The Red Door

4.9
1857 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Red Door San Diego is committed to offering our guests sustainable and responsibly sourced farm-to-fork dishes. We proudly serve contemporary Italian and modern European cuisine with the freshest locally grown and handcrafted products available. We also feature delicious and unique ingredients from around the world. Chef/Owner Luciano Cibelli shops daily, personally selecting every item we serve. He bakes fresh breads, rolls, desserts and all of the pasta in house (including a special Gluten Free Bucatini) and he develops his menus in rhythm with the seasonal San Diego harvest. Enjoy nightly special offerings or a house favorite, Beef Wellington. Join us for the highly rated cuisine and return for the charming ambiance and excellent service behind the Red Door.

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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1857 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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JohannaG
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible and their outdoor space is very nice for not existing prior to covid. Great ambiance. Love supporting this place that is a gem of Mission Hills.

Thank you,

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always excellent!!

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vipVirg
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner at Red Door. Very nice outdoor area with heaters. Food was delicious, service very good and manager engaging at each table. We will return.

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vipMQ98
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service I e had in a long time!

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vipJPJP
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love coming here for a delicious dinner. Chef Luciano always greets and welcomes us and his staff are all very professional. The food is always outstanding and we look forward to our next visit.

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MikeyBNyc
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started off with the M&M (Carlsbad mussels & marrow) for appetizers. The mussels are made to perfection and not too garlicy at all. For the marrow, it was beefy enough and gelatinous that it paired well with the egg and fried kale. Chef Luciano came out to check on our meal every step of the way and surprised us with a portion size of the truffle risotto to feed an army! Finished off the night with the chocolate Lava cake and it was choclatey, but light enough and not too sweet. Can't wait to come back and try everyhting else on the menu, especially the wellington!

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vipSdswannie
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service....can’t wait to go back again.

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vipadambrit
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience with very friendly service and excellent food!

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JuanaC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner ! Best mussels I ever tasted . Everything was perfect. Service was great ! The Lobster raviolis amazing . The chef owner came by our table and to make sure we were happy with our meal. Then returned again when he found out it was my nephews birthday and sent him homemade truffles for a complimentary birthday desert with candle and beautifully presented !! I definitely will be back. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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vipSueW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy The Red Door. Since Luciano took over it has been our favorite local restaurant. We are doing all we can to support this business during these extremely difficult times. I would hate to see them go out of business due to this terrible pandemic. Please support them if you can. Even if we experience a new shutdown, we will be ordering for pick up. Thank you to Luciano and his entire staff the outstanding food, service and ambiance. We truly enjoy your space and the absolutely incredible food!

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Rhirhi
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best customer service I've had at a restaurant. The BEST Beef Wellington in SD. Delicious, relaxed environment, friendly staff.

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vipWp2014
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food and service! I highly recommend this neighborhood gem of a restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in San Diego. Great service and amazing owner! Give it a try!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff

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Anonymous
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, owner is charming and passionate. Heat lamps outside were plenty warm on a chilly night.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!

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viphurley999jb
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PHENOMENAL food and delightful customer service. The chef/owner also came out and chatted with us for a few minutes. Try the flatbread! Unreal. We will definitely be back soon.

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foodie
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Pastas were excellent and the waiter was very attentive! It was our first time having lunch there as we usually do dinner. I enjoyed both menus!

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SonyaZ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambience of the restaurant. From the set up to the decor, everything was perfectly arranged. The staff was amazing. We were greeted as soon as we walked in the door, and were well taken care of throughout the entire evening. We were even graced with a visit from the chef. The food was amazing and the dishes were quite filling.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner - awesome atmosphere. Quiet and romantic.

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AlbertB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening. Luciano is the best. Beef Wellington was spectacular.

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JenniferM
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent neighborhood restaurant fir food, service, and ambiance

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Nice touch with having the chef come out to the table.

