The Red Door

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$30 and under
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Italian
The Red Door San Diego is committed to offering our guests sustainable and responsibly sourced products. We proudly serve Italian comfort foods 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's making 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. Join us for the highly rated cuisine and return for the charming ambiance and excellent service behind the Red Door.
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LB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem with a great brunch menu.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so nice and helpful and the food was amazing! Ordered the biscuits and jammies and lox for staters and egg Benedict and omelette of the day for brunch.

CB
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Energetic And Attentive Chef. Highly recommend the specials but everything is top notch. Wine list is reasonably priced and Chef Luciano personally picks the wines. Go.

JD
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We’re seated right away but server was a bit slow. Very good food. Cocktails also very good. Noise level in the restaurant is a bit over the top making conversation a challenge. Chef/Owner personally makes the rounds to the tables- nice touch. The bri was amazing. Their old fashion cocktail “the Wellington” is very good. Lobster ravioli and lasagna were delicious. Will return.

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Friday evening dinner at the Red Door, on our way home from the airport. Food was excellent, menu has enough choices but not overwhelming. Service was spot on - friendly, lots of suggestions, our table twice visited by the owner/chef.

T
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. The farm to table vegetables were perfect and the sea bass special that night was very good.
We always enjoy our meals here. Luciano works very hard to present a great menu.

SM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is fresh, delicious and Italian. What could be better! Excellent service! The only negative I have is that it’s quite noisy. But looking forward to returning.

SW
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find, charismatic charming chef, who visits tables and explains his nightly creative menu...
We experienced both lunch ( quiet lunchtime group) and dinner (buzzing energetic friendly)...

Highly recommend you try The Red Door, like us you will return......

B
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both thought the fish special entree was possibly the best fish we have ever had. Ever. That’s nuts. We’ve been dining for 40 + years.

We we amazed

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing!

k
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend and I just wanted to try something new before heading to the theater. Everything was wonderful.

CR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!! The food was delicious, the service outstanding and the atmosphere everything we could hope for.

MA
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience! We were greeted by the owner at the door, he checked on us several times. Staff was appropriately attentive, food was outstanding. We’ll definitely come again!

J
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The building was very comfy and had a home like feel. The chef, who came out to talk with his guests, was friendly and nice. I will be coming here again throughout my stay in San Diego!

BD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great chef, great atmosphere and fair pricing

S
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and nightly specials keep the experience fresh with great seasonal and unique dishes. Chef Luciano is always gracious, warm, and welcoming. The pride and passion he has for his menu is reflected by your tastebuds. A wonderful atmodphere with very personalized service.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my family out to celebrate a special occasion. The service was incredible and our hostess was extremely kind and very attentive. Food was excellent and the entire atmosphere of the restaurant was comforting and intimate. We loved having Chef Luciano converse with us, as it made the meal very personable. We look forward to our next experience here.

CS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate a birthday. Had a wonderful time. Food was delicious from start to finish. Service was great. Chef came out and talked to us. Very enjoyable.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, service is outstanding and the Chef always comes around to make sure everything was done right. Ask him for a wine recommendation? You’ll have a glass in front of you in 30s. Delicious!

JA
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shaved brussel sprout salad and orchiette pasta were fantastic! We came from LA and will come back for sure.

O
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian food with delicious and creative dishes, great wines, attentively and very friendly waiters and a charming Italian chef Luciano - that’s the Red Door. We always enjoy the nice and cozy atmosphere and are so happy that this fabulous restaurant is in our neighborhood. And for those who love good live music and just a small dinner or an appetizer- there is a bar right next to the Red Door!

SM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance and food. The owner/chef personally went around the restaurant and talked to all the customers. Great food.! I had the vegan couscous and my husband has the special homemade tortellini. A must in Mission Hills!

A
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the fact the owner, Chef Luciano, took the time out to come and meet his customers. The food was cooked to perfection and the service was outstanding. I would definitely return and recommend this cute little restaurant.

I had the beef Wellington w/ seasoned veggies- the meal was cooked to absolute perfection....the steak was like butter and the pastry was flaky and moist.

My friend had the mushroom risotto w/ fresh truffles....the flavors were so intense and delicious. Truly perfect in taste and texture.

Thank you for an amazing meal!

LT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very intimate experience! Been to the Red Door before but wanted to take my boyfriend. The chef came out and introduced himself and thanked us for choosing his restaurant. We both had the short rib which was very good. Definitely will be back!

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, And love that chef Luciano comes out to greet people during the evening. He talked us in to trying the fresh truffle risotto, and we were glad we did. The beef Wellington here is one of our favorite dishes.

LT
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational! The Red Door does not disappoint. Chef/owner Luciano’s crew provides exceptional service which is matched by the fabulous cuisine. Great menu!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, high end menu with reasonable prices, seasonal local specials menu and a chef who interacts with all the guests. This place is a hidden gem.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef continues to create a fresh farm to table selection. The Holiday menu was fantastic and in my case TV he filet mignon was special

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

KH
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal with great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. The owner/head chef came out on several occasions to talk with us and check on our experience. Can’t recommend enough.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Spent my 35th Birthday was an great experience with friendly staff :) chef/owner Luciano came out to welcome us to his beautiful restaurant also made us feel right at home with a really great description of his top signature dishes. The Beef Wellington was amazing also tried the lasagna made with fresh pasta that melted in every bite. would totally recommend going to this cute little place. Overall it was an great dinning experience. Thank you Red Door for having us and cheers to the chef

F
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A really wonderful place for Christmas family lunch. Mix of ages and tastes, but everyone was happy. The service was excellent. The food EXTREMELY good. Not too loud which was one our requirements.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food5service4ambience3

Felt like we were in a brewery...too noisy and had difficulty hearing our guests. It will be a long time before we return.

XU
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner last night. Lobster ravioli, orecchiette and seafood fettuccine were quite tasty. Host was generous with his time as he stopped by to chat.

MD
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING!!!

5 star service
5 star food
5 star everything!!

We had a lovely evening. Our server Philip was absolutely outstanding! The owner and Chef Luciano came out and spoke to us for quite a while and added that special touch of hospitality! The two entrées we enjoyed were Red snapper Mediterranean style and Beef Wellington. Both entrées were over the top amazing!

R
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations for a party of sever for lunch. Another wonderful meal; we had several "special requests" and all were cheerfully fulfilled. As usual, Tony did an excellent job. This place is a real gem with great service, and outstanding food.

OM
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is must visit restaurant.
Luciano is a hands on creative chef who makes sure your visit is up to your expectation.
His offerings are fresh, innovative, and his specials hit the spot.
We have been many times, and taken friends and family and all seem happy and satisfied.
Last night we had a delicious cheese offering (off the menu) with a fresh white truffle pasta and the perfect wine a 2013 Barbera.

We will be back!

S
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Incredible food! Exquisite Italian at a very reasonable price. Good wine list. Rare to have a chef show up at your table but it happened here. The special pappardelle pasta with roasted mushrooms and white truffles was a BARGAIN at $40! Beets with barrata to die for. GO EAT AT THE RED DOOR

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not sure why but the cinnamon roll was out at 10:30 then they were out of cheddar for the egg orders.

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