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Columbia Restaurant

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Spanish, Cuban
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98 Saint George St, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
904) 824-3341
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Columbia has earned acclaim...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 143
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
The best if you are down town

This place has been a staple in the city for a long time the food is always good. A lot of places are just for tourist this one is for the locals to. The flank steak is great and Cuban sandwich will not disappoint

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
John S
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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33 reviews 33 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This place has been a staple in the city for a long time the food is always good. A lot of places are just for tourist this one is for the locals to. The flank steak is great and Cuban sandwich will not disappoint

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Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

It is hard to find a better value for lunch in Saint Augustine. The 1905 salad and cuban has been our favorite for years! And the hot fresh baked bread is always a treat.

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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This restaurant has service down to a science coupled with a long family history of excellent Spanish food. They immediately bring you a steaming loaf of Cuban bread. the 1905 Family recipe salad, made at the table is outstanding and has an incredable dressing. You need reservations because it stays full. A must if your visit St. Augustine. Open Table... More 

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The Villages, FL
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73 reviews 73 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

On our second night in St Augustine, my wife had made reservation at the Columbia Restaurant as a special treat for my birthday. While she had made reservations for 6:30, we were hungry earlier as we had skipped lunch. They were able to seat us at 5:30 without a problem. Our waiter, Jesse offered to sing Happy Birthday to me... More 

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Greer, South Carolina, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Good place to eat while touring St. Augustine. I have eaten at other locations and quality is just as good. I would have rated higher if prices a little lower.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a lovely place for fine dining. Very popular so make a reservation or be prepared to wait an hour or more. I had the 1905 salad which was interesting but had way too much salad dressing. The sangria by the glass is different from the sangria by the pitcher--my single glass was just okay. My husband had a... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Upon recommendation from a friend, we decided to eat here. What a great place..such unique place to eat..amazing food for good prices... Mojitos made next to your table.. Crab artichoke tapas was amazing...a must try

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful interior similar to a Spanish villa. Nice area to walk and listen to outdoor musicians. Their house salad was delicious, however the Paella was average.

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United States
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I recently visited this wonderful restaurant with good friends that suggested the place, since they always Vigo when they are in St.Augustine. I loved the atmosphere and the the great service. The menu is unique and you will find your self torn between which plate to try . I tried the Columbia's original salad that was prepared in front of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The 1905 salad is excellent. Vacationing in St. Augustine, so only get to eat the salad once a year - it's worth waiting for. The warm Cuban bread, while waiting, is addictive.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 98 Saint George St, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Saint Augustine
  • Phone Number: 904) 824-3341

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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