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Red O - Newport Beach
  • Address:
    143 Newport Center Drive
    Fashion Island
    Newport Beach, CA 92660
    Neighborhood:
    Newport Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican
    Price: $31 to $50

Red O - Newport Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://redorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (949) 718-0300
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday-Sunday: 11:00am -5:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Thursday-Saturday:5:00pm -11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Keith Stich
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment 7 Nights Week.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Newport Center Drive
  • Public Transit: Valet Parking available.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Red O - Newport Beach
Dining at Red O is an experience like no other
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was good not great Service was fantastic!! Ambiance was amazing! Lunch menu is better than dinner"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The food was very good. The service wasn't bad, a little slow and they seemed to forget about us a couple of times."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We are fans of Rick Bayless and have been to his restaurant in Chicago. We live just a few blocks away from Fashion Island and were excited as the new restaurant was being built. Unfortunately, the restaurant suffered from many bad reviews early on, so we decided to wait. Upon reading a so-so review in OC Magazine this past week, we decided to finally go even with our low expectations. Perhaps they got over their rough start as we found the food and service to be excellent! We especially enjoyed the do-it-yourself Cazuela tacos and the Mexican street corn. Despite OC Magazine's warning, we tried the lamb mole and found it worth ordering despite the price. To be fair, we came on a Sunday evening knowing it would be less hectic."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Loved the Sunday brunch. Great variety and the food was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had a very nice time and the food and service was very good"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We lived Red O and ate there at least once a week but it seems there is a new chef on board. The halibut was a tiny thin piece, overlooked and overspiced. It seems the new chef likes to kill the natural flavor of food with hot sauce. Very disappointed for the second time. Veronica, the floor manager took great care of us and although we didn't want to eat she made sure we left happy. Kudos for great staff like Veronica and Karen. We will give red o another try soon and ask that they use less hot sauce."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It was great food! Great drinks! Love the fried sweet plantains!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Went on the spur of the moment couldn't have asked for more"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our recent lunch at Red O was lovely! From the striking atmosphere and decor to the friendly servers and the delicious cuisine, this venue is a winner. We both chose the soft taco plate. There are six different tacos; you can choose up to three in any combination. Loved the steak, mahi mahi and shrimp varieties. The salsas accompanying the tortilla chips were not the "usual." Their flavors were subtle and complex. We highly recommend Red O!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. The food outstanding and we loved our server. Always there when you need him, attentive, courteous and knowledgeable. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "One of the most attractive Mexican restaurants I have ever been in. Fine menu featuring seafood along with Mexican food. Definitely would recommend!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This would have been a 5 but the churro machine was broken so there were no churros for dessert AND we had been anticipating getting them all day....... Rick Bayless how can you have a broken churro machine, obviously a highly ordered menu item now we have to go to Disneyland to get them."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "NOT WORTH THE PRICE !BETTER FOOD ELSEWHERE. Desserts mediocre. Not up to the hype"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "javiers in Newport coast has better food and lower prices"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I was really pleased with the food and the service. This was my first time here and I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I got the Maine lobster entree and my husband got the steak entree."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Rick Bayless has a beautiful concept.the design and layout is fantastic. That being said I didn't go to Red O for that . I went for the food. I always make it a point to order Carnitas on my first visit to a Mexican Restaurant. I wish I hadn't this time. The Carnitas was very dry and somewhat tough. The only think that saved it from being a total disappointment was the sauce that it was in. The sauce was great. My wife had the short rib enchiladas. Very good. She was disappointed with the rice. Thought it was very plain."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Very fun Guacamole delicious Chips nor greasy My 2 favorite thinga"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Wish we could like it but have a hard time paying $150 + tip for dinner for 2 for Mexican food. Doubt we will be back"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Have fun choosing from the special drinks, all with fresh juices and refreshing flavors. Many appetizers and small plates. Good size portions for entres. Sides are large enough to share. Some of our favorites were plantains, street corn, goat cheese tamales, short rib tamales and enchiladas, lamb chops and fresh halibut. Delicious desserts too!