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Columbia Restaurant - St. Augustine

4.4
5516 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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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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 17, 2018

What 5516 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Predictably good experience.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We had an excellent meal starting with tapas and ending with a shared dessert. The atmosphere is very relaxing and the service was outstanding! We did make advanced reservations which is highly recommended because the wait time was lengthy if you had no reservation. Come prepared to spend at least an hour or two to enjoy a wonderful evening of unique foods and excellent service. The only small downside is that the noise level is a bit energetic on the first floor. If you want a more romantic or intimate dining experience, be sure and ask for an upstairs seating option.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Everything about the Columbia was enjoyable. Our waiter was attentive and excellent and gave us terrific suggestions for the meal. The portions were generous and the food freshly cooked and delicious. The setting is relaxing and makes you want to linger a while. It was a very special place for our special occasion!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent experience. We stopped for lunch on a trip and were pleasantly surprised by an excellent meal and excellent service. We’ll stop again...

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We have visited several times, keep coming back. Love this place and the neat history. Must try the Sangria.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food. Beautiful setting. Would definitely return

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

On our vacation to Orlando doing the Disney thing, we knew we also wanted to get a return visit in to beautiful St. Augustine. This restaurant was recommended by a friend who used to live several miles away. It was everything (and more) he said it would be. Beautiful restaurant. Great history. Delicious food. And the service impeccable. Did I mention delicious food? We were not disappointed and in fact it was truly the highlight of our entire trip. I’m just disappointed that we live so far away (other side of the country) to come to this beautiful restaurant more often. I highly recommend Columbia Restaurant when you visit St. Augustine.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We dined at Columbia on the high recommendation of friends who go there every time they travel to St Augustine. We were not disappointed but need to add that the experience was not exactly exquisite. Both our fish dishes were tasty and plentiful. Flan was delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Incredible meal, excellent service and an overall delightful experience.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

This was my third trip to dine at the Columbia Restaurant in St Aug. We were seated upstairs and I was disappointed by the ambiance there. Our server was excellent. She prepared our 1908 salad table side. I had enjoyed this salad in a previous visit. This time it was quite soggy only moments after it was served. Too Bad

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

My mother and I were in town for a belated Mother’s day “girl’s trip” and were recommended Columbia Restaurant by a friend. We had a wonderful evening here! The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. The Sangria is an absolute must have! Also, ask for Carlos as your server because he was delightful!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The meal was fantastic. We started with 1905 salads, enjoyed paella, and indulged in flan and churros. Our server, Carlos, was attentive and knowledgeable. Service was prompt. Sangria was top notch!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

My wife and I spent our anniversary touring St. Augustine. After a long day of touring and enjoying the sites we enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Columbia. The food was great.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Family Birthday

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We made reservations at Columbia for 8pm. Started by ordering two iced teas and two beers. 15 minutes later we received two waters... server apologized for the delay in our beers and then 5min later we received our iced teas. We assumed our beers were on their way, so we ordered our appetizers and entrees. When we inquired about our beers we were told the bar was delayed due to a “banquet”. Shortly thereafter our beers arrived and were told once again that the kitchen and bar were running long due to this banquet, despite the restaurant being fairly empty. At this point I figured might as well order another beer since the wait was so long. About 30min into being seated our appetizer arrived. 1hr and 5min into being seated our entrees arrived and our server asked if we needed additional drinks (same drinks we had ordered 30min prior). There was no point in ordering dessert, unless we wanted to wait another hour.

Overall food was ok, atmosphere was nice, but service and overall experience were lacking.

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2.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Server was friendly and helpful. Entrees were moderately priced. Plentiful gluten free options and even a separate GF menu. I ordered the pork and my husband ordered a combo. The food was nothing spectacular, and honestly I was a bit disappointed. For all the rave reviews this restaurant gets, the food did not live up to my expectations. Especially because some folks wait hours to get a table. Not worth it in my opinion. There are other dining options in St. Augustine.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Love the 1905 salad with bowl of black bean soup. Our regular meal every visit. Quality food and service. Noise level can be a little high but does not keep us going back

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Excellent food, superb waitress (Taylor), great menu!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Excellent food, wine and Taia was awesome!

