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Red Mesa Cantina

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Mexican, Peruvian, Latin, Cuban
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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, Breakfast, Late Night, 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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Visitor rating
  • 174
    Excellent
  • 126
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Better than its sister location

This restaurant is located in Downtown St. Petersburg below Club Push. The restaurant serves Mexican food that is very tasty. The service is consistently fast and friendly and the prices are reasonable. It is in walking distance to lots of downtown night life. Parking is available on the street or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
harrington101
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Clearwater, FL
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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Clearwater, FL
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This restaurant is located in Downtown St. Petersburg below Club Push. The restaurant serves Mexican food that is very tasty. The service is consistently fast and friendly and the prices are reasonable. It is in walking distance to lots of downtown night life. Parking is available on the street or across the street in the Suntrust Bank parking garage.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The best way to describe my experience at Red Mesa Cantina is this: Spanish inspired Chili's. The outdoor seating seemed great however my husband and I sat inside. It was so noisy and obviously more of a place to get drinks with friends than to sit down and enjoy a meal (which is fine, of course, and not why I... More 

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Tampa, FL
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We had a family lunch with two grandchildren (4 & 1 year old). The waitress and service were superior. My husband and I found the drinks and food to be good, but nothing spectacular. My son-in-law loves spicy food and he loved his lunch. We thought it was good, but not sure we would make the trip from north Tampa... More 

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Panama City, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Great patio dining. Nice place to relax...great drinks and food! I eat here almost every night when I'm in town! Can't wait til my next visit.

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Mystic Country, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Visited for dinner while on vacation in St. Pete. The food was good and the outdoor dining was even better! Great spot to hang out for an evening and enjoy a few drinks!

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dunedin, florida, usa
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My wife, daughter and I had lunch today at Red Mesa Cantina because we wanted Mexican/Spanish food and was going to the Dali Museum near this restaurant. We all shared a HUGE plate of Nacho Sanchez (Tortilla chips - topped with refried beans, chile queso, pico de gallo, crema and pickled jalapeños- $9 with grilled steak added- $3) which can... More 

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savannah
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My husband and I decided to eat here after hearing a lot of buzz about it. The ambiance is amazing. Water features everywhere, a little footbridge across the water. Our server was very knowledgeable and the food came out in an acceptable amount of time. The cocktails are a little pricey but worth it! Loved the sangria. Live music on... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The atmosphere is to die for: open air, house/lounge music, water features, greenery and a constant buzz of people. We were a group of 6, and tend to be a challenging bunch, yet I found the service on point considering how busy they were. The flavors were fresh and well concepted although the drinks were a little weak for my... More 

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philadelphia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I had the Mofongo and it was the best I ever had. The first time I tried it was in Puerto Rico and that was tremendous but this out did it. Their Hibiscus tea was very refreshing. Will be the first on my list to return to.

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Lutz, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I think the bloom has worn off this rose... This used to be one of my favorite places to eat in St. Pete. Now I think it's just so-so. It's always crowded (this was a Friday night), dark inside, and LOUD. The patio wasn't open when we got there, but we got a table quickly. They charge for chips and... 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, Peruvian, Latin, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, 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?