Rosa Mexicano Celebrates Grand Opening at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel

Noted Mexican restaurant, Rosa Mexicano, celebrated the grand opening today of its first Orlando-area location at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

Rosa Mexicano offers a fresh take on authentic Mexican classic dishes in a stylish and festive atmosphere. The restaurant honors Mexican heritage as well as the culinary techniques, global explorations and inspirations of its founding chef, Josefina Howard. The venue, located in the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, features dramatic design elements such as rich, bold color tones and vibrant murals, transporting guests on a unique culinary journey.

“We are pleased to be the first Orlando location for Rosa Mexicano and to expand our current dining options for local Orlando residents and our hotel guests,” said Sean Verney, area general manager of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. “This is a great partnership of two iconic food and beverage teams, and we couldn’t be more  excited for guests to experience this newest, unique offering.”

With current locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia and Maryland, as well as upcoming openings in Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale, the dynamic brand offers an elevated fiesta dining experience, including signature menu items and award-winning margaritas.  Blending traditional and culinary innovations, the menu showcases varied cuisine from all regions of Mexico, time-honored preparation techniques and modern food trends currently thriving in Mexico.

The restaurant also features Rosa Mexicano’s renowned beverage portfolio, 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.

Guests will also enjoy captivating décor, with dramatic design elements familiar to fans of the brand, which transports guests on a unique culinary journey. The 5,500-square-foot restaurant seats up to about 189 guests, including a 40- person bar and a beautiful private dining room for 50.  One notable design feature is a centerpiece painting of regarded Mexican artist, Frieda Kahlo, noted for her self-portraits featuring bold, vibrant colors.

“We are excited to open Rosa Mexicano at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin and for guests to experience the elevated fiesta that the restaurant offers.  Staying true to our founding chef Josefina Howard’s vision of introducing Mexican culinary traditions to the world, it’s incredibly gratifying to see Rosa Mexicano open in such an iconic location,” said Jim Dunn, CEO of Rosa Mexicano. “Orlando residents and visitors alike will experience our fresh take on authentic Mexican food and will enjoy the fun and festivity of dining at Rosa Mexicano.”

For more information about Rosa Mexicano at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, including menus, please visit:

Rosa Mexicano is located in the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, at the site of the former Fresh Mediterranean Market restaurant.


About Rosa Mexicano

Headquartered in New York, Rosa Mexicano set a new standard for Mexican fine dining when it first opened its doors on the Upper East Side in 1984. Chef founder Josefina Howard played a leading role in defining what was then a revolutionary ‘new’ cuisine for American diners. Rosa Mexicano continues to deliver authentic, regionally inspired Mexican cuisine in a stylish, “elevated fiesta” atmosphere. For generations, the signature guacamole and frozen pomegranate margarita have been regarded as best-in-class. Today, the company operates restaurants across the east coast, including New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Massachusetts. Rosa Mexicano is owned by TriSpan Rising Stars, LLP who acquired the brand in March 2018. For more information, please visit


About The Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin Hotel

In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel resides amongst the greatest theme parks and attractions in Central Florida. The complex is located between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 23 world class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms and the luxurious Mandara Spa. The resort features six pools, three health clubs, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout Walt Disney World Resort; early entry to all four theme parks daily and extended evening theme park hours on select nights in select theme parks. The newest addition, the 14-story Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, opened 2021 and offers an upscale, boutique atmosphere as well as 149 suites ideal for families and two presidential suites. For more information, visit


Photos Credit: Rosa Mexicano

Date Posted: March 30, 2023

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