RED O Taste of Mexico - Santa Monica

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508 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Mexican

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Dining at Red O is an experience like no other - offering a unique combination of
Prime Steak & Seafood with Rick Bayless’ signature Mexican inspired influences. By sourcing local and sustainable ingredients Red O creates flavorful dishes with a mindset on quality while still being true to the flavors of Mexico. Red O’s team of friendly employees create a welcoming atmosphere that parallels the luxury resort interiors of the restaurant. Red O also features an impressive bar and lounge, where you’ll find their specialty cocktails, an extensive tequila list and award winning wine list. Their bar also offers Happy Hour from 3 to 7pm daily.

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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.2
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vipmartialman7
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Unless chef Rick Bayless is cooking your dish, your basically out of luck. The food was passable but not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my best friends birthday and the acknowledge him at the entrance and throughout our visit. It was our first of what will be many experiences here...

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It was a great experience

DK
DaminKiesel
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting was great. We had reservations for 8:30pm and it was pretty dead inside, we did not mind that at all. Our server was great, I don’t remember his name though. He recommended some fantastic drinks. The food was good, although it tasted like every other Mexican restaurant to me. The order got a little messed up and they had to correct our food, took a little longer but we did not mind.

Overall, excellent service (besides messing up our order, still not a problem), beautiful settting, friendly staff and a well organized tasty menu.

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vipsandy90265
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We enjoyed the food but the music was way too loud. Our waiter couldn't get it lowered and we finally called someone over from the desk. He got it lowered but not by much.

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vipRichardK
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Other than the long wait for our food after we ordered everything was good. Manager came by an apologized for the wait and offered to take care of our drinks.
Overall it was okay but wish it was a bit better than it was.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service!

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Bris34
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was really attentive to us! Very friendly! Food was had a good taste. Loved the Chocolate lave cake!! It was AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We arrived at RED O on time for a 6:30pm reservation. No one greeted us for 10 minutes and when we were, waited for another 5 minutes to be seated. Server was ok but got rude when asked to hold some toppings to the side- her words “ I heard you!” . Food was not good at all and server came by to clean up and was so quick and I careful with her placement to the table as she dropped a whole dish of chips and barely apologized.

I will not return to this place.

JW
vipJeanW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I don’t think Rick Baylis owns Red O anymore. When he owned it the food and drinks were creative and delicious. Now it’s just a below standard regular me u an restaurant. And what Mexican restaurant does not have Gran Mariner for Cadillac margaritas on a holiday Saturday night? Perhaps they could send someone to the store?

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Omid
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our oyster was delicious.
The main dish, enchiladas was too salty.
Salmon was fine.

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vipAliciaS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

During our reservation the waiter went missing. Our food was forgotten about and many issues with order. Appetizers did not come out and dessert was a flop.

Dinner was okay. I ordered the braised beef enchiladas and the sauce was way too sweet. Meat was good but overall fish was lacking flavor.

I think the experience would have been better if service was present.

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vipfoodfanatic
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The savory food was tasty and margaritas excellent. Waiter didn’t tell us the special we ordered was an appetizer so we ended up having to order more food.

Guacamole was amazing and jalapeño poppers delish. Churros, however, were really disappointing. Hard in and out and not sweet at all.

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vipEmilyR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. I've tried duck a few times, and the duck taquitos were to die for. I would come back purely for those taquitos. They just melted in your mouth. The filet mignon was divine as well. Will definitely be coming back for more soon.

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vipRobinW
San Francisco
160 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I chose this restaurant for our one dinner in Santa Monica based on Rick Bayless's reputation. While his name is promoted on Open Table, I saw no evidence of his presence -- not in the menu, food, or execution. It was perfectly adequate, non-inventive Mexican fare, at high prices. Nothing special. If Bayless is involved, he is resting on his laurels. Would not return.

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FawnW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, and nice atmosphere

JP
vipJamesP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wonderful atmosphere

JB
JeniferB
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The waitress upselled us into buying many side order items we did not need .

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DylanM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Arrived at restaurant and did not get greeted for 5 minutes. Service was very slow despite restaurant being nearly empty. Food was decent but overpriced.

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sfrasool1971
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service. Beautiful location. Great evening with the family.

TP
vipTroyP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a group birthday dinner. Food and service were great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I wanted it to be spectacular; but was just okay. Service was lackluster; so that didn't help.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service !

MF
MichaelF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve - restaurant was packed, full menu was served and everything was exceptional. The energy and enthusiasm of everyone working at the restaurant made it a really special night for my daughter and me!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review