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RED O Cantina - Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

RED O Cantina - Santa Monica

4.2
4.2
807 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
What better location to enjoy award-winning cuisine and expertly crafted cocktails, than sitting directly across from the legendary Santa Monica pier? This vibrant city-meets-the-ocean destination is a local favorite. With a beautifully appointed interior and an intimate back patio, RED O Cantina is an oasis of elegance, comfort and beauty. Our culinary team and waitstaff work hand-in-hand to deliver an unforgettable dining experience to each and every one of our guests.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (310) 458-1600
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Hugo Cruz
  • Private party facilities
    Genuine hospitality marks every function held in RED O Cantina. Our dedicated event director welcomes groups of 10 to 300 guests and will give personal attention to every detail of your event, from special entertainment requests to audiovisual needs. For more information, please contact:TanyaT@redorestaurant.com310.458-1600
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Cross street
    Colorado
  • Parking details
    Valet is available in front of the restaurant for a nominal charge. Parking is also available nearby at the Santa Monica public parking structures.
  • Public transit
    RED O Cantina is walking distance from Santa Monica Big Blue Bus stops and the Expo LRT stop at Downtown Santa Monica (at 4th/Colorado).
  • Entertainment
    Live entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Weekend Brunch with Bottomless Cocktails

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy all your favorites at our weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Don't miss $25 bottomless brunch cocktails including Mimosas, Bloody Mary's and Sangria. With Mexican specialties like Huevos Rancheros and Chilaquiles, to satisfying your sweet tooth with Buttermilk Pancakes, we've got something the whole family will enjoy. A la carte from 11am - 3pm.
    Weekend Brunch with Bottomless Cocktails Photo

What 807 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

807 Reviews
  1. MelN

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    They accommodated a table of eight with multiple reservation changes...and did so cheerfully and professionally! Customer service added to a wonderful meal and experience. Only wish we could do separate checks, but that's unlikely with that size of a group anywhere. Very enjoyable!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mother’s Day was perfect!! Bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and sangria!! You can’t beat it! I had the short rib Benedict! So good!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great Mother’s Day brunch and great service

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The Big Red O baked potato is super good it was so big I had to take more than half of it home. The waiter was nice at first but then kept on forgetting to attend us, the hostess kept on checking up on us instead, overall i give it a 3/10

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The menu selection and ambience was not what I expected. I was expecting the same red oh that’s in Newport Beach. This was more of a bar feeling, which is good for those that like that type of ambience. I personally was looking for something classy, which was not it.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overpriced and not flavorful compared to the Newport Beach location

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and tequila was awesome! Can’t lie it was some of the best Mexican food I’ve had.

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  8. MelissaG

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner and atmosphere as always! Great times.

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  9. Rosie

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and they have great drinks.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The enchiladas were drowned in sauce, and tortillas were thick and dry. Also we were completely hurried up, we couldn’t even drink our wine while the waitress was hurrying us to pay. Also the waitress should wear appropriate clothes, I could almost see her belly button !

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great! The serevr Daniella remembered to bring my wife’s birthday surprise!

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  12. MaryR

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great place to celebrate birthdays Because they bring cake and table fireworks

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  13. StacieY

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Service was very slow and disorganized although servers were nice/friendly

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Server forgot all appetizers, hot sauce bottles not proportioned to serve & heaters were turned off halfway through our meal.

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  15. PaulaS

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a nice dinner. The service was great and we were seated by the window with a nice view of Santa Monica. A Mexican restaurant should have a few more menu options, in my opinion. The taquitos and guacamole were good. The short rib crispy taco was good. My brother ordered a beef enchilada and he didn't like it all. He said the meat was too tough and enchilada should be more melty and cheesy. The churros were delicious! They also let us order Happy Hour Margaritas to the table, not just the bar.

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  16. Micreb

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambiance was good but the food was not very good.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great and attentive service, amazing food. We shared two pizzas — one with red sauce and one without. We couldn’t pick a favorite!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, great service, I will be back. The servers were friendly and the staff made sure I was taken care of the whole time.

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  19. JS6353

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Fine service and ambiance but really bad food. totally overcooked to the point of being inedible. Other tables were complaining. I just ate the overcooked veggies and left the chicken alone. I just asked the server to let the management know. I didn’t ask for compensation or anything. Hopefully they pay attention to food quality more in the future

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered the queso fundido and crispy chicken tacos. They were both delicious.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server, Niki was amazing! The food came out expeditiously! & EVERYTHING was DELICIOUS & flavorful! Drinks were pretty strong too! 😋 The 4 of us left full & extremely satisfied!!

