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RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla, San Diego, CA

RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla

4.5
4.5
1847 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican

Dining at RED O is an experience like no other that offers a unique combination of Prime Steak and Seafood with Rick Bayless’ signature Mexican inspired influences. With sustainably sourced and local ingredients, RED O creates flavorful dishes true to the authentic flavors of Mexico. RED O’s team of friendly employees creates a welcoming atmosphere that parallels the luxury resort interior of the restaurant. RED O also features an impressive bar and lounge where you’ll find specialty cocktails, an extensive tequila list and an award winning wine list. The bar also offers Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. daily.

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Booked 43 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 291-8360

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Martin Munguia

  • Catering

    We offer a variety of off-site catering options. Please contact the restaurant for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    RED O is the perfect setting for all occasions including corporate dinners to holiday parties as small as 10 and up to 400 guests. We also offer off site catering if you prefer your own venue. For more information, please contact: KRISTINA SMITH, Director of Events, RED O La Jolla stacieg@redorestaurant.com 310.498.7850

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Cross street

    Genesee Ave and La Jolla Village Dr

  • Parking details

    RED O La Jolla offers valet parking as well as self parking. Its self parking garage is 4350. Validate your ticket at the host stand. Validation lasts three hours.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Taco Tuesday @ RED O "Taste of Mexico"

    Multiple dates available
    Indulge in RED O's elevated Mexican cuisine with $4 made-from-scratch tacos every Taco Tuesday available in the bar, lounge, and dining room. Enjoy Happy Hour at the bar from 3pm – 6pm with energizing music and specialty craft cocktails. This local’s secret is not to be missed!
  • Wine Wednesday 🍷 No Corkage + 50% Off

    Multiple dates available
    Indulge in RED O's award-winning wine list and enjoy our Wine Wednesday promotion offering Zero Corkage Fee & 50% Off Select Wines by the Bottle for all dining customers.
  • 🍾 Bottomless Brunch | Sat & Sun

    Multiple dates available
    Indulge in RED O's savory Mexican Brunch from 11am - 3pm every weekend. Enjoy our "Cheers to the Weekend" Bottomless Brunch offering for $25 per person which includes Mimosa's, Red or White Sangrias, and Bloody Mary's. Pro Tip: You can switch between your brunch cocktails at no additional charge.

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What 1,847 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. DP

    DebbieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent ambiance and food! The only item was that the valet was closed so difficult to park

  2. DH

    DesireeH

    Detroit

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Let me start by saying I wanted to book for my daughters graduation dinner and was told to leave email with Kristina in which I did on 6/8/22 and received no response back. I took it upon myself to just make multiple reservations. Fast forward I flew in town and showed up to restaurant the day before to confirm. Mgr on duty stated to leave my name, email and phone number and they would put reservations together and accommodate. I arrived the next evening and nothing even after being told where we would sit. Anyhow we were placed outside and immediately they brought still and bubbly water without even asking. We had 20 people they placed 12 bottles of lg bottles on my bill at $10 each. They will upsell you to death at this restaurant. Kind of like going to a timeshare meeting. The food was just ok not authentic Mexican food. I grew up in South SD so I know what authentic is. The gentleman Mgr on duty in the evening is a little stuck up. The servers are not fine dining as they say. But I guess in this climate of the world you get what you get. Would I return NO I’d rather go to Karina’s where I know I’ll get authentic food.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Where do we start.. The waiter rarely ever came by. When asked what he recommended, he had little care and just named the most expensive dish on the menu. The drinks took 20 minutes. Waiter forgot our entire order and came back to take it again. He didn’t tell us that one item wasn’t available and the server just brought out a replacement thinking he told us. Guacamole was sour, sopes were burnt, pork belly was so far past overdone that I had never experienced it that way, the shrimp were as small as they get, ahi tartare was mediocre, $60 med rare filet was medium well and dry, and the list goes on and on. The icing was that the waiter didn’t give a damn and the manager walking around only focused on one table. What an awful experience.

    RED O Taste of Mexico - La JollaResponded 3 days ago

    Hello, I first want to apologize for the service you received. We strive as a company to make sure every single guest that walks in has the best dining experience and leaves wanting more. We have failed in your eyes and that is a problem that we take very seriously. There is no excuse that I can give you and for that I'm truly sorry. I would love for you to come back and give us another try with my compliments so we can make sure you become a repeat guest. Mark Del Monte(GM) 702-273-9738

  4. SS

    SergioS

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great, service was polite and attentive.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    We went for brunch on Fathers Day, they seemed to be very understaffed. Food was good but service was slow, little to none.

  6. O

    Olga

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    O’s was a disappointment. The server actually wouldn’t let us order what we wanted because he didn’t like it. The tequila cart was weird and only brought out to new customers to try and force a purchase of their high end liquor. The food was overpriced and the taste was underwhelming. The ambiance was good as was the noise level. Inadvertently left a to go box when we start to leave. Literally walked away and didn’t even get to the entrance before I turned back to pick up the to go box. The busser had already taken it and trashed it within two min. Won’t be returning any time soon.

