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RED O Cantina - Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

RED O Cantina - Santa Monica

4.0
4
659 Reviews
$31 to $50
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

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 458-1600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sabrina Vicerra

  • 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: STACIE NISHIKAWA GARCIA, Director of Events SantaMonica@redorestaurant.com 310.498.7850

  • 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, Gender Neutral Restroom, 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

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What 659 people are saying

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omg this place is BOMBBBBB and customer service is amazing. I had a great time last night and would definitely come again and recommend everyone go there 🤍
  2. SB

    StaceyB

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    They initially try to seat us at a horrible table. Thr table was pushed in a corner next to a pole they divded the table. We asked to be seated at another table, they honored our request. The new table was much better. Our waitress was really nice and attentative. The food was good, but not what I expected. The drinks were GREAT!
  3. JB

    JayB

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibes
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a blissful dinner! Jesus was an amazing waiter.
  5. AS

    AprilS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was just mediocre and not worth it. The bathrooms were dirty and not kept up.
  6. RS

    RobertS

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nice atmosphere and close to the water. Food was good and service was ok.
  7. G

    Gracie

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience1
    We were so close to the table next to us and right next to the kitchen so there was always someone walking by yelling “corner”. The line to check in was insane and the managers filling in at the front had no idea what was going on. The drinks were good but this was way over priced for the experience. There are way better places to try in Santa Monica for much cheaper
  8. H

    Horst

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It was an beautifull evening in an fantastic restaurant. The service was great and the tequila was a nice experiance.
  9. JH

    JasonH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Food is so so. Good for tourists because of the view.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    nice atmosphere, rude server i got the hard shell rib tacos and the shell was stale tasting, i told my server about it and he was somewhat rude and my friend had to tell him to let me get something else so i tried the racos soft, those were very good
  11. PH

    PatriciaH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Greatest enchiladas I’ve ever had ! Margaritas are tasty and service is good love this place !!
  12. c

    cttroon

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience2
    Food was quite disappointing. Nothing was very good. Nice waiter who was attentive. Very loud atmosphere. I won’t be back.
  13. RQ

    RobQ

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall1food2service5ambience1
    Unbelievably noisy. You could not even talk to each other. Made it so unpleasant
  14. BG

    007BondGuy007

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Seems like a bit more on the festive side. It’s a little loud because it’s a busy place by the beach. I’d suggest get the beef or chicken enchilada. I wasn’t too fond of the seafood enchilada part of the trio. The Mangonada was was great and so was the beef quesadilla. I’d suggest try going with a fun / festive group of friends to maximize enjoyment here.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    1. Beans and rice were okay out of my plate 2. Nothing to talk about 3. Food was not terrible but not great 4. Expected to be wow. Nope
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    I eat out 5 days a week but I rarely write reviews. Mostly cause food in LA is so delicious wherever you go that it’s barely worth mentioning any more. You just take it for granted. And because “exceptional” has become the norm, only “exceptionally poor” is worth writing about. And this was the case with RedO. I booked RedO for a dinner with family who were visiting from out of town. It was their first visit to LA and I wanted them to have a really special experience, and a worthy introduction to high quality Mexican food. Remembering a very elegant meal at RedO in West Hollywood years ago, I confidently booked the restaurant. Unfortunately the place and the food were nothing like what I remembered. The look and feel was that of a Mexican fast food chain, and the food was little better than the nachos with cheese sauce you can buy at the movie theater. Even the margaritas tasted like they were made with a ready mix from the supermarket. The staff was friendly enough I guess but impersonal and with the annoying upbeat temperament of a cheerleader on a basketball court. “Aggressive” is what my family called them. And the prices - expensive as everywhere - but not worth it. Save yourself the experience and go to Blue Plato Taco next door.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    The food was amazing per usual! Our “go to” Red O is Newport Beach but we were In the area so we ended up at Red O Santa Monica. Food was delicious per usual. Service was a different story. We have NEVER experienced bad or mediocre service at Red O, EVER! I expect the best service along with the best food with those prices. We truly enjoy to wine & dine, per my Open Table Account. To date, I have never given a bad review, however, This service was terrible. There was no emotion, good or bad, in a waitress at Red O Santa Monica. She was just there. We had to wave her down for service or simply spent our time asking for help from other waiters & busboys who worked harder and more efficiently than our waitress. I was truly disappointed by my experience at Red O Santa Monica. There is no doubt that we would have consumed more if our waitress would have been more attentive and acted accordingly with her customers/tables. I wish Red O Santa Monica the best, but I will stick to my usual, Red O Newport Beach. I do have to say, Red O, whether Newport Beach or Santa Monica, should be CONSISTENT. I blame management, over all.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Il locale è davvero molto carino e il personale è cortese, disponibile e competente, c’è un ampia scelta di prodotti oltre che di carni internazionali. Peccato che la nostra è arrivata eccessivamente cotta nonostante l’avessimo chiesta di cottura medio/sangue ma a differenza di altre steakhouse la carne è cotta alla brace senza aggiunta di grassi. Il prezzo in linea con la media, è una steakhouse di buon livello e quindi sicuramente non sono bassi. Perciò consigliatissimo.
  19. MH

