The Red Door

4.8
2120 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 2120 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience... being greeted by the chef/owner, Luciano Cibelli was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed the catch of the day, sea bass. Live music was fantastic, service, outstanding... will definitely return.

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KaraC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chef from Milan met us at table and checked on us later. Food was outstanding. Definitely recommend!

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AMH184
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The chef even introduced himself to us and walked us through the menu. We ended up purposely ordering more than we could eat so that we could try more things. Everything was delicious. Lobster ravioli was my favorite.

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austingeorgette
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Service great, food unfortunately did not live up to the reviews and hype. Arugula salad was lame, “house made” focaccia was stale, and the $35 truffle ravioli that came with 6 ravioli (!!?!) was bland. Won’t be returning and wish I had read more accurate reviews before visiting with a friend who was visiting SD :/

The Red Door
Responded 3 days ago

Everyone's palate is different. Perhaps the ravioli was not favorable to your palate but we still believe the dish is priced fairly. It may have been easier to address your honest concerns passively but after you introduced yourself as an industry worker to a large, local restaurant group in SD who knows the kind of effect a review like this can have on a small business. We feel helpless knowing that we weren't given the respect of making it right -especially from a fellow industry worker.

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AshleyS
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!!!

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PJLangevin
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hospitality on steroids! We were first timers to San Diego and with traffic we were running long past our reservation time. “No problem.” We were greeted and welcomed like family. Service was outstanding. The food was prepared perfectly from family recipes back home in Italy. Extra large portions. The chef came to our table and made us feel even more welcomed to his restaurant. The perfect dining experience!

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NicoleV
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Red Door makes me feel like I'm in Napa Valley. The seared scallops are the best I've had in San Diego and the chef's risotto is second to none. Wellington is superb. Great place for date night and always delicious! 10 stars!!

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AnthonyT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing dining experience in my life. Food was amazing, service was impeccable. Chef was friendly and outgoing. Best Wellington and the service made our evening even better. Highly recommend The Red Door to anyone that has not been.

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vipNinotchka
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luciano, chef/owner stands out in San Diego cuisine as having a wide ranging menu, all of which is so appealing it’s difficult to choose. The mushroom/white truffle Ravioli, clearly Italian sourced, is exemplary of what pasta should taste like. Everything we selected was delicious, and chef stopped by to pair an excellent wine for our selection. Would be happy to return again and again as the menu is so large. I would particularly like to try the swordfish, Although the portion looked large enough for at least two.

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vipDaisy
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rarely take the time to write a restaurant review but Red Door may be the best restaurant in all of San Diego. The menu, the food, the service are all impeccable. The chef visits each table and his passion is palpable. Everything is locally sourced from small vendors and farms. Every time I go back with new people their enthusiasm matches my own. The decor is very low key - not slick like many new San Diego eateries. It is clear the owner/chef put his money into quality ingredients and professional staff. Fantastic value too at about $50 with wine p/p. Enormous portions encourage sharing.

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vipThomasM
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just consistently great food & service every time I go there

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Jasmine
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing staff and the chef comes to the table . It was worth every penny !

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vipHcjc
Dallas
56 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place. Very intimate with outstanding food. The owner/chef stops by your table to introduce himself and check on you. A very nice touch. Gotta try here for a nice enjoyable dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a friend in town & we met up at The Red Door for such a lovely dining experience! The owner, along with every other staff member, were so friendly and accommodating. Don’t even get me started on the food! We ordered almost everything on the menu, and let me tell you, we were NOT disappointed! We will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a San Diego classic.
The staff and the chef always makes you feel like family.

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vipEats2much
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great menu - so many great choices. Not a typical Italian restaurant as there is Beef Wellington, jumbo scallops, etc. Our group of 4 had sea bass, scallops and 2 pappardelle dishes. All were outstanding as were our arugula and Farmers Market salads. Very good wine list. A special shout out to the dessert menu! If you haven’t been then you’ve missed one of the better neighborhood restaurants in San Diego. The owner/chef came by our table to welcome us and introduce himself. He came by later for feedback on our meals as well. A class act!

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MelindaM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the service was excellent. I shall be back soon!

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vipagrnbrg
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice traditional Italian

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Nicholas was on Q” in assisting us what to
Order to our preferences . Thank you

The entire staff & especially Owner was very receptive .

A must if you are visiting San Diego or living in San Diego.

We are from NYC & have been to hundreds of restaurant establishments.

The Red Door is top shelf.

Looking forward to dine here again next time
Back in town .

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vipGirleatstravelslaughs
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Red Door never disappoints!! Celebrated @seferrara tonight for her birthday and enjoyed everything.
From the second we walked in, we were greeted with warmth, treated with kindness and served wonderful food. Chef Luciano cares and it is apparent and appreciated!
Roasted Beets and Burrata, Wild Alaska Salmon with Roasted Vegetables, Slow braised beef pappardelle, dessert and coffee.
You feel at home. ❤

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vipRosellaP
Austria
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

25th anniversary

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vipPattyC
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicholas was an amazing server & the food was amazing

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devin
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the chief came out to our table to greet us and tell us more about the menu and we had amazing evening. I will be going again soon.