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  22. JonathanG

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It had been a while since we visited this establishment. It did not disappoint! The service was excellent and the food, including dessert was impeccable. The manager was gracious in making sure we were well taken care of by the staff. We will be returning.

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  23. Kooza

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A big thanks to Julie who take care of us and helped make the right choices. It was our first date after our baby’s arrival and we forgot how things work :)

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and the staff was soo friendly! Definitely 5 stars all day long!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The atmosphere was fun, the server took about 20 minutes to get to the table and another 15 min to get our cocktails out. She said they were slammed, but there was only five other tables seated in the restaurant. The food was very tasty a bit spicy, but enjoyed it very much, good vegan options. Overall, a good experience if not in a rush.

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  26. VirendraK

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was veyy happy with drinks,food,and service.thank you

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Mexican food. Service was great. Place was packed. Really enjoyed the experience.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Mexican food. Great ambience. And the tequila cart is a plus.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and drinks were amazing!! Service on the other hand was terrible. Had to ask 3 different people for chips and a soda because server wasn’t around. Also noticed food and drinks kept going to the wrong table like our food did.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time at this restaurant and it was a total vibe!! I enjoyed the food and the service was amazing!! I will definitely be back!

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  31. NikkiS

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service is always outstanding! They have a great tequila selection!

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  32. JeannetteH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My first time to dine there. It was great food however, tight quarters and limited seating. Maybe only at this location. I was expecting a little more in the table seating.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Our waiter was friendly and enthusiastic when he greeted us and took our drink order. The experience went downhill after that. He got our bar order wrong and forgot someone’s drink completely. Appetizers arrived before drinks and we had to chase the waiter down to remind him about the missing drink. The entrees came out quickly but the quality of the food was poor. The enchilada trio (lobster and shrimp, chicken and beef) was terrible. The seafood enchilada was filled with tiny bits of something that did not resemble or taste like shrimp or lobster. The beef and chicken were filled with a pile of mushy meat. The chicken fajitas were not tasty either. Sides of rice & beans came out cold. The only dish with seasoning was the salsa and chips (which they charge for-usually complimentary) and the salsa was super spicy. All in all not an enjoyable experience. This was not my first time at Red O but many years have passed since my earlier visits. Back then the ambience was better-fun crowd, nice decor and much much better food. This place makes Chili’s and Chipotle taste like fine dining.

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  34. KimberlyS

    New York City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Happy hour appetizers were great. Entrees not so much. My dish was drenched in oil. It settled in a pool at the bottom of the plate. It just wasn’t good at all. Service was great though and so was the location.

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  35. Sasha13

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This mexican food restaurant has delicious margaritas and a variety of dishes for all. As I recommend to all restaurants to have more vegetarian options but my friends love it.

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  36. HarryH

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I thoroughly enjoyed Red O Cantina. The food and drinks were amazing. We would enthusiastically recommend Red O Cantina to anyone looking for great food, beverages (the Cadillac Margarita was the best I've had anywhere), service, and ambience.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Food was yummy and the live DJ was awsome.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    La experiencia fue BUENA! La pasamos muy bien. La comida fue normal.

    1 person found this helpful

  39. KarinaG

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pasamos la noche de Año Nuevo y fue INMEJORABLE! TODO PERFECTO! Gran ambiente, la comida deliciosa, el servicio muy oportuno, y está justo en la esquina para entrar al Pier de Santa Monica. Volvería sin dudarlo.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The welcoming statement was that we need to ‘be done in 90min’. There was plenty of seating available though. More disappointing was the noise. Few clients had to change tables.

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FAQs

RED O Cantina - Santa Monica offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 458-1600.

RED O Cantina - Santa Monica is rated 4.2 stars by 807 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for RED O Cantina - Santa Monica

1541 Ocean Avenue, Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Colorado
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Mexican, Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet is available in front of the restaurant for a nominal charge. Parking is also available nearby at the Santa Monica public parking structures.
  • Public transit
    RED O Cantina is walking distance from Santa Monica Big Blue Bus stops and the Expo LRT stop at Downtown Santa Monica (at 4th/Colorado).
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Hugo Cruz
  • Entertainment
    Live entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (310) 458-1600
  • Private party facilities
    Genuine hospitality marks every function held in RED O Cantina. Our dedicated event director welcomes groups of 10 to 300 guests and will give personal attention to every detail of your event, from special entertainment requests to audiovisual needs. For more information, please contact:TanyaT@redorestaurant.com310.458-1600
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