The Bottom Line
- Excellent lakeside view
- Comfortable semi-enclosed patio area
- Quality, flavorful Mexican food
- Good, attentive service
- More expensive than most Mexican eateries
- Expect a wait and possibly a lesser seating option on weekend evenings
- Location: 9219 Lake Hefner Pkwy
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
- Directions: At the East Wharf of Lake Hefner, just off the Lake Hefner Parkway at Britton Road.
- Phone: (405) 302-6262
Guide Review - Mama Roja
So that's why I made my way up there late on a weekday afternoon, intent on avoiding the crowds and getting a true picture of what Mama Roja has to offer. What I found was quite impressive.
Seated in the patio room, remodeled from the Bahama Breeze days, I could feel just a hint of the lake breeze, enough for comfort on a warm day but not so much in the semi-enclosed area to bother the meal. I enjoyed the wonderful view as I sampled the salsas, one a warmer tomato variety that had a sweet, almost pizza sauce taste and the other a cool, spicy standard. Also, if you like guacamole, try the tomatillo salsa.
After my attentive waiter took my order, I enjoyed a combo platter, and there wasn't an area of the meal that disappointed. Seasoned beef outshined the fajita chicken for me, and I found the refried beans to be far more flavorful than the re-heated, bland offering you'll get at many Mexican restaurants.
Compared to other Mexican restaurants, though, Mama Roja is expensive. With a bowl of queso and a couple of mixed drinks, a total bill for two will go beyond what you'd expect from many casual dining spots. But for such an amazing view and quality food, it's an amount work paying, at least when the place isn't jam-packed.