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Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

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$30 and under
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Spanish
Family-owned and operated for more than 114 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 8443 people are saying
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DennisT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service always! Can’t wait for the regular Menu to come back! Miss my favorite dish ..Carnitas with yellow rice and ripe plantains !! Yummy!! Great Sangrias too !!

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MPPhilly
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant and excellent food!!

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vipGaryL
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service4ambience2

1 day after Governor said restaurants could open to 100% they did. Saw no safety enforced. Crowded people in restaurant, halls waiting area. No consideration for patrons, just all mighty $ . I asked for a particular table after I asked desk for a socially distance table she put me in a crowd till I asked to move. Disappointed that they rushed not being prepared for this increase. Food and service was good just felt uncomfortable.

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ChristinaH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For our anniversary dinner, our table was in a room that echoed. Other than that, it was nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a great waiter. Food excellent!

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Alvino
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Entrée named "Cuban Pork" was a disappointment when compared to other Cuban pork dishes I have had. This one is dry overcooked pork tenderloin topped with a runny bland sauce. If, like me, you are expecting "puerco asado" look elsewhere. The black beans and rice were also dry and tasteless, totally unseasoned.
My wife's grilled mahi was pretty good, well cooked, but again the yellow rice was dry and tasteless. Drinks were good if over priced and service by Marayah was excellent. Nice ambiance.
We've had much better meals at other Columbia locations.

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joannam
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The place is very comfortable and hasn’t change in the many years we have gone there. However the service was just adequate. Not like the service we are use to at the several Columbia restaurants and this one also. The salad was not quite right. Too much dressing and I suspect it was the bottle dressing they sell. I know you don’t do table side dressing but this really missed the mark. This is your signature salad. I asked about a dish i couldn’t find on the menu and the waitress said the name and then said she didn’t like it?

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MinaY
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance.

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LindaL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience, and staff! Always fun to eat here, unique food selection and memorable desserts!

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vipAndy
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They are still great but the limited menu due to covid is really a let down. We'll be back for sure but we can't wait for these crazy restrictions to be changed.

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JessicaT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Advertised as Spanish but mostly Cuban food.

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JaneP
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I have been going to this restaurant since it opened and never had a poor experience until this visit and our food was barely warm. The waitress offered it to us almost as soon as we got our salad and we asked to wait till we finished the salad so when she brought the food it was hardly fit to eat. The salad is not tossed at your table anymore and they charge an additional $7.00 for a side salad, this was always part of the dining experience, I probably won't return.

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MichaelS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place for wife’s birthday dinner

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CarmenP
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Columbia Restaurant is beautiful historical site in the center of Old ST Augustine. The traditional Cuban cuisine is so delicious and Ernesto our server was outstanding, his attention to details and recommendations were perfect!

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NeVandles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Just not the same as our previous experiences at the Columbia. Our server Megan was great. Very professional, friendly and attentive.

We were disappointed with the food quality. The "1905" salad was not as good as in the past. Salad no longer prepared fresh at table side, understandable due to Covid restrictions, but salad was soggy and oily, lettuce was wilted. Seems like it had been prepared and sat out for a while.

After hearing about the special, (3) 5oz. pork chops with rice and beans for $25, decided to go with the La Completa Cubana, to try a sample of all the meats. For the price, $28, was expecting more than a single thin slice of pork loin and eye of round beef. According to the description the beef was supposed to be stuffed with chorizo. This didn't appear to be the case. Also the meats were over cooked and very dry. The empanada was ok, nothing special just ground beef. Meal was served with rice and beans and a couple of small plantain slices. The plantains were good.

Regret having not gone with the special. From the description it was definitely a better value. But as always, the Sangria's were great.

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JasonB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy with the service and the food. Definitely recommend.

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RichardB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was wonderful. She also engaged in conversation with us and assisted with describing the entrees which was very helpful with our decisions. It was a very pleasant atmosphere. Thank you and we enjoyed the visit very much.

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CarlosM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not yet ready for prime time! Will return after COVID 19

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Lynda
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The special of the night pork chops were not very special and served with only some plain white rice. An average meal ay best. Another member of my party had had the three Cuban combination and his meal was spectacular. Need to work on your specials!!

