We have not been to st Augustine in ten years. Decided after reading reviews to give it a try. Appetizer of crab over potato salad was fantastic. Salmon was the best I ever had Caesar salad was in my opinion the weak link. Can't wait to return. Doug our server was an asset. Guitar player excellent.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and wine
Great wine list an the server was very knowledgable on it.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in St. Augustine
There very little to complain about this restaurant. The only thing is sometimes the live music is not the best. The artists are more so hit or miss, but it's never unbearable. The food is always amazing (The Pork Belly is perfect), and the wine list is well matched to the menu items and the tapas concept.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have always been a fan
We have always been a fan of the Tasting Room because of the opportunity to dine outdoors in a cozy courtyard and the creative Spanish food and wine offerings. But the excellent dining experience comes at a relatively high price which most of the time we consider to be worth it. We loved the watermelon, cucumber, and mozzarella salad special but thought the $8 price for a small salad was out of line. On the other hand, the yellow tail with garbanzo beans and the grilled lamb chop entrees were outstanding in terms of presentation and flavor and well worth their cost. We ordered a bottle of Garnacha but those not familiar with Spanish wines might enjoy selecting flights (2 oz pours of 3 different white or red wines).
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Date Night Spot
It looks very unassuming on the outside but very pretty inside. Live music, and by this I mean a lone guitarist playing and singing softly as background music. The wait staff were attentive without being overly so. And the food and wine was wonderful. Even my husband commented on how nice it was. We walked down St. George Street afterward to walk off some of our dinner and it was just perfect. What a great evening. Would highly recommend.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The tapas are always excellent
The tapas are always excellent and the menu changes periodically. There is often a guitarist playing in the evning. Dining in the courtyard is very nice. The wine list is outstanding. Although it can get a bit pricey, we always enjoy The Tasting Room.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Food and Atmosphere
I would suggest this place to anyone who loves food and great ambiance. They also have live entertainment as well. A hidden gem.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the atmosphere!
There has always been live music when we dine at the Tasting Room. The service is always excellent, and I love ordering off the Tapas style menu-their entrees are wonderful as well. We had the tuna cruda, steak tartare, marinated manchego, beet salad, chipolte shrimp over black bean cakes and dulce de leche panna cotta!!!! Yum:)
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful dinner here - the 4 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Every course was well executed, and just delicious. The wines selected for the pairings complemented the courses perfectly. We will definitely eat here again!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is one of our favorites
This place is one of our favorites for NE FL. They are firing on all cylinders. There is sumply nothing we find to complain about!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect night to catch up
We had old friends come in fro out of town that we haven't seen in 20 years. There was no better place to reconnect than The Tasting Room. Perfect food, perfect service, great wine and conversation. TTR never let's us down, our favorite.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dine in a cozy, relaxed atmosphere.
Very good food and wine selection. Our party of 4 chose to eat from the tapas menu but appetizers and entrees are available as well. There is an excellent variety and we selected 5 of the tapas dishes to share. All were quite flavorful and provided a meal that was not overly filling. The service enabled us to savor each item at a leisurely pace over several glasses of wine from their fine wine list. Live, mellow entertainment made the evening all the more enjoyable. A St. Augustine favorite for us!
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The wine we wanted was not
The wine we wanted was not available and we learned that after we started getting our food. Would have thought we should have received our wine before hand. The food was excellent. Had a few tapas dishes instead of the entre!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always have a great time
We always have a great time & food is really good!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
tasty food, mediocre service
tapas was mostly good. musician playing guitar to folk rock was a decent addition too. server did not seem to know which wine on their award winning list was dry vs. semi sweet, etc, only which ones were "really good" (a.k.a much more expensive). did not have the initial bottle we wanted, but was very happy to serve us a wine type with wife did not even like, for almost 3 times the cost of the original choice. after that, we did not see too much of him for the rest of the meal. but, it was still a nice time.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not small portions
Yes, this is a Tapas restaurant, but the small platesa re actually good sized portion. Great entertainment on guitar also.
7/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
In a town with many restaurants,
In a town with many restaurants, there are few 'dining' experiences. The TR is a refreshing change from the rushed, tourist centric eateries that abound here. The menu is excellent, wine prices reasonable, service spot on, and the food is great! The restaurant is casual, unfortunately to many that means tank tops and flip flops, but the dining experience can get you past the socially clueless in most cases. TR features small or entree portions featuring fresh meat, fish and vegetables. If you want a great selection, try the daily 'chef's table' with wine pairings. Wonderful. The front dining room is a bit noisy with live music, loud talkers, and cell users. Dining outside or in the back rooms alleviates most of the unnecessary noise.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best dinner we have had ever!!
