Cafe Atlantico - St. Augustine
Cafe Atlantico - St. Augustine

Cafe Atlantico - St. Augustine

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeatlantico.net/
  • Phone: 904 471 7332
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Brunch
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Paolo Pece
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer on site and off site catering.
  • Private Party Facilities: We do offer a private room for parties, whether for dinner or luncheons.
  • Private Party Contact: Paolo 904 471 7332
  • Entertainment: Jazz trio on special occasions.
  • Special Events: Join us for New years eve. Seatings at 6 and 8 pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Street
  • Public Transit: Public shuttle from the downtown area.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a private parking lot right in front of the restaurant.
A word from Cafe Atlantico - St. Augustine
Hailing from the vibrant city of Naples, Paolo Pece is a certified master chef by the Italian Culinary Institute located in that ancient city. Chef Pece completed his training in his brother’s bistro during a two-year apprenticeship working under a European master chef before moving to New York City. There he worked as a sous chef in Al Bacio restaurant on the Upper East Side. Before opening his own restaurant in 1999, he served as Executive Chef for Il Ristorante in Chambersburg, Penn.
At Cafe Atlantico, food and art provide a sensory feast in Chef Pece’s intimate and elegant contemporary Italian restaurant. The freshest seafood, pork, steak, pasta, poultry, and Italian specialty ingredients are prepared using classical cooking techniques and the menu changes seasonally. House made desserts include authentic tiramisu, panna cotta, and torta caprese; and the wine list features numerous Italian varietals and vintages as well as boutique wines from all over the world.
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Cafe Atlantico - St. Augustine reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (7)romantic (4)special occasion (4)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (1)good for groups (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • MatanzasBlue
    MatanzasBlue
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a table of 8 on a Tuesday night for a birthday celebration. Everyone lived their dish and most felt that they had their best meal out as of recent. We eat out a lot and many from our group cook. We all want food that we cannot or do not make at home. The Sea Bass was superb and the eggplant pram was fresh and not over breaded or cheesey. Brought an 8 yr old and she was happy too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    GerryVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have had dinner at Atlantico for several years and it was always great. However, we were very disappointed when we visited the restaurant last year. We had not been back until last weekend. Glad we returned. The food was great and Michael was an excellent server! We'll definitely return soon!
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Ok for a one time meal
    NotImpressed
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Based on all the reviews I read before deciding to go I was expecting far more than what we experienced. The restaurant was empty, the one waiter/host was nice but when asked for our drink order, we were not ready yet and he never asked again. The bread was old, the olive oil used for dipping had no flavor and the rest of the food was mediocre. I would not call this fine Italian food.
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  • Not What we Expected
    StALocal
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As locals, this was not our 1st visit, but it may be our last. Things started by the candle on the table spilling and the hot wax inside pouring onto both my arms. As I sat peeling the hot wax off, the two servers walked by repeatedly without a care & never stopped. After waiting an extra long time for someone to finally ask if we wanted a drink my wife told the women what happened and she could have cared less. The pile of wax on my menu met with the same disregard. We ordered a bottle of wine and they were out of that selection (wine list is not big to begin with). A 2nd selection from the list was also out. Basis the complete disregard for the wax burning my arms and the out-of-stocks on the wine, we left without ordering.
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  • A great find
    Reggie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I saw Cafe Atlantico when I was out on a walk on Sunday. It was set in off the street. I thought this could be a quaint place to dine. I checked on some Yelp reviews. And check with the people at the Hilton Garden Inn. So, we made reservations for that night for 4. It was everything I had hoped for. Our server was terrific and very knowledgeable on their food. I am glad we went there.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • remdogVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We their on Tuesday night on the off season. The food was great. Portions just right with great flavor mix. The service was good it is restaurant (9 tables) but there was 4 tables and she to have to much place. But the food is awesome
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 133 reviews are from the Cafe Atlantico - St. Augustine reviews archive.
