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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
13943 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

11:00 PM


Booked 193 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 13,943 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

    Good for special occasions

  • St. Augustine

    Most Booked

13,943 Reviews
  1. JohnM

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an excellent dining experience. The food was presented well, the variety is unbelievable and each dish was right on point. I would have given this restaurant 10 however our server was inattentive and gave us the impression that she did not care about the customer. For a 5 star restaurant this to me is unacceptable.

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  2. Dreas

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Must eat here when in St Augustine. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful. You feel like you’re in Spain. They start your meal off with a generous serving of bread and butter. I had the arroz con pollo Valenciene, which is like paella with just half a roasted chicken. Be prepared to wait 30-40 minutes as it is prepared fresh. The serving was beyond generous. Very shareable. My husband had snapper with vegetables and yellow rice. We were too full for dessert. The food was delicious, and the service was attentive. We think the food was reasonably priced given that the portions are so generous.

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  3. LaurenceM

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an outstanding experience. Food and service exceptional. Prices very reasonable.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! I would definitely recommend. Food has good flavor.

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  5. SibetC

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great meal and service. We go here every time we are visiting

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Later 30 minutes to our reservation.this is the problem, slow to clean the tables.

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  7. Iraw

    New York City

    201 reviews

    3.0

    201 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife took me here for my birthday. The hostess seated us and wished me a happy birthday. Unfortunately, our server told us no one told her. We ordered a pitcher of Sangria. The orange was in big pieces. I asked our server if the could cut the oranges into smaller pieces. I was told that's the way they are made and would not do what I requested. We then ordered queso fundido. My wife asked about one of the dishes and the server just said it had beef and pork but did not indicate the other ingredients. The queso fundido arrived and looked bad. We sent it back and ordered a salad. Our server had an attitude and ruined my birthday and made me want to not return to Columbia. In the end, my wife mentioned my birthday to the server and she offered us flan. I was disapointed.

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  8. ReneeF

    New York City

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oscar was our waiter and he was on the ball and aimed to please. Best restaurant in the historic district.

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  9. JamesG

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal and service. We asked for our desserts to go. Kitchen was very busy and due to our wait for them, they comped them which was very thoughtful.

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  10. PattyF

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Columbia restaurant was the perfect combination of a wonderful vacation in Florida as we head back to Missouri from two weeks in Key West. Stopping in Saint Augustine will be an annual event.! Dining at Columbia was a wonderful event! Our two waiters have many years of experience, and probably the best waiters I’ve ever had at a restaurant! Having the 1905 salad prepared table was really fun!!! The bread and salad were enough for a meal, but I’m so glad I split a dinner with my husband, as it was delicious! We decided on the Robo Viejo, and the flavors were tantalizing! It was a wonderful selection. The decor is so beautiful as we dined next to a gorgeous indoor fountain, and all of the beautiful tile mosaics on the walls, give you the old world feel, like Europe! Loved it so much!!! And the outdoor garden here at the St. Augustine location is lovely. I look forward to enjoying the Tampa/Y’bor City location someday as well since they have a flamenco dancer!!!! I give Columbia restaurant a 10!

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  11. JamesF

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding atmosphere, a very interesting and varied menu and superb service?

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  12. PaulB

    Jacksonville

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked for a party of 4, when I got there was informed there would be one more person. Informed the check in desk, the person showed no surprise or distress, calmly added the extra person. Three of us had been there before, relatives from Alabama were new ! They raved over their meals. He had ordered Cannelloni de Langosta, she had the Cuban sandwich. We split the 1905 Salad, which was a Hugh hit. The Paella was the dish ordered by the additional person, my Lady and I shared the Boliche “Criollo” we both had enough to eat.

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  13. Carolina

    West Virginia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Disappointed this time. Been here 6 or 7 times before. Cuban sandwiches were cold and the bread was cremated. One was supposed to be a half sandwich but was barely a third of a sandwich. Salads and flan were good. Even the Blanco sangria (1 glass) was off.

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  14. KBGB

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love coming here every year we visit. The atmosphere, Sangrias & 1905 salad never disappoints. The guys ordered the Cuban sandwich. It seemed to be lacking a spread or condiment to moisturize the bun & meat. I had the Spanish Bean Soup & it was just very mild & plain. I prefer the main courses & rice dishes, but we were eating a lighter lunch. We will be back, but will order something else.

