RED O Taste of Mexico - Santa Monica
No need for reservations, walk-ins welcome all day! We look forward to serving you!
What better location to enjoy award-winning cuisine and expertly crafted cocktails, than sitting directly across from the legendary Santa Monica pier? This vibrant city-meets-the-ocean destination is a local favorite. With a beautifully appointed interior and an intimate back patio, RED O Cantina is an oasis of elegance, comfort and beauty. Our culinary team and waitstaff work hand-in-hand to deliver an unforgettable dining experience to each and every one of our guests.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Diner temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Lobster & Shrimp Enchiladas
creamy tomatillo sauce, melted jack cheese, red rice, refried beans
with chocolate and cajeta dipping sauces | sundae
8 Oz Filet Mignon
chipotle crema, cotija mashed yukon gold potatoes, grilled mexican knob onions
Gorgeous restaurant right on Ocean Drive. Food is excellent, house made guac, ceviche, Lobster Benedict with rosé wine and margaritas, perfect brunch. If you like spicy ask for a side of their habanero. Muy bien!
Food was good and the sangria was fabulous!
Elote is corn on the cob lol, our server didn’t explain items well on the menu
The food and service were very good!
Great food and atmosphere. Bring your appetites and thirst - great margaritas.
Nice atmosphere. Perfect space for a special occasion.
My uncles 50th birthday celebration
It was Mother’s Day today, staff was pretty busy. Waitress didn’t really check up on us to see if food was good, if we needed anything, etc. The male servers were actually nicer and more friendly. Ceviche was excellent, so were the chips & guac for appetizers. The enchiladas were braised short rib, but they were salty.
Overall, food and service were ok, overpriced forsure.
Food was great. Only thing that was off is i thought this was a Mexican restaurant not a lounge or club. The music for me made the experience bad.
Mother’s Day lunch with my wife and daughter was great thanks you
Great food Great drinks excellent customer service
Unless chef Rick Bayless is cooking your dish, your basically out of luck. The food was passable but not great.
It was my best friends birthday and the acknowledge him at the entrance and throughout our visit. It was our first of what will be many experiences here...
It was a great experience
The setting was great. We had reservations for 8:30pm and it was pretty dead inside, we did not mind that at all. Our server was great, I don’t remember his name though. He recommended some fantastic drinks. The food was good, although it tasted like every other Mexican restaurant to me. The order got a little messed up and they had to correct our food, took a little longer but we did not mind.
Overall, excellent service (besides messing up our order, still not a problem), beautiful settting, friendly staff and a well organized tasty menu.
We enjoyed the food but the music was way too loud. Our waiter couldn't get it lowered and we finally called someone over from the desk. He got it lowered but not by much.
Other than the long wait for our food after we ordered everything was good. Manager came by an apologized for the wait and offered to take care of our drinks.
Overall it was okay but wish it was a bit better than it was.
Excellent food and service!
Our waitress was really attentive to us! Very friendly! Food was had a good taste. Loved the Chocolate lave cake!! It was AMAZING!
We arrived at RED O on time for a 6:30pm reservation. No one greeted us for 10 minutes and when we were, waited for another 5 minutes to be seated. Server was ok but got rude when asked to hold some toppings to the side- her words “ I heard you!” . Food was not good at all and server came by to clean up and was so quick and I careful with her placement to the table as she dropped a whole dish of chips and barely apologized.
I will not return to this place.
I don’t think Rick Baylis owns Red O anymore. When he owned it the food and drinks were creative and delicious. Now it’s just a below standard regular me u an restaurant. And what Mexican restaurant does not have Gran Mariner for Cadillac margaritas on a holiday Saturday night? Perhaps they could send someone to the store?
Our oyster was delicious.
The main dish, enchiladas was too salty.
Salmon was fine.
During our reservation the waiter went missing. Our food was forgotten about and many issues with order. Appetizers did not come out and dessert was a flop.
Dinner was okay. I ordered the braised beef enchiladas and the sauce was way too sweet. Meat was good but overall fish was lacking flavor.
I think the experience would have been better if service was present.
The savory food was tasty and margaritas excellent. Waiter didn’t tell us the special we ordered was an appetizer so we ended up having to order more food.
Guacamole was amazing and jalapeño poppers delish. Churros, however, were really disappointing. Hard in and out and not sweet at all.
The food was amazing. I've tried duck a few times, and the duck taquitos were to die for. I would come back purely for those taquitos. They just melted in your mouth. The filet mignon was divine as well. Will definitely be coming back for more soon.
I chose this restaurant for our one dinner in Santa Monica based on Rick Bayless's reputation. While his name is promoted on Open Table, I saw no evidence of his presence -- not in the menu, food, or execution. It was perfectly adequate, non-inventive Mexican fare, at high prices. Nothing special. If Bayless is involved, he is resting on his laurels. Would not return.
Delicious food, great service, and nice atmosphere
Excellent service, wonderful atmosphere
The waitress upselled us into buying many side order items we did not need .
Arrived at restaurant and did not get greeted for 5 minutes. Service was very slow despite restaurant being nearly empty. Food was decent but overpriced.
Good food, great service. Beautiful location. Great evening with the family.
Went for a group birthday dinner. Food and service were great!
I wanted it to be spectacular; but was just okay. Service was lackluster; so that didn't help.
Excellent food and service !
New Years Eve - restaurant was packed, full menu was served and everything was exceptional. The energy and enthusiasm of everyone working at the restaurant made it a really special night for my daughter and me!
Date night with my two daughters was a night to remember.
Made a reservation for New Year's Eve and arrived a little early. They were kind enough to seat us right away.
Ordered the guacamole, which needed more flavor, salt and acid. The chips also needed salt. The duck taquitos were okay. Sauce was pretty hot. Had a trio of enchiladas which were tasty, but wasn't anything exceptional. Rice was okay, again nothing exceptional. We each ordered a virgin strawberry margarita, which was tasty. I had mine blended, yet it still had chunks of ice in it.
The food overall is okay. Nothing exceptional and pretty pricey for what you get.
Inattentive wait staff
Great. A wonderful dinner with families.
The food was delicious. The waiter was a little sassy/not funny/ and he was slow to check on our drinks and probed him to make recommendations. Maybe he wasn't having a good day.
RED O Taste of Mexico - Santa Monica offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 458-1600.
RED O Taste of Mexico - Santa Monica is rated 4.8 stars by 519 OpenTable diners.