Red O Cantina - Santa Monica
No need for reservations, walk-ins welcome all day! We look forward to serving you!
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
The service was great and the drinks and appetizers were great. My cousins had the chicken quesadilla and the lobster enchiladas, which they both loved. I had the shrimp fajitas and it didn’t seem like there was much flavor and I only was given three tortillas.
Great service and food.
Good food and service. Way tooooo loud.
Restaurant location is exceptional.
However, the food, waitstaff and noise level weren’t so great.
1. The restaurant blasts club music to an extent that the people dining together need to lean and shout to hear one another.
2. The waitstaff isn’t super helpful.
3. The food was all super spicy, even the kids guacamole had chunks of jalapeño.
I won’t return.
Great experience! Can’t wait to go back for food and drinks .
Good for birthday. Very loud though. Service is good.
I had an awesome dining experience with my family. The food and service were top notch and delicious.
Best dining experience I’ve had in awhile. Everything was excellent. Waitress Nicki was awesome attentive and very helpful.
I was very disappointed. I thought choosing a restaurant connected with Rick Bayless would be a great choice for the last night of our vacation. It was below average chain mexican food at best. The menu had nothing unique. The drinks and Churros were good. The rest of our meal was nothing special. The service also lacked. We had to track our server down. She had too many tables and could not handle it. I do not recommend this restaurant.
Amazing experience. I will go back for sure.
Incredible experience here. I’ve been to the one in Newport Beach countless of times and thought I’d give this one a try as well. I was very pleased with all aspects of the restaurant from food and drinks to the ambiance and location. Don’t come here if you want a quiet dinner! Loud and fun! Highly recommend literally any cocktail!
The food was great but our waitress seemed uninterested in servicing our table when needed. We given items we did not order2 but we took it in stride. The food saved the evening for a party of 8.
Excellent server…great food…noise level can be high. Interesting people watching as they walk down from the pier.
Great place to go with friends and grab something to eat and drink
Food was great. Service was excellent
Appetizers were outstanding so we were super disappointed when our meals came out almost flavorless. I guess you need to know what to order. Drinks were great!
The best Mexican food ever! Valerie was exceptionally wonderful. Her customer service was fantastic! I will be back often.
This restaurant surpassed my expectations the food was great and the service was phenomenal! I will definitely return for another great experience!!
It was a nice experience
It was the best Mexican food I have had in a long time. Maybe it’s the best in the city.
I love margaritas and Mexican food. I visited Santa Monica Red O looked busy all of the time. I assumed it would be fun and delicious. Two of us tried 4 different margaritas on the menu. All of which sounded delicious on paper. When it came to tasting them, they were all on the limey side. Like instant heartburn kind of limey. We also tried the bean dip, chopped salad, and chips and salsa. All we’re just ok. Nothing to write home about. I’d give it a meh at best
Great food, service, and atmosphere! Highly recommend.
We stayed in Santa Monica for a week and this place was our last stop before heading home. I’m nearly speechless as to how good everything was! 10/10 would definitely recommend! Can’t wait for our next opportunity to visit
Food was ok.. enchiladas sauce was basic.. had nachos and the steak is basic.. the shrimp in the nachos was great... Drinks was great... service was great.. my girlfriend didn't like the enchiladas, so they didn't charge us.. all on all great place, just don't or enchiladas or burrito.. they were cool, but I get better burritos and enchiladas from a hole in a wall anywhere in LA
Food was great, service was great, our server was great!
Love this place! Great service, delicious cocktails and good food. Will be back.
Gorgeous restaurant right on Ocean Drive. Food is excellent, house made guac, ceviche, Lobster Benedict with rosé wine and margaritas, perfect brunch. If you like spicy ask for a side of their habanero. Muy bien!
Food was good and the sangria was fabulous!
Elote is corn on the cob lol, our server didn’t explain items well on the menu
The food and service were very good!
Great food and atmosphere. Bring your appetites and thirst - great margaritas.
Nice atmosphere. Perfect space for a special occasion.
My uncles 50th birthday celebration
It was Mother’s Day today, staff was pretty busy. Waitress didn’t really check up on us to see if food was good, if we needed anything, etc. The male servers were actually nicer and more friendly. Ceviche was excellent, so were the chips & guac for appetizers. The enchiladas were braised short rib, but they were salty.
Overall, food and service were ok, overpriced forsure.
Service was amazing
Food was great. Only thing that was off is i thought this was a Mexican restaurant not a lounge or club. The music for me made the experience bad.
Mother’s Day lunch with my wife and daughter was great thanks you
Great food Great drinks excellent customer service
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 4.5 stars by 548 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.