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Columbia Restaurant

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Sun, 2/24
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings

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Family-owned and operated for more than 114 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. Open 365-days a year, including all holidays. Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men. Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Red Snapper "Alicante" and fresh seafood specialties. Don't miss Columbia's Original "1905" Salad(R), prepared tableside with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Be sure to sample a fine Spanish wine like Montecillo or Campillo. Relax in our courtyard or Mediterranean-style
$10 - $48
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Spanish, Cuban
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My wife and I stopped in for lunch not knowing anything about the restaurant! Short wait for lunch was well worth the wait! My wife had an eggplant dish and I had a Spanish style pot roast. Both were excellent and large portions. Great value...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank P2967PRmikew
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stopped in St. Augustine on the way home ftom the 500 and went looking for an early dinner. I emphasize early because by the time we left the wait must have been very long. We were seated immediately. The service was attentive and my Redfish...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank timetraveler8
Reviewed yesterday

We. have enjoyed Columbia's Resturant's several times in Tampa, Clearwater/Saint Pete but this time our server was not up to the level we normally have. He was slow and the salad dressing was missing and ingredient (likely squeezed lemon) so we were a little disappointed....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank RiverQC
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went here tonight, it was never as good as the one in Ybor city but it was still pretty good and a place we brought our visitors. The last 2 times the Paella has been very salty, the Palomilla steak did not have a lot...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank GLB33
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very popular eatery in the center of this touristy town, but it somehow manages to serve hundreds of people with great tasting food, in a large busy setting. Make sure to order their unique appetizers and main courses.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank EvanBocaFL
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Dave our server was awesome.,made a great sangria. Table side salad was fabulous. Great job Dave!! Very accommodating in the food selections. Paella was Awesome. Would recommend it to everyone but a reservation is necessary.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Carol G
Reviewed 3 days ago

We always try to make it to Columbia when we are in St. Augustine. Eight of us went there for Valentines Day dinner. My husband and I alwayss get the seafood cannelloni which is amazing (and very rich!). One person got the pork chop and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank JLA311330
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for celebrating Valentine’s Day with us. Our “1905” Salad that you enjoyed was named after the year that our sister restaurant, the Columbia in Tampa’s historic Ybor City, was founded. Today we are Florida’s Oldest Restaurant, still owned and operated by 4th and...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

3rd time to Columbia, first time to this one. Columbia St Augustine is just as good as Columbia Ibor City. I was blown away by the Palomilla. Don't miss this restaurant.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Bill T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was intrigued by the reviews and the location. It is a beautiful restaurant with a reasonable wait time for those without a reservation. Service wasn’t up to standard for a top tier restaurant. Timing of delivery of appetizers was poor, one finished before the second...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank NorthfordBill
Reviewed 4 days ago

Walking around downtown in the evening looking for a place to eat...had always avoided eating at Columbia, cuz we have wonderful Columbias close to home. BUT, lucky for us we decided to pop in for some tapas. Lovely decor...excellent service (Brian) our mussels with sausage...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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January 12, 2019|
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Response from Qba1 | Reviewed this property |
It was our anniversary and we had a nice table and were concentrating on each before we realized how long we had waited
September 30, 2018|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Yes, we have outdoor seating. Dogs on leashes are allowed.
August 11, 2018|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
That is not at all our policy. In fact, servers are not allowed to comment at all about tips. Please speak with a manager if this happens again.
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