The Red Door

4.6
1175 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
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
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Delivery or takeout
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.
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Special events & promotions
Quarterly dinners featuring local farmers, fisherman and wine makers. Check our website for more info.
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Gift Card
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 1175 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
4.5
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4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Diego
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

As usual- EXTRAORDINARY food with super attentive service. The banana cream pie desert paired with a tawny port was over the top!

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HD
San Diego
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Flavor and freshness! The food here has never been better, under the new, attentive Italian chef/owner. The pastas were fantastic, but the star dish was the lamb shank with risotto, served piping hot and savory to the last bite. The chef knows his wine too -- he recommended a Sicilian red that was a knockout, and well priced too. Can't wait to go back!

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DR
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

This restaurant was amazing. I went with a big group of friends for Sunday brunch. Our waiter was so chipper, polite, and attentive. The menu has a great variety of options, a little bit of everything for anyone, including vegetarians. The food was delicious! The chef even came out to introduce himself to our table. I highly recommend this place for any occasion.

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OT
San Diego
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Great dinner as always!

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SD
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

The food was amazing, from the wine to appetizers to entrees and dessert! There were 4 of us at dinner and we all raved about each and every dish. And when the check was delivered (the one critical statement is that we had to ask someone to have our check delivered at the end) we had to double and triple check it. It just didn't seem possible that we got all that food and wine for so little money! It is a definite must for all!

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TM
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Second time visiting and loved it even more than the first time. Jacob was our server and it was like he was one of us - full of fun, energy and good vibes! He was attentive and never made us feel rushed at all (like some servers do - not at the red door though) I would say all in all it was a perfect evening, I was there celebrating my birthday! My party of 3 and I had the best time and will come back and request Jacob again. I also want to say that everyone that works at this restaurant is so nice and welcoming! Just love it! THANK YOU <3

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MM
2.0
Dined 6 days ago

It was so loud and crampt. Although the server was nice the service was lacking.

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OT
San Diego
5.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

This is absolutely one of our favorite places in San Diego.

The food is pure perfection- from the homemade pastas to the perfectly balanced sauces, meat and fish creations that remind me of eating in Italy, and portions that are very generous.

The wines are perfectly paired, as are the deserts.

Service could not be better- that elusive balance of feeling well cared for but not too much. The owner and chef makes the rounds as well, adding a personal touch that makes it even more special.

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m
San Diego
5.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

Enjoyed the new menu items as well as having some of the previous items still available. New items we tried...the focaccia bread was wonderful. New plates we ordered were the Seafood Fettucinne, the Orecchiette and the Risotto which changes daily, this day it was a seafood with red sauce. Hands down the fav was the Seafood Fettucinne, but all were delicious and would recommend!

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DR
San Diego
4.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

The service was very good. We will be back.

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D
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

The food was outstanding and they allowed me to vary the side dishes to my dietary needs. Pleasant atmosphere that allowed us to talk without having to raise our voices.

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PW
San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Our group of 6 were all blown away on the fabulous the food, service and atmosphere of the restaurant . We met the New Owner and Chef several times during our meal and enjoyed his recommendations regarding the amazing fresh pasta, appetizers and menu items. We shared all the food we ordered and LOVED everything we had! We will all be returning to The Red Door again and again. It is my new Favorite Restaurant!

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LB
Miami
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Enjoyed our first visit so much! Lovely options for all tastes, exceptional service by Tony, and new owner/chef, Luciano made sure we, and other guests were happy. Definitely going back very soon.

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OT
San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Great food and service. The owner and chef came to our table and interacted with us. Overall very enjoyable and we will definitely go back.

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MS
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Fabulous mussels and the orcchieto with sausage, mushrooms, and pearl onions was divine!

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SB
Atlanta
3.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

They made some changes since my last visit. The server brought out the wrong order so we had to wait for our food to be fixed. He took a while to bring out lemons for my water, I had to remind him. In general the service was slower than the first time I ate there. The pancakes were different. They were not light this visit. They were hard and heavy. Perhaps they changed cooks. The omelette was good. Bacon was super crunchy.

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S
San Diego
2.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

So we had not been in Red Door since the new change in ownership to Luciano. It's always been a very reliable if not wildly memorable experience to dine here. Maybe we caught them on a short night but the service was awful. I have no idea where they got the crazy singing bus boy/man but he obviously had not worked in restaurants long - he never took plates away, glasses, left the table a mess and when the waiter disappeared for 45 minutes, he could have at least come by to fill in and see how we were doing. So I don't think we really HAD a waiter - 4 different people came to the table but we sat mostly ignored all night. So yea we met Luciano and yes the food was good (I gave it a 4 actually) - he seemed apologetic about the service (said they were still working out some kinks), but the rest of the staff NEVER apologized for the awful service experience.

