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Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

4.6
4.6
10664 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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Booked 25 times today
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Dining areas

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

Menu

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What 10,664 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Jacksonville / Northeast Florida

    Most Booked

  • St. Augustine

    Best Ambiance

  • St. Augustine

    Best Value

  • St. Augustine

    Fit for Foodies

  • St. Augustine

    Neighborhood Gem

  • St. Augustine

    Notable Wine List

  • St. Augustine

    Special Occasion

  • St. Augustine

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  1. LC

    LamarC

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food was outstanding. Service was quick, water was always full. For the crowd, delivered reasonably quick.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Service attentive. Food unexpectedly bland. Looked really good and presented nicely but the Cuban assorted plate I had was disappointing. The bread on the side and sangria were good. Nothing remarkable enough to consider returning.

  3. BV

    BVander

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    There is nothing to criticize about Columbia except the noise level. Best Spanish food in Florida. Excellent service and charming ambiance.

  4. M

    Momuf3

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    It was ok. My chicken was dry but had a good flavor. Rice was delicious. My father enjoyed his meal. My husband ordered the paella which took 45 minutes. He said he has had better. The topper was that a homeless man came into the dining room and stood behind my chair, quietly sizing my family up, and then zoned in on my purse on the back of my chair. I turned and moved it just in time! FINALLY, a manager came into the dining room and escorted him out. If the homeless congregating in front of the restaurant is that bad, why isn’t someone greeting guests at the door, filtering out any potential threats to the guests.

  5. RB

    RickB

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome dining experience, as always.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a surprise when the wait staff came out with a Birthday Flan for my daughter. She had a tough week and doesn’t normally want any attention for a birthday, but she really liked how tasteful the staff was in singing to her. Thank you, Columbia! 💕

  7. FJ

    FallonJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My family and I enjoyed my time there. Delicious food and service. I suggest checking the restrooms, the service in that area was not so good.

  8. BD

    BirthdayDinner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    I took my husband out for his birthday. The Columbia House used to be a favorite of his, and we had not gone in a very long time. We had a reservation for 9pm, which was the earliest I could get two days prior, and were seated quickly. We ordered two coffees, which were delicious, as well as the Cuban bread. Our server was very polite, and did not ignore us. Our dinners were good, although mine came out much later than my husband's, and my side of vegetables and rice had grown cold. The cost of dinner was much higher than what I feel should have been charged for the quantity and quality of what we ordered. The overall experience was nice, and I would recommend the restaurant. Just be aware of high prices, a slow kitchen, and to be surrounded by loud conversations with no music.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was so nice and our waitress was the cherry on top. She was so attentive and made sure everything always came out together. The mojito pitcher was DELICIOUS and as was the bread and the food that they brought out. Atmosphere was great and overall I cannot complain.

  10. RF

    RonF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had to wait a while with reservations but overall was great

  11. D

    Dawg

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    One of the worst dining experience’s I’ve ever had. The service was non existent!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our group of friends dined here before prom and the restaurant accommodated an extra guest last minute. The waiter was super friendly and went out of his way to chat. Which was nice, because not all restaurants appreciate teen patrons. Fabulous food, especially the salads. Overall great experience for a special night!

  13. L

    Leah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Columbia has free parking, great food (albeit expensive), great service, and is a beautiful restaurant.

  14. NH

    NancyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Make a reservation! No waiting, wonderful meal. We had the half and half (sandwich and 1995 salad). More than enough food and we’ll worth the money.

  15. Y

    Yoda

    Naples

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    One of our favorite restaurants in St Augustine is Columbia. Unfortunately since the pandemic, this place like many restaurants has been understaffed and despite a reservation, we had to wait for a while. However, once seated, we enjoyed excellent service, delicious food and drink and beautiful ambiance. We will be back next year!

  16. LC

    LawrenceC

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Maybe we just had a bad experience, waited 45 min. with reservation. Dinner took 3 hrs. and really worth the wait. We did how, note that several other tables were served promptly. Would try again, but not for a while, No comparison to the original in Ybor city, for which we have found memories.

  17. AM

    AyanaM

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The waiter “Carlos “ is the best person to wait on us. We are a regular for special occasions each years for 10 years so far and on our last special occasions it was a totally bad experience with the waiter and service and sitting! We vowed not to go back. But since we have had our special time there in the passed. I told my husband let’s give it one more try, since my husband has been going through so much with his dad health he needed to feel appreciate and love and guess what!!! The Columbia made good on the day! But I believe that without any doubt CARLOS is 100% cares for his work and is a people person! Thank you Carlos see you soon.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such incredible service and outstanding food.

