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Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

4.6
4.6
11224 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 120 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

What 11,224 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Jacksonville / Northeast Florida

    Most Booked

  • St. Augustine

    Best Ambiance

  • St. Augustine

    Fit for Foodies

  • St. Augustine

    Special Occasion

  • St. Augustine

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  1. d

    dalltex

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch with my husband. Our server Kristy, provided outstanding service throughout our meal and made our special lunch date memorable. So glad we chose to go for an impromptu lunch at Columbia. The food never disappoints.
  2. SH

    SandraH

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was awesome! Food was great. Highly recommend
  3. DS

    DieterS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's more than just eating good food , it's a dining experience!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a beautiful family birthday dinner at Columbia. It could not have been better! Our server, Kristina, was excellent: informative and impeccably attentive; who could ask for more. Our glasses never ran empty, the 1905 salad was incredible, entrees were hot and delicious and she patiently answered all our questions about the menu. Everyone on the staff, from the parking attendant, to front desk greeters and servers were professional, friendly and engaging. They all combined to make it a perfect evening and a memorable birthday event.
  5. JJ

    JavaJoe

    Miami

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a great time, food was very good and the service from Sean was great. Prices were a bit on the high side but, again, had a great time. Would only be able to dine on very special occasions, not more often, due to the pricing.
  6. CM

    CMtez

    Jacksonville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience at the Columbia. June was in an amazing waitress!
  7. AL

    AnnL

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A beautiful place, great food personal service. Our favorite place
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each time we eat there it gets better and better
  9. G

    Grateful

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They never disappoint. Just love them and highly recommend.
  10. s

    stevenb

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service from Tia Good wine selection Good food, nice presentation
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from Deanna.
  12. J

    John

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    First just want to say my family loves this restaurant we’ve had anniversary dinners and other occasions eaten here and enjoyed it. This time it was a let down for two reasons. When we walked in the hostess was very unfriendly never even said a word to use even after we greeted her just told the table number to the hostess who took us to our seat. Both of them were not friendly at all. Second was the food, we ordered the Pealla and the Cannelloni de Langosta. The rice in the Pealla was over cooked it came close to porridge in texture and it lacked a lot of seafood only two mussels and two clams and a lot of over cooked chicken. Pealla is supposed to be vibrant and fresh and this was very disappointing. The Cannelloni was quite a small portion and only had two tiny lobster claws. There is supposed to be scallops in the dish but didn’t find anything except for what looked like very tiny clams the size of a button it was primarily just cheese sauce. An addition of quality seafood in both dishes and perhaps basil or lemon to cut the richness of the cheese in the Cannelloni would have a been a great touch. Outside of those two things our visit was great. Our family always loves the atmosphere of the restaurant and our waitress was very attentive and friendly she was amazing!!
  13. JL

    JeffL

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a great place, for the last 37 years this restaurant always delivers. Great food, and service thank you
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    2 couples hanging out be a local concert and birthday bash. Columbia’s great drinks and tapas made the occasion very special. The service was particularly great!
  15. RB

    RobinB

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Never disappointed in the food at Columbias, love their salad and Cuban bread.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Normally my go to when company comes to town and I was excited to bring my mom and aunts for their first visit. Our meal consisted of one hot entree and the rest was 1905 salads (everyone should have the salad). The hot entree came out first and the salads 15-20 minutes later. The problem is the salads are made table side, why could this not be coordinated. I will add our waitress chose to “memorize” our order instead of writing it down for a table of 7. Impressive if she could pull it off. She almost did…disappointed but I’ll always go back because it’s one of our favorites.
  17. MA

    MAS122

    Jacksonville

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I think the food and service at Columbia has deteriorated severly. I was not impressed with the quality of the food, and service was spotty (i.e. server didn’t bring or offer water; waited for drink order, etc.).
  18. F

    Foodlover

    Savannah

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was delicious. Our waitress was very enthusiastic.
  19. J

