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Santa Maria Restaurant

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135 Avenida Menendez, Saint Augustine, FL 32084-4402
904-829-6578
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Good for:
Large groups
Outdoor seating

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  • 80
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Come to Feed the Birds and Fish

We have never been to an over-water restaurant where you could (and, in fact, were encouraged to) feed the local wildlife from inside the restaurant. All along the window ledges were little doors you could open and toss pieces of bread (provided by the restaurant) to waiting seagulls. In warmer... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
jcord2000
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Oakton, Virginia
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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401 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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St. Petersburg, Florida
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Have eaten here several times and find it always enjoyable. Fried clams and hush puppies were excellent and the service was professional. It's enjoyable to view the many boats and activity around the Lion Bridge and feeding a basket of stale bread to the fish through small ports was a treat for my two grand-children.

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Oakton, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We have never been to an over-water restaurant where you could (and, in fact, were encouraged to) feed the local wildlife from inside the restaurant. All along the window ledges were little doors you could open and toss pieces of bread (provided by the restaurant) to waiting seagulls. In warmer weather, you could drop the food straight down to feed... More 

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Lake Butler, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The location we thought was very beautiful and scenic. Although, the restaurant needs repairs. The floors were uneven and had that damp feeling. The service was nice. The waitress was sweet and promt. The food along with our mixed drinks was great. During our meal, on two different occasions I got whiff of weed! Then a huge hacking cough. I... More 

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Humble
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Great food and very tasty. Enjoy your meal while you look at the bay. Indoor or out door setting is available.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We were there in January, kind of off season. We were greeted quickly and seat next to a window with a good view of the pirate ship across the harbor. There are wooden trap doors where you can feed bread to the fish or in our case the seagulls. We did see a porpoise swim by. The seafood was very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Located right on the water. Smelled like a typical seafood restaurant but you could definitely see the age of the restaurant when you walk in which made me leery. However we needed to eat quick before our sunset cruise at the marina next to it. Ordered appetizers hush puppies and calamari. The hush puppies were pretty amazing and the calamari... More 

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

We went to this restaurant because it is located right on the water and we thought that it would have a nice view. Well, it would if they actually cleaned the windows. The atmosphere is very dark and dreary, and the food tasted like frozen dinners you get at the grocery store. I'm all about saving money for mediocre food,... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We were greeted immediately and seated in a window area with a great view. They bring a basket of bread pieces for you to feed to the fish below thru a covered slot in the window sill. It was a cold day that day so the fish weren't near the shore, but the sea gulls were! We dropped the bread... More 

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Davie, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Lot of people got Food Posion from eating there. The food has been bad for years, they need to close it down.

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FERNANDINA BEACH
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94 reviews 94 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

My wife, her two cousins from North Carolina and I ate there in late Jan 2015. Very disappointed, we ha wished to go t O. C. Whites, but they were closed for renovations. We were not certain the Santa Maria was open, as the front desk was unmanned and thee seemed to be few in the restaurant; it appeared they... 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, Outdoor seating

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?