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Red O- Los Angeles
Red O- Los Angeles
  • Address:
    8155 Melrose Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $31 to $50

Red O- Los Angeles Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.redorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (323) 655-5009
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm to 10:00pm, & Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
    Brunch: Sunday 10:30am-3:00pm
    Social Hour: Sunday-Friday 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Saturday 4:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Efren Cardenas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: On & Off site catering, reception style, seated dinner, tasting menus, etc. Sit back relax & lets us bring the creations of Top Chef Masters & James Beard Award Winning Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless into your home or office.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact our Events Coordinator Ryan Fields at ryanf@redorestaurant.com. Weddings, Corporate Functions, Birthdays, Launch Parties, Red Carpet Events & more! . We look forward to hearing from you!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cresent Heights Blvd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $8/vehicle
A word from Red O- Los Angeles
RED O features modern Mexican fare from award-winning Chef-Restaurateur Rick Bayless, the chef responsible for changing the image of Mexican food in America. The menu offers both authentic Mexican and lighter “California-style” dishes, signature items such as the infamous Pollo en Mole Poblano & Mexican Raw Bar & Ceviches. Whether it’s for a formal sit-down dinner with a large group or catching up with friends over a few small bites and cocktails, every guest will find a cozy area to suit the occasion. The bold, cutting-edge space designed by Dodd Mitchell and G+ Gulla Jonsdottir Design features an Atrium with a retractable roof and glass garage doors that open to Melrose Avenue with a 14-foot communal table. A stunning Tequila Tunnel showcasing our one of a kind premium tequila collection leading in to the famed Tequila Lounge & private Garden dining.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We began in the bar for some tasty guacamole and cocktails. The bartender was knowledgeable and gave the right amount of attention. He recommended a great wine for dinner. We shared oysters (great) kale (must have again), sopas (dreamy!) And duck tacos (yum). The live music really set the perfect tone for a great evening. Prices were slightly higher than expected, but the experience was so great, we must return."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "From the moment you walk in, Red O's staff is on it! They are welcoming, helpful, know their menu well, the bar is robust. The food is high quality Mexican fare and authentic! Go to Red O!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This past Sunday was another home run dining experience at Red O. Although I usually come for dinner, the Sunday brunch offers a nice menu from which to order, plenty of brunch beverage choices - both traditional & Mexican inspired, a Spanish guitarist, and the beautiful décor which looks equally good in the day as it does at night. Our server, Ronald, was welcoming, appreciative of return customers and helpful with menu selections. My corn cakes with goat cheese, bacon and eggs was truly satisfying. My dining partners were happy with the picada de carnitas & huevos a la Mexicana. Chips & salsa were brought the table with refills aplenty; chips were beautifully warmed and crisp. This is Mexican food/dining at its finest."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "we went for brunch. the food overall was good - we enjoyed our entrees and desserts, but the famous guacamole was a disappointment, and the mimosas were awful. service was minimal and distant. great decor and ambiance!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Rick Bayless' influence is felt strongly at this exceptional Melrose Mexican hot spot. The place is beautiful and comfortable with skilled service. And the food is unlike any mexican you're going to find outside of Bayless' masterpiece Chicago restaurants. A home run."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food and decor make this is a fabulous place to dine. Each course was scrumptious! A must visit, and a must return to!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA and the service is outstanding, not to mention the cocktails. I have to say though that the food wasn't up to its usual standard this time."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We are regulars and we always have an amazing experience at RED O. The food is great, the drinks are tasty and the service is outstanding! It's our favorite place!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We made our reservation on OpenTable and were relegated to the very back, very dark room of the restaurant, where the arched ceiling planted every inane word spoken at the table near us into our ears. The service was good and the food was good, but nothing extraordinary. I did like my halibut. But I'm not sure I'd bother going back. Nice margarita list."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Just wonderful food and setting... everything is about 4 to 5 dollars over what it should cost... but that is what you get when you have a Rick Bayless name attached to a Red Onion venture.... 