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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 #20 of 725 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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English first
St. Petersburg, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We had a bad experience here with rude staff. This was several years ago. A letter to the owners produced no response. We stopped patronizing this restaurant after that. Lots of other fine downtown St. Pete restaurants to spend our money in.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

this was intimate yet comfortable and spacious...The water fountain,the nice patio, the friendly staff, the nightly musicians, and the delicious food...Reasonably priced and when you go, try the Cadillac Margarita....

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Oviedo, Florida
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93 reviews 93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We visit St Pete a couple of times a year and one year ago we found the wonderful Red Mesa on fourth street. Thought we would try it again on our last trip so we typed it into the iPhone and were led downtown to third street. Um - something is going on here. The sign out front said Red... More

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Tampa, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

This has truly been a favorite restaurant of mine for a few years now. When I lived in downtown St Pete area, I went here all the time. I once actually went here both Saturday AND Sunday for brunch in the same weekend. (sweet potato pancakes are soo good) Any time I had friends/family in town, this is where I... More

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Woodstock, Georgia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This place is great! The food is excellent and the service was very good. We have been to a lot of Mexican restaurants because it is one of our favorite types of food. We were well pleased with Red Mesa and if we get back to St. Pete, we will definitely return.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I live a couple blocks away from cantina, so perhaps am biased. However, I love this place and my fav menu items! I sat in the courtyard today thinking it should be a travel mag highlight!! The motulenos is to die for, as are the $4 mimosas!! Delicious for brunch or whatever time of day it is

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Windermere, Florida, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We stopped at Red Mesa in St. Pete when on our way to the Tampa Bay Rays game and we were not disappointed, in fact, I would've almost rather stayed and had a few more rounds of drinks! The atmosphere is fantastic for a grown-ups night out and the food is to die for - gourmet tapas like the ahi... More

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United States
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67 reviews 67 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Man, after hearing so many great things for so long about this place, I was sure we couldn't go wrong. I was so, so disappointed. SERVICE: Arrived for a weekday lunch just before noon, and it was already filling up. Seating was quick, but our waiter already seemed stressed and overwhelmed. He was visibly sweating and breathing heavily. It took... More

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Navarre, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 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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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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