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About Red O - Santa Monica

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. Their bar also offers Happy Hour from 3 to 7pm daily.

1541 Ocean Avenue
Suite 120
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch/Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday; 5:00 pm -10:00 pm; Friday & Saturday; 5:00 pm -11:00 pm
Happy Hour: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Everyday

Cross Street:
Colorado

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 458-1600

Website:
http://www.redorestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Live entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Parking Details:
Valet is available in front of the restaurant for a nominal charge. Parking is also available nearby at the Santa Monica public parking structures.

Public Transit:
Walking distance from Santa Monica Big Blue Bus stops and the future Expo LRT stop at Downtown Santa Monica (at 4th/Colorado).

Executive Chef:
Seth Vider

Private Party Facilities:
Genuine Hospitality marks every function held in Red O. Their dedicated event director welcomes groups of 10 to 300 guests and will give personal attention to every detail of your event, from special entertainment requests to audiovisual needs.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We are featuring our complete dining menu as well as chef features and specials for this joyous day!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We are offering a very special evening for all in attendance. Live entertainment and dancing as well as a hosted toast at midnight. We will have party favors for all as well as an ala carte menu so you can dine as you like.

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Red O - Santa Monica Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (10)
Good for a Date (9)
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Happy Hour (7)
Scenic View (7)
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People Watching (7)
Fun (6)
Waterfront (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Authentic (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Romantic (3)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
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Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 21 hours ago

Staff was very accommodating. The server was attentive without being obtrusive. The ingredients were of high-quality, but the tastes were bland, especially considering the attempt to generate a hip vibe.
Black mole should be complex and not particularly sweet. Here it was bit too sweet without compensating complexity. The guacamole had no kick and was way too processed for my liking, being almost a mousse.

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·Dined 4 days ago

If you are a vegetarian, this place is NOT for you. We were 5 vegetarians at the table and because they ran out of corn there were NO vegetarian dishes.

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·Dined 4 days ago

It was the worst dining experience of my life. Food was bad, service was bad. We were accosted and harassed by street people homeless people. At one point a homeless person reached thru the window and grabbed things from our table then said they had a gun and would we like to see it. Manager offered a free round of drinks. They never came, we left. It sucked. It ruined our whole night.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was my first time at this restaurant.
It was an early Saturday night and when I
arrived, there were very few people inside.

Our server was fast to approach our table.
Our orders were taken and very quickly our
food was served. Almost too fast.

The food was good and made fresh to order.
We had a dessert which was also made to order.

Our server was pleasant and checked back often.
We were finished very quickly--almost less than
one hour and felt the cost of valet parking was
not worth the short time we were there.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food, drinks, and service was very good, and we will definitely go again. However, there were people standing outside the entrance to the restaurant smoking, and the cigarette fumes were making their way inside and to our table. We will request a table towards the rear of the restaurant next time, so we can enjoy our meal without the smell of cigarettes. Very nice assortment of tequilas to choose from.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (München)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great service, but extremely noisy - and the food lacks all the hot spices that make Mexican food unique.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The service and food was great highly recommend Red O

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It used to be better. Feel like they're making a few cost cutting moves as of late while increasing their prices, so wasn't as enjoyable as it used to be.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

It was AMAZING!!! It was my birthday and we did brunch on the patio! We met a few other people and it turned into a huge celebration and I LOVE the churro donuts they gave me for my birthday!!!

We always brunch here but yesterday was a whole new level of greatness!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This restaurant is beautiful, has a gorgeous view and the service is outstanding. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting the beach or Santa Monica. Rick Bayless is one of my favorite chefs!

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had a party of 9 including 4 very young children on the patio for Sunday brunch. The menu was accommodating for children as well as the adults. 3 of us were celebrating birthdays and they brought not one, but 3 complimentary desserts. The food was delicious as were the margaritas, and the service was excellent and not rushed. Already looking forward to next time!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This restaurant had the worst and slowest service ever.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wonderful dinner Friday night! Food was delicious and our waiter did a fantastic job!! Watched a beautiful sunset too!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 19, 2017

The food was awesome but the service was lacking. Had to call him over a few times. Had to ask for refills. Had to ask for a dessert menu. The only thing we didn't have to ask for was the check. Brought that right away. For spending almost $500 for dinner I expected a little more. Food great service was disappointing.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Every time in LA (Calabasas), upon returning we take the PCH and stop for dinner at Red-O in Santa Monica (probably our 6th time), always good, always consistent . We had a group of six, no one was disappointed. We were sat outside, almost like a private table and they put on the football game, our waitress was great.

Tags: Late-night Find, People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was ok and the service was good. Parking was challenging and the noise level made it very difficult to have a conversation with our friends.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Good service, but food was expensive and nothing special.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our dining experience was amazing and our waiter was just fantastic! He was friendly, gave great recommendations and it was so nice that we actually had him as our waiter before! Great experience and customer service!

Tags: People Watching, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Good menu choices from steak and seafood to excellent Mexican cuisine. My problem is the extraordinary noise level but that's just how it is with most restaurants today.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Goood service and food. Music was a little loud nice place.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, People Watching
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 24, 2017

They were able to seat a 10 top at last minute. The service and the food were outstanding. Everyone loved their meal. Food was fresh, nice presentation and good portions. I thought about going back the next night!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great service. Very tasty food. We enjoyed every bite. My husband enjoyed a flight of tequilas while I had a fantastic glass of Reisling.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Oh what a disappointment.

The restaurant is extremely loud; the music was so loud customers were shouting so their table could hear them. The staff did turn the music down when requested but the manager then turned it back up.

