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Rosa Mexicano - Penn Quarter

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Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Mexican, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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Guacamole en Molcajete
Since 1984, we have been preparing freshly made guacamole with avocado, jalapeño, tomato, onion and cilantro. Served with warm tortilla chips and salsa
Queso Fundido
Melted Chihuahua cheese over poblano rajas. Topped with cilantro and served with handmade corn tortillas
Nachos de Tres Quesos
Crispy tortillas topped with black beans, queso fresco, white cheddar, Menonita cheese, pico de gallo, chipotle and serrano chiles
Ceviche de Camarones
Mexican white shrimp from the Baja Coast marinated in citrus with jicama, avocado, roasted habanero, red onion and cilantro
Empanadas de Pollo con Chorizo (Tabasco)
Corn masa empanadas stuffed with shredded chicken, Mexican chorizo and Menonita cheese. Served with mestiza crema
Flautas de Pollo (Puebla)
Crispy corn tortillas filled with chicken tinga and topped with salsa pasilla de Oaxaca, salsa verde, queso fresco and crema
Sopa de Tortilla (Distrito Federal)
Roasted tomato-pasilla chile broth with grilled chicken, avocado, Chihuahua cheese, crema fresca and crispy tortilla strips
Ensalada Caesar Mexicana (Tijuana)
Crisp romaine lettuce, roasted red peppers and chile croutons tossed in a classic Caesar dressing
Flour tortillas grilled on the comal with authentic fillings
Pollo (Jalisco)
Adobo-marinated grilled chicken breast and Chihuahua cheese. With pico de gallo
Tinga de Res (Guerrero)
Grilled flour tortilla filled with braised beef tinga and Menonita cheese. Topped with red onion, crema and salsa verde
Carne Asada (Sonora)
Guajillo chile-tequila marinated grilled steak and Menonita cheese. With pico de gallo
Camarones (Nuevo Leon)
Baja shrimp sautéed with ancho chile, garlic and lime on flour tortillas with a blend of Mexican cheeses
3 tacos made with authentic, regional fillings
Alambre de Pollo (Distrito Federal)
Chicken breast a la plancha, rajas, bacon and queso Chihuahua. With chile de árbol salsa, onion and cilantro
Tinga de Res (Guerrero)
Braised beef brisket with tomatillo-habanero salsa, house-made slaw and pickled red onion
Camarones Capeados (Baja)
Maseca cornmeal-dusted shrimp with kale, chipotle aioli and pickled onion
Pescado Baja (Baja)
Beer battered seasonal fish with white cabbage escabeche and jalapeño-tartar sauce on a fresh flour tortilla
Hongos (Distrito Federal)
Grilled portobello mushrooms, black bean, roasted red and yellow peppers, grilled corn, cabbage and chile de árbol salsa
Grilled in the style of Sonora and served in cast iron skillets with handmade corn tortillas, chile de árbol salsa, tomatillo-jalapeño salsa and crema
Pollo Adobado (Jalisco)
Ancho-marinated chicken breast with slow-cooked peppers and Chihuahua cheese
Vegetales (Distrito Federal)
Achiote-roasted cauliflower, rajas, kale and corn
Arrachera (Sonora)
Guajillo chile and tequila marinated steak with chile rajas and Menonita cheese
3 Enchiladas folded in corn tortillas
Suizas (Mexico City)
Roasted chicken tinga with creamy tomatillo sauce, cilantro, onion and melted Chihuahua cheese
Mestiza (Oaxaca)
Chipotle-braised beef with mestiza sauce, crema, cilantro, onion and queso fresco
Mole Poblano (Convent of Santa Rosa, Puebla)
Chicken tinga covered with traditional mole poblano and topped with cilantro, onion, queso fresco and crema
Tres Enchiladas
A taste of Rosa Mexicano's signature enchiladas - Mole Poblano, Suiza and Mestiza
Ensalada Caesar de Pollo (Tijuana)
A classic Caesar with crisp romaine lettuce, grilled ancho-marinated chicken breast, roasted red peppers and chile croutons, tossed in a classic Caesar dressing
Rosa Chopped Salad
Chicken, chorizo sausage, avocado, tomatoes, crispy tortilla strips and habanero pickled onions over mixed greens, tossed in a creamy avocado dressing
Ensalada Picada
Grilled salmon with Tuscan kale, roasted corn, chayote, tortilla strips and roasted poblano peppers tossed in a serrano pepper vinaigrette
Chile Poblano Relleno (Oaxaca)
Roasted poblano chile filled with goat cheese, rice, sautéed mushrooms and grilled chayote. Served with piloncillo tomatoes, salsa verde and queso fresco
Carnitas (Michoacan)
Slow-braised pork with cilantro, white onion and grilled pineapple. Served in a cast iron skillet with handmade corn tortillas
Budín de Pollo (Puebla)
Braised chicken tinga layered with soft corn tortillas, Chihuahua cheese, roasted Mexican peppers and grilled corn. Over poblano cream sauce
Alambre de Camarones (Veracruz)
Grilled wild jumbo shrimp marinated in garlic vinaigrette with tomatoes, onions and serrano chiles, over achiote rice with salsa verde picante
Salmón Poblano (Puebla)
Grilled fresh salmon served over sautéed Tuscan kale, chorizo and corn in a poblano cream sauce
Tampiqueña de Carne Asada (Tampico)
Grilled skirt steak marinated in guajillo chile and tequila with rajas con crema, guacamole and a Chihuahua cheese enchilada topped with a roasted chipotle-tomato sauce
Chamorro (Michoacan)
Braised chile ancho-marinated pork shank served with salsa verde, white cabbage escabeche, pickled red onion and fresh corn tortillas
Rollo de Pechuga (Oaxaca)
Crispy chicken breast filled with huitlacoche, served sliced over poblano cream sauce
Mexican corn on the cob
Cauliflower with achiote
Col Rizada
Kale, corn and poblano
Just west of our nation's Capitol, Rosa Mexicano Penn Quarter location is situated in the exceptionally restored 1924 Hecht’s building across from the Verizon Center. As the first Rosa Mexicano to open outside of New York City in December 2003, this D.C. location remains true to its roots by delivering authentic Mexican cuisine in a stylish, festive atmosphere. The interior features eye-catching details that include 14-foot wraparound windows, a spacious bar and lounge area, and a tequila bar offering a wide range of premium selections and margaritas. Traditional folk crafts have also been incorporated throughout the restaurant, most notably in a dramatic series of illuminated pilasters featuring
US$31 - US$50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Mexican, Latin, Central American
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed yesterday

drinks were good - a little on the bitter side . had an appetizer--queso fundido, was simply ok, tortillas which came with were thick and rubbery, main course was enchiladas which had same thick rubbery tortillas, sauces were heavy and had a bad taste, atmosphere...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank David K
Reviewed 6 days ago

Something different for us from the mainstream food available in USA. It was a pleasant surprise to sit in this high standard Mexican restaurant with great service and excellent food.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Jabba989
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has a great location for a pre-game/show meal - it is right across the street from Capital One Center. The food was good (but pricey); service could have used some improvement. We ate an early dinner (5:00 pm) so it wasn't very crowded...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yes, the guac is great prepared table side. But don't discount the great food and even better margaritas. When in town, my husband and I visit mid-afternoon when it is less crowded and there is no rush to eat and run. A great place to...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank C8537YRannp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our last dinner in DC we went to Rosa Mexican-so glad we did! Fresh made guacamole, queso, chips & salsa started the meal with margaritas. Flautas de Pollo, Quesadillas de Rajas & Tinga de Res were the mains. Everything was excellent. Service was great, waiter...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MicheinMA
Reviewed 15 December 2018 via mobile

Friendly and attentive wait staff. Food was very good. Highly recommend the guacamole, fish tacos and street corn.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Red3185
Reviewed 2 December 2018

This is a terrific restaurant with amazing Mexican food, great service and a good location right across from Capital One Arena. It can be pretty loud in the restaurant when it is very busy, but otherwise we love returning here. Today, we had lunch for...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank johnandshirley
Reviewed 1 December 2018 via mobile

Margarita of all types check. Thin crispy tasty chips Check. Wonderful flavorful salsa check. Don’t eat all the chips save room for the fish tacos and other tasty dishes

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank pillowandfork
Reviewed 17 November 2018 via mobile

Having tried the original in NYC we wanted to try this branch of Rosa Mexicano and were not disappointed. Great service, outstanding food and some wonderful cocktails. The churros as desert were fabulous!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank JASH09
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Don’t fill up on chips! I tell myself this every time. But the salsa and guacamole was so good I could help it. Everything was very good, from the skirt steak to the sangria. I just wish I wasn’t so full that I could have...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank E73M
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5 August 2016|
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Response from James L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is great for kids but if you can I would eat outside. The tacos are little spicy so be aware what you order for them. Other than that, that atmosphere is great and casual!
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