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

Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

4.5
4.5
14207 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

8:30 PM


Booked 137 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 14,207 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

    Great for brunch

  • St. Augustine

    Good for groups

  • St. Augustine

    Hot spot

  • St. Augustine

    Most Booked

14,207 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a restaurant par excellence! The food was superb!! The stuffed shrimp was by far the best I have ever tasted. My husband had never had a pollo manchego so moist and bursting with an array of flavors! Our son had the snapper adelita and savored every bite! Gabriella, our waitress, was personable and sooo efficient!! The key lime pie was a perfect ending to “ heaven” itself! No words can give justice to the beauty and ambience of Columbia Restaurant!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go here every year for our anniversary, and we’ve never been disappointed with anything.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a good experience but came for the 1905 salad. The salad was covered in dressing. So much dressing was used that there was a ton of dressing at the bottom of the plate. It made it for a disappointment meal.

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  4. saustin

    Richmond

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy the Columbia. A pitcher of red sangria and the half and half combo of the 1905 salad and Cuban sandwich can’t be beat.

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  5. SandyH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was Beau and he was outstanding! The food was delicious and the bread was heavenly! This is one of my favorite places to eat!!!

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  6. JohnSheridan

    Naples

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Christina was the best.. she knew everything about us and was an exceptional server. Great dining experience!!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and portions are excellent. My only complaint was the fried calamari was a little bit too salty for my taste. But overall everything was excellent. The white chocolate bread pudding was the best I’ve ever had.

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  8. LynneB

    Jacksonville

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dine at Columbia often. This visit was great. We were seated at a lovely table. Our waiter was right on with service and great personality. We were not rushed and the food was excellent. The menu is pages filled with an incredible amount of choices. All 6 of our entrees were very good and very large portions with beautiful surroundings. Enjoy!

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  9. PamR

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the restaurant and service!

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  10. ArnH

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We visit this restaurant frequently. Great selection, reasonable prices and very good staff. This visit our waitress was a little below the standard we expected, but may have been new or overly busy, so she got a pass.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Salmon Aurora and Filet Steak Salteado were both delicious. All the rave about the 1905 salad is so true…be sure to try it!! Oh and the Flan!…let’s just say get your own, you won’t be interested in sharing…heavenly!!

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  12. JulieR

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was delicious! Second time here and we will definitely be coming back. We had a party of 6 and everyone loved what they ordered .

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall we had a great experience. Food was very good and portions were nice. I’m glad we made reservations as the place was packed. I intended to order the paella but the waiter told me it takes 45 minutes to prepare. Just be prepared for that if you’re craving paella. I would definitely return when in the area. 

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and so was the service. The restaurant is beautiful inside.

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  15. DGandMG

    New York City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great as always. One of our go to spots. Thanks!

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  16. CoryF

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and delicious food, what more could you want? We tried the 1905 salad and a few of the meat dishes and everything was great. The best bread and butter as well!

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  17. DSG95

    West Palm Beach

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Our server, Mason, was very pleasant and efficient however, we were in a room with a huge wedding rehearsal dinner group that was noisy and distracting. We ordered soup and tapas. The soup was passable, but the tapas were small and almost an edible. They did have good bread that was served on the side. Overall, nothing like the other Columbia restaurants that I’ve gone to in the past. 

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  18. DavidS

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Would not recommend. Expect far better service for the price.

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  19. JC123

    Tampa

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service with a bit of history thrown in. A wonderful selection of Spanish cuisine from Soup to Dessert. Brittany and Nick are excellent servers.

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  20. DonC

    Houston

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is great food is great. Make reservations. Ask for Sean B if possible

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful lunch with out of state friends. The waitress, Lexi, was amazing!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as usual and amazing service. We have been to this location 3 times now and 3 more in different locations.

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  23. BarbaraD

    Poconos

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A tasty mix of Spanish and Cuban cuisine. The food was fresh, creatively prepared and nicely presented. My suggestion to anyone not familiar with the flavors of this cuisine, is to read and understand the menu before dining. I found several dishes that were to my liking and Mike loved his choice. The only snag was that we ordered the full meal but everything came out at once and the server did offer to take some of the items back to the kitchen until we were ready but we decided to keep everything rather than risk our meal overheating! I strongly recommend making advance reservations… without them, the wait could be quite long - like the line when we finished.

