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About Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

Family-owned and operated for more than 112 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.

Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon "Columbia," 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.

98 St. George Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
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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.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(904) 824-3341

Website:
http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Free Parking while dining at The Columbia in the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Ariel Berrios

Private Party Facilities:
From groups of 10-200 we offer an outdoor courtyard and indoor private dining areas to host your birthday or anniversary party, office party, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception. Choose from our banquet menu or let us customize your menu for that special occasion. Our Mediterranean-style dining rooms are surrounded by outdoor courtyards, 3 fountains, and hundreds of hand-painted Spanish tiles and family heirlooms, specially selected to create an old-world charm and ambiance that lend an atmosphere of warmth and elegance to any gathering.

Private Party Contact:
John Pedaggi: (904) 824-3341

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Open 365-days a year, including all holidays for lunch and dinner daily.

Although online reservations may not be available, we are still taking reservations through the restaurant.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Take your Valentine to Spain! Regular menu available along with special features.

Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

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4.5

value

4.2

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (172)
Authentic (165)
Good for a Date (149)
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Good for Anniversaries (129)
Worth the Drive (126)
Good for Birthdays (122)
Tapas (117)
Creative Cuisine (110)
Great for Lunch (109)
Good for Groups (106)
Casual (105)
Romantic (101)
Neighborhood Gem (83)
Fun (71)
Sunday Lunch (70)
Comfort Food (60)
Fit for Foodies (51)
People Watching (49)
Kid-friendly (45)
Cozy (45)
Handcrafted Cocktails (39)
Scenic View (37)
Business Meals (36)
Seasonal (36)
Great for Brunch (32)
Local Ingredients (32)
Hot Spot (31)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Good Vegetarian Options (27)
Tasting Menu (26)
Healthy (24)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Bar Seating (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Afternoon Coffee (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Disabled Access (12)
Late-night Find (12)
Spicy (10)
Afternoon Tea (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Great Beer (5)
Organic (2)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We had a rare date night and just love Columbia. The staff is always knowledgeable and proficient in their service making the dining experience enjoyable. The food is always exceptionally good and the sangria is just amazing! We save this restaurant for our special dining occasions and we have not been disappointed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and sangria as always!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Really wanted to like this place. Cool ambiance. House salad was quite good. Then it went downhill. Mains and drinks took forever. Server appeared inordinately distracted with other tables. To the point when seafood mains were delivered they were cold. Refused them. Manager offered to comp so that’s where we ended our meal.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was wonderful, but unfortunately the restaurant fell short on providing any special extra loving care for where we chose to celebrate our milestone 25th Anniversary! We traveled from out of town and made reservations a month ahead of time, requesting a quiet romantic table and instead were seated in the bar area. No mention after that was ever made about our very special day, even though my husband made a POINT to advise the staff of the occasion. Honestly, they made a bigger fuss last year at a common chain restaurant in our area. :-(

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Disappointing. Beautiful place, have been there before - it seems to have declined. Too bad...

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

First time for us eating there. Our table was ready and we had very good service. The food was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Columbia was always my go to place for everyday dining. It’s lost it’s edge. So many more options are available.

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 (Miami)·Dined 4 days ago

My first visit to the Columbia Restaurant was over 30 years ago. I remembered the meal, more than the company at the time. I went back this weekend, finally, and it was totally worth the wait. Food, drinks, atmosphere, service.......all outstanding!! I'll be back before another 30 years passes!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was perfect for us from the moment we walked in! We had reservations (recommend them) and were seated within 3 minutes. Our server, Natalie, I think, was very personable and efficient. Empanadas were wonderful! Paella was excellent! Pompano Piquan was good - just a little dry - but good.
Highly recommend Columbia!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

I've wanted to go for years and finally went for lunch on a Sunday. Incredibly well trained and efficient staff. Friendly and accommodating and very helpful if you had questions.
High level of service and the food was just as I was expecting - and even better!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

We always come here whether we are in St. Augustine or Tampa. The 1905 salad is always fresh and delicious. The sangria is always good too. The Cuban bread is warm and yummy. We tried a ham and cheese daily special and were a little disappointed but it wont stop us from returning.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

Every year on our drive from Michigan to Orlando we meet up with former neighbors that have moved to Jacksonville at Columbia. We love it. It has become a tradition and look forward to it every year. We always order the same thing, of course the 1905 salad and sandwich and sangria. Once we are in Orlando area, we go to Columbia in Celebration a few times during our stay. Love it!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding food, large variety on menu, excellent service, MAKE a RESERVATION! We ate at this restaurant two days in a row! Our new favorite place for lunch or dinner. Salads are fantastic and tapas hard to beat anywhere in St. Augustine. DO NOT miss this experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great!!! Was very crowded staff was the best! Food was delicious!

