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Red Mesa Cantina

128 3rd St. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4224
+1 727-896-8226
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Ranked #14 of 726 Restaurants in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: Cuban, Latin, Mexican, Peruvian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 2nd Avenue South
Transit: 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.
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!
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I live a couple blocks away from cantina, so perhaps am biased. However, I love this place and my fav menu items! I sat in the courtyard today thinking it should be a travel mag highlight!! The motulenos is to die for, as are the $4 mimosas!! Delicious for brunch or whatever time of day it is

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Windermere, Florida, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We stopped at Red Mesa in St. Pete when on our way to the Tampa Bay Rays game and we were not disappointed, in fact, I would've almost rather stayed and had a few more rounds of drinks! The atmosphere is fantastic for a grown-ups night out and the food is to die for - gourmet tapas like the ahi... More

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United States
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67 reviews 67 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Man, after hearing so many great things for so long about this place, I was sure we couldn't go wrong. I was so, so disappointed. SERVICE: Arrived for a weekday lunch just before noon, and it was already filling up. Seating was quick, but our waiter already seemed stressed and overwhelmed. He was visibly sweating and breathing heavily. It took... More

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Navarre, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Visiting the area and was referred to this place. Fantastic open brick building and open patio with fountain. Great outdoor bar area. Places was packed with a long wait, but good opportunity to have a few cocktails outside. Not an overly complex upscale Mexican menu, but they do it right. Great food!

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Sarasota, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Early lunch on a rainy day..very pleasant server recommended the Friday special, arroz con pollo. We sat outside. Overall, a nice experience. I think this is more of a night spot. The food was good. Great outdoor seating during cooler weather.

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Jackson Heights, New York, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you're in the Tampa Bay area and have a craving for Mexican, I suggest you calm it with Red Mesa! Good quality food that I would recommend to anyone.

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Saint Pete Beach, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We like to get the wonderful and unique tacos - like Ahi tuna or duck. But we always start with the mofungo - it's the best. They also have great entrees - the portions are quite large.

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St. Louis, MO
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134 reviews 134 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My partner and I visited Red Mesa Cantina when in the Tampa area for a long weekend. We are lovers of Mexican food and always try to find some local place we don’t have at home to try when out of town. We picked Red Mesa based on 1) the reviews on this site, and 2) a lucha libre theme... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Our server was amazing the whole staff were friendly and happy to help. The atmosphere is fun and trendy. The food was only so-so I have had better, but still good and filling! Price is just right for the food but the fact that they will charge you a minimum of $10 (more if over 10 people in party) to... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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107 reviews 107 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Our party ordered a variety of entrees so we could all sample several. My personal favorite was the oyster taco with the seafood burrito coming in at a close second. Several of the dishes were a bit too spicy for my gringo taste buds, but I learned that they can tailor the selections to tone them down a bit for... More

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