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

Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.columbiarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (904) 824-3341
  • 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 (904) 824-3341
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "I took my son for his 18th birthday and had an excellent time. The menu is a little pricey, but well worth the splurge."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My wife and I recently celebrated our anniversary at the Columbia Restaurant. it was certainly the right choice on places to have our celebration dinner. The staff was extremely friendly. Our waiter, Chuck, did an outstanding job making our dinner special The manager also presented us with a complimentary Flan for dessert. Outstanding. We will certainly return to the Columbia Restaurant on our next trip to St. Augustine in Dec."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The ambience and sangria made up for the shortcomings: slow service and cold Spanish bean soup. We will overlook these distractions as we love the Columbia (especially on St. Armand's Key) because of the sangria, atmosphere and visiting St. Augustine."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Went to Columbia St. Augustine after an art show. Loud and noisy; had to wait for table (arrived earl for reservation) so went to the bar. Completely mismanaged bar area."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My experience here was less than expected. The food was slow from the kitchen and the paella was smaller than I had expected for the price. I love tapas, and they were good but overall pricey for what you receive. I would go back but will probably try other tapas restaurants first."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Good food, great margaritas, very loud but still enjoyed"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Columbia always impresses me. From the 1905 Salad, the fresh loaf of bread, to the tapas and the desserts, each course is a culinary delight. The tableside salad prep and dessert flambes make the experience extra special. By far, my favorite restaurant in all of Florida!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We had a late lunch/early dinner with a friend from out of town and it met our expectations as we had been there before but it exceeded hers. We always know we will get good food and service at Columbia plus the mimosas! Our waitress was knowledgable about the food and was very attentive, hope we get her again, though I cannot remember her name. Will defintely be back"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, although portions not as large as the Ybor city version... you MUST try the 1905 salad and Sangria with champagne in it. Had issue with the service, or actually the lack of attention/service, and saw others experience the same. But manager came by to check on different tables experience, and we voiced our concerns, to which the manager immediately took care of things, and finished out our experience on a good note. Would definitely recommend this restaurant, both because the food is outstanding, and because they do care about your experience, and will do what is necessary to ensure you have an enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We went right to our table and had a GREAT server!!! She was simple wonderful and helped us to have a wonderful lunch!!!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Perfect for a special birthday celebration. The best sangria I have ever had, made right at the table and followed by a respectable list of tapas and entree choices. The food was delicious. The decor was interesting both visually and historically, and there were selections for children as well. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. I will return to Columbia the next time I am in St. Augustine."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Very different food had things like yucca as a side. Taste for the entree was superb. The serbe r was very knowledgeable and kept our drink glass full. No sweet tea only in sweeten. Bread before the meal was fresh and warm. Great experience."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The food didn't taste all that unique. Very bland. Missing the ethnic flavors of the dishes."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We had friends from out of town and decided to dine here. The food was delicious and not the usual fare. My wife and a friend enjoyed the Mojitos very much. The server was attentive and interacted with all at the table. The atmosphere was fun. A great overall experience."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "WE have eaten at Columbia a number of times , primarily in Celebration, Florida. The quality of the food is the same at every place and the service is always outstanding. My husband and I LOVE it and always make sure we go to Columbia at LEAST once if not twice while we are visiting. I even took my 4 year old grandson and he loved his food too!!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I have dined at all of the Columbia Restaurants and the food is always wonderful. The St. Augustine restaurant has a charm of it's own. Sit back with a pitcher of sangria and order some tapas!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant will recommend to friends, it was my husband first year anniversary we arrived a bit late and the employee who checked us in looked for a good table for us for the occasion. The waitress brought what we asked quickly. Food was great taste we loved the white sangria of casa the whole experience was great we will come again to visit. Very special occasion we will always remember thanks to your service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A great restaurant with a variety of selections. The staff go out of their way to make your meal enjoyable and meet your every desire. We have eaten at all their locations and the quality of food and service is outstanding at each one."