Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine
Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9048243341
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner Daily
    Lunch: Monday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00pm; Sunday: noon – 4:00 p.m.
    Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 4:00 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Ariel Berrios
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer off-site catering, please call us for details to make your special event memorable with one of our “Super Paellas.
  • Private Party Facilities: From groups of 10-200 we offer an outdoor courtyard and indoor private dining areas to host your birthday or anniversary party, office party, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception. Choose from our banquet menu or let us customize your menu for that special occasion. Our Mediterranean-style dining rooms are surrounded by outdoor courtyards, 3 fountains, and hundreds of hand-painted Spanish tiles and family heirlooms, specially selected to create an old-world charm and ambiance that lend an atmosphere of warmth and elegance to any gathering.
  • Private Party Contact: John Pedaggi 9048243341
  • Entertainment: Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the nation's oldest city, and home to the Columbia Restaurant of St. Augustine, located in the heart of the historic district on St. George Street, surrounded by shops and attractions. The Columbia is located within walking distance of several historic landmarks including Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (the oldest masonry fort in the United States), the Spanish Quarter, Flagler College, and Casa Monica. There are many museums to see, including the Museum of Weapons and Early American History and the Old Florida Museum.
  • Special Events: Open 365-days a year, including all holidays for lunch and dinner daily.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Parking while dining at The Columbia in the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine
Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon "Columbia," and fresh seafood specialties. Don’t miss Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad®, prepared tableside with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a 100-year-old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Be sure to sample a fine Spanish wine like Torres, Montecillo or Campillo. Relax in our courtyard or Mediterranean-style dining rooms, filled with hundreds of hand-painted tiles and Spanish-style fountains. We are a sister to the Columbia in Tampa's Ybor City, founded in 1905. Children's menu available. Open 365-days a year, including all holidays.
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Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine reviews from OpenTable diners
258 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (169)good for groups (129)fit for foodies (109)neighborhood gem (103)romantic (93)great for lunch (89)hot spot (46)kid-friendly (42)notable wine list (34)great for brunch (25)scenic view (19)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (12)great for outdoor dining (6)Show More
  • Disappointed Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I was not impressed from the beginning. The hostess's attitude......The server was 10 minutes at least before coming to our table...drinks(no alcohol) took a long time, and refills as well. The table that were seated at was like a traffic zone......the value for your money is not worth going back....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place...
    BadSmokey
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I went to the Columbia Restaurant in Saint Augustine, Florida with some friends knowing we were going to have a great meal and atmosphere. The food was delicious and we never had to look for our waitress for service. She was very helpful about the menu and what was on the drink list. The big plus is that, you are in the oldest city in the nation. Saint Augustine, Florida has a lot of fun for all and great shops in the area around the Columbia Restaurant. I live here and have always enjoyed the Columbia Restaurant and that is why it is my number one go to place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but not great
    Jaxjogger
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    had dinner on a Saturday night recently. Service was average at best-before even sitting down a customer was arguing with a greeter because of a bad attitude. Once seated our waitress was slow to greet us. No mention of the specials and no small talk. She did her job but nothing else. Food was also slow but it was a busy Saturday night so understandable. Overall food was good not great. Had pork that was dry and missing flavor, black beans and rice were good as well as plantains. Very pricey but was expecting that. For me this is a one time visit and probably would not return even though we live only 1 hour away. With so many excellent restaurants in St Augustine I would go else where.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • rbd2
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great place to take out of town visitors. History, decor, menu say a lot for St Augustine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Columbia was recommended by a friend. He was absolutely correct. Wait staff was fantastic. Food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to eat
    Rocketdog55
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Go there. Great food. Great drinks. Great coffee. Great service. Great location. Free 2 hour parking.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THE BEST ANYWHERE
    Duchess
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I literally have exhausted all the positive adjectives I can use to describe this most pleasurable of restaurants. I've dined in all types, levels, cuisines you can imagine in the states, and out of these states and this is MY FAVORITE, always. The food is excellent, as is the service from the parking lot, front desk, servers, and any employee I've ever met. Do yourself a favor and dine here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good time, and a good meal
    Raynman
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The Beef Saltealdo and the 1905 Salad remain my favorites! If you get a pitcher of Sangria, ask for a shot of Brandy in it (additional cost). After you're done eating, make sure to check out the shop attached to the restaurant. You'll be happy you spent your dinning experience here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas and main courses
    JustMe
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Everything in the decor was lovely. The tapas servings are really quite small in proportion to the prices. This was VERY disappointing. Also a problem with the main courses..... The ones served with rice were overwhelmed by the presence of the rice. The prices were high for a large plate of rice. The black bean soup is delicious !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent choice
    ColStAugustine
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Consistently the Columbia in Saint Augustine is excellent in all respects. We look forward to the Columbia during each visit to the City. Atmosphere, food and service excel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • favorite
    jimmer
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants! Good food and a memorable occasion is always the result.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Time at The Columbia
    Ritchie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was my visit to St Augustine since I was a child. One of the few things I remember from that trip was The Columbia restaurant. This weekend I took my wife to St Augustine for her 30th birthday. It was excellent. From the warm Cuban bread to the pitcher of sangria, everything was superb. I ordered "The Bambino," a 14oz New York Strip steak. I am ruined to any other steak now. It has a nice crispness on the outside and the medium-rare inside was done to perfection. Overall dinner was a great start to an excellent night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Evening!
