Red O – Mexican Cuisine By Rick Bayless – Newport Beach

RED O Restaurant, first opened in Los Angeles by renowned chef Rick Bayless just has just opened up a beautiful new location in Newport Beach making it the 2nd location in Southern California. The flagship location features upscale modern Mexican cuisine and an extensive wine and tequila selection.

Located at Fashion Island, RED O is the ultimate fine-dining experience with upscale Oaxacan-influenced cuisine that chef Rick Bayless is celebrated for, in a stunning space designed to evoke a feel of a lavish Mexican resort by award-winning Los Angeles based interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

Opened just 2 weeks ago, RED O is the hottest new place to see & be seen in Newport Beach. Make sure you call way ahead for a reservation because this place books up fast!

 We can’t remember what they called this dish above, it was a special of the night…and it was DELICIOUS!!!
What a dish! Presented in a large stone bowl filled with juicy, marinated grilled chicken, steak, shrimp, peppers, tomatoes & a variety of other flavors that end in a fiery note…so good we almost ordered a 2nd round.

Tres Leches Cake…SO BOMB!

Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream with Cajeta, Butter Pecans and Bacon Streusel…sweet & salty deliciousness!

Serving lunch and dinner daily, the fare includes original items exclusive to the new Fashion Island location as well as many of Bayless’ signature dishes, including hand-crafted Tortas, Bayless’ griddle-baked Mexican sandwiches made with enticing fillings such as Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs, Chipotle Chicken, Garlicky Shrimp and Goat Cheese.  Other menu highlights include Yucatecan Shrimp & Calamari Ceviche, Sweet Plantain Sopes, Sonoma Duck Taquitos with Pork Belly Sopes and Corn and Goat Cheese Tamales, Scallops in Verde, Salmon in Serrano Crema, and Lobster Jicama Tacos.  Desserts are inspired by American classics with a modern Mexican touch, such as the Creamy Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Caramel Corn and Mexican “Root Beer” Sauce.

In addition, Bayless personally curates the unrivalled list of 100 unique tequilas, further enhancing the impressive bar program.  Diners are presented with an extensive list of over 400 international wines and pairings, specialty beers and seasonal cocktails.

The freestanding restaurant, inspired by the historic villas of Mexico’s breathtaking San Miguel de Allende, features an expansive 8,500 square foot dining room with an adjoining 1,100 square foot heated, outdoor pavilion with multiple cabanas, ideal for private events. Guests are be welcomed by an extravagant bar lit by handmade oversized chandeliers, and a live tree ascending into the tall ceilings of the main dining room.  Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard has designed a stunning space which features an exotic atmosphere by night, yet comfortable and inviting by day, highlighted by rich, color soaked fabrics and finishes.

The restaurant includes aged walls mingled with precious European tiles, exotic furnishings, leather accents, pierced brass lanterns and mosaic tile work. “This modern and luxurious space mingles with old world textures to create a beautiful and inviting space that is perfect to experience Chef Rick Bayless’ modern Mexican fare,” says Bullard.  The authentic décor also features a magnificent viewing window into the kitchen accented by beautiful archways and meticulous woodwork as well as a specially designed Tequila Room, showcasing the depth of over 100 available agaves.

RED O is located at 143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660.  RED O will be open for lunch and dinner daily. For more information, visit