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“great garden setting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Red Mesa Cantina

Red Mesa Cantina
128 3rd St. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4224
+1 727-896-8226
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Ranked #13 of 726 restaurants in St. Petersburg
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!
long island,ny
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“great garden setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Outdoor Setting, beautiful, food ok.
a little disappointed after the rave reviews. We expected more than fairly ordinary mesican food. The service was very friendly and prompt.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Very fresh Mexican fare”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We have been to Red Mesa Cantina for casual lunches in the outside patio and dinners with 10 – 12 friends inside. We have never been disappointed. All of the dishes we have ordered have been delicious and fresh tasting. The servers are friendly and attentive. We especially like the various ceviche dishes and other choices with octopus and calamari. And, we always get a duck taco or two, no matter what else we are ordering.

The location is nice. It is close enough to the waterfront area to take a nice walk down there before or after eating, yet far enough out that free parking is fairly easy to find. We usually park on 4th street south of Central Avenue and only a block from Red Mesa.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Central City, KY
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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“If you haven't been - GO”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

My husband and I dined at the Cantina last night and we were very pleasantly surprised. We preferred an indoor seating as it was rather windy and were given a table for two inside. Our server was somewhat slow coming over, so the manager greeted us and took our drink orders. He apologized for the delay. We were impressed with his being so concerned. We had a great waiter. I ordered the ahi taco and the fish taco. The ahi taco is wonderful. The fish taco (mahi) was also very good, but next time I will order two of the tuna taco's; they were that good . My husband ordered the pulled port burrito and it was also delicious. Margarita's were very good - did not taste like something out of a bottle. The best surprise, when we received our check, the waiter informed us the margarita's were on the house because of our wait !!! Needless to say, we were impressed. We plan to return and try the Sunday brunch. Very nice outdoor seating space was very pretty and hopefully we will be able to sit there next visit. Great experience.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tampakan, Philippines
2 reviews
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“Delicious, as always”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Small place, good friendly service. The new waiting "lounge" two doors away is very nice, but a totally different feel.

Visited June 2012
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“The Perfect Restaurant?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We have eaten here a dozen times in the last year (since we moved downtown) and are yet to be disappointed. They are fun and friendly - and love making some incredible food!

First, the food is superior, delicious and creative: 5 Stars
Second, the service is consistently top shelf. Friendly and knowledgable: 5 Stars
Atmosphere, Sit outside by the fountain, cool lights with a little reggae. 5 Stars

I cannot recommend Red Mesa enough.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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