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  • The guac is fantastic (made at the table), but expensive. In general, the food is good (but high priced). I like the food at Rosa better, but I prefer the prices at Lauriol…

  • Oyamel is better, for roughly the same price. And it’s just around the block.

  • I didn’t think I liked guacamole until I had Rosa Mexicano’s table-side guac. Yes, it’s pricey, but the guac and an entree are too much food, so I will split the guac and one entree with one person. That makes for plenty of food and the tab is completely reasonable.

    I’ve only been there a few times, but I’ve had good service each time. Granted I tend to go when it’s not at its busiest.

  • Sidenote: the fresh-made guacamole at Yes! Organic Market on Taylor is amazing.

  • Pricey, and just “okay” for a chain restaurant. Go to Oyamel (part of Jose Andres’ empire).

  • Honestly probably one of the best and most “authentic” mexican restaurants in DC. People will most likely crap on it because it’s not a hole in the wall place or a random taco truck parked in Adams Morgan.
    But it’s good, very good.

  • why are people impressed with guac at restaurants? It’s just about the single easiest food to make yourself (next to grilled cheese).

    • Good guac is hard to find at a restaurant because it has to be made on the spot. If it’s premade and has something added to keep it from turning brown, it has a horrible taste.

      I agree that it’s easy to make yourself, but so are most things people order at DC restaurants. That’s why I don’t go out for the food but for the experience.

      • but if you buy good quality avocados and prepare to order, it’s about as complicated as preparing a mashed banana for an infant.

        That “something added” can easily be lemon or lime juice, which will prevent it from turning brown if it’s not made to order.

  • I’m really not a fan of this place and I seem to be in the minority. I guess I just don’t like the high-end interpretation of Mexican in either their food or their atmosphere. Also, I’m a Southwestern transplant who considers chips and salsa soul food. They really miss the mark on that; an unforgivable sin in my book.

    • I totally disagree regarding their salsa. I think the salsa at Rosa is one of the best in the city.

      By the way, I’m an LA native.

    • I agree with Gretchen. The chips and salsa are like everything else at this place… not good. My wife and I, both from the southwest, found this place to be far from authentic and terribly overpriced. Of course, people in DC don’t seem to know what good Mexican food is and crowd into this place like there’s no tomorrow. I just don’t get it.

  • The guac is great, the drinks are strong, and if you’re like me and have a gluten intolerance the menu is the best. There’s only two or three things on the entire menu that I can’t eat, so I love going there. It is pricey, but for me it’s worth it for the menu choices alone.

    • I do like their drinks!

      Out of curiosity, what makes it especially good for those with gluten intolerances? With the exception of flour tortillas I would think that most Mexican cuisine is naturally gluten free.

      • Most Mexican cuisine should be gluten free, but there’s hidden gluten in all kinds of things that retaurants tend to use that you wouldn’t think of until you have to deal with an intolerance: chicken and beef base, mass produced sauces and marinades with “natural flavorings” (which often include wheat), flour used to keep shredded cheese from clumping, flour added to corn chips or tortillas, the list goes on. Without reading the ingredients on the package you can never be sure. The difference is that Rosa Mexicana has established that their menu items are gluten free, so I don’t have to ask the server–which tends to be pretty much a hit or miss experience, depending on their knowledge.

  • I just tried it on Sunday, brunch was very good. Although, I prefer Oyamel’s Guacamole.

  • It is pricey, but the food is freaking awesome. The Chicken Tortilla Pie is wow.

  • Guac is great – chips are terrible which makes the entire experience not so spectacular. I agree that Oyamel is better.
    DC needs some more New Mexicans so we all can enjoy better food.

  • I had the mole blanco last year. It was made differently than what it is says on the menu now. I think it had raisins in the mole rather than corn. Best mole I have ever had in DC.

  • It’s kind of expensive, but it’s pretty good and the portions are huge. I recently had leftovers after splitting one entree (shortribs, which were excellent) and one appetizer (chicken flautas-okay, but nothing special) with another person, so I don’t think the prices are outrageous for the quality and quantity of the food.

  • I’m a native New Mexican and their mole is the best I’ve ever had. YUM! Wish I could afford to eat it more often!

  • Mediocre food, through and through. In the city I’d much rather go to Oyamel or Casa Oaxaca, and just over the bridge I’d add Guajillo in Courthouse/Rosslyn to the list.

  • Their pomegranate margaritas will knock you on your tuckus.

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