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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 #19 of 736 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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Chicago, Illinois
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I'm not a fan of Red Mesa but the Mercado is a home run. If you are looking for authentic Mexican food in St Pete this is one of just two places you can find something close to it. It's still a bit trendy. It's not my hometown's taqueria but it's pretty good. I'd go back for sure.

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Belleair Beach
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

We sat outside in the courtyard. The weather was cool but the atmosphere and sun made it a perfect setting with the waterfall and fountains amidst the greenery. We had Cadillac margaritas made with fresh lime juice and agave that were great. For lunch we shared the mofongo and habanero snapper ceviche. It was the perfect amount to share for... More 

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Pooler, Georgia
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Great food, friendly and attentive service, beautiful outside garden and nice looking rooms (I took a peek). One of the best Sangrias! They the best! They don't even need my review, impossible to get in on the weekend. They take reservations during the week though. I heard that Red Mesa is even better but I don't know how they can... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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108 reviews 108 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

There's nothing common about this restaurant. The décor is funky, the service is very good, and the menu is unusual but it's possible to order very healthy food here. I have had the tacos and they are all superb (pulled pork with guacamole, aha tuna, fish, etc.) There is also an aha tuna salad which is to die for -... More 

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New York City, New York
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154 reviews 154 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

We popped in for a brief afternoon bite. The staff was amazing polite and accommodating. I ordered a nacho salad, it was huge. The patio became very windy which made for a difficult dining experience. My word to management, check the wind flows and place a few more barrier walls. Overall, great food but keeping it on the table was... More 

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Tampa, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Great margaritas , queso and chips. Steak salad was excellent Fun little joint , perfect for quick business meeting. Sure the local pack this place for happy hour etc. Will go back when it warms up a little to sit in the breezeway. Plenty of parking in the surrounding area.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I absolutely love Red Mesa. I would recommend the duck tacos or the El Gordo burrito. Bring your appetite for the El Gordo, I ended up taking half of mine home. Both the pork and the steak burritos were out of this world.

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Moncton, Canada
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146 reviews 146 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We came here after a theater outing. The restaurant is well laid out. An open air , casual bar and snack area, and an easy going dining room. All the food is freshly prepared. The staff is helpful and plentyfull. We truly enjoyed the experience and the food.

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Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We met friends for diner at the downtown location. We had not been there before and were surprised at the very large restaurant with seating both inside and out. I ordered fish tacos and vegetables. I had become a fan of fish tacos in other places. However I would never do that again here. The two tacos came with tiny... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Indoor and outdoor dining with waterfalls and foliage decor. A huge menu selection with fresh seafood and traditional mexican dishes. I don't remember the name of my dish, but it was a seafood combo and was delicious. Fresh chips and salsa always a plus. Upbeat servers. I would definitely go back.

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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: Cuban, Latin, Mexican, Peruvian

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