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The Red Door, San Diego, CA

The Red Door

4.7
4.7
2455 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Farm-to-table, Modern European

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 295-6000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luciano Cibelli Chef/Owner

  • Catering

    Offsite catering for small casual gatherings.

  • Private party facilities

    SPECIAL EVENTS & UNIQUE OCCASIONS Catering & Events are opportunities for us to work closely with our guests & occasions for us to share our dedication to celebration in exciting new ways. Our menu is from our farm, our dedication is to the experience. We love this stuff. info@thereddoorsd.com

  • Private party contact

    Luciano Cibelli lcibelli@gmail.com: (619) 459-3073

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Hills

  • Cross street

    Falcon Street

  • Parking details

    Metered and two hour parking all around Monday through Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Ample free street parking available. Parking available in the US Bank lot after 6. Private lot on NW corner of Falcon and Washington.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,455 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. SD

    SDResident

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for our 13th anniversary and had a wonderful time. We received food and wine recommendations from the very talented Chef/Owner personally at our table and enjoyed an exquisite meal with romantic music (great sax player was there setting a very romantic mood). We’ll be back! Thank you everyone at The Red Door for an amazing anniversary!
  2. NF

    NathanF

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great. The food was fantastic, the service was great. Will be back.
  3. DS

    DilaS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The owner of the restaurant was very nice and kind.I love the place.
  4. KK

    KiraK

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat out a lot, and we appreciate really good cooking. We read about The Red Door and were really looking forward to our evening. The meal and service did not disappoint! Chef Luciano Cibelli greeted us at the table and asked if this was our first time at his restaurant (it was), and he made some recommendations and described the care in which the ingredients were selected and how everything is handmade on site. For appetizers, we chose: the Flatbread, which is so perfect that it transported us back to Italy; the Butternut Brie, an unexpectedly rich and savory experience with perfectly toasted crostini; and Roasted Beets and Burrata (made there), which offered a light balance to the other apps. Our party of three ordered the Chateaubriand to share for the main course. This was excellent - cooked to perfection, served with succulent roasted potatoes, tossed with arugula, and served with a rich demi-glace. Words can't describe how good this meal was. We will be back, and we're thrilled to add this restaurant to our personal TOP FIVE in San Diego. Do not miss it.
  5. B

    Binny

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to the Red Door several times and it never disappoints! I did enjoy the Beef Wellington for the first time and it was outstanding. The owner, Luciano, is always so gracious as he visits from table to table making each guest feel special and welcome!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All I can say is fabulous! We are visiting my daughter who is coming in from deployment and live in the New York City area. The food was absolutely spectacular! We ordered a P and Barada salad, shaved Brussel sprout appetizer, and an unreal pasta cooked perfectly with a simple tomato basal sauce. A touch of true class when the chef came over and introduced himself to all the tables. I would definitely go back and we’d like to visit again during the rest of our time.
  7. KK

    KoriK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious!! The sauce on the bucatini and the pesto on the risotto were amazing!! Apps, entrees, desserts, wine fantastic and server very professional and pleasant. Will go again soon!
  8. KG

    KaranG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply incredible. The ingredients were so high quality and put together in such a complimentary way. The dishes were so comforting and were perfectly aligned with the ambiance and atmosphere of the venue. The owner and chef was entirely immersed in his work and checked with his customers on their experience. One of the best Italian restaurants I've ever been to. Somehow homey and gourmet at the same time.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Drinks and dessert was quite a memorable experience.
  10. A

    Alexandra

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was fantastic . They have great cocktails. Short ribs are delicious.
  11. RE

    RebeccaE

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. One of my favorite local restaurants.
  12. SR

    ShawnR

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Let me start by stating that I’ve always loved Red Door. I’ve always found the service and food to be top notch. That was not my experience this time and will be hard pressed to return. The service to start appeared to be up to prior standards with the initial greet and order of apps and a bottle of wine. Then the wheels came off. Our appetizer came out via food runner… no checking in by the waiter. Still no wine btw. App finished…waiter brought some wine glasses by… still no wine and left our dirty finished app plates on the table. A while goes by and eventually the food runner came a collected the dirty plates and shortly thereafter the wine finally shows up, no apology… just like it was normal for the wine we ordered to show up 20 minutes later but whatever. Food comes out again via the runner. We begin to eat and notice that the Orecchiette isn’t as flavorful as it usually is so start looking around the table for some salt or pepper. Waiter shows up and asks if we need anything and we indicated some salt pepper and parm. Rather than go get said items the server goes to his other tables and starts taking order etc., so we are seated, food getting cold, waiting for our items. A runner brings out the items. Luciano is going his normal thing walking around and speaking with the guests, which I’ve always enjoyed but didn’t have the heart to tell him that his server was failing him and the pasta wasn’t up to typical standards. Should have but at that point we were just done and wanted to leave.
  13. CL

    ChrisL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I described The Red Door to my guest from out of town as a "neighborhood favorite." It's actually much more than that. Always a delight. Great staff. Wonderful chef. Amazing food. Never disappoints.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect. Food and ambiance was A1 and definitely returning soon.
  15. RG

    RichardG

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends meeting for business, The Red Door was a great spot to meet. The food was outstanding as was the service. The lobster ravioli and the short ribs are a must try!
  16. AH

    AlbaH

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This restaurant was a great surprise for us. The food is excellent (the lamb was amazing), the service is good too. The chef came to check with all tables how was the food which we really appreciate it. We will definetely come back!
  17. CD

    ChristopherD

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the service impeccable. The owner and chef will routinely make the rounds to introduce himself and ask about each one’s dining experience. Truly a class act and I will continue to make this intimate venue my go to place for special occasions,
  18. TE

