Red O - La Jolla

4.5
653 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
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Dining at Red O is an experience like no other - offering a unique combination of Prime Steak & Seafood with Rick Bayless’ signature Mexican inspired influences. By sourcing local and sustainable ingredients Red O creates flavorful dishes with a mindset on quality while still being true to the flavors of Mexico. Red O’s team of friendly employees create a welcoming atmosphere that parallels the luxury resort interiors of the restaurant.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch
11:00am – 3pm
Dinner
Sunday – Wednesday  5pm – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday  5pm – 11pm
Weekend Brunch
Saturday & Sunday 11am -3pm
Happy Hour
Daily  3pm – 7pm
Bar Hours
11am – Late Night
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Phone number
(858) 291-8360
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Genesee Ave

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Daily 8:00PM - 11:00PM

What 653 People Are Saying
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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great atmosphere.

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JC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome experience. Excellent food and service.... Worth the drive and money... Cole our server is very friendly really good....

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LG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for SD Restaurant Week menu. Everything was excellent!

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EH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place to enjoy a private dinner for two. Wonderful food, helpful staff regarding choosing a particular wine for our dinners. Our dinner went on for 2 & 1/2 hours and the staff were attentive but not intrusive. Would definitely go again.

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WL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my coworker here for lunch to celebrate her birthday. Such a great atmosphere, great food and great service. We had the best dining experience starting with great service from the valet, the hostess and the servers. Each person we encountered was pleasant And we truly appreciated the birthday surprise for our coworker at the end! That made her day. Thanks Red O!

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IF
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed the Lobster Benedict. The sauce was a type of Mexican hollandaise that went perfectly with the dish and the potatoes. It had a slight spice to it that was bursting with flavor but didn't hurt my wimpy palate. The only thing I would improve on is the lobster could have been cooked another minute or two. The plate as a whole was outstanding though. I didn't want the flavor to stop. The service was also excellent.

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M
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose to celebrate out anniversary at Red O and it was the best choice! Our server was absolutely AMAZING!!! We knew the food was good, so the consistency was spot on. They wished ‘Had Anniversary ‘ from the hostess all the way to a free desert!!! Love it!!!

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RF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious as was the salsa with the chips. I can drink that stuff. Our waitress seemed to disappear on occasions, right when we needed something. Our timing was off.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can’t wait to go back. Such a beautifully decorated restaurant. The service was impeccable. The food is fabulous, our server Adriana was wonderful. Definitely worth 5 Stars!!!

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AS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The lunch menu on the Red O - La Jolla website was not the same as what was given to me and my guest. Not even the picture of the Red O - La Jolla restaurant on it website looked anything liked the actual restaurant. It would be helpful if information about the Red O - La Jolla restaurant would match their website.
Also, it would be extremely helpful if there was a picture of the menu items, so diners can see what they would be ordering. The server did her best to explain what to expect, but it fell short to what I thought would come to the table.
The manager was trying to turn on background music which was very loud. Something was wrong with the sound system because when she tried to turn down the volume, the music shut off. After several attempts, she just didn't play any background music. Thanks goodness. It would have been very difficult to have a conversation talking over the music.
On the plus side, the food was authentic Mexican and prepared very well. The service was spot-on.

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RB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with an upscale twist on Mexican cuisine. They have some innovative twists on traditional Mexican drinks, like the horchata cocktail and a tasty version of fideos. The enchiladas were okay, the plate itself was very generously served, but all three of the enchilada sauces were underwhelming in flavor. Tasty chips, salsa and appetizers though would make this an excellent happy hour spot.

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red O never disappoints, especially the spicy margaritas, apps, and entrees...

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RS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great - Gavin was very attentive and pleasant. The food was DELICIOUS as well as the signature margaritas!! The churros for dessert were to die for!!! We loved the atmosphere and it was quiet enough in the restaurant to actually carry on a conversation!! Our dinner was a little slow in coming so the manager told us the margaritas were on the house - very nice!!😊. We will definitely be back- we’d like to try lunch and/or brunch next time. Thank you for making our 33rd anniversary celebration so special!!

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SS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

For the quality and value, the food was on the expensive side. The customer base here is from semi casual to business. The prices should reflect that.

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d
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 9. The service was attentive, the orders were all correct and the food was good.

