After our horrible experience at Cyclone Anaya's I both craved Mexican food and was nervous to have horrible Mexican food again. But alas, we decided on Rosa while spending the day at National Harbor.
First impression of the place was that it was wayyyyy larger than I anticipated. It's huge inside! They offer indoor and outdoor seating. They had a decent lunch crowd.
The hostess greeted us with a huge smile. When we asked if any tables were available outdoors she said there was a table available that had 2 sunny seats and two shady seats. I appreciated that she knew this information knowing that people are interested in sitting outside but that they want to be in the shade. The disappointing part was that there were a ton of tables available in the shade but there "wasn't a server in that section." Ok, well how bout moving the server from the sunny section over to the shady section since most people like outdoor dining but don't want to stick to their seat and have sweat pouring down their backs while eating hot food (which is ultimately what happened to us). If I could go back, I would eat inside even though we had an awesome view outside. It was just TOO hot in the sun. And our 2 shade, 2 sun seats wound up being 1 shade, 3 sun seats.
Our server was good. He greeted us right away and offered to take our beverage order. I was disappointed that when I asked for a chambord margarita and instead of asking me what it was he told me they didn't have Chambord. Considering he didn't even pronounce it correctly when repeating it with a quizzical look, I thought there was a good chance that they did have it and he just wasn't sure what it was. So I checked the bar while going to the bathroom and indeed, they had it! I pointed it out to him and got my Chambord margarita...on the rocks, with a sugar rim, which was delicious! Not the best one I've had out but good! Now he knows about Chambord so it's a win, win! Lol
Chips and salsa were brought to the table. There was a nice crunch to the chip. The salsa seemed fresh. It was delicious. We were offered more. I always love chips and salsa being brought to the table!
We ordered nachos as an appetizer. I'm not sure what it is but no one in this area seem to serve nachos piled high the way we are used to. They all give half tortilla type things. In this case, he brought the plate of nachos out and cut them up in front of us so the tortillas which were stacked about three high, were cut in fours. There were toppings in between each layer. The flavor was good. I just prefer regular nachos. We would definitely have these again, though.
They were able to make me cheese enchiladas even though they weren't on the menu. I got them in a creamy tomatillo sauce. The sauce was good. I prefer a regular tomatillo sauce as opposed to creamy. My man got the beef enchiladas and he wished that he went with chicken but he said they were pretty good. There was one bowl of rice and beans that was put in the center of the table. We weren't sure if it went with one of our entrees but considering we both got enchiladas it wouldn't make sense to only have one bowl of sides. Maybe it was two portions combined? Unsure. They were pretty good. The rice tasted like chipotle which I am not a fan of so I only had a tiny bit. The beans were good.
My aunt had ceviche which she said was good and my little cousin barely touched his food because he OD-ed on chips and salsa by then. My man tried his steak though and said it needed more seasoning. I must say though, for a children's menu item, the presentation was great! It looked really appetizing.
The bathroom had a lot of stalls and it was clean inside. The whole restaurant appeared clean as I walked through to get to the bathroom.
We would return here. It is pretty pricey, though. For two appetizers, two entrees, two drinks and a kids meal it cost us about $120 with tip...for LUNCH. That's expensive in my opinion. Especially considering we go to a local place where the food is WAY better and we pay less than half of that price.
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