Red O - Newport Beach

4.5
2257 reviews
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Dining at Red O is an experience like no other - offering a unique combination of Prime Steak & Seafood with Rick Bayless’ signature Mexican inspired influences. By sourcing local and sustainable ingredients Red O creates flavorful dishes with a mindset on quality while still being true to the flavors of Mexico. Red O’s team of friendly employees create a welcoming atmosphere that parallels the luxury resort interiors of the restaurant. Red O also features an impressive bar and lounge, where you’ll find their specialty cocktails, an extensive tequila list and award winning wine list. The bar also offers Happy Hour from 3pm to 7pm daily.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Sunday: 11:00am -3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday-Saturday:5:00pm -11:00pm
Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 7:00pm Everyday
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Phone number
(949) 718-0300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Keith Stich
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Private party facilities
Red O Restaurant combines atmosphere, comfort & Mexican inspired prime steak and seafood for an exceptional dining experience. From 2 to 300 guests, Red O’s courteous and professional staff will provide an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
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Private party contact
Director of Events: (888) 217-4044
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
San Miguel Drive
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Public transit
Valet Parking available.
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Entertainment
Live Entertainment 7 Nights Week.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Servers very polite and attentive.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess wasn’t the nicest

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o
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Reservations for New Year’s Eve was made over a month in advance. Our reservation time was at 9:15... we arrived five minutes early... where we were told by hostess that they were running behind. We waited for over one hour and all we were told was a pathetic “sorry” suffice to say we left the restaurant at 10:20pm still not seated.
Went across the street to Fig & Olive and spent New Year’s Eve.
I will never visit Red O again.
Horrible management
Horrible hostesses

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AN
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They gave our table after 2 hours wait and adjacent to kitchen stating that it was the best they could do with our reservation! Very bad management..., some food on the menu was finished by 11:00 pm when we sat down!
Do not recommend at all!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red O is amazing. The service is always fantastic and the food is beyond great.

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e
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

I really like dining here, so much that I booked my group dinner for NYE, unfortunately the service was really bad and the food was cold when they finally did serve it. Had to ask multiple times for water silverware and chips and salsa. Usually would give it 5 stars but bad experience last time.

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P
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Once in the restaurant and through the hostesses, the service was impeccable! The food has shifted here from our initial visits and while we miss the adventuresome items that were on the prior menu (guacamole taster of 4 distinct varieties), the offering is solid and delicious. Portions are generous. We visited early on NYE and the service team who supported us were all phenomenal!

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MD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent celebrated our anniversary when do it again

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k
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was great. Don't know if it's the revised Red Onion or not.

The restaurant is really stunning and the food was delicious.

Our waitress was really good, too.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I took my sister there for lunch for her 50th birthday. Within 5 minutes of being seated, we were asked 3 times if we were ready to order our main course even though we already ordered drinks and appetizers and asked our server for some time. We felt very rushed, as if they wanted us to leave, even though we barely arrived there and they weren’t that busy. Eventually, but promptly, we ordered our main course. They brought the wrong order out to me, so they had to take it back and bring me the correct one. My course came with a side of tortillas, but no tortillas were in the covered bowl that they were supposed to come in. It also took a long time for them to clear our plates once we were done...which only prompted me to stack the plates myself. I found it quite odd that in the beginning, they were constantly at our table wanting to take our order, but then once we ordered, they were very inattentive. I’ve been to this restaurant before and enjoyed the experience, but this time was not good. We would have stayed longer and spent more money, but since we were seated next to the server’s station and first being rushed, THEN being ignored, we left. I don’t think we’ll be going back.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good ambiance. Great location. Food was mediocre. Very expensive- food not really worth the price. I’m not sure we will go back.

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CB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here has always been great. Wonderful service and loved the churros for our anniversary!

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One word Great

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 2ambience 5

It was overrated

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s
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place always so friendly great food had a great time with family there. Will return for sure

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BC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

was hoping for the prix fix menu, was too early (offered in jan)!

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SR
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, food, and service were exceptional. My husband & I truly enjoyed our first experience there.

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SA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is outstanding. Very fresh tasting with unique flavors. Patio dining in the winter was very comfortable. The fireplace was lit and the decor was beautifully decorated for Christmas.

