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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!
$10 - $20
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Mexican, Latin, Bar
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed December 13, 2021

We went to red mesa on a Saturday night so it was super busy. We ended up sitting at the bar, and we are so happy we did! Bar tenders were wonderful (Keith was one name, but I am forgetting the other bartenders name!!!). We...ordered a few beers, and margaritas. The margs were wonderful. We ended up doing guac and empanadas for appetizers and they came so quickly and were sooo good. We ordered some tacos (chicken, fish, and 2 tuna) and it ended up taking a little while for the food (which we were NOT upset or surprised by, it was a Saturday night, Santa Bar Crawl, and very busy!) Our bartenders kept apologizing and acknowledging the wait time for our food, but we weren't upset at all, it was nice they noticed it was taking longer, but it was truly worth the wait. GREAT food, amazing service, can't wait to come back!More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed November 27, 2021

Three of us arrived around 5:45pm and were told that we could wait at one of the bars if we wanted while a table became available in probably 15 minutes. Sure enough 10 minutes later they texted me and we carried our wine, moscow mule,...and margarita from the upstairs outside bar area to the downstairs inside dining area. Normally, we like to sit outside, but it was a bit chilly. Two of us ordered the Seafood Mofondo and the other order was a pork enchilada. The Mofondo was excellent and the enchilada was very good. I'm being a bit stingy with my rating, but everything has to be absolutely perfect for me to give 5 stars. The only things that didn't quite make the perfect list were the heaters for the outdoor bar area weren't turned on - turns out the bartender didn't know how to turn them on; and the mofondo, while it was delicious, there should have been a little more of it. I really don't like spending a lot of money going out to dinner then feeling like I need to stop at Wendy's on the way home. Other than that, it's a great place and we'll be going back. Incidentally, we lucked out with parking. There was an open space immediately in front of the reservation desk out front. It cost $1/hr in 15 minute increments and we put $1.50 in, which was just barely enough time. There was 1 minute left when we got into our car.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed September 6, 2021 via mobile

Upon our arrival at Red Mesa, my husband and I were escorted to our table and given one paper menu. When the waiter came by the table and asked if we were ready to order, we pointed out that we only had one menu, and...gave him our drink order. In a bit, he returned without an additional menu, and at this point I googled the menu on my phone. We placed our order. My husband ordered chicken enchiladas. When his meal arrived, it didn’t resemble an enchilada as it was a bowl of rice with chicken, cheese and onions on top. Our waiter was not seen again until we were about finished. When he arrived with the check, we inquired about the unusual presentation. His response was, the kitchen must have presented him with the wrong meal. He asked if my husband enjoyed the fish he received and my husband said yes. Waiter said that's great and sorry about the mistake. He then went back to the kitchen, and upon his return, he presented us with the check, never saying another word about the mixup. He ran our credit card on his portable card scanner, and dashed off. So strange, there was no manager checking on tables and are waiter could care less that my husband didn't get the meal he ordered.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed June 25, 2021 via mobile

Great location, great atmosphere, and fantastic food! Try the Fillet Mignon tacos, so good!! Service was prompt and or server was excellent about answering our questions and giving us recommendations.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 21, 2021 via mobile

Outstanding and fresh Mexican food. The prices are reasonable. The tacos, enchiladas, and salsa were all wonderfully spicy.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 17, 2021

Stopped in here for a quick drink before catching a Devil Rays game. No happy hour menu. Sat in the back by the bar which had a nice setup and appreciated the fact they were still trying to distance folks. Grabbed a beer and spicy...tuna tacos, which I did enjoy. Since it was late afternoon, sun does this the bar area and my draft beer wasn't cold.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 23, 2021 via mobile

Not my first visit, will be my last visit. The wait for our drinks was well over 20min. Then only one of two drinks came out. The Guac was acidic, as if the guac had been made two days ago. The salsa was tomato, sugar...and water. The server was not aware of his table or sympathetic to the disarray of the situation. Do not recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 14, 2021

We ate at Red Mesa Cantina twice during our St. Petersburg visit, and I had shrimp tacos both times, because I enjoyed them so much the first time! The congri served with the tacos was delicious, too. The service was excellent, and we enjoyed dining...on the patio. We'll return next time we visit St. Pete!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 9, 2021

The waitress was a doll- loved St Pete and the restaurant, and really helped us customize the meal to our dietary restrictions (vegetarian, gluten free/friendly). The kitchen really works with you to satisfy your needs. The decor was interesting- seating was socially distant- everything was...clean.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Michelle, Marketing at Red Mesa Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2021

Thank you BkMR for your review, we appreciate it! So happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and we look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed May 4, 2021

Waitress was sketchy from the start. It's all day happy hour and she charged us for top dollar alcohol. $13 for an entree and it doesn't come with rice or beans, we ordered beans and they never came out. Just a total disappointment. Way too...many mexican restaurants that have better entrees, go find them it's not here.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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March 23, 2019|
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Response from Marketing T | Property representative |
We take reservations Monday-Thursday!
December 5, 2018|
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Street parking is available.
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Sorry for the late response. I would check with the restaurant.
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Yes, Red Mesa Cantina offers takeout services.

Red Mesa Cantina is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5