Dry, Bland, Overpriced.
I've been to this place twice in the past year and never have been impressed either time. Decided to come here on a Friday night in the pouring rain...big mistake! Swarms of wet stinky hipsters lined the entrance walls on a surprisingly crowded night (figured the rain would've kept 'em away!)
The decor, lighting, etc. is decent...kind of has that new age, Mexican-fusion vibe, or something.
By far the best asset to the restaurant is its back patio which can be quite inviting and relaxing depending on the evening. As to be expected on a Friday night, the patio was packed and we were stuck on the side of the patio while the wind and rain frequently blindsided us and our food. Nothing more appealing than wet Mexican!
I've seen quite a few bad reviews of the food and most are dead on. I ordered the fish tacos which were dry, bland, and way way overpriced. The rice and beans all taste like they came from a can, nothing seemed fresh, and it seems like they microwaved the whole meal. The margaritas are also very overrated and very overpriced. $20+ for a pitcher of sugar water with a hint of tequila? No thanks.
Overall, I would not recommend coming here, ever. Las Maracas is a much better option in the East Nashville area. Their food is way tastier, moderately priced, and a much better restaurant experience.
I assume people only like this spot because it has the nice patio - and that part of it was nice.
I also enjoyed the 3 salsas and chips.
But, the margarita was terrible. It tasted nothing like a real margarita and you could tell it was made from some canned juices. It tasted more like High C than a margarita. My wife asked for hers frozen and what came out was this watery, pint of fruit juice.
I also would like to know what qualifies a burrito as "famous" - the burritos try to substitute size for taste - but i don't want a 2 pound burrito if it doesn't have good flavor. Not much seasoning to speak of, and just this sauce dumped over top of it.
Overall, very disappointing, add the unfriendly service. Never going back.
Great margaritas, fun/friendly atmosphere.
Have drank and eaten at Rosepepper 2x now.
The margaritas are outstanding - love that they use the lime juice mix rather than sweet and sour mix like most of the mex places around Nashville.
Love that they have 3 salsa options with the chips - tomatillo is the best, although wish it was a little more solid (very liquidy). Was told by many that I must try the queso dip - was not something I would order again, but I think I have a different palate than most southerners. The entrees we tried haven't impressed me. First visit: Enchiladas de Tomatillo - extremely cheesey and somewhat bland, small portion - did not fill me at all. Got the Sonora veg as side - was completely disappointed as the vegs were chile peppers and corn - blah. Husband got he Burrito Asada - good, but nothing to write a song about. The guacamole was the highlight - tasted freshly made and delicious. 2nd visit - husband and I tried combo plates (taco, enchilada, flauta, chimichanga, rice and beans) - not impressed with any of the items. Bummer.
Both times the greeters/hosts and waitstaff were very friendly. And, I love the atmosphere (fun, whimsical) - reminds me of many of the cantinas I have been to in San Antonio, TX.
Will give it another try, definitely for drinking and hopefully for food IF SOMEONE CAN PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THE GOOD ITEM TO ORDER IS - ;)
SOOOOO Overrated and BLECK!!!!. I LOVE Mexican food, but this isn't your typical Mexican restaurant! For starters, I HATE their pulled beef and pulled chicken; it's disgusting! RP's margaritas are horrible, and I have to keep shaking salt in it just to drink it down. The service is horrible with scary goth/artisty looking jerks who treat you like you're wasting their time. If they stop by to see if you need anything or a refill, you've hit the lottery, but good luck getting them to do...well...their job. As for the salsa (they bring you 3)...NO flavor...again, bring on the salt just to pretend to enjoy it. I'll stick to REAL Mexican restaurants like Panchos, Cinco de Mayo, or even La Hacienda over RP!!
WORST MEXICAN FOOD EVER!!!!!!.