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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

Columbia always been my favorite in St. Augustine. Great food, service and ambiance.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic
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·Dined 6 days ago

Love this restaurant! The food is fabulous! They don't rush you and it's a great place to meet up with friends.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tapas, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 6 days ago

Great waitress & great food!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Will always make the Columbia a part of my visits to St Augustine.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Very lovely surroundings, delicious food, and attentive service. Don’t miss this gem of St Augustine

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 9, 2018

A beautifully decorated restaurant with an extensive menu. The food I had as well as my companion's was fantastic. The wait staff was attentive and helpful. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Beautiful decor befitting the Spanish influence on St. Augustine. Service and food excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Despite its "touristic" appearance, it is a great dining experience. Food is delicious, sangria yummy and a lovely evening out.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

This place is great! We went twice and both times the food and service was excellent. The feel of the restaurant ties in with the old world feel of St. Agustine well and it is a definite stop for us when we are there. We really love the 1905 salad and highly recommend it! Sangria was excellent as well and both are made tableside for some fun flare.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food, great service. Very consistent year after year

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

All of our food came to the table barely warm so all was quite cold when finished dining. Included soup, tapas, and main mahi & rice course. Food was tasty however. Empty coffee cups piled up and left on table after new coffee cups served. Messy.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 7, 2018

They put us in a corner next to the stairwell and food runner/server drop off area. And the food took forever!!! But it was good at least

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We always enjoy our meal at Columbia . The service is fantastic. Love the sangria

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our waitress, Kelsey, took at least seven to eight minutes before she even greeted our table to take drink orders. I asked for no lemon in my tea, and she came back with lemon in it. Since it took so long to get the drinks, to begin with, I didn't even bother to ask to get a replacement. It looks like she only had three tables in her section which were two four tops, and our two top. Don't really know what the hold up was.
Although the food was good, it wasn't as good as our usual Sand Key location or Ybor. The palomilla was too tenderized so it tasted drier than usual. At least the Good Rice was exceptional, so that made up for the dry steak.
We've had our anniversary at a Columbia Restaurant since 2009, and this is the first year we've ever been disappointed by the service and quality of food. I guess that's what happens when you mix things up and go to a different location.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our waiter was awesome. Our food was excellent. It's got the feeling of the original in Ybor. We had a great time.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We truly enjoyed our server, Jessica, who went out of her way to suggest sites to see and places to visit after lunch while we were in town for the weekend. The food was amazing and service was even better. Can't wait to visit again!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Love this Columbia restaurant. Service is always great, food is exceptional. The ambiance is lovely.

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, People Watching, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious food! I recommend the Sangria, Spanish Bean soup and 1905 salad. Steak Salteado is also very good. Never had a bad meal here. Reservations are best otherwise the wait can be long.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Enjoyed the atmosphere at the Columbia. Our waitress worked super hard to allow us to have a nice meal. The wait time for our dinner was a little long. But it was great other than that.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

We had a reservation, and were seated promptly. We then waited 15 minutes before a waitress ever came to the table. She took our drink orders and then was obviously annoyed when one member of our party(never ate at this restaurant before, and unfamiliar with the dishes) took longer to decide what he wanted . After placing our order, it took exactly another hour before we received our food. We never complained, nor did we receive an apology for it taking so long. We ordered two grouper, one pallamillo steak and a Cuban-none of which take a hour to prepare. The grouper was over cooked, but we did not complain. We ordered one flan , when asked if we wanted dessert. We had just paid our tab and were preparing to leave when the waitress approached our table and very rudely said"We need you to leave now, we have a big group that needs this table".!!
We have frequented your restaurant over the past five years, as our daughter was attending Flagler. We will not be back. Never, in all of our travels have we ever been treated with so much rudeness in a restaurant.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Delicious food as always. Great service. Other than a group of loud and rowdy children at the next table, it was great.

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

The food was fabulous and so was the service. The restaurant is beautiful. My daughters and I enjoyed a lovely dinner. We ended the evening with dessert and coffee.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great food! Great service! Love this place! We have been to several Columbia restaurants in Florida and no complaints from us.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Always eat at this restaurant when we are in Saint Augustine. Never disappointed. Sarah our waitress was unbelievable really made an impression on friends of ours that we took here that have never been here. Thank you Sarah.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Vegan, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent as always.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Excellent food

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