RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla

4.5
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800 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Mexican
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.

We would love the opportunity to accommodate and serve your large party. For groups of 13 or more, please contact the restaurant at 858.291.8360.

Specials

One Free Taco on Taco Tuesday

Join RED O in La Jolla directly across Westfield UTC for a Taco Tuesday unlike any other in La Jolla. Live DJ, Flair Bartending, and ONE free Taco with the purchase of a Happy Hour Margarita.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 9, 2019

Ends: November 10, 2118

Availability: Tue 6:00PM-11:30PM

What 800 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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M
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Food and cocktails were not of the quality expected. Beautiful place but not worth the price. A signature margarita was improperly made. Food was surprisingly under my minimum acceptance.

S
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quality of food is very good, but “pricey” compared to other restaurants with similar quality. Margaritas are also more expensive than other restaurants, although at the bottom of the drink menu, they did offer a house Margarita which was ok.

SD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Stopped in for a brunch with a friend.

OT
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and the ambiance is quite nice. Always a great place for drinks too after work. I love the Ribeye steak as well as the tacos. The Sommelier was terrific and can suggest the perfect bottle of wine for you at request.

YV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Loved Jose as our server as he was very attentive, knowledgeable of the menu and recommendations, bilingual so he was able to speak to my parents about menu questions...
definitely will be back because is his service and food!

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Haven’t been for a while, glad I went again. Javier’s opened nearby. Red O is better.

AB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food was a little bland and small portions. Went for a working lunch and was shocked at the lunch prices

NG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We often take business clients to RED O. The food, atmosphere, convenience to the office is fantastic.

RV
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with bottomless drinks was delicious. The service was fast, friendly, and attentive

OT
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Tonight the food was not good. The tuna tartare was so spicy very hard to eat. The special swordfish was very very ver done and dry. The service was good but food bad.

1
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Second time I've been here ... first time chicken dish was dry, second time, same thing. Menu does not list all the ingredients - had guests w/spicy and vegan issues - needs to be explicit w/ingredients. Very pricey for lunch.

CR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for NYE and it was more than I expected. So amazing. The service was outstanding. The ambiance is beautiful.

RC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is very elegant and the food was delicious. Although, New Year’s Eve food special was overpriced for what I got pork chops and veggies. Food had great flavors and the service was phenomenal. My only complaint was paying almost $50 for pork chops and veggies.

EU
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We made a 5pm dinner reservation for NYE. The restaurant and bar was decorated very nicely - the service from the moment we stepped out of our car was impeccable. The servers were attentive and the food was incredible. Great experience for first time diners. Can’t wait to go back!

LI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The hostess was sweet. Our server Galvan was outstanding. The food was pretty good, but not great. It’s a beautiful restaurant.

LS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went out with friends for a double date.
Red O is very date-worthy. A tad fancy. You can dress up a bit if you feel like it.
Although the food was delicious, it was pricy.
My portion of lobster in the Puerto Nuevo style entree was underwhelming in size, but yummy.
I would return for a special date and order a few sides, which looked amazing, instead of an entree.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner

C
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service was very very slow and they did not seem to be that busy. It took at least 25 minutes to get our drink orders.

SD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The ambiance is great! I met my sister there and when our food arrived, waiter cautioned about hot plate. He was right the plate was scorching hot, but the food was lukewarm. It was weird so I sent it back and assumed 30 seconds in a microwave. Not even close, they remade the dish and it took 14 minutes to do so and my sister was finished when mine arrived. Not cool

SW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did our Holiday dinner for our office last night. It was fantastic!!! The table set up was perfect - our waiter was wonderful and 10 out of 10 people loved the meal they chose!!!! Wonderful experience

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious , host really nice , be back for shore

N
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great meal and our server Mariah was excellent!!!

HL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RED O is a great place to meet, very convenient and the service is fantastic, great job and thank you for going above and beyond.

Best regards

Hector

J
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Red O presents w a great ambience. A nice spot for special occasion!

The main dishes in my opinion are more fushuon like approach; probably lacking the authenticity. However the dessert is tasty.l

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic elevated Mexican food coupled with an absolutely beautiful location

B
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. Will definitely return again

SD
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Recipes seems to have changed. Unfortunately for the worse. Goat cheese tamales, redO signature margarita too sweet, salsa tastes different and not as fresh. Etc etc

MT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good. Food was good. After we had finished eating we felt rushed as all the chips and salsas were immediately taken away while we were still talking. But as soon as the bill was paid the table was cleared. We did not say we were not finished but, it felt as if we had paid and were being rushed out. While we continued to sit there a while that was the last time anyone came to ask us if we needed anything. I debated heavily whether to go to Red O or Javier’s with my out of town guest. While the food and service was good while we were paying, I would probably choose Javier’s next time as I live in the neighborhood and am quite familiar with both.

J
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place. Very relaxing. One of people dinning with me said the food at Red O is better than Javiar's.

JA
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service and very good food in a nice, classy atmosphere. Our favorite high-end Mexican restaurant in San Diego.

JA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant... It is my favorite restaurant in San Diego!

K
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is very good however the portions are very small and the dishes are very expensive but quality.

MS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The upscale setting is nice as is the ambience. The food was ...ordinary. We frequently eat Mexican food as well as making it at home, so this is not a reviewer with no experience. I had the lobster and shrimp enchiladas while my partner had carnitas tacos. Everything was okay, but for the price, I was expecting to be wowed.

RM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Put some heaters outside so that people don't need to stand when they arrive at 4.45pm just before dinner

s
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

i was expecting better food quality, drinks are too expensive and poor on flavor and quality. dont see my self like a place that can't wait to come back!!!

SP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Need to get better ( more friendly girls at welcome desk)
Beside that other people are very nice 🤗

CJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great Experience! Our Waiter was amazing. We got the Surf and Turf Tablita which was one of the best meals we have had in a really long time!

a
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great service. Food was good but not outstanding. It’s pricy and parking was expensive.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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