The Red Door
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Seared tenderloin | mushroom duxelle | puff pastry | mushroom madeira | veggies
Braised lamb | butternut squash risotto | gremolata | port wine sauce
Mussels | calamari | scallops | shrimp | clams
Best Italian food in San Diego. Great service and amazing owner! Give it a try!
Amazing food and staff
Food was wonderful, owner is charming and passionate. Heat lamps outside were plenty warm on a chilly night.
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.
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!
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.
Great dinner - awesome atmosphere. Quiet and romantic.
Perfect evening. Luciano is the best. Beef Wellington was spectacular.
excellent neighborhood restaurant fir food, service, and ambiance
Great spot. Nice touch with having the chef come out to the table.
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.
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
Best restaurant in Sd!
The fresh made pasta is fantastic. I had the lobster ravioli with vodka sauce. It was amazing.
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
Excellent food and service
Thank you Chef Luciano and team
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.
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!
Amazing food and staff
Great food. Reminded us of being in Italy vs eating Italian. Chef came out and introduced himself. Great overall.
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.
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.
Wonderful hallows eve night;)
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 !
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.
Great food & atmosphere. Owner walked around said hi created a cool experience.
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!
Great appetizers! Mix of French and Italian goof! Outstanding service!! Chef is amazing! Thank you!!
Service was great!! Had the best Cosmo cocktail the bartenders awesome
Our server was fantastic!
Lovely evening and great food. The owner and chef met us at the front door, came to our table to explain the specials and menu, and my husband had the seafood squid ink pasta and I had the osso buco. Both were fantastic and the risotto that came with my lamb shank had a hint of rosemary and was probably the best I ever had. You must try this place!
Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch in a beautiful ambience and can't wait to go back and try more of their menu items. The food portions were generous for the price and the quality was very much on point. The service was also impeccable - want to try lunch there again and also try their dinner menu as well.
The food was absolutely amazing. The drinks were good, and it was a great environment. We had the beef Wellington, short ribs, nachos, and Brussels sprouts; all were perfect. The Beef Wellington was out of this world. The chef came out and greeted everyone individually, it was an awesome experience. We came for our anniversary, and we think this may be our new go to for special occasions.
The food is more on the expensive side but it was soo good! We got the special which was a truffle papradelle and it was amazing. Pricey but you are paying for some quality ingredients from Italy. The chef and the server were very nice, and attentive to our group. It was overall a really good spot, and will recommend to any friends!
The beef wellington was to die for and the pastas were amazing. I had a great time with friends and loved the food so much I went back another time the same week. The chef/owner comes out to greet his guests and makes it a personal experience. Would definitely recommend making reservations as it's been busy every weekend I've gone.
Chef came out and was very personable. Food was excellent.
This meal was incredible from start to finish. Even before our server arrived., we were greeted by the owner/chef who was very friendly and impressive. He is straight from Milan, so you know his italian food was on point! He even flies in his flour for all the pastas and bread items from Italy, which means it is easier to digest for anyone with an aversion to gluten. This restaurant is widely known for the best beef wellington in San Diego, but everything we tried was amazing. Highly highly recommend
Delicious fresh food and a wonderfully helpful and friendly server made for a lovely evening!
It was fantastic! The food, the staff, the chef.. everything was outstanding! We ordered 2 of the chef’s specials and it was worth every Penny and more!
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 1845 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.