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Red Mesa Cantina

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Cuban, Gluten Free
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128 3rd St. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4224 (2nd Avenue South)
+1 727-896-8226
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food was not very good. It was rather pricey. I love Mexican food and have eaten a lot of authentic Mexican dishes. I was not a fan of the dish I ordered. Looking at the food others had ordered I was not impressed. Nothing looked appealing.

Thank Tammy P
Tampa, Florida
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They said wait would be an hour for party of 14 on a Friday night. Were seated in about 15 minutes but inside. Have been before and prefer outside seating. Excellent food, great sangria and margaritas. Great waiters and terrific band in the bar. Our favorite downtown location for Mexican

Thank hollyuf
London, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here before a Rowdies game because of the Gluten Free options. Everything ordered was delicious from the Baja Fish to the Chicken and Shrimp Tacos. We shared 5 tacos and chips with home made salsa. With wine barely $50. Lovely outdoor ambience and really friendly service.

Thank MartynG_11
Jacksonville, Florida
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196 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate here today with a group of 15 coworkers. Even with the large group our waiter had it under control. There were a couple of plate mix ups but wasnt a big deal. The flavor of the food was excellent and the prices were more than reasonable. If you need your mexican fill and you are downtown definitely hit this... More 

Thank Spicoli76
St. Petersburg, Florida
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whenever my son and his family come from Hillsborough County -- New Tampa -- they want to take me to lunch. Good excuse to go to Red Mesa Cantina. We like to each outside under the umbrellas by the waterfall. Such a relaxing place! Food is great, too. I'm sure this will be a monthly visit.

Thank Lola W
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53 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I go for lunch often with colleagues or clients because it is consistent with delicious fare. Friday's special of the chicken and yellow rice is my all time favorite, but get there before 12:30 or it might be sold out. Chips are great, seafood is fresh, and portions are just right!

Thank Choochface
Tampa, Florida
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90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is worth the visit. Visited multiple times and enjoy the food each time. So far everything that I have ordered here is great. Prices are affordable as well. Great for brunch. Service is good too.. very friendly people. Try the mofongos. I am from the island were mofongo is the top dish and here they do a great... More 

Thank Tresleches
Bangkok, Thailand
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119 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The dishes are tasty, served quickly and efficiently by efficient staff. Lots of beverages and authentic flavors. Place is packed, so reservations are suggested.

Thank Akaitori
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the first time my husband and I have been to this restaurant. The food was delicious and I loved the atmosphere! My only complaint was the 15 min wait for the ladies room.

Thank Bruceskii
St. Petersburg, Florida
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to give this place a try for lunch located in downtown. The lunch special was a roasted pork dish with black beans, rice and plantains. Have to say that I left nothing on the plate. I think it's a reasonably priced restaurant with good service. We will be going back.

Thank Chuckpepe38

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Cuban, Gluten Free
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?