Red Mesa Cantina
Red Mesa Cantina
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Red Mesa Cantina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.redmesacantina.com/
  • Phone: 7278968226x2
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Caribbean, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Chris Fernandez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Cantina offers a great range of platters featuring delicious hot or cold hors d" oeuvres. Full sit-down dinners on site, as well.
  • Private Party Facilities: We accomodate large parties in our main dining room or courtyard and offer private sit-down dining for groups from 24 up to 66 with advance arrangements. For business meetings, promotional events, receptions, et al, we offer cocktail hor d" oeuvres service and accomodate up to 275 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Peter Veytia 7278968226
  • Entertainment: Live bands playing contemporary to classic hits on Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm on at the Lucha Bar. Sports on large screens at both the indoor Tequila Bar and the aire fresco, Lucha Bar.
  • Special Events: We have a dynamic calendar of events that changes constantly. Check it out on our web site or Facebook.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Avenue South
  • Public Transit: 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.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of street parking as well as garage and lot parking in the immediate area surrounding the Cantina.
A word from Red Mesa Cantina
A dining experience like no other - an elegant yet relaxed dining room with an open kitchen and Cantina's Tequila Bar, featuring the largest selection of Tequilas and Mezcals on the west coast and offering exotic cocktails, flights and specials. Outdoors, a landmark courtyard with romantic seating around a beautiful water fountain and the locally famous Lucha Bar, an aire fresco bar with flat screens and a lively environment nightly.
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Red Mesa Cantina reviews from OpenTable diners
  • No Better Way To Start Our Night
    BLSIC
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    The Duck Quesidillas and hand crafted margaritas were a perfect way to start our night out!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, great staff, amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    Great food, great staff, amazing service. A definite must eat at place!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We visit at least every other
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    We visit at least every other week and the food/service is always consistent. We always bring out of town guests and the fall in love with it as much as we have!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ok restaurant with Ok food.
    TEEDoc
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Ok restaurant with Ok food. The setting/location is nice. The place has potential to grow into a more exclusive, chic establishment (if the owners wanted to take it there) but right now is a bit rough around the edges and lacks focus (I.e. neither 100% sports bar, restaurant etc but all kind of mixed up).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service and ambiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Great food, service and ambiance. Only disappointment is they even charge for the salsa (2.50), and a small bowl of guacamole is expensive (7.50)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In all honesty...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    This was mine and my girlfriends second time there and it was great! We tried different items from the first time and were not disappointed. This place has good pricing in the sense that your dinner for two could be 30-40$ or you can go all out and still be under $100. Our server had perfect timing and nice without being over bearing. Overall this has become one of my more favourite places to eat after just 2 times. Just wish I didn't live on the other side of the county. Dinner: pitcher of sangria; trio dip app; 2 a la carte tuna tacos; carne Assada steak; other skirt steak dinner; and apple empanadas. Total: $88 and change before tip.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fist time here and what a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    Fist time here and what a find. The food was so good and drinks where great. Great place for a to hang out with a group or you loved ones.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We met friends from Port Charlotte
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/15/2012
    We met friends from Port Charlotte before going to see Cirque de Sol. The meal started off the evening in a great way. Our friends were impressed with our choice for dining, but we had been to the Cantina before as well as to the 4th St location of Red Mesa several times. We keep coming back because we always enjoy the meal and the service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was just fine. The garlic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/17/2012
    Food was just fine. The garlic in the shrimp mojo de ajo should have been sauteed longer, but the overall dish was delicious.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was very disappointed in
    TroehVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    I was very disappointed in the fact that the menu here is very different than the 4th St location. They don't have nearly as many full entrees, fish or even the enchiladas. It is very noisy and just not as good as the 4th st location. The outdoor area is very pretty, but it seems to be more of a bar-type atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went here for a late lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Went here for a late lunch and food and atmosphere was very good. Only complaint was that our meal came out minutes after our appetizer. Next time will order appetizer first, then meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Energy
    visdiner
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    Enjoy girls night out here. Great food and good energy. The only negative was after providing good service, the waitress ditched us once she left the checks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The entrees here were pretty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    The entrees here were pretty darn good. I got the scallop ceviche and was very impressed. My friends were all very impressed with their food as well. The atmosphere was fun! The outside patio was a bit full, so we sat inside - which was nice, as well. I totally want to go back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We go here often but on this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2012
    We go here often but on this Thurs noisy group at bar who were annoying
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best flank steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    One of the best flank steaks I've ever had. Passion Fruit Margarita's started the night off perfectly!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding in every aspect.
    finefoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    Outstanding in every aspect. Great menu with bold flavors! Very good service in a lovely room.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the atmosphere and the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/24/2012
    We went for lunch during the week - pleasantly surprised that it was not over crowded and that they took reservations. Duck tacos are always great, along with the Yucca fries. Everyone in my party enjoyed their meals. Always a great place for a lively meal and great atmosphere. We dine here frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food tasted fine, but
    doolioVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2012
    The food tasted fine, but the plate my main dish was brought in was hotter than the actual food. If the kitchen can't figure out how to time the preparation of an order, then that's just a shame. I coulda stayed home if I wanted a microwave dinner
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overcooked and dried out.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Overcooked and dried out. Too much reliance on sauces. My cheese enchilada was harder than a taquito and Mom's chicken needed a steak knife to cut. Past experiences everything very good to excellent. Bad nite or new chef?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome place - good food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2012
    Awesome place - good food, service, and people. I recommend the margaritas, duck tacos, and mofongo (appetizer)!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Red Mesa Cantina had an energetic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/24/2012
    Red Mesa Cantina had an energetic atmosphere enhanced by its great staff. The historic brick building is beautifully decorated with themed artwork without being overpowering. The outside dining area is a courtyard still inside the restaurants walls so it offers open air without the bother of passing people.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Tex Mex options
    Hoodies
    Dined on 4/22/2012
    Red Mesa has an exotic menu of chef inspired tex mex. If you are looking for a boring taco or burrito, don't waste your time. Red Mesa while a little expensive is built for those that like great flavors and unique combonations. Since it is downstairs from Push Ultralounge in Downtown St. Petersberg, you will deal with a bar atmosphere if there past 9 PM. I enjoy the mix of resteraunt and bar for a small group looking to go out on the town without clubbing. I had the dorado (Mahi Mahi) on top of some cooked plantains and it was excellent light meal, with good flavors. Perfect with a Pilsner of your choice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our table of 6 people had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/12/2012
    Our table of 6 people had a variety of dishes and everyone enjoyed their choices. Our waitress was attentive and pleasant. If back in St.Pete we will go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was delicious, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2012
    Food was delicious, service was good and servers very friendly and efficient. Omissions and/or substitutions were no problem for this restaurant...how refreshing. The outside courtyard was just great. Would definitely recommend this most enjoyable dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Mexican Inspired food...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2012
    Red Mesa Cantina is an awesome restaurant with great experimental Mexican food! The drinks are interesting and very tasty and the traditional margaritas are perfect on a warm night. The inside is very trendy, but it is all about the outdoor patio and bar. The water fountain provides great ambiance. Be warned this place is a little loud, so be ready to talk above the crowd/DJ. However, the food and drinks make up for that. While the meals may look normal sized be warned that you will not go away hungry. The duck tacos are always a staple, but the duck quesadilla is great for sharing. Perfect place to start the evening before hitting the other bars in Downtown St. Petersburg.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They don't tell you, but you
    FormerVirginianVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2012
    They don't tell you, but you WILL be charged for extra jalapenos!!! Not cheap either!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Poor service at Red Mesa Cantina
    RussVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2012
    Great location in downtown St. Pete. Food was good, but service was terrible. After being promptly seated, I waited 10 minutes with numerous servers passing us, but no interest. I finally flagged a server down and asked her who was responsible for serving our table. She said she'd find out. Five minutes later, she came back and took our drink order. At least five minutes later, the drink order arrived, delivered by our "actual" server. From then on, service was improved but slow. If we had known the area better, we would have walked out. When the server delivered the check, I asked him why it took so long to get service, and he said that the hostess made a mistake. Not a good response.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    I always enjoy this place for brunch. I drive all the way from brandon just to eat their brunch and their mojitos are made perfect every time. But during the spring/summer if you eat outsife make sure you're seated under an umbrella or u will burn up.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Red Mesa on 3rd St S in St P
