Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

4.5
9197 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
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 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 9197 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday

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sallyl
Miami
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Had Open Table res for 6:30 that we weren't able to keep - I called - could only get 8:15 to replace. Arrived early to check - not the friendliest hostess' - very curt and sorry can't do anything. 8:15 got here - not seated yet - acted like they were doing us a favor with finding us a table at 8:25!! So, SO many empty tables - WHY??
Food was good but what with the table situation, the luster was off the evening. Bonnie our waitress was great - one saving grace!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it there

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vipPickyEaters
Jacksonville
49 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, good service. The wait staff even sang Feliz Cumpleaños to our friend. M

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vipDennisM
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was different from most local restaurants. Well prepared and very tasty.

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FREDC
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Lunch menu included dinner entrees that were not very well prepared. My wife ordered yellow rice and chicken (white meat) and the server brought her leg and thigh and said there was no white meat available. I think they could have informed her of the change in advance and given another choice. The manager took her order off the check but her lunch was unsatisfactory. and the food prep was poor.
We travel to the Columbia with our guests and have have go od food and service in the past, but this was a terrible experience and will not be back.

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CydneyK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was my grandfathers favorite restaurant and it was a treat to return on my trip. I very much enjoyed it.

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Liveforfood
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We are very easy going diners but this service was horrible from start to finish. Not to mention they forgot my food and no one even came over to address it. They just brought it at the end of the rest of my families meals. Worst meal we have had in quite some time. Will not return.

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RosalindV
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were a little disappointed as we had heard the food was amazing. I lived in south Florida for 20 years and often visited local Cuban/Columbia restaurants so I was disappointed as the food was mediocre compared to what time is used to.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bachelorette party lunch

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MrsBug
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fantastic service! Our party had a gluten allergy and the staff and kitchen were readily available to meet our needs!

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vipDinnerForTwo
Jacksonville
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

First of all this is a tourist trap at best. The side dining room behind the hostess stand is the loudest room I have ever dined in. My ears are still ringing !!!! The “Littlest Colombian” checking on your meal and service was more interested in making excuses. The food was exceptionally average. Not worth a second chance.

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ASHLIEW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

For the price of the food it wasn't what I expected 2 of the 4 in our party said they wouldn't go back.

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EliseM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely setting. The ambiance is perfect, it was clean and very well appointed. The service was excellent- the meal was slow in coming though. If it had been awesome that would have been fine. Two people had the roasted pork- both were dry and their plantains were served five minutes into dinner. My Mahi Mahi was chewy and not a good piece. My mother-in-law ordered a Chopped salad. In the past it had been a regular salad with lots of veggies. This was a huge plate of chopped tomatoes. Although tasty not what was expected.
Just disappointing as far as food.

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WilliamC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I loved our Cuban sandwich and their 1905 famous salad. The staff was AMAZING!!!

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JenM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Cuban food! Sangria is the best! We stop here everytime we vacation!

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Ryck
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Had heard so many good things about this place from locales. The service and decor was excellent. The Cuban Sampler was so, so. The grilled grouper seemed previously frozen (not sure) but definitely cooked until dry and ruined. The fresh seasonal vegetables had sat in a steam tray too long and were mushy. Great mojito.

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RobertT
Nashville
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was great. Oliver. Wife had the cannelloni logosta. Bit too much sauce. I had the paella Valenciana. Very good. Price on the moderate side. Overall very good.

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TomM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

They are not the restaurant they were a couple of years ago. The last two times that my wife and I have eaten here the service has been slow and inattentive. Today the food very average. Ordered Grouper dry side/ lite garlic... came out blackened. Certainly did not send back after waiting for 45 minutes! "Not the Special Place" that it used to be. Definitely not worth an $80 lunch. Have no interest in returning. Appears that they have turned this into just another tourist destination. Kudos go to Danielle the manager who finally got us taken care of! Really sad that they have changed so much!

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MeredithS
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience! The food was fantastic. The mules were amazing!

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JaclynO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were looking forward to eating here but were a bit disappointed.The food was average, we eat cuban food often, always trying new places as well as my MIL'S homemade cuban food as she is from Cuba. Columbia restaurant was not the best, just average. We were looking forward to trying the flan which was on the menu but didn't get a chance to order since as soon as we were done with our food the waiter brought us our check as he started taking away dinner plates before we could even ask for flan.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Dinner Date!!!💕

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BarbaraD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Waiter was ok... but not as much personality as some we overheard. Still it was pleasant.

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SteveE
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten another Columbia House - Sarasota (3 or 4 times) - which is why we wanted to try this one.
The experience was just as EXCELLENT! ! ! The ambiance at St.Augustine MIGHT have been SLIGHTLY better (A few less people due to the pandemic??) Looking forward to returning to Columbia House asap......

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EricaW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always phenomenal. Food is just as phenomenal.

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SteveL
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Famous and so busy. Not the restaurants fault. Would go back.

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EvaG
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved our dinner at Columbia. The sangria was delicious and Juan was so helpful with helping us understand the menu. Enjoyed the beautiful decor and this jewel in the middle of this historic city.

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Jerseyjo2019
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, the food was delicious, especially the unique salad. The homemade bread so fresh.

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Lorene
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The waitress was lovely and attentive. The paella was disappointing for the price. It had only 2 shrimp, 2 mussels, one of which was bad, and a few miniscule calamari. Also, the dish was very salty. The chicken and yellow rice Ybor, had no green peppers, onions or tomatoes. The Cakes de Cangrejo were tasty but too, a little on the salty side. The white sangria was delicious and so was the bread and the black bean soup. I would recommend the restaurant for the atmosphere and maybe choose different entrees.

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Mystical
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Danika was an excellent server and the food was fantastic as always!

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LarryR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food , atmosphere, and service were wonderful

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AndrewNJ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Nice service from front desk and wait staff, which was the only good thing. Food was bland beyond belief - we had six tapas, the red snapper and cannelloni. Flavorless! Hard to believe the positive reviews and so disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Easter Sunday dinner. Service was extremely slow. Server seemed spread to thin. Pork Roast was dry and my lamb came out roo. Temp. When they replaced the lamb it was excellent. Took a long time both time we ordered our Sangria pitchers. Have eaten here before and not what I was expecting as far as servi e level. Overall was okay and I would try again, just not on a holiday.

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vipFrankK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very busy Easter Sunday service was slower than usual

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Easter Sunday with the family

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I took my wife for her birthday it was wonderful make sure to get the 1905 salad

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Kelly and always great food! Made our Easter meal a real pleasure.

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DoreenF
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the atmosphere, to the food, to the service, you can't go wrong with the Columbia. We have dined there for many years!

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BillS
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite of the Columbias , We never go to St Augustine without coming to the Columbia . Love the grouper and the snapper Adelita .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restraint was great. We arrived early so we walked around outside a bit. That was a madhouse. Very crowded streets.
It was nice to get inside the restaurant where there things were civilized

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Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine is rated 4.5 stars by 9197 OpenTable diners.

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