gourmet" mexican food place. Very high end. Two locations in NYC. Has slipped significantly since it's become a chain with multiple locations in many states. Made-on-site guac is still good though! Menu is unispired.
  30. I

    Ixdo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, atmosphere and location. We always return!
  31. C

    Coleman

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They were short on staff as so many places are nowadays so it took a lot of arm waving to get any service. I had an 8 o'clock performance to attend so time was somewhat of the essence. When my food arrived it was barely warm. I last ate there over 10 years ago and it was an excellent experience all around so this time around I was disappointed. To end things on a more positive note my waitress was very kind and did her best to work the room. Also the cosmorita margarita was delish...
  32. MO

    MartinO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The waitress was very attentive, but the food; especially the main course was cold. I had been to this restaurant several years ago and had high hopes of a repeat of that earlier visit. Frankly, I was a little disappointed
  33. SR

    SarahR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    I very much enjoyed my chicken tortilla soup and steak tacos, and my friend liked her cheese enchiladas with mole poblano sauce. I have a huge criticism, though, about the check-in process. I arrived promptly at the time of my reservation, but had to stand amidst a crowd of people hovering around the hostess station. The hostess repeatedly instructed us to form a line, but there was no physical space in which a line could form. Some people stepped to the left, others to the right, while more people continued to arrive. It's a bad design. When the hostess finally asked for my name, I gave it and expected to be seated. She informed me, though, that since my friend had not yet arrived, I could not be given a table, since the restaurant's policy is only to seat complete parties. I pointed out that whether my party was one person or two, we'd still be using one two-top. The hostess shook her head "no." I then pointed out that I was on time, and she responded that since the whole party was not on time, the whole party was late. I was quite annoyed by this interaction. Fortunately, I was allowed to sit outside in an unheated area, and the waiter was very nice. My friend joined me and we ate our dinner outside while shivering. I don't plan to return, despite the delicious food. I don't need that kind of aggravation at the end of a long work day. I strongly suggest you work to improve your reservation/check-in process.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very fresh food and attentive service. Found a very economical option for Manhattan Def will be going back
  35. RU

    RUinNYC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I thinks it’s time restaurants seat you even when all haven’t arrived. I was lucky to get a seat at the small bar but I got the last ones. My friends were delayed by 30 minutes. The host should have seated me.
  36. P

    Pickyeater

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Ok, so. My son has wanted to go back to Rosa’s for over a year. And it didn’t disappoint. It was delicious! Our waiter was outstanding very on point with us. He answered all our questions, and was a refreshing change from servers we’ve been getting. The food…we had the birria tacos and queso for apps. Tacos were very good we could’ve eaten 3 more. The queso was more cream than cheese this time, it was good but last time was better, still demolished it though. I had the queso enchiladas in mole sauce (omg! So good!!!) and my son had the brisket enchiladas. I’m surprised his eyes stayed in his head cause he kept rolling them and saying “so good” after every bite. We also had the burrachas frijoles, sautéed spinach and Mexican rice. All very worth it. The corn side we didn’t care for, but that’s just us. Dessert was tres leche(I’ll be honest it was a little dry but the whip cream and strawberries with it? Yum!) and churros which were very tasty but I was too full to finish. We were there early on a Sunday so it was quite, and we enjoyed people watching out the windows. We love Rosa’s, and are thinking of trying all their locations so we can see which we like best.
  37. AN

    ANDREWJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I enjoy Rosa Mexicano very much and dine there often when we're in the city. As always, we had a great meal!
  38. CM

    CathyM

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All food was terrific and moderately priced. We loved the guacamole as always, and ordered Parilladas for 4 people……astonished on how much food and the tasteful quality of the chicken, chorizo, steak and shrimp included. And the sides were abundant and delicious. We thought this dish was a bargain. As always there are great margaritas and “fun” ambience. Fabulous dinner!
  39. RA

    RogerA

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great environment, steak tacos were delicous as were the drinks! We were 15 minutes late and they sat us no problem. One negative is we asked for spicy guacamole and got regular guacamole. Overall definitely recommend!
  40. E

    Effie

    New York Area

    114 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    Came for a quick guacamole post-theatre. The food was delicious! We asked for a table "far away" and we got one -- but it was in a "private room" (where there were three open tables for two, in addition to the long banquet table). The private party was assembling as we were there so no issue for us...but clearly awkward for those coming to the party. WHY WERE THESE OTHER PEOPLE IN THEIR ROOM?? This was particularly odd as there were at least four or five tables for two outside in the main part of the restaurant along the stair railing. We had our lovely guacamole and asked for and were brought saltless chips - all good. When we got up to leave one of the guests at the big party apologized for "driving us away." Entirely unnecessary from our perspective but it did make me wonder why we had been put in that room at all. Very odd.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center using the Order Online button. Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 977-7700.

Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center is rated 4.1 stars by 8268 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 136 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Rosa Mexicano by Lincoln Center

61 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

Additional information

  • Cross street

    62nd Street

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Thu 11:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    The closest parking garage is at 61st and Columbus.

  • Public transit

    1,A,B,C,D trains to 59th Street. 1 train to Lincoln Center (66th)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ishmael Lozano

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 977-7700

  • Catering

    We offer a full range of off-premise catering options for groups of all sizes: buffet stations, prix fixe menus, family-style menus, or passed hors d’oeuvres. To discuss a catering order, please contact Michelle Rosenberg at mrosenberg@rosamexicano.com and 516-474-8308.

  • Private party facilities

    Rosa Mexicano's dramatic spaces are designed for all types of events like large social dinner parties, business cocktail receptions, as well as smaller gatherings. To start planning your next event, please contact Michelle Rosenberg at mrosenberg@rosamexicano.com or 516-474-8308.

  • Private party contact

    Jacqueline Vasquez: (888) 331-4268

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