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.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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
$31 to $50
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Live entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Valet is available in front of the restaurant for a nominal charge. Parking is also available nearby at the Santa Monica public parking structures.
Walking distance from Santa Monica Big Blue Bus stops and the future Expo LRT stop at Downtown Santa Monica (at 4th/Colorado).
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.
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
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Red O - Santa Monica Ratings and Reviews
We ate on the patio because we had our four legged family with us. It was nice to be able to book a reservation with outdoor seating instead of the first come , first served some restaurants offer when choosing outdoor seating.
Our server was nice and our order was correct; I just hate when I have to keep asking for our beverage(s) to be refilled (water and ice T).
The food was flavorful and everyone enjoined their meal. I would recommend and will return.
The food, ambience and overall experience was wonderful. Our server was pleasant and provided excellent service. The food was on point and the buzz in the restaurant was amazing. I don’t usually like to point out the negatives in any dining experience; however, the hostess that I encountered that evening is worth mentioning to help improve the service quality and customer experience at Red O. Unfortunately, the hostess was unfriendly and unwilling to be helpful. We checked in a little early and even though there were available tables, she kept telling us to check back in at our reservation time. I told her that I would be at the bar and she again, repeated that I would have to check back in with her and that she would not come over to get us when the table was ready. Usually, the hostesses are willing to come get you when the table is ready, but this night, with this particular hostess, she was unwilling to do much of anything. Hopefully, a little training in customer service will help her in the way she interacts with patrons of the restaurant. Other than that, loved the place!
When Red O first opened I was lucky enough to get a reservation within the first week. The food was spectacular. It was a meal to remember. This time, not so much. The food lacked a first bite, wow taste. The duck taquitos were a little dry. The short rib enchiladas which I remember so well lacked the depth of taste and were dry as well. Even when the plate was presented it lacked the high quality appearance that I remember. The beans and rice were just that, a big scoop of beans and rice. Sorry, I don't go out very often, but when I do and am going to a lovely restaurant I expect the food to have a depth of taste much better than what I can do at home. The restaurant itself I loved. I liked the atmosphere and our waiter was outstanding. I do have to say, whomever made the churros was spot on. They were DELICIOUS!!!
Overall, experience was fine, but with a few glitches. First, we were seated at a high-top, which felt like being at a bar, not a nice restaurant. We asked to move and after a few minutes, we were moved, which was appreciated.
We ordered the $47 NY Strip steak "medium," but it came rare.....waiter was properly disturbed and sent it back, and after a few minutes brought it back properly cooked, with some extra potatoes for our trouble. Steak was tasty. Lobster tail was just so-so.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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