Michael's Tasting Room
Michael's Tasting Room

Michael's Tasting Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tastetapas.com/
  • Phone: (904) 810-2400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Michael Lugo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our place or yours, we can cater any size event. Call for details 904-810-2400
  • Private Party Facilities: The "Red Room" holds up to 20 people for lunch or dinner. The private room, which is also an art gallery, is cozy and fun! The Courtyard can hold up to 24 people. Outdoor heaters and fans are on-site for inclement weather.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephanie Lugo 904-377-4747x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St. George Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The City of St. Augustine Public Parking lot is located 4 blocks northwest of the restaurant. The Toque Lot is located off of Charlotte Street and Hypolita Street. The restaurant is located in the north side of the parking lot.
A word from Michael's Tasting Room
Open for Dinner ~ Evenings at 5pm.

We change our menu often to bring you the most innovative dishes using the freshest ingredients possible. Chef Michael Lugo believes in organic and sustainable ingredients, and uses local or meticulously sourced products throughout. The dishes are designed to offer range as well as adventure with overtones of Spanish flavor.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Michael's Tasting Room reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (34)fit for foodies (32)notable wine list (32)special occasion (32)great for outdoor dining (22)neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (12)hot spot (5)late-night find (5)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Fabulous Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Had amazing, attentive service from being sat through our final course. Amazing wine and champagnes. Divine food from appetizer to dessert. Looking forward to the next visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good that we visited again two nights later
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This is a great place for anyone who appreciates fine food and wine. The menu and wine list were extensive, including the list of wines by the glass. The portions are large - definitely made for sharing. Everything we had was excellent, although their version of shrimp and grits was our favorite and we had it on both visits. The ambiance is lovely and the service was excellent. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful find
    steve
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellent food and atmosphere. Perfect for small or medium size parties.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • okay place for tapas
    tigerlily415
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We dined here off season. We ordered six different items from the tapas menu. Most were very good. The wait staff needs a refresher course in hospitality. The hostess/server was wearing on her wrist one of those coil key chains with a tag and a key. It rattled every time she walked by or put food on a table. Our waiter could not remember the sides that accompanied the one special. When it was time to order; the entree I requested was sold out. With more care, this could be a good spot for tapas.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What happened?
    Martin
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    we used to love going to the tasting room and went there often. Over the last few month however the menu continues to decline with less menu options and the wine list is shrinking as well. On my last two visits I had to reselect my wine twice which ended up in us just ordering two glasses versus a bottle. Food quality is also not was it used to be. The once so perfectly seasoned menu items now lack details and thoughtfulness. Hate to see such a great restaurant lose its touch, especially as we had lots of very special and good memories there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    ab230VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We enjoyed amazing tapas and wine in a lovely courtyard setting. Arriving before 7 pm, we were also able to order from special discounted menu. Everything was excellent. Server was knowledgeable and friendly. We would love to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Extra Surprise
    ajpc
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    While dining, a gentleman approached our table, not wanting to intrude on our conversation he politely asked a few questions and explained who he was. An amazing magician, he charmed and surprised us, and was the highlight of the meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sit outside weather permitting
    Lkbharris
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We loved sitting outside in the courtyard by the fountain. Very peaceful and quiet. Food was excellent, especially the grilled Caesar salad. Our bottle of Malbec wine hit the spot. Our server was very attentive and not overly talkative.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was my first time back to the Tasting Room in about 6 years. It is one of my favorite restaurants in St. Augustine. I made reservations ahead of time, while the front of the house gave us great service, I was very disappointed with our service once seated. It took 10+ minutes for anyone to come to our table after being seated. My date and I each ordered a flight of wine. Our server brought them back in a decent amount of time, but quickly dropped them at our table with a "I'll be right back", that was the last we saw of him for 25 minutes. It was the same with our tapas and entree. I have only had excellent service at this restaurant in the past, and was highly disappointed with the lack of attention we received for the price we paid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food and service was good (not great), would recommend for a late lunch. Great wine list that has something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • asbej
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went for the first time on a Thursday night and absolutely loved the place. It wasn't crowded, so it was quiet, romantic and the food superb. So we decided to go again on Saturday night (2 days later). Mistake. Place was crowded with several very loud people. We couldn't hear ourselves think, nevermind talk to each other. The tuna and the goat cheese terraine were fantastic, the Mahi Mahi very good, but not as good as the Scallops from Thursday night, and the pork belly was marginal. Still enjoyed it and would go back again, but would sit outside where it is quieter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Excellent
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Best of everything! Several people recommended the resturant to us and it was everything they said and more. Lots of topas and full meal options. Great service, delicious food, great atmosphere. They could improve their parking situation but nothing but good reviews for the food and resturant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal ever
    asbej
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Wonderful experience! Food,service and ambiance was superior! We are going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday 9/20
    Bill
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Wonderful food and service as always. Noise level was unusually high making conversation very difficult.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Tasting Room is our must-go-to restaurant when we visit St. Augustine. Each time we have gone, the menu reflects the season. We usually eat outdoors, but it is still too hot. Our server was attentive, the food yummy, and the wine delicious. Looking forward to going to The Tasting Room the next time we visit St. Augustine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent.
    MikepVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Our favorite restaurant keeps reinventing itself, with new menus several times a year. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    fAAFAA
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I would say the most notable part of our dining experience was the service. Impeccable and friendly, the service overall was outstanding. Had conversations with the owner about the fantastic menu, especially the paella. When in town again, I cannot wait to visit and try more from the menu..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME!
    richtati
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great tapas and wine list. great atmosphere. A little loud. Music was awesome. We even started dancing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Find
    DonnaH
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. We had changed the times of our reservation twice that evening and they couldn't of been any more accommodating. The food was outstanding. We were a party of 6 and ordered small plates to pass around so everyone got a taste. They had a magician there the night we went who entertained each table and wouldn't accept any tips. Very impressed. He was very talented. They have a small outdoor seating area and when it looked like rain they brought us right in for a table. The Red Sangria is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Just not worth your time or money. The food was average, and for the price I expected better quality and presentation. It took too long to prepare our food as we waited what seemed an eternity. They have a good wine list.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vinsterx
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    As always the food was fantastic and the kitchen was open to providing requested foods. I will definitely be going back!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice but Expensive
    chuckVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We enjoyed the ambiance, the food was good, the service was great, but it's expensive. We ordered a selection of their wine flights, but the pours were very small - hardly a taste.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    wanderlustfamilyVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had dinner here and ordered a bunch of tapas to sample and share amongst the table. Escargot was one of our favorites- along with the chorizo and potatoes and the mini crab cakes. The food was delish- and our server was friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Jack
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    If you're ready for an excellent and inventive tapas experience , this is it. Creative and extraordinary food coupled with a decent wine list and exemplary service made this a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    divindazeVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We enjoyed eating at a small table in the courtyard on a cool evening. The tapas were delicious - especially the goat cheese and the beets. The wait staff was very helpful and recommending some Spanish whites and a Tempranillo. Linse and I shared a whole snapper that was prepared perfectly - one of the best fish plates I've had in a long time. Of course, we finished it all off with a decadent flan. The ambience was very good and the food was excellent, but the service matched them both. The wait staff was very attentive but not overly so.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JkerrdogVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our favorite in NE FL. Best tapas by far ( with a wine list to match). We 'experimented' & went a la carte rather than small portion/tapas & were not disappointed. Our experience was enhanced when our waiter offered our fabulous Tempranillo @ 50% off menu price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't say enough...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Tasting Room was once again fabulous. They have just updated their menu to keep it fresh. Wonderful all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    ivy6367
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We enjoyed a fantastic evening while celebrating my parents' upcoming 50th wedding anniversary. The food was delicious and the service truly outstanding! This is defiitely a must when visiting St Augustine as I think it's one of the best restaurants there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    GlobalBizLady
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food was good, my diet as a vegan totally understood and catered to. The presentation of the food was of a high standard too. Service was excellent! The wine exquisite! The environment was very nice - reminded me of the old New York cellar restaurants. We were dressed up to the nines and surprised to see more casual diners present, but not that it mattered - I love to dress up if I am going out to dinner! My only criticism was that the lighting was so low and the printing on the menu was very light in color with small lettering that we had to use my cell phone light just to read the menu!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    Deeson
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Excellent cuisine...excellent service...excellent chef. Definitely recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but good food and service
    Noisy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It was difficult to hold a conversation at our table due to the overwhelming noise level from nothing more than the room not absorbing the sounds of the chatter around us. The muscian was even drowned out by the background chatter. Setting that issue a side, the waiter was very attentive without being bothersome and provided excellent assistance with recommendations of both wine and food selection. The food was simply outstanding. We will return to the Tasting Room if only for the food and service, but would not recommend for any special occaision or intimate dining experience because of the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marginal at best
    foodtraveler
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Octopus appetizer tapas tested fishy, the salted cod tapas was inedible, The main mahi entre was decent but nothing noteworthy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food good but--appetizer wildly overpriced for "precious" portion. Special entree not as described-waiter said they ran out of large thick pieces of swordfish and brought two smaller pieces tough and overdone- we sent back and they did substitute- still, prices high including wines-for what you get. If you are going to charge big city prices you need to deliver big city food and service. Still, food was good and server pleasant. Would give a second chance and a qualified" recommendation
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    OutOfTowners
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Beautiful room, very pleasant staff, wonderful Spanish style music, delicious food. Go for the gastronomic experience not if 'Man versus Food' is your favorite tv show.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting Room
    HemingwaysVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had a good bottle of wine and a lovely dinner. Wonderful waiter; very personable. Will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 625 reviews are from the Michael's Tasting Room reviews archive.
  • Outstanding!!!
    DinerDave
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Literally everything we tried was superb. Parking is a hassle in historic St Augustine but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious with first class service
    livegracefully
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was spectacular. They also have an enormous wine list. The service, however, is what made our experience so great. Our waiter was attentive and friendly and helped us make food and wine decisions (it was our first time there). He really went the extra mile to make us feel welcome. The manager was also above and beyond, answering our wine questions and letting us sample a wine. The entire staff made it a joy to be there. We will be back! ...and the bread pudding was delish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael's Tasting Room
    Vinsterx
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Had a great dinner with my daughter. Our waiter, Joseph G, explained the dishes and suggested the New World Spain wine flight which complimented my dinner and intoduced me to a wine, Atteca, which I will look for again. The meat and cheese platter was a great start to our evening, followed by a selection of tapas. Spicy shrimp, tuna, lobster skewers and the grilled octopus were all excellent although my daughter thought the octopus stood out. And although they were out of pork belly, the chef prepared a pork tenderloin for us that was outstanding and filled our pork craving and put the exclamation point on a great evening. Can't wait to come back to see what is on the menu next time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great!
    Doug
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We have been to the Tasting Room several times before, The food and service are always top notch, We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    hinkle
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was fabulous, our waiter Greg was excellent and the magician was an added bonus:) will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.