RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla

4.5
1574 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Dining at RED O is an experience like no other that offers a unique combination of Prime Steak and Seafood with Rick Bayless’ signature Mexican inspired influences. With sustainably sourced and local ingredients, RED O creates flavorful dishes true to the authentic flavors of Mexico. RED O’s team of friendly employees creates a welcoming atmosphere that parallels the luxury resort interior of the restaurant. RED O also features an impressive bar and lounge where you’ll find specialty cocktails, an extensive tequila list and an award winning wine list. The bar also offers Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. daily.

Experiences

  • Taco Tuesday @ RED O "Taste of Mexico"

    Multiple dates available

    Indulge in RED O's elevated Mexican cuisine with $4 made-from-scratch tacos every Taco Tuesday available in the bar, lounge, and dining room. Enjoy Happy Hour at the bar from 3pm – 6pm with energizing music and specialty craft cocktails. This local’s secret is not to be missed!
  • Wine Wednesday 🍷 No Corkage + 50% Off

    Multiple dates available

    Indulge in RED O's award-winning wine list and enjoy our Wine Wednesday promotion offering Zero Corkage Fee & 50% Off Select Wines by the Bottle for all dining customers.
  • 🍾 Bottomless Brunch | Sat & Sun

    Multiple dates available

    Indulge in RED O's savory Mexican Brunch from 11am - 3pm every weekend. Enjoy our "Cheers to the Weekend" Bottomless Brunch offering for $25 per person which includes Mimosa's, Red or White Sangrias, and Bloody Mary's. Pro Tip: You can switch between your brunch cocktails at no additional charge.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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 1574 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relatively quiet and relaxing evening last night with excellent service. The food was fantastic as usual. Love the La Jolla location. Definitely a different vibe than the Newport location, but the same great service.

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Changuis
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, our server was very pleasant.

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FrankP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We love ur restaurant, service and food & r many times repeat patrons, but last night music was sooooo loud one could not hear any conversation & lights a way too dark in the dining room!

Carnitas taco - place on several paper napkins to absorb the juice to avoid the corn taco from being totally soggy!

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ElizabethM
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with family to celebrate our anniversary. Service was great. Even provided us with champagne toast for the table and a desert!

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vipchefbobcat
San Diego
164 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our first visit to RED O since the day we had lunch when they first opened. It was a memorable evening in many wrong ways. Even though the menu prices are not as expensive as Javier's, the quality, flavor, and presentation are lacking. Also, they do not charge a reasonable price for their cocktails. Also, our server talked extremely fast while wearing a mask and that made it hard to understand what he was saying.

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vipAllisonH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a date night with phenomenal service and a fun atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, fabulous service and delicious food. What more. Could you want!

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SDWineTraveler
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the aguachile shrimp appetizer! The braised pork bowl was very good as well. Overall expert was very nice and I look forward to visiting again.

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JuniorV
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall1food3service1ambience3

For the price you pay you would think they would do something special for your birthday and NOTHING was even done and I mean NOTHING! Not even a simple happy birthday! Food was ok. Our server was good. I would not dine here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and Amazing food per usual!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service; Exactly what I expect and they delivered!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall2food4service3ambience5

Overall food is good but the bathroom was disgusting and our server was very low energy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing - Had the best time with friends. Food was delicious oh & that dessert platter 🤤

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EstrellaTam
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and Brandon took great care of us, the Mariachi was awesome and the food prices were very reasonable, we’ll be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent just perfect

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AmberS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for New Years and had a great time. Great service

MM
MonaM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was a perfect place to celebrate New Year's Eve. The decorations and lighting created a lovely ambiance; the service was excellent, and the food was outstanding, We had a loster dinner with additional courses of Caesar salad, squash soup,and Mexican street corn. Each of the servings was more than ample for two people; in fact we took leftovers home with us. A great dining experience!

