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Red Mesa Cantina

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish
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128 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4224 (2nd Avenue South)
+1 727-896-8226
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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St. Pete Beach, Florida
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102 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Stopped in before a rowdies game and glad we did. I think it is a little on the expensive side but the food was really good as were the margaritas. I tried the Verde Ceviche and although it was excellent it was way to hot for my baby mouth. I switched to the Shrimp Los Cabos Ceviche and it was... More 

Thank Polly P
St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

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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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

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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157 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 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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220 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 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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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

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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59 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 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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111 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

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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123 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

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
Riverview, Florida
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 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

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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
US$10 - US$15
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?