This place is the worst restaurant I have EVER ate at. It's supposed to be mexican, well guess again. The only thing mexican about this place are the bus boys and the guys that bring you chips and salsa. I am a margarita lover. That's primarily all I drink. And one would associate good margaritas with a mexican restaurant. Not so much at the Rosepepper. The first margarita I sent back because it was so bad and the second one I could plainly see through like it was water. The only reason why I drank the second one was because the tequila taste was so strong I was hoping it would get me drunk enough to stomach another one, but that didn't work. I actually didn't even finish it. Then I ordered nachos to eat. You would think it being nachos, who could mess that up right? Well the Rosepepper did. Worst nachos EVER and might I add they were like $11.00 when at an actual mexican restaurant they are only like $5.00!!!! I love mexican food, and nachos are really good at all mexican style restaurants I have ever eaten at, but not here. They had pulled beef in them, like roast beef or something, and no white cheese on them like real mexican restaurants do. It was disgusting. And the hostess on duty, which happened to be the floor manager was very rude and unprofessional. She walks around with a snooty look on her face and is not friendly or helpful at all. I'm guessing she has an ego problem, or control issue becuase she is a manager, and unfortunately the only manager on duty while we were there so we received no sympathy for our horrible experience and waste of money.
I would NEVER recommend this place, not even to someone I despised. Noone deserves that kind of torture. And to the people that actually like this place's food and margaritas, you either have never had real mexican food, or you need to see a doctor because your sense of taste is gone.
As for the good reviews this place has, I would almost have to say it's the employees leaving them.
RUDE, TERIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE, OVER PRICED.
I called this restaurant to make reservations for twenty on April 12, for April 17. I too was placed on hold and when hostzilla returned she told me we could not come at 5:30, we all had to be there at 4:30. We could not use the patio that time of day and I think she was really offended when I told her it would not be on one check.
I cannot believe anyone thinks this is a great restaurant. It was before the original owner sold it. The drinks are way over priced, I've had better at the neighborhood hole in the wall. These people act as if they are doing you a favor letting you come there. They are rude, they are snobs and I agree with another post that you can get better food at Taco Bell.
We had more than twenty show up for dinner and although there was room on the patio, they refused to let us sit out there. They acted like they were upset that more people had shown up. At one point, one of the 19 year old waitresses tried to argue with me about having more than I had made reservations for.
The best thing about this restaurant was the chips and dip. So I would recommend, if you must go there, to get a beer and the free chips. Very unprofessional people. The customer is NEVER right at this place. And if there are posts on here saying that the drinks are the best they have ever had, or the food...I am sure that Hostzilla posted them herself.
My party of 32 will NEVER BE BACK.
Earnie, I hope you read this, your hostess is not helping your business any. By the way, we are all from East Nashville and was there for a dinner for EHS. Never again though.
Last, but not least, find the bar. After your first drink you will need to know where it is to get a refill.
I have been oh so excited to try the Rosepepper Cantina and finally got about 10 girls for a girls night.
I called to make reservations, which they said they will take for parties of 8 or more. First, the very snotty hostess put me on hold for 5 minutes, which was ok because I was calling in early afternoon on my lunch break. When she returned, she hissed "Sorry for your wait...but as you can tell WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A LUNCH RUSH". Like, shame on me for calling them. Then she just said "We are so popular you need to call at least a week or two in advance. If you are calling for this week there is no way we can accomodate you".
I am tempted not to even go there but I have heard so many good things that we will probably go there this weekend anyway. I will update if we do.
AMAZING. Best mexican food north of the boarder! You have to get the queso! Muy moy bien!
not that cool, not that tasty, and certainly not that clean. I ate at Rose Pepper once 8 years ago and wasn't crazy about it then. but I decided to try it again since I've heard from several people it's really good, and some of the reviews I've read even go so far as to say it's the best Mexican food in town. If it's the best I'd hate to taste the worst because I've had better food at Taco Bell. I have Mexican every Monday, and I've eaten at Mexican restaurants all over town. this is not the best food, I didn't really like any of the 3 salsas they served. and their margaritas certainly aren't the best. they have a strange bitterness to them I can't quite explain and $25.00 a pitcher is way too high for a below average margarita. the place had a neat vibe to it, except a lot of the chair cushions were all ripped up and taped together. and the iron boot thing hanging above my friend's head was so filthy I wasn't sure if they were left over spider web decorations from Halloween. turns out it was just a thick layer of dust. so no, I really wasn't impressed and I won't be back.
Great Family Meeting Place. Living in this neighborhood all my married life gives me ample opportunity to try all the trendy places. My family and I love the Rosepepper. The atmosphere is great and the margaritas are the best I've had. I particularly enjoy the servers and the host/hostesses. I don't know what "chompchompchomp" is complaining about. They all have been nothing but professional and lovely to me and my family. I particularly like that the young man hosting remembers my name each time we come in. I think some of these reviews come from personal hang ups and not necessarily a true interpretation of the restaurant. Hope to see you there.
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