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

RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla

4.6
4.6
1780 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 80 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

  • 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.

Popular dishes

Menu

Antojitos

  • Classic Guacamole

    chunky avocado, tomatoes, onions, fresh lime juice, cilantro, serrano chile

    • Pork Belly Sopes

      black beans, cotija, cilantro, salsa negra

      • Mary's Duck Taquitos

        slow-cooked duck, tomato-árbol chile sauce

        • Guacamole Trio

          classic | chicharron | pomegranate

          • Carnitas Empanadas

            fresh corn masa, house cheese blend, avocado tomatillo salsa

            • Corn & Goat Cheese Tamales

              fresh corn masa, laura chenel goat cheese, tomatillo salsa

              • Empanada Poppers

                fresh corn masa, spicy cream cheese, avocado tomatillo salsa

                • Queso Fundido

                  melted cheese, caramelized onion, poblano chile, serrano, scallion pesto, pico de gallo, optional chorizo

                  Aperitivos Del Mar

                  all of our seafood is sustainably raised or caught

                  • Fresh Oysters

                    half dozen oysters shucked to order, chile cocktail sauce, fresh lime

                    • Classic Shrimp Ceviche

                      tomato, cucumber, red onion, avocado, serrano, lime juice

                      • Shrimp Aguachile

                        lime-marinated shrimp, red onion, cucumber, serrano, avocado

                        • Ahi Tuna Tartare

                          chile-cumin oil, crispy tortilla, guacamole, wakami, harissa aioli, pickled red onion

                          • Sinaloa Shrimp Tacos "Gobernador"

                            melted jack cheese, pico de gallo, habanero, scallion pesto

                            • Ceviche Negro

                              lime-marinated white fish, mango, cucumber, tomato, red onion, avocado, salsa negro

                              Grand Seafood Platter

                              • Grand Seafood Platter

                                half dozen fresh oysters, ahi tuna tartare, 1 lb maine lobster cocktail, shrimp ceviche; serves 2-4 people

                                Ensaladas & Sopa

                                +add mary's organic chicken breast | grilled steak | jumbo shrimp to any salad

                                • Mixed Greens Salad*

                                  field greens, cucumber, tomato, red onion, shaved carrots, oregano vinaigrette

                                  • Red o Chopped Salad

                                    romaine, tomato, cucumber, avocado, pepitas, queso fresco, creamy avocado dressing

                                    • Beet & Kale Salad*

                                      kale, beets, strawberries, crispy garbanzos, feta, guajillo berry vinaigrette

                                      • Caesar Salad*

                                        romaine lettuce, baby kale, toasted pepitas, cotija cheese, herb croutons

                                        • Tortilla Soup

                                          pasilla tomato broth, sautéed onions, shredded chicken, avocado, tortilla strips, jack cheese, crema

                                          • Butternut Squash Soup

                                            mulato chiles, marcona almonds, golden raisins

                                            Opciones Tradicionales

                                            • Pollo Asado*

                                              roasted mary's organic chicken breast, street corn, black beans, mole poblano

                                              • Mariscos Chile Relleno

                                                maine lobster, prawns, house cheese blend, white rice, black beans, chipotle crema

                                                • Lamb In Mole Negro* **

                                                  braised cipollini onions, asparagus, english peas, lemon zest, mole negro

                                                  • Sizzling Fajitas

                                                    sautéed peppers, onions, black beans, red rice, red & green table salsa, queso fresco, flour or corn tortillas, choice of chicken | 8 oz filet | shrimp | half & half

                                                    • Slow-Braised Carnitas

                                                      black beans, escabeche, poblano, tomatillo broth

                                                      • Red o Wet Burrito**

                                                        red rice, black beans, salsa de árbol, sour cream, avocado, choice of red, green or xmas sauce, choice of chicken | carnitas | short rib

