The Red Door San Diego offers quintessential Italian fare inspired by local sustainable and responsibly sourced ingredients. Chef/Owner Luciano Cibelli shops daily, personally selecting each item we serve. Our housemade breads, desserts, and pasta (including a special Gluten Free Bucatini) are fresh daily and our menu is in rhythm with the seasonal San Diego harvest. The wine list offers a unique selection with varietal expression and regional character, each selected by Chef Luciano. The Red Door’s commitment to excellence has earned several awards, including San Diego’s Diner’s Choice, Open Tables Best Italian Restaurant and Modern Luxury San Diego’s Best Italian Restaurant. Join us for the highly rated cuisine, charming ambiance and personable service behind the Red Door.
And don’t forget to stop by our BAR next door for drinks and live music!
Chef Luciano Cibelli
As a young boy in Milano, Chef Luciano Cibelli’s early life was infused with a passion and respect for cooking. After perfecting his family’s traditional Italian techniques, he set off to broaden his horizons in Koln, Germany at the prestigious La Vita restaurant when he was 27. There, Luciano was introduced to chefs of both German and Indian descent, and together they began to discuss the art of cooking, and fusing their cultures to form new and exciting cuisines. Chef Luciano continues to refine his combination of classic Italian cooking, selective and spirited use of local ingredients and personable approach to service. His dishes evoke the simple pleasure of Italian comfort food with a modern flair.
The Red Door restaurant of Mission Hills sources almost exclusively from local farmers, producers, brewers and distillers. Chef Luciano has forged close relationships with artisanal purveyors to provide the best ingredients and handcrafted products available. He personally selects every ingredient we serve and chooses unique selections that transform into flavors incorporating culinary traditions and techniques to create dishes with depth and balanced flavors.
At The Red Door we believe dining out is more than just a menu – it’s an experience. We have a team that turns our great spaces and impressive menus into amazing memories for your whole party. Catering and Events are opportunities for us to share our dedication to celebration.