    RED O Taste of Mexico - La JollaResponded 3 days ago

    Hello, I first want to apologize for the service you received. We strive as a company to make sure every single guest that walks in has the best dining experience and leaves wanting more. We have failed in your eyes and that is a problem that we take very seriously. There is no excuse that I can give you and for that I'm truly sorry. I would love for you to come back and give us another try with my compliments so we can make sure you become a repeat guest. Mark Del Monte(GM) 702-273-9738

  7. RL

    RLund

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience4

    To begin, this was our first experience in dining at Red O. We noted that it was a 4 person birthday celebration but Red O did not even acknowledge this. We were seated promptly and given drinks and chips. Our waiter was clearly overwhelmed or just not good. Got our order wrong, kept forgetting requests we made during the meal, was very talkative but actions never followed his words. He got the check wrong and we had to explain why numerous times, how to correct. The saving grace was the food. It was excellent but with a hefty price to go along but we believe we got value for the quality of food. If we go back we will make sure we do not have the same waiter. PS. We were not there during the busiest time but this did not help our waiter.

    RED O Taste of Mexico - La JollaResponded 3 days ago

    Hello, I first want to apologize for the service you received. We strive as a company to make sure every single guest that walks in has the best dining experience and leaves wanting more. We have failed in your eyes and that is a problem that we take very seriously. There is no excuse that I can give you and for that I'm truly sorry. I would love for you to come back and give us another try with my compliments so we can make sure you become a repeat guest. Mark Del Monte(GM) 702-273-9738

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hihiiiiiiiiiiiii

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was great!

  10. DA

    DougA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food and the margaritas are a bit pricey but worth it. The service is great!

  11. JR

    JasonR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Disappointed. Mediocre at best. Slow service. Food was basic.

  12. D

    David

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    Beautiful restaurant. Pricey with so-so food. Our waiter wasn’t good but the bus staff was great. We did not sit in the bar but just wanted a couple tacos that they were serving for happy hour and were told we couldn’t order tacos separately. Probably wouldn’t go back.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5

    We were seated right away, bus boy came by with water. And then just sat there. For 10 minutes nobody looked at us or spoke to us. We finally stopped someone & asked for our server. They said they would get someone. Then another waiter stopped the waiter that had been working at the table next to us and said we were waiting “Not my table” and walked away. Frankly I’m glad he wasn’t our waiter he seemed really rude & put out by having to work. By process of elimination a waiter came over, did not look happy to see us. I ordered a drink with Barcardi rum. When he came back & I took a drink it was obvious it wasn’t Barcardi. I asked if he had gotten the drink correct, he said rum. I asked what kind & he said “We don’t have Bacardi, that’s Capt Morgan” which is why I did not like it, I am not a fan of Capt Morgan. But the waiter should have told me they don’t have a certain brand & not assume they can replace it without asking. The food was good, but the overall service was poor. Maybe it was a bad night, it didn’t seem overly busy… but the waiters all seemed annoyed & put out.

    RED O Taste of Mexico - La JollaResponded on June 15, 2022

    Hello, First I want to apologize for the service you received upon arrival. We as a company strive to make sure every guest leaves the restaurant wanting more. This is not a standard practice of ours and I'm truly sorry for that. I would love to have you give us another try. Please reach out to me directly with a reservation and I will make sure you are all taken care of. Again I am sorry for the service you received. Mark Del Monte (GM) 702-273-9738

  14. SZ

    SloanZ

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great foo. Great time as always

  15. H

    Henry

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favorite happy hour for dinner

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The service and attentiveness of the staff was exceptional! The tequila is so tasty, and the Alacran margaritas had the right amount of spice - one of my favorite margaritas in San Diego. The shrimp ceviche was a little heavy on cucumber, but otherwise tasty and plenty to share at the the table with plantain chips. The entrees were served hot and the quality was 5-star worthy — both the chicken enchiladas and the short rib burrito (wet, of course, with both green and red sauce)! Recommended for any occasion, and I hear happy hour specials are pretty good, too.

  17. j

    jreatsandtweets

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    I requested a booth for a birthday celebration on my reservation, and the hostess seated our group near the kitchen. The server was able to accommodate our request to seat everyone at a booth, which we had done previously with five people, but this time we only had four. We had a fantastic waiter who made the night special, and I gave him a generous tip at the end.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was a bit too cold inside…

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great time , Dylan was great , excellent service from him

  20. c

    chocopanda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is delicious and the service is good. Somebody in Red O was talking with us by phone very politely and kindly. We were already happy before eating dinner. Of course, we became happier after dinner.

  21. m

    marcom

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Buen experiencial

  22. SC

    SkyC

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service, food and atmosphere, very pleased!

  23. KB

    KathyleenB

    Cambridge

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great ambiance and great service

  24. P

    Phlp

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    We have visited Red O many times and love it. Excellent margaritas, as usual. Very good food. Our service was poor this visit. Our server Om** kept forgetting about us. It was a slower evening, and he kept disappearing. We still tipped well, as I imagine he had a slow night. Still recommend Red O.

