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Mar 27, 2010 02:25 PM

Red O open?

L-A Magazine suggests that Rick Bayless' new restaurant is open. Is that true? Anyone tried it?

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  1. looks like they jumped the gun - restaurant's website says it's opening in April.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Anyone have an update on the opening of Red O, since we are now in May?

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        That is up there on the list of worst restaurant websites. I wouldn't have even known about the press release once the flash images covered it up.

          1. re: granadafan

            Red O will open in the last week of May. Remember you read it here first.

            1. re: Searcher44

              According to Thrillist LA, They are taking reservations starting tomorrow, Tuesday 5/18, and opening shortly thereafter. (?)

              1. re: Phurstluv

                Has anyone been able to make a reservation? I just tried calling and got a recording...saying they were opening May 26th and accepting reservations, but not to leave a message. I couldn't get a live person on the line.

                  1. re: Phurstluv

                    Just tried calling again and got live person for a reservation.

                    1. re: Obessed

                      Wow, good for you, I guess persistence pays off.

      2. It was supposed to open in April

        On Twitter, Rick Bayless has repeatedly stated he is only a consultant on the food. I don't think it is his although I wish he would open one of his great restaurants here.

        Instead we are left with that abomination, Rosa Mexicano.

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        1. re: SilverlakeGirl

          There are many alternatives to Topo and Frontera that are not Rosa Mexicano here in LA.

          1. re: carter

            I would disagree.

            We have great authentic Mexican food ... and Mexican street food. I have eaten at Serenata for many, many years but it is not the same. The only thing that comes close to it is La Casita Mexicana.

            I've travelled with Diana Kennedy and Rick Bayless for years around Mexico ... especially Diana who I've traveled though many states. I know Mexico and its food reasonably well.

            I know Monte Alban, Chitzen Itza, El Texate and others. Yxta was a total dismal bust!

            What am I missing?

            Monte Alban
            11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

            La Casita Mexicana
            4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201

            El Texate
            316 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

            1. re: SilverlakeGirl

              Have you tried Rivera in downtown?

              I saw Rick Bayless at the Beverly Hills farmers market 2 sundays ago, the weekend of the LA marathon. He was walking around with what looked like 4 or 5 chefs, who I assume were from the Red O. I hope its in the same class as Topolobampo.

              1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                I really wish he would open something like Xoco here...

            2. re: SilverlakeGirl

              how much is he consulting on the food? who's place will it be?

              1. re: sarcasmsk

                Heard he will be taking over Kai on Ocean in Santa Monica as a second location

                1. re: melangeinc

                  That's Ma'Kai.

                  101 Broadway Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                2. re: sarcasmsk

                  From Squid Ink: "Rick Bayless Report: Calm Down, It's Just A Consulting Gig"


                  Includes his Tweets regarding this issue and his office's reply.

                  And this article stating a May 17th open:


                  1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                    So, safe to assume that as of May 9th it's still not open? And if not, anyone know when?

              2. I believe it opens on May 26, but I hear the reservation line opened today (I haven't tried it myself though). It's a very pretty restaurant!