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AC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We went to Red O to celebrate our wedding anniversary and overall, had a nice time. The restaurant is very nice! The food, however, was a slight disappointment, in my opinion. My husband enjoyed his meal-mariscos chile relleno (he didn’t care for the sauce though). I ordered the shredded chicken tacos, primarily because it came with fried plantains and plantain chips, neither of which was on the plate I was served (nor was the crema). The server was kind enough to bring them after I brought it to her attention. Unfortunately, I had already finished one taco by the time I received the missing items, so I asked to have my leftovers boxed up. When I opened the box to eat the leftovers the next day, NO PLANTAINS! Why would they box up my leftovers, but not throw in the plantains? Not only that, when the server brought me the missing plaintains I had to ask her how they went with the dish (since I didn’t see it how it was meant to be). Just confusing to me why it was so hard to get this particular dish right. It’s going to be a while before we go back, if ever..sadly.

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A
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for a special occasion. Service is superb. The menu is diverse. Food presentation and taste was top of the line. Great wine list too!

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great, drinks are amazing.

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DR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is beautiful inside. The service was speedy and they checked on us often and picked up plates quickly. The food was OUTSTANDING. The valet was fast and they had the car ready after we texted that we were leaving. I would definitely recommend Red O.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! And we very much enjoyed our margaritas.

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BH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

There was confusion getting seated which I found rookie like Especially Given that I paid 80 bucks for two meals (fish special). I will only go back to this place for their pretty outdoor bar area with couches and comfortable seating

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B
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It's an odd place and we went there having never heard of it only because we had gone to a show and it was one of only a few places nearby that would take a 10 p.m. reservation. Our preference would have been to sit in the bar area and there was plenty of open seating there, but the music was so loud there would have been no way to hold a conversation. The menu is decent and has a fair variety, but our server had to spend two minutes explaining it. In my opinion, if a menu requires that much explanation for most diners, it needs to be somehow made either more simple, more clear, or both. Food was decent, but nothing outstanding; service was great. Overall, it felt very much like a chain dining experience.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a really enjoyable evening, loved it 😊

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EA
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very delicious. I ordered the enchiladas suizas vegetarian they were amazing! My husband ordered the cownoy steak with the chipotle sauce and he said it was the best steak he's had no complaints. For dessert we had the tres leches cake it was good. The prices were reasonable. Our server was Cole he was great very attentive and professional he made our anniversary dinner date perfect!

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TS
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food & service!

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NL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, service, and food are excellent. Having said that, I feel food and specialty drinks are overpriced, particularly the "Mexican" items (tacos, etc). So be prepared for a great, albeit expensive, dining experience. I have been told that happy hour is the time to go to avoid the high prices.

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SW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service. Beautiful decor. We will be back!

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SW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tim & Shawn we’re excellent and made us feel like valued appreciated customers. Thank you!

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BJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Had a wonderful time at Red O...beautiful restaurant and very authentic Mexican...
We ate in the bar area around the fire pits..happy hour...you will probably need to valet
park...$8...I can’t say enough how lovely the decor and good vibes you feel at Red O..
It’s fun for locals and certainly out of town guests would love it...go

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B
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was very average and service one notch above poor.

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FS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Outdoor seating was quiet and comfortable, Salsa served with the chips was fantastic. However the milanesa chicken torta was flavorless. Everything was fresh and the torta was a torta . After watching Rick Bayless on TV and finally getting to one of his restaurants I was really disappointed that the meal seemed to lack and seasoning whatsoever. They must had hidden even the salt and pepper on the person making my sandwich.

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D
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great table under the (fake) tree and I was pleasantly surprised to find this little gem in our backyard. Good service, solid food and nice ambience.

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AS
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

At 11:30 it was easy to be seated with reservations. By noon the noise level was intense. Business lunches going on everywhere. Meals for lunch seemed expensive, but then it was La Jolla. Service was good and the food was good.

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KH
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, happy hour tacos were good. Braised short rib enchiladas were very nice as well. Beautiful restaurant!

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SA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

There was something weird floating in one of our water we told the server he didn't know what it was either but he was nice about it and changed it for us and also one of the forks given to us wasn't clean. We came on a day that was not even busy at all there were only a few people there, other than that it was great experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was slow despite the place being empty. The Newport Beach location is far superior.

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R
Key West
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved our server! So often you go to a fancy restaurant with children and they are ignored. Our server went out of his way to speak to the kids and make sure they had a wonderful meal.

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NW
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to try a new place for our date night and were very happy we did. Michael was an awesome server and the food was priced right. Desserts were really good!!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Used to be my favorite place to dine, but I can tell they are trying to save money on dishes and they are different now. For example, tuna tartar which used to be amazing, but now it is more like a seaweed tartar - they almost don’t put tuna there anymore and just fill it up with seaweed. Yellowtail aguachile also changed - some vegetables added to it, it is not as good anymore. I little disappointed with the food. Hopefully they will go back to how they were.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere and decor were amazing. They went through alot of effort to make this place look amazing. Great for business dinners and events, but intimate enough for couples and such. Food was very good high end Mexican fare, drinks were an event! Highly recommended!

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