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Chris
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was outstanding. We had never heard of it before but saw great reviews and figured it was worth a try and it was even better than I expected. The servers were amazing and honestly better than a lot I have had at 5 star restaurants. The owner came around to check on us and the food tasted fresh and home made. I will be coming back for sure and recommending this place to everyone I know.

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VictorO
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect. Luciano made everything to perfection

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party had a wonderful experience at The Red Door. Our server, Anthony, was very welcoming and helpful as were all the other staff members. All the food was great! We enjoyed the fried calamari and kale appetizer. Calamari was fresh and fried perfectly, and the kale chips were super light and had a great flavor. The entrees of eggplant parmesan, beef Wellington, and orecchiette were superb and portions were a nice size. During the meal the owner/chef stopped by our table to say hello and ask about our meal. The mini banana cream pie was a perfect dessert. An all around great experience - we’ll be returning.

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vipDaneH
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best sword fish I've ever had.
It was perfectly cooked and as moist as I've ever had. The risotto match was a great.

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Diddy
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Just wow.

The experience at The Red Door was unlike any I have had at a restaurant for awhile (and that isn’t because of the fact that I haven’t been to a restaurant in awhile - I’m looking at you, COVID). From the staff to the chef to the friendly patrons to the to-die-for meal, our night at this top quality Italian gem made our first day in San Diego truly unforgettable.

We were greeted and seated at a quaint table outside (thanks to the staff member from Minnesota - thanks for the Midwestern charm we love!) and then the friendly Ryan came by to welcome us. He gave us the specials, each one sounding more delicious than the next. Then McKenna came to our table asking if we had any questions or needed suggestions. She was bubbly and fun, easily engaging us in conversation. It was at this point, we had been attended to by three different staff members, all quick to help and very warm. But then, Luciano, the owner and chef himself, came out to greet us and introduce himself. This is when I knew this place was special! Luciano is from Milan and I knew we were in for a treat (Italian food cooked by an Italian chef!). He went through the menu with us, pointing out his personal favorites. I noticed he then went to each and every table to greet his customers. I was so impressed by this personal touch since it made such a difference in our dining experience.

But that wasn’t even the last of it because then the food came and every bite was spectacular. All the food is locally sourced, which was a big selling point, since they take advantage of all the local farmers San Diego has to offer. And when that isn’t possible Luciano makes sure to get the top quality ingredients himself (I know this because he told us about his scallops!). He frequently came back to check on us and make conversation, and you could tell he takes incredible pride in his work and establishment.

We even met a local man who stunned us with his generosity by treating us to a bottle of rose!

JM
vipJoeM
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was recommended by a friend who lives ithe area. The service and the meal were all first class. Even the drink menu was fantastic. I would recommend this place as it was an outstanding experience. Event the Executive Chef greeted us and asked about our meal.

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BenjaminT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational food. Attentive and warm service. A charming neighborhood gem. Highly recommend.

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vipJoyK
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The seared tuna was the perfect temperature and the apps (burrata appetizer and the caesar) melted in our mouths. The chef (who checks in on all the diners) says he chooses only locally sourced seafood and it showed in the freshness. Best meal in San Diego so far.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mussels were wonderful, waitstaff attentive and friendly!

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Slohcinr
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Called to see if we could move up our reservation and was told no. We arrived to many open tables. The entree we read about was “off the menu”. The “fresh baked bread” written about, we requested, was focaccia about the size of a muffin sliced very thin and was dry. Didn’t taste fresh. Our entrees were hot but lacking in flavor and the short rib (we order at many restaurants) was very fatty, tasted a bit gamey, without the deep rich flavor usually accompanying the dish. “Fresh Parmesan” requested arrived pre grated… surprising. The restaurant is quaint and we really wanted to love our meal but left quite disappointed.

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vipRG123
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of us came to celebrate a birthday last weekend. The food was amazing. Everything that everyone had was outstanding. The service was also fantastic. The chef checked on us throughout the meal and offered recommendations, which was awesome. I don’t live in the area, but will definitely be back!

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AtalieD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and the service is excellent. The chef comes around to each table to check on you. Love this place!

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StephenC
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian inspired dishes. Ravioli and vodka sauce was amazing. And don’t sleep on the drinks

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Foodies
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back- the food was outstanding!!! This charming restaurant is totally worth it!

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Anonymous
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very good food and great atmosphere. Staff need to work on attitude. Overall very good place to visit and eat.

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DrJIJ
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood fettucine could not be improved upon. Outstanding and generous serving. Gnocchi al pesto was very tasty and well prepared, if a bit salty. Sticky toffee pudding was quite interesting and unique, not like in north Wales nor in London, but attractive and quite good. Very nice staff and owner.

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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 4.8 stars by 2120 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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