Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

4.5
7158 reviews
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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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EH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Our waiter was slowww. Perhaps he had too many tables. We were looking forward to a relaxing restaurant experience in a pleasant atmosphere. Hot, sweaty people in flip flops and tank tops was not our expectation. St. Augustine is a tourist town, but I think we will look for something else next time.

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GR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat here! My wife and I were celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary with our Granddaughter. Authentic Cuban cuisine, excellent fresh Florida sourced seafood, beef, and veggies. The server prepared a fresh pitcher of Mojito at our table. Refreshing and delicious! Flan and Key Line pie for dessert. I highly recommend Columbia for any occasion. By the way, the service was excellent.

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SA
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are local, and yes, this is tourist place. Parking is a plus for Columbia since you don't have to go to the city garage. A great staff member makes all the difference. Kelly O was super attentive and made what is normally an average but good experience a great one.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Ehhh...nothing special to write home about.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Why ask if it’s a special occasion? This was our anniversary and only the hostess said Happy Anniversary.. At least throw in a dessert on the house for the price of the bill, the food was mediocre and we really weren’t impressed.. The service was good. I have been to 3 other Columbia Restaurants and this was the least appealing...

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal as always. Great staff and ambiance

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RJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice chain. Will go back but the weak link is mediocre service

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AS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Service was top notch, our waiter help me navigate the menu since this was my first time there. WOW great food, the beef dish he recommend was fantastic. I am lucky enough to visit St. Augustine every couple of months and I will definitely be going back.

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic historic restaurant. Tapas are a great way to share multiple tastes. Get tableside 1905 salad and Sangria.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Wasn’t what I expected.

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JS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation and were sat past our reservation time. It felt very hot inside. Our waitress seemed confused and forgot things often. She was not good about refilling our drinks. I would not choose to go there again among the other st augustine restaurants.

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LB
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, and atmosphere were awesome! Definitely recommended making a reservation and the Grouper Jimmy!

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MG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience with delicious food, we will continue to visit St Augustine so we can eat at Columbia

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DW
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great overall but very warm the entire time at 5

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s
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You never disappoint. The 1905 salad is my absolute favorite. Will be back real soon!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience!

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BV
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great time no matter the location...kudos to you and staff for making everything wonderful!!! We will be back...

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EM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exelente servicio comida super sabrosa y lugar muy limpio

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JT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Around 6pm on a weekday took about 1hr for a dinner for 2. Prepare for that. The food is amazing. Totally worth the wait.

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BM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service!! Ambiance is definitely one of a kind!! 1905 salad a must!!

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JB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good as always was there twice this week

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c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been to Columbia a number of times and the food is always outstanding. This past time our service was not as good as we have had in the past. We love the atmosphere and vibe of the restaurant. We will be back again hopefully we'll get better service.

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Miami
138 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

JASON, OUR SERVER WAS EXCELLENT. THE FOOD IS AUTHENTIC. THE 1905 SALAD IS GREAT. THE FOOD IS A BIT PRICEY ESPECIALLY THE SANGRIA.

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RS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time there and we were very impressed. We will be back and we would certainly recommend it.

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CG
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding fresh fish selection. Our server was exceptional.

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RM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really nice place. White table cloths and great wait staff. Excellent choice of superb entrees. The children noted how good their meals were without prompting. The building and history of the business is just fascinating. Priced correctly for the experience. Highly recommend.

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JC
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was recommended by friends. Went on a Tuesday eve. Made a reservation but seemed unnecessary. Many patrons but still many open tables.
Grew up in Miami and ate a lot of Latin food. The steak and the Mahi we had was authentic and excellent. I cannot say enough about our server.
Nay V was attentive, informative and energetic.
She helped make our evening special.

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EM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service as usual and our waiter Benny was the best! One of my favorite restaurants!

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JB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I have recommended you guys for friends to go and they have and love it and we have no problems going there anytime and I’ve always been pleased with the service and the food

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KB
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such a lovely dinner experience again after many years. Dinner and dessert were excellent.
Thank you,

Bob and Karen Ballance

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OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual

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Miami
138 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EMILY, OUR SERVER, WAS GREAT. THE 1905 SALAD IS EXCELLENT AS ARE THE MAIN ENTREES. A TRULY GOOD REPRESENTATION OF AUTHENTIC CUISINE. THE FOOD IS ON THE EXPENSIVE SIDE.

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SD
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good! A great place to take out of town guests!

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GB
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent food and service. One of our favorite restaurants in Florida.

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JV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Columbia restaurant was fantastic!! Great food, service, and atmosphere. Plenty of choices on the menu for everyone and food was superior. Great portions for the price and all around a positive experience. Many friends who absolutely love the restaurant, and this was our first time. We give it hands down 5 stars!!!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. They do Cuban well with meals in all price points and their fun atmosphere.

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CB
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was good and the food was great!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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JH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our visit to the Columbia Restaurant! We easily made reservations and had no wait when we arrived. We loved the atmosphere and our server was terrific. I’m still thinking about that delicious salad and the grilled sea bass!

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D
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our waitress, Brittany. We asked quite a few questions about the various dishes on the menu and she patiently answered each one, even offering her personal opinion which we greatly appreciated.

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