  • CT native now from FL
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    After driving 45 minutes to try this tiny restaurant we were schocked to find the chef/owner turns over his kitchen to an apprentice on a Friday evening. Being Italian I thought bringing friends, also Italian, to this supposedly Italian restaurant would be a good idea...not so. The food is mediocre at best and the ambiance not existing which is not really a problem, were it not for a very pleasant waitress the evening would have been a disaster.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Everything was amazing, 95% great experience except that my Salmon was entirely too salty and that's the only thing I'd change.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Sorry to say that the plates were dirty, and the drapes on the window right next to our table were filthy. The food was tasty, and our server was extremely nice and perfectly attentive (not too intrusive, but always checked on us). Just the atmosphere needs some help.
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  • Perfect Little Spot
    BeverlandVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Just love this restaurant! Service is good, food is good. Creative specials. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Not good
    DiningDuo
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Very disappointed in the quality of the food: Smoked salmon/peas/bowtie pasta in sauce was like soup - VERY watery. Coffee tasted burned even though server said she had just made it. Dessert was awful. Would never go again, but our server tried her best and said she would pass along our comments to the chef.
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  • A Great Find
    brian3491
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    My wife and I wanted somewhere near our hotel. Found this in the local restaurant guide. We were not disappointed. Very friendly service. A good varied menu delicious food. Great value. Can thoroughly recommend
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One waitress
    ObnpatVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Restaurant was full with only one inexperienced waitress. Waited 20 minutes to receive even water. This was unusual. A blip on an excellent restaurant
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in area
    Lizzie
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We walked over to this intimate restaurant and had a very pleasant meal. We started with a towering veggie appetizer, it was very good then on to our main courses. The main course was quite abundant. I didn't need a first course. I was glad I shared that with my spouse. The seafood bouillabaisse was terrific. A nice broth too. The restaurant was mostly quiet until two groups of 4 came in. The best food we had in St Augustine, and yes, we eat in downtown too.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food
    erie
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    I very much enjoyed my Filet Mignon as did my husband his salmon. The wine is very over price. My Husbands white wine could not have been more than 3 oz. . The waitress was very attentive
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful dinner
    ObnpatVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Great food in a small gem near the beach. The owner/chef always has fresh and delicious creations. Good prices for a wonderful meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Time Just as Good!!
    dehbieVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    I really enjoy this place. We were house hunting again and specifically stayed overnight to have dinner here. Called ahead of time to make sure they had clams and found out that my favorite dish was now an appetizer but the hostess/server checked to make sure an entree size would be possible. Lovely, as usual. My boyfriend had the Chilean Sea Bass and he said it was prepared very well. Wines are reasonably priced here. Love the artist works they feature for sale. We were too stuffed to try any dessert but that's for next time.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Consistently good!
    yumyumVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Enjoyed chef's special pasta cooked to order and signature eggplant parmesan, perfect bread and salads fresh from their garden! Always a pleasure to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worst food in town
    StAugustinelocal
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    I have never before had a steak that was charcoal burned on the outside and so rare on the inside. overall the food we had was horrible, worst scallops in town, will never return to this restaurant again.
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  • No Straw no Salt.... Stay away
    RCO7544
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This place should be embarrassed to call them selves an Italian Grill. #1 Service: Service was absolutely awful. The ladies that seated us and took our order were very nice, but failed miserably on executing. The server on the first go around never took our drink order. We had to ask multiple times before they brought them.. Then here comes the kicker, we asked for straws which the server said, "Sorry we do not have straws, the owner will not allow us to have them".... I mean really? YOU DONT HAVE STRAWS! #2 Food: Eggplant parm was not fresh, bad after taste., Chicken Marsala had no taste & the Ossobuco was NOT seared properly to provide good color or taste. Ossobuco looked gray. All dishes needed salt!
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  • Very good food as always
    SanctuaryVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Brought our friends who were in town visiting, they liked it too! A small and intimate place, great ambience, food and service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food - especially
    Jane
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Outstanding food - especially the scallops! I have never had a bad meal at Cafe Atlantico and will continue to recommend it highly.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Food was mediocre at best. Calamari swimming in a pool of grease. Entrees were uninspired; gnocchi was tough and dense. We were expecting to have a very nice meal, but even the desserts were lifeless...tiramisu had basically no flavor, the chocolate "salami" special was just so-so. Good wine list, but not enough to convince us to go back.
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  • Small, pretty...