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M
San Diego
4.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

A good start with the new menu. We will be back to taste the progress.

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OT
San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

Food was amazing. Perfectly cooked fish and amazing pasta!

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F
San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Unexpected pleasure. Special treatment from our waiter.

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B
San Diego
3.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Overall it was a blah experience. Service was subpar (with several apologies), food average and not worth it.

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AZ
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Both the food and the service were well beyond my already high expectations.

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J
San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Wow, from the beef Wellington, eggplant Parmesan, to the peanut butter torte, banana cream pie and Chocolate Cake, our dinner was absolutely perfect in every way.. The presentation, tastes/seasonings and service were all "spot on". We will be back soon, is our motto, so we can treat other friends to this delightful culinary experience and have them be as enthusiastic as we were.

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AB
San Diego
4.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Recently changed Chef and Owner, and although we liked the place before, due to the menu and service, the change has been for even better food. Congratulations.

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 14, 2018

Fabulous food and friendly service!

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OT
San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 11, 2018

As always it was a great experience from appetizer to desert! I really enjoyed their new wine list! Highly recommended!

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EO
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

Chef Luciano provides a wonderful ambience. You can tell he really enjoys serving fine dining to his customers. The Red Door is an excellent dining experience.

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b
San Diego
4.0
Dined on June 6, 2018

Excellent but pricey

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ZB
San Diego
3.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Having been fans of the Red Door for years, we decided to try it under new ownership. In a word, disappointing. The omelet had no seasoning on it. The potatoes were bland. The waffle was dense with very skimpy toppings, with bananas that were not "fostered" at all. The braised shortrib benedict had dense biscuits.

The service was top notch, and did the best they could. One even said dinner was better. If the new owner wants to turn the place into an Italian restaurant, then go ahead and do it. Stop ruining breakfast by flubbing the existing menu.

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DB
4.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Comfortable atmosphere, good food, very attentive wait staff

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G
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

This is a really great restaurant. Food was terrific, atmosphere very sweet. The menu was nicely varied. Portions were more than ample!

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RH
Orange County
5.0
Dined on May 23, 2018

Great spot with terrific food. Recommend this place to everyone!

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TS
Dallas
5.0
Dined on May 21, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at The Red Door. The food was fantastic, probably some of the best and freshest food I have experienced in my life. The chef came out to check on us and really seemed to show pride in his food. The pace of our meal was perfect and we did not feel rushed. The Beef Wellington was classic and absolutely delicious, however the Seafood Linguini blew our minds. The chef also sent out a fresh Dessert for my wife and I to share for our anniversary. This place is very intimate, comfortable and quiet, Definately worth a visit for your special anniversary or date. They are well worth the $100+ you will spend.

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PW
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

The new owner is great, he doesn’t just do the cooking, he comes out and tells you about it. I enjoyed the gnocchi with mushrooms he had prepared that day. The wines are delicious and reasonable.You will have fun.

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DK
San Diego
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

I've dined here on several occasions now and The Red Door never disappoints. Love the seasonal menu sourced locally and their Farm to Fork philosophy The new chef/owner is from Italy and has added fresh homemade pasta dishes to the menu which I cannot wait to try!

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P
San Diego
5.0
Dined on May 17, 2018

Great food and service from the appetizers to desserts.

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L
5.0
Dined on May 17, 2018

Our 1st time to visit The Red Door. We very much enjoyed our visit! Great food, drinks and service was excellent. We'll definitely be back.

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OT
San Diego
5.0
Dined on May 16, 2018

It’s like coming from Italy to Italy!!!!
I am in love with the new menu of the red door and I want to try all the dishes they offer!!! We had mussels, scallops, lasagna, risotto with truffle and mushrooms. The tea selection and coffee is the top quality! And the wine list is great.
The new owner/chef turned boring food into an art work! Everything I tried tasted soooo good that I already can’t wait to come back for more. The owner finds time and check on you, he wants to make sure you are happy. That is so refreshing!!! And he listens!!!
This restaurant is becoming a destination point for many of us so I’d suggest to make a reservation.
I will be back for sure. I can’t forget those scallops... Heavenly delicious

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TN
Palm Springs
5.0
Dined on May 15, 2018

I have always loved the Red Door for it's quiet ambiance and great food - this visit discovered that there's a NEW CHEF in town and all I can say is amazing!

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DM
San Diego
5.0
Dined on May 14, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner and look forward to trying the new menu and wine list in the coming weeks.

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