Tucson >Food & Dining > Rosa's Mexican Food
1750 E Fort Lowell Rd Ste 164, Tucson, AZ | Directions 8571932.264205 -110.945787
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Hedrick Acres, Ward 3
This used to me one of my all time favorites. I have more than a few of their Holiday Calendars around my house. I can't say that I recall ever being there early on a weekday. I'm guessing that may have been the problem. The Chef wasn't there yet and being a weekday they let things slide unlike an all day busy Saturday or Sunday. The rice: straight from having been saved in the refrigerator - zero flavor. The re-fried frijoles - the same and not even an attempt to make it seem fresh with a drop of cheese on it. The enchilada - another epic fail but what was most miserable, and insulting, was the poor, sad,shriveled up chunk of what might have been, long ago, before it was made in a batch and frozen, a tamale. Whoever was in the kitchen was allowed to make an attempt at a taco. Hint: strain the meat so it doesn't soak the tortilla. It may seem "authentico" to tourist, but at my Nana's house the taco's didn't disintegrate the moment you lifted it leaving a jumbled mass of a mess. The idea is that a taco isn't a pile of ingredients; it's something you hold in one hand and eat. Not something you use a spoon and knife to wipe up. I could mention a Mexican Restaurant or two on the south side where the families have never, ever, rested on their reputation. There is always someone actually cooking in the kitchen. To top this disaster off was the, "I so don't want to be here.." personality challenged (but so superior because it's her family that owns what is left of what used to be a great place) girl at the register. She was about two feet from the register on a stool and never leaned forward at all. Pleasantries or conversation? Forget about it. Can someone so young have their face immobilized by Botox? 2 stars. Off my list. None of this made me feel like it's worth another try anytime soon.
My visit to Rosa's was good. The food and people were excellent, but the place seemed a little dirty and had dust on the ceiling.
Authentic Mexican food! Great! – I have been going to Rosa's for years, Wonderful service.
I love the Chile Rellenos!
The best Salsa and chips.
I don't mind the wait, the food is sooo worth it!
I try and beat the rush, always walk in and just sit down!
Best Mexican in Central Tucson – Chips and Salsa are unlimited and fantastic with lots of spice and a great garlicy finish. Chile Relleno's can not be beaten anywhere in Tucson; creamy white enchilada sauce with beans and rice...order with a hot tortilla on the side. Enchilada's are fantastic and always piping hot when served. Casuela Soup as a white board special is a must but serves as an entire meal.
Be prepared for a short wait around dinner time. Menudo on weekends and it's great too!
Arrogant staff, bad service, ok food – My wife and I went here a few times when we moved into the area. Our first experience was pretty good. The food was good, but the service was very slow. It was down hill from there on. We have tried this place at least 4 or 5 times since, and it is now to the point that I am writing this because I am disgusted with the place, mostly because of how we have been treated on more than one occasion. Go to Nico's taco stand across the street for mexican food that is more than half the price, and you won't have to deal with the arrogant staff of Rosa's. I will NEVER patronize this overpriced place again.
I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! – THE BEST CARNE SECA IN THE CITY. I ALWAYS TAKE A PINT OF SALSA HOME WITH ME SINCE I AM THERE!
I DRIVE 20 MILES 2X A MONTH FOR THEIR FOOD! IT IS THE FAVORITE FOR MY WIFE, DAUGHTER AND SON AS WELL.
ASK FOR JESUS! I HAVE ALWAYS HAD GREAT SERVICE FROM HIM.
Terrrible Service, Arrogant staff - average Mexican Food – Restaurant has great salsa ... after that it is all downhill. Last time I was there, the server brought out the wrong order (a beef chimichanga) - not once but twice. First time it was a chicken burro, the second time it was a burrito (again) and the server insisted it was a chimi (even though it wasn't cooked).
Everyone else in our group finished their meal. The management was "so sorry" that they told me they wouldn't add my chimi to the bill (what a deal)! Stay away from this dive!
Slow service, unfriendly staff and terrible food! – I recently went to Rosa's Restaurant, and surprising enough I found a rubber band in my bean burrito! I was speechless, I told the waiter (who speaks absolutely no English) but by then I just wanted to get the check and leave. I asked for the manager, and (10 mins. later) she told me she could bring me another one, that?s it. I just said ?No, thank you? and we left. I was shocked that they were so nonchalant about the situation and not friendly what so ever. They have no customer service. The food is overpriced, it takes the staff an incredibly long time to seat and serve you, which is quite unacceptable. I'm certain that the FDA would not approve of what happen. Overall, I would not recommend anyone going to Rosa's.
great authentic Mexican food in bustling atmosphere – Sometimes TOO busy, but there's a reason. Rosa's serves terrific food, traditional Mexican with their own marvelous salsa and some of their own twists, like the combo plates, including David's Special, which should please all vegetarians with the green corn tamale & avocado enchilada & more. If you're more of a meat lover, their green chile, or carne seca, should satisfy you very well. Terrific for families, and they do very good takeout, but allow 20 to 30 minutes MORE for takeout than they tell you on the phone, particularly if it's at one of their busy times. My one con would be that they don't treat takeout orders with as much speed and kindness as they do dine-in people. But that won't keep me from ordering their terrific food. We live close, and my family's happy when I bring Rosa's in. I'd say: put them on speed dial.
Good food but Rosa needs to clean house – The food is excellent, especially the chicken chimichanga with guacamole. Crispy on outside, moist and succulent on the inside. The salsa has just enough kick to make it interesting. However, the staff almost seemed like I was a bother to them. No smiles and they asked me questions like it was causing them pain. It was a little busy but they could still act like they wanted my service. Perhaps if you go when it isn't busy the attitudes might be better.
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