    BaltimoretoLG
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were in St. Augustine for two nights, celebrating our 35th anniversary. While the Columbia Restaurant can seat up to 650 people at one time, they made our night special by seating us in a small room upstairs with just three tables. Once the other parties left, we had the little nook all to ourselves! The food and service were very good, and it truly will be a night to be remembered!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This version of the Columbia is too loud and the food was not up to the standard I expect from other Columbia restaurants. I had grouper, it was overcooked, dry and rubbery. The service was quite good.
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  • Amazed!!
    RESTAURANTPOLICE
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    What an experience!!! The food, atmosphere and service was outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful lunch, fantastic service
    BeckyD
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We had out of town guests from Los Angeles. They loved the food, ambiance and out standing service. The menu is huge, lots of great options for everyone. I would recommend The Columbia Resuaurant highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great..meal
    bob1504
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had a great time , food was excellent And Service was also.very.good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    Becca
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants to go to dinner at when in St. Augustine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Timer
    Bchbumsinfl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was pretty good. I love Spanish food, always have since living in South America. We were early for our reservations but we were seated immediately. Service was good and the prices were not that bad for the area. I will recommend it and definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • smathews
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    food was very slow coming out of the kitchen. Many tables around us were complaining. The waiter was apologetic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food
    VenusVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Having just eaten in a wonderful Cuban restaurant in Miami and had a basis for comparison, we found the food here disappointing. The pork a la Cubana was tasteless. The fried plantain was burnt. The only good thing about the dish was the rice and beans. The paella, although tasty, was soupy, more like risotto. We enjoyed the bread pudding and the sangria. When we complained about the pork, the manager came to our table and was very apologetic which we appreciated a lot. We were not charged for the pork dish. We are still glad we went for the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • St. Augustine
    JohnnyDebbie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    As always, everything was excellent, especially, walking past all the people with pagers waiting to be seated. We were 15 minutes early and were immediately escorted to our table over-looking the fountain. This was our 45th wedding anniversary and the experience was everything we had hoped for. Service (Brad) was excellent and the timing of drinks, appetizer, and entre was just right. Our dinner was so excellent! Cooked just right and the presentation was elegant. Flora seems to be everywhere, every time. We have seen her at Lunch, Dinner, and talked with her on the phone. Always very pleasant, helpful, and smiling. A real attribute to the Columbia. We always recommend the Columbia to our friends and anyone else that loves dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sabroso
    Grumpy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have to say that the service and quality of food meets with the logo of "GEM of Spanish Restaurant". We have been to the Ybor City location twice, Celebration and now St. Augustine and are totally satisfied.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Florida's Oldest Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    To start with our waiter Armando was wonderful he provided great service, conversation and knowledge of the menu. We loved our 1905 salads and pitcher of Mojito both made table side. I had the Camarones Rellenos “Jesse Gonzalez” shrimp topped with lump crab, rice and vegetables. The meal was good but I think overpriced for 5 or 6 stuffed shrimp @ $27.00. I will say that I admire that they only use fresh wild caught gulf shrimp. My husband's did not enjoy his meal, Mahi Mahi “Cayo Hueso” the fish was dry and tasteless. Also there was too much yuca. The yuca would have been better fried. Overall we did enjoy ourselves.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • better locations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Chicken dish was way to salty.. Food wasn't warm enough. Salad was wilted and soggy. I have been to Columbia many times in other locations and LOVED it, st. Augustine location, not satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Place
    wsgts
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Excellent fish dishes, try the snapper which was really excellent. Grouper was good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Columbia House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We used to drive from Melbourne for many, many years in the early 90's to dine at the Columbia House. Everything is still as great as ever except for the road construction. Looking forward to our next visit now that we have moved back to Florida.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Great food and service, our first time here, we'lol be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a joy!
    BobMVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We really enjoyed our visit to Columbia. Great food and wine at great prices in a classic setting. Our server Christine was friendly, attentive, and engaging. A must stop in St. Augustine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill and Roberta
    37yearsMarried
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The Service was Outstanding and the Waiter was engaging and very competent. Great personality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 19 year anniversary
    travelingmom
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    lovely place with excellent food and drinks. Service was wonderful. Love the atmosphere and food and wine selection
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, it was outstanding!!
    jaymo1970
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been going to Columbia Restaurant for many years, and as always it was fabulous. I highly recommend this place to anyone who hasn't been there before.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CullNAiry
    CullNAiry
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Wonderful Spanish food! Get the table side sangria and the 1905 salad and that in itself is worth the trip. Add to it the fish or chicken, and exquisite is the only thing that comes to my mind.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great spot
    Briwi
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We love coming to the Columbia, brought a friend who had never experienced it before and she loved the food and the ambiance as much as we do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambiance
    JoyGVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My husband and I went to St Augustine for our anniversary. This was a great find. Food was great and our server excellent. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a true gem
    Didi928
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    as always we had a wonderful experience at Columbia with one of the best services we can remember. The food is outright delicious. we definitely will be back during our next visit either here or at the Ybor City location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great spot!
    JPork
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went there on Sat 9/27/14 for our anniversary and it was perfect! The 1905 salad was amazing and we got a bunch of tapas. The meatballs were our favorite and the salad. We will definitely go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Differnt location - Good food
    sdhTampa
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Family loved Tampa location so we visited St. Augustine location. Quality consistent with original location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Perfect Family Restuarant
    borntoeat
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is the first place we dine when visiting St. Augustine. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys well prepared Latin food. On our last two visits, we were seated upstairs and it was very nice. If you enjoy Latin food this is about as close to home cooking as you are going to find in a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful spot for a meal
    shellyf
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The four of us enjoyed our dinner at this very charmng restaurant. The service was excellent and the food, very good. One needs to sample the different items on several visits to get a good idea of what would be your favorite. The house salad was over the top! The sangria, too, was quite tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.