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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
1969 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 p.m.


Booked 58 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

  • Neighbourhood

    La Jolla

  • Cross Street

    Genesee Ave and La Jolla Village Dr

  • Parking Details

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

  • Additional

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

Experiences

  • Taco Tuesday @ RED O "Taste of Mexico"

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

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

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

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What 1,969 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
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. EL

    EmilyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I went for our six month anniversary - the food was amazing, and our waiter Dylan was absolutely wonderful. Very attentive and great on the recommendations. We will definitely be back for other special occasions!!
  2. d

    dmar

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The greatest lamb I have ever had. In a mole sauce. I travel all the time meaning many meals out. Trust me. Get the lamb rare/med rare. A great Cab. Heaven!
  3. SA

    SARITAJ

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We ordered the chicken fajitas and noticed that although they were delicious, the portion was not appropriate for the price and not enough for grown men who need at least 4 ounces of protein.
  4. VP

    VictorP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s hard to say more than just … my husband and I can’t wait to go back! We ordered the ceviche for appetizer… that was bomb! then filet mignon & the ribeye with the chipotle sauce… it was delicious! We’re taking friends with us when we go back!
  5. ML

    MimiL

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had told another couple about Red O’s food and service, so they wanted to try it. They were not disappointed! Food and service were very good. Thank you !
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. First time going and we loved it. Server was fantastic. Will be back soon
  7. LH

    LauH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience! We went to Red O to celebrate a birthday and they were very accommodating. Fantastic food, wonderful drinks and great ambience. Not too loud at all and perfect for our group of 6. Highly recommend!
  8. C

    Changuis

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful, our server was very pleasant. Our food delicious and our margaritas great!
  9. LP

    LeshaP

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Service was great. And the ambiance is beautiful.
  10. JG

    JG22

    San Diego

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Took my parents here for some nice Mexican food during their visit and the ambiance was great. Food was yummy and our waiter, Oscar was very friendly and funny.
  11. TE

    TweetEats

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I Can’t say enough great things about this place and their amazing chefs & staff! Was so good we returned for brunch the next day! A must when visiting San Diego! Will return definitely !!

    RED O Taste of Mexico - La JollaResponded on September 27, 2022Thank you so much, we look forward to your return. Mark Del Monte General Manager

  12. S

    Scott

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service. A little pricey even for tacos - but food quality is top notch. We really enjoy Red O
  13. SC

    SandyC

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect, from our waiter Omar, to our delicious food with beautiful presentation. A relaxing evening with all the special touches.
  14. DV

    DeeV

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The duck tacos, queso fundido and shrimp ceviche were wonderful!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    68 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Not as great as we were expected. WE felt bloated after meal and super tired, Did not feel much energy in dishes. Chips were not fresh, but cold and dry, salsa was good, tacos with beef not good. Liked atmosphere, that's all. Wont be back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing!!! Only bummer was valet was closed. The service was amazing from servers, expeditors, bus boys and hostess.. Great Service, Yummy Foods and Loved the Brunch Menu with bottomless options.
  17. j

    jonathanv

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and nice romantic setting to celebrate my wife’s birthday! Our waiter was great and would come back here again.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Made a reservation and arrived 5 mins before was only greeted by one of the three hostess. Was told to wait a bit I figured for them to get someone to walk us to our table. After waiting for 15-20 mins (and another hostess checking in and walking another couple to their table) the hostess told us “sorry we’re short staffed” which then the manager walked by and made a face and said “we’re short staffed? No we’re not! We aren’t maximizing our resources” we are not short staff” and chuckled. We were then immediately sat to a table food and drinks were delicious and made up for the waiting til the end when our waiter couldn’t be located had to walk to the hostess area to get them to bring us our bill. Food was amazing staff horrible. Will try a different location other than this one.
  19. L

    Llajollachef

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    We are a regular customers at Red O and love their food and service. Last night was just too terrible for words. They sat on us at the back of the restaurant and I instantly felt that we would be left behind. Our server was MIA the entire time. Never even came back to take my wine order very disappointing
  20. t

    tomhall22

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service in a high class setting
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had heard a pretty bad review of this place, which was that someone we know arrived and immediately was asked if she wanted guacamole, so she said yes, basically hoodwinking her because she thought he was offering it but it actually cost her $16. Then she asked for a drink and the server asked if she would like it with a particular alcohol, so she said yes, again hoodwinking her because that was not the house alcohol and was an upcharge. So we went in suspect of that behavior. Our experience was actually very good. We got sat in a big booth when it was just us two, and we were surprised but flattered to get such nice seating. We had like three servers taking care of us, with one main one, which was a good way to delegate the work at the restaurant. We had a great meal that came out super fast, and they immediately corrected a mistake from the kitchen without even being reminded and came out with another plate. At the end we said we wanted one particular dessert, and our server asked us about getting the cheesecake, and we were like well okay. He ended up bringing both desserts out, the original one with a sweet Happy Birthday in chocolate on it and the cheesecake. Rather than our friend’s experience with the blind upselling, it did seem genuine and it was actually really sweet. We enjoyed the whole experience and will be back soon.
  22. B