    PedroPedro
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    ...dining room with intimate feel. Service very personalized, and chef Paolo is happy to elaborate the menu. Wine list is fairly priced. And dishes offered are not run of the mill. For fine dining, this is your place. If you are looking for spaghetti and meatballs this is not the place. You will be delighted.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • small portians
    catrig77
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Very small. Asked for parmesian .table of four. Two tablespoons full. Had to wait for bread .second portion. "In the oven" ??? Two stars.
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  • The food was cold and the
    Traveler
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    The food was cold and the restaurant was too bright inside but the service was excellent. The waitress and hostess were very friendly and prompt. We had made reservations for Thanksgiving dinner and was a fixed menu.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intimate restaurant with excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Intimate restaurant with excellent menu choices and attentive service. Beer and wine only but adequate wine list. Strongly recommend you book a table as the restaurant is small and intimate. Owner is the chef and each dish is prepared to order. A don't miss for locals and visitors alike.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Nice place. 2nd time we've
    BERR
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    Nice place. 2nd time we've been there. Food is YUMMY. Lamb chops were not as tender as we had expected, a bit chewy and laborious to cut through. The seafood dishes were so much better, and met or exceeded our expectations. Waitress did not offer a dessert menu, nor suggest coffee. Maybe a newbie :) We will be back.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    CleoVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Food is always good here. We try to go at least once or twice a month.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and flavorful!
    yumyumVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    The sea bass is the best I've ever had! Also loved the caprese and the tower of delicious vegetables. This is a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always A Delight
    MoultrieCreek
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We have enjoyed Cafe Atlantico since it first opened. It is our favorite special occasion restaurant in St. Augustine.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Spot at the Beach
    therovinggourmetVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Café Atlantico offers good food in a quiet, cozy environment, with friendly and efficient service. It's only open for dinner and relatively quiet during the week. Our server mentioned that all dishes are made to order so the chef allows some ingredient changes. There are some standouts in the menu, e.g. beef tenderloin with portabello mushrooms and the wilted spinach starter. The ossobucco was a bit disappointing in that it is the only dish not made to order because it simmers for 8 hours, according to our server. Alas the taste should have been much richer for its 8-hour simmer than what we actually tasted. But the food is very good, and this is a lovely little restaurant in which to enjoy a quiet meal is a romantic setting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am a repeat customer and
    calgood
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    I am a repeat customer and I always enjoy Cafe Atlantico. It has a great cuisine, wine list and ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was friendly and attentive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Service was friendly and attentive. Food was not remarkable - expensive for what it was. Wine list was reasonable. Nicely decorated. Italian background music was delightful. Chef was in Italy while we were there - not sure whether that would have made a difference.
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  • Great food
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    We had two excellent entrees, the Oslo bucco and the gnocchi. We had a nice super Tuscan that was fairly priced. The service was pleasant and attentive. We will definitely return for our third visit. We like the location. The restaurant can get noisy as it is not very large. Reservations are a good idea.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good experience
    OpenTableUser
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    A small place. Not busy. Not noisy. The food served was good. The dining experience was sub-par. A situation occurred that could have been handled better by the "chef". It left our hosts who had been there before a bit embarrassed about taking us there. We probably will not go back. There are too many good restaurants in the area that go out of their way to see that their customers' have a good dining experience.
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  • Superb cuisine & wine list.
    calgood
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Superb cuisine & wine list. Very nice, quiet ambiance. I have been and shall be a frequent patron.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the food
    JOAN
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Our food was good nice and freshly prepared not like other restaurants, the salad was very crisp not soggy and my pan fried salmon was cooked perfectly.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a "diamond in the
    calgood
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    This is a "diamond in the rough" type of restaurant. Great menu, food, wine, and service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Emperor's New Clothes
    Bodicea
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Trip Advisor reviewer's rated this well mostly. However, the entrees were below par. Tiramisu was excellent. We are in the culinary field and were very disappointed. The beef was tough, the lamb bones not Frenched, the mushroom sauce flavorless and milky, the lamb arrived rare instead of the requested medium...the sauce decorated my plate but there was not enough to really even taste...none of my food arrived hot... Why was the place packed? I can only conclude that this is a case of the "Emperor's New Clothes" where people who don't really know food follow the comments of others. This is a restaurant located in a beach community and so that may make the food seem better by comparison to the fried food and bars available elsewhere.
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