    TEMTEM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service. We had a few cocktails, apps, & nice dinner. I would return!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great waitstaff and Food
  20. h

    happy

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Red Door never fails to please. I come here often as I love the service and the food. My favorites are the Burata and Beet salad and the eggplant parmigiana. The bean soup is also a favorite. But all the dishes are great. Red Door is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant, but should be tried by people all over town.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best. Luciano is best chef around. Always come here
  22. BA

    BA007

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands-down best restaurant in San Diego. Have had almost everything on the menu, and have yet to be disappointed! Would recommend to anyone and everyone
  23. LE

    LindaE

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One the the best meals we're had in a very long time. Go there! Chateaubriand, and banana cream pie for dessert.
  24. SB

    StaceyB

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful location with amazing service and food. I highly recommend the Beef Wellington and the strawberry cheesecake. We especially loved that they use local farms to source their food. A wonderful experience.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great experience food was delicious and fresh the pappardelle was amazing. You can tell a chef loves his craft when he personally comes out and greets his guest. Also had the banana cream pie which was 10/10
  26. SS

    SamS

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had the calamari to start. I had the risotto with halibut with a goldeneye. My wife had the beef wellington with a glass of wine. Everything was outstanding. The only nitpick was that that was $200 (including tip). We would absolutely go again (there’s other stuff we wanna try), but at that price we are gonna have to go less frequently than we would like.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Owner chef came out and make sure everything was ok.. I thought that was really nice. Service was amazing and foods were excellent!! Highly recommended
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is such a quaint restaurant. The beef Wellington is out of this world! The pastas are so fresh and delicious. The waitstaff is friendly very helpful. A bit pricey so it’s a real treat to eat here!
  29. SM

    SusanM

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The restaurant did not look like the same one from the website. I have to say we almost just kept driving, but decided to take another look as we drove around a second time. It is the same place as the photo, but does not look nearly as nice in person from the outside. I would not recommend outdoor seating. We took our chances because of great reviews and went in. The service was exceptional, which is hard to find these days. The owner/ chef takes pride in his menu and it is reflected in the quality of the food. We enjoyed our experience. It was a bit pricey, but again we enjoyed our experience and are looking forward to going back to try another special of the day.
  30. FM

    FeliciaM

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Red Door never disappoints! We came for our 26th anniversary. The service is attentive without being annoying, The food (MUST have the beef wellington) is so good and more than you could ever eat. This time, my husband had the chicken parmesan with pasta which he said was the best he has ever had. OK. I am Italian so that hurt, but wow. it was so good as well! Highly recommend.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent, unique food in a vibrant area. Great service, too!
  32. JV

    JenniferV

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a birthday celebration. Place is so cute, food was amazing, staff was awesome! Such a pleasant experience!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time going absolutely amazing food and the drinks are superbly crafted. The Red Door is a truly San Diego gem.. Highly recommend
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I hate to write this but I wasn't impressed with the taste of the food overall. The bill without alcohol came to $160 without the tip. The eggplant dish was tasteless and the piece of eggplant was kiddie size. The chicken parmesean was tough and tasted almost burned. The spaghetti that came with it was the best part of the meal. Very tasty. The Alfredo seafood fettuccine was tasteless. We ordered a tiramusu and it was cold nor fresh. The regular coffee was weak and the cappuccino tasted water downed. The foam was almost non-existent. I own a rocket appartamento espresso maker and my foam is silky smooth with no bubbles in it. The one I received barely had foam and it was similar in look to used dishwasher water. The appetizer we ordered was very good, beets. The kale salad was good but a little dry. The house bread is served in a tiny basket maybe 3" by 4". I would have preferred a heartier bread and a dipping sauce. Unfortunately I don't plan to return. One last thing, there's not much to choose from on the lunch menu. I was really surprised and disappointed but I didn't want to say anything because the waiter was so nice.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the minute we walked in the staff was awesome. They wished us a happy anniversary upon arrival and were attentive and helpful all through dinner. Excellent food. My 12 year old daughter “almost died” over how good the lasagna was. All in all, it was a very enjoyable dinner with great food and a great staff.
  36. SM

    SusanM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great cozy atmosphere. Great food. Friendly staff. Good service. A great night out.
  37. D

    Duke

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is always great and interesting. There is also with a decent wine list and nice deserts to finish. We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed.
  38. RB

    RitaB

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food is amazing! We had an appetizer, 2 entrees, and a dessert - all were exceptional. This is a small place so it got kind of loud at times because there was no buffer between tables. Still, we plan to return. We also noticed that the outside tables were dog friendly so maybe next time we will sit outside with our pup.
  39. J

    Jenn

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing as always. The food is so delicious & the service is top notch!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great atmosphere and the chef/owner makes every guest feel special

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

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 4.7 stars by 2455 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Red Door

741 W. Washington St., San Diego, CA 92103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Falcon Street

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Hills

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Farm-to-table, Modern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Metered and two hour parking all around Monday through Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Ample free street parking available. Parking available in the US Bank lot after 6. Private lot on NW corner of Falcon and Washington.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luciano Cibelli Chef/Owner

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 295-6000

  • Catering

    Offsite catering for small casual gatherings.

  • Private party facilities

    SPECIAL EVENTS & UNIQUE OCCASIONS Catering & Events are opportunities for us to work closely with our guests & occasions for us to share our dedication to celebration in exciting new ways. Our menu is from our farm, our dedication is to the experience. We love this stuff. info@thereddoorsd.com

  • Private party contact

    Luciano Cibelli lcibelli@gmail.com: (619) 459-3073

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