RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla

4.6
1507 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

  • 5pm Seating | New Years Eve

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Elevate your NYE by ringing in 2022 with our chef’s scratch-made Mexican cuisine, interactive cocktails, and special entertainment at all RED O locations. Within each of our resort-inspired venues, our ambiance serves as the perfect escape to transition into the New Year by immersing yourself in some of the best hospitality in Southern California. Three Seatings Times (5 - 7 - 9/10) | Full Menu Available | Entertainment | Reservations Highly Recommended
  • 7pm Seating | New Years Eve

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Elevate your NYE by ringing in 2022 with our chef’s scratch-made Mexican cuisine, interactive cocktails, and special entertainment at all RED O locations. Within each of our resort-inspired venues, our ambiance serves as the perfect escape to transition into the New Year by immersing yourself in some of the best hospitality in Southern California. Three Seatings Times (5 - 7 - 9/10) | Full Menu Available | Entertainment | Reservations Highly Recommended
  • 9pm/10pm | New Years Eve

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Elevate your NYE by ringing in 2022 with our chef’s scratch-made Mexican cuisine, interactive cocktails, and special entertainment at all RED O locations. Within each of our resort-inspired venues, our ambiance serves as the perfect escape to transition into the New Year by immersing yourself in some of the best hospitality in Southern California. Three Seatings Times (5 - 7 - 9/10) | Full Menu Available | Entertainment | Reservations Highly Recommended

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 1507 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

dinner was fabulous! my family loved the "traditional" foods on the menu such as plantain chips but the modern twist on all the foods is what made it so delicious. we also loved that there was a virgin cocktail option for the kids so that they could feel included! the only thing we didn't love 100% was the queso as it was delicious but stringy and hard to serve with a large group. Otherwise the Quesadilla, enchiladas, ahi tuna tartare, street corn and chile relleno we're all fabulous.
The server took great care of us, especially my grandparents, and we're able to accommodate us inside despite our original deck reservation.
Would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great service

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RObertK
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, great food, everything properly cooked, all special requests remembered... very enjoyable night out. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the details of every menu offering and the even wine list . Appetizers and food arrived quickly and everything was hot. Left us time for dessert. Outdoor seating was reasonably quiet, although this might have been a reflection of a somewhat sparse crowd on a Tuesday night. Our group of 6 gets together for dinner every few weeks, and overall this was one of our best dining experiences in quite a while. Everyone commented on how pleased they were. Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I’ve always loved Red O. The atmosphere is wonderful. Easy validated self-parking is available. I thought my food was just okay for the price. My shrimp tacos were a bit greasy on the outside, and my Chillaxin drink was delicious, but much weaker than what I have had in the past. When I go back, I’ll probably just stick to happy hour. I’m not sure that the regular menu is worth the price.

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SheLaw
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

There was a huge fight that broke out. Restaurant was quiet but still service was not great. They took food from us before we were finished which I don’t like.

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DanK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beatrice was great. Outstanding service thanks!

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NicholasM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, good location, nice surroundings. Little loud, but I would recommend

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Sassy60
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

First time at Red O. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the food was fantastic. However, tough to enjoy the evening when you have to yell at each other because the DJ plays the music so loud.

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vipjorgeb
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent food and service. A wonderful experience.

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Marisa
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and the service was great. The ambience was spot on. What was strange for such a nice restaurant, though, was the condition of the bathrooms. It was the cheapest toilet paper. I haven't been in a porta potty in ages, but it was that cheap and almost see through. It smelled weird. One of the paper towel dispensers was empty. The counters were yellowing from water stains. I just can't believe a place that nice would have such a burger chain bathroom.

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Mari
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful venue with good food.
Overall costly, but affordable happy hour

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gregL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was heavily salted, service was slow but friendly.

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viplola777
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Red O Taste if Mexico. We took customers for a business lunch. We sat outside next to the fireplace. The service was excellent and the food was fantastic. Everyone raved about how much they enjoyed their meals. Highly recommend and will return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Brandon went out of his way to ensure we had a good experience.

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Jenn
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Our server left us sitting there with our menus for a very long time. After taking our drink order he didn’t return with drinks for over 10 minutes and we had to ask another server for the waters we ordered.

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AlvildaJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Everything was okay except they seated us at a small table I don't like that because I'm a big person and need room to move and we seemed rushed to hurry up and eat and get out asap really now?? We are a paying customer unacceptable

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing little pricey. Service was ok. Our waitress was very pushy trying to make us get everything and wouldn’t let us decide

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MarciL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent drinks food service and the ambience was amazing ! Enjoyed our dinner definitely recommend

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vipAskDrMatt
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Date night this is awesome. Family dinner, we wont bring our kids again. had 6 adults, my 2 little kids and they slapped on 18% automatically. Had expensive wine and cocktails ($24) a piece... so adding the 18 auto was a little ridiculous. Then charged me $6 per kid per lemonade that I asked to be 50% water. Just felt nickeled and dimes for the 1st time and we are regulars.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wide variety of food choices availavlr and everything we had was excellent. Pitcher of margaritas are a nice option for larger groups.

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vipJoeT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is better then Javier’s. Not a great scene but good service.

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EricO
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red O is a delightful place to have lunch. The decor is fabulous and very upscale. The prices are reasonable and the food is delicious! I had the fish tacos which were the best fish and not too greasy. Others had the pork belly starters (best ever) and spinach, chicken, and lobster enchiladas. The flavors are rich and tasty. We are never disappointed with anything that we choose. And don’t forget the desserts!
Great place to choose for special occasions, too.

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vipRonaldS
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place exceeded our expectations based on the ambiance and great food.

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vip2beYoungForever
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service was remarkably!
Decor was absolutely beautiful.

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Rick
San Diego
84 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, well worth the price.

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MarkA
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Get the lobster enchiladas! Also the watermelon margaritas!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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vipFred
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service by Mary H and co worker. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, big smile and offered us all kinds of choices. Would want them working for me. Great tequila selections. Cerviche appetizer was great and large. Street corn just right. Shrimp tacos delicious with great depth of flavor as were the enchiladas. Guacamole was great. Too full for desert but the items offered were fabulous. Exceeded expectations

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for friends birthday. It was a lovely experience. Will go there sometime for sure 😊

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GeorgetteB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very enjoyable evening. Always a pleasure! Staff is wonderful!

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Wiggy
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful date night out, the service was fabulous and the food was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and beautiful restaurant. It was a bit loud with a DJ there but overall great experience. Vegan menu options were excellent

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing as always! Great drinks and even better food. Ambiance was good loved the music and festive vibes on Halloween eve.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Brandon, did great job, made my family feel very comfortable. Great meal but better service

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING EXPERIENCE! CANT WAIT TO GO BACK NEXT!

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Bulaklak
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was ok
But the place and service is great. I should try again at night

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bubba
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red O is a very upscale Mexican Dining Experience. It is not cheap, but the service and food are excellent.

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StevenW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Service! Great Food. Ideal location for our Special Occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zero complaints, loved everything out

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JenniferC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious dinner. From appetizers to dessert the food was really really good!

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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 4.6 stars by 1507 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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