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Luna Red

4.2
214 reviews
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$30 and under
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International
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Nourish your appetite with Luna Red’s tantalizing mix of tapas, European staples and global creations.
From house-cured duck prosciutto and local goat cheese, to tapas that include such gems as stuffed piquillo peppers or arancini balls, served with local mushrooms, leeks and a tomato jam— and those are just the starter plates. For an entrée, you’ll have a hard time deciding—we offer dishes from around the world such as Portuguese seafood stew with housemade chorizo or Korean style short ribs with housemade kimchee. We have something for every discerning palate. Each selection combines a perfect balance of flavors and represents a kaleidoscope of cuisines. Warm yourself. Delight in luna red.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
International, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily 11:00 AM

Dinner Nightly: 5:00 PM

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Open Late: Thursday - Saturday

Live Music: Thursday nights at 9:00 pm

Reservations available anytime.

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Phone number
(805) 540-5243
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Shaun Behrens
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Private party facilities
The main dining room offers a warm and comfortable experience with window views of the outside creek. Perfect for group gatherings or an intimate meal for two.
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Private party contact
Lillie Moore, events@novorestaurant.com: (805) 540-5243
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Monterey Street
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Parking details
Public parking garage 2 blocks away
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Entertainment
Live Music Thursday Nights 8:00-11:00 pm
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Special events & promotions
For groups larger than 16 people please contact the restaurant at (805) 540-5243
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.2
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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2013

Wide variety of food on the menu. Will come back as there are more things on the menu that I want to try.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on July 7, 2013

music on Sundays outside under umbrellas with $5 Sangria and Tapas??? yes please!!!

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vipBJDJ (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 6, 2013

Good food, nice ambiance.....what else could you ask for!?!

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funinSLO (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 5, 2013

If you have little kids or are entertaining the steak and potatoes crowd, this is NOT the place for you.
Luna Red is a great place for tapas - amazing cheese selection and fresh veggies - all locally grown and purchased. This is a fabulous date restaurant if you are looking for a place to have a drink and share some food. Be warned - Thursday nights and Friday nights in the summer you really need reservations since it is down town and there are a lot of activities going on.

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YukonKId (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on July 3, 2013

We visit here every summer & I was disappointed when I realized we had been missing out on such a great restaurant the last couple of years. We had four tapas that were excellent. The waiter did an excellent job in advising us as well. We have a dear friend back home that has a Tapas restaurant & I kept sending him pictures & descriptions of what we were eating.
Can't wait to go back & try some of the lamb dishes..The entire staff was very well in tune.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2013

The food was delicious, the service was superb, and the setting was excellent.

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vipmsgjkg88 (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2013

This was out first visit and we will definitely be back. So many yummy choices! Definitely a place to go with more people so you can try more things. Loved every dish. Quality of food was amazing. Definitely go!

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Irelands32 (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on June 22, 2013

Obviously a well reviewed restaurant, Luna Red lived up to the positive reviews. My wife and I stuck with the tapas menu and were overwhelmingly satisfied. Service was exceptional and the ambiance quite pleasant. Definitely a SLO gem.

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vipluvfood (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 18, 2013

My husband &I ordered several tapas items. The shrimp adobo - great flavor, if you like coconut curry flavor you'll live this one. Our other favorites were wildboar ribs & pork belly. Lastly, lived the chorizo stuffed dates. The only item.that was average was the calamari. But maybe because the other tapas were amazing. Also, liked that you could order half glasses of wine.

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vipcindydineshere (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2013

Really great meal at Luna Red. We had a large group and got to have some really tasty dishes. Calamari ail chili sauce was a favorite.

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AnissaH (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2013

We had a great experience at Luna Red. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The food was really great as well. It was our first time dining there, and we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 8, 2013

My wife and I went to Luna Red during the Saturday night of our stay in San Luis Obispo. The outdoor dining looked very pleasant but they sat us inside, and in a corner though they were not busy inside. This became more frustrating when a couple came in and were given a larger table near us. Still we enjoyed the food very much. The small plates are great for sharing. The highlights were the cornbread and mac n' cheese. I only gave the service three stars because the food came out very slowly, which was disconcerting considering that it was not busy inside at all. What should have been a 1 hr 15 min meal took 2 hours. Our server was very pleasant though. Worth another try; they might have been short-staffed on that particular night.

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mopar (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 26, 2013

I had my family in for Memorial Day and we decided to go out to dinner at the San Luis Obispo location. My reservation from several weeks prior asked for a table overlooking the creek but we didn't get one on the creek. Unfortunate. The tapas were very good but the service was slow and we decided to go elsewhere for the main course rather than stay. That too was unfortunate.
The server was friendly and informative but not very available.

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JCinVTA (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2013

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and we could not have enjoyed ourselves more. Our server Kristen was vivacious, attentive and knowledgable about the menu and the wine list.the highlights of the meal were the stuffed piquillo peppers, fish tacos & the chicken empandas. Kristen's wine recommendation was spot on. The patio dining was perfect, except for my wife's need to have a heat lamp right on top of us ;-). Overall a great experience and I look forward to returning.

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kathinp (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on May 24, 2013

its a great place to take out of town guests. good menu choices for all needs....and yummy!!!!! patio seating is also wonderful...

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EdgerG (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2013

We brought some friends with us who had never been here before and we had the best service and food! Our waitress was attentive, friendly and gave excellent recommendations. We never ran out of water or clean plates for the various courses. We started with the "Wine Picnic" meat and cheese plate and then had the Piquillo Peppers, Beet Carpaccio, Lamb Skewers and the Skirt Steak. Dessert was amazing! We did the Luna Dulce so we could try a little bit of everything and it was completely worth it! Great place to go out for a peaceful and relaxing dinner with friends.

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Duke (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on May 12, 2013

The service and food where top notch. Portion size was just right, not too much and not too little!

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Scotty (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on May 12, 2013

We have eaten at Luna Red before and enjoyed the atmosphere and the food so when booking a Mother's Day brunch it seemed a natural choice. We received the menus and everything looked amazing. We ordered some tapas and main dishes for the 5 people in our party. The tapas were delicious as usual, but the main dishes were very ho-hum. None of us felt like the main dishes were as good as we expected for this restaurant. Maybe brunch just isn't their thing. Service was good except that one meal was very late coming to the table. Background music was maybe just a little loud for brunch; later in the day it would have been fine.

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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on May 11, 2013

Great for slow-paced, conversation-rich evening.
Great use of local ingredients and wines in a cosmopolitan fashion

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on May 4, 2013

We love Luna Red. The food is excellent as are the drink options. However, the service seems to be an afterthought. Each time we visit, we comment about the wonderful meal, but the terrible service. This visit, we sat for several minutes before we were greeted at our table. We were given the drink specials and then we asked our server to give us a few minutes to decide - much to our surprise, our server never returned to our table. More than twenty minutes later, we decided to leave and found another restaurant around the corner with excellent food and service. We still recommend Luna Red, but have very low expectations for the service.

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