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  15. MartaD

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had dinner with another couple at the Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine on Feb. 19. We raved to them about the wonderful food and ambiance we've always enjoyed at these restaurants at all locations in Florida. Unfortunately we were all very disappointed with the paella-the rice was mushy and there was very little seafood. While the soup and salad were good the main dish was not. Honestly, the seafood at O'Steen's was much better. Our waiter was great.

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  16. MarieN

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, and our waiter, CJ, was personable, knowledgeable, and attentive.

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  17. sjow

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant Great food Need a reservation

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  18. WilliamL

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a wonderful evening. Food, service, and surroundings wonderful.

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  19. Benm

    Naples

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food as always. Great service with presentation to go with it. Kudos to our server Kiril! Thank you again!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I really had anticipated a better meal, food was mediocre and took way too long to be served.

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  21. 1960ally

    Denver

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant. Mojitos were just ok. Paella very good & is enough for 2 people.

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  22. Mike

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took a friend from out of town for her first visit to St Augustine and the Columbia. She loved it.

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  23. ArnH

    Jacksonville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Columbia is one our favorite restaurants. Wide selection of food on the menu. All items we have ever had are excellent. Service staff are very friendly and professional. As the restaurant has gained in popularity, it is important to make reservations.

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  24. MaryB

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Made reservations for 1:00 PM and were seated right away when we arrived. Beautiful restaurant and friendly atmosphere. Food was good.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Sangria was wonderful. Will definitely come back next time we are in town

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  26. ReneeL

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Ray z was amazing! Took time to explain things to us even though the restaurant was busy, made great recommendations and suggested menu items

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  27. Melissa

    Coastal Georgia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been to Columbia Restaurant several times. This time was disappointing. The young lady who greeted us and sat us at our table was wonderful very friendly. Our server was not so attentive. Did not refill the water glasses. She focused on the table next to us. The food was tasty but not very warm.

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  28. timeout

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been coming here for years. Food and service are consistently excellent.

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  29. DanS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Always a good choice. Be prepared for a little wait for a seat

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wife and I traveled an hour and a half to enjoy a very wonderful dinner.What a great atmosphere,service was impeccable.what a great place to dine!!!

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  31. TonyM

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always top notch in every aspect. Good, service, all of it! We love the Columbia

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  32. EliC

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is a neighborhood gem in the St. Augustine area that's close to Old Town. The city is alive during all hours of the day with many different selections of food, but I recommend going here for dinner. The restaurant is Spanish, but they offer Cuban food. Overall, the food was very delicious and the prices were fair. The server was very friendly and helpful. Besides the food, I would say two things are noteworthy: the Cuban bread and the wine bottles. I've eaten many Cuban breads since I am indeed Cuabn myself, but the one made here was very special. It's baked longer so it has a nice brown color on the outside and has a wonderful taste - apparently, there's an entire place that is dedicated to making these breads only. The wines here are offered at a great price (I got mine for $32) and are their brand. Coming from Miami, similar restaurants here are much more expensive and offer the same things so I was pleasantly surprised and highly satisfied at the end of the night. Google is showing around a 4.4/5 stars, but I think this is misguided and should be much higher.

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  33. Mileybg96

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the place, the food and the service , just they forgot sing happy birthday to my husband , but we really enjoyed the place , 100% recommend

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  34. RickR

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and would definitely let people know about this place.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend, all the dishes we had were amazing.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolutely magical experience spent with family and friends. The atmosphere was perfect and the staff was amazing!!!

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  37. RayS

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent. Good and drinks were very good. A little expensive. The could not make me a cafe con leche. I’d definitely return.

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  38. CynthiaB

    Miami

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived early and were sat immediately. Cheri our server was wonderful. Very attentive and personable. The food was delicious as usual. We bought a few cans of your fantastic coffee. The Columbia is our favorite restaurant in St. Augustine.

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  39. DDLee

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The wife's pork was extremely dry. This however was the only "negative" thing we have to say but since the pork was the main entree for her it definitely let us down. We had a pitcher of sangria which was very tasty. The 1905 Salad which was also very good. My meal was basically a seafood rice dish and it was really good! Our waitress was very attentive, not super friendly but no complaints with her at all. In all honesty for $150 (tip included) we prefer Asado Life.

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  40. LauraR

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and excellent service. We enjoyed our first time eating at the Columbia and hope to return in the future. Our only complaint was the restroom needed attention.

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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 13943 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 193 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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