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Red O- Los Angeles
Red O- Los Angeles
  • Address:
    8155 Melrose Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Neighborhood:
    Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican
    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
  • "Great Alacran Margaritas and Food. DineLA did it's job....I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food, great service, but it was very overpriced for what you get. Beautiful location."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Absolutely unbelievably Fabulous can't wait to repeat!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Loved the food. I am Mexican and I can say that the food was very authentic. From the guac to the enchiladas to the mexican street corn and finally the churros. Expectional service. Jackie was our server. The alacran margarita sure had a bite (a spicy bit). Gotta be careful with that alacran margarita. It will definitely creep up on your. Thanks for the experience Red O."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Having a reservation and not being seated until 45 minutes after the reservation time is practically a deal-breaker for me. The food was very good. And the bartender that serves us during that 45 minute wait was super nice and attentive. I really enjoyed my drinks and food. I had the macha guacamole, yellowtail ceviche and goat cheese tamales. All were very flavorful, seasoned and spiced well. My husband had the duck taquitos and suckling pig, both of which he said were delicious but he really loved the pork. They offered a free round of drinks for the wait and our server, while nice, forgot to put in one of our appetizer orders. He comped that but not the drinks. For the food, I would go back. But due to the service, I probably won't."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "While the food is quite good and the restaurant is quite lovely to look at, I think the service may be some of the worst I've ever experienced. Having to wait 20 + minutes for a table, though we had a reservation, and a waiter who went AWOL after taking our orders. We were never asked if we likes our meal, I'd we needed another glass of wine - nothing. Can't recommend this place on any level."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I chose the restaurant for Dina LA for the chance to finally get to try Rick Bayless's food. The positives are a beautiful indoor/outdoor vibe and great service once seated at our table and happy to be seated outside. Negatives are the bar service-we arrived a little early so we went to the bar hoping to get drinks and enjoy them while waiting for our table. In the 20 minutes it took to get our table, we were invisible for the first 10 and waited the next 10 for the drinks in time to move them to our table. The food was on the bland side, needed that pop of flavor including the desserts. We considered trying them for brunch when our daughters came to visit, but changed our minds after dinner and made reservations at a place that is delish!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Fun dining experience. I generally will chose a rib eye steak over a fillet mignon but Red O's fillet mignon rivals even the best rib eye I have ever had. Cocktails are great! Food is fabulous! Service is superb! I will definitely be dining there again in the very near future."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great food and live music on a Friday night in LA. Loved it."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "It was my first time dining at Red O and it was awesome! It's a beautiful restaurant with outstanding service and fantastic food!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Outstanding Food, Wonderful Drinks, Great Service. Could not ask for a better Dinner. I will definitely be a regular after this experience."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Hi: My friend and I went to Red O because DineLA Week -- but used the regular menu instead. The margaritas were great (I had the skinny one and my friend had the CasaBlanca). The service was wonderful. Michael, our server was friendly, knew the menu, and didn't push us to hurry. We stayed long after we finished our meal and no one was hovering over us. He made a few good recommendations and they were spot on. The food was delicious. I can see why the restaurant is still popular after all these years. I would recommend the restaurant to my friends and out-of-town guests. I didn't realize the music was live -- a woman singer and piano. She was fabulous!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Our first visit to Red-O will definitely not be our last. Everything we ordered was a perfect gem, from the margaritas to the appetizers and main courses. If I have even a small quibble, it would be that I didn't the the Quatro Leches cake lived up to its menu description (a little dry) but overall one of the best meals I've had in LA. Goat cheese and corn tamales were AMAZING."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The brunch was amazing, the mimosas were perfect. Our server was great."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "our service was truly attentive and responsive, and the food was wonderful. really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Offers brunch. But shouldn't. Unable to *time* their dishes so you wait forever and eggs dishes arrive cold and almost inedible. And then the bill arrives and you will see they have inflated the *suggested tips* so the % are based on a number that is much higher than the actual bill in an attempt to get you to leave a much higher tip than than would be ever warranted on such a mediocre dining experience. Space is pretty though. So there's that."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I rarely eat Mexican food for dinner and if I do I want it to be exceptional which I was expecting. Yes the food was not bad but not amazing, and I recently had amazing mexican food in Sedona of all places on Memorial Day weekend. The service was awful. Our waiter was not attentive, forgot the MAIN part of our order which had us sitting for 45 minutes without any food until WE had to remind him. He didn't check on us. He didn't ask. We ordered a few rounds of drinks from their menu. The waiter forgot never asked how they were. I wouldn't go there again. In that price category I would expect a completely different experience..."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We were very disappointed to find our favorite dish the whole Branzino Veracruz was no longer on the menu. So we asked for the manager and expressed our feelings. He told us the menu was changed and pointed out the other fish on that was available. Then there was something wrong with the two entrees we ordered. Jim the manager & Justin the head chef, stopped by our table and were both very apologetic about our dissatisfaction of our dishes. They offered to make up for it, and on our next visit they would accommodate us with what we came in for in the first place. We just need to call a couple of days in advance, so they can order the whole Branzino. I appreciate the great customer service, and will be back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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