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We were seated on the patio, a lovely setting and a welcome relief from the noisy dining room. The place was bustling, the bar jammed as usual. Our waiter was attentive and courteous. The food was borderline good/ok, which makes it seriously overpriced. I had the Camarones Mojo de Ajo. They were warm, not hot, and very rich. My husband had a grilled fish which was good but not awesome. We had a bottle of Sancerre and split a dessert. The bill came to $150. Ouch. I think if we were to return, we'd sit in the bar and make a meal of the appetizers, which looked better than the main courses."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Third time and last as the service is just awfull they have around a 1000 water boys and one sever supporting 10 tables. I thought initially this was just as it was new but no. The food is just ok overpriced for what it is and compared to the fig and olive well there is no comparison red O is a one very disappointing."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "It's hard pressed to find a restaurant with such impeccable, conscientious, professional serving personnel. They make your time there an experience and nothing less. The specials are always a pleasant surprise and the sauces and presentations are over the top."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The experience was amazing frim decor, cocktails, food out of this world, live music and a wait staff that provides attention to detail!!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "my 1st love is design, it has a wonderful modern and hip vibe. Love how the tables are placed in the room, staff impeccably the food better than your average Mexican restaurant. very up scale in taste and favors, great spices."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Awesome food. Not typical mexican.more southern mex.high classed.service was super."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "food was delicious, but our server was not good. 1)He was slow in fulfilling our first drink order, 2)did not fulfill a second drink order after I placed it (he forgot I ordered a second drink apparently), and 3)did not return to our table for at least 15-20 mins after giving us the dessert menu at which point we no longer wanted to wait for dessert"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We went for Sunday brunch and it was just perfect! Service so attentive, beautiful setting and the buffet was delicious - large selection - LOVED the oysters on the half shell and the desserts were great! we will be back!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I had been to Red O once before for dinner. It was very good but didn't feel my meal was worth the price. However, we went back for the Sunday Brunch and I can't remember when I've ever had such a fabulous brunch!! Everything was fresh, the selections were enticing and didn't disappoint! The fruit was so sweet & ripe (often at brunches the fruit is not ripe). The desserts were light and in small portions so I had "room" to try several. Worth every penny of the $45 price tag."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The service was fantastic. We were seated within minutes of our arrival. The food was amazing and presented wonderfully. Completely satisfied with our experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Can't believe its possible to have bad Mexican food in Orange County. A big disappointment. Bayless needs to come back from Chicago and manage quality control."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was awful - tried several things on the menu. This was our second "try". The first time sat at bar, sent back the lobster tacos - fishy smelling. Second time Dried out chicken in the enchiladas, food was fussy and forced. Felt like they were "trying too hard" on being unique with the menu. I am a foodie and this place is not for anyone that is. It misses on all food categories. The dessert was so bizarre that we didn't touch it. I am a dessert connoisseur. I love it all usually. Service was mediocre at best. They had more people walking around in suits ensuring everything was ok than actual people doing the work to make sure service flowed. We were stuck at a small four top that intersected multiple areas."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "All of our meal, from appetizer to dessert, was excellent. The service matched the excellent food quality. A totally satisfying experience, we are anxious to go back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great food. This is my 5th time returning to this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I've been twice and had the mahi tacos both times because they're so good. Next time I'll try the enchiladas; my dining partner recommended them. The service was quite good even though it's crowded at lunch. It's pricey, but the ambiance is nice, the location's good, lots of parking, and there was a need for a Mexican restaurant since El Torito Grill closed."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Comfortable seating arrangement for party of eight. Very nice atmosphere. Competent wait staff. Excellent food, appetizers and drinks."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Red O. We really enjoy Mexican food and while it was good it was not great which we thought it would be. We will go back, sit at the bar and try several appetizers to see if our taste buds improve our initial rating."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Great food and service. Beautiful restaurant. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This is not your normal Mexican Restuarant. The Ambiance was really nice and the food was great."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Red O is a dining experience that is unlike any in OC. Decor that takes you to Southern Spain, and outstanding service. The Father's Day brunch buffet was beautifully laid out, with plenty of room to navigate the line. The food is an innovative twist on both Mexican and Spanish cuisine. We'll definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Amazing menu and tequila list definitely will be back soon. Great experience great food"
    Dined on 6/15/2014