RED O Cantina - Santa Monica

4.4
556 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
We are accepting Mother's Day reservations for May 9th, 2021.

No need for reservations, walk-ins welcome all day! We look forward to serving you!

What better location to enjoy award-winning cuisine and expertly crafted cocktails, than sitting directly across from the legendary Santa Monica pier? This vibrant city-meets-the-ocean destination is a local favorite. With a beautifully appointed interior and an intimate back patio, RED O Cantina is an oasis of elegance, comfort and beauty. Our culinary team and waitstaff work hand-in-hand to deliver an unforgettable dining experience to each and every one of our guests.

Experiences

  • Elevated New Years Eve

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Elevate your NYE by ringing in 2022 with our chef’s scratch-made Mexican cuisine, interactive cocktails, and special offerings at all RED O locations. Within each of our resort-inspired venues, our ambiance serves as the perfect escape to transition into the New Year by immersing yourself in some of the best hospitality in Southern California. Details: Full Menu Available | Special Featured Cocktails | Reservations Highly Recommended but Not Required

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 556 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTableDiner
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place but I wish it'll offer more seafood choices

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was excellent!!
Portions were so satisfying!

NC
NaomiC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our time at Red O but we did wait a while before someone came up to us. I’m the meantime there was someone who brought us water and we really appreciated that. I would say the food was good but the drinks were better! I enjoyed the atmosphere and had a great time but the food did feel overpriced for what it was.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service was terrible. To begin, the waitress tried to rush our dinner order before our drink order was taken. We ordered drinks, and didn’t see her for at least 15 minutes. The busboy brought water, she returned, still no drinks. I ordered appetizers and told her we’d like the drinks and apps first, she agreed, so we gave her our dinner order. 20 minutes more, we flag her down for the beer! 20 more minutes more I ask for the 3rd time about apps - she never placed the order. Dinner rolls out before apps, and then the apps which we stack on top of plates because there’s no room on the table. She ignores us for the remainder of the night.
Food was disappointing, especially when they raised prices. Menu options were reduced. Quality was that if a cook, not chef. I loved their WeHo location, and hosted a birthday party at the Sm location several years ago - but everything has gone downhill in recent years.

RED O Cantina - Santa Monica
Responded on 21 November 2021

Hello, Thank you for joining us on Friday. I am sorry your experience did not meet your expectations. I would love to get more details so I can make improvements. I hope we can turn this around and have you come back. My phone number is 562-508-0884. Have a great weekend! Robert Kroon General Manager

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RuthJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was INCREDIBLE… Food was DELICIOUS…I will be back with friends since food was great and music was to the beat 😃

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MsPatty
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food was fine- Mahi Mahi was cooked nicely, rice was fine, the bell peppers and onions were a bit salty... drinks were good- got the Cadillac pitcher and did shots of tequila primavera. Bday cake from the venue was a nice touch but I am lactose intolerant and do not like 3 leches cake... it was still a nice touch but wish they would've asked so that I could enjoy... my friends enjoyed it though, so it did not go to waste :)

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Helen
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We found the food to be excellent, accompanied with great service to begin with.

However, don’t get stung by the Tequila trolley!

Whilst we didn’t expect a “free shot” we certainly weren’t expecting the $46 recommendation that was poured, with no warning it was $46 a shot, or shown a price list. Really sad end to what was a lovely meal. I’m not a complainer, I hate complaining and normally we’d just walk away with a lesson learned, but it made up nearly 30% of our bill! After a quick chat with a manager she kindly reduced the cost of the shot by half.

The food was great, just a shame the end was a let down.

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vipMB01
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I have always enjoyed happy hour at this restaurant and tried it for dinner. Upon walking into the restaurant I was not pleased with the fact that there were lots of large parties and the restaurant was pretty open to the cool outside air so it was pretty cold inside. The menu looked good and we ordered food and were pleased that the salsa was nice and spicy and tasty. However I was disappointed with the enchiladas which were bland and covered in a sauce that was slightly sweet. The other food we had was similarly lacking in flavor.. Overall the food was so so. Will stick to Mercado where the food is much better.

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vipDrEm
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and drinks were delicious but the service was slow and the waiter was not very attentive. Overall, okay but not sure if I would return.

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LaurenE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was great and the drinks and appetizers were great. My cousins had the chicken quesadilla and the lobster enchiladas, which they both loved. I had the shrimp fajitas and it didn’t seem like there was much flavor and I only was given three tortillas.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipsalf
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Good food and service. Way tooooo loud.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Restaurant location is exceptional.

However, the food, waitstaff and noise level weren’t so great.

1. The restaurant blasts club music to an extent that the people dining together need to lean and shout to hear one another.

2. The waitstaff isn’t super helpful.

3. The food was all super spicy, even the kids guacamole had chunks of jalapeño.

I won’t return.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Can’t wait to go back for food and drinks .

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vipLakers24ever
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good for birthday. Very loud though. Service is good.

AM
vipAMAZING
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an awesome dining experience with my family. The food and service were top notch and delicious.

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vipDejabree1
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dining experience I’ve had in awhile. Everything was excellent. Waitress Nicki was awesome attentive and very helpful.

EK
vipEileenK
Cleveland
44 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I was very disappointed. I thought choosing a restaurant connected with Rick Bayless would be a great choice for the last night of our vacation. It was below average chain mexican food at best. The menu had nothing unique. The drinks and Churros were good. The rest of our meal was nothing special. The service also lacked. We had to track our server down. She had too many tables and could not handle it. I do not recommend this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. I will go back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience here. I’ve been to the one in Newport Beach countless of times and thought I’d give this one a try as well. I was very pleased with all aspects of the restaurant from food and drinks to the ambiance and location. Don’t come here if you want a quiet dinner! Loud and fun! Highly recommend literally any cocktail!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was great but our waitress seemed uninterested in servicing our table when needed. We given items we did not order2 but we took it in stride. The food saved the evening for a party of 8.

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Fussydiner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server…great food…noise level can be high. Interesting people watching as they walk down from the pier.

MG
MelissaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go with friends and grab something to eat and drink

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VictoriaL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was excellent

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Roemart
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Appetizers were outstanding so we were super disappointed when our meals came out almost flavorless. I guess you need to know what to order. Drinks were great!

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vipPercitaM
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican food ever! Valerie was exceptionally wonderful. Her customer service was fantastic! I will be back often.

NM
NiyaM
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant surpassed my expectations the food was great and the service was phenomenal! I will definitely return for another great experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It was a nice experience

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vipRocky
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best Mexican food I have had in a long time. Maybe it’s the best in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I love margaritas and Mexican food. I visited Santa Monica Red O looked busy all of the time. I assumed it would be fun and delicious. Two of us tried 4 different margaritas on the menu. All of which sounded delicious on paper. When it came to tasting them, they were all on the limey side. Like instant heartburn kind of limey. We also tried the bean dip, chopped salad, and chips and salsa. All we’re just ok. Nothing to write home about. I’d give it a meh at best

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BrianD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere! Highly recommend.

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed in Santa Monica for a week and this place was our last stop before heading home. I’m nearly speechless as to how good everything was! 10/10 would definitely recommend! Can’t wait for our next opportunity to visit

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day

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shabba
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Food was ok.. enchiladas sauce was basic.. had nachos and the steak is basic.. the shrimp in the nachos was great... Drinks was great... service was great.. my girlfriend didn't like the enchiladas, so they didn't charge us.. all on all great place, just don't or enchiladas or burrito.. they were cool, but I get better burritos and enchiladas from a hole in a wall anywhere in LA

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was great, our server was great!

DJ
vipDebrahJ
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place! Great service, delicious cocktails and good food. Will be back.

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RobertH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous restaurant right on Ocean Drive. Food is excellent, house made guac, ceviche, Lobster Benedict with rosé wine and margaritas, perfect brunch. If you like spicy ask for a side of their habanero. Muy bien!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and the sangria was fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Elote is corn on the cob lol, our server didn’t explain items well on the menu

FAQs

RED O Cantina - Santa Monica offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 458-1600.

RED O Cantina - Santa Monica is rated 4.4 stars by 556 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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