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Food is good (2nd time here). Really enjoyed the empanadas appetizer. Main dishes (stuffed shrimp was good; chicken and shrimp dish seemed to have more chicken than shrimp but it was good). Also had scallops appetizer that was only so-so. Huge disappointment and frustration with service. Very very slow and exceptionally inattentive. Worst I've seen anywhere in years. Took over 5 minutes for waiter to welcome us. We had to request bread (after seeing everyone getting theirs). Ordered a second glass of wine when he brought entree-he didn't bring it until he came to clear the dinner plate. Told him didn't want it now. He just took it and didn't say anything. He seemed to be really friendly with the other 2 tables while ignoring us and being surly with us (there were only 6 tables in our area; not busy as it was a Monday night). We asked for more bread (it is good) but he never brought it. Had put it in the reservation if was a birthday and mentioned it when he first came to the table. He never acknowledged it (don't really care about the free cake just would have been nice for someone to have said something.) We were so frustrated at the end we quickly paid and left (had planned to have desert and coffee and then buy something in their shop). Overall, even though food was good, service was so awful I would not return or visit any other location.

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The food was AWFUL - calamari was described a `lightly fried`- it was thick with greasy batter. The paella was worse - totally tasteless, chicken and shrimp were so overcooked they were like leather and the rice was mush. No apology from the manager or concession on the bill.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We are from the Tampa area and have always loved The Colombia, Goody Goody, and Ulele. The Colombia in St.Augustine, however, did not live up to the high standards the owners intended unfortunately. The Sangria was extremely watered down, my husband’s mahi was very fishy tasting, the 1905 salad, which we were really looking forward to, was way overdressed, and our friends didn’t think their meal was very good either. I did enjoy my Cuban and Spanish Bean soup though. The atmosphere was lovely.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Amazing ambience for a relaxing and exotic evening that faired very well for a mother's day dinner. Phenominal experience!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our table was ready right away and our server came over immediately to greet us and get our drink order. We then were given hot bread and soft butter. Wonderful combination. The shrimp appetizer and 1905 salad were quite delicious. All four entrees were excellent! We always go to The Columbia whenever we are in St. Augustine. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

If visiting St. Augustine and want an upscale Spanish &/or seafood experience, do not pass the restaurant by. Absolutely wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Visiting St. Augustine, we just had to try Columbia for the paella. We weren't disappointed. Great calamari for an appetizer, which we shared. The Spanish bean soup was good, and we shared the paella a la Valenciana, which was large enough for two to share. Also had a nice key lime pie for dessert. All in all, a very satisfying meal and a great value. We liked it so much that we went back the next day for lunch.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Delicious food and Sangria. Attentive service.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was great. Service was excellent. I love the ambiance. The only complaint I have is that we had a large group and hey sat us at a table in a high traffic area and my moms chair kept getting bumped all night. Other than that the night was great. The cocktails we ordered were made well and the server was so fast.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Serve and food is fantastic . The 1905 salad is our favorite. Purchased the cookbook so we can make the salad at home

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent as usual!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This restaurant is a family favorite. The food is flavorful and the service is always top notch. I try to get something different every time I go and am never disappointed. We went for Mother's Day this year and it was a real pleasure.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants in St. Augustine. The environment reflects the the charm of the city and embraces the ambiance of Cuban culture. The menu is well designed with unique plates and tapas that please nearly everyone. The sangria made at the table, tremendous selection of seafood and the attentive wait staff make this a great choice for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great dining experience for Mother’s Day lunch. The reception staff were courteous and engaging; we were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation time. Each meal was fresh and expertly prepared; our server, June, was outstanding, and the ambiance was perfect. We could not have selected a better location for that special celebration.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Recommend you make reservations prior to your dining experience. The atmosphere was excellent. The service was over the top and the food was prepared with love for fine food. Parking could be a problem, especially on weekends or special occasions. P Lease forward to Carlos our Thanks for his attention to detail and great customer attentiveness.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good value for service

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Reservation was easy and great seats. Went for a after proposal dinner and was served very well. Great Cuban bread and Columbian style food!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The service was excellent. Fresh bread and butter was brought to the table. I had the gazpacho and the traditional paella, plus a pitcher of very excellent white Cava sangria (mixed at the table!) The gazpacho was very good. The paella was fresh and plentiful - my only complaint is that it was overly salty. A very nice evening out.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We always dine at Columbia at least once during our stay. Love the 1905 salad and Cuban black bean soup. Never disappointed. Thank you for Open Table

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Made reservations but had to wait 20 minutes... food is good.. sever was fair. Like the Tampa location better.. front desk was a bit distracted and not very friendly.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The service was amazing and the food was good as well.

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