The Red Door

4.6
1221 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
The Red Door is a family owned farm-to-table restaurant, committed to serving local, sustainable and seasonal produce grown at our farm, or one of San Diego's premier local farms. Chef/Owner Luciano Cibelli has created our lunch, dinner and brunch menus in rhythm with the seasonal SD harvest, creating truly regional cuisine. Our mission is Responsibility, Excellence and Hospitality. Dine for the menu and the experience. At The Red Door It's our farm or a small farm, to your table
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Farm-to-table, American
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Hours of operation
MONDAY Closed
TUESDAY 11:30am - Close
WEDNESDAY 11:30am - Close
THURSDAY 11:30am - Close
FRIDAY 11:30am - 10pm
SATURDAY 3pm - 10pm
SUNDAY 10am - Close
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Phone number
(619) 295-6000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Luciano Cibelli Chef/Owner
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Catering
Limited offsite catering for small casual gatherings.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Falcon Street
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Parking details
Metered and two hour parking all around Monday through Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Ample street parking available. Parking available in the US Bank lot after 6. Private lot on NW corner of Falcon and Washington.
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Public transit
Bus stop in front.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1221 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was terrible- food took forever and we had to keep asking for the basics- like bread, water and wine. Several plates arrived cold. We got shushed numerous times- the layout was not conducive to large groups.

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DJ
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

The ambiance is great and the food was stellar!
We ate a LOT and it was all awesome. Highly recommend the cashew chicken wings, the kale Caesar and the peanut butter torte.
We were blessed to be beside a noisy table with a woman whose laugh was the equivalent to Woody Woodpecker on steroids, but not the Red Door’s fault.
We’d go back for sure - but probably ask for a different server. Nice but super inattentive given how long we were there.

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T
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love going here and we are never disappointed. The farm to fork veggies, Brussels sprouts and pasta superb. The aged steak delicious. Everything is great.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Fresh pasta dish was very good! 4 cheese ravioli was delicious. Need Wellington was a little over cooked and you can have it made your was. Was on the medium-well to well done side. Was hoping for medium-rare to medium but wasnt given that option.

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h
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here on a Saturday night. The place was buzzing. The ambiance is great with small and large tables. The service is fantastic - right level of attention. The chef stopped by to talk to us about food. We had calamari with Kale for starters. We had Lamb Schank and Beef Wellington for main courses. The lamb was falling off the bone. The Wellington was OK, but not fantastic. We had Creme Brule for dessert and it was quite citrus flavored. Really nice meal overall.

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AB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate our anniversary and had a great dinner. Cocktails, appetizer, entrees, and dessert were all delicious and outstanding. Our server was attentive and patient and gave great recommendations. All pastas are made fresh in house and they use seasonal ingredients from local farms, which is always apparent in the food quality. Would definitely recommend for a celebration or just any dinner out.

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I
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is absolutely delicious, the service is fantastic and they go out of their way to please you. It is now my go to restaurant.

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the staff was fun, energetic and attentive! The Red Door was great for date night.

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T
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is wonderful. Always fresh and well prepared. Luciano always comes by to see how everything was. Love it.

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JZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Met the Chef. Great food options. Loved it.

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SD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I went there with friends recently and it was delicious! When my husband and I were deciding where to eat for our anniversary, this was my #1 suggestion. We were not disappointed in the food! Just as delicious as before. Very slow paced, so you don't feel rushed.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fun place, good food. It was really loud

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was outstanding.

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C
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food with interesting preparations (Bone Marrow appetizer, for instance) and nice ambiance. Friendly spot.

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t
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red Door has a lovely fresh interior, comfortable seating and fantastic food. The owner is charming and we will absolutely return. The restaurant is minutes away from The Old Globe theaters, so it is perfect for a date.

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A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Cute place. Friendly servers. The entrees were fine but the creme brûlée is a must.

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BF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New ownership, positive ambiance and menu changes, passionate owner/chef and friendly staff. My wife’s risotto had so much flavoring will be adding this back into my go to list, after a year long break.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful! Reason I will return

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was not good...food was way too salty... decor was strange for Italian restaurant. We all were very disappointed.

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C
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the staff were very friendly. Good selection of foods and wines. Don’t forget their,amazing desserts that are made in house. Decor was really nice which created a cozy and comfortable atmosphere.

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TF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Variety. Quality Ingredients and delicious dinners.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am from Virginia and I was traveling with some of my closest friends. We loved this brunch spot. The mimosas were outstanding. The cinnamon French toast was extremely good. My friends loved the shrimp and grits too. Highly flavorful and tasteful. It was just a remarkable and memorable brunch spot. The staff was friendly and on top of things. Next time I am in San Diego, I will definitely be going to The Red Door for brunch.

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P
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and the service is fabulous. Special thanks to David who always takes really good care of us

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Can’t wait to go back

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JT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always loved The Wellington and were disappointed that it was closed, but The Red Door has more than made up for it! Absolutely stunning cuisine and top notch service!!! Will definitely be back!

