RED O Taste of Mexico - Santa Monica

4.8
519 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
We are accepting Mother's Day reservations for May 9th, 2021.

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.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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 519 people are saying
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RobertH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and the sangria was fabulous!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Elote is corn on the cob lol, our server didn’t explain items well on the menu

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vipNYCMSL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were very good!

JH
vipJulieH
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Bring your appetites and thirst - great margaritas.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Perfect space for a special occasion.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My uncles 50th birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day lunch with my wife and daughter was great thanks you

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DenitaT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food Great drinks excellent customer service

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vipmartialman7
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Unless chef Rick Bayless is cooking your dish, your basically out of luck. The food was passable but not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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...

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It was a great experience

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vipDaminKiesel
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipsandy90265
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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.

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vipRichardK
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service!

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Bris34
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was really attentive to us! Very friendly! Food was had a good taste. Loved the Chocolate lave cake!! It was AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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.

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vipWiggy
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

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?

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Omid
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our oyster was delicious.
The main dish, enchiladas was too salty.
Salmon was fine.

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vipAliciaS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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vipfoodfanatic
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipEmilyR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipRobinW
San Francisco
165 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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FawnW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, and nice atmosphere

JP
vipJamesP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wonderful atmosphere

JB
JeniferB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The waitress upselled us into buying many side order items we did not need .

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DylanM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

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.

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sfrasool1971
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service. Beautiful location. Great evening with the family.

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vipTroyP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a group birthday dinner. Food and service were great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I wanted it to be spectacular; but was just okay. Service was lackluster; so that didn't help.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service !

MF
MichaelF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my two daughters was a night to remember.

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thornhillatthemovies
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Inattentive wait staff

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. A wonderful dinner with families.

CD
CorpDinner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.

FAQs

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.

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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