Rosa's 3,500-square-foot space beckons with bold colors (pink, orange, purple) and dramatic lighting that can be seen from the street through floor-to-ceiling windows. The visual highlights are many, from blue-mirror-tiled columns that stretch toward a soaring ceiling, to a textured stone water wall that also screens artsy projections such as patterns of fluttering butterflies. An elongated, backlit onyx bar running along the right side of the room is nearly equaled in length by the cocktail list. An awful lot of Mexican beers and signature pomegranate margaritas get poured here.

Room acoustics aren't great, but the decibel level only contributes to an already high-energy scene. There's a steady stream of staff surging up and down the aisles to accommodate the demands of some 200 hungry diners (108 seats inside and 92 outdoors in the pebbled Herzog & de Meuron Plaza).

Smoked chicken tortilla pie
Courtesy of Rosa Mexicano
Smoked chicken tortilla pie
Rosa Mexican's guacamole
Courtesy of Rosa Mexicano
Rosa Mexican's guacamole

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Rosa Mexicano

1111 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: South Beach

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1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-695-1005; rosamexicano.com. Lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; brunch Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday 3 p.m. to midnight.

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The waiters were knowledgeable concerning the menu and, notwithstanding occasional delays, formed a strong team. Management has evidently trained them to be hospitable too: When someone at our table expressed a lack of enthusiasm over a michelada of beer and sangrita (composed here of tomato juice, lime, Worcestershire, soy sauce, etc.), our waiter offered a substitute drink without hesitation. It's that accommodating spirit, along with very tasty fare, that makes Rosa Mexicano an unexpected Mexican treat.

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Ed gonzalez
Ed gonzalez

Visited June 9th, 2012 The place looked attractive and we thought Mexican food would be a great choice...BOY! DID WE MAKE A BAD CHOICE!!!!! This "ROSA" was full of thorns! First, we sat outside and within minutes the nazi hostess shows-up at our table. Not to welcome us but to advise us that in the future we must first see her to be seated (note: she was not there when we arrived and there was no sign indicating any seating rules. NO SOUP FOR YOU!) Second, The "Food"...I am not reluctant to pay for quality food and service but this was equivalent to getting held-up in a dark Mexican alley in Tiajuana. The menu was quite pricey for a "Mexican" restaurant but we figured that it would be quite worth the experience...OH,WE WERE SOOOOOO WRONG! The "food" arrived on plates that looked like ashtrays. On these ashtrays we discovered tiny portions at $31.00 a pop (keep your hands up and nobody gets hurt, cholos). Third, My suggestion: Next time you are on Lincoln Road, do yourself a favor and KEEP WALKING when you get to this black-hole of a "restaurant". Better food and service can be found at your local TACO BELL...RUN FOR THE BORDER!!!!! Ed Gonzalez Miami, Fl./Savannah, Ga What do you think of this review? 0 0

Coopers Pick
Coopers Pick

I often go after class at the Christian academy not too far away and have found that this is by far the best Mexican restaurant in South Beach. The others are over priced and dont have nearly as good of guacomole.

Interamerican
Interamerican

I happen to prefer Chipotle. Its cheap and fast :)

JugoDrink
JugoDrink

This article basically highlights how far our heads are up our asses in Miami regarding what good Mexican food is.....

Really..... Man.........

South Beach Local
South Beach Local

I could not disagree more with this article. I think the food here is over-priced and way under par. The service I received there on two occasions was horrible. The waiters are rude and not attentive to your neads. The water they serve was luke warm. One table will get a two avocado bowl of Guac and the next table over get one, where is the consistency? The drinks are South Beach over-priced but that is to be expected. Just once, where gratutity is forced on you by the restaurant would I like to be treated like me patonizing your establishent matters. In my opinion I would MUCH rather go across the street to Taco Rico and get some great authentic Mexican food, be treated like a paying customer and although not required at an establishment like Taco Rico, I TIP because the staff there cares and goes the extra step to make sure you are happy with your experience. Get a clue Rosa Mexicano, don't fall into the same group as 90% of the Lincoln Road dining establishments have. Treat your customers right and they will return, we are not all tourists you know!

- South Beach Local

Grove Native...
Grove Native...

Is that the same David Sloane, who was the sous chef at Janjo's in the Grove years ago...?

Hmarano
Hmarano

shut up rosas the best they make single and double guacs thats what you saw. As well gratuity is not included and for you to say taco rico is authentic its tex mex get your facts straight before you make stupid comments get a clue.

South Beach Local
South Beach Local

You must be one of those idiot waiters who work there. Enough said. Thank you come again!

Hmarano
Hmarano

No im not a waiter iam a guest, the place is always packed for no reason I guess! Come again toolmister!

 
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