Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

4.4
6941 reviews
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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.

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.

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Serving from our regular lunch and dinner menus all day, along with Father's Day features.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed immensely! Service great! One of our favorite restaurants!

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Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my Wife have been coming to this location for years now, we live in Jacksonville and drive all the way there for the Sangria de Cava... it is to die for. Besides to the amazing food. We usually get the Black bean cakes, chorizo & empanadas from the tapas menu. The ambiance and atmosphere of Columbia restaurant is at another level. I feel like I’m back in a historical era.

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N
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant! Always great food amd excellent service.

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MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Seated near a kitchen door upstairs. Staff was very loud with their partying in the kitchen. Food was Luke warm. Barely touched my food but the waiter never came by to check. The warm bread was fantastic.

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Jacksonville
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Columbia never disappoints us. Just a light lunch and a beer for me and a sangria for Carole. Energetic atmosphere

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was great! Our waitress was pregnant and did not want to be at work. Pick the pitcher of sangria not the mojitos. Your waitress makes the pitcher at your table. Ours did not know how to make mojitos. It is a beautiful place. The food was great and not overpriced.

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Orlando
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and good food. We drove 2 hours and wouldn't have left St. Augustine without (again) stopping here. Wonderful atmosphere and just overall a real treat.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The valenciana paella was mediocre. The quality of the pork and chicken was not good. The flavor was ok. The service was rushed. I don’t think we will return.

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Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of are all time favorites, great for a relaxing lunch and a romantic dinner.

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chancy was our waitress and she was so delightful and pleasant. She made our night extra special.

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BP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove all the way from Orlando to Saint Augustine specifically to celebrate my birthday at Columbia restaurant. The restaurant is decorated to reflect the Spanish culture and the food was excellent. Our server was fantastic and my husband said his margarita was the best he had ever tasted. We are very pleased with the experience and cannot wait to go back and again experience this wonderful restaurant.

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y
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!! We had wonderful service and amazing food😀

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JO
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot, excellent service and an exciting menu

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RR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the finest food and service in the state of Florida

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fresh and full of flavor was our experience with everything from our Tapas Trio to our entrees to our desert! The scallop and crab cake tapas were outstanding; very fresh and muy tasty! The red sangria was delicious and the flan was out of this world! We very highly recommend this venue! Will definitely visit again!

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VN
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am in love with the Paella and the Sangria here. The staff is always very pleasant. I’ve been before but taking my mother there for Mother’s Day was a real treat for her and all of us present. Thank you!

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MK
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 4

We have been to the Columbia Restaurant many times and this time had a reservation for Mothers Day at 5:30 for a party of 4. We were promptly seated, however our server was terrible. Waited for water and to take our drink order. In addition, we waited over 45 mins for our entrée. It was not only our table but other people with the same server. Other patrons with different servers had their entrees and desserts served before us even though they were seated after us. The waitress explained that they were busy because of the holiday. Since we were seated near the entrance, the waiting time for a table was not long, hence the excuse that the kitchen was "slammed" did not appear to be the case.
It appeared that this particular server had a problem with the kitchen, as all of her patrons meals were delayed.
Additionally, our entrees were served by someone other than our server and was tepid in temperature.
Very disappointing meal

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JT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ethan was our waiter and we LOVED him! His smile never left his face! It made my Mother's Day celebration so nice and we told him we wanted him every time we returned!!! Seriously, he was very knowledgeable about the menu and offered wonderful options. When he fixed our wiggly table, we knew he was serious about his job and it showed. Please make sure he is recognized for his professionalism, but for that great smile that radiated he was happy to be there!!!

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P
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal and visit. Fabulous food and I just love the salad. The best Mojito!

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O
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I know its in the middle of a tourist town, but the prices have gotten very expensive for regular visits by locals and folks who live nearby. Entrees were $34-$35 each and we had to pay for our salads.
Where is this headed? Get real! Its rice, beans and some mix if seafood or chicken. Free parking is appreciated in a town where parking is a nightmare.
Here's an idea, leftovers are not needed, seafood is smelly the next day anyway. Tourist really don't want them either. Cut portions, and cost and we will see you very often. Thanks

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s
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had reservations and I am certainly glad we did with the crowd that was waiting . My wife and I are in our 90's and from now on when we can we will make reservations. Overall it was great

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GB
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. It took quite some time to get our entree.

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OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had very nice dinner food was very good

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great visit was seated right away upstairs area very nice We ordered the popular salad it was very tasty and made table side I had the sea bass grilled very moist delicious with rice and seasoned vegetables my husband had the Cuban sandwich the mojito was outstanding best one ever!

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CD
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place for an early Mother’s Day meal. Great soups, 1905 salad and Shrimp salteado ever! Cafe con Leche to top it off. Plus the Cuban bread and butter is superb.

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PV
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful Mother’s Day lunch. The food was excellent and the server was very professional. I would love to go back.

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KR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time here. The food was excellent, it tasted better than the first time. A lot of flavor!! Service was excellent. I love the decor inside this place. Feels like I’m on vacation when I eat there. Prices are higher but not unreasonable. We will be back!

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AB
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and truly authentic. Sangria was delicious and the fresh warm personal loaf of bread is worth the trip

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LI
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food and service are always great

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KR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! We were there for our 24th anniversary and we’re not disappointed.

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and Atmosphere. Reservations highly recommended with a minimum of 3 weeks of anticipation.

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Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

First time to the St. Augustine location and be warned get there early enough to find parking. Our dinner was OK...The salad was great, the bread perfect, the house wines incredible, the black beans and rice terrific. Our dinners however were bland, which surprised us , we will still always come back and this may have been just an off night and is still one of the best restaurants around

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SS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we visit St. Augustine we make a point of eating at the Columbia Restaurant. The food is spectacular, the atmosphere is relaxing, the service is impeccable yet never intrusive, and the facility is beautiful! Makes for wonderful memories every time we go!

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p
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a smaller meal, order a cup of black bean soup, scallops on the tapas menu! Delicious! With the wonderful bread and butter, it’s perfect. Don’t skip the Flan, though! 😁. Tracy took really good care of us to make a delightful lunch.

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JT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The choices of food are Amazing. The quality of the sea food in the paella was super!’
Thank you

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AL
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We always have a great time at Columbia. We could just sit and eat the bread all day.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming Cuban restaurant with a beautiful setting. The sangria was great and the food was outstanding.

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JG
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Not as good as previous years. The 1905 salad was disappointing no taste and wet,wilted lettuce. Cuban sandwich was very skimpy . Don't think we will return

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LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Our food was cooked and seasoned to perfection!! Our server was not very attentive, somewhat indifferent

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LB
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

The Columbia was a wonderful place for dinner and drinks! Beautiful old building , well cared for and clean! The food was delicious, with a very extensive menu. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. Strongly recommend!!

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