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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: Lunch, Breakfast, 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
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Scenic view
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English first
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174 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank nlskinner
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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 

Thank Ray G
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 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.

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

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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21 reviews
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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

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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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Ok, this is not the newest or cleanest restaurant. But what it lacks, it more than makes up for in fun. I can't remember what I ate but I will always remember feeding the birds and fish! The free stale bread kept coming from the friendly staff and we kept feeding those hungry creatures. Kids would love it there.

1 Thank LorraineRGould
Saint Augustine, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Since we live here, I thought I'd share that it's been in the newspaper that the Santa Maria Restaurant is now closed after a long history here in St. Augustine. Looking forward to seeing what will be there next, as it's our only downtown restaurant out over the water. My experience there was only fair, but they were in business... More 

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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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