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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Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the Holidays at Rosa Mexicano. Christmas specials will be available in addition to the regular all day menu.

Wednesday, 25 December, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year at Rosa Mexicano!

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

What 1125 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
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4.0
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4.1
Ambience
3.7
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F
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We've been to this location many times and have always had good service and food. However, I can't say the same for our recent dining experience. The service was subpar as well as the food. As a matter of fact, we ordered an appetizer that never arrived.

w
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Optional to park your car or valet. Made reservations for a Saturday night the day before (recommended). The service was great. Thanks to our waiter Miguel. I’m not a big guacamole person but thanks to this restaurant I now am. Food was excellent. And yes I love love love food! Desert was delicious. I can’t wait to go back to try some more off that good looking menu.

R
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience5

Some dishes are too expensive. Specially vegetarian enchilada cost $25. We eat many Mexican restaurant and never paid $25 for three veg enchilada which was served without guacamole and salad.

S
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kind people outstanding service and delicious food! Just love Rosa!

AK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place. I live far away but go once or twice a year. Always good. Great menu.

t
Minneapolis
62 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Though I still miss the original Rosa Mexicana, now that it's become a mall chain, it still has appeal and the food is very good overall. In particular, the guacamole...still among the best available. The mole enchilada is another standout. My only disappointment relates to the price. Given the portion sizes, it seems unnecessarily steep.

J
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and service were excellent. This place was very noisy.

R
New York Area
177 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

In a nutshell it took way too long to get our water, drinks, food. I just wanted the check to leave. We had a 930 PM seating after a movie with 4 adults and 4 kids. I know that can be busy but the kids complained their food was cold and burnt (simple quesedillas). I will not be returning anytime soon.

F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always consistent

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GB
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere and wonderful family time.

JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing and wait staff was extremely friendly. We weren’t rushed at all and had a great meal.

BL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience2

Howdy. Enjoyed the night and server (and his trainee) very much. They were excellent. Two qualms:

1) I called ahead and asked for a quieter table off to the side (or in the back room) to help with my mom's hearing. I was assured this wouldn't be a problem, but then we were plopped right in the middle of the main room. She had a hard time hearing

2) Enchildas were cold.


Otherwise, we really enjoyed it.

LP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

Compared to my last 4 visits over the past 12 months, this has to be the poorest quality food. What happened Rosa Mexicano? I don't know if there has been a change in chefs or management.... But the menu has changed a lot, with many old time favorites missing. The food is so bland now. But Service remains excellent. I'm not sure if our food experience is limited to the weekday lunch special menu. But even the camarones lunch dish... Usually a delight, this time it had a boring taste, almost like air. I think management should try the dishes before committing them to the menu.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Used to be great, one of our favorites. But the new menu is terrible!! There is only one quesadilla option (the worst of the 3 that they had previously) and the tacos are tiny now and not worth it. No more rice and beans with your meal now, and the tacos do not come with a side of corn anymore. Additionally, there is no longer an option to make an appetizer size quesadilla into an entree size. Overall, this new menu will deter us from coming, which is unfortunate since we love the margaritas.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

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 on 17 October 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

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
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

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
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food , drinks and good service.

KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

New menu small portions expensive disappointing from previous visits

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

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
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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
34 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

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
20 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

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
44 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

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
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

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
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

VE
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

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
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience4

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
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

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

KW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

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.