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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
1906 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 50 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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

  • Area

    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, Takeaway, 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 1,906 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. J

    Jenbabe

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    The food is also amazing, however our waiter was not on point at all. He was not attending to us at all, at one point we had to ask someone to find him just to order our food because we had been waiting 20 minutes to do so.
  2. p

    patrick

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Greater server, food was great, the whole fried fish platter was very good.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful experience from the ambiance to our server Dylan. The margaritas and food were divine. Will definitely be back.
  4. LO

    LizO

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed Happy Hour at Red O great drinks and appetizers and above all the service! Our waiter Miguel recommended to spice up the cucumber refresher and we loved it! Will definitely be enjoying many more HH @ RedO
  5. Z

    Zdrome

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner in a lovely setting with great personable service. The food and drinks were not as good as we expected but the ambiance was very nice.
  6. J

    Jess

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, and service from EZ
  7. C

    Chris

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a good time here. We got steak and chicken fajitas. They were delicious.
  8. j

    jimin

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fun, upbeat vibe is combined with great food, wonderful service, and an upscale environment to create a perfect place for a group celebration, or a memorable dinner for two!
  9. LB

    LyndaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent! There were 4 of us in the main dining room. The service was impeccable with Rudy as our waiter and Matt as our bus boy. We had appetizers, drinks and entrées but alas, not enough room for dessert. Next time!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    Thought the food served was just mediocre at best as far as Mexican food goes. Wife and I ordered the crispy tacos dinner plates and we were most disappointed due to the fact the food was pretty much bland and tasteless. That pretty much also describes the beans and rice that was served with it. Value-wise our food was way too overpriced. Cheapest food ithat any restaurant can serve is Mexican food. Each plate had two small crispy tacos on it along with some rice and beans and it was $20 per plate.
  11. p

    phihoru

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was quite good. The music was a bit loud, but the outdoor dining option was really nice. Our server, Dillon, was exceptional.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Odd location but nice venue and service. Tamales and enchiladas completely ordinary and overpriced.
  13. MC

    MichaelC

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful overall experience. Would totally go again and recommend.
  14. JB

    JillB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Would definitely recommend Red O to everyone!
  15. j

    jessicac

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    It's a beautiful restraunt with great staff and service, but the food is expensive and honestly not good. It was bland and flavorless. And parking is ridiculous. I won't be coming back.
  16. R

    Rick

    San Diego

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dining that is extremely hard to beat.
  17. ML

    MimiL

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a very nice experience. Appetizer was delicious and those tortillas were excellent. We all had different dishes and they were all good.
  18. L

    Lenora

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really cute place, perfect for any occasion, great food
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ymmiest of yummy food!! I was so proud of myself for trying something different (Seafood Chile Relleno) and I can’t stop thinking about it!! I do think the drinks are a bit pricey ($17 each) but it was a birthday celebration so it was a nice splurge.
  20. j

    julianryan

    Toronto

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service, as with so many higher end restos the prices are a bit high but we believe they're worth it given the outstanding food, service, and stunning decor both in and out. Wonderful to treat yourself with!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Love there happy hour, good food and great service! The drinks are nice as well.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fast and friendly!
  23. JA

    JASSMIN

    Baja California

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Meat was too dry.. little amount of food was overpriced!! I will not be going again.
  24. DK

    DeborahK

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The four of us had gone to Red O's for a business lunch but the food was so good that we all said individually that we would be coming back with our families. Our favorite manager, Madison Maler, was unfortunately not working yesterday, but the other staff more than made up for her absence. Great place to dine!! Can't say enough good things about Red O's. Coming back on Friday for lunch with a friend. No business, strictly for fun.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place and have been multiple times
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow!!! This place is AMAZING!!. And our server (Reba) make our experience so happy. She was so great and recommended it the goat cheese tamales and wow 😋 so delicious. Can’t wait to go back again.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding, food was terrific. We visited San Diego for a month and this was hands down the best restaurant we went to
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My Birthday
  30. I

