A1A Ale Works

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371 reviews
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Seafood
A1A Ale Works’ passion for fresh seafood has been a hit since day one. Our menu features a variety of Caribbean, Cuban, and Florida influences. Our fish selections are picked daily by the chefs and provide the freshest flavors St. Augustine, Florida, has to offer. Handcrafted and brewed to excellence in premise, A1A Ale Works goes to great lengths to serve each guest the freshest beer possible. This commitment to serving nothing but the finest and freshest beer has led to numerous awards.
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TW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed the crab/artichoke dip and beer cheese soup. The Fisherman's Platter was okay. We also really enjoyed the grilled banana split Sunday. We would return, but I would try a different entree.

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GS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Atmosphere and the food was great!!! It was our first time to go since we just moved to Saint Augustine on that day and we will definitely be going again as regulars!!

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AS
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

great food and beer, service a little slow. ambience great, parking-impossible

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service and food were great. We will definitely go back again.

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a
Cleveland
27 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time there great service and food

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DS
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our daughters rehearsal dinner at A1A Aleworks. The food was so good and the service was excellent! We will be back for sure ! Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and the view was great !!

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Food was delicious and view from the balcony was beautiful!!!

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K
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service.

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TK
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My waiter was awesome, he was on point with drinks and when my salad was wrong he noticed right away and corrected before I had to say anything

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Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazing and we didn’t even have to wait long! We will be back for sure!!
P.S Best beer-cheese soup around.......better than my moms (shhhh don’t tell her ;))

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I had the fried shrimp. More like boiled shrimp, not quite done enough then battered and flash fried. Looked great but no flavor and wrong texture.

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Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very crowded and noisy, but the food was good, and it was worth the wait.

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EC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat outside overlooking the water, beautiful!
Our waitress, Tatianna was outstanding! She let us sample a beer we wanted to try. She was very helpful with helping us decide what to order, beer cheese soup is a must! I had steak medallions, so good. Cherry bread pudding for dessert. We all left stuffed with to go boxes, will definitely go again!

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GD
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great. Service was good considering how busy it was. Definitely worth coming back.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They ran out of multiple menu items (to include both items my wife and I wanted to order) and they were also out of milk for kids.

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k
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

When we arrived the table was ready for us. We had a table outside in the balcony with the view of the plaza and the water so we were able to see the NYE’s fireworks. Food was good, the service too!!

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I understand that it’s a busy date but that’s why we make the reservation. We wait by 30 minutes, please don’t order the Paella it was the worst flavor they just put rice and sazonador. I was not able to get, and everywhere was plenty of people so I was able to eat when I get home. No friendly for Kids

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L
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Downtown was packed due to Nights of Lights. I had a “reservation “ (call ahead) here. The restaurant was busy but we didn’t have to wait so that was great. We Didn’t get to sit along King street where I have wanted to sit the last three times we were here but... The food here is very good. The service is hit or miss. Last time service was great, this time service was inattentive and server didn’t smile until she gave us our check. It was an ok experience.

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B
Savannah
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was excellent -food, service, attentiveness, drinks, and view. The only draw-back from getting 5 stars is the noise level. I will add that this was a Saturday night on a holiday weekend, so this may not be the norm. However, it was very difficult for my party of three to hold a conversation over the very high noise level. That being said, I would not call this a good place for either a business dinner, or a romantic date.

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i
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Fried food was greasy & over-cooked. Beer was good.

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SH
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service great. However, during this holiday season no happy hour available and just dinner menu all day.

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MB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we have met friends there as St. Augustine is equal distance for us to travel. The food is always fresh and delivered quickly. Service is great and the view from outside dining is amazing. Our friends thanked us for introducing them to this restaurant, and said they will eat there whenever they are in St. Augustine. You will not be disappointed with A1A Aleworks.

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BM
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is good, view of town square and Matanzas river is very nice. We’re regulars and our only complaint is they keep taking our favorites (Blue Cheese chips, seared tuna appetizer, Angel hair salsa crude) off the menu.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good experience!

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KW
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable family holiday dinner. Call ahead seating was a great idea. Definitely shortened the wait. Food was very good and service was fine. Would recommend to a friend, we plan on a return visit.

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Jacksonville
24 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great service and the food was great! The key lime linguini is a must to try!

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AC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The location of A1A Ale Works was perfect for Night of Lights dining. The service was very good, considering how crowded they were. We were however disappointed with the serving sizes. I would describe the food as average. Also, we sent our fries back because they were not "well done, crispy" as we had ordered. They came back to our table just as pale as the first batch. We won't be rushing back.

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HP
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation for 7:00 but showed up early and they were able to seat us right away. Allison was our server that night... She knew all the specials, offered us happy hour drinks and even had a recommendation for my son. Appetizers came out timely and were very good. I ordered the Fisherman platter and it was delicious.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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RM
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Whatever you have as an entree be sure to have the beer cheese soup.... fantastic.
Wonderful place to have dinner and look at the scenery 👍

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Y
Key West
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time here. Food is quite good. Had crab dip appetizer and minorcan soup. Beer selection was great. Staff knowledgeable of variety. Seafood is fresh and presented nicely. Loved the shrimp and grits. Was in town to celebrate holiday Festival of Lights and had a wonderful view of lights from the balcony . Service was attentive without being overbearing . Will return.

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RB
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Happy hour prices were very good and service was also good. The Fisherman’s Platter stayed “crispy fish”. It was far from crispy. Breading was mushy. I should add the calamari and shrimp were crispier. Fries were barely warm. Ordered the bread pudding for dessert. Again, advertised in menu as “warm” but came out room temperature at best. The wife had a side of fried vegetables but was all zucchini pretty much. Not many other vegetables. Overall just a fair meal.

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A
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were attending an event in St. Augustine and wanted to eat near the location. This was perfect! The food was good. 3 out of 4 of us loved our creative dishes. Great view of the lights and the water.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We went upstairs and had a reservation. We were seated quick but it went downhill from there. The place was busy and noisy and wait staff seemed confused about who has each table. Waited 45 minutes before we got appetizers. Food was ok. We got the beer soup , which was spicy and I sent back. Ordered the seafood sampler which wasn’t worth the price we paid . Our sangrias were good , but that was the highlight. We were a party of four, and we won’t be back again. Too many restaurants in the area to have these kinds of problems.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good, Happy Hour food and drinks were discounted. Loved the Crab app dip. Delicious. Nice view of water on Balcony :)

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GJ
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our lunch. Our waiter was very attentive. This was for a family get-together. The kids menu was great and they were given crayons to play with as well so everyone was happy.

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CD
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Risotto tots !
The view of the harbor was outstanding !!

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JA
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We made reservations on open table for 5:45pm for a party of 6. We arrived at 5:35, we were not sited until 6:10pm. My new understanding is when you are making reservations on open table, they are not a true reservation, you are moved up the waiting list, we had reservations on the golf cart to see the lights at 7:00pm.
I had to call and change that reservation to 7:30pm, because we didn’t have a true reservation.
Drink specials were good.
Food was just ok, we didn’t have time to send anything back and we barely saw our waitress to request that.
This was on a Monday night. We eat at this restaurant several times a month.
If I wanted move to the top of the waitlist, I would have used that app.
We will still go to the restaurant, we will still use open table, but it should be a true reservation.

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d
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

it was a little confusing to find the upstair restaurant, didn't know it was all up there. but we managed and the view was great.

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter’s 16th birthday

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l
Orlando
48 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The A1A no longer makes its own beer, as it did on my first visit. However the food and drinks my party of 4 had were good and the service was quite good for such a centrally located and busy restaurant. This restaurant is right in the middle of St Augustine, a great but busy location. Nice views from the balcony.

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