                                                        Enchiladas

                                                        served with red rice & black beans

                                                        • Braised Short Rib Enchiladas

                                                          red guajillo chile sauce, jack cheese, red rice, black beans

                                                          • Vegan Enchilada

                                                            impossible meat, sautéed spinach, serranos, mojo de ajo, colorado sauce, chipotle vegan aioli, white rice, veggie beans

                                                            • Lobster & Shrimp Enchiladas

                                                              creamy tomatillo sauce, melted jack cheese, red rice, black beans

                                                              • Spinach Enchilada

                                                                sautéed spinach, serranos, mojo de ajo, colorado sauce, chipotle vegan aioli, queso fresco, white rice, veggie beans

                                                                • Enchiladas Suizas

                                                                  braised chicken with creamy tomatillo sauce, jack cheese, red rice, black beans

                                                                  • Enchilada Trio

                                                                    a combination of our three classic enchiladas: short rib, chicken, and lobster & shrimp

                                                                    Tacos

                                                                    2 tacos, served with red rice & black beans

                                                                    • Chicken

                                                                      shredded chicken, tinga sauce, fried plantains, queso fresco, crema, avocado, crispy plantain chips

                                                                      • Carnitas

                                                                        tomatillo salsa, chicharron, habanero pickled onions, queso fresco, micro cilantro

                                                                        • Vegan Baja Tacos**

                                                                          tempura portabello mushroom, guacamole, cabbage, mango salsa, chipotle vegan aioli, micro cilantro

                                                                          • Crispy Tacos Dorados

                                                                            salsa de árbol, shaved romaine, pico de gallo, queso fresco, choice of chicken or short rib

                                                                            • Grilled Street Corn

                                                                              red onion, roasted poblano, cotija, serrano crema

                                                                              • Baja Fish Tacos**

                                                                                tempura white fish, shaved cabbage, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli

                                                                                • Build Your Own Fish Tacos "Pescado Zarandeado"

                                                                                  whole roasted butterflied baja striped bass, mango salsa, cabbage, guacamole, pico de gallo, white rice, black beans, house made tortillas, herb butter, serves 2-4 people

                                                                                  Carne a la Plancha

                                                                                  • Prime Surf & Turf Tablita

                                                                                    1 lb maine lobster tail, grilled 32 oz prime tomahawk chop, herb butter, sautéed peppers & onions, black beans, red rice, pico de gallo, classic guacamole, fresh tortillas

                                                                                    Choose Your Steak

                                                                                    • 12 Oz Pork Chop

                                                                                      • 8 Oz Filet Mignon

                                                                                        • 12 Oz Prime NY Strip

                                                                                          • 18 Oz Prime Cowboy Ribeye

                                                                                            Choose Your Style

                                                                                            • Style #1

                                                                                              chipotle crema, cotija mashed yukon gold potatoes, grilled mexican knob onions

                                                                                              • Style #2

                                                                                                roasted tomato salsa huevona, goat cheese tamales, grilled mexican knob onions

                                                                                                • Style #3**

                                                                                                  fried sweet plantain, crema, black beans, mole negro

                                                                                                  Especiales Del Mar

                                                                                                  • Chilean Sea Bass

                                                                                                    white rice, caramelized onions, peppers, charred lime, guajillo chimichurri

                                                                                                    • Shrimp Fideos

                                                                                                      sautéed shrimp, linguine pasta, roasted poblano cream sauce

                                                                                                      • Puerto Nuevo Style Maine Lobster

                                                                                                        roasted maine lobster tail, white rice, black beans, tortillas, citrus butter

                                                                                                        • Keto Salmon Risotto*

                                                                                                          blackened salmon, cauliflower risotto, bacon, onions, rajas peppers, asparagus, english peas, cotija cheese, balsamic glaze

