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Red O Mexican Cuisine by Rick Bayless

Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings


Classic Guacamole
Tomatoes, onions, fresh lime juice, cilantro, serrano chile
Queso Fundido
Melted​ house cheese blend, caramelized onion, roasted poblano chile, chorizo
Blackened chicken, poblano chile, caramelized onion, cheese mix, guacamole, pico de gallo
Fresh Corn & Goat Cheese Tamales
Fresh corn masa, laura chenel goat cheese, tomatillo salsa
Mary’s Duck Taquitos
Slow-cooked​ duck, tomato-árbol chile sauce, wild baby arugula
Shrimp Ceviche
Pico de gallo, cucumbers, avocado, serrano, lime juice, plantain chips
Carnitas Empanadas
Fresh corn masa, house cheese blend, avocado tomatillo salsa
Yellowtail Aguachile
Hamachi sashimi, spicy lime broth, avocado, knob onion, cucumber, orange
Ahi Tuna Tartare
Chile-cumin oil, cripsy tortilla, guacamole, wakami, harissa aioli, pickled red onion
+ Add choice of grilled steak, chicken breast or jumbo shrimp to any salad 6
Artisan sandwiches served with pickled escabeche
Steak Torta**
Telera roll, jack cheese, Portobello mushrooms, red onions, arugula, avocado, garlic lime dressing
Chipotle Chicken Wrap**
Napa Cabbage, chipotle puree, avocado, red onion, queso fresco, mixed greens
Chicken Milanesa Torta**
Telera roll, crispy chicken breast, black beans, jack cheese, lime marinated cabbage, tomato, avocado, chipotle aioli
For children 12 and under
Grilled Chicken Quesadilla
Corn tortilla, monterey jack cheese, guacamole, white rice, black beans
Monterey Jack Cheese Quesadilla
Corn tortilla, monterey jack cheese, guacamole, white rice, black beans
Grilled Steak Taco
Corn tortilla, hanger steak, jack cheese, guacamole, white rice, black beans
Grilled Chicken Taco
Corn tortilla, chicken breast, jack cheese, guacamole, white rice, black beans
Make any margarita a cadillac with a float of grand marnier 3
Signature Red O Margarita
Cabo wabo blanco, o3 orange liqueur, house-made limonada. Served over ice with a salt rim
Alacran Margarita
Sauza hornitos reposado, veev açaí spirit, O3 Orange Liqueur, limonada, serrano chile syrup. Served over ice in a tajín-rimmed goblet
House Margarita
El espolòn blanco, triple sec, limonada. Served on the rocks with a salt rim
Organic Skinny Margarita
Sauza tres generaciones organic blanco tequila, fresh lime, organic agave nectar. Served on the rocks with a salt rim
Casa Blanca Margarita
Casamigos silver tequila, our signature clarified lime, stirrings all natural triple sec. Served up
The Grant Margarita
El tesoro anejo tequila, mandarin napoleon, fresh lime & agave. Served up with red citrus salt and gold dusted dried pineapple slice. Servers with a shot of el tesoro paradiso extra anejo tequila on the side
Summer Heat
Beluga vodka, mango, fresh lemon, habanero-honey. Served over ice
La Rosita
Skyy vodka, fresh lemon, hibiscus syrup, apple essence. Served up with a sugar rim
Moscow Mule
Stolichnaya vodka, fresh lime, ginger beer. Served over ice in a copper mug
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Mexican, Latin
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went to Red O’s based on reviews we had read and for once the reviews were spot on. Though ambiance isn’t usually #1 on my list of criteria for a favorable restaurant experience, Red O’s more than impresses the moment you enter. Rich, dark,...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank CaptainNalga
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a delicious brunch at RED O last Sunday in Newport with about 12 family members - ages 13- 80... Everyone loved the food, ambiance and service. Everyone was just perfect for our family party...Everyone loved their meals, food came out hot, and with...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank erindL4091ZF
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is maybe the best Mexican style I have had. They do offer a menu that will please just about everyone, as it is varied and not strictly Mexican. The service was very good as well. If you want to have a conversation get...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Bill W
Reviewed 18 December 2018

We had the house margarita and appetizers on a weeknight, The drinks were strong and they left the shakers, which was perfect. My companion had food allergies and they were easily able to accommodate her but keep the food flavorful. We never felt rushed, but...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank desilady1
Reviewed 11 December 2018

All the Margaritas are triple sec and delicious. Food is very good and over price. Nice music on Thursdays for orange county.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank nazme1977
Reviewed 30 November 2018 via mobile

I keep telling my Mexican friends that they are slacking on their cooking because this food has so much flavor. This place is just beautiful. The decor is beautiful and the service was great. Appetizers: Queso Fundido ($12) and Shrimp Ceviche ($15) Both were delicious...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Qness47
Reviewed 21 November 2018

I really enjoyed the service last tuesday when my family came into town. There was a good amount of people in the resturant but still had a soothing atmosphere. I have been here several times and all times have had an overall great experience. Margaritas...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank DanielEricks0n
Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

Fantastic modern twist of the wonderful flavors of old recipes. The service is fast, attentive and personable. We were so delighted that went two days in a raw. We had quesadillas, guacamole, tortilla soup, mole and fish tacos, all cooked to perfection. We were so...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank satisfied-visitor_11
Reviewed 11 November 2018

I didn't realize that restaurants like this still exist. The entrance, the staff, the ambiance is sensational. This was our first time to one of Rick's restaurants. I am a big fan, and decided since we were staying in the area I couldn't pass up...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 536pamelag
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Fantastic experience. Enjoyed the atmosphere and decor because we were very early and there was not many people on a Tuesday at 3. Food was fantastic. Staff recommended duck taquitos, ceviche and guacamole. Happy hour goes until 7pm.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank MominOC
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Staff told us music is every day except Tuesday and Wednesday.
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