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Beth
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service, tasty cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The place is beautiful. The food is okay only because they put in my order wrong and had to wait 10-15 more minutes while my partner already has his food but waited for mime to come out. But since they rushed it my salmon was overcooked and very charred. I did finish my plate only because i did not want it to go to waste. Then once we finished we waited 20 more minutes for our server to come back and ask us for dessert it seemed he was overwhelmed with the tables. Overall it wasn’t the most pleasant experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I choose Red ⭕️ to celebrate my birthday because I’ve never been there before. I Ordered the fajita half chicken and shrimp. The chicken was very dry. Happy Birthday writing was melting and the waiter was not properly wearing his mask 😷. The inside of the restaurant was very well decorated but the ladies restroom was something else. The toilet wouldn’t properly flash even at my 2nd try. I’m kinda disappointed 😔

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viplola777
San Diego
71 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Red O is amazing and a great place for a romantic dinner or a business lunch. We have visited several times and have been very happy each time. The decor inside the restaurant is a combination of greenery and beautiful lights. The outside patio has a huge fireplace with tables next to it. We had the enchiladas suiza and the crispy dorado short rib tacos. Both dishes were excellent. We would highly recommend.

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YanZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red O completely changed my expectations and perceptions about Mexican food restaurant. Living in southern California, I have been to many Mexican food restaurants. Usually it is a casual.place with great food and friendly service. While Red.O serves great food, it is upscale. Definitely the.most upscale Mexican food restaurant that my friends and I have been to. My friends are from Texas. Mexican food is nothing new to them. But the Red O experience was definitely above and beyond everyone's expectation and sets a new high.

Definitely recommending this place to friends for special occasions. You will give your guests a great impression.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic in quality. Service was also very good. The decor of the restaurant was upscale, very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing dining experience. Food is extraordinary and the service is next to none.

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Ashp
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the Ambience. Drinks were served very late, but the waiter was very polite.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Love the atmosphere, parking is free with validation in the garage. Our server wasn’t very friendly but other than that it was great!

MT
1MoreThingAboutSD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Comfortable seats, great food and excellent service. Several staff members had dirty shirts, probably from handling food. Would like to make sure there is enough staff so its a safe environment to work in. I made sure I tipped extra so that my appreciation was communicated. Can't wait to try their breakfast items with friends. Even though it was indoor seating, it is such a large space it felt outdoors and great views of the water feature and UTC mall.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner. Food was great and beautiful atmosphere

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vipMarywag
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my first time eating at Red O. Definitely not my last. The food was absolutely delicious. I had that Trios enchiladas, One chicken, one lobster shrimp and one short rib. Yummy!!! The service was fantastic. And the margaritas were absolutely yummy. I can’t wait to go back again. Yes it is expensive. But I think it’s worth it, a special treat.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food is fantastic. Our server was a bit cringy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing!!!!! The ambience and atmosphere are fantastic. The food is amazing, the service is excellent. I will be back soon. I can’t believe I didn’t hear about this hidden gem located across the street from UTC mall before now.

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vipSDdiner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall1food4service4ambience3

I've been to Red O many times before and have really enjoyed it. My issue with the last visit was that no one working there was masked. Not the hostess, the servers, or anyone working in the kitchen. When I asked the hostess about it, she said, "The manager said we didn't have to." This is in direct violation of CA law and good health practices. I will not be back if patrons must risk their health to eat at the restaurant.

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MonicaK
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All staff were friendly, welcoming and efficient. Food was great. Loved the ambience - beautiful and serene. Felt Covid safe.

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vipLuis
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Christmas dinner with the family. Great place, great ambience. Thanks again!

MB
MarlenneB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was seriously amazing. Everyone was really attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was really poor and the alcohol was so expensive

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DonW
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good and well presented. The cocktails tasted good and were attractive.
Ambiance was nice, although there were a lot of kids at tables near us. Red O brought us a small complimentary dessert for my girlfriend because it was her birthday. Validated parking is available in the garage, and was about 100 foot walk. My only complaint was none of the staff were wearing masks, even though it's currently a state law, and we are in the middle of a rapid surge of COVID infections.

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GotoNakato
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying this place. Amazing!

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MarGuz
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent from start to sitting, great personnel. The service was excellent, the recommendation from our server was assertive. The ceviche was delicious, the sauce was outstanding, the food for my son was great! 👏. Must try place. Atmosphere very comfortable.

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Mike
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our second time here and it was okay, the only thing that was not okay for a nice restaurant like this is that they brought us soup spoons for our trio dessert. Since according to the server they didn’t have dessert spoons available. For a restaurant of this caliber you think that they should have all this little things on point. He did apologize when he brought the spoons, but to me it just not the right thing to do. But other than that, food was great.

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You can order delivery directly from RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla using the Order Online button. RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 291-8360.

RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla is rated 4.5 stars by 1574 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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