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Red Mesa Cantina

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Mexican, 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 - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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  • 226
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  • 159
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious!

Everything was delicious! Ceviche sampler was out. of. this. world. I had the pork burrito, my boyfriend had the seafood mofongo. I seriously want to spend a week in this chef's kitchen to figure out how he/she makes everything taste so good! Prices were extremely reasonable considering the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
VacationJane
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Alabama
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Alabama
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Everything was delicious! Ceviche sampler was out. of. this. world. I had the pork burrito, my boyfriend had the seafood mofongo. I seriously want to spend a week in this chef's kitchen to figure out how he/she makes everything taste so good! Prices were extremely reasonable considering the quality of the ingredients, and the execution and creativity of the preparation.... More 

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Thank VacationJane
St. Petersburg, Florida
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145 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Casual outdoor seating and great Mexican food. The trick here is to order your food and take it next door to the Green Bench Brewery and have some good local beer!

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Thank KenFBWI
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Red Mesa has a great tequila selection and their drinks are good as well. I tend to come back once or twice a month, giving the food another shot, but I have to admit that it's not great. It's lacking flavor and is overpriced. I will continue to visit for their happy hour and tequila tasting, but there's lots to... More 

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Thank FittiKolbe
Winthrop Harbor, Illinois
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120 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife, daughter, and I visited this restaurant for lunch and the experience was a very good one. The wait staff are very informative and can help with the menu.....I ordered the special of the day which was a marinated pork dish/black beans and rice and was delicious...:) The girls had the El Gordo Burrito and loved the flavor and... More 

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Thank DEL K
St. Petersburg, Florida
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I enjoy sitting in the courtyard and grabbing a couple tacos at lunchtime every once in a while. Sometime I return in the evening for some happy hour 2 for 1 Margaritas

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Thank Kyle K
Coral Gables, Florida
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What I ordered was great, but others in our party were not as happy. I had the chicken taquitos and an empanada made with sirloin and picadillo. The empanada was delicious although there is only one empanada and its $6.00! The chicken taquitos were excellent. The hibiscus sweet ice tea was bland. My husband and mother both had tacos which... More 

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Thank Jacquie V
St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow this food is so good and a bit different than your average Mexican restaurant. Would recommend the El Gordo burrito and a margarita!!!!

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Thank LilaMaez
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I eat here all the time! There is inside and outside seating, but if you go and it's not raining than I suggest to sit outside. The ambiance is great! My favorite is the mofongo and my husband's is the churrasco.

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Thank Nilyad F
St. Petersburg, Florida
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't waste your time coming here unless you want to have some drinks and enjoy the atmosphere. The courtyard is really unique with waterfalls, plants and lighting. However, the food is mostly bland or what lost would consider overpriced for the quality. I recommend going to their other location, Mercado, where the price and quality match. Because of the lovely... More 

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Thank HollyDolly99
Maple Shade, New Jersey
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118 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The duck tacos are outstanding was the Maraerita my wife had. Great atmosphere, especially the area outside. Mostly young women and some couple in the bar area.

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Thank Bill A

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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, Peruvian, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?