RED O Taste of Mexico - Newport Beach

4.7
3684 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.

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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, the rhythmic sounds of our Resident DJ’s and more 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 | Live DJ + 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, the rhythmic sounds of our Resident DJ’s and more 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 | Live DJ + 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, the rhythmic sounds of our Resident DJ’s and more 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 | Live DJ + Entertainment | Reservations Highly Recommended

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3684 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Funnnn and lobster and shrimp enchiladas are 🔥

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from beginning to end!! Food was tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As Always Amazing!

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AlexW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great drinks . Xlnt food . We had a very nice time .

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Bruce
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Music was way to loud and club-like.

Margarita was not cold enough. Soup not hot enough.

Lamb mole was blasé.

Sea bream was good.

Will not go back again.

RED O Taste of Mexico - Newport Beach
Responded 12 hours ago

Hello Bruce, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We truly care about our guests opinions and will do our best to improve on all aspects. I hope you will give us another try in the near future! Warmest regards, Hillari Hudson| General Manager RED O Restaurant | Newport Beach

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JeneanW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, Great food & awesome ambience. Loved it!

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vipNetBoss99
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Three desert platter is enough for 6-8 people. Wonderful...if HUGE

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

So disappointing. I’ve been here several times and this was a totally different experience. Service was extremely slow and food was forgotten and some was dry. Took three reminders to get the guacamole we ordered. By this time the entrees were already severed and we were almost done. The chicken on the fajita was extremely dry. Hard to chew and get down. Got a slice of cake served with no forks. That took time too. Never got the to go box for the guacamole that finally came to the table. They tried by taking the guacamole off the bill but it was too little to late. We will have a redo for my daughter’s birthday somewhere else.

RED O Taste of Mexico - Newport Beach
Responded 12 hours ago

My sincerest apologies about your recent visit. I'm grateful you have dined with us before and are aware that is not how your experience should have been. I'd like to speak to you in more detail about that evening so I can correct the issues and make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else. I'd also like to invite you back accompanied by a gift card to give you the proper experience you deserve! Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience @ HillariH@redorestaurant. Hillari Hudson|GM

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Edgar was great

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CristinaD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Great service and many servers going around to tables checking on things. Drinks were really good and we tried the cucumber, watermelon and Cadillac margs. Love the idea of a dj playing in the bar area. Next time I go I think I would prob just get an appetizer and a drink at the bar. Beans, rice and tortillas were served cold . My chile relleno was not battered with fluffy egg whites, it was stuffed with so much cheese and maybe 2 spoons total of lobster. The cheese was overpowering like a costco pizza. Went there to celebrate a birthday and we loved the candle they used! I liked that they used tres leches cake vs flan.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter and the staff were amazing!!!!

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WendyF
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was lovely and service was great. The patio area was beautiful but the music was so loud we could not carry on any conversation at the table. The food server had to get right up next to each of us individually to hear us. It was quite disappointing to not be able to chat with family and wish my son happy birthday easily.

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MirM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food was great. Our service knowledgeable and friendly. My lower rating is due to the absolute lack of Covid awareness. No proof of vaccination required; masks are "recommended" which translates into virtually no one wearing them. No distancing of tables. I was fortunate to have asked for a table in the outdoor tented patio. Our server was young and unmasked. The interior, especially the bar was packed with shoulder to shoulder people and music blaring. It was like a scene from spring break. Despite the excellent food, I will not return for dinner at the Newport Beach location. I live in LA County where Covid protocols are extensive and it feels so much safer than in Orange County.

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ElsaS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food is great, ambience is awesome but the server we had was very aggressive in getting us out of our table, it was uncomfortable. There was no table time limit (we were there 1 hour) communicated so it was not a pleasant experience. I wouldn’t care to go back there because of that

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best! Will come back ♥️

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and good service. Bartenders knew how to make delicious cocktails

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Jump
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent! My first time there will be back

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korieb
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for our son’s 5th birthday. Our waiter Tia was amazing, food was great as usual and service was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as always! Red O never disappoints me!

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Mila
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place, excellent service, good food and really nice ambience!