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k
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

My food on Christmas Eve wasn’t good....I don’t think I will be coming back for awhile

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R
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Christmas Eve!! Max our server made our evening. Food was outstanding. Thank you Red O!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service ... definitely will start tradition of coming here for
Christmas Eve.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Had a date night with my significant other and another couple. Love the food and atmosphere. Had superb service all the other times I’ve been there but this time was not so great! Had a reservation and they seated us right on time, after being seated, a waiter came over and told us that our waiter was really backed up on tables and that he was going to take our drink order to help him out. After our drinks arrived we sat there for 20 mire minutes, no one ever checked on us then I noticed that there were many empty tables, how were they backed up? It wasn’t that busy, never even saw our waiter. Finally, I got up and asked what was going on and they said someone would be with us and no one ever showed up. Since there were many open tables, we asked if we could move tables as we were the first table right at the entrance and it was drafty (cold) so they moved us. We moved into the patio room right by the fireplace and it was really nice. A new waitress came over and helped us immediately and she was spot on! I forgot her name but thank you to her. Our food was delicious and her service was excellent!

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OT
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Well that was it that was my last time ever eating there again too many bad experiences. Service-level is just atrocious. Really that's it and if I were an owner of this place or any restaurant like this where my food is decent the place looks gorgeous but I have fools working for me who make my place look bad and me look bad I would be really upset. first they tried to squeeze our party of six onto a four-top it was so uncomfortable I insisted we move. It took awhile for her to even come back to take our drink order and greet us that we ordered appetizers at the same time and the appetizers came not quickly but first before I even had my drink. We ordered a cheese type dip called fundido and it should have came with tortillas for our group to each get one to try this it came with one tortilla rather than say for 5 that by the time they brought more tortillas the cheese was cold and hard that they had to make us a new one. I could go on but the experience was so bad and it's not my first time here having this experience that I just will not come back. What a shame because the place does look beautiful. The location in Los Angeles on Melrose recently closed and I see this one following in its footsteps.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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SR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for Mexican food and it has a nice atmosphere. Great place for a date or special occasion.

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RB
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

chicken as a little tough, but the steak was great!

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it so wonderful start to finish the brunch is endless drinks and the food cannot be beat!

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. We arrived about 30 minutes early, and were quickly shown to our seats. The service and food were excellent, and both of us were impressed. We definitely will be back

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P
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Beautiful restaurant. The only negative we had was how close the tables were where we were sitting. Really didn't want to hear the real estate conversation with the couple next to us.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and a fantastic atmosphere. Wish I didn't have to wait 15-20 minutes to be sited, even with a reservation. However I absolutely love there food and drinks!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Holiday dinner 🎄Dominic and Max were excellent

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow what an amazing dinner! Probably one of the best meals with great seafood and steak! We will be back.

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CC
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Margaritas are amazing and the food is a delicious.

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A
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only reason we went is because my son is a fan of Rick Bayless's cooking show and this restaurant is one of his projects. Both the food and service are very good and I would highly recommend based on those. However, the ambience is, for me, a little over-the-top. The music is very loud, there are fire plumes at the front entrance, one enters through the bar, with its wall of glass bottles and sort of Morccanish decor... But it's at Fashion Island in OC so I guess it fits well there. And I suppose what you are paying for is not just food but an experience. In terms of the food, the tamales are delicious, the soup is poured at the table with an unusual but very good broth, the ceasar salad is amazing because of intensely roasted pepitas, and the steak and potatoes are well done as well. House margarita is a good margarita. Overall, very good, but it's so loud and garish I wouldn't want to go there very often (for me, personally).

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s
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had to wait 15 mins even though we had a reservation and several tables were open. Music was VERY loud when we sat down but seemed to be lowered part way through our stay which helped. Our server was very attentive and tequila drinks were all good but wine list was lacking. Food was mixed bag. Tuna tartare and tortilla soup were excellent. Enchiladas were nothing special especially given the price. Wonderful ambiance except for loud noise level.

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c
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ally was an amazing server

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g
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The host station is completely unorganized. Waited almost 25 minutes and had to go back 3 times to get seated.

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DT
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service good but overpriced for the Mexican menu items

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Only one vegetarian entree option which wasn’t very well made either.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience

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