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The 5 Best Latin Restaurants Near St. Petersburg

Updated: November 19, 2021

Lusting after some great Latin food in St. Petersburg? These are our go-to’s when we need empanadas in our lives. After careful analysis of top article and review sites, we know these are the best Latin options in St. Petersburg. Don’t take our word for it, gather the gang for a great night with cold Mojitos and churrasco fresh from the fire at these top spots.

Find the perfect Latin restaurant

Red Mesa Restaurant

Mexican, $$, St. PetersburgMexican, $$St. Petersburg
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Creative Loafing, 2020

    27 Latin-owned restaurants in Tampa Bay you should’ve tried by now

    Creative Loafing, 2020
  • CBS, 2017

    Best Tacos in Tampa Bay

    CBS, 2017

Red Mesa Cantina

Mexican, $$, St. PetersburgMexican, $$St. Petersburg, Downtown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • U-Nation, 2020

    Best Tacos in Tampa Bay: UNATION Picks

    U-Nation, 2020
  • Tampa Bay Times, 2019

    Best tacos in Tampa Bay

    Tampa Bay Times, 2019

Pipo's The Original Cuban Cafe

Cuban, $, St. PetersburgCuban, $St. Petersburg
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

If you travel further

Golden Dinosaurs

Cuban, $$, GulfportCuban, $$Gulfport
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Tampa Bay Times, 2019

    Best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Tampa Bay

    Tampa Bay Times, 2019

Terra Mar Brazilian Steakhouse

Brazilian, $$, Pinellas ParkBrazilian, $$Pinellas Park
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

How did we curate this list?

Figuring out the best Latin restaurants can take awhile. The restaurants in this list rose to the top after we analyzed the Yelp and Google ratings for 7903 restaurants in St. Petersburg, 823905 restaurant reviews, and exactly 312 lists and articles from experts at Tampa Bay Times and U-Nation and more. All with some boam magic. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Tampa Bay Times - Best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Times - Best tacos in Tampa Bay and U-Nation - Best Tacos in Tampa Bay: UNATION Picks. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair asado with Malbec

    For an elevated experience, pair your asado with Malbec. This combination works particularly well because this red wine rinses the palate for the next bite.


  • The perfect complement to morcillas


    Experts recommend pairing a morcillas with a glass of Bonarda, a popular red wine.

  • A great drink pairing for meat empanadas

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for meat empanadas can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some white wine, particularly a glass of Torrontes. This, intense acidity and a light body, white wine balances the hot meat empanadas.

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  • A fast eater

    Do you like tamales? Probably not as much as Joey Chestnut. They ate a whopping 102 in 12 minutes, A world record!

  • A classic meal

    Making la bandera, often paired with white rice and beans, is a long-held tradition in Dominican Republic.

Parking tips

There’s nothing like finding the perfect parking spot right away when you’re going out for a meal. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Latin spot.

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