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Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

4.5
4.5
11920 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 182 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 11,920 people are saying

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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

    Good for groups

  • St. Augustine

    Good for special occasions

  • St. Augustine

    Lively

  • St. Augustine

    Most Booked

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  1. AC

    AnnC

    Naples

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The chicken croquet's were not like any I ever had. The tiny size of a small hush-puppy, with very wet soggy inside. The bread excellent and the cocktails. Sliced pork was disappointment, not real tender and not much garlic taste to it more lemon taste. The rest was as expected. High prices for mid grade food. I love Chart House in Daytona and the food stands up to prices always very delicious.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good place to enjoy with your family
  3. AK

    AllenK

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    We went out for a date night away from the children. The server was extremely nice and attentive. The food was average. The fish was well cooked and tasty but the rice and the sides were warmed and did not taste fresh. the food came very quickly. We paid 150 for two cocktails, two entrees and 1 appetizer. I would recommend this place for a quick tasty dinner, but the food was not nearly as high-quality as a comparable restaurant where we ate the previous evening. 3 stars for overpriced for the food you get.
  4. CM

    ColonelMaz

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We fully enjoyed our mid-afternoon lunch. Columbia is one of our favorite restaurants.
  5. CV

    CindyV

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my second time at this location. It did not disappoint. I loved the ambiance, food and service.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Sangria tasted like water, server said it’s made out of a sangria powdered mix (which they sell in the gift shop)… “Queso” was watered down tomato paste with barely any cheese… we asked the server if the paella was shareable which she replied “yes”, paella took an hour and was NOT shareable . Beyond that, it was good. The place is very pretty !
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservations for 6 PM and we were promptly seated. Our server, Marcia, was excellent, and the food came in a timely manner. Our hors d’oeuvres were fantastic, the mussels and empanadas perfect. We would highly recommend this restaurant.
  8. JD

    JeffD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved having the pitcher of mojitos made at out table. Mojito and food were delicious. Big restaurant with a fun atmosphere. We will be going back!
  9. DT

    DebbieT

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Took 1 1/2 hours to get our food. Server was very nice and food good.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was waitress awesome
  11. CK

    ChuckieK

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food2service3ambience3
    The server was good the food was very disappointing. The pompano was not as fresh as it should be and was over cooked. The rice dish was made with average uninteresting shrimp and previously frozen calamari
  12. R

    Richard

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    As always the food was excellent but it seems that what is becoming normal is absolutely terrible service. I ordered an entree and a small 1905 salad an I did not get my salad until I already had my main dish and it goes without saying the salad should have been served first. Looking at the restaurant and all the empty tables it is evident that they can not have enough waiters and the ones they do have are poorly trained. When I recommend the restaurant I always caution anybody I recommend it to that the service will probably terrible
  13. CW

    CarolineW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Started off with the 1905 salad and warm buttered bread, then we had Ropa Viejo and Brioche. It was all delicious. Service was very friendly and on top of everything!
  14. B

    1Buffalo

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, just like the original Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. 👍 We had a Palomilla Cuban steak sandwich along with empanadas, and of course, the always delicious 1905 salad.....the best salad ever made! 👏 All in a great location right on George Street in the historic district of Old St. Augustine...
  15. F

    Findiam

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Ordered paella. ..no seafood just chicken. Waited 40 minutes received a tureen with a chicken dish. . .refused. . .requested paella. ...waited 30 more minutes & got the same food in a paella pan. . .my waiter was kind and as confused as I was over inability to serve paella with chicken. . .I walked out.
  16. L

    Lovediningout

    Las Vegas

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a wonderful restaurant with beautiful decor and a varied menu to fit every taste and budget. Our server Ray was a delight! Will be too of list to visit on our next trip to St. Augustine
  17. KG

    KathyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days 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!
  19. B

    Bill

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 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.
  20. JP

    JohnP

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 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.
  21. CL

    ChrisLatham

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 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.
  22. SD

    SharonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 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.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    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
  24. JT

    JaniceT

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This restaurant is beautiful and fit the bill for the special night out I had planned. My roasted pork was so tender that I could cut it with my fork. Beans and rice were good. The side of plantains was delicious but the side of yuca was so salty I only took one bite. I'm not familiar with yuca but that didn't seem right to me. My husband ordered the lobster cannaloni. Wasn't exactly as expected. Totally smothered in sauce and cheese. Almost looked like a bowl of soup. Biggest disappointment were our cocktails. We ordered the Fresa Gimlet. Vodka, strawberry, fresh basil and lime. So much ice that the drink was 3 sips at best. Disappointing for a $12 drink. Overall satisfied but would have expected a little more for the price.
  25. AK

    ArtemK

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

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

    debtho

    New Orleans

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    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.
  27. TG

    TessyG

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    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.
  29. LK

    LethaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    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!
  30. LS

    LeeS

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

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

    LAPic

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

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

    AnaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

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

    DelrayGirl

    West Palm Beach

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Very expensive
  34. LE

    LESTER

    West Palm Beach

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great ambiance, excellent
  35. TJ

    TerryJ

    Des Moines

    74 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    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.
  36. KC

    KrisC

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    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.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    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.
  38. AH

    AnitaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    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.
  39. B

    Babs

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    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.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food and great atmosphere.

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 11920 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 182 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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