                                                                                                          Baja Mix & Match

                                                                                                          choice of 2 different items

                                                                                                          • 4 Oz Filet Mignon

                                                                                                            • Shrimp Fideos

                                                                                                              • Lamb Chop In Mole Negro* **

                                                                                                                • Salmon*

                                                                                                                  • Pollo Asado*

                                                                                                                    Sides

                                                                                                                    • Mexican Red RiceUSD 8.00

                                                                                                                      white rice, colorado sauce, tomatoes

                                                                                                                      • Refried Black Beans*

                                                                                                                        smashed black beans, onions, epazote

                                                                                                                        • Organic Broccolini

                                                                                                                          mojo, queso fresco, shaved almonds

                                                                                                                          • Fried Sweet Plantains

                                                                                                                            fried plantains, cream, queso fresco

                                                                                                                            • Cotija Mashed Potatoes

                                                                                                                              yukon gold potatoes, cotija cheese, cream

                                                                                                                              • Mexican Street Corn

                                                                                                                                poblano chile, cotija cheese, cilantro, serrano crema

                                                                                                                                Last updated: 2 February 2022

                                                                                                                                What 1,780 people are saying

                                                                                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                                                                                4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                                                • 4.5Food
                                                                                                                                • 4.5Service
                                                                                                                                • 4.7Ambience
                                                                                                                                • 4.2Value

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                                                                                                                                  PryscilaP

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  16 reviews

                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  16 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                  Wonderful , I really like the food

                                                                                                                                2. OT

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                                                                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Great ambiance. Service was great and everything we ordered was amazing. We will definitely come back when we are in town and would recommend to anyone who loves Mexican food! Passion fruit butter cake was 🔥!

                                                                                                                                3. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  6 reviews

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                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Great food and amazing ambiance

                                                                                                                                4. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

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                                                                                                                                  1.0

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                                                                                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                                                  overall1food3service1ambience3

                                                                                                                                  Really poor service, server was super busy taking our orders always running not explaining anything about the menu or suggested plates like we actually do in another restaurants , also never ask if we need it anything else we always need it to call him to ask even for drinks , never offer dessert etc. sorry but we are not coming back.

                                                                                                                                5. G

                                                                                                                                  Guero

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Cool vibe feel, I will for sure recommended to friends and family.Prices for food and drinks are pretty fair compare to other places.

                                                                                                                                6. SM

                                                                                                                                  ScottM

                                                                                                                                  Tucson

                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                                                  overall2food5service2ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Food was fantastic but the service was so slow and not attentive that we almost had to leave.

                                                                                                                                7. KS

                                                                                                                                  KimberlyS

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Excellent food and service. We were there for lunch and really enjoyed it.

                                                                                                                                8. CI

                                                                                                                                  ChewedItOver

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Great new place to enjoy after work or for a date night.

                                                                                                                                9. LR

                                                                                                                                  LinaR

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  The experience of this restaurant was outstanding. Omar who were our server gave us a really good service and answer all our concerns in regard of the best food, drinks and the history place. I recommend this place if you want to have a good time with family and friends.

                                                                                                                                10. DR

                                                                                                                                  DanR

                                                                                                                                  Portland

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Sara was our server and did a great job. The food was excellent. We had fajitas, enchiladas, and the seabass. This was our second time coming to this restaurant and we'll definitely return.

                                                                                                                                11. S

                                                                                                                                  Sandys

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                                  overall4food4service1ambience4

                                                                                                                                  We did not mentioned anything to the managers on duty because we noticed they were extremely busy and cleaning tables, (why bother them more?) our server asked how we were doing once and only stopped by towards the end when our bill was brought out , we asked the manger for our check because he was nowhere to be found, and seemed overwhelmed and was definitely showing it, we tipped 23% because We as a family understand that tips get split into many departments so I did not want it to affect others working and helping him out. We have dined with Red O 5x now because we love the service and atmosphere, however because of our last experience we might take a little to long break from this place. Very unfortunate.

                                                                                                                                12. E

                                                                                                                                  Eddie

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                  Went for Mother’s Day brunch, food was excellent, and the service was top notch, sat on the patio noise wasn’t to bad, but overall I would highly recommend me and my wife will be going back.

