The Red Door

4.7
1314 reviews
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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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MK
Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really tasty and loved meeting the chef. We had the calamari, beets and burrata and butternut Brie appetizers, all of which were delicious. I had the paparadelle which I enjoyed but I think I liked my mom’s eggplant parmasan even better!

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P
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous brunch on Sunday. Home made biscuits and gravy, burger, shrimp and grits and lasagne were all delicious.
Not only is the food delicious but exceptional service too, particularly David, he is excellent at what he does....thank you!

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S
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service, very attentive servers. Only negative was the noise level. Smallish place with many patrons at dinner enjoying ourselves.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only comment I have is I wish you served chicken Parmesan. Loved the food!!!

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HF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was good waiter sucked really bad. Worse I’ve ever seen.

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JC
Argentina
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had to flag someone down to get our wine order in. After that, the service smoothed out a little bit better. Perhaps we arrived too close to opening; they weren't busy but they also weren't organized well enough to take care of the 4-5 tables that were seated.

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D
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and ambiance. I will return and then some.

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j
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to the Red Door three times in the last month with different people. No one in our group has anything but praise for this wonderful restaurant. We have ordered a variety of food and everything has been delicious. I especially enjoyed the chicken/mushroom dish I had yesterday. The place is cozy and the service is great.

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PA
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great -- we came over because we really wanted to try out some items from the dinner menu but they didn't appear on the brunch menu. That didn't matter because when I asked about them, he got the chef to prepare them regardless. We really enjoyed our time but will probably come back for dinner because the brunch was pretty bro-ey and we want to try them out for a romantic experience.

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MO
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Brian was amazing and made our experience fantastic!!!

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KS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly greeting as soon as we walked in the door. Prompt service, great menu and great food.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good experience..I apologize in advance but I believe my server’s name was kelsea..very polite and attentive..outstanding job!

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NG
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luciano's skills as a chef are the thing of legion. Mike drop.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Banana cream pie....heaven on earth!!!

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LR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I have to admit, I was disappointed by my meal (lasagne). Maybe I chose the wrong dish. Everything else was really nice about this evening out.

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JT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here a 3 or four times recently, and find this a little neighborhood gem! The Chef/Owner Luciano makes fresh pasta here and prides himself on farm to table methods; he makes an effort to check on all his guests. The Brussell Sprouts appetizer was tasty, comforting, and satiating (had that as my main course, since my Chistmas glutany requires restraint for the new year!) The boring-sounding side dish of vegetables is actually not boring, but delicious with the creamy pesto sauce. The Bolognese my husband had was delicious, while the Gnochhi my brother ordered was super flavorful, with gnocchi cooked perfectly. The Italian Pastry Chef has a lovely selection of deserts. Our molten chocolate cake was perfect - very chocolately, and not too sweet, just the right size. Already want to go back (next time for pasta)!!

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RW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Smallish local restaurant with a committed Italian chief who was excellent and solicitous of his guests' enjoyment in his restaurant. We were surprised and pleased at how good the food was. I had had scallops at Island Prime a week earlier and for far less money, the scallops here were better.

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SL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! 1/2 off amazing wines and the food was top notch. The wait staff was friendly and awesome! Chef and owner came up and greeted us and asked how everything was. My new favorite place. Intimate, Cozy, comfortable and delicious!

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H
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to The Red Door several times since Luciano took over the restaurant. It is truly a neighborhood gem. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is comfortable and inviting and it is easy to converse here.
We definitely enjoy coming here and also The Bar at The Red Door - great small places to share.

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AB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Multiple dishes tasted as if dipped in salt. Steak was inedible. Took 90 minutes to have entree served. Staff only communicated issues to us after being brought to their attention.

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PF
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

it does not take 50 characters to say too loud too loud

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Too loud!
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m
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful little gem of a restaurant with nice ambiance, delicious food, and good service. So nice to enjoy a meal without loud music and TV and to be able to carry on a conversation. Appreciate Luciano, the owner, coming to the tables to check up on a customer's experience.

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S
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Had a nice meal and great service from Ryan.

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A
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I’m very sorry to say that I was disappointed with my recent experience with Red Door. This was the first time I had returned since my husband died 4 yrs. ago. It had been a favorite of ours.

From the reception to the end of our dining experience, it was very obvious there has been a change in management & in the kitchen.

I truly wish I could have had more positive things to say.

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A
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Had reservations, we were seated very quickly and it was pretty vacant. We waited over 30 mins for water. A couple who came in after us got plenty of water refills and service from their server. We did not. Our waitress said “sorry for the wait, They made me change my shirt!” ??? Ok, and that excuses horrible service? Then 45 minutes later the couple that arrived later than us received their meals (we had ordered 30 minutes prior and still no food). The other couple was finished with their meal and not so much of a bite to eat for us. Our waitress came by and gave us soup saying it shouldn’t be longer.... never apologized. Got our food. Had to get up and get the waitress to get our bill just so we could leave. Horrible experience, and Never got an apology. Won’t recommend and won’t go back!

