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Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

4.6
4.6
10683 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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Booked 144 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

Menu

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What 10,683 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

    Most Booked

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  1. W

    Watson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved the restaurant style, our waitress was amazing, the chefe came to our table to ask if everything was good, all the staff were so friendly. Love, love and love it.

  2. C

    Cammy

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had my Mom's birthday there, everything was good. Highly recommend the shrimp and yellow rice.

  3. M

    Mimi

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our waitress Cheri was phenomenal! The only thing we were disappointed with was the calamari- We’ve had it there numerous times before and it’s always been one of the things we have come back for however this time it was definitely over cooked and very dry and chewy. Other than that everything else was wonderful.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful Spanish dishes!

  5. JE

    JoeE

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed everything we tried, which was quite a bit. The empanadas, croquettas, and the pork tamale were excellent appetizers. The 1/2 Cuban sandwich and 1/2 1905 salad, the Chicken Salteago, and the Pollo Manchego were all very good.

  6. JP

    JaneP

    Jacksonville

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We had lunch there & we both had the lunch combo. The 1905 salad is delicious. I had soup with mine & my husband had the Cuban sandwich. We both had plenty to eat. The service was very good & the restaurant was busy but very efficient. We always make a reservation since it is very popular.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Prompt service, amazing Cuban sandwich.

  8. DH

    DebbieH

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Restaurant great. Made a reservation even though was a Wednesday. Good thing they were busy. Our wait staff was a little slow, but food excellent. I did book it was a birthday and server did come thru with that. Made up for slowness prior.

  9. JR

    JulieR

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Always great for a special occasion. Great food, great service and great ambience what more can you want,

  10. NJ

    NanaJan

    Orlando

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    We brought my brother-in-law and sister there for dinner. We always love the wonderful sangria cava and it didn’t disappoint us. The red pudding dessert was fantastic as was the key line. We always bring our guest there to experience a great time.

  11. GL

    GordonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food and great ambiance. Our waitress was not in a good mood though.

  12. C

    Cng19

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We had reservations for lunch. We had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. It was very crowded. It does help to have reservations, though. The regular wait was 45-60 minutes. The food and service were wonderful! Michael was our waiter. He did an outstanding job! We never had to ask for a thing! We ordered scallops from the tapas menu, and Queso Fondito from the appetizer menu. One of us had the famous 1905 salad and the chicken with yellow rice. Everything was delicious. It was such a nice experience.

  13. S

    Star36diner

    Jacksonville

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The House Salad is terrific

  14. GM

    GaryM

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food service ambiance outstanding and will go back again and again and again to try different dishes

  15. MT

    MikeT123

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service excellent. Our waitress was cute and smiled all the time. We really liked her.

  16. r

    rick

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the excellent experience we have come to expect when we visit the Columbia. We were early for our reservation and were immediately seated without any problem, Amber did a tremendous job as our server and the food was the usual, "terrific". Can't wait for the next reason to visit St. Augustine as the Columbia is one of the highlights of that city.

  17. WK

    WillK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The interior of the restaurant is lovely and each area has a different look and ambiance to choose from. Service was smooth and timely. I had Tapas of which there were good choices. The 1905 salad was excellent..

  18. ND

    NDOl

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    A bit more of a touristy restaurant than I expected. Food was just ok. Not what I had hoped for unfortunately.

  19. EA

    EstherA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days 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.

  20. E

    Elizabeth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Extensive wine list, wonderful food, and great service!

  21. SM

    StephanM

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  22. GC

    GloriaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  23. C

    Carla

    West Palm Beach

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days 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.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 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.

  25. RO

    ROBERTK

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 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.

  26. d

    delicious

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful, wonderful staff, prompt service, and delicious food

  27. H

    Hern

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 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.

  28. t

    thecooknowl

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 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!

  29. J

    Janiev

    Jacksonville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best salad I’ve had.

  30. RC

    RogerC

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 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.

  31. KA

    KevinA

    Jacksonville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  32. FD

    FrankD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner out was great

  33. CW

    CWMW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 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.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 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 !!

  35. LD

    LauraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 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!

  36. JB

    JacquelineB

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 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.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 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

  38. 2

    2fordinner

    Kansas City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    On vacation and everything as usual was great.

  39. SS

    SusanS

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 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.

  40. BI

    BellaItalian

    Jacksonville

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 7 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!

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 10683 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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