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vipKatieL
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Wow what a disappointment. The salad was premade and soggy and the cuban was dry as a bone..no pickle and clearly had been kept under a heat lamp...I have been eating here for years and was very disappointed

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JeanR
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Columbia is one of the prettiest restaurants in St. Augustine. It has the old world charm and the food is always good. Tables were spaced well apart which was definitely necessary as there were a few large families dining there. Will go back even though it is on the expensive side.

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vipTerriB
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a nice late lunch/early dinner. Our server was Lexi and she was excellent.

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HollyW
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No wait with our reservation and the service and staff were great! Elizabeth our server answered all of our questions and was very friendly and professional!!

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Donna
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably my favorite restaurant. Have been coming here for more than 30 years. Food and service consistently good. The 1905 salad is divine!

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ToniM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a recommendation by several people and it did not fail to deliver. Very good food, nice selection as well as well made. Staff was great.

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JodyR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Make sure you get a reservation because they were turning people away with 2 hour waits because of Covid and it's that good. I had the stuffed red snapper and it was fantastic. Appetizers were also really great!

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JorgeM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite of all the Columbia Restaurants! and that is considering we live in Tampa. The food and service was delicious from start to finish and as always the quality and price is reasonable for the amount of food you served.

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Great
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at Columbia House because of their annual Community Harvest Fundraiser. Diners are given a list of local charities and 5% of pre-tip bill is donated to the charity you chose. It is a great opportunity to dine in a wonderful restaurant with superior service and help out the community as well. Covid safety precautions were well done. We felt very safe.

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pamelag
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have ate here before and it is always tasty and service is wonderful. We always make a reservation so we do not have a long wait time. Worth the wait.

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Okarita
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fails. Had the 1905 salad. It’s more fun when they make it at your table, but the times we are in make that impossible right now. Still good. And make sure you pick up their dressing and seasoning at their gift store!

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JL18
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Reservations are a must! We made a reservation for lunch a few hours before we planned to arrive and were seated immediately, despite a significant line. Our waitress, Kelly, was excellent and we felt like we were getting the VIP treatment. We also grabbed a to go order for a friend and it was ready and accurate exactly when promised. We were also very impressed with Columbia's September giving program: they donate a portion of your tab to the local charity of your choosing (a lengthy list). Especially in these challenging times, it was very impressive to see a for-profit business not putting this long-standing tradition on hold. Very impressive experience, from every aspect: food, table service, overall customer service, corporate philanthropy. We will be back to sample more of the expansive menu!

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Flgirl
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and cooked perfectly.
Staff seemed to be following Covid protocols.
We would definitely go back.

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SandraT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Columbia Restaurant is a life time favorite. Many family memories have been made there. The food always excellent and the Sangria not to be be missed!

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SusanL
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! My husband and I were visiting St. Augustine for a weekend get away.

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Mjmmillvalley
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Food was terrible. They were out of grouper and replaced with pompano. Was definitely not fresh. Very fishy smell and taste and flesh was grayish brown. Waitress was great and did the right thing by taking the entree off our bill. Husband had the special and it was barely warm when served. Steak medallion with blue crab and tiny and tough piece of lobster. Don’t remember waitresses name but she was the only bright spot of the entire experience so thank you!

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Jake
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch once again. Columbia never disappoints to deliver excellent food& service. During this difficult time with Covid-19 felt completely comfortable and staff maintained friendly and efficient.

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vipArianaT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

First time going. The food was pretty salty and overall just not the best. Not sure if I’d go back. Pretty restaurant though!

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CarmanG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff/servers were amazing as always. Nice social distancing in place. Didn't feel like we were crowded and we were a party of 10. Other tables were well distanced. Food was amazing. Fabulous birthday celebation for my husband.

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PhillipM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always enjoy eating at the Columbia. We love the 1905 salad and their seafood is outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Meagan was quite rude. She had no people skills and her customer service...poor just like her snob remarks. The other waitress was very forgetful. The table received their meals and my toddler still had not gotten her meal or drink. She informed us it was because she was recovering from Labor Day. Classy!

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Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine is rated 4.5 stars by 8443 OpenTable diners.

Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://mgd.mercury-gift.com/columbiarestaurant.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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