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Red Mesa Cantina
Mexican Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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128 3rd St S St Petersburg, FL 33701
128 3rd Street SouthUSFloridaSaint Petersburg33701
$$Mexican Restaurant, Latin American Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Latin American Restaurant
Peruvian Restaurant
Caribbean Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 3:00 amFriday 11:00 am – 3:00 amSaturday 11:00 am – 3:00 amSunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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. Two bars, indoors and outdoors, elaborate fountain with courtyard dining, The most extensive selection of tequilas and Mezcals in the South!

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Modernized Mexican eats & hand-crafted cocktails are served in a festive setting with outdoor patio.- Google
"Other delicious plates have been the Seafood Mofongo and the Duck Quesadilla."
"Disgusting chicken tacos!"
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Guillermo Gonzalez
a week ago
Such a great atmosphere with food to match. Loved the courtyard and the monfogo balls. The Mahi was amazing! Would recommend to anyone looking for Latin cuisine, and they're very well priced! Tried the seafood mofongo today...Devine!!!!!
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Nina Cruz
3 weeks ago
The food was not horrible, but for the price it was not good either. It is not authentic Mexican food and their options aren't really impressive. I can say that the atmosphere is really nice. They have a beautiful terrace with water features that make it very romantic and cozy.
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Amara G
2 months ago
Are there spices that remain at the tip of our tongue? Are there spices that dive in right into the back of our throats? Which spices just make you cry? We pondered about such existential depths yesterday at Red Mesa Cantina. I don’t know if we got too deep because the service took so long, or because when the agave margaritas finally arrived we were just giddy out of low blood sugar levels. We had parked way far and faraway. I mean fa-arrrr. Very much away from the cantina. It was a beautifully hot sunny and sweaty day to walk around downtown St. Pete wearing all black (even if in short shorts) and platform high heels. I admit I can go from fashionista to fashion victim often. No bueno! I looked like one of those storks that one sees lost and confused amidst the landscaped divider of a very busy street. Only the storks have longer necks. Come to really think of it… yes, the skinny long legs are exactly the same. The bony knees too. A lower body that can barely sustain its upper torso. Drops kept falling down my cheeks under the Ford black sunglasses. I kept drying the sweat drops away, emotionally unstable, like a crazy widow. I needed those margaritas fast. Parched and starved, I become high maintenance. I tapped my French manicured nails on the table as I tried to block out Bon Jovi “Living on a Prayer.” Why do I dislike Mexican restaurants that play rock and roll music? I secretly wished all Ruth Chris, Olive Garden and Berns started surprising patrons with mariachi bands more often. Maybe some flamenco too? I know… I can be such a pain. The agave margaritas did the trick. Two of those tart babies in twenty minutes. A six-dollars-a piece mental spa. Did I mention the service was slow? Ten more minutes to anticipate the appetizers: Bean dip and chips, mofongo and carne frita with chimichurri sauce. I found the bean dip runny and rather flavorless. Rather unappealing in presentation. There was a hint of cumin and cilantro among the blandness. It needed substance and whole lot of more queso fresco. The mofongo and carne frita (why was that on the menu if that is a classic Puerto Rican dish? Never mind, it was great!) Consisted of three balls of deliciousness worth a fork fight. Salty and sweet, crunchy and tender. Memorable. Since the green-eyed foodie possesses the delicate and tender touch of a Great Dane puppy, she managed to spill an entire water glass that cascaded down onto laps (refreshingly Fifty Shades of Gray), pooled on the concave white chairs and dripped onto the floor. We all stood up in unison rambunctious and chaotic. The five paper napkins were certainly not enough to stop our own Watergate scandal. Did I mention the service was slow? Eventually this really cute guy helped us out with a cloth towel. After five minutes of infamous notoriety, we sat down for our main dishes. Chicken enchiladas with salsa verde, Pork enchiladas with tomato havanero sauce, Beef tacos, Yucca Frita and Chipotle filet burrito. Beautiful presentation. Big plates. Big spice where we never thought of. The green enchiladas were the spiciest, and I had asked the level of spiciness because of my Angelina Jolie lip propensity. I was told they would be mild. The joke was on me. The servers must had seen me tapping that table in exasperation and gotten even. The tomato with havanero sauce we had expected to be cooked in hell’s cauldron. It had no spice. So the green-eyed Dalmatian traded with me. It was good food. By the time we left, the place was packed. I guess it is quite popular. Would I return? No. Would I recommend it? Yes, for the agave margaritas and the mofongo. But I make better organic margaritas and an even better mofongo. And I am faster at it too.
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William Ruth
2 months ago
Very possibly the best food in all of Downtown St. Petersburg. Especially if you take into account their absurdly low prices! El Gordo is a must, and I bet anyone would be hard pressed to find a better meal for less than $12!
Danielle Denton
2 months ago
Hated everything about this place. Awful food and even worse service. Told us all margaritas were half off so we ordered a certain kind of margarita. Got the bill & were told the kind of margarita we ordered wasn't half off.. Would have been good to know before we ordered two of them. Then our server went to talk to the manager & they agreed to not change our bill. Paid for two drinks full of ice. Guacamole is fake, cheese dip is fake, refried beans were just awful. Horrible experience & will not ever be back.
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Jose Auces
2 months ago
Excellent environment... Great service from our server... Delicious taste on the food... We are Mexican and enjoy the flavors... All you have to do is ignore the long face and bad treat from the hostess at the door.
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Sarah Kent
2 months ago
Red Mesa Cantina has the atmosphere, food, and service you will want for a great evening out! The menu is interesting enough that you will want to come back for unique items but familiar enough that it will call your name when you want some yummy Tex-Mex style food. I really enjoyed the menu items we ordered, which included the chorizo Bombas that were...the bomb. They seem to have weekly drink specials and the service was quick and friendly without being overly pushy. I like that the menu concept is simple overall but lets you choose how you wish to have it in terms of toppings and meat. I will be going back!
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Eric Ritter
6 months ago
Great place for a business lunch, a nice dinner, or an evening drink. The food is great and there are plenty of Mexican dishes to choose from. They have your typical tacos and burritos, but also amazing traditional Mexican meals.