    Imee

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Dinner had mixed review from our party. One said they had better tacos from Lolita’s for a fraction of the price of what we paid here. But majority loved their food. Our server was very nice and very attentive. The only issue is that we had to drive two cars because there were 6 in our party. She only validated one of the parking ticket. We had to pay $16 for parking. Also, menu stated that 18% gratuity will be added to parties more than 6 people. They went ahead and added the 18% even though there were just 6 at our table. We were impressed with the service and had they not add the 18%, they just short-changed themselves because we were going to give 20%.
  31. GR

    GregoryR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good overall service , good quality food with a fantastic dessert. Definitely will be coming back.
  32. l

    lindac

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food excellent. The music was too loud such that we could not comfortably converse with our friends. And we were on the patio….
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    788 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    788 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We thought the food was excellent but a little over priced. Enjoyed the fish tacos and the short rib enchiladas. Service was kind of off. Our food was brought to us but no one noticed that we didn’t have had utensils and we had to ask for them.
  34. AR

    AndreaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. The waiter was very sweet and attentive. They have an amazing selection of tequila. It is on the pricey end but it's great for a celebration.
  35. F

    Fosache

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I decided on a Tuesday night outing and wanted to try Red O. Made a reservation and requested a booth. The ambiance and decor transports you to another place. We really enjoyed the lighting, design features like the fireplace and tree in the center, and without even tasting the food we’re already impressed. Jose was our server and he was outstanding! Great attitude and personality, and very attentive. We ordered a couple of cocktails, both were good but a little pricey at $17/drink. Plus I think the bartender had a heavy hand. We ordered a couple of apps, the empanadas, taquitos, and guacamole. Again, good but for the portion received a little hefty in price. Finally, we ordered our entrees, knowing we’d have plenty to take home. We ordered the enchilada trio and chicken/steak fajitas. Both meals were tasty and decent sized but again, $39 for fajitas is a little much. Overall, the food was good, the ambiance was really the feature, and the service was excellent. If you’re looking for a date night and don’t mind spending a little more, go to Red O.
  36. JW

    JennW

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Food, service and ambiance were amazing. Growing up in San Diego and having highly influenced Mexican fare, the prices were extreme: Complimentary chips and salsa - Added an order of guacamole ($16!) 1 ceviche appetizer, flavorful but we preferred the tortilla chips over plantain chips, 1 braised short rib enchilada entrée with rice and beans, the meat was tender and juicy, the red sauce was delicious. Rice and beans were on point! With an great Paloma! 1 lobster/shrimp enchilada entrée with rice and beans. Hubby didn't complain and complimented the green sauce well. And a Red O beer! $143.... Can't say we'll be back. But their service was great and the food was delish.
  37. BV

    BrandonV

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    The food was outstanding but the service was terrible … had to keep asking for the basics…had to ask for water, forks,napkins,plates and they kept forgetting what I ordered and took them forever to bring my things out
  38. FC

    FoodCritic

    Palm Springs

    158 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Much, much better than your basic, bland and boring “seven ingredients served 20 different ways” Mexican Cuisine restaurants. Very happy with the quality of ingredients, the ambiance, the service. A shout-out to Bradley for correcting a small but important detail - thank you again, sir! We will be back. I have a background of 40 years in restaurants and catering, I generally know what I’m talking about in the food department…
  39. AS

    ArturoS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in San Diego, the food never disappoints.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Came in for lunch on a Friday. Place was empty. Sat on the patio in a booth. Food was great - I ordered the suiza enchilada & beef short rib dorado taco. Service was a tad slow. The kicker was my daughter accidentally moved the booth topper, to our horror is was completely filthy. If you read into the design of how those booth bench toppers were cut, it was to facilitate easy cleaning (3 movable pieces rather than 1 solid), which really added to the annoyance of sitting in filth. Great food and dining experience with their ambiance, but come on. Clean the darn seats!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

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

    • Waiting staff 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 1906 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 50 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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

  • Area

    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, Takeaway, 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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