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Santa Maria Restaurant

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135 Avenida Menendez, Saint Augustine, FL 32084-4402
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff

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Must do with kids.

Food average, location okay, the staff bring you some bread and you can feed the fish through a little hatch while you wait for your food. Pretty cool.

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 16, 2015
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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Kansas City, Missouri
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215 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Santa Maria, an iconic landmark in St. Augustine, is no longer operating. Another local restaurant is currently in negotations to purchase the property.

2 Thank williame975
Orlando, Florida, United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

This restaurant has been on the Matanzas bay on the water for decades. While it looks attractive, the food is inedible and pricey. I have not one redeeming thing to say about it other than it is the only restaurant in St. Augustine on the water. Unfortunately, standing outside and viewing is dangerous because people feed the gulls that constantly... More 

1 Thank JimMacD23
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188 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Fortunately this restaurant has closed. It was a dump. The good news is that the owner of O.C. Whites has purchased it and will reopen after major renovating. The location is perfect, being on the inland waterway.

1 Thank nlskinner
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Very good seafood what you don't eat feed it to the fish Hush puppies are very good all the dishes I have found very cooked right

Thank Chris A
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

Stuffed mushroom caps were great. Yeah, the food was good. Water view everywhere. The coolest thing was sitting at the windows. They will give you a basket of bread and you can feed the fish. They go nuts! Thousands of them! So, it was a must do once for us.

Thank JonArlene
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

Food is not tasty and limited menu. A tourist trap. The location is perfect and the picture is accurate. Years ago it was a nice place to visit and you could feed the seagulls out the windows. They'ed swoop by and take it from your hand. Was in St Augustine couple of weeks ago. Restaurant is closed for remodeling. Hope... More 

1 Thank Ray G
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Food average, location okay, the staff bring you some bread and you can feed the fish through a little hatch while you wait for your food. Pretty cool.

1 Thank Katymon
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

As of Sept 11, this restaurant is closed for renovations. Looked like a cool place though. We were disappointed after it was recommended by friends for the atmosphere.

Thank Brandi G
Sanford, Florida
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

This is a must visit while in St Augustine if you have kids. Each table has a hatch to feed the fish that have learned where to hang out under the building. The staff brings a large bowl of bread crumbs to feed them, The food is nothing special, but is priced well.

1 Thank steve b
Versailles, Kentucky
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49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

Use to eat here as a kid, was a top 10 restaurant. Last ownership was horrible. Food tasted like Captain D's and I swear my waitress was high as hell. The other reviewer was correct when he talked of cooks smoking weed on the job. I will not take my family back until under new ownership..

1 Thank 988krism

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 135 Avenida Menendez, Saint Augustine, FL 32084-4402
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Saint Augustine
  • Phone Number: 904-829-6578

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Scenic view

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