Serving from our regular dinner menu all day, along with Mother's Day features.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
The restaurant took us as soon as we walked in which was 30 minutes before our reservation. Our dinner was great, the wine was perfect.
I’m from Ohio and was told by several people to visit the Columbia restaurant while in St Aug. I enjoyed the food and atmosphere however the lack of fine dining service left me feeling less than. When I asked our server what their specials of the evening, she literally told me to look at the card on the table! I was shocked. And there was only 1 featured dinner. I wished she was more professional and told us the specials for the evening as a part of her welcoming us. We ordered two pitchers of sangrias (1 white and 1 red) and she was slipping our drinks as she stirred them. I’m wondering now if she way new? Between forgetting our guests non-alcoholic beverage and general lack of serving etiquette, overall I wasn’t impressed.
Good food and good service. Servers and greeters/ hostesses were all attentive and did their job professionally and friendly. Will go back whenever I visit. I will recommend.
I had the stuffed croupier. It was almost inedible. So salty. The only thing that was good was the bread and asparagus. I'm not a complainer, so we left without saying anything, but would not go back. For the price, everything should be amazing.
The shrimp and rice special was very good, the Cuban dish not as good. The waiter was either not very knowledgeable or in too much of a hurry to help us pick a meal. Overall, the experience was good.
We were in St. Augustine for the weekend and Columbia came highly recommended by a friend. We were not disappointed. Loved it and would like to try the one in Ybor next.
Waiter was awesome and the food great
Recommend making reservations as everyone else knows how good this place is
Will come back and recommend to others in conversation!!
The food is good, but they serve small portions compare to the price.
The Columbia is a long time favorite of mine and it lived up to my high expectations this time as well. The service is always great. The food is always yummy. I love the black bean soup. This time I tried their Tortilla Espanola and I loved it too.
Nice place, the Spanish food wasn’t so authentic. The flavors were a little dull.
Nice lunch specials with sangria made table side was a nice touch
The only item ordered that we thoroughly enjoyed was the 1905 salad. The food that was ordered seemed to have jus been slapped on a plate. We were not happy paying over $100 for a horrible meal. Would not go back very disappointed. Not worth the hype.
We loved it. Nice atmosphere. We had kids with us and had a lovely evening and enjoyed lovely wine and the food was delicious. Our service was great!
Memorable St. Augustine experience! Yummy Tapas, Fun beverages, Energetic atmosphere and Delicious desserts! Jona helped us make the perfect selections!
On a golf outing with 11 guys (12 total) in St Augustine. Made the reservation on the same day for 7:30 pm. Arrived early and after a few adult beverages we were seated about 7:35. Our server (Abby or Abbie) greeted us immediately and from that point on, we were treated like royalty. Abbie did NOT miss a beat. Everything we asked for or ordered was absolutely perfect and on time. The food for all 12 of us came out at nearly the same time and was hot and she was flawless in giving the right entree to the right person. To a person, we raved about the portions and the quality of our food. Also, each of us commented to one another how superb of a job Abbie did. As the “leader” of my group, everyone thanked me for choosing Columbia for our last dinner of the trip. When I was working and traveling my entire career, I never tipped more than 20 or 25% but that evening I felt compelled to tip her more and tipped this fantastic server 50% - yes, 50!! I sure hope Open Table shares my comments to the restaurant and to Abbie so they know how much she was appreciated. Thanks Columbia and Abbie. You’re both amazing. Bill Hershman, Hilton Head/Bluffton, SC.
The best ever! Thank you!! The food was amazing. The atmosphere amazing. The worker amazing. They followed my requests in my reservation perfectly. Thank you again I couldn’t have asked for a better evening with my love.
Columbia is a good go-to. It has been around for a very long time, and for good reason. The only negative thing I could say was that the women's bathroom did not smell clean. The food and service were both excellent.
We are relocating to Saint Augustine. And this is one of our favorite places that we come to, you or large, no elbows hitting each other and I'm very comfortable in my wheelchair. Add the food is excellent. We always have a good time and we have a table of 10 and here is a whole hell of a lot more affordable than New York
My wife and I live if for great mahi mahi !
Keep up the great work and your waitstaff is awesome also friendly and knowledgeable
So many choices on the menu, it was difficult to make a decision. The waitress guided us through some of the favorites and we were very pleased with our meals. Authentic tasting food, reminded me of meals that I've had in Spain.
40th wedding anniversary. Expressed this during reservations online and at check in.
Disappointed that NOBODY acknowledged our special occasion
The atmosphere at the St. Augustine branch of The Columbia is antiseptic. It's pretty, but it looks like Disney attraction.
The wait staff should learn to pronounce Spanish.
The Sangria de Tinto was disappointing. Not enough Brandy and there may have even been some kind of soft drink in the pitcher. Considering they only used a split of red wine, there had to be some kind of extender used (I suspect 7-Up).
The Boliche entrée was rather skimpy and they tried to make up for it with copious amounts of rice and beans. The beans were very good though.
