The Red Door

4.9
1996 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
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
What 1996 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Chef Luciano was wonderful as always at the Red Door. We enjoyed a couple cocktails and chef recommended some dishes, an incredible flatbread, filet, and the lobster ravioli. Everything was excellent. Only downside was our table was right next to the fire hydrant outside.

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Kristy
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I really enjoyed our experience here. The food and drinks were so flavorful and delicious. Our server was fantastic - very welcoming, friendly, and prompt. Highly recommend!

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Edwin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Red Door is an ideal date night spot. Great food, drinks, service, and ambiance.

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EmmaL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ricotta cheesecake is the best! It’s not too heavy as regular cheesecake, light on sugar level as well. With fresh cut strawberries and the sauce, it is just the best combination

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DavidA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, you're paying for quality here. Some places are overpriced for what you get, not the Red Door. If you appreciate good food, this place is for you.

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ReneC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returning customer...Celebrating life....Excellent as always!

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vipCristina
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are lucky to count on the Red Door in our neighborhood; we can bring guests and getaway ourselves to dine there very easily! The food is really a "cut above:" fabulous entrees (Beef Wellington and other signature dishes) and, what I always order, very special pastas and appetizers. The staff are knowledgeable and so friendly. It is a favorite place.

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vipFoodMD
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We usually go to the Red Door every Sunday. It’s hard to believe but it keeps getting better and better. Chef Luciano is a magician with food! Anything and everything that he makes is outstanding! There is no better Chef in San Diego! The service is excellent! Phillip is the best! All of the staff is very friendly and helpful!

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vipMarcJ
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, wine, and staff are OUTSTANDING - as always. We are regulars and frequently refer friends here, and nobody is disappointed. While not the cheapest dinner out - it is truly the finest. Save room for the banana cream pie - it's out of this world.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We sat outside and the heaters kept us comfortable even though it was a little chilly outside. Our server did an awesome job and helped recommend a beer to my husband. He had the burger and I had a pasta dish and a Rose. We had an excellent time and even got to meet the chef.

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vipChristopherD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. As we were waiting, the owner/Chef came out to greet us and began to make it a personal experience. He personally told us about the restaurant, how he started it I hoped that we enjoyed the dining experience. The service, the food and the atmosphere was absolutely exquisite. Jake, the person who waited on us made the experience the best I could possibly be.

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steveh
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I had always wanted to try it and thought I'd splurge. 25.00 for eggplant parm. Better be outrageously good. It would have been good for 12.00, but not so great for 25.00 with a small portion that was soggy and appeared to be microwaved as one side was scorched. I didn't make a fuss as I was dining with a friend who was enjoying his venison and risotto. We also had the Brussel sprouts which were very good.

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vipJARUSD
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous experience! From the moment we were seated, we were treated to a special event. Our server plus the owner/chef Luciano were so great at explaining the dishes and providing great recommendations. We had the burrata and beets appetizer that was perfect followed by the surf and turf special of wild alaskan salmon and venison which was amazing. Finished with one of the best desserts I've had in years! Can't wait to go back.

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AshleyB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always! The beef wellington is to die for. Highly recommend :)

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baurfam
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant, great food. We really enjoyed our meal and will definitely be back. The staff and chef took great care of us. Special thanks to our server, Josie!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always.

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vipEmilyM
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome restaurant! Food is amazing, and the chef takes great pride in his product.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, our sever was on it and the chef was friendly.

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vipCaroleM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked with Red Door for the first time for our anniversary. It was a delightful experience beginning to end. Our waitress was knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoyed every morsel of the calamari and beef Wellington. The chef/owner stopped at our table a couple of times to ensure we were enjoying ourselves. Overall, we highly recommend it.

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vipGogo
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the place!!! Everything was delicious! Ready to come back

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vipDano
San Diego
73 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Italian jewel on West Washington Street in Mission Hills continues to impress me. Two couples went for dinner recently, requesting outside seating. Food and drink were excellent, as always, and the owner, Luciano, attended each table with his menu favorites.

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KatyC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were impressed with our first meal at the Red Door Monday night. I chose the restaurant based on its reviews and for being described as “romantic”. Although romantic was a bit of a stretch the food was divine and the drinks creative and well balanced. The owner/chef Luciano came out and introduced himself to us and offered good recommendations for our meal. My husband had the beef Wellington which he thoroughly enjoyed and I had the short ribs with polenta, both of which were prepared perfectly. One real highlight was the beet and burrata salad that we had for a starter. The cheese was rich yet delicate and balanced perfectly with the tang of the beets. This was our first time to the Red Door but it won’t be our last.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef came around to the tables to introduce himself and be sure all guests had a pleasant dining experience. Food and service were impeccable! Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and great experience, will definitely coming back

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Tapas
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Exceeded our expectations. Both had beef Wellington and it was perfect... my only complaint was the veggies were a bit salty for my taste. Love the calamari and kale app. Chef checked in on us to chat and make sure everything was to our liking. Will definitely go back and sample the menu. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. The owner who is also the chef came out personally to great us. What a professional that made us feel special thank you chef. Also the service and staff kind and friendly. Definitely going back.👍👍

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Everything was great, food and service. Only thing was we had to sit outside on the sidewalk because of COVID restrictions. Otherwise everything was great.

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JoanO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I forgot our waiters name but he was informative. Since we are not from SD he gave us suggestions on where to go around the area.

The food was delicious. It was the first time trying the Beef Wellington and I would definitely get it again. My husband had the lamb that was cooked to perfection. My girls tried the eggplant lasagna and the short ribs. They ate all the lasagna but the short ribs with the polenta needed something.

But overall service was great and the food was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday for the first time in a year and it lived up to every expectation. The food was as delicious as ever, service was fantastic, everything felt safe and precautions taken. It was a lovely evening out and an amazing dinner at a special place. Can’t wait to start going back more often!

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vipEdwardG
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. The flatbread is the best starter ever. The chef/owner always stops by to see how you're doing. The food is incredibly delicious

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vipAnisaE
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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JinnahW
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Red Door! We've always had the best service and the food is outstanding.

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JayD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and top notch service!! Great dinner spot, good for small groups and couples.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoying trying out restaurants that are farm to table. The owner/chef made the experience personable by greeting us at our table, telling us about the restaurant and food options of which there are many to satisfy vegetarians, carnivores and pescatarians. Excellent food and service!

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LisaJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first Beef Wellington and it was amazing. Owner stops by and introduces himself and makes sure you are well taken care of.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was very fun! I love how it feels like you’re inside someone’s house. The chef talks to every table and that really adds to the wonderful experience.

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vipThanx
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very professional service, combined with a wide variety of delicious libations. Who could ask for more?

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vipChrisS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lasagna I’ve had in 30 years.

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vipBrianC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a good meal! Server and chef were very attentive and gracious. Food was delicious - the pasta is handmade and the ingredients are local and fresh. A good go to Italian restaurant outside of Little Italy.

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lely
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our time at the red door. The food and drinks were excellent.

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 4.9 stars by 1996 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.

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