The food is amazing.... This was our second visit to St Augustine and our second visit to The Tasting Room. We love it and its a must go place for us for now on. The Tuna Cruda appetizer is the best thing I've ever eaten.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was unbelievable - every bite popped in the mouth! Took a little while to be seated due to crowd, but not a major issue.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Tasting Room
My wife and I have eaten at The Tasting Room several times now, but never at lunch. It was superb as usual. I highly recommend it.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
My Husband an I selected the
My Husband an I selected the "trip through Spain" meal with the wine pairings. It was enjoyable and the food was excellent!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I enjoy my birthday very much!
Very pretty place with nice atmosphere to have a special dinner. Tuna cruda was the best for me, but vieras like me too very much.
I love the music and professional service, kind and helpful to choose what we like best.
This is my first time in St. Augustine, but I suspect I began with one of the best!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
August Tapas !
We tried some flights of spanish wines and were so impressed from the very start of our dinner. The gazpacho was excellent and I make gazpacho about every 10 days and am very fussy about it. Theirs was special. Creamy and fresh and full of complexity. Our dinners were amazingly good and we devoured every sublime mouthful. In high season, I wouldn't go here, as the tourist hoards would scare me off...but in late August, it was perfection. Beautiful and romantic courtyard terrace if you can stand the heat and humidity.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charming and Energetic
First time we experienced the Tasting Room. We planned a couples dinner. Perfect evening. Great ambiance, good wine and entertainment -- with live music and magician. Tapas were excellent - lots of great flavors and new experiences. Must do in St. Augustine.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
great wine, music, and tasty food
This place has excellent ambiance, a fabulous wine list, and great Spanish-style live music. The food is also very good, though the new menu is heavy on the garlic. I have been here several times and will return. The waitstafff is knowledgeable about the wine choices, or you can try flights to experience three different wines.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and atmosphere. Nice atmosphere with great music the night we were there. Well worth a visit.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Experience Spain in your "backyard"
Great place to experience Spanish Cuisine! From small plates such as tapas to the entrees. All are very thought thru and well delivered. We are now regulars there and love to sit outside. The patio is also dog friendly!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Nice Anniversary Dinner
We had a lovely dinner at the Tasting Room, The calamari was one of the best we've ever had. Out entrees were delicious. My wife skirt steak was yummy. My roasted lamb chops were very good., a bit mushy and over garliced but that didn't stop me from eating every last bite and chomping on the bones. We had a great server, Kyle who was very attentive and gracious. To top it off they had a couple playing classic guitars of spanish and pop hits. Will definitely go back next time we're in St. Augustine.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Come for the food, wine, and music
This was return trip for an anniversary. Our previous impression had been very memorable food, instumental music, and ambiance, but very slow service, especially toward the end of the meal and checking out, ect. To their credit this time our server was somehow even more knowledgeable of their extensive menue and I felt confident allowing him to make a wine pairing based on my likes, which turned out to be a home run. But again after our food arrived, a 5 star experience was ruined by a complete inability to get a water refill or to at least get the check. Again the music was top notch for a Thursday night, so we just settled in for the wait. Just DONT come on a tight schedule and enjoy the music, food and wine.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Spanish tapas restaurant
Excellent Spanish tapas restaurant with an extensive wine menu. One can order several tapas for dinner or just choose one tapa and a "large plate" for your entrée, We enjoyed the manchego cheese tapa and the mushrooms. ( I do not recommend the mushrooms, something I could have done at home, easily) The "large plates were baby lamb chops with a yogurt sauce and some very skimpy asparagus, and I had the ranch skirt steak en brochette. which was good and an ample serving. The best part of the meal was the tapa "manchego" cheese. Next time, we will go back to what we originally did, which is order tapas for dinner. Servings are generous, and quite tasty. YES, I will return.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Phenomenal tapas, live music, nice
Had a wonderful tapas style dinner, great wine, atmosphere and live music. It was a TEN!!! Thank you for making our anniversary stellar!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for celebrating my birthday!
Wonderful food, attentive service and live guitar music - a perfect evening! The Spanish Caesar salad is amazing, and my favorite dessert -- brownie, caramel and sea salt with vanilla ice cream, is back! Everything is fresh and delicious.
10/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Amazing food and great wine.