30 bucks for 2 HOUSE Margarita's..... (we had two... so 60 bucks).. was as much as our meal. Still, really good food and nice place to eat."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Absolutely fantastic sauces and spins on Mexican dishes! Although Open Table misaligned our meal by allowing us to list it at 3 pm on a Sunday when the restaurant kitchen would, in fact, be closing, Red O reached out, contacted us and agreed to change our meal time to 2 pm so we could have an enjoyable birthday event for my wife. To me, this was indicative of the proactive and highly attentive customer service that we enjoyed during our visit."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We went on our friends' recommendation, and can't wait to go back. Is our goal to try every dish and every cocktail on the menu. Absolutely wonderful!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "These guys do the simple stuff, better. Their guacamole is just tastier. The acid, the heat, the salt, it's just brighter and tastier than the normal guac ANY-where else. Their salsas? Are preposterously tasty. Again, it says something about a place that puts that much care into... what one can argue are simply "condiments." The main fare matches this level of attention. Sauces, meats, beans, rice, all just a notch better than what you're used to getting. Fresher, punchier. Food's great and reliable."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The bartenders were fantastic! The Margaritas superb!! Housemade lime juice- Fresh! The margaritas are shaken to make sure the lime juice and tequila blend. The Maitre D' was wonderful and offered us a booth,even though there was just two of us. The waiter was great. The manager was really friendly. Actually , everyone was friendly."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "While the service was excellent, it wasn't enough to make up for the terrible food. The ingredients were very bland and didn't seem fresh (critical to good Mexican food). I would say one could have a similar experience at Chevys. Monterey Jack Cheese is definitely a marker for bad Mexican. This place might be great for anywhere else in the US, but definitely doesn't work here in LA."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We were two couples with an eleven year old girl and they treated her like a princess (caramel corn included). Because the music inside can be daunting, we moved twice but the service people were champs about it. Our server and wait people were terrific; prompt with every request. On the outside patio you are still dealing with street noise, but that fades into the background. Food was indeed very good. Very generous with the lamb, cochinita pibil was tasty (although this is not a version with much sauce). We're snobs about our guacamole and tasted two (regular and walnut); both okay. Overall, a really nice experience. Wouldn't put it anywhere near Frontera, Bayless's stellar restaurant in Chicago, but we had a good time."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Dinner was delicious, ambience was nice. Our Server was ok but did not match up to the food and the ambience. Dinner felt a little rushed not sure to blame waiter or kitchen staff. Would give it another try if in the neighborhood..."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Atmosphere was nice but the service was slow, in attentive and only got worse as the meal dragged! Food so-so. Would not recommend it!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had 8:30 reservations and were seated no more than 15 minutes after we arrived. The restaurant is lovely & we also liked the live music from 2 guitarists. We loved the chic atmosphere! I ordered a Skinny Margarita which was yummy. We had 2 appetizers: Ceviche & the duck taquitos. The Ceviche came with plantain chips. I ordered the Little Gem salad. I joked that they should rename it the Big Gem salad. I shared it with my son & husband. For main courses I had the Halibut. My husband had the Mole Chicken & my son had the Mole Lamb. The portions are generous! We all loved our dishes but we had no room for dessert. The service was outstanding & even though it was pricey we felt the meal was worth it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I ordered the enchiladas Suizas and left most of the food in the plate. The rice was dry and burnt, the beans tasteless and the enchiladas had an unpleasant vinegary flavor; they should be a bit on the sweet side...So bad the experience, we decided not to bother with desert. I have eaten there many times in the past 3-4 years and had always been happy with my food. Not sure I will be going back any time soon."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We always have the best experience at Red O! The hosts are so welcoming and friendly, the waiters are all so wonderful, and the food is outstanding! I have never had anything less than perfect! Wait, and the drinks are out of this world!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Atmosphere was very relaxing for Father Day! Nice guitarist playing live in the background and the food was amazing. The appetizers were exceptional and unlimited tequila sunrises are highly recommended! I would have liked our water to be filled more often as we were only asked once by the time we already paid the check. I also sat outside on a chair place on a loose tile outside, so when anyone walked by and stepped on the tile my chair moved also. