Bee Cave >Food & Dining > Rosie's Tamale House
13436 W Hwy 71, Austin, TX | Directions 7873830.308410 -97.947835
Mon., Wed. - Sun. 6am - 10pm;Tue. 5pm - 10pm
Good and Authentic- – I love my tex-mex-and Rosie's has never disappointed. I've been a regular and while there are many other Mexican restaurants now out in the area, Rosie's is my place if I'm hungry and want familiar food. It may not be fancy and the waitstaff may need prompting, but I always am satisfied and happy when I walk out of this restaurant. I guess I see myself as part of the experience and I don't expect my waiter to read my mind if I need something-don't knock the service and the restaurant in a review you wrote anonymously on a computer-not cool
Great Local Stop – Even though the service may need help at times this is the best place to eat in Lake Travis!! Not only Great tex-mex food for over 30 years but good burgers and chicken fried steak. Everyone who grew up here can't stay away when they are in town and I think all the bad reviews are from people who didn't grow up having this awsome place to call home when they are in town. Every restaurant has something to improve it's very rare to find the best of both worlds and if you ask me the only time you get great service is when you serve yourself.
Lots of famous people vist this place and the most famous is the people who show up there on their favorite day. For people who live out here it is like going into your family dining room and you get to see friends and family on a weekly basis.Don't forget you can bring your own alcohol which keeps it affordable.
Love Rosie's – I think Rosie's has great Mexican food. Best Crispy Beef Taco's in town! I love their salsa and love Tuesday night Fajita Night. It's a very small simple casual whole in the wall but it is a great alternative to some of the over commercialized Mexican joints in the area.
Lousy Food – Food is not very good but if you want an autograph from Darrell Royal then go to Rosie's on the first Thursday of the month between 12 and 1. There is a meeting held every Thursday at Rosie's by Darrell Royal.
The best breakfast tacos, horrible service – We've been to Rosie's about 7 times now, living so near. The first time we went was for dinner. The service was actually alright and the food, while alright, wasn't extraordinary (we had the fajitas). The next time we came in, we ordered breakfast tacos to go. The last 3 times we came by were just consecutive horrible service experiences. The first of the three - we had to wait forever to get some salsa and our drinks refilled. The second, our food took a very long time to arrive and we were never served our chips and salsa until we asked for it from our waiter for the third or fourth time. They also forgot to serve my friend's coffee, which was more or less like dishwater anyway, when it finally arrived. They never asked if there was anything else we needed before just leaving our check at the table. The last time we were there, we simply decided to place an order by phone, hoping we'll never have to deal with the bad service again. Unfortunately, we had to re-order when we got there as they apparently had never processed or written down the order somehow.
If you're a stickler for good salsa (as one previous review stated, it really is just pureed tomatoes, but I'd like to add it's got some chilis in it, other than that, it's flavorless) and service, you may want to think twice about this place. On the other hand, some of the best breakfast tacos are served in this establishment (we always order the suicides, believe me, it's good!), and the other food is not bad. It's a family owned establishment and while some of the folks are friendly, they really need to improve their customer service. I'd rate them 2.5 stars if I could, because to me, service comprises half the restaurant experience. It really is too bad and I hope they can improve soon.
Worst meal in awhile – If I could , I would give no stars. We drove by early in the afternoon and saw a full parking lot. In the evening, we saw the lot still full and decided to stop. There were 3 people in our party. The place was packed. The Chips were ok ,but lacked any salt. The salsa appeared to be pureed tomatoes with nothing else..no taste at all.The guacamole tasted only of avocados, basic. I ordered the tamale plate. The chili covering the tamales was tasteless. None of the food had any spice or heat. The tamales best quality was that there was some resistance to being cut with my fork. At least, they weren't soggy. Of all the food, only the tacos had a bit of flavor.
The whole event reminded me of dining at Mexican restaurants in the early 1960's... a Gringo's vision of what Mexican food was. They have not evolved from that idea . I am glad that , at least , the meals were inexpensive. I cannot understand why the place was so busy. I guess there are not too many inexpensive dining options out that way.
YUMMY! Breakfast Burritos – Our office loves breakfast burritos and the ones at Rosie's are the best! I know the other's posted no credit cards, but Rosie's must have updated because I was able to use American Express. Good food, good service, quick, and great price. I drove past this place for so long because it doesn't look like much, but now I understand why the parking lot is always packed.
unbelievable TEXICAN! – Best TexMex....wow...I crave this place every time I have to leave Austin...Felicidades on a continued tradition of excellence.
Best gooey Tex-Mex in Central Texas. – Best hot sauce and guacamole around. The gooey, cheesy enchiladas are cholesterol-city, but addictive and delicious. The chili con queso is very mild, very kid-friendly. My 7-year old daughter can eat a whole bowl by herself! The tamales are my 8-year old son's and husband's fave -- they split a half order, and the tamales just disappear. There's something here for the whole family. The service is quick, too. This place isn't just for kids -- my entire office loves Rosie's.
Sold Tex-Mex fare that has survived the test of time. – In Short
Rosie's started out 25 years ago in Bee Caves, on Highway 71 and 620. That was a while back, but Rosie's is still serving typical Tex-Mex fare and satisfying cravings for Austinites of all shapes and sizes. Their original location was once a sort of second home for Willie Nelson and his standing order is now a menu item called Willie's Plate.
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