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Rick Bayless's Red O Hopes Goes Full On Surf and Turf in Santa Monica by August

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The time has come for Rick Bayless' second L.A. spot.

Red O, Santa Monica
Red O, Santa Monica
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

One of the city’s most anticipated openings (since last year, in fact), Red O in Santa Monica has finally started to heat up in the former 41 Ocean space. The third location overall — there’s one in Newport Beach, plus the West Hollywood location — is situated right near the water in the former home of 41 Ocean, with plans to open by August 1.

Much like the other Red O locations, which have morphed and changed since the first one opened in West Hollywood in 2009, the menu plan from mega-chef Rick Bayless is to lean more heavily on surf and turf. Think of this as a Mexican-flavored steak and seafood spot for the moneyed crowd, with an emphasis on their wine program and cocktails. Chef Keith Stich will be on site to execute Bayless’ vision.

As for the design, expect a stunner from Judy Van Wyk of The Design Studio. Because of its proximity to the ocean, this Red O is going full-on resort decadence, including beachy sand and rock features and a ceiling that is reminiscent of a classic thatched-roof palapa on the beach.

Red O Santa Monica looks to open across from the Santa Monica Pier by August 1, with a daily happy hour kicking off at 4 p.m., and dinner service starting at 5 p.m.; the on-site bar will keep later hours.

Red O Santa Monica
1541 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA