About Rosa Mexicano - Minneapolis
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.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
6th and Hennepin (City Center)
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
On special occasions, we have guest musicians and/or mariachis present to heighten the festive atmosphere. Please contact the restaurant directly with questions.
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
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.
PUBLIC TRANSIT:Take the Light-Rail to Fifth & Hennepin Avenue.
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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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
Cocktail Specials & Pitchers
EL MENU DE CANTINA
Authentic Mexico City Cantina Fare
Served all day at the bar
$8 Dos Tacos
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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.
Rosa Mexicano - Minneapolis Ratings and Reviews
Friday nights seem a bit busy for them. ...
Friday nights seem a bit busy for them. We tried to start at the bar first. A nice couple let us have their seats bc they hadn't received any service in 15 mins. My husband and I waited for 5 before checking into our table. The best thing about the service was the host stand. The ladies were very efficient and helpful in the dining room. Our server did not come to greet us for 10 mins. Our drinks took another 20 mins. We were out of water, chips and salsa before a host, Cheryl, noticed it and refilled us. When our server finally came he seemed less than sincere with his apology, but the food arrived shortly after. Once we got them the food and drinks were great. The restaurant is clean and comfortable. Overall the experience was a 3, but I'm willing to give it another go.
Restaurant was great atmosphere and déco ...
Restaurant was great atmosphere and décor. Service was outstanding. Food was excellent...freshly made-in-front-of-you guacamole. Only complaint is both the beef and chicken enchiladas had pulled-style meat which our group did not care for, would prefer ground style.
We have been to this restaurant several ...
We have been to this restaurant several times. My partner enjoys the house margaritas (on the rocks ) - they pack quite a punch in a not super big size, and the cheese enchiladas. The frozen house margarita is delicious and potent too. I always order the skillet chicken tacos, which are essentially fajitas. Both entrees are flavorful and not your average Mexican restaurant fare. The enchiladas are not greasy which is pretty rare for that dish, and the sauce is just spicy enough without overwhelming your tastebuds. The chicken for the skillet tacos is moist and not rubbery like some fajitas can become, and is presented on top of a salty melted cheese - excellent idea. I usually prefer a homemade flour shell with fajitas, but the soft corn shell here is perfect with the flavors of the chicken. The chips and salsa is unique and notable. The salsa tastes fresh with chunks of tomatoes and veggies and is a little sweet not spicy, while the chips are thick and salty.
Besides the excellent food and drinks, we also visit this restaurant because it is never too busy or loud. The service is spotty. On one visit the waiter is super attentive and friendly, and then the next time we visit the hostess is stand offish and the waiter is barely around. Nevertheless, this is one of our favorite places to enjoy Mexican food, especially after Masa on Nicollet Mall closed.
The server i had she was awesome that is ...
The server i had she was awesome that is the only reason i stayed. She did her best to try and fix everything but i just feel it was not her job to do everything .. I asked for my food well done even burn it and it still came out med well i spent 25 dollars on that dish to go to waste. My drink i order was trouble and had to reorder it. I was very upset cause it was a first date and the food was not great at all. I can't believe i recommended to go there for our date :(
I easily reserved group for my 30th birt ...
I easily reserved group for my 30th birthday party via open table with modifying options to keep group updated.
They seated our group in a round booth which is a pain to slide in and out for a large group.
Rosa was dead for 7pm group reservation but I was expecting great service which was far from what we had. Our server was switched twice.
To start, I ordered the signature guacamole but after our second order they removed the starter without our consent and stacked our finished entrees on top of our fresh guacamole. Did this happen to anyone else?
Our entrees arrived separately with multiple servers dropping off individual orders. There was no continuity nor did they remember whom ordered what. If I wanted this experience, I would've gone to 'Ol Mexico or El Loro; at least we could've eaten authentic Mexican food. The portions were to be expected palm sized to small plates.
I did enjoy the soft fresh corn tortillas.
