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Columbia Restaurant

98 Saint George St, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
904) 824-3341
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Ranked #73 of 484 Restaurants in Saint Augustine
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. 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 Torres, 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.
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Somerset, ma
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Four of us dining thoroughly enjoyed meals that included shrimp, crabmeat, veal, pork and chicken in a variety of offerings, usually including rice. Salad was great with cheese, ham slivers, and green olives. Intrigued at trying some tempting desserts but too full. Good, attentive service.

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Athens, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We felt compelled to stop in for what would be the best paella we've tried with the sangria made at the table. The general business and noise were the only distractions from an otherwise wonderful meal with more than enough for the two of us.

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Tampa., FL
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I have been to many of the other Columbia's and this was no disappointment. The food and service were just a good as the other fine locations. The décor here was extra cool because of the area.

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Ballwin, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed out dinner here. They were busy the night we visited and the server seemed to be covering a lot of tables. We really enjoyed our pitcher of Sangria's and would recommend the 1905 salad as well..

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Palm Coast, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It was a Saturday evening so, we expected it to be crowed and it was. We were told there would be a 45 minute wait which, it was. No Problem. When we did get a table we were promptly waited on. The service was good throughout our entire dinner. We ordered white sangria...good, and some appetizers. We ordered the meatball... More

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this review

We always enjoy hearing from guests who have visited with us before. Thank you for letting us know about the issues that you had with your food. We apologize that your meals were not properly prepared, and we will share these details with our chef to make improvements. More

Daytona Beach, Florida
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This historic family restaurant has lost it's old world charm that made it famous two decade ago. Now, it has become a large scale operation that has lost the individual appeal that was their trademark. It has become a busy place, serving average food to the tourists, that come in increasing numbers to this quaint location. I was very disappointed... More

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know about the issues that you had with your food and service. We apologize for the many mistakes that we made. We will share these details with our manager to make improvements. More

Saint Augustine, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We enjoy the famous salad, tapas and seafood dishes, but on several occasions, over the last 2 weeks, there was bread crumbs all over the chairs, dirty eating utensils, dropped food on the floor. Very busy place, known for good food, but they also seem too busy to keep cleanliness around their tables? Strive to be better Travis!

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this review

We are pleased that you have enjoyed your meals with us on your visits over the last 2 weeks. And you are correct, we need more attention paid to service. Thank you for sharing these examples with us, they will help us to do a better job. More

Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Ever find yourself in one of those quaint restaurants that has a menu which is also it's history lesson? Well this is one of those places. It's history is told through it's menu and you might find yourself hanging onto it for further reading while your meal is prepared! I ordered the Roast Pork “A la Cubana” which is billed... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The food here was fairly good however our server was horrible. He barely checked on us and mixed up drinks after he took them for refills.

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this review

We are pleased that you enjoyed your meals, but we must apologize for the poor service you received. We know that we are only as good as our last meal, and we will remind our servers of the standard of service that we expect them to deliver when taking care of our guests. More

Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I admit I only came here to get dessert after a bad expensive meal somewhere else. I walked in and it looked very elegant and we were in beach clothes. However because its St Augustine, even though it looked like fine dining, people did not have a dress code inside. We were looking for a Guava cheesecake but they told... More

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