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Red Mesa Restaurant

My mom and I started dining at Red Mesa for over ten years ago.  We used to go for the Sunset Menu, which is a fixed price & set selection menu available from 4-6 pm Mondays through Fridays. I still love that menu option and the pricing is very attractive.  However, the Sunset Menu is very popular so this can be a very busy time slot!  The only thing missing from it is dessert.  Which you can always add if you have room in your waistband.

One of these days I’m going to make it for weekend brunch.

Why You Should Go


Chorizo fundido

Black bean soup

The desserts

Chorizo Fundido Served
Chorizo Fundido ready to eat

The Guacamole(s)

One food that makes my heart go pitter-patter Is guacamole. And Red Mesa Restaurant has 4 variations of guacamole. There’s a traditional guacamole made with fresh avocado, onion jalapeno, cilantro and lime. And a guacamole made with blue crab. If you’re feeling a bit spicy, you can choose the chorizo and corn guacamole or the Chipotle chili guacamole.

Or if you’re like me and can’t decide?  Opt for the guacamole sampler where you get a choice of 3.

Chorizo Fundido

Guacamole love aside, the fundido is why you’re really here.  I fell in love with Queso Funddo at a Rick Bayless restaurant, so I’m always looking for one to match that experience.  Red Mesa’s Chorizo Fundido never disappoints and is itself a meal.  It seriously just melts in your mouth.

The Desserts

Red Mesa doesn’t overwhelm you with a million choices for dessert. There are usually only a handful and I’ve had every one of them. While they are all delicious, if you have to choose here are my recommendations, in order: the guava empanada, the chocolate spoon cake, the churros and the creme brulee cheesecake.  Of course, if they ever have flan, get it.

The Red Mesa Restaurant Family

Red Mesa Restaurant is one of 3 Red Mesa dining experiences. The others include Red Mesa Cantina and Red Mesa Mercado.  These other two include more expansive menus and both larger restaurants with more outside dining space. If you have been to either one and would like to let us know what you thought, please leave your feedback in the comments section below.


Noteworthy: At one time the restaurant did not have a hard liquor license so all drinks including margaritas were made with wine. That has now changed and the menu for drinks includes an assortment of tequilas and spirits such scotch, whiskey, rum, vodka and gin.

Red Mesa Restaurant is located at 4912 4th St N in St Petersburg. Phone 727-527-8728.

Website here.