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Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

4.6
4.6
10675 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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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 10,675 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. EA

    EstherA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Unfortunately our experience gives 4 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼thumbs down due to Table Service . Appetizers (calamari) served lukewarm as well as the Bean soup. Not sure if this was caused by our server setting down food on tray and than walking away to chat with Hostesses or kitchen staff problem. Consistency of bean soup was too thick.Entree-Paella was too salty.

  2. E

    Elizabeth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Extensive wine list, wonderful food, and great service!

  3. SM

    StephanM

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and awesome staff! I would highly recommend Columbia Restaurant if you like Cuban food!

  4. GC

    GloriaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s always a pleasure to dine at the Columbia, we look forward to our next stellar dining experience.

  5. C

    Carla

    West Palm Beach

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    On weekends the place seems to be pretty busy. I suggested making a reservation before you go, but if you don't care to wait for a table just walk in! Our server Nataline was perfect in every detail, kind and worried to make us happy. The food and everything we ordered were delicious, fresh, and well prepared. Of course, we drank a red sangria they have their own sangria mix, good wine, and served it in a beautiful pincher. The amazing ambiance, the build, the decor, and its history are also things that make it worth stopping by.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything we had was excellent. Cuban bread and butter, a pitcher of white sangria, queso fondito, and pollo manchego. Service was also excellent, I highly recommend this restaurant and also highly recommend making a reservation.

  7. RO

    ROBERTK

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our Anniversary was mentioned, and the staff provided a corner table away from the noise, so very considerate. The wait staff was advising us on the adult beverages that we were inquiring about. She was very helpful for the entire celebration. Thank You.

  8. d

    delicious

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful, wonderful staff, prompt service, and delicious food

  9. H

    Hern

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Columbia went above and beyond w our reservation. Every aspect of service was spot on. The food, as always, is delicious. Thank you for making our anniversary dinner memorable.

  10. t

    thecooknowl

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food as well as wonderful service I have eaten here before and have recommended people to eat here, there is nothing but positives for this family owned establishment‼️ I can’t wait to eat here again!

  11. J

    Janiev

    Jacksonville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best salad I’ve had.

  12. RC

    RogerC

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience3

    Disappointed. We were seated at 11:30 for lunch and presented with 2 daily specials. I ordered one of the daily specials and learned that it was not available.

  13. KA

    KevinA

    Jacksonville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always love the Columbia. Ordered the usual 1905 salad & spanish bean soup.

  14. FD

    FrankD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner out was great

  15. CW

    CWMW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food1service5ambience5

    We were underwhelmed by the food quality, taste and price. We have been to the Columbia in Ybor city and had a wonderful experience. Had high hopes for the st Augustine location but was let down. Service was great! Very bubbly and attentive.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our family of 4 made reservations for my son’s 18th birthday. Absolutely excellent. We enjoyed conversation and a relaxed dining experience in a beautiful atmosphere with excellent food. 10/10 !!

  17. LD

    LauraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the second time we have come to this restaurant when we visit St Augustine and we have been so pleased by the service, the food is exceptional, the ambience is wonderful I have nothing but great things to say, and our waitress Destiny that waited On us last night was amazing!

  18. JB

    JacquelineB

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    WItress was amazing. They had a party going on and was a bit noisy but it was Friday night. We celebrated our anniversary there.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love this place so much and hadn’t been to the area in 7 years so we had to come when I made it back to town

  20. 2

    2fordinner

    Kansas City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    On vacation and everything as usual was great.

  21. SS

    SusanS

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Very over priced and loud. Food was pretty good but not worth the price. Very short on staff and took forever to get our food.

  22. BI

    BellaItalian

    Jacksonville

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We’ve heard excellent things from friends about Columbia. The restaurant is definitely festive and very decorative. This review is of lunch time . We heard service was slow and inattentive but we encountered the opposite. Perhaps because of the hour. Our server Brittany was excellent and prepared our sangria as well as, our delicious 1905 salad table side. We all enjoyed our meals which are served with warm bread and butter. When making our reservation we mentioned that it was a double anniversary. Brittney brought us 2 servings of delicious flan on the house for dessert. Overall, it was a lovely meal and an excellent time had by all. Tip- don’t fill up on bread!

  23. H

    Hankthecat

    Jacksonville

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    As always everyone was polite, food excellent. My only small complaint was woman with an iPad stood right next to our table viewing the room and taking notes. I assume to update seating. She did not need to stand so close hovering over us. I’m sure she didn’t know she was so close but it was a bit creepy.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Baylee was a fantastic server! Delicious food and always yummy bread and butter!

  25. BJ

    BrittneyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food here was delicious! I got the Ropa Viejo and my husband got the Salteado, they were so good. My husband ordered a mojito and said it was the best he's ever had. It is pricey but the quality of the food and drinks make it worth it. There was a VERY stronge seafood odor right when we walked in that was honestly quite off putting but once we got out of the lobby, it was better. I would recommend checking out this gem.

  26. L

    Ltweasel

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, Cheri, was professional and friendly despite the restaurant being busy. She recommended the grilled grouper and it was outstanding.

  27. SI

    SamI

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to dine. Food was great and the service was the best

  28. F

    Franca

    Jacksonville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely lunch with a friend.

  29. LC

    LamarC

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  30. j

    javiers

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent experience. The gazpacho needed a tiny bit more vinegar. The paella was a bit salty and offering lemon would solve this problem. The flan was the best ever. It is an A- experience for me.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.

  32. MR

    MarthaR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It’s my go to place for celebrating wonderful anniversary memories!❤️

  33. AC

    AnnetteC

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    We had the 1905 salad and Cuban sandwich. Both were good, it nothing spectacular. Which in a way was disappointing, since we were in Ybor earlier this year and couldn’t get into the Columbia restaurant there, so we figured the food must be outstanding. Like I stated before it was good, but nothing outstanding.

  34. T

    Tony

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The sangria and 1905 salad are exceptional. Highly recommended.

  35. BV

    BVander

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

  36. M

    Momuf3

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    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.

  37. RB

    RickB

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome dining experience, as always.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    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! 💕

  39. FJ

    FallonJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    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.

  40. BD

    BirthdayDinner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    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.

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 10675 OpenTable diners.

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

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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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