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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing tacos!

Stopped in for dinner here with a friend. The guacamole was decent and so was the pitcher of margaritas but the tacos were Amazing! I can't wait to go back. We had good service and the place is really clean! I loved the outdoor seating at night and this place has a great selection on tequila!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Mjm2161
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Milan, Ohio
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Milan, Ohio
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Stopped in for dinner here with a friend. The guacamole was decent and so was the pitcher of margaritas but the tacos were Amazing! I can't wait to go back. We had good service and the place is really clean! I loved the outdoor seating at night and this place has a great selection on tequila!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere. they have indoor and outdoor seating. great chips and salsa/queso and great sangria! the taquitos are great too. service is good. the people watching is always fun too

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We tried an array of food here. The street corn was probably the best thing. friend plantains were doable, but they were served with ranch dressing, which I found odd and gross. The El Gordo burrito wasn't bad, but whoever put it together needs to work on technique. The first two cuts into it was all white rice and pinto... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

It's called a Mexican restaurant but given that we are used to real Mexican food this was more America's attempt at Mexican there wasn't anything Mexican about it most of the foods were not spicy Mexican but sweet. A water spilled on the table and we had to ask someone to come and help clean it up at which point... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Service was a little slow. Not used to chips & salsa at a mexican restaurant being a la carte. Food was average. Margarita was just OK and on the small side.

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Safety Harbor, Florida
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I've been to this restaurant multiple times both for lunch and dinner with amazing food, service and atmosphere but I went last night for my birthday and what a disappointment. I will start with the food and service. I ordered chicken enchiladas and served very quickly. The corn tortillas was so rubbery, I decided just to eat meat inside but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The restaurant is amazing inside and out. The duck tacos and tuna taxis are my favorite. Great bar that will mix up a stellar margarita

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Montreal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We went here for dinner on a rainy day. The atmosphere was still great despite the rain! I had the seafood mofongo which was out of this world. I highly recommend this restaurant just be aware the sizes of the portions are rather small.

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Pinellas Park, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The atmosphere at the outdoor patio bar is so relaxing. Usually come for a mid-afternoon snack and some day drinking on a weekend mid-afternoon. Never crowded and very laid back. The staff is great, very attentive, and will customize the hand-crafted margaritas, The food prices are reasonable for what is received, and the drink prices are in line with other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

A MUST TRY👍👍 If you like Spanish food and are in St. Pete don't pass this by. Pictures alone give you the feeling of exactly what your gonna get. Chill, relax, soothing water features. After a margarita with their crazy assortment of tequilas and your blood pressure drops instantly! Aahhhh....As for the food very good. We did the mofongo for... More 

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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: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Doing business

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?