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Luna Red

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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$6 Happy Hour
Split Pea Hummus* **
spiked pepitas, chili oil, market tomatoes, olives, garlic
Roasted Heirloom Peppers*
pistachio pistou
Bacon Wrapped Dates
house-made chorizo
Roasted Olives**
orange, garlic, rosemary, croutes
Papas Bravas^
fingerling potatoes, onion, garlic, chipotle aioli
Spanish Albóndigas** ^^
charred fennel, sofrito, olive bread
3 for $12 / 6 for $22 / 9 for $30
Birria Braised Beef
roasted red pepper, onion, cilantro
Chicken Thigh^^
recado rojo, butter lettuce, queso fresco
Al Pastor
criolla de frutas
Beer Battered Rockfish**
repollo, lime crema
cauliflower, winter squash, romesco
Pan de Maize
herbed whipped butter
Mixed Greens* ^
onion, cucumber, tomato, sherry vinaigrette, blue cheese, spiked pepitas
Burrata Salad** ^
lentils, charred onion, spinach, sofrito, bread crumbs
Roasted Beets** ^
whipped feta, turmeric oregano crackers
Shrimp Salad*
little gems, toasted pistachios, tomato, red onion, green goddess dressing
Charred Broccoli^
manchego, carrot radish relish
Oven Baked Clams**
lomo, garlic, white wine, slather bread
Grilled Spanish Octopus*
spring onions, romesco, slivered almond
Tortilla Soup^
avocado, queso fresco, onion, radish, cilantro
cherry tomato, olive, citrus, onion, jalapeno
tomato, celery, onion, horseradish, burnt mezcal
Chicken Tostadas
recado chicken, chorizo refried beans, queso fresco, lime crema, criolla slaw
Cuban al Pastor
al pastor, ham, mustard, house pickles, goat cheddar, french roll, small green salad or soup of choice (dairy free / vegan option)
Cheeseburger** ^^
grilled onion, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, avocado, pickles, chipotle aioli, small green salad or soup of choice
Saffron Tuna Melt^^
cheddar, tomato, red onion, saffron aioli, small green salad or soup of choice (dairy free / vegan option)
Avocado & Heirloom Tomato Pintxo
chile oil, olive bread, avocado, roasted peppers, tomato, cucumber, pickled onion, small green salad or soup of choice (dairy free / vegan option)
Shrimp Paella
saffron rice, roasted peppers, salsa criolla, peas, grilled lemon
Roasted Broccoli Melt
radish and carrot relish, manchego, brioche bun, small green salad or soup of choice (dairy free / vegan option)
Located in the heart of downtown SLO next to the historic Mission Plaza, Luna Red is a lively gathering spot that features a Latin inspired menu of handcrafted plates, craft cocktails and an award-winning global wine. Luna Red's focus celebrates using local, seasonal ingredients and a lively late night music scene. On the weekends enjoy Brunch on both Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:00 am.
US$10 - US$18
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
American, International
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My expectations after decades dining in SLO are not particularly high. What makes Luna Red stand out is the quiet cozy dining experience indoors and beautiful dining outdoors. This is dining, with efficient not hovering staff and tables placed so as to allow for conversation....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank collegepathss
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The set up and atmosphere is really cool, menu looks good and promising but in reality it’s just about average to maybe slightly above average. Ordered a few small plates to start, bacon wrapped dates which were delicious, hummus which was really good as it...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank LuckyStevo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really like Luna Red. We stop by San Luis Obispo two or three times a year on our drive between LA and SF, and dining at Luna Red has become a ritual we enjoy. The restaurant is very attractive, the ambience is special, the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 240alanp
Reviewed 31 October 2018

The outdoor seating area is next to the San Obispo Luis Mission Plaza, and it's well shaded so lunches are a delight. The menu is varied, with a wide variety of small plate and regular entree choices. I've eaten there with guests several times and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 418Morro
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

The lunch menu was small, not a lot to choose from. My tacos were disappointing and the tortilla soup was lukewarm. I’m giving it 3 stars only because my husband enjoyed his meal. Sorry but I wouldn’t bother with this place.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Romanticgal
Reviewed 3 October 2018

I have seen favorable reviews of this restaurant. This is not to be one. We ate at Luna Red on Thursday, 9/27 for a birthday celebration. The restaurant was not busy. We ordered the paella. At $44 it was enough for at least four and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Joe H
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

We love Luna Red. We were concerned by some staffing changes that happened in the last year, but they seem to have navigated the changes very successfully. The seating here is very enjoyable, whether outside on the best restaurant patio in town, or inside in...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jonr105
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

We Stopped in downtown SLO on our way home to Santa Cruz Last night from LA. We celebrated my daughters birthday outside on the patio. The atmosphere was awesome -Warm and inviting seating and lighting. Trevor our server was friendly and attentive. We ordered the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Hawaiifirefighter
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Did some research of where to eat in SLO and Luna Red came up in a number of searches. It was however really disappointing. Everything sounded great on the menu but was bland and boring in reality. We ordered a number of sharing plates (burrata...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Ramen67
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

I like love Luna Red so much. The inside is gorgeous Spanish, and the huge outside patio, along the creek I think, has a great bar and tall tables, along with cushioned long banquets and angled tables. The thing that really got me, outside the...More

Date of visit: September 2017
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25 January 2018|
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Yes, we do! Just call 805-540-5243
2 October 2015|
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Response from Shanny C | Property representative |
Hello, We offer burgers on our lunch menu and Sunday nights starting at 5pm is Build Your Own Burger night with many delicious toppings to choose from. We hope you can join us tonight!
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