153 Waterfront St
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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Rosa Mexicano

Cuisine: Mexican, American, Catering

Rosa Mexicano is a Mexican, American, and Catering restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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njmommy

 Cherry Hill, NJ
 

Don't Bother

In the mood for Mexican while in Oxen Hill? Forget it. This place has one thing going for it, excellent guacamole. That’s it. The drinks are aweful, especially the sangria, which tasted like an old bottle of Tab. The margaritas were poorly balanced and served in HOT glasses. But the worst part of the experience was the service. We were treated like unwelcome guests at a funeral. The hostess was rude, condescending and really put out by all the people who wanted a table. She snapped at me for asking a question about the pager we were issued only AFTER 25 minutes of waiting had elapsed. I felt like I was being reprimanded for showing up at the wrong party. We waited with two small children in a corner of the bar area, where we were subjected to inappropriate language from rowdy patrons and the scorn of the bartender who repeatedly served other patrons before my husband who had walked to the bar. The bartender even made it a point to serve others over TOP of my husband’s head while he was standing at the bar trying to order! We were forced to wait in the bar, because our restaurant pager would not work outside of the restaurant and the front lounge area was full. Once seated, the server seemed in a hurry to get us out of there. Our food came long before our drink order (which we should have skipped anyway). Our server refused to make eye contact with us and seemed genuinely upset that we were even taking up space. Perhaps it was because after a full hour wait, we were seated, with two small children, directly in front ot the kitchen doors and our stroller was probably in the way. In the end, we left most of our food, which was nothing spectacular and moved quickly and quietly toward the door, a few dollars poorer and a few hours wiser, never to return again.

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rdepontb

 Bel Air, MD
 

Perfect food, service, ambience---best of Mexico in DC!

My wife and I were at a meeting at the new National Harbor development, just south and east of the Woodrow WIlson Bridge near DC on March 14, 2009. We had heard and read fairly strong reviews of this restaurant—-great views of DC, Mt Vernon, environs (it sits on the Potomac River), water taxi service, easy access from I-95, and, mainly, outstanding food and wonderful service.

Frankly, some reviews were a bit harsh on the service, especially the early reviews (it’s been open just over a year), and the prices. By the time we had a chance to try it, however:

- the service was outstanding—-attentive but certainly not intrusive, quick (from nowhere, a team of 4-5 would quietly clear and set up a just-vacated table…yes, quietly!)

- food was superb, from all regions of Mexico. We’ve been to Mexico dozens of times, and eaten at corner stands, taco stands, sit-down “cabritto” (roast goat) parlors, and high-end hotel and inn restaurants. The food quality and choices at Rosa Mexicano are at what you find at Mexico City’s world-class inns, such as the San Angel. Wonderful portions. Details below—-

- prices, yes, on the high side, but not as bad as some in DC’s Georgetown or Oldtown Alexandria spots.

- cons, there were a few, the worst being that it was a chilly, unusually foggy evening, taking the edge off of the potentially long vantage points (Wash Monument, etc.). Reservations were a necessity, even on a non-holiday, poor-weather Saturday night (we had called in the morning, asking for seating at 6:30, they were not able to get us in until 8 pm—-and the table was ready right on time).

We got out around 10:15, and across the street was a late-night art gallery, with live dj, small beer and appetizer bar, and maybe 25 people mingling, many styles of dress and hair. It extended the other-worldly evening by an hour, well into our usual bed-time.

Tablones (short ribs)

Succulent, pure flavor, slow-cooked to perfectino, enough for two:
18 oz. (it sure seemed like more!) of grilled boneless beef short ribs (as tender as a filet mignon but juicker) served with a mestiza sauce (tomatillo-tomato-chipotle, flavorful spices) and rajas (slow-cooked Mexican peppers, again, flavorful, not overly hot, spiciness).

No reason not to have this over and over again, but I’ll have to explore the seafood next time…or maybe leave that up to my wife again (the shrimp dishes at our neighbor’s table were more than enticing, and I had to resist asking for a taste)

Salmón en Manchamanteles*/ Salmon Filet with Tropical Fruit Mole

Description:
Grilled organic salmon over black beans with zucchini and roasted corn.
Served over a mole of ancho chiles and tropical fruits.
There were three demi-tasse size cups, two with an intriguing sauce~dip (one warm~icy, the other juicy veggie spicey flavors), and one with sweet roastec corn, all to help the diner balance the meal to the mood. Perfect.

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