Red O Cantina - Santa Monica

4.5
548 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
We are accepting Mother's Day reservations for May 9th, 2021.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 548 people are saying
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LaurenE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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salf
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Good food and service. Way tooooo loud.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Can’t wait to go back for food and drinks .

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vipLakers24ever
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good for birthday. Very loud though. Service is good.

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vipAMAZING
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an awesome dining experience with my family. The food and service were top notch and delicious.

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vipDejabree1
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience I’ve had in awhile. Everything was excellent. Waitress Nicki was awesome attentive and very helpful.

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vipEileenK
Cleveland
42 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. I will go back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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.

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Fussydiner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server…great food…noise level can be high. Interesting people watching as they walk down from the pier.

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MelissaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go with friends and grab something to eat and drink

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VictoriaL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was excellent

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Roemart
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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!

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vipPercitaM
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican food ever! Valerie was exceptionally wonderful. Her customer service was fantastic! I will be back often.

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NiyaM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant surpassed my expectations the food was great and the service was phenomenal! I will definitely return for another great experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It was a nice experience

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vipRocky
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best Mexican food I have had in a long time. Maybe it’s the best in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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

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BrianD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere! Highly recommend.

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day

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shabba
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was great, our server was great!

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vipDebrahJ
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place! Great service, delicious cocktails and good food. Will be back.

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RobertH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and the sangria was fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Elote is corn on the cob lol, our server didn’t explain items well on the menu

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vipNYCMSL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were very good!

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vipJulieH
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Bring your appetites and thirst - great margaritas.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Perfect space for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My uncles 50th birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day lunch with my wife and daughter was great thanks you

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DenitaT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food Great drinks excellent customer service

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 4.5 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.

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