Best Of St. Pete – Red Mesa Cantina

June 21, 2017 by The727Team


There are so many good restaurants in St. Pete and a lot of them have great food but not all of them have an amazing atmosphere. Latin fusion, margarita slanging Red Mesa Cantina is hands down my favorite restaurant to meet with friends for drinks and a good bite to eat. If you’re looking for a place with a casual vibe to get drinks at with friends, this is the best place to do it.

When I say casual I’m talking about the general vibe of the place. Relaxing music, a beautiful courtyard and laid back staff really make this place standout as one of the hottest spots in Downtown St. Pete.

The food is anything but casual, they have a wide variety of top notch dishes – Some classic authentic foods you would find in Latin America and other fusion type dishes that keep the menu interesting.

My favorite is the Salmon Ala Planche which is a tasty salmon filet served on top of a tasty mix of vegetables with a little bit of a spice to it. If I was a food journalist I could probably give you a more accurate description however I’m more of a human trash can so I will just tell you that it’s really good. What I will say is it’s the perfect dish to fill you up without feeling like you have to take a nap after.

The outside “Lucha” Bar at Red Mesa Cantina

When I first moved to St. Pete in 2013, my friend came to visit and we took a walk downtown to see what’s what. We heard some booming live music and decided to walk in that direction. When we walked in I saw the illuminated courtyard with an elaborate fountain backlit with some gorgeous ambient lighting over the outside bar. I’ve traveled a lot and seen my fair share of bars and restaurants but I was truly impressed by the atmosphere of Red Mesa Cantina. They have a great setup with space to bring a big group of friends or a small two person tables for an intimate evening.

Since I’ve lived here I’ve seen many restaurants come and go downtown however Red Mesa is a downtown staple that will be here forever. The restaurant is a buildout of the former St. Pete fire station from back in the day. This historic building  features some interesting architecture including exposed brick walls, an open air patio and also an upstairs area that has only recently been taken over by Red Mesa. This upstairs area will be an extension of the restaurant that specializes in catering for large groups and events. The very top will also have a small rooftop bar which provides some nice views of the Downtown St. Pete skyline. The upstairs renovations are set to be complete late 2017.


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Red Mesa serves Lunch, Brunch & Dinner. Their latin fusion menu takes cues from Mexican and other Latin cultures. I was about to attempt to describe their menu but their website does it better than I ever could “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” Mmm exquisite.

Want to take a quick tour of the place? Check it out, you can actually take a digital stroll through the restaurant via Google Streetview. Isn’t technology amazing?

Well that’s my write up of Red Mesa Cantina. Before I let you go, grab a notepad and write down these happy hour specials.

Happy hour is 3-7 Monday thru Friday. This includes half price house margaritas and sangrias, dollar off all draft beer, half off house wine and $3 well drinks.

Monday is all day happy hour.

Tuesday has select handcrafted margaritas for $6 after 7pm.

Wednesday has half off select Cantina Signature Cocktails.

Thursday is half off margarita & sangria pitchers after 7pm!

Thanks for reading and let us know how you like it!

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