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.
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