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Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

4.4
5207 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Cuban
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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.
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Phone number
(904) 824-3341
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ariel Berrios
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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.
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Private party contact
John Pedaggi: (904) 824-3341
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Free Parking while dining at The Columbia in the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant.
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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.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 5207 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

When a restaurant engages on Open Table it sets an expectation; Columbia did not meet the bar. My husband wanted to make our anniversary dinner extra special and he put specific info in the reservation booking. Columbia ignored the comments. When we arrived at reservation time, we were given the typical pager and told to hangout...why make a reservation? Then when the pager went off, we were taken to a table set for six????Huh??? Oh, wrong table....hostess didn’t know her tables, hangout and let her go check....one table over a table for four should work...I really don’t get why we made reservations, it really didn’t mean the restaurant would prepare for us, it just let them know they would have customers, maybe? The waiter quickly seemed apologetic for pricing and was more concerned with the best deal. Despite all that the kitchen saved this special night...with an amazing tapas appetizer, the Sangria and the paella....most nights would end with dessert but waiter didn’t even offer the dessert menu....last disappointment!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great place to eat good service great food should call ahead

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boss429 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Everything was so very yummy! The restaurant itself is beautiful. The food is both authentic and unique. We hope to return soon!

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BerniH 
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

very disappointed in the chicken and rice. It was very dry. The salad lettuce was welted and overall not that good. In the past I had had much better quality of food at the Columbia both in Ybor City and St. Agustin. I guess that the tourist trade is dictating the quality of the ingredients that you are serving at the present. Good Luck that is all I have to say.

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Dolcestilnovo (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

I had been to Columbia before and took a date to lunch. We had the 1805 salad and it did not disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner (Savannah)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Sat outside and enjoyed the day.

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Bertrand 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Having living in Spain, I was very happy to eat there.. :) My only gripe was watching one of the personnel setting up the table for the next patrons, accidentally dropped a pepper shaker on the floor , picking it up and putting the pepper shaker on the table without wiping it off or putting a different one on the table..

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Our Waitress name was Audrey. She was very informative of the menu with our few questions we had. Very friendly, very nice all around. She gave me & my fiancé a very quiet dining experience. I would love to her wait on us again and again. I can the passion & professionalism she has. The food was like a art painting, priceless and very delightful

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great restaurant. We had the pollo manchego and the pallomilla steak, both phenomenal. We also shared the queso fundido and sangria which were a huge hit! Would return.

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great food. We come here ofter for the great salad and Spanish dishes.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

It was our wedding anniversary. We drove up from Titusville about 100 miles just for lunch. Great food. Will do it again.

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vipAdventuring (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service. Always a special treat!

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Service is slow. They have great salads, but need more staff.

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LukeW 
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant was very good and had great food, it is accurately priced for the quality of the food and service, can't beat being in downtown St. Augustine as well. Would recommend to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Very very dry kitchen. We told the server assistant. All she did was apologize.

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AntonioP (Jacksonville)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Second time here; food is exquisite, totally worth the price, even if it was pricey. Ambiance was ok, full on Valentine's Day. Probably that's why the service was regular. But is a good place to lunch or dine fine Spanish cuisine.

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JohnS (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Excellent dinner . Had 1605 salad, Delish, and paella delish Audray our waitress was wonderful.
Would come again when we are in town. Many interesting dishes. Good service AND NO WAIT!

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Anniversary dinner. We will definitely revisit someday

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viprichB (Jacksonville)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great time by all six of us, table ready ahead of reservation time. Great

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Excellent service by Jenn our server. Food was outstanding. Great experience, we plan to return.

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viphas2 (Jacksonville)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Columbia is always a favorite for us. This time it was Valentine's Day. I made reservation late and this was one of our favorites that still was available. It was a good choice.

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KeithM (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Upscale dining for locals as well as tourists. Prices reflect the location and portions are very large. I highly recommend getting their scallop dishes as two of the 4 of us had that and they were spectacular. James, our server, did an outstanding job of attending to our table. Best meal we have had in St. Augustine so far.

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We have eaten here for 30 years, on several occasions, and never been disappointed. This is a choice spot to take guests for authentic Cuban food, wonderful Columbia salads, fish, etc. Our server, Danuca, was outstanding.

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JeffM (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We are never disappointed with the food and service here, always great!

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Awesome place. Great service. Food was phenomenal. And definitely get the sangria

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ChrisWendt (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great place to celebrate any special occasion. Perfect, actually!

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Squid (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We have been to your restaurant many times and the food has always been great. This time was exceptional. Great food and great service . Thank you so much

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Early Valentine’s Day dinner to me and my future wife of 5 years . Dinner was amazing food and atmosphere was very good. I’m glad i choice this place to dine at. Made up for not being able to spend valentine’s day with her and having the ability to spend time with her last night before working at the hospital with my patients. Thank you for the outstanding services and I will be recommending this place to other people and couples.

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RobertO (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Nice chain restaurant in St Augustine, it has a nice Spanish motif, very large menu because it describes the history of the recipe, from small Tapas dishes to a variety of food, we had the Cakes de Cangrejo, A Cuban twist to an American favorite, two large crab cakes are loaded with fresh blue crab meat and grilled. Drizzled with a passion fruit alioli sauce. Also Paella “a la Valenciana”. , prepared in a traditional paella pan, with waiter serving on the plate, features clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, calamari, chicken and pork, baked with Valencia rice, extra
virgin olive oil, green peppers, Spanish onions, tomatoes, garlic, spices and splashed with white
wine. Seafood was good, pork and chicken overdone, it takes about 30 minutes to prepare the dish.
Overall good food, service and ambiance.

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