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  24. WilliamB

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Haven’t been here for 5 years. The phrase you can’t go back couldn’t be more true in this past visit. Service was slow and spotty. The food wasn’t even close to what it used to be. The Pallamio steak was so dry I couldn’t eat it. My wife had the combination dinner that had an inedible boliche. The maduros were not made from ripe plantains and were hard and dry. Hopefully the Ybor City location hasn’t gone this far downhill. We will be there in the fall and will give it another chance. Very disappointed, the patriarchs and matriarchs would be embarrassed and appalled.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a party of 7, 2 kids under 12. Waiter was a bit scattered, but all in all did fine job. Food fabulous, prices a tad high but good food helped justify. Only notable issue was flow of waitstaff, lots of near collisions and not enough space between tables.

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  26. MonaM

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been to this restaurant before and had to return, the food and service is outstanding.

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  27. DennisB

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly wonderful, excellent food, highly attentive staff. I would recommend reservations on busy days... and the Picadillo!!!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Was so looking forward to this experience. Ugh. Too commercialized, very noisy, food was ok but nothing special. Except- the 1905 salad was amazing and worth a return trip! Sean was a good waiter. However, the restaurant was loud and dirty. I was very disappointed.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a little loud and definitely busy but for very good reason because of how wonderful the food is. I enjoyed my meal so much and I can't wait to go back to get more yellow rice. As well as sangria. The inside and outisde of the building are extremely architecturally beautiful. I've been wanting to come here forever and am so happy with my experience. Our server was extremely kind and I always really appreciate that (get nervous in public) in such an "energetic" restaurant it makes a difference. My dad really enjoyed it too, and he can be a bit of a grump.

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  30. JanineH

    West Palm Beach

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our dining experience was excellent. I’ve been to every location and I absolutely love the St Augustine restaurant. The Columbia offers such a unique menu with a variety of dishes that everyone can enjoy. I try to order a new item every time I visit. This time we ordered the stuffed mushrooms and they were delicious!!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The salad is AMAZING! Stuffed mushrooms also can't wait to come back! Pricey but soooo worth it!

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  32. Anc11

    Orlando

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to end day after strolling St. George’s street and St. Augustine

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and terrific service! I highly recommend making a reservation

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  34. MelindaG

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous time at The Columbia. We literally drove 2hrs to go there because we have always been so impressed. Our server Mason was attentive and everything was served with perfect timing. I highly recommend the 1905 salad, we can't go there without getting it. If you like a quieter ambiance I recommend the 2nd or third floor. Really 2rd floor is the quite of the two. Love this restaurant!

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  35. Shaff

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down the best restaurant food I've had in a long time. Service was great too.

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  36. NYVagabond

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I come to the Columbia on a regular basis for the warm fresh bread, the exquisite salad and dressing, made fresh at the table. This time I brought three friends with me and three of us did the soup/salad/sandwich combo. Two of us had black bean soup and salad and the third had the Spanish style soup, soup and a Cuban sandwich. Our other friend tried the sample platter. We found both soups and salad to be excellent, but I was surprised to see a Cuban sandwich not served on Cuban bread. At least it didn’t look like Cuban bread. All of us thought at first that it was a Panini. My other companion enjoyed the platter for the most part. The exception was the boliche; it seemed to lack seasoning. Overall, a very enjoyable experience. Natalya was an excellent server!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my best meals in St Augustine was here! Highly recommend the pompano fish and empanadas. Great drinks as well!

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  38. stephanier

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s our favorite restaurant! The best food, the best service and the most care.

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  39. BKF60

    Jacksonville

    74 reviews

    1.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was very slow - we arrived around 5:00pm and did not receive our dinner until about 6:40pm. Also, we were seated in a dining room with a bar. When we finally were served dinner a group of about 20 people came and crowded around the bar, and in doing so, crowded around our table. Hard to eat dinner when someone's butt is in your face and there are multiple persons hovering around our table! We chose to take out our food rather than eat it there. We needed to leave anyway as we had a show to attend at 7:30.

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  40. DonC

    Houston

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are local and come often. We ask for server Sean- great service, amazing sense of dry humor and attentive but not hovering. We go to Columbia weekly. It is a bit touristy but amazing food and service. Remember to make a reservation lunch or dinners

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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 14207 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 137 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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