Super loud no conversation possible. Food was cold. Chairs were so uncomfortable made for little mini people. Super full people on top of each other. Waiters all congregating blocking the atmosphere. Sorry. Only good thing was the mojito
Great restaurant with a unique ambiance and plenty of room. The food was authentic and plentiful. Service was prompt and courteous and by using OpenTable we bypassed others who were waiting 30+ minutes at lunch on Saturday to eat here.
Nice amazing food the salad 101 oh my was so delicious, the sangria was so good ... food was so good - we enjoyed a lot and we always come
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The food was excellent as always. The cuban was huge. Glad we shared it.
The food here is great and authentic! The service was phenomenal! It's a great place to make a memory. (Anniversary, Birthday, get togethers, etc.)
Service was really slow. Had to wait 20 min after seated just to get water. Food did not come out until almost an hour after seated. Total time was 1:30-2:00 just for two entrees.
Columbia came highly recommended by a coworker and it did not disappoint. Our server was fantastic and the food, drinks and ambiance was incredible. We would definitely visit again!
Had been at the Columbia in Ybor city. Tried St. Augustine. Staff was wonderful. Our server was amazing and the food was incredible
Our best meal in St. Augustine! We had a reservation & were seated promptly. Our server was excellent. She provided good information that helped us make our dinner & dessert choices. Both of our fish dishes were outstanding as was the rice served along side. The white chocolate bread pudding & cafe con leche was the perfect ending. Cannot recommend this place highly enough.
Really should check EVERYTHING on your list...Magnificent restaurant..Beautiful..Awesome menu and the food EXCELLENT..Server WONDERFUL..All personnel from front desk to seating to server..EXCELLENT..Had not been to restaurant for quite some time..due to husband's illness..Husband passed away recently and family members from out of town came to visit me and I had a Birthday also..Told to pick "something special"..and I thought and thought..as I had not been downtown for some time..know there are SO MANY wonderful restaurants in the area..but came up with Columbia..due parking..since this was the VERY busy time..and like the fact that parking available..etc..Went inside and was amazed..So beautiful..in all ways..It has been a long time since I've had such deluxe dining and I am going to make it a point..since I am so lucky to live in St. Augustine..and now alone and a senior citizen..up there..to make sure that I visit more often and bring friends and family and whomever is around to bring to that marvelous..enjoyable..restaurant with FANTASTIC..EXCELLENT food and menu and so much more..I could go on and on..Loved the making of the salad..the appetizer..the bread..the Red Snapper that I enjoyed and the others had perfect food also..Just made my Birthday more than wonderful and a happy occasion after losing my husband after 35 yrs of marriage..so recently..
Really made my day and brought up my spirits and the interior is so gorgeous..LOVED IT ALL..every bit of the experience..and I love the beautiful COLD glass of water served..I will more
than likely visit by myself also..now that I plan on venturing back downtown after a very long time of missing St. George St..Have had a couple of visits to the Columbia Restaurant a few years back..and this re-visit just perfect..Thank you..
Wonderful Spanish Cuisune - just amazing flavors and wines. Try Don Caesar’s Cabernet Sauvignon if you like a dry and memorable red wine. Get the bottle! The Robert tapas are in a fermented and delicious dressing and are carved from every other bone. Flan dessert is authentic and just damn good. For entree, we split the Spanish National dish which included shrimp, clams, squid, chicken and pork over yellow rice - heavenly!
Awesome time as always. Good food, great service Always a must when in town.
I had read all the review for The Columbia and it was a must see. We had many wonderful dinners in St Augustine but none were quite like the Columbia. The Grouper and wine selection was outstanding. Our waitress, Cecelia, was great.
As a Florida native, I always make this a destination with my husband when we go to St. Augustine during spring break annually. It’s one of our favorite restaurants. Love the food, but during this specific dinner visit the service wasn’t that great. Our server was nice, but she went MIA a couple of times. We asked how the white asparagus app was and ordered it not knowing it was going to be cold (also, not mentioned on the menu). I’m not a picky eater at all, but it seemed like it was canned white asparagus and had a mushy consistency. It did not look, nor was it appetizing (no offense). We did not send it back and paid for it, but definitely not worth $10! Otherwise, still love Columbia! We will just stick with lunch and our traditional menu orders next time.
Always come here when we are in town. Love their tapas.
Service was subpar. Never got refills. Server couldn’t answer basic questions about the area. Never checked on us once the food came. He was either very distracted or just not a good server. There was no manager in sight. The Cuban sandwich was served cold but was still tasty. The other food items were good. Overall I was disappointed.
Consistently great food and service!
Columbia Restaurant has a great atmosphere. I found it funny that I was given a buzzer even though I had a reservation. The Spanish bean soup was great. I found the Cuban pork bland but enjoyed the accompanying foods. The white sangria was the best I have had.
Food was great! Poor server was overworked. Great place overall!