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/4/2012
    Red Mesa has two restaurants and the atmospheres are very different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Handmade Margaritas are to
    RNFoodie
    Dined on 3/3/2012
    Handmade Margaritas are to die for. No mix here, just freshly squeezed limes, agave nectar best I've ever had. Try the Cuestion Tequila.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't honor reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/2/2012
    They refused to honor the reservations taken on Open Table as they "don't take reservations on the weekend". They required us to wait over an hour for a table outside and never recommended that we go inside as ther was a different waiting list inside the restaurant. We have been coming to this restaurant since it opened but the last three times I was there on the weekend, the service has been awful and the hostesses are clueless. I really do like this place but it may be awhile before I return as I have a bad taste in my mouth from the last three visits.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Red Mesa Cantina - fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    Red Mesa Cantina - fabulous food, fun spot for an evening out! Had issue with reservation which was unfortunate, but did not ruin the evening.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First of hopefully many visits
    StPeteSampler
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    This was my first visit and definitely won't be my last. The feel was fun and energetic and I would definitely like to go back with friends, especially to enjoy the outdoor seating. Loved the food. The duck taco was great, loved the richness of the duck matched with the goat cheese and spices. El Gordo burrito was full of flavors. Look forward to sampling more of the menu. The service was friendly, helpful with suggestions, but just a tad less attentive than would have liked.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were thrilled to find that
    RubyVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    We were thrilled to find that everything anyone said about Red Mesa was true. Great food, location etc etc......will definitely go back - perfect for small intimate dining or with groups. Food well presented, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small portions at high prices
    Delicioso
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    We were very disappointed. While the food was really different it was more than outweighed by the small portion allocations of both the cocktails and the entrees. Our bill was $100 for 2 very small margaritas and 2 small entrees. To summarize, Red Mesa is a Mexican/Southwestern resaturant with gourment restaurent prices. Seems like a disconnect, eh?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I am very dissapointed when
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/1/2012
    I am very dissapointed when I showed to red mesa cantina few minutes before my reservation and the host told me they DO NOT take any reservations at all.... I would like to know why do you have red mesa cantina on open table web site?? I wish I could say it was good but it turn to be the worse brunch I ever bee, 1hour waiting....may be this is an awful web site?
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  • Food is simply terrible. What
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/28/2011
    Food is simply terrible. What didn't have any taste, tasted bad. We tried 5 different things as they all sounded so good on the menu. We left all of them on the plate after one bite. Really abysmal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very modern "Tex-Mex". Great
    Virginia9
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    Very modern "Tex-Mex". Great flavor on everything. I personally have an issue with seafood on traditional "Mexican" entrees, but my wife loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good,service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/11/2011
    Food was very good,service medium, probably should have gone to more formal dining room. Noisy but tolerable
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were in St. Petersburg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/4/2011
    We were in St. Petersburg for a conference and ended up going to both Red Mesa Restaurant and Red Mesa Cantina. We enjoyed both meals. The Cantina has a vibrant downtown location, and there's quite a hum inside. The atmosphere is modern and casual. The service was excellent, and we had a very nice meal--standard southwest, but with a little flair of its own. Service is quick, but there is no feeling of being rushed. We ate inside, but there was a pleasant-looking outdoor seating area. We'd go back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic