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About Michael's Tasting Room

Michael's Tasting Room offers a unique casual fine dining experience with a celebrated chef, dedicated staff, and passion for exquisite flavors and world-class wines. Michael's Tasting Room has received numerous honors and accolades. Most recently, the Wine Spectator awarded Michael's Tasting Rooms wine list it's Award of Excellence for the ninth year in a row. Chef Michael has also been recognized as Best Chef of St.Augustine from several the city's publications, The restaurant was featured on The Food Network with Chef Emeril Lagasse during Florida's 500th anniversary.

25 Cuna Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Global, International, Mediterranean, Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Brunch:
Sunday 11am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
St. George Street

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(904) 810-2400

Website:
http://www.michaelstastingroom.com/

Catering:
Our place or yours, we can cater any size event. Call for details 904-810-2400

Parking Details:
The City of St. Augustine Public Parking lot is located 4 blocks northwest of the restaurant. The Toque Lot is located off of Charlotte Street and Hypolita Street. The restaurant is located in the north side of the parking lot.

Executive Chef:
Michael Lugo

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Michael's Tasting Room Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

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Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (58)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
Notable Wine List (44)
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Romantic (41)
Special Occasion (40)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Tasting Menu (35)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Tapas (32)
Quiet Conversation (30)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Cozy (23)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Authentic (21)
Casual (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Local Ingredients (10)
Business Meals (9)
Fun (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Healthy (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great Beer (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Scenic View (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Live Music (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined 4 days ago

We have been dining at the Tasting Room for years although it has been almost a year since we’ve dined there. We were all ready for paella only to arrive and realize the menu had changed from traditional spanish flare with a twist to a more Americanized influence. The tapas were delicious but we opted out of having a full dinner.
The atmosphere & service were superb!!

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·Dined 4 days ago

We had an excellent meal at Michael’s. High end dishes, professional service , romantic atmosphere and fun.
We were so happy a local recommended this to us traveling thru town. We will be back!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Happy Hour
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 5 days ago

This was our second trip to the tasting room. We enjoy the atmosphere and the food is fantastic. A great experience for us. We will dine there again.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was excellent and the service was attentive without being intrusive. Chef Michael was in the dining room several times during the evening.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 7 days ago

Outstanding, creative food selections and presentation. I was disappointed in wine selection by the glass in view of large selection of wine by the bottle. I ordered a Malbec but was served the house red wine. Bathroom doors were somewhat difficult to open especially for a elderly or person with disabilities. Otherwise a very nice way to spend an evening at dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We tried their new Sunday brunch and everything we had was amazing! The burrata salad, fried egg & goat cheese take on an eggs benedict and the chicken & waffles were so delicious. We will definitely be going back very soon.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Lovely setting. A waiter who didn’t rush or bug us and great food

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious food and great presentation. It’s got an intimate ambience, but not stuffy, and I love that the tables aren’t right on top of each other. It’s a bit expensive, but worth it.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

would come back, very nice place to chill and eat a meal

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was amazing! Grilled Oysters were amazing, salmon and Pork had great flavor and wine was perfectly paired. Atmosphere was perfect for date night.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Am I too critical?

It was a cold night in St Augustine. so, the interior dining room was the only one that could be used. about 10 tables for four that were mostly used by couples. bare wood floors and tables...somewhat minimalist. the wine list is extensive and, naturally, expensive. a St Jean chardonnay was $12 a glass...we had a few. two of us decided on a few small plates. a burrata salad had a good slice of burrata, but not much else for $12. vegetable empanadas had a crust that was way too thick. an octopus appetizer was very good but there wasn't much of it. Moorish meatballs could have been very good as they were tasty, but were way overcooked. Service by two waitresses was good except they were sometimes absent delivering dirty dishes to an outside place (kitchen?).

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Small plates were excellent!

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vip
 (Little Rock)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We get to the restaurant early, and are checked-in in a timely way. However, when we are brought to our table, NOTHING has been set up. We would have been happy to wait a few minutes so that the table was properly set.
We order wine and an oyster small plate to start. The wine service was fine, but the oysters took over 15 minutes to get there (our waitress DID apologize). HOWEVER. . . NO small oyster forks (we used the salad forks), and then the waitress DID NOT CHANGE OUT the salad forks that we used for the oysters-- even though we put them to the side of our table as a "hint."
The Caesar salad wedge looked better than it tasted. Kind of strange. . . the lettuce was actually kind of hard and tasted like cardboard.
The "Tomato"-Mozzarella salad had two small cherry tomatoes. . . each cut in half (!!!!!!!) Why call it a tomato salad when there are no tomatoes???
How many times did I have to asked to have our water glasses refilled. . . . one dude came by to give me a steak knife to cut my salad wedge, and never returned after we ask for water. Our waitress (who was a nice person). . . . forgot the water for over 10 minutes. Why does this restaurant not employ someone to do bread and water???
The entrees (a chicken dish and a scallop dish) had the SAME sauce. . . . a kind of overpowering (I think it was ) curry sauce that could have stripped rust off of steel.
The chicken was just OK. . . . the scallops must have been communing with the salad wedge. . . no taste at all.

If this is supposed to be an upscale restaurant, it has more upscaling to do. If you read the reviews, they are kind of bipolar (maybe that is the problem with the chefs). Do yourself a favor... assume you are going to be on the wrong side of the pole, and go to a different venue. You can thank me later.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a wonderful meal, very much enjoyed our time and the food.
Only negative was $18 class of "house wine" and glass was only about 1/4 filled.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Already booked again for next weekend! The food was great and the atmosphere was perfect for our date night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had the shortribs with Yuka. Yuka was great, not something I would have tried otherwise.
Also had Pork steak which was also very good. Would like to see a more creative accompaniment to that, other than baby potatoes which were sort of ordinary.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was wonderful! Sangria, Oysters, mussels,cheese and meat plate, fantastic!
No accommodation for gluten free diet though, they didn’t have gf crackers or bread we could put the cheese on, the gf person who ordered the cheese was expected to just eat the cheese alone. A little odd.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The staff was incredible the one was fantastic the food was out of this world everything we ate and drank was incredible

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We are so happy we discovered Michael's. Service was great and the food was delicious. We will be back I'm sure many times.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

My favorite upscale dining in St Augustine. Have eaten here many times and it always pleases.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I had the mushrooms as an appetizer. They were nothing special. My husband had the lamb meatballs which were good. He also ordered the octopus which was inedible. I ordered the sea scallops and they were not cooked inside. Our waiter disappeared. The man at the next table was very loud. It was a horrible experience. The manager was very nice. She only had us pay for the bottle of wine. Very disappointing birthday.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 18, 2018

we had a group of 7 for a business meal and a had a wonderful time. The food is very good and ambiance was outstanding. It has a lot of character and just made for a nice relaxing evening where you could enjoy conversation with the entire group.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Tapas, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Fantastic food, great ambiance and the staff was friendly and quick. Fantastic place to start our honeymoon!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Dinner at Michael's outstanding. Our server was excellent without being overbearing. There are certainly a lot of options in St Augustine, and we will return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our service and entrees were disappointing. The small plates were lovely, but the rest of the experience was really negative.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Totally overated and mislabled as a spanish tapas restaurant. They have no clue as to what real spanish food is supposed to taste. Worst shrimp al ajillo ever! Nice and friendly staff but have no clue of what is professional level service. Go for the wine tasting only although their wine list is well overpriced.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We live locally and it was our first time at the restaurant. I read mixed reviews prior to booking. Our experience was wonderful. We made reservations. The service was attentive, the food was prepared perfectly- salmon was cooked spot on along with the short ribs, the vegetables were in season, the wine selection was extensive. The prices are comparable to any mid/ range restaurant. We had an appetizer, 2 glasses of wine and meal all for under $100.00 not including the tip.

Do need let the restaurant exterior deceive you. The inside is cozy and inviting. We loved the experience and will be back again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Organic, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always Excellent!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Took my wife here for our first wedding anniversary. My wife has a food allergy and cannot have any dairy what-so-ever. I called the restaurant ahead of time to let them know and they went above and beyond to accommodate us and went as far as creating a menu for that evening that was completely dairy free . I was very impressed with this establishment from top to bottom. Service was outstanding, food was excellent. I cannot say enough about Michael and the staff, they provide a superb dining experience. We will be going back

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Organic, Authentic
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We have our annual dinner meeting here and it never disappoints! The service is fantastic, the food is always wonderful and they know how to handle large groups.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Tapas, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 4, 2018

As always, Michael's Tasting Room was great across the boards. Service, food, atmosphere, wine list, etc... ...I could go on and on. Star, our server, was a Star as well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Our dinner was great and the service was excellent. It was the perfect relaxing evening to celebrate our new marriage together.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Pleasant ambiance. Food was a bit salty and overpriced.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great experience. We had a great tasting meal and wonderful service. It was really cold on Sunday, we waited for our reservation which ran late and wished they got those space heaters going to make us comfortable while waiting. Definitely will go again on a regular night to get more options and not on a night for a set menu.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We feel we paid too much for we had. Sure it was nice, but $150. 00 for a taste of wine pairing on top of $75.00 per plate? Come on! The killer was a 20% service charge. Never again.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Big disappointment, sadly. We tried many of the small plates, all were just mediocre, nothing special at all. I had high hopes due to all the great reviews, oh well - maybe was an off night idk.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent service - table was not ready so they gave us each a drink and an appetizer to share in their wine room. Above and beyond. Burger was truly phenomenal and the met time w go back I will have it again. Other entree was filet mignon. Smaller portion, but at least it wasn’t manageable and not a waste. Fantastic meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Overall it is a nice place and we enjoyed our meal. However, the service was very slow. Took quite a while to get our 2 drinks once ordered (wine and beer) and the one app/tapas that we ordered took a long time. Everything was slow. Once we got our bill, she took a long time to come back and get it to process. Maybe it was just our server? She was nice but very slow and not overly attentive. Definitely affected our experience. Also thought it was a little pricey for what we got. For these prices, I at least expect quicker and more attentive service to make it a more quality experience.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This is a long-standing favorite for us. Michael Lugo s likely the best chef in our little town and the food is consistently good. Everyone we've sent there has enjoyed it as well. There's lot of interesting dishes and the wine list rocks!

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Beyond my expectations!!!

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