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MY
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. And an added bonus - live music!. Wonderful evening out.

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O
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation for a Wednesday night dinner as we wanted a quiet evening without entertainment. They have entertainment I believe Thursday-Saturday. It was our first time here since the new owner/chef took over. We were greeted right away and seated quickly. Our server Phillip was pleasant and very attentive. I’m pretty fussy about wines and wanted a glass of red. Phillip offered to let me taste a couple of the wines and the third one a Super Tuscan did the trick, yum! We started out with the soup of the day which was a garbanzo bean, tomato base. It came in a bowl (generous portion) and was delicious, we were offered before the soup arrive there homemade bread, but we also asked for olive oil and balsamic, yum. We ordered the beef Wellington which was amazing with an Italian twist! We also ordered the short rib, not quite as tender as some that we have had, but overall very good and very tasty. We shared a small half serving of mushroom w/truffles risotto, excellent!. We were quite satisfied with the quantity, quality and flavors of the food. I had enough leftovers from the beef Wellington and vegetables, plus a bit of risotto for another meal. 😀

Did I mention that everything including the bread and pasta they serve is made from scratch. Local farm fresh vegetables and local caught fish from Catalina Offshore. We don’t mind paying a little more for higher quality ingredients and a gourmet meal.

As we were about to leave Chef Luciano Cibelli asked us if we enjoyed our meals and thanked us for coming in, plus he shook our hands. We couldn’t ask for anything more. We will return for another gourmet Italian cuisine in the near future. Thank you!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

So an hour after we place our order, the waiter comes by to tell us the Beef Wellington is sold out. This was a belated birthday celebration for my mom and the only reason we chose the Red Door was because mom really wanted Beef Wellington. The waiter was going to get the menus and we were going to try to see if we can salvage the occasion.
However instead the Chef shows up and immediately starts arrogantly spouting off about how it’s not his fault. It is inexcusable that a restaurant does not have a system in place to track orders so that if an issue arises the customer is notified of that in a reasonable amount of time. Telling us 15 minutes after ordering is one thing, but an hour is absolutely a complete failure. I tried to explain that and instead got interrupted because he wanted to keep talking about how it wasn’t his fault and accused me of “attacking”him. At no time did he want to take accountability for his improper planning and execution. My mother mentioned that if we had known earlier we would have gone elsewhere and the chef threw a temper tantrum and opened the door. We each had half a glass of wine left on the table and had eaten two appetizers and had to deal with a self righteous arrogant and disrespectful person rather than simply being able to look at the menu again to decide what we wanted to do. He has no business being in the restaurant industry when he has a small restaurant and bar, can’t handle the organization and decides it’s the customers fault for things that are completely the restaurant’s responsibility. It’s also not appropriate that the chef was talking about giving me a kiss to make up.

The calamari was mediocre and the lobster bisque was awful. The bisque was dirty like they didn’t strain it and wasn’t close to being tasty. It was more like a bad etoffee in flavor with too much salt to make up for the imbalance in flavors.

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FL
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We had not been back since change in ownership last April and chose New Year's Eve to return. I ordered clams as a starter and the Seabass for the entree. Clams were mostly good but sauce had too much salt, a little less would have been so much better! The Seabass was awful, tasteless watered limp fish, as if it had been previously frozen although owner denied it. Served in a bowl on a small bed of vegetables with too many carrots! A very disappointing "fresh catch". Would skip this restaurant until they get their act together..

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A
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New Year Dinner !!!

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San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fresh and creative ! Locally sourced food and the chef is wonderful and so passionate about the food !

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing all around. Food was EXCELLENT. Go. Right now.

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FM
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is truly a neighborhood gem. Everything was fantastic! We had beets and burata which seemed like a strange pairing to us but it was delicious, we were ready to lick the plate it was so good. The beef Wellington was wonderful as well as the pappardelle. We definitely will be back!

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S
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the waiter was very friendly!

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JR
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luchiano, owner/chef, never fails to deliver the very best in fresh, authentic food. Impeccable service and a true gem in the heart of Mission Hills, San Diego.

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JM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was visiting the area and found The Red Door and booked a reservation for Christmas Eve. The restaurant was cozy and the chef even checked on all the guests personally. The food was outstanding. I had the Beef Wellington and highly recommend. The lobster and seafood fettuccine were also amazing. Love the farm to table approach.

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red door always has amazing food and service! Owner Luciano is fantastic.

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RD
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as always. Had some friends in from out of town and they loved it too!

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P
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

There were four of us for dinner and everyone had something different. Without exception, everything was outstanding.

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