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Red Mesa Cantina

56 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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  • Neighborhood Gem

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Red Mesa Cantina in St. Petersburg invites you to stop in for a celebration of Mexican cuisine, upscale d�cor and casual meals with friends and family. A full dining room and an expansive outdoor courtyard patio are available at Red Mesa Cantina for lazy evening meals, fantastic Sunday brunch and even weekday business lunches.

Once you�ve navigated through the full bar located inside at Red Mesa Cantina, wander outside to enjoy the lunch bar serving handcrafted cocktails and artisan tequila. Dig into tacos, burritos and salads or try the chicken Fernandez, pork enchiladas or shrimp al mojo. Finish out the meal with apple empanada.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican / Southwestern, Latin American, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(727) 896-8226 ext. 2
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Fernandez
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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.
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Private party contact
Peter Veytia: (727) 896-8226
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Cantina offers a great range of platters featuring delicious hot or cold hors d" oeuvres. Full sit-down dinners on site, as well.
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Cross street
2nd Avenue South
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Parking details
Plenty of street parking as well as garage and lot parking in the immediate area surrounding the Cantina.
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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.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
We have a dynamic calendar of events that changes constantly. Check it out on our web site or Facebook.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipBLSIC (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on April 18, 2013

The Duck Quesidillas and hand crafted margaritas were a perfect way to start our night out!

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2013

Great food, great staff, amazing service. A definite must eat at place!

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on April 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!

vipTEEDoc (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on March 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).

OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on March 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)!

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 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.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on November 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.

BJF2 (Austin)
3.0  Dined on September 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.

vipTroeh (Tampa)
2.0  Dined on September 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.