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Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

4.5
4.5
11902 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Family-owned and operated for more than 116 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 in the dining room.

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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 172 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Cuban

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch and Dinner Daily Lunch: Monday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Dinner: Monday – Sunday 4:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • Phone number

    (904) 824-3341

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    From groups of 10-72 we offer an outdoor courtyard and indoor private dining areas to host your birthday or anniversary party, office party, rehearsal dinner, celebration of life or wedding reception.

  • Private party contact

    Our Private Event Coordinator: (833) 441-1520

  • Neighborhood

    St. Augustine

  • Parking details

    Free Parking while dining at The Columbia in the parking lot on Spanish Street adjacent to the restaurant.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 11,902 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Jacksonville / Northeast Florida

    Most Booked

  • St. Augustine

    Best Ambiance

  • St. Augustine

    Best Value

  • St. Augustine

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  • St. Augustine

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  • St. Augustine

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  1. KG

    KathyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service . Very loud, especially for my elderly mother with hearing problems.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the nicest waiter and the food was so delicious! We love coming to this restaurant. It always feel so genuine and we love the cultural feel!
  3. B

    Bill

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    I had the paella, and I felt that it was not very good at all. Others at the table had steak. There were six of us. One person had a chicken dish that she felt was good. Everybody else felt their dinner was substandard. The place looks good and the service was great. The price was fair, but I think the quality of the food justified the cost.
  4. JP

    JohnP

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    3rd trip to St A. 1st time at Columbia. 6:30 reservation on a Monday. Server seemed apathetic to making recommendations...really made us feel like it didn't matter if we had a good experience or not. Mojitos were over-sugared and weak. Both tapas were good but had to substitute one entree...Lobster Cannolini...for crabmeat stuffed shrimp. The Pollo Manchego was good but not great. Overall? Not impressed considering the price. Passed on desert. Overall, an underwhelming experience.
  5. CL

    ChrisLatham

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Cafeteria food is the only way I can describe the mushy overcooked broccolini, tough rib eye, so-so crab cakes and watery stuffed mushrooms. The only flavor in the crab cakes came from what little sauce was around it. The steak was medium rare as ordered but was a tough cut of meat. Even the rice was blah. For our 6:00 reservation, we asked for a quiet table, if possible. They seated us at 6:10 at a small bistro table next to a party of 12 and towards the middle. We couldn’t carry on a conversation…after another 10 minute wait, they seated us in the bar area, that oddly was quieter. Neither the hostess, or server brought a special menu that was brought to some other tables. We had already ordered. They were out of their Pinot Grigio “Family wine”. The server suggested a nice alternative for just $1 more. I felt like cattle being herded through their process. It’s all about volume and there is no pretending that it was a nice experience.
  6. SD

    SharonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my out of state visiting niece and her fiancé there for lunch yesterday and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. We had all been there before, except for my nieces fiancé.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We were sat in bad location and had to rearrange table, then no cuban sandwich offered at dinner, plus chicken we had tasted like fish! 1905 Salad was great and good server! Very disappointed with experience
  8. AK

    ArtemK

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to spend an evening and taste delicious Columbian food. Thanks to our host Natalia.
  9. d

    debtho

    New Orleans

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Please go here with family went to visit Saint Augustine here to be short in the kitchen. Took a good while to get food out and service was slower than usual white stuff very nice.
  10. TG

    TessyG

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BLACK MOLLY CARRABBAS LONG HORN RIVER AND FORT FISH CAMP
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    First time to eat at The Colombian. We chose this place on recommendation of a friend. My husband and I were there for our 46th wedding anniversary. I had actually put that when I made the reservation. There was no acknowledgment of it by our waiter or host. We were seated in a tight table setting when I saw much better seating. No problem. We ordered our food and a shrimp appetizer. We both had ice water to drink. Our water glasses were empty, but our waiter was very busy so we didn’t press. The bread and butter were delicious. The appetizer was also very good. I got a salmon dish and my husband ordered a shredded pork dish. There was a lot going on in my salmon. I would probably order something else if we go again. It was good and I wouldn’t discourage anyone from trying it. We didn’t order dessert, as the portions were quite ample. We did bother our waiter for a picture and he was very obliging. All in all a good experience.
  12. LK

    LethaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was very helpful and attentive. Excelent knowledge of food and wines, helped us make the best choices for us. June was our waitress, very personable! Hope she serves you on your visit!
  13. LS

    LeeS

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always. Coming here has become a tradition of ours
  14. LA

    LAPic

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous experience, GREAT food and fantastic service! Will be back and highly suggest.
  15. AL

    AnaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food Excellent service Staff courteous Desserts delicious
  16. DG

    DelrayGirl

    West Palm Beach

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Very expensive
  17. TJ

    TerryJ

    Des Moines

    74 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    First time to the St Augustine area and this Columbia restaurant. The food was only good/ok, but the noise level was excessive. Had a large wedding group that should have been in a separate room. Our server overall did a good job. We’ve visited the Columbia in the Sarasota area several times and always had an excellent meal, but this location was disappointing.
  18. KC