    Jetlady

    Jacksonville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Roja viega was delicious. My Palomino steak was excellent flavor but a little too dry. Red sangria excellent as always. The 1905 salad was perfect. We did report there was no soap in the bathroom when we first checked in. When we left an hour and a half later, still no soap. I wonder how many staff members didn’t wash their hands with soap?
  20. DL

    DrLarryF

    Jacksonville

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I was disappointed with my visit this time. The service was extremely poor, very slow even though they were not crowded. Our reservation was at 5:15 PM; we were seated just a few minutes after that. I told the waitress I wanted paella right away, yet food still took about an hour. The service was overall very slow, trying to get simple things like bread, water, sangria and a second pitcher of Sangria. Worse yet, my paella was cold. Normally I'd send it back but given the time it had already taken I ate it anyway. I've been there many times, and this was by far not their best.
  21. f

    fredm

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, good ambiance, good service, good value
  22. JA

    JAVIERP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time going to restaurant. Great experience. Will definitely come back.
  23. TT

    TrishT

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the food and drinks were delicious!
  24. p

    paull

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistent and delicious Spanish favorite. Big dining rooms.
  25. WO

    WilliamO

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Food is consistently good and the service is wonderful. Make a reservation because it is always busy. Never been disappointed by The Columbia
  26. FG

    FoodGuy12

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Great Atmosphere. Great Service.
  27. DL

    DavidL

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    The steak I had ordered was cooked to order but the quality of meat and seasoning was pathetic. The $46 steak was a complete disappointment. I informed the manager of Columbia and advised him of the situation. He advised he would check with staff but never returned to inform me of any what had happened.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Nice area and waitress,,, good sangria and a flan for desert as house anniversary gift..most appreciate... we were looking for colombian food... sadly nothing shows as colombian food. Most likely cuban/spain.. kind of dissapoint..
  29. MP

    MandyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good, service. Wonderful experience and enjoyed the experience
  30. TM

    TeresaM

    Orlando

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Service was not on point. Although he was nice he seemed out of sorts. Sangria not as good as normal. Caesar salad was a little wilted. Black beans were awesome. 1905 salad had way too much dressing. Not a great experience
  31. T

    Tonyd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friday was 2 in a row ,both outstanding across the board !
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My friend brought me here for lunch on my visit. They special salad was amazing!!!! Makes my mouth water thinking about it !!!! The Mahi Mahi is delish as well. I will be back on my next visit.
  33. CT

    ChrisT

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal as always and the Mojito pitcher was some of the best!
  34. w

    weloveeatingout

    Birmingham

    173 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love everything about this restaurant! It’s beautiful, service is wonderful and the food is always fantastic. The 1905 salad has been a favorite for MANY years. This is a must when in St Augustine!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant is absolutely beautiful, and the little store is more than fascinating! Ernesto’s service was splendid, sangria was very good!
  36. R

    Russ

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The salad was excellent. The Mahi sandwich was a joke. Small fried piece of fish with minimal toppings. The second I got burned on ordering a sandwich. It was $28 and worth about $8.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The wait staff are very attentive however the tables are overly crowded and the noise level is a bit high
  38. DA

    DorothyA

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Columbia for lunch mid-week was an outstanding choice. Not overly noisy, great service and delicious food! Do make a reservation to be sure you can get a table!
  39. S

    Squeezle

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the Columbia is one of the best restaurants in the Flagler, St. Johns, Volusia area. Taken right on time with the reservation. Service was excellent, food was excellent. I would say prices are $$ to $$$ with plenty of selections to satisfy any desire - seafood, chicken or beef. Cuban spin on it all. I have celebrated special occasions as well as regular lunches and dinners here since the early 80's and have never been let down once.. Very clean, too!
  40. SB

    SteveB

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most memorable evening. Oscar was an amazing waiter. Best Sangria anywhere. A must try place in St Augustine!

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 11224 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 120 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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