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Red Mesa Cantina

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Mexican, Caribbean, Peruvian, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, South American
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128 3rd St. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4224 (2nd Avenue South)
Free Public Transportation for Tropicana Field sporting events, i.e., Rays games, one block away. A municipal PTSA bus stop is across the street at Publix. Taxi’s all know Cantina.
+1 727-896-8226
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: With Mexican cuisine at its heart, Red Mesa Cantina blends Latin and...
With Mexican cuisine at its heart, Red Mesa Cantina blends Latin and Caribbean kitchen traditions to create a menu of exquisite ceviches, tacos, and small plate classics that deliver bold, fresh flavors. An award winning, word-of-mouth favorite among locals and visitors alike with the most extensive selection of Tequilas in the South!
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    Very good
  • 36
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  • 15
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great spot for lunch

RM in downtown SP is a great place for lunch. I don't think the menu hold up as a dinner restaurant. Most of the menu is small plates. The tacos are al a carte which is good for sampling hit can be pricey at $4.95 each. We are talking a small corn tortilla with plenty of toppings. It would be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
JStewartFl
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

RM in downtown SP is a great place for lunch. I don't think the menu hold up as a dinner restaurant. Most of the menu is small plates. The tacos are al a carte which is good for sampling hit can be pricey at $4.95 each. We are talking a small corn tortilla with plenty of toppings. It would be... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This place is amazing. The atmosphere where you can go outside or inside. Being a Sunday evening I did not have to wait to be seated but the place was pretty busy. I sat indoors and ordered the churrasco medium. The chips and salsa made a great side dish while waiting for your main course. The food did not take... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I went to the Red Mesa Cantina for brunch. I IMMEDIATELY LOVED the outdoor seating area with a pond, green umbrellas, a waterfall, red brick everywhere, and lush greenery. The bloody mary's are FANTASTIC - spicy, with just the right amount of 'kick'. I had the steak quesadillas, and they were quite good. They could have used a bit more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Centrally located and 3 minute walk to the parking garage (above the Rowdie's Den). This place has indoor and outdoor eating area. The outdoor eating area has a nice garden atmosphere with a water fountain. Just beautiful! If it was not for the weather that day, we would of opted to sit outside. Instead we sat inside and our server,... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I visited this place three times. Every time I say that Food is wowed. Environment is very relaxing. Shimp Al Mojo, Veggie Quesidia and Tofu Barito all was great. Service was fast and staff was very welcoming.

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Roswell, GA
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The good news is that the food was pretty good. Bad news is: the portions were small. The margaritas were so weak that we had to order an extra shot on the side...which made them ridiculously expensive. And it took a long time to get your drinks. Waiter seemed inexperienced. You had to pay for your chips and salsa, not... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Deceide to stop in for lunch with my wife. The Peruvian Ceviche & Duck Tacos were awesome. The service and suggestions were wonderful. Great drinks as well. LLeft very happy and satisfied.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Overrated!! Food took forever and drinks are expensive.. I had seafood ceviche and fish tacos... Both very disappointing.. It was either too salty or too hot... Won't be coming back again..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

My husband and I went here for lunch on a Saturday after visiting the Dali Museum. Parking was not an issue and we had no wait time for seating. We chose to eat inside due to the heat, but the outdoor seating in the courtyard is quiet beautiful. Great atmosphere. We had the Verde Ceviche which was very fresh and... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is one of my favorites and I often take out of town guests here. The outdoor seating and bar is wonderful if the weather is nice! The food is delish and the crab quesadillas and El Gordo burrito are some of my favorites! Great sangria and churros too!

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Additional Information about Red Mesa Cantina

Address: 128 3rd St. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4224
Phone Number: +1 727-896-8226
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  St. Petersburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Mexican, Caribbean, Peruvian, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, South American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 128 3rd St. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4224
    (2nd Avenue South)
  • Public Transportation: Free Public Transportation for Tropicana Field sporting events, i.e., Rays games, one block away. A municipal PTSA bus stop is across the street at Publix. Taxi’s all know Cantina.
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  St. Petersburg
  • Phone Number: +1 727-896-8226

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Caribbean, Peruvian, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Doing business, Romantic

Description

With Mexican cuisine at its heart, Red Mesa Cantina blends Latin and Caribbean kitchen traditions to create a menu of exquisite ceviches, tacos, and small plate classics that deliver bold, fresh flavors. An award winning, word-of-mouth favorite among locals and visitors alike with the most extensive selection of Tequilas in the South!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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