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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.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
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.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Free Parking while dining at The Columbia in the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant.
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
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.
Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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..
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
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.
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.
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.
Great service which is what I care most about, amazing warm Cuban bread and appetizers brought right away and I love that there’s a small stick of sugar cane in the mojitos. Very charming. Food is very Spanish-American in my opinion but still very good. Had a great Valentine weekend, thanks Columbia
I ordered paella and after waiting 30 minutes (they told us beforehand that it would be that long) they brought the wrong paella order. Meanwhile my wife's meal had been served, she waited for 10+ minutes for them to correct my order but her food was getting cold in the interim. They said they would correct the order in 5 minutes but it took 15+.
Bottom line was, my correct order came out so late that my wife had finished and I was so irritated that I sent the meal back. The manager comped both our meals, which I appreciate, but I didn't come for a free meal,I came for a nice dinner with my wife.
Our waitress, who admitted she fouled up the order, was overworked and distracted. Long wait to get in, an even longer wait for food order incorrectly filled, and we both left unhappy.
Columbia's was a tourist food factory, not a fine dining experience. There are many better restaurants in St. Augustine, patronize them.
Food was great. Love the atmosphere as always. Our service was a little slow. Took a long time for our dinner to come. We were tucked away in a back corner and I think our waitress forgot about us a couple times. She was super friendly and very apologetic for all the delays so overall it was still a good experience.
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