RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla

4.6
1255 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.

Offers

  • Birthday Churro's are on us.

    Multiple dates available

    Wed 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

    Your birthday just got sweeter! Come celebrate and receive a complimentary Churro Platter with delicious caramel and chocolate dipping sauce.
  • Your birthday just got sweeter...

    Multiple dates available

    Sun 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Mon - Tue 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, Wed 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, Thu 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM, Fri 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM, Sat 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM

    Come celebrate and receive a complimentary Churro Platter with delicious caramel and chocolate dipping sauce.

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 1255 people are saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with great service and amazing food! Had a wonderful time :-)

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LindaW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening with excellent service and food!

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Moni
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food & service!! Great place overall to enjoy!

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vipDevotedFoodie
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Atmosphere. Amazing food and Impeccable service! What more could you ever ask for in a dining experience?! Managers fully seen and welcoming guests. It was a perfect evening meal.

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vipKevinH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and so happy we went. Service was amazing and was refreshing considering how port service has been the last year or so. Everyone was friendly but really cared about taking care of us. We went with the recommendations from Sarah and we ended up loving our meals. The sea bass was the best. Thank you all for how wonderful you all were.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and ambiance.

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Foodie
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We are regular customers at Red O, so it was disappointing when the manager and chef said they could not put Impossible Meat in our burritos ( even though they had it in the kitchen) or accommodate any aspect of our being vegetarian except give us three enchiladas for dinner. We spent a ton of money there and ultimately felt it wasn’t worth it nor did it really matter that we support the restaurant consistently.

Michael, our server, was amazing and very helpful. But, he was stymied by the upper management.
Not sure if we’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time here and it was outstanding. Excellent service, great drinks, and the food was delicious and presented well. Will definitely return.

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SeemaR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous time celebrating a friend’s birthday. The food was great, service wonderful and an all round fun night out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

IF I COULD GIVE THIS PLACE ZERO STARS I WOULD. I brought my mother here for her birthday with my my two younger siblings who are 11 and 13 years old. The restaurant was half empty and we weren’t approached for a drink order for 20 minutes (which they brought wrong). We then had to wait another 15 minutes to put in appetizers, which came out and we waited 45 MINUTES until I went up to the manager and our waitress and politely asked if she could come back to our table and take our entree order. She claimed that she “didn’t know we wanted entrees”. What does this even mean? We are here with flowers and gifts for a birthday why would we not order entrees? She then came up to our table after another 15 minutes of waiting at which point my mother was upset and asked for another waiter who would actually take care of us. We waited 15 MINUTES FOR SOMEONE TO COME UP TO US!!!! WE ASKED FOR A MANAGER 3 TIMES!!!!!!!! And then the manager came up to our table YELLING at us that “the customer isn’t always right” and he is “the highest up there is” and we need to leave the restaurant because we cussed out our waitress. I have never been kicked out of a restaurant in my life, the audacity for our waitress to claim that we cussed her out on my mother’s birthday in front of young children and forcefully removed? Ridiculous. Not to mention, the valet drew in my new Porsche with SHARPIE on the red leather!!!!!! The managers name is Mark Del Monte at the La Jolla location. HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE I WILL NEVER RETURN AND I SUGGEST YOU DONT EITHER!

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vipEricO
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our birthday luncheon was perfect. Service was great, food was delicious. We had a nice vegetarian variety as well as meat options. There are lots of vegan plates as well. The wet burrito and tortas were big and full of flavors.
We sat on the patio which was very nicely designed. Well protected from any weather.
Red O will be our first option for Mexican restaurants.

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Foodie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Make our evening very special.

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ravalic
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambience and the hospitality was amazing!!!
Food was great too!
Loved this place and would definitely recommend to my friends!

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DOZH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place amazing food service for special day

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DallasW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Noise level was LOUD, our waiter went to turn it down, but no-one cared....
We had to yell at each other, at our own table..

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vipLindaS
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

When this restaurant opened, the food was amazing. Now it seems they have cut corners. The prices are still the same, however, the quality has definitely changed. The guacamole was a soupy. Almost like the prepared frozen stuff. The salsa was like a tomato sauce.
The Red O margaritas shaken at the table before serving were outstanding. Very smooth and tasty.
Our waiter, Oscar was very attentive and helpful. Not sure we will return soon. Too many authentic Mexican restaurants in San Diego.

