The Red Door

4.7
1252 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 4pm - 9pm
TUESDAY 11:30am - 9pm
WEDNESDAY 11:30am - 9pm
THURSDAY 11:30am - 9pm
FRIDAY 11:30am - 10pm
SATURDAY 3pm - 10pm
SUNDAY 10am - 9pm
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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 1252 People Are Saying
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San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The scallops were overpriced for what the dish was. It was all well-cooked and the vegetables fresh, locally sourced and delicious but there was not enough flavor as a whole. The service was slow. It’s a beautiful restaurant.

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

Our first time back to the Red Door since the new chef-owner took over. We love the new menu. Had a hard time selecting which starter and entree' we would try first. The Butternut Squash & Brie was fabulous as was the Lamb Shank with Risotto. We will visit again when we are in the area.

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JK
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Luciano has brought the Red Door back to life with an exceptional Italian-inspired menu that features local seasonal delights and a fabulous wine list with more than a few surprises. The neighborhood has responded with enthusiasm so make a reservation!

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RM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing! Service is fabulous. So glad they are now open on Monday!

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H
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience, will be back very soon. Best beef Welly in town! Excellent starters, creative and delicious. Great main entres to choose from.

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JM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red Door was a favorite for many years and I was disappointed when the previous owners decided to sell, however now that I've been there several times under the new owner, I'm delighted that I have my favorite spot back. It does get noisy later in the evening, but I just go on the early side and it's fabulous. The chef/new owner (not sure if they are the same) greeted and chatted with everyone in the dining room which was very charming.

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BB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I treated my friend who just retired to lunch. We order 3 starters to share. Our favorite was the beets. We sat in a window seat with comfortable cushions. The noise level was perfect.

We lingered after lunch looking at pictures from her recent trip and we never felt rushed.

I can't wait to return.

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RL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has gotten even better with its new chef/owner, Luciano Cibelli. I've brought several friends to this restaurant and they all have thanked me for introducing it to them. And some have already returned on their own. Good, fresh food, prepared wonderfully well, and substantial portions. The Red Door has a full bar and had my name brand vodka, as well as can make my cafe latte the way I like it. The restaurant is not large, which makes it more intimate and less noisy. Be sure to make a reservation.

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j
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, Vibrant Addition to the San Diego Dining Scene. Luciano, the owner and chef has created the most delicious menu with elegantly arranged dishes that are ample but not overwhelming. His homemade pastas are to die for, such as pappardelle with slow cooked red wine ragu sauce and Orecchiette with
sausage, mushroom, pearl onions and brandy cream. The Beets and Burrata is not to be missed, and the Butternut Brie with persimmon, butternut squash, cranberries and walnuts is addictive. And if you really want to totally lose control, have the bread pudding with homemade toffee, caramel sauce and gelato for dessert.
It is a mixed crowd, but the later it gets the noisier it gets, so if you want to have a low voiced conversation, get there early. With food and service this good, the noise just didn't matter. Thanks for making Mission Hills your home, Luciano!

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ML
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The chef was outstanding, truly exceptional! He dealt with a unique food allergy I had by making a special dish which was a combo of 2 menu items and it was delicious!!! This was much appreciated. Best restaurant food I’ve had in well over a year...

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Nuremberg
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luciano and his team do an amazing job. I appreciate how well they source their ingredients. It’s truly Farm to Table and you can taste it in each bite. Everything is very fresh, delicious and well presented. The vegetables are so flavorful and al dente how they’re supposed to be. The same applies to the variety of pasta dishes.

Tonight’s special, the mushroom soup, was very tasteful. The burrata from Italy paired with beets never disappoints. The Brussels sprouts with bacon are a must. The short ribs and the sea bass were an excellent choice. Our friends from FL were delighted with the Banana Cream Pie. We loved the Happy Frog Sauvignon Blanc.

To round up a pleasant evening I’d like to mention their very well trained staff. They make you feel welcomed. We’ll sure be back soon.

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SA
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a quiet place for date night and this place was amazing. Tuesday is half off bottles of wine and we enjoyed a bottle of Merlot. We will be back for sure!

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B
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I keep coming back there because the food and service are consistently good, depending on what one orders some of the food items border on 5 stars. Everything is offered at a reasonable price.

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LT
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu with numerous delicious offerings. Both the staff and food are outstanding!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was fantastic. As for service, our waiter brought the wrong wine but apologized for the error; then a busboy dropped a candle and spilled hot wax on my guests purse, slacks, blouse, basically everywhere. Frankly the tables are too small to have candles. Aside from that, all was nice.

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SS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here last week for a date night with my boyfriend. I ordered the seafood fettuccine and my boyfriend ordered the lamb shank. We also ordered the steamed mussels appetizer. All our food was delicious, and were portioned well. We loved the ambiance. It was very quiet when we went on a Sunday night, which was very romantic and relaxing. Our server Ryan, was professional and very friendly. We will definitely be returning in the future!

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t
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local gem.

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CA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience. Jacob was awesome! Will definitely be back!

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E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team always shines here! Sat in the restaurant with two good friends for a double-date night. Specials were cooked beautifully and rich in flavor. Never a disappointment!

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KA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic. We started with the egg & marrow... DELICIOUS. We did ask for extra toast, no problem. there was a great vinaigrette with our salad... just a little kick... SO GOOD. The beef wellington was perfectly cooked... and the pastry was crispy. The risotto had such depth. Highly recommend the peanut butter dessert. We will be coming again. Thanks, Kelsea.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. It’s a nice relaxing place to have a meal with the people you enjoy. The owner/chef makes his way to the tables between each phase of your eating (appetizer, entree, dessert) and checks to make sure you’re enjoying the food and see how you’re doing. It’s a cool experience. Would come back :)

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my son’s 9th birthday here. I am not going to write details, all I want to say - my son said that it was the best birthday he has ever had and from now on he wants his birthdays to be celebrated at The Red Door!
We are coming back for more music and great food tomorrow !!!

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HP
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. Our waiter, David, does such a great job of making us feel welcome and making sure we had were happy. Prices were quite high but it didn't take away from our good time.

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K
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, the service was exceptional, and the owner/chef introduced himself at the beginning, checked on us during our dinner, and thanked us for coming! A lovely neighborhood gem.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Luciano Was gracious to come and introduce himself. He is Obviously passionate about food and making people happy. I’ll definitely be back very local scene

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SL
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Door was a pleasant surprise. Chef and Ower Luciano was engaging with us and other guest. Beets and Burratta was amazing! Each of our dishes were fresh and flavorful. Will absolutely return for more.

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D
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Too noisy
Very expensive

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is now our Favorite Restaurant. Love all the great dishes, Beef Wellington, Mushroom Hodgepodge and the braised ribs. The sauces are terrific.

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MB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went there before going to the Old Globe. Farm to table restaurant. Braised lamb was excellent. Good wine choices. Definitely will be going back.

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s
Seattle
53 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucciano the owner and chef was absolutely INCREDIBLE. He provided an amazing dining experience - we turned the ordering over to him and he did not disappoint! Amazing dinner, wine selection... and he was SO personable. I felt like I was at his home in Italy! My boyfriend and I will definitely be back and it is our new favorite place in San Diego! Thanks Lucciano!! - Heather & Nathan

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

New management had the lights on bright and it took over an hour to get entrees

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
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
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
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
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
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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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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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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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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