RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla

4.5
1464 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.
  • Collect 1,000 bonus points

    Sun 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM, Mon - Fri 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

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 1464 people are saying
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JenniferC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SandyC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous decor, attentive, unobtrusive service, and the food was sublime. Loved my cauliflower risotto; everything presented beautifully. Plantains are a must!!! Fabulous.

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vipYolo
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Good service and atmosphere but the food was very average. It is too expensive for the average quality of the food.

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JaneA
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Server brought me the wrong drink two times, food was mediocre at best…. Not worth the money at all

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vipMalcolmA
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food. Expensive. Beautiful decor.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from when we walked in the door. Our server, Brenden, was so friendly and accommodating. We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. Thank you!

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CarlaP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend had never been here before. He really enjoyed it!

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vipPADiner
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Really, really good margaritas, especially the skinny one that uses real lime juice instead of overly sweet packaged mix. The food was generally good too, although the sides of refried beans and Spanish rice were not up to the quality of the guacamole or fish tacos.

The canned music was too loud, too bad because otherwise the ambiance was fine.

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ArsolaF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was good but the drinks were way too overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great service was great!

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melv
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!

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GinnyT
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out server, Brandon, was outstanding! He had great recommendations for us and our dinner was wonderful.

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ReginaldP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere!

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vipIslandgirlK
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very energetic place. The downfall was the lobster and shrimp Chile relleno, it was filled with corn, there may have been two pieces of lobster and shrimp in it and the tacos were disappointing and lacked flavor but thank goodness for the extra salsa, which was really good.

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DaleneM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food is so delicious! I am going to recommend this restaurant to friends. My only complaint was I did have to ask our server 3 different times for a glass of water before I finally asked another server and got it but they were all very busy and overall great experience.

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vipMoonpatricia
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter's birthday and we had a blast!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fun and the food was great. Loved the ambiance and music!

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Patricia
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The ambiance is great and the overall experience was pleasant. I found some items to be a bit overpriced for their quality but I would consider dining there again.

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SusieD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cassie was great!

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vipleighd
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Vibe in restaurant was great. Would recommend!

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vipGardr
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Vibe there is great and our waiter, Jorge was on top of everything!

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EN510
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food was not impressive and over priced for the quality

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LuisB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant, workers and the food met all my expectations. I was o my god I wish Tucson, Arizona had a Red O Taste of Mexico restaurant in town. I would take my family couple of times a month for dinner and brunch. The only recent I travel to San Diego was for the opportunity to taste their food and they did not disappoint at all!

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vipMathew
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good service. Exciting environment. Tasty food. Small mixup with order was graciously corrected. We’ll return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awsome from valet at entrance to the dessert butter cake. DJ played nice music and the waiter Jorge was great!

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BillG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

I made reservations for three, two friends from out of town and I. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous and seemed like a great pick. The restaurant seemed reasonably busy for a Saturday night. With reservations it took ten minutes to get seated, another fifteen to bring a menu another fifteen to place order of drinks, another fifteen to receive drinks and order appetizer and you can see where I'm going with this. Some waits were as long as 30 minutes to actually get the main meal after we had finished appetizers. Waitress and servers were courteous and apologetic each time. Food was good. Margarita pitcher was watered down probably from melted ice. Would not recommend unless you have tons of conversation with your party and don't mind long waits. Arrived at 7pm and left at 10:30pm not by choice.

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davidw
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Probably shouldn’t have gone on Friday night. Had a reservation. Nice atmosphere, nice people.

Very busy. Slow service, not that attentive. Waiter was nice but vanished for a half hour. Should have checked on drinks, etc.

Good food, and high quality, but some dishes not hot. Expensive, but I knew that. Nice experience, but nothing exceptional. Probably won’t return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and ambiance

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KSOLT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't had a memorable restaurant experience in years. That definitely changed last night. Everything was perfect! The food and the drinks were so good, it is 100% worth the price. The waiter was so friendly and personable. I cannot wait to go back.

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vipDebbieM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for a great price. Beautiful restaurant and great service.

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KansasCityKid
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Good service. Lovely restaurant. Menu was good and options numerous. Had the steak/shrimp fajitas. Entree was good but not outstanding. I'd eat here again if there weren't some better restaurants in this category very close to this location.

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timinsandiego
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding and there is a great variety of selections to choose from. Service is as good as it gets. Music is a little loud.

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Marj
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was attentive. We were seated in the patio.
The noise level was a major factor
in our total experience.
Dinner at a fine dining restaurant should not be a shouting match across the table.
The suzita chicken enchiladas were fabulous. My husband was very pleased with the succulent Chile relleno.

We live very close by. Wishing for a real adjustment on music volume!
Marj in UC

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RandyP
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there. We arrived around 3:15pm and found that it was happy hour, so we were able to sample a number of items. The wait staff was awesome...especially Demi. She was just delightful. The chicken casadilla was good. The carnita taco was delicious. But the short rib crispy taco was absolutely mind blowing delicious. We will most definitely be returning soon. I have to try the Crab and Lobster Enchalada.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved a lunch table for our anniversary. We were greeted with Happy Anniversary on check in. Immediately upon seating we were provided two glasses of champagne. The sangria is outstanding as are the craft drinks.The food is very well prepared with all fresh ingredients. Had the shrimp ceviche, lobster eggs Benedict snd enchiladas suizas. Everything was very good. The service is among the best we’ve had in the city. We will most definitely be back.

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Went for business dinner with 10 people. Waiter said it was ''policy" to not allow more than 4 cards/party.
Beverage service initially quick. Proffered 2nd round for some was ordered at delivery of main entree. Beverages (beer, wine) arrived after desert was finished.
After much negotiation with one management person on duty on a Friday night (Beverage manager; general manager not on duty) waiter returned with 4 separate checks which had completely mix and matched many dinners on several checks.
Beverage manager seen behind bar making fun of situation.
Overall poor management practices, staff training, and concern for guests. We felt sorry for poor waiter who was caught in the middle between an unresponsive, inappropriate middle management person, and poorly served increasingly dissatisfied group of customers.
Red O started off with a good impression, yet seized defeat from the jaws of victory by placing the customer last. Symptoms of poor management training and oversight.

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JayneS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

The food was terrible, especially for the money. The service was terrible. Our waiter was non existent for the majority of the meal. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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vipOliverKC
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was good. The music is too loud. We ate in the outdoors area where it is not as loud. Indoors is too loud to carry on a conversation. Please stop the overwhelmingly loud music.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Server was awkwardly pushing a $50 margarita and not listening to our orders.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Red O

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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 1464 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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