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cassidyd
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

21/10 which means.. GREAT! Planned a surprise birthday dinner and it was everything I dreamed of! Couldn’t be happier

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

We got a tables outside and service was slow. Didn't get the full experience as advertised on the photos.

RED O Taste of Mexico - Newport Beach
Responded 12 hours ago

My sincerest apologies for the slow service on your recent visit with us. We truly pride ourselves on service and take these reviews very seriously. I'd like to speak to you further about your dining experience to try to resolve the issue, as well as invite you back to get the experience you deserve! Please reach out to me at your earliest convenience @ HillariH@redorestaurant Warmest regards, Hillari Hudson| General Manager RED O Restaurant | Newport Beach

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Orecul
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Meh

Being Hispanic, there’s no need for 28 dollar enchiladas.

Come on…

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KarenR
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

customer service was great, food was great and the bar was absolutely beautiful

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Ashleyb
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I went to celebrate my birthday here before shopping at fashion island. We were all impressed by the food and service! This was the best meal we’ve had since we moved here a year ago. It was the best service we’ve had in YEARS. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

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Bobbie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were there to have lunch with old friends and were so pleased that we were in no way made to feel as if we had to leave or give up our table. (Is that because we ordered a $175.00 bottle of champagne or not?) Still it turned out to be the perfect choice for us!

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Mike
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

When compared to Javier’s, Red O is noticeably worse. Food quality is not as high (for example, I ordered the lamb mole and it was completely over cooked). It does not maintain the class standards you would expect for a restaurant that attempts to compete with the top restaurants.

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Mari
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Although the food and service were really outstanding, I had specified on my reservation done well ahead of time that we were celebrating an Anniversary. Unfortunately that wasn't acknowledged and I didn't want to sound "cheap" by mentioning it to the waiter. I figured the server would have been told when we were seated.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing, we took my wife here for her 30th birthday and ooh boy was it spectacular. The atmosphere there was great. Just be ready to drop money when you do go there. Do not go there and try to be on a budget. This place is very worth it food was amazing and the drinks were really good! 5 stars for me

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I just wish the server would have pointed out the 18% gratuity was already included …

RED O Taste of Mexico - Newport Beach
Responded 12 hours ago

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We appreciate the feedback so we can better ourselves and our service. We only add gratuity to parties larger than 6, however the server should always let you know and if you ever there was an issue with service and you wanted to change the amount you can ask to speak with a Manager, we will happily adjust that for you. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Hillari Hudson | General Manager RED O Restaurant | Newport Beach

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vipJANE
Orange County
131 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

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BreL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barron was awesome! He was tentative and his smile was contagious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable place and the staff was very courteous and welcoming.... Absolutely one of the best in Fashion Island 🏝.. Well worth it...

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red O is a great place to have a nice dinner. Great ambiance and the food is great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had heard about Red O through one of our friends and we did not expect to receive such great ambiance and amazing personalities by the host, servers and even the other people dining. It was such a great experience and my family, partner and I loved every single part of it. We went for brunch and we all got the delicious red and white sangrias, which are amazing! And for food I had ordered the lobster & shrimp enchiladas and my partner had ordered the chicken chilaquiles I must say I was savoring every bite! I would definitely recommend coming here for brunch with family and friends!

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CarolynB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

We have died here previously and suggested it to our group. We were extremely disappointed. The noise level is so high that we couldn't hear the person sitting next to us. Is this really necessary in order to have a good time. I wouldn't describe the noise level as energetic as it is described in this survey. It would be more appropriate to describe the noise level as distressing. We will probably never go back and we would certainly not recommend it to friends. What a loss!

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SandraB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn't have to wait much! Went for a drink at the cool bar the ambience was great! The food and lighting too!!! Service was on point I even forgot my wallet and they had it holding for me!! Happy!

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PeterA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great a must go , try surf and turf so good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Seemed like they overbooked reservations and also let people who paid the hostess cut in line. My reservation was at 9:15 and wasn’t seated until 10pm- plus didn’t get the main dinning room. Next time I’ll bring cash to tip the hostess lol

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CindyL
Los Angeles
3 reviews