Rosa Mexicano to open March 19 at The Walt Disney World Dolphin

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Rosa Mexicano overview
Posted: Saturday March 18, 2023 11:36am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Rosa Mexicano Restaurants will open its first Orlando-area location in the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort on March 19, 2023.

The Rosa Mexicano menu showcases a contemporary interpretation of authentic Mexican cuisine, including beloved classics and innovative, sophisticated dishes that pay tribute to Mexico's richly varied culinary regions. Rosa Mexicano's renowned beverage program, which boasts over 100 varieties of tequila and agave-based spirits – and of course, the restaurant's signature frozen pomegranate margarita, named the best in New York City - will also make its debut.

Here is a look at the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus at Rosa Mexicano. Reservations can be made on Opentable, initially for dinner only.

The restaurant, helmed by Manuel Trevino, Vice President of Culinary, features dramatic design elements familiar to fans of the brand, to transport guests on a unique culinary journey. The 5,500-square-foot restaurant will offer various seating areas with capacity of about 300 guests, including a 30-person bar and a private dining room for 50.

"Rosa Mexicano is the perfect partner to enhance our current dining options," said Sean Verney, Area General Manager of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. "We pride ourselves on offering the best quality restaurant experiences for our hotel guests as well as local Orlando residents, and Rosa Mexicano delivers on that promise. We're excited to be home to their first Florida location starting in early 2023."

Rosa Mexicano is located in the Dolphin, replacing Fresh Mediterranean Market. 

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JMcMahonEsq5 days ago

The choice of does Mexican work is a much more fundamental question, it be a solo site place, an upscale chain, or chevy's. That question I am not sure demographic wise if its a good fit or not, but on property they already have Steak House covered, the have Italian covered, and moder/fusion covered, so going with another separate offering i can see being a good choice from a marketing perspective. Arguably you could have gone with an Asian themed or even seafood type place, but I don't see Mexican being all that big of a disadvantage. As to unique vs chain, I am not sure of the benefits of going the totally unique route. What is the reason that WDW would want a restaurant at one of their resorts that people wouldn't got to in other cities/tourist locations? Disney has their character/themed dining experiences that serve this type of experience. I wouldn't go to a restaurant in NYC that has a bunch of furries hanging around and interacting with guests, but we will do that at Disney bc its the Disney characters we know and love. But here we are talking about a restaurant within a Hotel Space, and a non Disney Hotel at that. This is the Hotel that Bonvoy members spend their points on, and that conventioneers will be at. If anything for that demographic I want restaurants that people have a sense of familiarity with. We did Don Shulas on our trip to Chicago, it was great, lets eat there type of decision making. For anyone going with a family, especially with young kids, when we are sitting down after a long day at park, we aren't looking for a "Unique" restaurant experience just hoping all of us, and the kids will like.

JusticeDisney5 days ago

LOL, fair enough! And again, your points are well taken.

UNCgolf5 days ago

Yep, some of it was in response to other posters -- I was just lazy and didn't feel like quoting everyone.

ToTBellHop5 days ago

It felt wrong in 9th grade and it still feels wrong that it’s ”el rosa“ and not “la rosa”…

JusticeDisney5 days ago

I hear what you’re saying, but a lot of your response is directed to what other posters said, not me. Anyway, as I originally stated, if it’s good Mexican food I’m all for it, whether or not there are some other locations for this restaurant.

UNCgolf5 days ago

To an extent, sure, although it only has 6 locations and doesn't appear to be expanding. Rosa Mexicano already has 10 and is currently expanding further (this one at Disney and one in Las Vegas for sure; there may be others). But I also didn't say that they should never have any kind of restaurant that exists elsewhere; the fact that the Swan and Dolphin already has a couple just adds to the argument that it might be a good idea to try something new. Plus, as I said above, the choice of Mexican feels a little risky to me, just because of how easy it is to find good, authentic Mexican food in the southeastern US (and southwestern US) and with so many other dining options nearby. Also, unique restaurant doesn't automatically mean catering towards foodies looking for a Michelin star experience (almost all of the WDW restaurants are unique and only one or two are attempting anything like this). It just means it's not something you might go to in other cities/tourist locations.

JusticeDisney5 days ago

Spot on.

JMcMahonEsq5 days ago

you beat me to that one. They have Rain forest Cafe locations, both in AK and Springs, they have SKT Steakhouse in Disney Springs, also a chain, not to mention Don shulas. Its not like Disney has been historically chain adverse. Plus Swan and Dolphin is BonVoys based property. There larger hotels have historically housed chain type restaurants, like Ruth Chris at their locations. While I would agree in some markets the idea of a one off restaurant with unique dining experience, totally unique menu, concept could be a good business decision, is Swan and Dolphin inside the WDW bubble really that location? On whole are you truly marketing towards "foodies" looking for Michelann Star, unique cutting edge dining experiences?

Kamikaze5 days ago

Traditionally street tacos don't have cheese.

JusticeDisney5 days ago

Well, to be fair, Shula’s could be considered a chain and you’re not going to find a better steak anywhere. As long as the food is good at this new Mexican place, I’m in.

dmw5 days ago

didn't the S&D used to have a different Mexican restaurant, Juan and Onlies (sp?)

Ayla5 days ago

A food you eat with your hands will never be "fine dining", no matter how pretentious they are trying to make it seem. 😂

ToTBellHop5 days ago

What distinguishes a fine taco from a street taco? Like, when the server asks how my meal is, what will make me say, “damn, girl. These tacos are fine!”

Kamikaze5 days ago

I'm glad you're the sole authority on what's supposed to be discussed on WDWMagic. I'm sure Steve appreciates the assistance of such a great mind of our time making such decisions. This was your original post. You didn't say 'I don't think this is the best choice for this spot' or 'Lets discuss what they should build here instead'. You said 'I don't know why they're opening a chain restaurant'. Because that's who paid to lease the space. That simple. Shula's is a chain too, you know. But lets not let facts get in the way of our silly opinions, right?