  25. CL

    CarolinaLady

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you for ALWAYS providing exceptional service!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My first time in Red O La Jolla and me and my husband had a great time! It was my birthday and the waiter even sang happy birthday to me. The food was super delicious, little pricey but it’s worth it for an especial occasion.

  27. S

    Showmethesteak

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    I'm always on the lookout for Mexican sit-down style restaurants. Being spoiled with great taco shops throughout San Diego, this was a good find. Reservation for 4 was easy and table was ready almost immediately upon our arrival. The ambiance is dark, but not offensively. Dark tones and lively music are the first things that you notice. It was relatively busy, and the customers were lively and seemingly enjoying themselves. We were seated and served water and chips and salsa. The salsa was very mild, almost sweet in flavor, not spicy, but a decent start. The chips were very good. Overall, the waiter wasn't around very often to check on drinks, but the rest of the wait staff was quick to help as needed. I ordered the Shrimp Aguachile appetizer, the Enchilada Trio for dinner, and the Blackberry Bramble for a drink. The drink came first, delicious combination of blackberry flavor, lemon juice, and gin. Second was the Shrimp Aguachile. It was a good aguachile. It was spicy, although I think it could of been a little bit spicier. I also wanted either more chips or something else to combine the flavors together, probably should've just used a spoon instead of the fork. Very good and I would get it again. The Enchilada Trio came last. It was one short rib, one chicken, and one lobster and shrimp enchilada with a side of refried beans and red rice. The enchiladas were very good. Each having their own sauce, neither sauce taking away from the other enchiladas. I preferred the seafood over the other two, but the other two were good as well. I want to come back and try their ribeye or their Prime Surf and Turf Tablita, those both sounded and looked phenomenal.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    Service from our assigned waiter was horrific. So many weird, bizarre, unpleasant, and unbelievable occurrences took place with the waiter that there isn’t enough space here to mention them. I never do this, but at the end if the meal, I had a long discussion with the manager.

  29. KS

    KrishS

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    Overall, it was just ok. Drinks and appetizers arrived late and entrees also immediately after. Service felt rushed. Food was also just mediocre.

  30. LC

    LaurenC

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful staff, great Ambience, delicious food! Can be booked for date night or large corporate groups. Only reason it’s not getting 5 stars is bc it’s a chain.

  31. k

    katieb

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Used to the Newport location but this was a beautiful change , and service was amazing. Don’t miss the tequila cart!

  32. SB

    SBELL

    Los Angeles

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and good service. We will definitely be back.

  33. V

    Vicky

    Guanajuato

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Parking was a short stroll away and hostess validated ticket. Seated right away in the bar/patio area to take advantage of happy hour. Service was attentive, they just seemed new not knowing about the drink offerings and were almost given another tables food. I agree about the music being loud and not in tune with the rest of the restaurant. Tacos (carnitas/adobada) were not bad, empanada breading was not good at all, tamale was tasty. Glad I tried it, was a pleasant visit but for those prices I'd rather visit a more authentic mexican restaurant. This place seems to be best for after-work get togethers as an alternative to Cutwater/Ballast/Karl Strauss/Gravity Heights

  34. KV

    KevinV

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Been twice to this location. Food has been great both times and the service has been on point.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1

    This place is unbelievably noisy. Extremely loud music, impossible to converse across a table. Short rib tacos were dry, taco shell on fish tacos was cold. Poor quality for price. Will not return.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We celebrated my mom’s 78th birthday. Overall experience was phenomenal with exception on the music. It was very loud and not able to have conversations with those attending. We enjoyed oysters, enchiladas, shrimp tacos, carnitas tacos.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely worth every penny! The service & food was amazing. This restaurant deserves 10 stars. Do NOT skip out on dessert (:

  38. EB

    EmmaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An absolute winner! This restaurant is romantic, aesthetic, and dedicates itself to the guest. Service was better than any restaurant I’ve visited. Thank you Red O for such a wonderful and delicious experience!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Graduation

  40. B

    Brenton

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Once again Dillon did it again. Not just the best waiter at Red O but possible ever! He is so attentive and has hreat attention to detail. I told Max, the GM, there was only one problem... i never want to sit in anyone else section ever again. We are extremely happy with the service, food and ambiance and will be back a lot! Thanks Dillon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla using the Order Online button. RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 291-8360.

RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla is rated 4.5 stars by 1847 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 43 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla

4340 La Jolla Village Dr San Diego, CA 92122-1233

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Genesee Ave and La Jolla Village Dr

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Daily 11:00 am–12:00 am Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    RED O La Jolla offers valet parking as well as self parking. Its self parking garage is 4350. Validate your ticket at the host stand. Validation lasts three hours.

  • Executive chef

    Martin Munguia

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 291-8360

  • Catering

    We offer a variety of off-site catering options. Please contact the restaurant for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    RED O is the perfect setting for all occasions including corporate dinners to holiday parties as small as 10 and up to 400 guests. We also offer off site catering if you prefer your own venue. For more information, please contact: KRISTINA SMITH, Director of Events, RED O La Jolla stacieg@redorestaurant.com 310.498.7850

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