  19. DD

    DiningDivas

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We at at Columbia Restaurant while visiting St. Augustine. When the reservation was made, we noted that one in our party needed gluten free and dairy free food. The host who checked us in immediately asked how many Gluten Free menus we would need, something that rarely happens! Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and checked with the chef about one of our choices to ensure that it was gluten free. The food was delicious and in abundance! We were very impressed with Columbia Restaurant and would certainly dine there again.

  20. SF

    SkipF

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing meal and excellent time service. We have been to the Columbia many times and always have a great experience

  21. CL

    CeliL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was great! Can’t wait to go back. 😊

  22. e

    elisad

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    The food taste was ok the problem was not not and looked like it had been cooked for a while..bread was also warm not hot as it usually is.. the tango mango horrible too thick to enjoy and did have any alcohol in it… Now the service was horrible thou I tipped her ..she was not attentive she was basically over the night before we arrived .. our reservation were for 915pm… she did bring drinks or bread on timely manner and just her attitude was we were a bother:. What a waste of almost $400 meal.. I did not want to say anything but it was my daughter college graduation.. after this experience will not return to Columbia thou I have one in my neighborhood ..and as I write I also had bad service and food in the neighborhood location.. I think it is over rated w food and definitely service Thank you

  23. DG

    DickyG

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my wife & my favorite restaurants. Always outstanding.

  24. JI

    JohnI

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    My paella was disappointing. Very flavorful with excellent rice but little shell fish, mostly chicken.

  25. L

    Lorac

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent experience! Carlos was our waiter and he was wonderful. Beautiful restaurant and food was amazing

  26. SH

    SteveH

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Columbia never ceases to satisfy. The food has always been great and consistent. The service is impecable. Just make sure that you make reservations, as they fill up fast.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Reservations work great parking was easy restaurant was just a little too cold because the weather had changed and it was cooled outside

  28. EC

    ElizabethC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was amazing, great service and great food! We loved the restaurant and all the decoration! Just gorgeous!

  29. CG

    ChrysG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    We always love the Columbia Restaurant. We were a tad disappointed when our waitress did not code my seafood allergy on the ticket. When I mentioned that I had the allergy, the server who brought the food promptly recooked it properly.

  30. M

    Marie

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent food and service...from reservation staff to servers to cooks.

  31. WD

    WendyD

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Mothers Day at the Columbia was very nice. Excellent service and great food!

  32. TA

    TimothyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My Wife and I agree this was one of the top 3 meals we've eaten this year. Food and service was top notch. The restaurant was busy with Mother's day, but that didn't effect the quality of anything.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful as always. Celebrated my birthday and Mother’s Day there. They brought out flan with a candle in it and sang happy birthday. It was lovely! The food was delicious as always. My favorite is the 1905 salad. I can’t get enough of that! Looking forward to my next visit!

  35. KB

    KkBmbb

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are locals and we go here frequently. The menu is always so incredible with great choices. Specifically for Mother’s Day to have at the salmon special with the lobster croquette which was amazing. Thank you to Columbia for always making this an amazing wonderful experience

  36. EB

    EllyB

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Service was great, food was delicious, and my girlfriend felt really special on her 29th birthday. Thanks for a memorable experience.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything on their menu is delicious. That 1905 salad is, of course, a favorite. The server was great and knowledgeable. Can’t wait to go back.

  38. ES

    ESummers

    Minneapolis

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous atmosphere. Fabulous Food. Fabulous Server. Everything was perfect.

  39. HD

    HeavyD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    I took the family for my Daughter's graduation dinner there. The food was sub par at best with very small portions for the 30.00 average price. Roast Pork was just a baked pork loin not authentic Cuban roast pork. The service was slow, we waited almost 20 minutes after being seated to receive water or any kind of service and the restaurant was less than half empty. Waiter seemed like he was on drugs or needed more but was crazy eyed. The 30.00 meal I ordered came on what looked like a salad plate with three small slices of pork loin, small scoop of rice and 2 fried plantains. That's it. Plantains are cheap and they only give two??? Ruined a memorable evening that cannot be replaced. So disappointing. We would have been better off going to Mc.Donalds.

  40. SR

    SarahR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Our food was delicious. Our server was very friendly, sometimes a little too chatty with all her customers.

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 4.6 stars by 10664 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 25 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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