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Taste of Mexico at Red O at Fashion Island


Red O has been on my list to visit for many years. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that while I love living in Orange County, my heart is in Mexico.

Red O at Fashion Island

When I got invited to attend brunch at Red O at Fashion Island, I jumped at the chance to get my first taste of the popular dining destination. I invited a friend to join me. The minute we arrived, we embarked on an unforgettable epicurean adventure.

The minute that we arrived at the restaurant. I felt like I was swept into my favorite restaurant in Mexico City. Live music was playing, people were laughing, and delicious food was abundant awaiting guests.

The only downside to having brunch early at Red O on Sunday morning was that there is only the buffet available. I had looked ahead at the menu and was dying to try the lobster benedict. It’s just a great reason to visit again.

Brunch at Red O Fashion Island

We took a seat at a table located right next to a relaxing fireplace. We enjoyed catching up before the server came over to explain the buffet to us. My friend ordered the unlimited mimosas. I ordered a latte (with extra shots of espresso, of course).

Coffee and Tacos at Red O

The minute that I visited the buffet, I wanted a taste of everything. My first stop was getting some fresh al pastor tacos sliced off the trompo. I paired the tacos with some spicy salsa and chips.

Paella at Red O

For the second course, it was all about seafood. Plus, the chef created a giant paella. It had fresh shrimp and crab legs. Seafood is one of my favorite ways to start the day, and the seafood served at Red O tasted as it had just been caught that morning.

Red O Sunday Buffet

Finally, I ended brunch sampling some more traditional breakfast items like sausage and bacon. I couldn’t resist pairing it with some prime rib with a chipotle sauce, mashed potatoes, and an enchilada – oh my!

Brunch Pricing

Dining room at Red O

Red O instantly became of my favorite places to have brunch in Orange County. The Sunday brunch buffet is served from 10 am to 3 pm. The cost is $39 per adult, $15 children, and free for children under the age of 6.


Sunday Brunch Red O Restaurant

Red O has locations at Fashion Island, La Jolla, and Santa Monica. Call 949-718-0300 for reservations at the Fashion Island location.

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