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MJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The family celebrated my hubby’s birthday dinner. The lamb shank wasn’t fresh and the risotto was undercooked. The scallops were too undercooked and have to have them redo it.

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ER
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was decent, the risotto was a bit on the salty side, my husband enjoyed the Wellington beef although it was more well done than medium rare. The server was pleasant, but the wait time inbetween dinner and dessert was absurd. We waited over 10 minutes for dessert menu! We ended up just looking it up online and when the waitress returned with the dessert menu we placed our order. Overall an ok place, maybe this is more a brunch place, instead of dinner.

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B
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My third time there. The first two times were amazing, but to be fair I had the same pasta in brandy cream sauce. This time my short ribs were good but a tad overcooked. My wife's scallops were excellent (reported by her) and my friends pasta dish excellent as well. While not a cheap place it represents good quality for money and the owners corkage policy is a real plus.

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SM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

We were 4 friends meeting to catch up for Sunday lunch: 12 noon booking. The noise level was so loud that it ruined our experience. It felt like people had to elevate their voices above others. This was intermingled with shrieks of laughter and screaming from several tables. This is not where I would ever go to have another meal. The food did not compensate or outweigh the unpleasant noice. Sorry for the bad review but i want to prevent others from having this experience. When we sat down we thought maybe we should leave and that the noise would settle but it didn’t :(

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NH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Chef came to the table both to welcome us and at the end of our meal. Each of the four of us had a different meal and we all loved what we got. A real winner!

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MM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

2 of us were there for dinner. We had a window table, meaning a view of Washington Street. No big deal. Wait staff and chef/owner, who came out and introduced himself, were all very friendly and attentive. We shared 3 dishes: a beet and burrata cheese starter; a sausage, pesto flatbread; and short ribs. We were happy with all three dishes. Sometimes we have ordered short ribs and gotten very fatty pieces of meet. These were pretty lean, yet still tender and moist. My wife was full, so the chore of eating the chocolate "lava" cake was pretty much left up to me. It was good that we had a several block walk home. Recommend this restaurant that is under new management. We will come back and sample some of the other items on the menu that looked good.

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SD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our neighborhood go-tos! Delicious food, very accommodating staff and chef, who personally visits the tables. We were last there on a busy Saturday night and everything went very smoothly!

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L
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a great find! Everyone in our party of 8 raved about their meals! The short-ribs were ‘Off the charts’ delicious and the scallops were mouth watering... our waiter was attentive but not overbearing and the Chef stopped by our table several times to check on us!
We enjoyed a great night of dining.

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San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not visited this restaurant since the new owner and might not have if they hadn't posted Italian Food on the front (still hate the paint color). The chef came around to make sure everything was okay and even though it can be difficult with the sun beating in on some tables, they accommodated us by moving us to a cooler, less glare spot. We split the kale salad and it was delicious - plenty for 2 to 4 people. The scallops plate was hearty and had lots of flavor. Very attentive server. We'll go again.

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B
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to dinner with two longtime friends. There were so many interesting entrees on the menu that it took a while to decide. We shared a butternut squash/brie compote appetizer with toast points that we all agreed was very tasty. We then decided on having two orders of the seared sea scallops, and one salmon catch-of-the-day. Each of the entrees was perfectly cooked and served on a bed of roasted vegetables. For dessert we shared the date sticky pudding with pecans, toffee sauce and vanilla gelato which was fabulous. Our server was perfect and answered all of our questions and helped us with our selections. A great time and a great meal—and an evening of fun conversation with friends.

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MA
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an amazing meal. The Chef was very attentive- spoke to all the patrons. Had a special treat and tried his aged prosciutto not yet on the menu. Amazing. Would highly recommend trying the dessert as well. All homemade - you can tell love was put into this food. Will be back to try the lunch menu.

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T
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an amazing experience here! Ambiance, food, service was phenomenal!

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TM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had the huevos rancheros and was pleasantly surprised by their spin on the dish. My friend was vegan and had to be a bit creative with the menu in order to avoid sugar and enjoy her meal, but what she ended up with - she was very happy with her meal. The servers were kind and attentive, it was the noise level I was shocked by. It was a bit hard to hear anything my friend was saying across the smallish table we were sat at in the middle of the restaurant but the space is beautiful and the menu is small but delightful. The large windows allow a lot of light and the quaint corners and boothing structure make it perfect for dates or small parties. Just know if people are in a good mood and speaking at a louder than normal volume, it will be tough to hear what your companion is saying.

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ES
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at The Red Door since the new owner/chef took over. I had Dungeness Crab with squid ink homemade pasta and the sauce was amazing. The crab was prepared perfectly. The rye manhattan was one of the best I’ve had.

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DE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, the risotto was fantastic and the beer list was great too-

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