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The Red Door, San Diego, CA

The Red Door

4.7
4.7
2409 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

The Red Door San Diego is committed to offering our guests sustainable and responsibly sourced farm-to-fork dishes. We proudly serve contemporary Italian and modern European cuisine with the freshest locally grown and handcrafted products available. We also feature delicious and unique ingredients from around the world. Chef/Owner Luciano Cibelli shops daily, personally selecting every item we serve. He bakes fresh breads, rolls, desserts and all of the pasta in house (including a special Gluten Free Bucatini) and he develops his menus in rhythm with the seasonal San Diego harvest. Enjoy nightly special offerings or a house favorite, Beef Wellington. Join us for the highly rated cuisine and return for the charming ambiance and excellent service behind the Red Door.

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Booked 21 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Farm-to-table, Modern European

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 295-6000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luciano Cibelli Chef/Owner

  • Catering

    Offsite catering for small casual gatherings.

  • Private party facilities

    SPECIAL EVENTS & UNIQUE OCCASIONS Catering & Events are opportunities for us to work closely with our guests & occasions for us to share our dedication to celebration in exciting new ways. Our menu is from our farm, our dedication is to the experience. We love this stuff. info@thereddoorsd.com

  • Private party contact

    Luciano Cibelli lcibelli@gmail.com: (619) 459-3073

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Hills

  • Cross street

    Falcon Street

  • Parking details

    Metered and two hour parking all around Monday through Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Ample free street parking available. Parking available in the US Bank lot after 6. Private lot on NW corner of Falcon and Washington.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,409 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Italian

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  1. CF

    CarlF

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    A wonderful dining experience. Service was superb. The food--the flatbread, pasta, and the chicken parmesan are standouts.

  2. MY

    MY341

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were both excellent. The lamb shank with butternut squash risotto was superb. The sticky toffee pudding was perfect. I highly recommend and will return again on my next trip to San Diego.

  3. BR

    BREE

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    The waiter took our order without writing it, then forgot part and asked later. Then brought muscles instead of clams; didn’t serve salad, then after our rejecting entree, wanting salad, brought salad and entree together. But we were having a great visit and he was sweet so all is forgiven. It might not always be that way. THE FOOD was wonderful!! And the restaurant is very nice. Maybe add some sort of ceiling texture to absorb sound. We’re coming again!!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for a Father’s Day lunch with my dad and I couldn’t have had more of a better experience. The waiter was extremely patient with my father and made us confident in our food choices. My dad kept saying how great the food was and let me know it was the best Father’s Day lunch he’s ever had. Thank you!

  5. SS

    SherronS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day

  6. C

    Clem

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Wonderful host/waiters albeit slightly short staffed on Sunday for lunch. Restaurant side was mostly full. Seating was comfortable, both the appetizers and main dishes portions were plentiful and tasty. Parking was on the street; got a space just a block away so it was no problem. Glad we stopped by.

  7. h

    happy

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always fabulous

  8. CA

    CAGold

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Our first time eating at the Red Door. The food was quite good with interesting choices. Great to see GF options. The wait staff were awesome.

  9. b

    byronj

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never disappoints. Luciano and his passion are delivered in his excellent cuisine and attention to detail.

  10. W

    Wednesday

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    It’s such a lovely place. Amazing service, pleasant ambiance. Some of the dishes we ordered where nice, some unmemorable and one we had to send back. But, we will go back! The way our issues where handled and overall amazingness of the staff was the best we had lately.

  11. d

    donthaveone

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Has been a favorite for years. The service, food, and promptness are hard to duplicate. The staff is always friendly, well trained and professional. The cuisine top notch, and we are just big fans of the whole scene.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Food was overpriced and bland

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent place (food- customer service- ambiance) The food was amazing (Lobster Ravioli was really delicious)- great wine selection and relaxing atmosphere Good place for dinner and would comeback again

  14. S

    Sebas

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time dining at The Red Door, and we will definitely be back! Great spot and excellent food. Service is really good too!

  15. JR

    JhamalR

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    Was seated in bar area next to bathroom. Food was okay but definitely overpriced. I wasn’t blown away by the taste or presentation. My server didn’t refill my drink after I asked him and had to remind him. Definitely not recommending this place to anyone. It’s too expensive for what you get.

  16. KM

    KathyM

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3

    We used to enjoy this neighborhood jewel but the food was not good. Our service was very good. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and paced our evening perfectly.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was amazing! The server went above and beyond and was very attentive and personal. The food was great, as well.

  18. BS

    Bob1950SW

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service and food. Will definitely return.

  19. LA

    LeahA

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The food was excellent. Although we understand the shortage of help the service as far as checking on our drinks etc was slow.

  20. h

    happy

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were exceptional as always. The eggplant parm is sublime

  21. JL

    JanaL

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I love to dine at the Red Door. The atmosphere is always positive and is very relaxed, yet, with a strong thread of excitement woven through the tables of expectation, the expectation of knowing the meal is going to be exactly what you want to eat, regardless of what you order. Chef cares about every dish he creates. All the ingredients are fresh and complement each other. So very pleasing to the palate. The platings are simple yet elegant. And it's always a highlight when he stops by each table for a warm greeting to his patrons and to see what they are ordering. Wishing them a sincere thank you for choosing The Red Door. There is a comfort in the warm aromas that waft from the kitchen. The staff are welcoming and pleasant.....very professional and quite good at reading the table. They understand the menu, and give helpful advise. Last week, we were celebrating a birthday. We were given a romanic table, and were treated with a lovely surprise of just the right amount of a dessert at the end of our meal, finishing a perfect evening. Thank you Red Door for always making our dining experience a wonderful one.