                                                                                                                                13. C

                                                                                                                                  Curt

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  79 reviews

                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  79 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Another 5 star experience - went for cocktails and appetizers for Mother's Day - Sara was an excellent, attentive server and really made for a nice experience. We are frequent diners at Red O's and it doesn't disappoint. Wanted to give a shout out for the carnitas empanadas - first time we tried them - outstanding. Also, Bradley (one of the managers) is really doing a nice job and it's great that he stops by to say hello when we are in there. Keep it up!!!

                                                                                                                                14. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  We went for Mother’s Day and it was absolutely amazing! Our wait was Jonathan and he was outstanding and very kind! He added to our experience! We loved the food and the ambience, and service! We will definitely be coming back!!

                                                                                                                                15. JG

                                                                                                                                  JoseG

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Great food and service. Will def come back.

                                                                                                                                16. L

                                                                                                                                  Lizzie

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Our experience was awesome from cocktails to dessert. Our waiter, Jonathan, including the manager, those who delivered our food, and the hostess were very attentive. The manager came by many times to ask how we were doing. I had the best Mother’s Day dining experience. We will definitely be back.

                                                                                                                                17. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  I was truly impressed with Red O! I had my birthday celebration dinner there with my close friends and daughter. The restaurant is beautiful, and the food was really outstanding. My friend ordered La Tablita, it was huge!!! Everyone loved their meal and we ordered a pitcher of the watermelon margarita and had a hard ti finishing it even though we all had 3 refills, definitely worth the price. I would definitely recommend Red O and I will be back soon

                                                                                                                                18. RS

                                                                                                                                  RodolfoS

                                                                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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                                                                                                                                  Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall2food2service1ambience4

                                                                                                                                  I don’t normally do this because I don’t see the point but I have to be honest this was an extremely disappointing evening. Usually it’s one issue but this was multiple. It also being a Mother’s Day treat I hoped it would be special for my wife and kids. The restaurant is beautiful. However the service was so bad and slow and to top it off the food was average at best. This place os not cheap and offers a beautiful scenery but as a whole is very disappointing. Hoped for more.

                                                                                                                                20. IP

                                                                                                                                  IanP

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 8 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                                                                                                  Food is good enough for the money but expensive. Service very spotty. Drinks took ages, four out of six dishes came then waited 5 mins for the other two. No checking that every was good. Very eager to clear our plates seemed in a hurry to get us out. Alot of management standing around at door but not doing much.

                                                                                                                                21. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  So tasty and great ambiance!

                                                                                                                                22. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  Memphis/West TN

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 7 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Great atmosphere, food is good but too expensive. Enjoyed going but likely won’t go back just based on how expensive it was.

                                                                                                                                23. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 6 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Went here for a friends birthday. The food and drinks were amazing and our waiter was always around when we had questions on any items. Definitely worth coming here for the food and drinks, we’ll be back for sure.

                                                                                                                                24. JM

                                                                                                                                  JeanetteM

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 5 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Very fun, festive, but upscaled restaurant. Food is always delicious. I had the Chile Relleno with lobster and prawns-awesome! They also have a few really good vegan dishes which our family appreciates.

                                                                                                                                25. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  Dallas

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 4 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Went to celebrate my moms birthday and had a great experience. Great food and amazing service. Dylan was the best. Super attentive and friendly. Thank you!

                                                                                                                                26. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  12 reviews

                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  12 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 3 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Great Dining Experience! Our server Brandon was amazing we left our palettes to him and he did not disappoint, the Chile Relleno and Chilean Sea Bass was fantastic. We. Will be back!

                                                                                                                                27. PR

                                                                                                                                  PearlR

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Service was superb, beautiful ambience, pricey. I had the shrimp Chile rellenos and was not impressed with my dish. For the price, there should have been much more shrimp. It was tasty though.

                                                                                                                                28. GJ

                                                                                                                                  GingerJ

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Outstanding food and service! The restaurant is gorgeous....more dining friendly then the place across the street!