    Bragina1

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and flavor. Great ambience. A for sure for date night.
  23. PG

    PilarG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Beautiful location and ambiance. Waited very long for server once seated. Then had to ask for water and utensils. Service got better over time. Food was delicious. Salsa was super spicy and no alternative available.
  24. l

    louiseb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Great service, Excellent food. We celebrated a birthday, and felt we received personal service. Friendly staff
  25. DK

    DeborahK

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wasn't at this business meeting but I was told by those in attendance that the staff was wonderful, the food was fantastic and that the space was quiet, not cavernous and noisy so perfect for business meeting lunches. Couldn't ask for a better review from these picky architects! Thank you Red O staff and Madison Maler. You're the best : )
  26. GS

    GiselleS

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was very mediocre. Should do better.
  27. GC

    GinaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant! Ordered the fish tacos, and they were delicious. Definitely recommend.
  28. W

    Walo

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Very beautiful restaurant, very nice location main dishes are excellent the sides and tortillas are not, appetizer are soso, mixology drinks excellent we recommend Alacran drink, waiters are ok need more attention to customer service overall ok place will come again just not so often
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, brought some friends to this restaurant cause I love it. From the drinks to food, they were all impressed. Now they definitely trust my judgement on where to dine, 10/10 place to eat at and celebrate 😎
  30. BS

    BryanS

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great mexican food! Good service and would definitely go back.
  31. TS

    TomS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had a company group of 6 for dinner. Made a reservation and they accommodated some late changes. Drinks and appetizers were good, especially the ceviche and bean dip. All the meals were great and service was on point.
  32. CM

    CaroleM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed Red O’s wonderful Happy Hour! The food, service, and ambience were great! The birthday treat was a special finale.
  33. LG

    LynnG

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Fourth time dining here. Food and ambiance was excellent all times. But service seems to be hit and miss. Two times with excellent female servers. Second time having very poor service. Our male waiter yesterday was abrupt and unwelcoming and made us feel as though we were inconveniencing him. Service was slow and inattentive and restaurant was not busy. Salads came after entrees even though he asked if we would like them first. And only after we reminded the food runner when he delivered our entrees. Drinks and water slow to refill. Made for a very unpleasant dining experience.
  34. TO

    TriciaO

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice brunch on weekend. Love short rib Benedict.
  35. BB

    BlaineB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fiancée birthday
  36. CB

    CarlosB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    The service was amazing the first time I was here, yesterday I felt as if they didn’t think I should be there. The can you even afford to be here feeling. We were seated in the middle of the walkway for servers, I asked if we could be moved to an empty table out of the way and was told it was reserved. The place was not busy, we had reservations, and we were early. We had a party of 6 and the server added the gratuity to our check as if we were a big party or maybe she thought I wouldn’t tip her. The experience overall left a bad taste in my mouth. For a $500 check I would expect to walk out feeling amazing but instead I felt as if they did me and my family a favor by allowing us to dine there. If you have a humble appearance don’t bother going here.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was amazing. Food & drinks were 10/10! Highly recommend.
  38. L

    Leigh

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was terrific! Better than anything I have ever eaten in Santa Fe, Sedona, or Albuquerque! The service was also excellent. We ate outside but it was still a bit noisy for our elders. The cocktails were fabulous (RED-O margaritas and the Spicy Mojitos)
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Beautiful place. Given the price/atmosphere, it is unacceptable that there is no valet on duty at night. Weak, expensive drinks; decent food, excellent service.
  40. LN

    LeslleyN

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant indoors or out. Had reservations at 1:00 pm on a Saturday and practically had the whole place to ourselves! The Prime Surf and Turf Tablita for 2 was excellent and so filling! Definitely would recommend that plate for a special occasion! Would definitely come back for their regular menu! Service was great and accommodating!

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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

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

FAQs

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

RED O Taste of Mexico - La Jolla is rated 4.5 stars by 1969 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 p.m.


Booked 58 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

  • Neighbourhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of Operation

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

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

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

  • Executive Chef

    Martin Munguia

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (858) 291-8360

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

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

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