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Red Mesa Cantina

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Spanish, Latin, Gluten Free Options
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128 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4224 (2nd Avenue South)
+1 727-896-8226
11:00 am - 2:00 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a Monday lunch and the 3$ margaritas were perfect. The chips with various dips were very good but not quite 5 star as I thought they needed a bit more seasoning. We had pulled pork and Ahi tuna tacos which again were very good but not quite 5 star for the price. The outdoor atmosphere was excellent and service... More 

Thank Michael P
Treasure Island, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

With so many place to choose from, we decided to try the Red Mesa. It was a Sunday afternoon and I was in the mood for a change of pace. This place fit the request, a good menu and great service. The Mexican food was good and I have no complaints. The prices are average and the atmosphere is fantastic.... More 

Thank bandit153
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great lunch outside after visiting the Salvador Dali museum. I ordered the steak burrito and my wife had the chicken burrito. Both were on point and reasonably priced. Staff was curtious and made our lunch enjoyable.

Thank Josh B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The atmosphere is amazing (if you sit outside) with the hanging lights, waterfall and the beautiful trees! The guacamole was delicious and the esquite is a must try! The tofu tacos were ok but we will definitely be back for another visit!!

Thank KZBB
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for lunch with my friends and family, 10 total, the food was ok but pricey, a must get is the Mofongo it was delicious. Their "water" must've come straight out of the sewer it was disgusting! The decor and patio are very nice, staff was friendly but SO DAMN SLOOOOOOOW!

Thank SeanInJax
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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cool atmosphere, we sat outside and it was raining but we were under the patio. $3 margaritas on Mondays and they are yummy! Food was pretty good but not too different from any other Mexican restaurant.

Thank Michelle G
Austin, Texas
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is a large indoor/outdoor restaurant close to the Saturday Market and The Dali Museum, so location is great. Service was prompt and courteous. Food was horrible. We had fish tacos and chiliquiles, both of which were only slightly edible. Food preparation needs an overhaul.

Thank Phil F
Plant City, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a compromise dinner choice and none of us were really happy with it. The chips and tortillas tasted like they were cooked in old oil. The seafood and pork Mofongo (sp?) were really great! The sangria was pretty standard and the flights of tequilla were tasty but way overpriced.

Thank Robert H
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in the area exploring St. Petersburg & came across this restaurant!! When we first walked in, we thought it was a cute place! Then we ordered the mofongo & the Margarita! The mofongo was delicious!!! We order some add'l items that were very tasty as well but our favorite by far was the mofongo. I will definatley come... More 

Thank msjrodz
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm so glad we found this place. We sat outside and it has a wonderful atmosphere ... Fountains/ponds, plants, umbrellas and good music. Tucked away just enough that it makes you feel like you're out of the city. We started with a fresh fruit app which was served on a quarter of a pineapple ... The mango was so good!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Spanish, Latin, Gluten Free Options
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
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups
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?