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Cafe Atlantico

647 A1A Beach Blvd, Saint Augustine, FL 32080-7957
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Ranked #224 of 484 restaurants in Saint Augustine
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Price range: $10 - $20
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Organic
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 3rd Street
Transit: Public shuttle from the downtown area.
Description: Hailing from the vibrant city of Naples, Paolo Pece is a certified master chef by the Italian Culinary Institute located in that ancient city. Chef Pece completed his training in his brother’s bistro during a two-year apprenticeship working under a European master chef before moving to New York City. There he worked as a sous chef in Al Bacio restaurant on the Upper East Side. Before opening his own restaurant in 1999, he served as Executive Chef for Il Ristorante in Chambersburg, Penn. At Cafe Atlantico, food and art provide a sensory feast in Chef Pece’s intimate and elegant contemporary Italian restaurant. The freshest seafood, pork, steak, pasta, poultry, and Italian specialty ingredients are prepared using classical cooking techniques and the menu changes seasonally. House made desserts include authentic tiramisu, panna cotta, and torta caprese; and the wine list features numerous Italian varietals and vintages as well as boutique wines from all over the world.
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70% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Had dinner the other night at this smallish Italian restaurant in the Saint Augustine Beach area, just off of A1A. There isn't a ton of room in this place, but if you are looking for cozy it is at least that. I found the wine list to be a bit limited but serviceable. There was quite a lot of pasta... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

First time having dinner here. Recommended by a friend. Small and intimate. Now for the food. Appetizers were OK. I ordered the lamb chops for dinner. Never saw lamb chops that small before. $28.00 for four half inch thick chops. My husband had the lobster raviolis. He seemed to enjoy them. This is an Italian restaurant, so after dinner we... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Lovely intimate setting, nice for couples. Our food was delicious. We especially liked the appetizers. Would highly recommend.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We had heard a lot about the café but didn't know what to expect. It is small and intimate, I love that. The food was excellent. I had a salmon, asparagus, pasta dish and there was a very ample amount of salmon. Michael was our waiter and he said he had only been there 4 weeks but he really made... More

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Palm Coast
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had looked forward to going to Cafe Atlantico since we had never been there. The appetizer of fried calamari was very good.. The main dish which both my husband and I each ordered was very disappointing. The shrimp (2), mussels (2) and two tiny scallops were dumped on top of a plate full of soggy potato dumplings. The bed... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

After reading the reviews we were excited to try Cafe Atlantic but we were very dissapointed in our meals. The Mahi Mahi was very dry and had a strange breading, I was unable to eat it. The smoked salmon pasta was mediocre and my husband was equally dissapointed in the Sea Bass. We are always willing to spend extra money... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We selected this restaurant primarily because of the wine list, as published on their web site. I realize that a published wine list may be out of date, but this list was at least 3-5 years old! All of the wines we had considered buying were of different vintages, typically 3-5 years different. For reds, this means that many were... More

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Cork, Ireland
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Went for dinner ,the last time we were there a few years ago was excellent and brought back another couple this time . We started with calamari it was cold and dry,four different entrees of which only my husbands sea bass was except able .i had lamb chops that consisted of four of the smallest I have ever had ,... More

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Everything on the menu is spectacular. Atmosphere is lovely. The place is small, just a few tables. Reservations recommended.

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Pasadena, California, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Our local landlady recommended the restaurant highly. A customer was having the bouillabaisse when we walked in, and the smell enticed us to stay for dinner. The marinara sauce accompanying the fried calamari tasted of fresh tomatoes and had a perfect balance of acid and sweet. It was one of the best marinara sauce I've ever had. The fried calamari's... More

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