RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla

4.7
1162 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 1162 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.7
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely vibe, wine, food, service

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vipGayle
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The happy hour menu items were excellent, interesting and tasty. We also ordered from the main dinner menu and enjoyed the trio of enchiladas. Honestly, we almost didn't order from the main menu - what a mistake that would have been. The enchiladas were amazing! Highly recommended! Our waitress was great and funny and just the right amount of attentive. We will be going back and taking others in our family to share the great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for work meetings during lunch as it was not noisy and you could hear each other speak. Food was great as always.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food and service were great, however, the food took an incredibly don’t time to be served. Appetizers took around 45 minutes. Great place but needs faster serving times.

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vipJulie
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food is always so delicious. We loved it all. Happy hour is such a value. Even the margaritas for $10 were spectacular.

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vipMelissaB
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch, great environment!

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AbdullahN
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Martin is amazing, the food was delicious and the service was great. It's one of my favorite restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibe & food there is impeccable! The service was great, had reservations at 8 & they were running a bit behind so we had to wait a bit, manager came out & gave us complimentary champagne for the inconvenience. Food was 10/10 as well as drinks, overall a great restaurant!

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food was disappointing. My first thought was tourist food, instead of good Mexican cuisine. Nothing was bad. It came out timely. It was warm and nicely presented. Everyone did a great job. I liked the selection on the menu and had a hard time deciding between three attractive items. Unfortunately the chips were a little stale. The salsa was very tomato pasty. I had the waiter recommended lobster and shrimp enchiladas, but they were overly sweet, like they added a bunch of sugar to the tomatillo sauce. I needed to put a lot of refried beans and rice on it to dilute the sweetness and give it some flavor. My wife had the tortilla soup and the corn and goat cheese tamales. She said her food was also bland and the corn masa in the tamales was not up to par. They put a lot into the atmosphere. Unfortunately the night-clubesque nature of it all isn't our cup of tequila. They really need a new chef that can bring out the authenticity of the flavors represented in the selections on their menu. There are too many other great Mexican food options in SD. We won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great ! We ordered the lobster and steak .

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was amazing. Detailed from the ambiance to the menu. Food was spectacular and service was even better!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed my Birthday dinner at this place

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vipBrad
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Service was great. Food was average. Noise and music was so loud it was hard to talk. We will never come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t express how amazing it is to be able to dine indoors again! I made a reservation to Red O for my husbands birthday and we had such a good time. We liked that they took their time in between ordering apps and entrees which gave us time to enjoy the apps and talk to each other and savor the moment. The food was great quality, clean and prepared well. Our waitress was professional and sweet. So awesome to get that little bit of normalcy back!

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Alex
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was just okay. The person waiting on our table had a weird thing where they wanted to bring appetizer before taking our entre order. We had been fasting all day because of Ramadan and wanted to order our food as quick as possible. The ambiance was nice, but overall I felt that you’re paying for the atmosphere, the food itself was just okay. Also didn’t appreciate sitting on the patio on a cold night, heaters were on, but we were right by the glass and you could feel the outside air and even a few droplets of rain.

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SDFamilyof5
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

RED O was mediocre at best. The chips came out stale (how is that possible?), the fajitas were bland (we had the chicken and steak combo and both were flavorless), and the drinks were meh (not the worst margarita I've had but definitely in the bottom, and the Old Fashioned came out without any garnishes, which I've never seen before). The service was ok but not great. Since it was a birthday dinner, the overall experience was very disappointing. We will definitely not be going back.

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vipFrancy
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good for a big party celebration or drinks, the actual food is just okay.

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VeronicaM
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Other than the fact that the music was too loud for easy conversation, the experience was excellent!

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Luvfood
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always yummy & on point. My fave is the ahi tartare - crazy good. Great service. Beautiful patio.

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East
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Red O La Jolla is outstanding. Love the decor! Recommending to all our friends and family!

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vipValeber
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, ambiance and service....

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BellaA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service !!

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WifeyC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Normally love our experience at red os. Normally love the food.
We went for appetizer and dessert for a very quick evening. The waiter seemed frustrated we didn’t order more.
The carnitas empanadas are my fave but they were Luke warm.
The butter cake is a rave. But it was burnt and over cooked on top.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I remembered my host name I would mention her but she did an amazing job catering the table. She answered all questions as a host should and ensured refills were made prior to any request. Great experience and thank you for the Tres Leche cake as a birthday dessert! Very impressed and pleased with the service.

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Crystal
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was bad. Luckily, the manager or other server started helping us which made the visit better. One of our orders did not come out so when we told our new server, he took it off and gave us a complimentary dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican food by far.

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vipSLYRC
Phoenix
68 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu and food selection too. Server was very attentive and super nice. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb experience

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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Louis
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning outdoor patio dining. Great shareable plates as well as excellent service and notable wines to enhance our experience. This place is a must visit.

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Koalaty1
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoying a girl’s night catching up and also celebrating a new baby on the way

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BobF
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best goat cheese tamale, only rivaled
By their perfect salsa.

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vipKenH
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a great Birthday Dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Bob and Olivia at the bar were fantastic servers during our date lunch. The hostess was slow and not very good. The food was delicious. Love the decor.

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vipIvanV
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavorful dishes on what is a unique take on what is traditional.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious oysters, fondido, and drinks. The waiter gave us our time and space. I asked for a quiet corner since it was our anniversary and they totally accommodated. We had lamb, salmon and the chili relleno. Everything was so good!

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vipArmani
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic authentic with a twist Mexican cuisine. Great tequila selection. Super friendly server and wait staff.

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MikeB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We have always had a good meal and experience at red o. This time it seemed the music was louder than before. I don't mind music in the background, but when you have to talk loud to be heard it is a bit too much. Could just have been getting back to having quests indoors. Overall good meal and great service

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was awesome!

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Sunny1
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Too loud to talk amongst ourselves.
Food was bland and came out so fast that it couldn't have been made to order.
Patio seating was very cold.

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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 4.7 stars by 1162 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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