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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 #10 of 710 restaurants in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Palm Harbor, Florida, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Red Mesa Grill has a great location--in the heart of downtown St Pete. And the joint was jumping on Sunday evening. Live music, great margaritas, and good food are what attracted a ton of fun-loving people. We started with bacon guacamole. NOTHING with bacon can be bad!! Nice basket of fresh chips went along with it. I had the seafood... More

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Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

We live nearby and visit Red Mesa Cantina often. It is a great place for outdoor dining with a pretty patio and waterfall. Food has consistently been good. Nice variety from fresh tacos to entrees.

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Roswell, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We had a cousins get together at the Red Mesa Cantina and there is a large range of margaritas and some unusual items on the menu. The fried oyster tacos were very tasty . I enjoyed my crab and shrimp taco. It had some kick to it. The way I like it .The caramel gelato for dessert was delightful.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

While a bit pricey for me as a college student, this place has excellent drinks with half priced pitchers on Thursdays. They have a really nice outdoor seating area that was too cold for me to enjoy, but it was very pretty. I got the El Guapo, and it was AMAZING! The strawberry mint margarita is a must order as... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We were a group of 15 and were actually going to another restaurant located right down the street, but they 'lost' our reservations; too bad for them, great for Red Mesa Cantina! I ordered that El Guapo and it was huge!! The red beans and rice that came with it, could have been my meal all by itself; that's how... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Went here on a Saturday night with a party of 7. The wait was 45 minutes so we went to the bar while we waited and ended up catching a table when a party left. We were quickly waited on by a very friendly waitress. Food was very filling and good. The prices are very reasonable and fairly inexpensive. I... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Just happened upon this place after a sailaway on the schooner, Lynx. (This sailing experience was absolutely wonderful!) This restaurant was packed, so we figured it was good. We figured right. We got a bit of a strange waiter (weird attitude) but good service. He wanted to talk about Mexican fighting, of which I included two pictures here. One from... More

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New England
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We parked a few blocks away from the main strip in downtown St Petersburg where many people were outside eating lunch under umbrellas with nice view of the marina. Then we walked a few blocks in to find the Red Mesa Cantina. We are glad we did because of the beautiful enclosed patio with plants and water feature. Not having... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I just love sitting in the courtyard at this restaurant and enjoying the atmosphere. If you like spicy drinks, try the Rose Angel.

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St Pete FL
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14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

We went on a warm and sunny weekday for lunch and sat outside in the gorgeous courtyard with a lush tropical feel with water features and so much charm. The margaritas were perfect and the food was great. Three of is loved the whole experience. Wait staff were fun, friendly, and efficient. Will definitely be back!

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