Amazing food. Amazing wait staff.
Service was great; food was just ok.
This Red O in Santa Monica is nothing like the Red O in Newport Beach. It is in need of a renovation very badly. I was expecting something much more elegant and a fine dining experience. The waitress was not attentive and forgot several requests to our table. Upon leaving and retrieving my vehicle from valet there was a big scratch on the front bumper with fresh white paint that was done by one of the valet drivers. I did not have a good experience here and would not recommend this establishment to anyone.
Great food and service!
Vacation - fun place and very good food
I visited the Newport Beach location and raved to my husband who did not go how amazing it was, so when we were in Santa Monica with the kids we decided to go there. The menu was the brunch menu which was disappointing since it was almost 2pm and I asked if they had a lunch menu only and they did not. It took forever to get our drink orders, chips were delivered about 20 min after we placed our order. Actually, we received the guacamole first and I had to ask again where are the chips? So it took about 5 min after to get some chips. My drink sat empty for some time, plates were not cleared timely. I was very disappointed especially since it was not busy. I would not return to this location nor recommend this location to anyone. The kids and I had to explain to my husband that the Newport one was so much better and the food tasted so much better so we would have to try it again because he was disappointed as well.
It was good
Sunday dinner at Red O. The food was yummy but the service was lousy. The house margarita was fresh and tasty and packed a bit of a punch. The Yellowtail Hamachi and the scallops over angel hair were delicious. What made this review three stars was the service. From the front desk to our server no one smiled. Our server had the personality of toast and looked edgy and scared throughout the dinner. At these prices I except better service and bad service can make a very good dinner a three star review.
Mexican food was not to our expectations. It was decent, but way overpriced.
There was a very very large party so our service suffered. We stopped in for an appetizer the night before and the service was amazing!
Absolutely awful. Will never go back to this location.
We were there for brunch with a large group. Everyone enjoyed their food and our server, Jennifer, was fantastic. The bottomless drinks for brunch are a great value and the location just across from the beach was lovely.
Red O in Santa Monica is a great place for an afternoon lunch or evening cocktail. The service was excellent and food prices reasonable. The only drawback was the cooler temperatures; outdoor seating means doors are left open and the tables are drafty.
Red O Santa Monica was very noisy. The skinny margarita was watery and cost $17.00. My Jidori chicken breast was over cooked and tough. The vegetable enchilada was horrible. The tacos were mediocre.
The food was not as flavorful as I remember, and the service was subpar. Will not go back.
The restaurant was fantastic. In fact the service was what really made the day. Our server was one of the best person that could have helped make the special occasion for my friend even better.
We had four great meals. The oysters, guacamole, and yellowtail aguachile were fantastic. The Chilean sea bass was moist and very flavorful. The braised short rib enchiladas were awesome and the crab and shrimp enchiladas were excellent. The lamb chop and scallop combination was great. We are definitely going back many more times
First time here. Food was good. I would come back.
Celebrating an engagement. Nothing was great nothing bad. Portions were smaller than Newport location. Service average. Newport location does a far better job on the Margaritas.
What a fantastic place! Of course the location is fantastic being across from the Santa Monica pier. How do you beat that? The other great thing is that it’s just down the street from the newer park as well as the filming location for the Prime TV series “goliath“. The food is fantastic and the service is exceptional. No way to go wrong here!
We are Red O fans, but hadn’t had dinner in this location before. Each location has it’s own distinct charm. This one is right where the action is in Santa Monica across the street from the Pier. No matter, because we had the same great margaritas, delicious food and friendly service. A great night out with friends.
It’s pretty noisy and busy, but the food is pretty good! Definitely a hipster chic vibe, but it’s a nice time and literally across the street from the beach.
Awesome evening at Red O. Food was delicious and the margaritas even better. Excellent service as well
Felt like the portions were small for price. Drinks and service was good but wouldn’t go back as the food was just ok for such a famous chef.
I relied on the web menu for this location, but the web site had not been updated for the latest menu and my two primary items had been removed. I had based my other meals that day around what I anticipated having that night, only to find that those items were no longer available.
Waitress was non-personable and appeared distracted.
Someone had passed out in the men's bathroom stall, causing quite a distraction.
I'm not sure why you ask about the reasons for the visit - special occasion or otherwise. There's no acknowledgement of such at the restaurant.
I had expectations for a Newport RedO experience, but was very disappointed with this Santa Monica location.
Great food and service but ultra noisy
I LOVE this place. Very upscale in taste and presentation. Simply delicious! I am a true foodie and the Red O stays on my restaurant rotation list. :) Thank you for including it on Diine N LA again this year.
Great restaurant. Not your typical 2 tacos, beans and rice Mexican Food restaurant. Food portions are wonderful (maybe even too big).
The wine list could use a lot of help, and the $30 corkage seems crazy in light of the limited wine selection.
My only criticism is that two of the four of us had birthdays that night, we put it in the Open Table Comments, and they did not recognize or even comment on our birthdays. Seemed a little odd.
Overall great evening at the beach in Santa Monica.
Great location and view of the Santa Monica pier and people watching. We were celebrating a birthday and it was a great place for it. The food was awesome and so were the bottomless mimosas. The only complaint was my brother's glass come with lipstick still on it - obvious that the glass was not washed. And, the straw also had the same lipstick!! That grossed us out even though the waiter swore he put in a new straw!?!
Our server was very un interested in us and was only nice when he put down the bill
Went for Dine LA. Food was excellent especially the duck taquitos and filet mignon. Service was great and the price was amazing. Would go again and pay full price
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!
Love the food and the service is awesome! Wait staff is very attentive!
Par excellence with food quality, attentive staff, location & embiance
Nice looking restaurant in a very nice area. The food is was good but I guess I was expecting more as it is a Rick Bayless restaurant. Service was good and so were the margaritas.
Awesome much quieter than Orange Co venue at Fashion Island!
New year so cool
It kind of felt like a tourist trap, food was good though.
Always very good - excellent food, creatively prepared, Red-O provides friendly service, both on the patio and inside. The dog-friendly back patio adds another reason to come back often. The only knock is that they should do music as well as the food.