The plates were obviously prepared early; the refried beans had a hard layer/crust on top, the rice was lukewarm, the mains were dry and also appeared pre-prepared. A shame really as the flavour was basicly there. Perhaps a bit more salt, and the guacamole needed lime but that is a personal preference.

The restaurant was not clean. When your hands stick to the table and your feet to the floor that is not good. Don't get me started on the toilets, they were atrocious.

The wine (Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc) was $48 a bottle which can be purchased at Costco , Smart and Final, etc. for $11-$13. I understand that alcohol is where restaurants make their largest profit margins, but ~400% mark-up. Really!

We paid ~$45 per person (party of 4) for this lunch which is not unreasonable for Santa Monica. However, given the overall dining experience, this lunch was not worth it.

Some of the serving staff seemed to be more interested in preening themselves in front of the windows. Our server was very good however. Attentative, knowledgable and very professional.

The location was outstanding.

Overall, I would not recommend this restaurant. There are numerous other restaurants in the vicinity with similar views, cheaper, cleaner, and better food.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

I've been to the West Hollywood location several times and really enjoyed it. The SM location must cater to tourists from the Midwest, as the food is super bland and tastes like it came out of a jar (especially the salsa). I NEVER use salt at a restaurant, but had to ask for it to give my food a hint of flavor. I was pretty embarrassed that I recommended the place to my out of town guests hoping to get authentic high quality Mexican food. And to add insult to injury, it was fairly expensive so we left feeling hungry and cheated.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great ambiance and very trendy! Alfonso was awesome, he went above and beyond to make my husband's birthday special! Highly recommended!

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Horrible service. We asked them to turn the music down several times because it sounded like a cheap d we asked them to turn the music down several times because it sounded like a cheap dance club. When I said something to the hostess who looked like a bad Grace Jones knock off , she said to me "this is LA" as if I was some kind of street urchin .
I explain to one waitress that I have been to many rick Bayless restaurants before and have better service. She looked at me and did not know who Rick Bayless was .
Very disappointing compared to Fronterra Grill and Topolobompo.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 8, 2017

We arrived 30 minutes before reservation time--no problem. Food was outstanding! Server was friendly, knowledgeable, and very attentive--he added a lot to a fun evening. Signature margarita was the best I've ever had. Two types of mole--both exceptional. One in our party said the short rib taco was the best taco she'd ever had. Definitely worth the drive to Santa Monica--we will return!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Casual
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

I have dined at the Red O on Melrose many times, albeit a few years ago. I really liked it very much.

Except for the service, which was excellent, this restaurant in Santa Monica was mediocre at best.

The menu has been changed from the original RED O menu of a few years ago and it has lost its character and uniqueness.

Other than the food being, for the most part, overpriced, it was mediocre at best. The sizzling plates (and we ordered three) did not sizzle literally and were bland and uninteresting. The spicy shrimp dish was so over-salted, I could taste nothing else.

Sad that what once was a great place has commercialized and become less than good.
RED O now a RED NO for me.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I had shrimp enchiladas and my friend had skirt steak and a beer enchilada . He enjoyed his and I enjoyed mine. Our waiter was great!!! Our drinks were always full and the manager send us dessert. He was a pleasure to talk too very funny.. I would go again

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Food was delicious. The drinks where so so good. The service was excellent. The location was beautiful. The restaurant it self was very lovely. I recommend this amazing restaurant. I can't wait to go again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Fun, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Wonderful service, delicious food! Definitely a return is in the future!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great location and view. Service was good. Unfortunately the food was awful. I never complain and I didn't even tell the server either. My margarita was good but it was serve in a martini glass and soon got kinda warm. The chips and salad are fantastic. Ordered chicken and shrimp enchiladas. Not even in the worst jails in Mexico would they serve this food. I was embarrassed bc I took my step daughter there for her bday and thought it would be memorable. Prices are a little high but it's Santa Monica so it's expected. I def won't return unless itsfor the chips and salsa

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Overall my wife and I enjoyed our experience at Red O. Did the Dine LA menu. Duck tacos are amazing. Wife completely enjoyed her sea bass and I had the enchiladas. Waiter was excellent, very attentive and very upbeat. Great location on Ocean Blvd and great for people watching and enjoying a sunset.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 24, 2017

The food and service were good. It's in a very busy area so parking can be tough. Great view of the pier.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Happy Hour, Scenic View
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 24, 2017

The location by the SM Pier is exceptional,along with the food And ambiance you have a winner.Sitting by the window with the sun and beach breeze,Marguerita in hand.Takes. you to a different place Tropical,casual,comfortable.Great food and setting come before the sun sets for the full affect

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The food was super tasty and our waiter was the bomb!!! Great service and food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Very nice spot right on Ocean Blvd across the street from the Santa Monica Pier. Great food. great service, great ambiance. Very energetic vibe. Always hopping. La Tablita is fantastic for two!

Tags: Waterfront, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Very pleasantly surprised, the food was fantastic and the atmosphere was bright and lively. Only negative is that it gets very loud in there due to the tile floors, etc. But otherwise really great.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Everything was delicious!! We had a party of 5 and we all had something different, so good! Skirt steak very nice! 3 people had mojitos and loved them!! Service was excellent and everyone was very friendly! Loved the location across from the Santa Monica Pier. We'll be back!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We love this restaurant, but this trip was disappointing to say the least. The had already ran out of my favorite dish at 8 p.m. on a Saturday evening. We had to settle for something we really didn't enjoy. Our server disappeared for long periods of time leaving us with either empty glasses or no food. Overall, just an epic fail.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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