    KrisC

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    We were, unfortunately, seated next to a VERY LARGE AND VERY LOUD party! Then, the party of 3 seated on the other side opted to enjoy THEIR meal with someone via Face Time (and due to their phone volume, we got to be privy to THAT conversation)! Management could have easily stepped to the plate and politely asked the over zealous party to take it down a few notches! And the over-loud cell phone visit?!? I have no words!!! Our $200+ meal for 2 was monumentally disappointing.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The restaurant is beautiful very well laid out. Balcony area ver nice. Service was very good . Food was a little disappointing. Lots of menu choices but the dishes we had lacked flavor. Did not seem to be inline with the true ethnic identity the advertised.
  20. AH

    AnitaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was great but took a long time so seemed to be a service issue. Our first time here we had excellent service. But although the service was not great the food and ambiance was fantastic.
  21. B

    Babs

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The 1905 salad and shrimp starter were excellent. However the queso de fundido was 3/4 tomato sauce with a patch of cheese. The mahi-mahi entree was over cooked and dry. And all of its components were lukewarm. It seemed that the fish and plantains had been precooked. Warm, juicy food was expected.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food and great atmosphere.
  23. P

    marjorieP

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants and it did not disappoint!
  24. PG

    PatrickG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    We arrived on time for our reservation and was seated promptly. The waitress seemed to know her menu and took our order quickly. From there it was two hours of slow service till we asked for our check just to make the nightmare stop. Horrible experience for mediocre food.
  25. J

    Janice

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the Columbia Restaurant in St Augustine Fl! Atmosphere was wonderful along with the food and service! We will definitely return!!
  26. NR

    NormaR

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    The utensils and plates were dirty and I am not picky but they were dirty. We did asked for plastic utensils and they were provided. The server was amazing! He really made the visit so much better.
  27. KM

    KarenM

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very efficient service both by the waitstaff and the reservation staff. We called to move up our reservation by an hour, and it was no problem at all. First time dining at the Columbia Restaurant and both waitstaff and food excellent.
  28. KK

    KimK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant and environment. Our waitress was prompt and had a great attention for details. We enjoyed our date night. The only concern/complaint we had was a man dressed as a woman wearing a VERY short skirt with torn pantyhose that had large holes in them and long dredlocks, serving as a host. Very unprofessional and quite abhorrent and unprofessional in my opinion
  29. c

    chuck

    Phoenix

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, the food and the ambiance were all super! Recommend Columbia Restaurant for a great time and a great meal.
  30. GC

    GCinco

    Fort Lauderdale

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal with friends. Our server (Sean) was outstanding!
  31. SH

    SandraH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Sean was very helpful as we were overwhelmed by all the food options available! He was patient as we decided what to order and didn’t rush us. The food was delicious. We didn’t have a problem. We will return.
  32. B

    Bermuda

    Key West

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very,pretty atmosphere, price wasn’t bad. Food is plentiful too. Service good as well. Recommend it.
  33. JS

    JSASUALUM

    Jacksonville

    362 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    362 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    You can never go wrong with a 1905 salad and a Cuban sandwich!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always come back for the 1905 salad and bread that is out of this world. My friends tried new items the salmon cooked in parchment, the stuffed shrimp, and my husband the chicken. Having a taste of each one they all made excellent choices. The favors and tastes were beyond words. Everything was excellent. Our server was very attentive and professional.
  35. NQ

    NancyQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at the Columbia is always a wonderful experience and this time was no different. I have a food allergy and the waitstaff as well as the kitchen made sure I didn't get any soy in my meal even though it required them making me a specially modified lunch to enjoy with my friend. Always worth the price of the meal, there.
  36. CP

    CarolP

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Wouldn’t miss it on our next visit.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Typically Columbia gets 5 stars. Last night the food arrived warm, like it had been waiting around before delivery to our table. We didn’t want to go through the hassle of sending it back. We will come back again sometime.
  38. E

    Ellen

    Jacksonville

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome everything!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food.
  40. LW

    LeeW0004

    Baltimore

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Birthday dinner. Seated immediately. Raphael took our drink orders. Then a woman server came and was surprised to learn that someone else was waiting ‘her’ table. AWKARD. “COMING OUT & COMING IN” to avoid a collision as the exited and entered the kitchen.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (904) 824-3341.

Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine is rated 4.5 stars by 11902 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 172 times today
Google Map for Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

98 St. George Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    St. Augustine

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch and Dinner Daily Lunch: Monday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Dinner: Monday – Sunday 4:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Cuban

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free Parking while dining at The Columbia in the parking lot on Spanish Street adjacent to the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (904) 824-3341

  • Private party facilities

    From groups of 10-72 we offer an outdoor courtyard and indoor private dining areas to host your birthday or anniversary party, office party, rehearsal dinner, celebration of life or wedding reception.

  • Private party contact

    Our Private Event Coordinator: (833) 441-1520

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