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Columbia Restaurant

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
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  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 06/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
The exquisite Columbia Restaurant sits in the heart of St. Augustine in the historic district of the nation’s oldest city, which was founded in 1565. Enjoy our award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine while eating lunch or dinner in our dining rooms filled with hundreds of hand-painted tiles and Spanish-style fountains.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $48
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Spanish, Cuban
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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As always, we enjoyed visiting the Columbia restaurant on our trip in St. Augustine! We tried some different tapas this lunch - black bean cakes, crab cakes, funded, and empanadas - all were delicious! Also, enjoyed the red sangria.

Date of visit: October 2020
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It was suggest by another traveler that I should go to Columbia for its famous salad while in St Augustine. I was a bit skeptical but took a chance and it turned out to be wonderful. I sat at the upstairs bar and ordered Sangria,...the small 1903 salad and the Crab cake appetizer and was pleasantly impressed. All were delicious and the perfect proportions. The staff were accommodating and friendly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting St Augustine. In addition to the restaurant, Columbia has a gift shop that has imports from Spain as well as their salad dressing for sale. It’s worth taking a look before you leave or while waiting for a table.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Seriously, how is this glorious restaurant not higher on the list?! The original Columbia began in 1905 in Tampa’s Ybor City, and is in a class by itself, but this iteration comes close. The menu is large, classic Spanish snd Cuban dishes, and they are...prepared beautifully. This visit we enjoyed the roast garlic pork (lechon asada) and the palomilla steak. Of course we also had a pitcher of the best sangria on the planet. Service was impeccable, as always. Tables were spaced far apart and everyone wore masks. I recommend everyone visit Columbia on their next trip to St. A!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Met some friends for drinks and appetizers, and I ordered their 1905 Classic Martini which costs $12.00. I mentioned to our waiter to not be shy with the olives half jokingly. When our bill came for our drinks and appetizers there was a $3.00 charge...for a Coke, which we did not order. When I asked our waiter, he then told me that the bartender said that was the way he had to charge me for the 2 additional olives. For a $12.00 martini!? He never told me that there was an additional charge for a couple of olives! I have NEVER experienced this anywhere! Unbelievable.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were downtown and stopped for lunch. A friend had recommended the 1905 Salad. We ordered mahi mahi which was very good. I thought my salad had too much dressing...was swimming in it.....and because I am not a fan of garlic would not order it...again. The restaurant itself is charming and the service very good.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Everything served was perfecto. Everything. Began w a the signature 1905 salad - a thinly sliced ham and cheese tossed into an iceberg with a lemon, oil, white vinegar, oregano, garlic and Worechester sauce dressing - wow. My perfectly seasoned, thinly sliced steak covered w...a delicious diced white onion and parsley mix over yellow rice w plantains, was absolutely delicious. Even the bread and butter was great. Tried the filet mignon- another hit, as well. The waiting staff, all the staff, professional, prompt and attentive but not invasive. Was impressed over the speed at which the food was brought out, as well. All this in an authentic charming vintage high ceiling spanish restaurant and setting in old St. Augustine. Perfect for one day tourists like us just off a day tour, however, NOT a tourist trap, but the opposite ! It certainly lived up to its name as the “Gem of Spanish Restaurants”.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first time there and my boyfriend is from Cuba so we were excited to try the Combo of Cuba entree and we also had the Colombian bean soup with their house baked bread and butter. Everything was delicious! We will definitely be...back.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a few days in Florida, many of our previous favorites are closed or yet to reopen, and hope all do reopen. We have been eating at this great restaurant all around Florida for many years. Yes the menu is limited, but the quality, preparation,...presentation are still wonderful. I have to admit, I did enjoy the spacing between tables pleasing. We had the stuffed mushroom appetizer, salad (hate they can't make it tableside), and the Cuban for lunch. Having enjoyed versions of these at many different establishments and the Columbia is consistently in our top 3. Michael continued their commitment to excellent service and he was great. If you have limited time in the area, make this one your first choice. ENJOYMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We always love eating here whenever we visit St. Augustine. The food is delicious, service is great & atmosphere is enjoyable. Among our favorites are the calamari, seafood paella, Cuban sandwiches, red sangria & of course the Cuban bread which just keeps coming!

Date of visit: October 2020
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guestservices1905, Marketing at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

If you want fresh baked Cuban bread, we've got plenty to offer! Thanks for the kind words, H-G.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in for a Cuban sandwich and a Margarita on a very hot day! Everything was excellent!! I understand there are a number of Columbia restaurants, this was my first time. Highly recommend!!

Date of visit: October 2020
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guestservices1905, Marketing at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We have seven locations in Florida. We appreciate you visiting our St. Augustine restaurant. Hope you find a chance to visit others in Tampa, Clearwater Beach, Sarasota and Celebration.

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triciaann5775
February 18, 2020|
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Response from Perry K | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a lot behind the restaurant but it was chock full on Saturday at lunchtime with a sandwich board blocking entry saying "FULL." Parking in the old area of the city is VERY tough!
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Bigbird9
May 29, 2019|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
We do have a children's menu, here it is: CHILDREN'S MENU - For children under 10* ________________________________________ Cuban Sandwich $5.95 Macaroni & Cheese $5.95 Chicken Fingers $5.95 Steak $5.95
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4simou
May 17, 2019|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Check these tapas choices out! Coliflor Frito – Fried cauliflower florets breaded with crumbled plantains, tossed with sea salt and served with flavorful brava sauce. Makes a great vegetarian choice. Costillitas de Cerdo... More
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