After dinner, I felt the servers rushed us despite the restaurant being completely dead for a Friday night. The tres leches was disappointing. The cake crumbled like it was previously frozen or a few days old. The fruit on the cake was thawed and was clearly frozen blackberries and strawberries. The only thing on the dessert that I could recognize as possibly fresh was the milk on the bottom of the plate.
I would never recommend Rosa Mexicano for any groups nor special occasions.
They only had one server on for a late S ...
They only had one server on for a late Saturday afternoon. There was a large party (maybe 12 people?) seated in the restaurant, so the one server was completely occupied with them. We waited unreasonably long for any service of any kind, at which point some random person - maybe a manager or kitchen help - finally asked us if we wanted guacamole service. After again, a REALLY long time, we asked a cleaning person to get a server so we could order food. It was an engagement celebration for our son, but was honestly very disappointing.
We have been there before and raved about it, but now feel embarrassed about choosing it for this occasion.
Service was amazing. Food was a little s ...
Service was amazing. Food was a little spicer than I care for, but very good. I was a bit disappointed that paid $15 for table side preparation and it was not done at our table.
I would understand if they were busy, but it was early and only 3 table taken in the dining room.
We enjoyed dinner on the fourth of July. ...
We enjoyed dinner on the fourth of July. We sat on the patio which was a very nice spot to watch people and enjoy the day. The frozen Pomegranate Margarita was wonderful! Highly recommend. Their specialty is the guacamole which is made fresh. Good and chunky. Nice flavor. The entrees were excellent as well. Well prepared and seasoned. Made fresh. Upper scale Mexican fare and worth the visit.
Waiter was nice and attentive. Tableside ...
Waiter was nice and attentive. Tableside guac was good but lacking flavor...ordered it to be medium, was very mild. Could have used some lime or salt too. Empanadas we not good, very greasy. Fajita like dish was very good. Chicken well seasoned. Best food of the night was the tres leche for dessert. Would definitely get again.
As for drinks, margaritas are small and weak flavored. Red wine sangria was not good..tasted mostly like brandy and lacking flavors considering it had fruit, wine and juice in it.
a bit pricy for the quality you get.
The ambiance is great. The value of the ...
The ambiance is great. The value of the food for what you get is good. I went with 2 food allergies and made it very clear what I could NOT have and still, the waiter brought my food with the allergens. I do not see why it is so hard to check with the chef and make sure the food is as ordered. He never checked and therefore I was sick for 4 days. I have previously eaten at this restaurant and with competent waitstaff, I did not get sick as the waiter made sure what I ate would work for me. Being sick for 4 days because of gluten and dairy issues makes it hard to recommend this restaurant but I know the food is good when the wait staff is competent.
The food was outstanding. The selection ...
The food was outstanding. The selection of tequilas was exceptional. Our only negative side was that there didn't seem to be enough table help. Our server was good, but we could see that he was having to serve a number of tables, and there just weren't many other servers there to help. They need more servers to be excellent!
Not good for kids, pretty spending for w ...
Not good for kids, pretty spending for what you get, food was so-so not a lot of flavor in my dish and it was recommended by the waitress. Service was very good and so was the table side lady that made the guacamole.
Loud overpriced and unfriendly waiter... ...
Loud overpriced and unfriendly waiter... food was decent but I can get better at other mexican restaurants for cheaper.
The decor was pretty and fun to look at but I wouldn't recommend this to groups or people looking to enjoy themselves.
I wish I could say something better about this popular place but I'm struggling to find something.
It has declined in quality and service o ...
It has declined in quality and service over the years. We are at a point where other options are likely better. The food is alright but unexciting. Couple that with errors on orders its just not on our goto list any longer. Too bad considering the prime location.
Everything was pretty good. The service ...
Everything was pretty good. The service was not as great as expected for the price. We had to continually ask for more drinks or more salsa or more chips. Our Guacamole was made for us and then set on the table. There were no chips left so we had to wait for them to come around and order more chips for the Guaca .
Portions were very small, price was very high
The food was good, although for the price I expected better, and more of it. Also the place was very noisy with the seating next to other tables very close. All in all it was fairly good mexican food at a premium price in a noisy, un-special atmosphere.
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