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

Great service!! Ricardo was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service

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vipRitaC
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are delicious. The service was very good. I love the decor and ambiance of this restaurant. Definitely will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very delicious, like always!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was wonderful! Food was delicious

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, my hubby and I came for a date night from LA. Would do it again 100%. Service was awesome, food was amazing. There is nothing I can complain about honestly, the ambient was so beautiful and calm including the outside(beautiful scenery). The food did take a bit to get to us but was worth it in the end.

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vipJanetW
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice night, lobster & prawns enchiladas terrific. Our waitress Taylor was knowledgeable & friendly.

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, everything was well prepared and very fresh tasting.

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Stephanie
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful indoor space.

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CherylA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is staying on my best restaurant list. We had such a good time! The food and drinks were great! Our server was attentive and personable. There were two in our party, and we started with the EXTRA AÑEJO tequila flight (perfect for two people to share this tasting), followed with the chicken enchiladas suizas and crisy chicken tacos dorados for dinner, and then the "just made churros" with an espresso for dessert. All were super tasty. And this restaurant is soooo pretty inside. Might not be a deal breaker for some, but for me the decor and ambiance is very important. We sat inside, in a booth, under a tree with lanterns hanging, chandeliers and assorted lighting hung throughout. It. just made me feel happy! Very clean for those with COVID concerns. We took a ride service to and from, but they have valet if you drive yourself. Overall I would give 10 stars if I could. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I was hoping for Topolobampo and Frontera Grill got Taco Bell.

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OpenTable Diner
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was personable and responsive. The decor and ambience was wonderful. The food was delicious! It was a nice date night spent with my husband.

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Rmib
Morelos
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciosa comida, soy mexicana y es muy buena felicidades al chef. Desde entradas hasta el postre todo la comida es excelente.

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CBEB
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food good, service lacking. Management having staff meeting during service hours which was distracting.

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vipShelleyS
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food has been really great last time and this time. Had really tasty enchilada suizas. was surprised because I had specifically reserved an outdoor table that when I arrived I was asked if I could be talked into a booth inside. Acted like only choice was high table on one patio but on the other patio there were ample tables spaced far apart with few diners and I didn't know why we couldn't have one of those. Because we didn't want the high chairs on the first patio which was all she would offer, we sat inside at the booth close to the patio door, but I kept wondering through the whole meal as the tables outside remained empty and inviting, why we were not invited to sit there. It couldnt have been because there were more wait people to help inside--inside there was a huge party that got all the attention, and there was a long wait to order and a long wait after that for food. I desperately needed water to take a pill but despite waiting half an hour to order and then asking for it, waiter jokily said it would come in a couple hours. Turned out that might have been true--when none came after 15 more minutes I went to the bartender who said she would take care of it--waiter then took our waters from her to a different table and I had to ask her again. Finally we got them. Food and drinks were great and staff were pleasant. I know this is a hard time but just a few things like honoring the original request for an outdoor table when many were available, getting water within 15 minutes without having to get up and ask for it multiple times, and a little more feeling that us being there wasn't a giant pain for all involved despite it not being busy would have made the experience much better.

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sarahsellsandiego
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was a bit pricey what you get.
The service was slow and disorganized.
The ambiance was nice though

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vipBillJ
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We didn’t have a good first experience at RedO. We made a reservation for a table inside but were told only patio seating was available. The service was painfully slow and our server appeared to be completely overwhelmed as we had to ask multiple times for things (like water.) Two of our four dishes were good and two were not. The lobster tail was incredibly over cooked and shrimp arrived burnt, but we couldn’t do anything as no one came to check after the food delivery. We mentioned it to the team after the meal and they made some concessions, but overall, I don’t see us returning or recommending RedO to our friends.

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vipDAS76
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak and pork chop

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vipJanet
San Diego
95 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food but always wish it could be a little quieter. Hard to talk with friends.

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michaelm
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there thanks to a nudge by Fox 5 with their BOG program. Will definitely be back!!!

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vipPointLomaPam
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious corn and goat cheese tamales and salads, and the menu had a number of great options. Will definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They raised the heat on their food and even those who love hot food found it too hot

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service was so nice and food was phenomenal

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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 1255 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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