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food and margaritas are amazing but the Spanish guitarist clinches the deal......always always wonderful."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Excellent service, tasty drinks, loved the live guitar player and great food! Would definitely go again and again. Traffic was terrible getting to the restaurant , the staff couldn't have been nicer about accomodating us."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I took my husband there for Father's Day and we had a great time. The food was great and the service outstanding"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "A total joy to find. We will definitely return and try other dishes and drinks."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This restaurant is one of the best. I highly suggest ordering the goat cheese tamales and the halibut. Superb!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Some of the dishes a lot better than others; lovely ambiance"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "This was our fifth time there, this time celebrating our anniversary. They certainly made it a great experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Had been to RedO once before but this time was exceptional adding to the special occasion. Starters of Cevichi and Guacamoles. Perfect. Great service and a nice energy in the room."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Red O immediately exceeded our expectations from the moment we walked in. The ambience is absolutely gorgeous (the pictures don't even do it justice!), with high ceilings, elegant drapery, and candles that create a fun, sexy feel. I felt like I was at a Mexican resort restaurant! The cocktails were TO DIE FOR, and the food was incredible as well. We ordered the guacamole sampler, and they gave us extras of our favorite for no reason! Also, because we were celebrating a birthday, the gave us complimentary churros that were out of this world. All in all, the food, service, and ambiance were too good to be true. To top it all off, someone from the restaurant called me the next day to see how my experience was. In a word: perfect!!!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food was excellent but equally as important (and rare to find in LA) the service was perfection. From the moment you walk in you are greeted with a level of enthusiasm that makes you feel incredible. The manager will come and check on you and Michael our server was amazing. Michael made great suggestions, was very knowledgeable and chose the perfect tequila for dinner and dessert. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My wife and I have been fans of Rick's cooking skills for years and this is the first time we have been lucky enough to eat at one of his restaurants. I had the best $44 rib eye steak I have ever had the pleasure of savoring in my life. I don't know what kind of creamy read seasoning was layered over this exquisite piece of meat but with every taste I was in steak heaven. I also loved the small cut potatoes and artichoke under the steak. I recommend ordering the rice with plantain slices on the side. It goes well with the steak. Loved the warm chips and the limoada was amazing. 5 star experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "An excellent upscale mexican restaurant for those with a taste for high quality mexican food; not your typical gringo dishes; but food with a flair; You will find your old standbys but everything has a bit of pinache! Great choices whether eating light or a complete meal; there are choices for everyone!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Very relaxed and comfortable dining room with a beautiful design. Great choice for taquila lovers. Delicious cocktails and desserts. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Driving by Melrose this restaurant caught our eye. We tried it for Sunday brunch and were delighted! The restaurant décor is very nice, inside and out, and the staff was very attentive. We plan to return for dinner, there are many dishes we'd still like to try and aren't available on the brunch menu. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This is the second time I have eaten here; and I have had different food both times, all of which has been fabulous! The music in the background from the piano and singer in the bar was great! Service was great! And I can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was the second time I have been here. It is never a good sign when the first thing the waitress tells you is that the chef is a tv personality. Downhill from there."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Very pleasantdining experience . I had a wonderful server named Tara. I had an assortment of appetizers since I was dining alone. Topolo Margaritas are the best . Fresh ingredients and salsa and tomatia salsa was very good . had the flight of different Guacamoles. Also had the Queso Fundito's . Very consistent with Frontira grill and Topolabampo in Chicago. What I don't get is why the california people don't get it with Rick Bayless menu andcooking. FAr better than any other Mexican restaurant in LA. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The food is so so. It's okay but nothing to write home about. Guacamole was the best part of the meal. Entrees just okay. Desserts not good at all!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014