Amazing food and great wine. We had the ultimate dinner with the wine pairing. Each wine went so beautifully with its dish. This is the second time we have been here and we will be back with our friends. It is worth a drive to St. Augustine just to dine here.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A delight for the senses!
Wonderful, comfortable atmosphere. Service by Franchot was excellent. His wine recommendation hit the spot and his descriptions of the menu choices made our mouths water. Tapas portions were large enough to share. The skirt steak and scallop entrees were seasoned without being overpowering. We wish we had saved room for dessert!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love to dine at Tasting Room
We had a great romantic dinner this past weekend to celebrate my husbands birthday. The food and homemade sangria were terrific. We will definitly be back to eat again
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food! Excellent
Excellent food! Excellent service! Unobtrusive guitar playerplayiing Spanish music. Excellent wine! Restaurant provides tapas menu or full dinners. We had tapas and each dish was superb. A real gem. Will return.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing and the
The food was amazing and the atmosphere was perfect for our girls night out! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends, family, and anyone visiting the St. Augustine area
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The ambience and dining experience
The ambience and dining experience were very good. The coconut flan was awesome.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience!
Visited The Tasting Room for the second time and couldn't be happier with the food and service! Everything was exceptional. Will deffinitly go back when visiting St. Ausgustine.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waitress was amazing taking care of us for my birthday, and the food was delicious.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We experienced several great
We experienced several great wines, a number of delectable tapas, and a wonderfully attentive server. It was a birthday celebration for our son, and we had a wonderful meal.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
We went for a late lunch. We sat outside in the courtyard & it was very relaxing. The staff was extremely friendly. We ordered several tapas to share & no one was disappointed. We would definitely go back!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
St. Augustine dinner
I ordered two tqpas, a salad, dessert and wine for dinner. Tuna tapa and coconut flan for dessert. Everything was excellent. If I'm ever in St. Augustine again, I will go back.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Romantic Anniversary Dinner
I picked this restaurant for our 1st anniversary dinner. The ambience was perfect. The outdoor garden seating was enticing, but we preferred sitting inside to view the acoustic guitarist (though there are speakers in the courtyard). The food was excellent. The portions are reasonably sized, and not the gorge-fest that many restaurants serve. The kitchen is in an adjoining building, which was interesting. I would definitely come back here for dinner for a special occasion.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good tapas, not so great sangria,
Marvelous classical quitarist. We ate small tapas but ended up on the sofa just absorbing the music. Hard to find such a talented musician. ordered the special white sangria but disappointed very little fruit in it and it had cilantro which I despise. I asked if I ordered another if they could leave out the cilantro and was told no it was already in it.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
A very nice place to end a
A very nice place to end a day of shopping> The noise level however was quite loud and at times was difficult to have a conversation. But it wouldn't stop us from not returning. The wine list was awesome.
Our meals were very good.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious Spanish food
The Tasting Room has a great reputation for innovative Spanish-style tapas and entrees, as well as a well-planned wine list. The tapas list was very tempting, but my husband and I opted for entrees. I had Churasco steak with truffle fries, which was excellent. The chimichurri sauce was flavorful and the steak was tender and delicious. The truffle fries were thin cut and crispy. Hubby had the paella. The shrimp and scallops were tender and delicious; the rice fluffy and perfectly cooked.
Our only issue was the wine I selected was not available. With laser printers there's no reason not to keep wine lists current. The server brought me a taste of another wine, which was delicious, & complemented our meal very well.
We'll definitely go back!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Try the chef's choice prix fixe!
We hadn't done this in years. The server described a menu that sounded wonderful to us, so we went for it. The chef knocked it out of the park! Everything here is so fresh, so well-presented, and there are so many wonderful wines to try. We really enjoyed the guitar music. Tasting Room is always a treat!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Won't be disappointed!
We live in Boston, but anytime we are even close we make a drive to the Tasting Room. We came over nearly 4 years ago when staying in St. Augustine. The waiters and waitresses are very genuine and know a great deal about food and wine. All the recommendations were better than our selections and so this time we let them override us on both food and wine. After waiting 3 years to be staying close enough in Florida to make the drive, we came back last week. It did not disappoint. Our favorite was the Goat Cheese Terrine which was still available, but many new offerings in their fall menu. The ambiance is amazing-- beautifully set tables, two gentleman playing guitar and singing, and a pretty lively crowd. The food is really fantastic!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding tapas & desserts
The tapas were unique and very tasty. Sent a full meal back due to undercooked rice in the paella. Ordered more tapas instead. Upscale dining, nice atmosphere, delightful staff. A great choice for a special occasion.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM