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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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "I used to love this place, but wasn't able to go for about 6 months. I went back this week and it's awful. Our appetizers came out quickly, but our food took over 45 minutes. To top it off my dish was slightly warm on the outside and cold in the middle. The three friends that I went with, were also unhappy with their dishes. They were bland and the portions got significantly smaller. This place needs to step it up.. They're trying to renovate themselves into something worse."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We had a family dinner at the restaurant this past Sunday. The restaurant worked perfectly for all our needs. The "foodies" were happy....the food was delicious. The old fogies were happy...the restaurant was comfortable and pleasant with just the right amount of background music....not blaring! The service could not have been nicer. What a refreshing experience!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The food was excellent however, the service was to put it gently horrible. We arrived for an 8:00 reservation at 7:50 and were seated right away. Water and chips arrived within 5 minutes with our menus. 20 minutes later our waitress finally showed up asking for our drink selection. We ordered both our drinks and food at the same time. It took another 15 minutes to get our margaritas. Nothing more to say about the dinner or the service. I think that pretty much says it all."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The restaurant is beautiful inside, the food is good. We ordered margaritas, which were good, however the glasses they were served in were mostly filled with ice, which was disappointing."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great high quality food! Great ambience! Great service! What more can one ask for?"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "There is no shortage of Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles. However, there is a shortage of high end Mexican, and Red-O is one of the few truly well done Mexican restaurants. In addition to the great food, their bar program is equally excellent. No sugary sweet and sour mixes here. The drinks are made from scratch and are exceptional. They even have an extensive Tequila list with plenty of options for the adventurous who aren't driving. You have to try Red-O the next time you craze Mexican."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We always enjoy our evening. Looking forward to going to the Red O in Newport Beach"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My waitress was very friendly, but basically never came back to check on the table and never asked if I wanted another drink after getting me the first one. I was extremely disappointed in the lack of attention I received based on the caliber of restaurant that I consider Red-O to be. The quality of the food was spectacular. The drink that I did receive was equally fantastic (alacran margarita), though I wanted to order a second. As a diner you need to space out your eating speed because the food was brought out as quickly as the kitchen could cook it, which while delicious, left no space to speak of. I would go back just for the food, but if you're looking for a 5-star place in LA you might find a better experience elsewhere."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Outrageously expensive, but wonderful food...great atmosphere and service...loved Michael Battista and Josh Cruz' music."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great ambience, delicious food, good service and a wonderful Frida drink!! I truly recommend the Ahi Tuna and the tradicional guacamole!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "If you wamt to overpay for your drinks this is the place for you. But dont go for the food, the quality rivals that of Taco Bell."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to this restaurant many times and have had magical experiences. This night the food was great but the service was lousy. Service was long and slow. My main course came cold and clearly was sitting under lights for sometime. Although the waiter comped us a desert for our trouble, sightings of him during the meal was arduous. My wife and I have scored this a bad night that could happen anywhere. It will be interesting as what happens the next time we go."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "If I can avoid Mexican food I do. However my wife loves it and once in a while we will go Mexican. Red O was a surprise. Very tasty not too typical Mexican and all the foods was greatly prepared. The Special Margueritas are to die for. Actually the best I ever had. It is pricy but worth it."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Did not disappoint! Food, service was great. Great for groups as you can order small dishes as well as romantic night outs. Atmosphere is fantastic as design and decor is amazing, especially the high celings. Highly recommend this place to locals as well as bringing guests from out of town. Will go back! :)"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "RedO has done an excellent job making itself over. The pretense and arrogance that once dominated its character are untraceable. The food is so delicious and the service staff is now approachable and attentive."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Went here for the Dine LA and was so impressed! The decor is stunning! Dark, with a sexy glow. The menu is fabulous! The duck taquitos, carnitas entree, and tres leches cake were all amazing! The Skinny Margarita was so good!! Cannot wait to return and try to rest of the menu."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had the best table on the patio so we could hear our friends' conversation. Thank you, Red-O for accommodating us!! The food was superb as usual although we missed having the tres civiches."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was exceptional and we loved the outside dining. The bar and adjacent areas would have been too noisy, but I like a quiet ambience. Ordering was slow, but after that things moved efficiently and the staff were courteous. Will go back again."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Had a great time here. Food was amazing and service was great. The only thing was the wait. We were there at 9, had a reservation for 9:15 and we didnt get seated until 9:35. It was really busy that night but I felt 20 mins past a reservation is a little much. The bar was nice and the live music awesome! it was a good way to pass the time."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "A fantastic restaurant with amazing food. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My friends and I like to try new restaurants one Friday a month and we decided to give RED O a try. Great place for ambiance and food for the most part. Two of my friends order the halibut and mentioned it was too smoky and not very good. I had the Carnitas plate and loved it so overall I would definitely recommend this place again."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Short Rib Enchiladas.... You will never think of enchiladas the same. YUM!!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We returned to Red O to try their DineLA menu. As this restaurant is pretty pricey, this is a great opportunity to try multiple dishes at a more reasonable price. Red O did not disappoint :) . The Baja style ahi tuna sashimi was fresh and light with great flavors and beautifully plated. The 8 oz filet with chipotle crema and Yukon gold potatoes was not the most beautiful dish, but it was full of flavor with a bit of a kick. The filet was perfectly prepared and so tender. The tangerine flan with Mexican chocolate cake and ganache was pretty and a nice ending to a lovely dinner. The amount of food was plenty. The price for 3 courses would have been about $75 - so $45 for DineLA was a great deal! I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Are you looking for a beautiful place to take someone in the Hollywood area. Red O might be it. You will be warmly greeted and taken good care of. The food is very good."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We LOVED Red O! The whole night, the staff made us feel special. Our server, William, was attentive and friendly. The food is amazing. Besides being flavorful, my Filet Mignon was so tender I could almost cut it with my fork. The corn and goat cheese tamale appetizer, chicken mole poblano and just everything we ordered was fantastic. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great Alacran Margaritas and Food. DineLA did it's job....I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The table was sticky. There were flies landing on the food. The halibut was dry. I have two of Bayliss' cookbooks and was expecting more."
    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