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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 #12 of 725 Restaurants in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
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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258 reviews from our community

87% Recommend
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Navarre, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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Clearwater, Florida
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Food is better than your neighborhood Chili's, but not amazing. Ordered a pitcher of traditional margarita which was just your typical margarita. Chicken quesadillas were just grilled chicken and cheese, nothing special. The atmosphere and decor is upbeat, fun and trendy. The patio is a fun place to get drinks and appetizers with friends and enjoy the Florida weather when... More

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Somis, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I'm used to regular text Mexicali for Nia Mexican food this is a totally different type of Mexican food it was really good chips and salsa was really good cold beer the wait staff was very good for groups are size everybody got served at the same time everybody was happy the restaurant was packed and really noisy

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Treasure Island, Florida
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116 reviews 116 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Good mix of Mexican food with traditional food. Worth the time, definitely a good spot. Good service and just a fun place. The outside bar is cool.

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