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“Really Good!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Luna Red

Luna Red
1023 Chorro Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
805-540-5243
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Price range: $9 - $14
Cuisines: International, Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Monterey Street
Description: Nourish your appetite with Luna Red’s tantalizing mix of tapas, European staples and global creations. From house-cured duck prosciutto and local goat cheese, to tapas that include such gems as stuffed piquillo peppers or arancini balls, served with local mushrooms, leeks and a tomato jam— and those are just the starter plates. For an entrée, you’ll have a hard time deciding—we offer dishes from around the world such as Portuguese seafood stew with housemade chorizo or Korean style short ribs with housemade kimchee. We have something for every discerning palate. Each selection combines a perfect balance of flavors and represents a kaleidoscope of cuisines. Warm yourself. Delight in luna red.
Cambria, California
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191 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Really Good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

One of the nicest locations in SLO - and the food was great! Coconut milk & chicken soup - lamb gyro & the frommage sandwich were all delicious. Extensive wine list & attentive / friendly service - the perfect spot for lunch outdoors on a sunny SLO day.

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Los Angeles
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12 reviews
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“Hope it stays. Great place to stop when downtown SLO”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013 via mobile

We had three appetizers and some cocktails. Pretty small portions of food but it was delicious and nicely presented.
wine surprising to be just $6! I would return for dinner or brunch as well. Creative menu.

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Baywood Park, California
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“Great vision, poor execution”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

The vision of Luna Red is clear: global tapas, local, organic farmer's market produce, flashy ambiance, mellow vibes. The mask is there but I wonder about the face underneath. I've eaten here several times in the last few years (and the new location is certainly better), and I've had my birthday party at the place, but something about the vibe of the staff puts me off. It is really a lovely place but the service is so spotty you really wonder who the hell hires their staff. He/she certainly has a bad judge of character.

Food was B/B+ at times and inconsistent. The half chicken had a slippery texture, like wet plastic and although it was rustic it fell short of what I paid for it. Despite this, the charcuterie was amazingly composed and wonderful as a starter. The wine list is extensive and covers mostly local wine and in this way it is a mirror to every other restaurant in SLO I've been to. I asked about one of their foreign wines but no sommelier was to be found and the server wasn't knowledgable about the wines and didn't send anyone over to help.

Luna feels like the awkward, overly dressed cousin to Novo. With the right management in the front of the house I bet she could sail higher, thus raising SLO's fine-dining bar.

If you want to try them out, go for lunch when it's sunny out. They really do have a nice spot: wonderful day seating on the Mission, and sexy, indoor night-time seating that seems a little cheesy but definitely carries a charm. Moving water is always captivating, like a dancing fire in the winter stove on a cold day.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

of all the places we ate in SLO, this was our least favorite. The ambiance is nice but the service was only so-so. We found the tapas to be overpriced and felt that for a "wine bar" that they did a poor job with the wine and cheese pairings.

Visited December 2012
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San Luis Obispo, CA
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“Tapas Moon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

By gal pal and I met here for drinks and tapas, and were pleasantly surprised. They fulfilled our very specific drink orders, Ketel One Marini with olives, and a Cadillac Margarita, with a choice of tequilas immediately.
The tapas menu had changed a bit. Our former favorite, the duck crepes had disappeared, but tempting oysters soon had us swooning. I chose the Shrimp Adobo, perfect spice and a side of flatbread (made at the restaurant) was the perfect mop for the fragrant sauce!
We avoided desert, since New Year's resolutions loomed large on the horizon, but have enjoyed their home made sorbet and ices before.
Wonderful, attentive service, and a great window seat overlooking the San Luis Obispo creek on a cold and rainy night!

  • Visited December 2012
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