    MoHo

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Order the dessert spread. We got the tres leches, churros and chocolate lava cake. It was phenomenal.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Decent size servings and tasty food. We ordered shrimp ceviche and surf and turf burrito bowls. Also ordered the cucumber margherita pitchers which were pricy BUT you got about 4 - 5 drinks per person and there were two of us. Not a bad deal but if you plan to get your drink on. Great for bigger parties for sure. Very nice ambiance. Service was good. Would definitely go back
  21. C

    Claudia

    Miami

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service were excellent. It is very loud, difficult to talk.
  22. AU

    ArnulfoU

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Menu seems limited from what I remember Back in West Hollywood Location Rick Bayless must not be part of it anymore Food is ok, Very overpriced Don’t Mind spending The money if it was unique and innovative While giving Mexican Food the respect it deserves
  23. L

    Ladybug

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Have been here many times. The food is consistently fabulous and I love all the non-traditional Mexican food options on the menu such as the many seafood dishes. Menu great, service very good and good value. Will definitely be back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was Amazing. Food was really tasty. Will totally go back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Pretty terrible. Skip it.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was good. Music level a little noisy. Service A+++
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good service, cute ambiance, and delicious food!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited for brunch on a Saturday around noon. The food and drinks were great! But most importantly, the service was excellent. The staff is friendly and very attentive. We will be back!
  29. MJ

    MisJay

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun environment! We love to come here. Food and drinks are always on point.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food was uncooked and raw
  31. SB

    ShannonB

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Margaritas, steak nachos and especially the service were outstanding!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Evie was the best! The margaritas and fajitas were fabulous!
  33. r

    randyl

    Los Angeles

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    We went for brunch to celebrate a birthday, party of 5, we were seated immediately, table right on Ocean Ave with a terrific breeze. Service was good. The food was disappointing. With all of the accolades given to chef Rick Bayless we had high expectations. I had the the chiliquillesand I’ve had better at your average Mexican restaurant. My daughter had a breakfast burrito and was stuffed with mostly potatoes. My wife had the pancakes with bacon. The bacon came out way undercooked. When it was returned; she gave me a piece to try and it barely tasted like bacon. My son had the filet mignon tacos which were expensive and was cooked well done versus the medium he ordered. I can only speak to the bruch food but was underwhelming l Red O margarita was good.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    There was a hair in my food. The pork belly bites were delicious tho. We got a sister so late after being sat we saw another family with four instead of two get their appetizers before we got a waiter . Manager wanted to say the hair was nylon. Just low experience for the good food it sucks.
  35. AC

    AllanC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Years ago Red O was an upscale Mexican Restaurant serving high quality food. Now, it is on the level of El Torito but more expensive because it is located in a touristy part of Santa Monica. I will not dine there in the future.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We waited for 15 minutes for anyone to talk to us, food is terrible. Never going back
  37. OT

    OpenTableDiner

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Good food, mediocre service and they charge for the chips and salsa.
  38. CM

    CMC777

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The restaurant was overextended due to Father's Day. Our watress kept apologizing for the kitchen being backed up. We received a free dessert for all the inconvenience. The butter cake was DELICIOUS!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience4
    Kayla was the sweetest and she was on top of her game the entire time! All the food she recommended was great. I just don’t like corn tortillas I prefer flour. But overall it was nice!
  40. AA

    AlvaroA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience1
    Music is not great. Mexican restaurant but with rock,pop. What?!!!!!!No servers with no customer service. They have attitude like we are a bother.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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 stars by 659 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
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 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–1:00 pm Dinner Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • 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, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sabrina Vicerra

  • Entertainment

    Live entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, 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: STACIE NISHIKAWA GARCIA, Director of Events SantaMonica@redorestaurant.com 310.498.7850

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