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vipStef
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Red Door is such a gem. It was the highlight of our vacation in San Diego. The owner/chef makes a point to visit every table and introduce himself and give insight into the menu if you have questions. We started our meal with the clams. Delicious. Dipping the foccacia bread in the broth was so good. We ordered the mushroom risotto and lobster ravioli. Both amazing. Great portion sizes, had plenty of leftovers. Amazing ambience. Perfect for a date night.

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RobM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maybe the best banana cream pie I've ever had. The burrata appetiamazing and the wellington was cooked perfectly. Chef made a table appearance, too! Overall great experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Sd!

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DougC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fresh made pasta is fantastic. I had the lobster ravioli with vodka sauce. It was amazing.

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KateeA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Sat outside due to Covid. Very attentive service. The "special" was recommended to portion was obnoxiously large and it was not discussed. The price was high but that was divulged.
It just seemed the portion could be more reasonable and therefore the price could have also been adjusted to more reasonable.
Mushroom truffle risotto

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service
Thank you Chef Luciano and team

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AJohnston
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I just finished a real estate meeting and was in the nearby area. And, felt I deserved a good meal, last night. I ordered an Italian Chardonnay wine and the flatbread with homemade sausage. The flatbread they make at the Red Door is always delicious. I really enjoyed the meal and the great service.

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vipRuth
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a while since we ate here (pre-covid) and during dinner, we wondered why. This place is a gem. Food is amazing, wine list is great and the ambience even during covid is wonderful. Cozy, comfy. Outdoor seating is available but we chose to sit inside and felt very safe, not exposed. We started with the white bean soup and house made burrata with beets...o.m.g. The soup was so delicious I got an order to go. My hubs had the short ribs/polenta and I had the daily catch of sea bass with root veggies. Portions were perfect and the flavors incredible. We will def not wait so long before our next visit. Thank you Chef!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff

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ladybug
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Reminded us of being in Italy vs eating Italian. Chef came out and introduced himself. Great overall.

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LeslieN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to restaurant because I know I will never be disappointed. Each dish is incredibly flavorful. We started with the mussels, which were perfectly prepared and complimented by the rich broth and homemade focaccia. Our entrée was the ribeye – beyond words, probably the best ribeye I have ever had. It is clear the chef/owner only purchases the highest quality ingredients.

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vipmaxtraveller619
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a reservation on the fly— going through kitchen renovations and wanted warm food in a nice atmosphere. Red Door did not disappoint. Foremost, the restaurant is doing a great job at observing COVID precautions. Service was great— attentive but not hovering. The Chef kept making rounds— and certainly made us feel incredibly welcomed and special. We had the Brussels sprout appetizer, followed by the chicken and a plate of truffled risotto. Everything was exceptional. We splurged on dessert— spumoni and banana creme tart. Both were stupendous. We had plenty for leftovers. Truly a great dinner. Terrific neighborhood spot which is worth a drive.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful hallows eve night;)

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vipTruffel
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, curbside, with heaters so we were very comfortable, lots to look at being on the street. Our meal was excellent, I highly recommend the Brussel sprouts and the Kale Caesar w/naan-great twist on the classic! My husband had fresh catch with grilled vegetables and pesto and I had the Bolognese. Both were perfect. Definitely not your average Italian restaurant and our servers we’re wonderful !

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viphossdoc
Louisville
47 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luciano is the Pavarotti of San Diego Italian Comfort food. Exceptional food in a quiet intimate setting in Mission Hills. Convenient to the airport. He is on premises and speaks with the diners. Very nice portions and great flavors. I had a 48 day in house dry aged ribeye with a side of pasta. Veal meatballs as an appetizer, and the farm to fork warm vegetable salad. All absolutely amazing. The chef was willing to create the pasta side at my request rather than a potato dish. Moderately priced wine list, excellent service, and superb food. A must.visit.

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Bronwen
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & atmosphere. Owner walked around said hi created a cool experience.

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CraigP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & great service. It was nice to speak to the owner to get some tips on our next visit. I recommend the Beef Wellington!

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You can order delivery directly from The Red Door using the Order Online button. The Red Door also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 295-6000.

The Red Door is rated 4.9 stars by 1857 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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