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Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine, St. Augustine, FL

Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

4.5
4.5
14326 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 134 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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: (904) 824-3341
  • 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 14,326 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Jacksonville / Northeast Florida

    Most Booked

  • St. Augustine

    Good for groups

  • St. Augustine

    Hot spot

  • St. Augustine

    Most Booked

14,326 Reviews
  1. Foodie

    Nashville

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dinner! We love this restaurant! Food was SO good and excellent service from Marsia.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Place was ok. Normal service. Nothing out of the ordinary. Very convenient that this place had parking.

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  3. davek

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant was uncomfortably hot. They took a very long time to finally bring the food out which was average. The 1905 salad was extremely satisfying though. The seafood was over cooked and therefore bland.

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  4. Sunflower23

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I had heard such good reviews about this place. So when I was planning a trip to St. Augustine, we decided it was a must to go to. Everything at this restaurant was amazing! Our server was very helpful with the menu, and the scenery was gorgeous!

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  5. HelenH

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We booked a table for 9pm on a Saturday on open Table as no earlier time was available. We arrived and were seated straight away in a freezing cold room by the front of house. We very quickly asked whether the air con could be turned down or whether we could be moved to a less cold room. The host told us that we might get a table by 9.30. Bearing in mind the restaurant closes at 10pm we decided against that. At 9.15 our server appeared to take our drinks order, we gave him our food order at the same time as we were ready. By 9.30 our drinks nor our server had reappeared, not even a glass of water had been served. By now there were only 3/4 tables still seated and we envisaged being sat on our own in the icebox by the time our food arrived. We decided to leave and told the host who tried to blame the server, which was unfair as clearly it’s a management issue. He offered us a manager to speak to, but we decided to try elsewhere. Disappointing all round. Complacency seems to be acceptable at the Colombia. Very poor.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good time here and great food. Will come back

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  7. Chamainedw

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and the food was awesome! Recommend getting a reservation as the restaurant looks very busy

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely awful! Oh how the mighty have fallen and fallen hard. Slow service, cold food and terrible food. Yikes! What happen to Columbia? Won’t be back nor will my friends. They even forgot our birthday celebration even after calling and telling the waitress.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brooke was our server and she was a delight. The food was amazing!!! 10 out of 10!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Columbia is an established Cuban restaurant that delivers authentic cuisine with many chef specials on its

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  11. TomJ

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, an excellent experience overall. Always look forward to the next time.

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  12. SUZANNEL

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was excellent and attentive. One dish had to be replaced due to having pork but the replacement dish was brought fairly quickly. Everyone enjoyed their food. The calamari was done perfectly— dry, not greasy and super crispy

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great as usual! However, our waitress was extremely slow and not very attentive. We waited over 10 minutes before she even acknowledged us sitting down and taking our drink order. We waited another 35-40 minutes to be served our lunch entrees (all sandwiches and a salad). She was also slow to refill our drinks. We observed 3 tables who were seated after us in another server’s area who received their meals before we received ours. One other table even ordered paella which generally is a 30 minute wait. Their server, Pearce, was very efficient and attentive. Next time we will ask to be seated in his area!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service. Food is amazing!! Table side mojitos…delish!!!

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  15. AirForceVet

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food was great! The restaurant tried to honor our table requested during the reservation, however sadly some patrons moved to our table prior to our reservation appearance

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  16. TobyT

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Columbia is as the perfect restaurant to dine in while in St. Augustine as we really wanted to have that “Spanish” feeling! Waitress and food was great, it was very pretty inside but it is not quiet at all, if that’s what you’re looking for.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. A definite do not miss if you’re in town.

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  18. AlisonA

    Greater Boston

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service. Wide choices of food. Very tasty and good value. We shared a paella and it was plenty for two.

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  19. WilliamL

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food choices were excellent food ordered great- best flan I’ve ever eaten for dessert!

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  20. katvhale

    Jacksonville

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite place to dine! We have eaten here numerous times for lunch and dinner. It never disappoints!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will repeat.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Some of the reviews we read said the food was forgettable. That was not our experience. We had the tapas with scallops and shrimp. Both were delicious as were the yellow rice and plantain side dishes. I enjoyed both the white and red sangria. Flan was some of the best I have ever had. Lovely restaurant.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything about our evening was exceptional. We highly recommend Columbia Restaurant to anyone in the St. Augustine area!

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  24. SBNT

    Coastal Georgia

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had reviewed ratings and expectations were reasonably high. At very beginning, hostess never smiled and did not welcome us to Columbia. She appeared preoccupied with her seating charts. I said my name and she said “I have you signed in and will be with you shortly. Please wait over there.” Server was very good although items coming from kitchen were slow—not something he could control. My wife ordered the Empanadas which were over cooked and not very flavorful—a big disappointment after reading the description on the menu. She would rate a 2 at best. I ordered the Grouper Jimmy. It was a bit dry from being slightly over cooked. I would rate it no higher than 3. Gazpacho was excellent and small, warm bread loaves were outstanding. Overall, a mediocre experience. Will not go back.

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  25. JohnB

    Fort Lauderdale

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there. Nice menu options. Great service and ambiance. We will be back.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Inside of the restaurant is fairly dirty and seats are stained. You can tell it’s been around since 1905 due to the musty smell. Food was okay but prices are high for the tiny amount of food you get.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious! Great variety! Waiter was a little short.

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  28. NickN

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and delicious food. Highly recommend it.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, excellent food and incredible service! Our server, Brooke, was amazing!! She was super attentive, anticipated every aspect of our meal, and was easily the best server we have ever interacted with in ANY restaurant. Her cheerful disposition and unsurpassed demeanor more than ensured our continuing endorsement of this establishment.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You must always dine at Columbia when you come to Saint Augustine. We do and always forget to make dinner reservations. We ate at nine, but it worked out perfectly. Mallory, our waitress, was excited to see us as we were to eat there. She prepared the 1905 salad at the table along with two pitchers of sangria. The ribeye was perfect and the grouper was off the charts. Thank you again for another special meal/event!

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  31. skydy99

    New York City

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambiance, Crowded but not noisy, such a nice waiter, though he’d only been there 2 weeks and seemed a little nervous and didn’t mention any specials, which we only discovered on our way out. Nice menu. Food was very good. Not amazing, but very good. Enjoyed it a lot.

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  32. DianeM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Columbia is an outstanding restaurant with so much history. Great food, ambience and service. I recommend it highly!

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  33. AnnetteNH

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing dinner last night! The service was excellent and the food by far the best we've had in such a long time. From the moment we sat down until we left we were impressed with everything, down to the incredible white chocolate bread pudding dessert. The server was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. We'd love to come back for more!!!

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  34. RAYMONDG

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    VERY BUSY BUT SAT US DOWN 30 MINUTES EARLY OF OUR RESERVATION. OUR SERVER WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL AND FRIENDLY. THE FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING. THE AMBIANCE WAS OUTSTANDING . THIS WAS A SPECIAL OCCASION AND IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. We loved our waiter Nick. We loved the spot where we were seated at the restaurant. It was a wonderful experience!

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  36. MMDH

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fell just a bit below expectations. To be fair, they were super busy.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic- except the chairs were very uncomfortable for a long dinner

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  38. Dddh

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Was able to sit at our table at the given time that open table had reserved for us. New waiter so the service was not top-notch but still service that we appreciated. Food was wonderful. Enjoyed our experience.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice dining as always. We live nearby and dine here frequently.Dawn was kind, efficient, and professional. As always, we promise many returns

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  40. richB

    Jacksonville

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had good food and service as usual we had a good time

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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 14326 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 134 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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.
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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: (904) 824-3341
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