  22. A

    Angelika9

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a great place to go for your anniversary. The food was delicious and we enjoyed the ambience. Our server was delightful as well.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great!! Everything

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Definitely recommend! Amazing and outstanding dishes. Our waiter was very attentive of us. I’d come back!

  25. G

    Gloria

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Our food was delicious. We had the mussels and brussel sprout salad, lobster ravioli and beef wellington. Everything was SO fresh. They served our food on uberly heated plates. We ate our meal leisurely and enjoyed it at a warm temp the entire time. We brought our wine, which they decanted and served without hesitation. The servers were attentive, but not overly. Chef Luciano came out to see how we enjoyed out meal. Nice touch Chef. Great little place.

  26. LM

    LindaM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Birthday for a special friend,

  27. S

    Spapaleo

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Exquisite dining: great service . Intimate setting. Scallops were amazing: I generally do not care for risotto, but my wife had basil Risotto with a perfectly cooked fish fillet that has made me a believer. Chef Luciano gets a triple “Bravo” from us!!

  28. C

    Cutie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went here for my birthday. Service was great and there was live music. Food was fantastic and our waitress was great. It is a bit pricey but I think it is well deserved for the quality of food and service. Highly recommend this place for drinks with friends, dates, or if you are trying to impress someone. Can’t wait to go back and try their other dishes

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    Service was lackluster, everything else was top-notch including the chef coming around to talk to us.

  30. BE

    BlueElwood

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    For the money this was just so so. Food was tasty and the service was spot on. Place is nice. But $30 for a pasta dish that left me hungry?

  31. CK

    CourtnieK

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful lobster ravioli and chicken parmesan with delicious cocktails. The chef/owner came out and greeted us, very nice fella.

  32. BS

    BobbyS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    the chef came out to greet us! such an amazing experience!

  33. T

    Tina

    San Diego

    135 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    135 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    W O N D E R F U L! as always. We really enjoy taking family and friends to dine because it is always a great experience in all ways. Luciano and staff are hospitable and accommodating, except that this time we couldn't sit at our most favorite table though i had made the reservation quite early in the month. However, GO. EAT. DRINK. and be Merry!!

  34. SC

    SoCalRunner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow, we cannot say enough positive things about The Red Door! This was our second visit and we brought family from out of town to join us. From the moment we arrived the experience was fantastic. We were greeted, table was ready, and server was knowledgeable and helpful with all menu items from cocktails to dessert. The. Food. Was. Outstanding!! We each had something different (seafood to venison) and had to try each other’s meals because they were incredible. The chef and owner came to our table to our table 3 times over the course of the night to discuss the food options and ensure we were happy with our meals- and oh my goodness we absolutely were! The pride and enjoyment the chef takes in selecting, preparing, and knowing his guests are enjoying his creations is overwhelming obvious. We will continue to dine at The Red Door for years to come.

  35. JB

    JulieB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always wonderful! Great food and amazing service!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing service. Great ambiance. The servers are always so knowledgeable. The Chef comes out and greets you during the dinner and it’s always a pleasure. One of my favorite date spots.

  37. LS

    LisaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic local italian with great ambiance, staff, service and the food is incredible. If you haven't tried Red Door and you are in Mission Hills or Hillcrest you should put it on your list of must try restaurants!

  38. B

    Brad

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The food and the quiet atmosphere are very good. Server was friendly and attentive. The chef even came out to see how we were enjoying things. My only disappointment was the prices ... I know that costs are going up everywhere, but the non-pasta entrees are all ~$50+ which makes it limiting in what we could choose to eat.

  39. BH

    BarbaraH

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    I love this restaurant and it’s chef but my sons pasta was a miss. The pasta wasn’t cooked long enough and had a flour taste and the sauce was bland. I had ordered this dish before and it was delicious. Maybe it was just an off night. We are regulars at the RD so we will try again.

  40. CF

    CherylF

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Great food and service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Red Door using the Order Online button. The Red Door also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 295-6000.

The Red Door is rated 4.7 stars by 2409 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

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Booked 21 times today
Google Map for The Red Door

741 W. Washington St. San Diego, CA 92103

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Falcon Street

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Hills

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Farm-to-table, Modern European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Metered and two hour parking all around Monday through Saturday 8AM to 6PM. Ample free street parking available. Parking available in the US Bank lot after 6. Private lot on NW corner of Falcon and Washington.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luciano Cibelli Chef/Owner

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 295-6000

  • Catering

    Offsite catering for small casual gatherings.

  • Private party facilities

    SPECIAL EVENTS & UNIQUE OCCASIONS Catering & Events are opportunities for us to work closely with our guests & occasions for us to share our dedication to celebration in exciting new ways. Our menu is from our farm, our dedication is to the experience. We love this stuff. info@thereddoorsd.com

  • Private party contact

    Luciano Cibelli lcibelli@gmail.com: (619) 459-3073

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