Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

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Family-owned and operated for more than 114 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine. Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men. Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Roast Pork "a la Cubana," 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 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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Jacksonville
55 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The 1905 salad is the best. Have it as a meal! Everything was great. Attentive staff.

E
Jacksonville
116 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always good Cuban food!

SN
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service! 1905 salad with shrimp was outstanding! Good bread too. Sangria was delicious. We always enjoy eating here when we visit!

m
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Will visit again!

LR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, lots of selections. We all enjoyed our meals. My daughters very simple meal of grilled chicken was delicious. Such fabulous flavor, it took a little longer for this menu item, well worth the wait. I don’t know how they got that much flavor into that juicy piece of chicken! White chocolate bread pudding was amazing.

TC
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always good. They were very busy but service was good. Highly recommended

M
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here again. We usually order the paella because you can go wrong. This time my husband had the rib eye and I had seafood over pasta. Both were excellent but the steak was cooked to perfection and one of the best my husband has had, his claim. We would highly recommend Columbia and will be back.

OT
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always seated as soon as we checked in for the reservation... Everyone there was gracious also as usual. Food was on point and the wait from order to table very acceptable. I have nothing bad to say... I’ve been there several times a year for 5 years now and will continue to make it a stop when in St Augustine..

L
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come to town to visit my mom, we take her to Columbia. She jokes that we come to visit the restaurant, and just bring her along. The 1905 salad is my favorite, and it was fantastic, as usual. We ordered an assortment of dishes, and all were wonderful. It is a beautiful building, and the staff are always attentive. The waitress this time was super amazing, instead of just great. We were celebrating my birthday, and after my husband mentioned it, she surprised us with a free dessert, a candle, and a serenade that many waiters/waitresses joined in. It was perfect!

j
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent good. Fabulous server, but it was very slow getting our food. They did give us a discount and dessert. But Alexis was a great server.

L
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, though the paella could have been a bit warmer.

c
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I have been there many time. For some reason we arrived at 5:30 our order was taken about 6:00 . The bread and salads were brought in about 15 minutes and at 7:15 the server came by to say there was a backup in kitchen and ours was the next one out. Then we waited until after 7:30 before the food came and then the server had to take mine back to kitchen I do not know why and I started eating about 8:00. That was totally unacceptable and for 30.00 dollars per meal plus tip that was way below what I was familiar with in the past

T
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Not impressed. We were promptly seated at our reservation time of 5:00 which was great. Then it was all downhill from there. We were a group of 6 people and we did not leave until after 7:00, We spent more time waiting then actually eating. The food was just okay. Definitely, not worth the 30 minute drive. I don't think I will be returning.

TH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment! Excellently always. We took a couple whom had never been and they absolutely loved it. Can’t wait too return been thinking about that delicious salad and yummy Jimmy grouper.

MR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, service was alittle slow but we will definitely be back

DP
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequently go to the Columbia for special occasions and meet friends to celebrate. Have always had good food, good service and great atmosphere. I definitely recommend their restaurant.

LP
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Went here for the first time. Good menus but was jot blown away. Seems like the staff presents the same food all the time and has no real passion for what they are serving. Overall ok.

f
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Amazing food. Busy place. OK ambiance. Marginal service. In all fairness our waiter was new and the restaurant was very busy but bringing the wine after the meal was finished and not clearing dirty dishes is a problem that just shouldn't happen.

c
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Columbia restaurants! This visit to the St Augustine location was just as good as our experience in Clearwater although it was very busy and a little loud. But we were there for the FOOD which did not disappoint! Had the Columbia 1905 salad and grilled sea bass - amazing flavor!!! And a lovely Chardonnay. Only thing I wish we hadn’t ordered was the key lime pie which was too sweet to eat .

AW
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great sangria and fun time with friends. Our server, Tracy Lynn was the best!

K
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good. Little loud but we where right beside door and check in. Our waiter didn’t know the menu very well and way to serious.

KF
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience, I always have the sane thing and never disappointed. The salad is heaven.

KK
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always amazed at how well everything turns out for the size of this establishment. It is hard to produce such large quantities of food with consistent quality. The quality for the size of the restaurant is impressive.

DD
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Cuban food is better than the Spanish food (more authentic); but, all in all, a great experience time and again.

J
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

GR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

LB
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the place, the food and the service. Our waiter Dani, was very nice and professional. We liked it so much that we went back the next day without a reservation. We sat at the bar and had sangria and tapas. Their bread is delicious. The only thing that I didn’t like was the Crema Catalana. It was not close to the real one. Other than that, yes I recommend this place. Next time, I’ll try their flan.

P
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our wait staff Jess was very helpful and attentive to us. We enjoyed our orders: house red, 1905 salad, mussels and chorizo, and shrimp gambas, and for dessert churros with the 3 sauces. It was our anniversary and we were given a complimentary flan. Overall, a nice dining experience.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I used to live here and looked forward to bringing my coworkers when coming back in town for a conference. It did not disappoint! We had a party of eight, and all enjoyed every bit of it.

NM
Jacksonville
24 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Short wait on our reserved table, great food, good service

DF
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent flavor and presentation. Seafood dishes were all great. Will definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Birthday dinner with family. The food and service were very good and professional. The piaya auntreys are large and can easily be shared by two. Many shareable tapas plates make for a variety of fun tastes.

JD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The food was very disappointing: mahi mahi was overcooked and dry, empanadas were doughy, cold, and greasy (not freshly made), and the "good" rice was greasy as well. Service was distracted and lackluster. We were not thanked at the end. And we were sorry we came 🙄

DC
Nashville
52 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always wonderful. They did not blink at our two wheelchairs plus a baby. Space is beautiful. I would say anyone visiting St Augustine HAS to go there.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food (grilled sea bass) had no flavor and service was extremely slow

BH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Shaun was the best!Food excellent. Always wonderful

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food was good. Our only problem was that the waiter had too many tables or was not that good.

JK
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is ambitious but exquisite. Of course we shared a 1905 salad. Phil ordered the veal special of the day and it was fabulous. I ordered the paella which was cooked to perfection. Crystal is a great waitress and made some excellent recommendations along with her superb service. She even took a photo of us, we don’t have very many of us so it is very special and deeply appreciated. Flan is too yummy for words, still licking my lips. Only negative is that eventually you have to leave.

MB
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We are not accustomed to eating very large dinners, so we worked with our waitress to select tapas, salad and dessert, including sharing of the salad and dessert. All of the food was well prepared, tasty and well presented. Yum!

HH
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Sangria made table side was excellent. We also liked the 1905 salad made table side while we chatted with the waitress. We also shared tapas which were tasty. This was a fun experience overall. We’ll go again.

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