RED O Taste of Mexico - Santa Monica
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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Unless chef Rick Bayless is cooking your dish, your basically out of luck. The food was passable but not great.
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...
It was a great experience
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.
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.
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.
Excellent food and service!
Our waitress was really attentive to us! Very friendly! Food was had a good taste. Loved the Chocolate lave cake!! It was AMAZING!
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.
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?
Our oyster was delicious.
The main dish, enchiladas was too salty.
Salmon was fine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Delicious food, great service, and nice atmosphere
Excellent service, wonderful atmosphere
The waitress upselled us into buying many side order items we did not need .
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.
Good food, great service. Beautiful location. Great evening with the family.
Went for a group birthday dinner. Food and service were great!
I wanted it to be spectacular; but was just okay. Service was lackluster; so that didn't help.
Excellent food and service !
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!