Gluten-Free Spotlight: Rosa Mexicano

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and that some of you got yesterday off and had a chance to have an extended time with friends and family. Sorry I was a little MIA last week, it ended up being busy but in a good way. I had an awesome time ice skating with some of my friends on Wednesday night and I’ll have to fill you in on that soon. But let’s fast forward to this past weekend instead. We spent the weekend celebrating my amazing Mommy’s birthday. Words can’t express how lucky I feel to have such an incredible mom who also happens to be my best friend. She is the most incredible woman I know and I cannot imagine my life without her. She deserves the happiest of birthdays and I hope that she has a wonderful day today and it was so much fun celebrating a fantastic birthday weekend. For more on my amazing mommy, check out this post!

The celebrations started on Saturday with going to see Anything Goes in the city. If you aren’t familiar with the musical, it’s a very fun storyline set on a cruise liner going from New York to London in 1934, it’s full of silly antics and humor and has great songs you may have heard of like “Anything Goes” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” All in all, it was a fantastic show. After a wonderful show and a quick jaunt through the Ferry Building to pick up some goodies at Mariposa (aka gluten-free/vegan heaven) and we were off to dinner at the new Rosa Mexicano. My mom and I first went to Rosa Mexicano at LA Live when we went to the Oprah Conference to see O You! We had an amazing experience and were so impressed with their extensive gluten-free menu. Luckily, the SF location didn’t disappoint!


Rosa Mexicano is an amazing, upscale, modern Mexican restaurant. It’s a lively, fun atmosphere making it the perfect venue for any celebration or occasion. When we walked in, we were promptly seated at a large warm booth that was the perfect escape from the San Francisco chill. Our server took expert care of us and the host informed me that if you follow them on twitter, they will pick someone dining there once an hour to give a free dessert too! Love when restaurants use social media!


One thing that my Mom and I loved in LA was the incredible table-made guacamole. Before trying it in LA I was never really a guacamole fan. I’m not big on avocados (I feel like I’m the only one who feels this way) but I’m working on acquiring the taste since they are such a good source of healthy fats. I’m not sure exactly why the guacamole here is so good, but it’s kind of out of this world. They ask you how you want it- mild, medium or spicy and then add in fresh avocados, cilantro, onions, tomatoes, salt, lime juice and a few other ingredients to create a fantastic chunky concoction. I enjoyed it on my chips (along with two of their salsas) and they also give your blue corn tortillas to spread the guacamole on for a little more avocado goodness.


One of the other things they are famous for are their Pomegranate margaritas! These margs have been their signature cocktail since 1984 and now I can tell why! They are a delicious combination of silver tequila, pomegranate juice and lime juice, all frozen to create a frothy, delicious drink. I highly recommend it because they aren’t too sweet and you can taste the subtle bite from the tequila mixed with the tart juices. Definitely try them.

And then of course the food! One of the things that impressed me so much about Rosa Mexicano is how aware and flexible they are when it comes to dietary restrictions. Since I’m gluten-free and dairy-free (along with a host of other restrictions that I haven’t fully detailed on the blog) going out to eat can be kind of a difficult experience. However, this restaurant made it so easy! I ordered the chicken enchiladas but substituted the Mexican roasted tomato sauce instead of the tomatillo cream sauce and it was delicious! It still tasted rich and creamy and was accompanied by black refried beans. We also did have to order dessert for the table (my mom and I had our piece of Mariposa cake) so we ordered Churros En Bolsa. Oh my gosh did these look delicious. Since I didn’t taste them I’ll let the menu do the description instead “Mexican cinnamon doughnuts. piping hot Mexican doughnuts dusted with sugar and cinnamon, and served with three dipping sauces: chocolate, caramel and raspberry guajillo.” Sounds amazing.

All in all, it was such a fantastic experience and everyone had a great time. They have locations in a variety of major cities across the US, so check ’em out!

3 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Spotlight: Rosa Mexicano

  1. That place looks awesome! I love that they made the guacamole table-side and that you could choose the spiciness 🙂 Sounds delicious!

  2. Happy belated birthday to your sweet mom!! I’m so happy you were able to spend the weekend celebrating with her! Your dinner at Rosa Mexicano sounds fantastic; I’m now 100% convinced that I need to check out the DC location (which isn’t far from my house!). I love it when restaurants go out of their way to accommodate dietary restrictions as well–not only does it make it easier for me, but it also shows that they truly care about their customers. 🙂 I LOVE guacamole and everything avocado, but that wasn’t the case three or four years ago. In fact, I used to pick them out of my salad when I was little (growing up in CA, they were ALWAYS in my mom’s dinner salads!). I’m glad you’re starting to love them, too! Oh, and Mariposa Bakery IS amazing! Whenever I’m in the city, I always stop at the Ferry Building to pick up a few treats. Speaking of which, I’m hoping to fly out for a visit this spring…You BETTER be in town! 😉 ❤ xoxo

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