                                                                                                                                29. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  New York Area

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                  The main reason I didn’t give it a 5 stars was because when we initially got seating, nobody said a word to us for a good 10-15 min. After that, the service was good. Food wise, we enjoyed the Queso Fundido & Aguachile as our appetizer, my husband ordered a Fajitas & I ordered the Surf & Turf Tablita which was $189, made for 2 people but I just took the extra home. The food was ok, we enjoyed it but it wasn’t anything that made us want to come back, mostly because of the price.

                                                                                                                                30. C

                                                                                                                                  Chaswjr

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                                                  The music was TOO LOUD!!! We complained and our waiter apologized that he couldn’t do anything about it so we left. With it that loud we couldn’t even have a conversation much less a relaxing meal. It was like a disco.

                                                                                                                                31. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 1 May 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Stale chips and bland food is not what I expected from Rick Bayless. Beautiful setting and above average service didn’t redeem the lackluster food.

                                                                                                                                32. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall1food3service1ambience4

                                                                                                                                  This was an overall disappointing experience. First, we were sat outside after requesting an inside table with our reservation. Then our waitress was short with us and exuded judgement of our table. She would go up to the other tables 2-3 times in a row before returning to ours. Our tortilla soup was phenomenal. But unfortunately the beans were not salted one bit and tasted extremely bland. I explicitly put that the reservation was for my girlfriends birthday. And normally I would have gone up to confirm with the hostess but the table next to us got served a cake with a sparkler and said “wow I forgot I put that on the Rez” so I thought they would treat us the same. This is the first time I have ever left a review for a restaurant the overall experience was that bad.

                                                                                                                                33. MK

                                                                                                                                  MattK

                                                                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                  We had a great experience at Red O. The staff was kind and warm, the food was wonderful and very well priced for the quality. The music and vibe was a little off but that may have been because there was a DJ. Looking forward to returning. Omar was our waiter and he was fantastic.

                                                                                                                                34. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  New England

                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall3food3service1ambience4

                                                                                                                                  I typically go to RedO for the ambiance. The food is average at best, and overpriced for the quality that you get. The service yesterday was sub-par at best. Our service team lacked personality. Our waiter was constantly at our table hassling us to place an order, and provided unsolicited advice on what we should eat right after we sat down. The constant walk-bys during our time there were excessive and broke up the rhythm of my date. After bragging to my date about the ambience of RedO, she experience the complete opposite of what I had told her. It’s safe to say, we won’t be coming back together. My expectation is a calm, relaxing experience after a hard week of hustling. I don’t need a fidgety, uninterested, attention to detail lacking, should be an Applebees employee bothering every 5 minutes. This was a terrible experience. I only gave you an overall 3 stars because of the ambiance. I prefer Javier’s across the street, which has a little more flair, much better food, better value, livelier crowd and a knowledgeable, respectful service staff.

                                                                                                                                35. JT

                                                                                                                                  JeffT

                                                                                                                                  Baja California Sur

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 30 April 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  First time and we will be back. Great environment and great location and great food!

                                                                                                                                36. L

                                                                                                                                  Lisaple

                                                                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                                                                  147 reviews

                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  147 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                  Fabulous dining experience at Red 0. First time experiencing the Happy Hour. The margarita cocktails were delicious. Taqueria, ceviche and chips were amazing.

                                                                                                                                37. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  Kansas City

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  We were on vacation and had been wanting to try Red O tequila Thursday’s. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. We really enjoyed the food and the drinks looked and tasted great. We really enjoyed our visit and will be back.

                                                                                                                                38. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 29 April 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  The food, service and ambiance were wonderful. The overall noise in restaurant is very loud so be prepared for that!

                                                                                                                                39. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 28 April 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Overall experience was good and the food was nice.

                                                                                                                                40. OT

                                                                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  vip
                                                                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                                                                  Dined on 26 April 2022

                                                                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                  Fantastic experience as always! And a great happy hour!

                                                                                                                                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 4.6 stars by 1780 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                                                                                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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