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful. Never disappoints. Menu ranges from sandwiches to heavier entrees. Decor is lovely as well."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant with historic past. The service was great and the food did not disappoint. Had the special salad, the Sangria and the Paella. My husband and I were happy campers. We would definitely go back if ever again in St Augustine."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Spanish Heritatge in St. Augustine --- they would be proud & honored with this outstanding restaurant --- beautiful building, seating arrangements, service, and food. Perfect!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We have been coming here for over 27 years. The ambiance is good, staff attentive, white Sangria is delicious. The food is good but not outstanding. The location is perfect if you are walking old St Augustune. The children's menu is decent with plenty of food for the kids."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Paella is a must! Worth the 30 minute wait after you order it.Great service...loved the female bartender. Calamari cooked to perfection. Pollo manchego and the "good rice " was delicious"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "For a restaurant that has been there for 1905, its probably pretty easy to get complacent in some areas. The women's bathroom was out of toilet paper in all but one stall and the food was just OK. We sat at the bar and had their white Sangrias which were the best part of the meal. We then had 3 tapas: one a sort of crab cake but with lobster, one a pork rib in a pickle type sauce, and the third their calamari. The lobster was alright, nothing notable. The pork rib was recommended by our server and was actually quite good. And the calamari was not the best I've ever had, nor the worse. Just so-so. We won't be coming back. There are too many fantastic places in St Augustine to visit."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful...as usual...I always try to bring visitors for a meal. We live in Palm Coast..."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food and service was wonderful at Columbia Restaurant. It was difficult to find restaurant and parking because of all the construction going on in St. Augustine. It would be nice if Open Table would tell you the streets to turn on to find the parking lot since a lot of downtown streets are blocked off."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We had high expectations but it was not good. No drink refills at all. We were there for 3 hours which would have been ok if the food had been better. Would not go back."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Came down from DC with very limited time to get out and about in the area. However, I ALWAYS make it a priority to go to Columbia. I have yet to be disappointed with anything on their menu, their service is top notch, and the restaurant is always spotless. The ambiance and history is second to none. Do yourself a favor and try this place!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "After so many visits to St. Augustine we finally had the chance to truly enjoy the restaurant. Loved it"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I have been several times, and have yet to be disappointed. Try the mojito's, they are soooo refreshing and delicious! The chicken salteado was superb - the potatoes melted in your mouth, the rice was just chewy enough and the chicken ever so tender. Definitely one of my new favorites for The Columbia!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The 1905 salad was great as usual, and our waiter, Michael, was extremely entertaining."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I've written several times about Columbia. For my fourth or fifth visit what struck me was how their quality, taste, service and ambience has been so consistent through the years. They are doing such a wonderful job of honoring their history and tradition of excellence. Visiting Columbia has always been a great experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have dine out at the Columbia several times. We always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. This past visit we had lunch. The half cuban sandwich and salad was delicious. It was fun to watch the waitress prepare out salad at table side."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • " The food and service was impeccable. The Mojito's were refreshing!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The Columbia is a wonderful place for lunch or anytime. The portions are plentiful and the quality of the food and service is outstanding. When is St. Augustine, make sure the Columbia is on of your stops."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Love the Columbia, but as I have said in reviews time & again, Columbia is a hit or miss. When the kitchen is on point the food is delicious, but like this visit, it was not. We frequent the St. Augustine restaurant because of convenience, but also love the decor. If you can, I would suggest you go to Celebration. There food is mostly on point. Haven't had the opportunity to try Columbia on the Florida west coast. Still waiting to get to Ybor City."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "1905 salad was great as always, and I tried the crab cakes which are delicious... none of the fake stuff! and of course sangria!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "A memorable meal in a beautiful location. The paella was outstanding. Sangria was a hit also. Salads are big! We went in a friends recommendation and it was our favorite meal."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We visit St. Augustine several times a year and this will now be one of our regular stops! It was our first visit and we tried the Tapas sampler and enjoyed everything and of course the Sangria."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "There were six of us, and we all enjoyed our meals and drinks."
    Dined on 7/6/2014