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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. The restaurant is owned by the fourth and fifth generation of the original family, which opened the flagship Columbia in Tampa's historic Ybor City in 1905.
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $48
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Spanish, Cuban
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Started with the table side mojitos that were very good. The 1905 salad was fabulous but a little pricey. Our server, Raphael, was excellent and filled water glasses and removed plates timely. The crab croquettes and crab artichoke dip were average. The black bean cakes...were horrible. Very cool Cuban inspired building.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful resturant decorated with colorful spanish tiles, a fountain and a lot of really good food too! Bread is served before meals. A popular resturant and worth the wait.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was great, the waiter was fantastic,on top of everything,didn’t miss a beat. love being in the old town always a great experience! Definitely recommend it.!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was great! The best Spanish rice I’ve ever had and the chicken, crab croquettes, and beef were all delicious. Absolutely GORGEOUS dining room. That being said, the kitchen was pretty slow and it took us an hour and a half toto get through our...meal. It was also freezing, like bring a sweater or jacket cold.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful restaurant, wonderful service, amazing food. Had a glass of Enzi chardonnay and the stuffed shrimp--it was a perfect meal! Will definitely make a reservation again when we come to St. Augustine in the future.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

CATERING How WONDERFUL! Columbia Restaurant is a tradition in St. Augustine. In business for more than 100 years, I just HAD TO have them cater my incentive outing aboard Sabrage - a 63' catamaran located nearby. Not only is the food authentic to the area,...the care and helpfulness of the staff cannot be matched. They have old school service - the BEST! EVERYTHING WAS SUPER DELICIOUS and carefully packaged.. from the Empanadas, to Chicken Croquets, to the 1905 Salad to pans of just about every entree and side dish they make... We had food for an army! I picked up this huge order that filled my Toyota RAV-4 to the hilt and then drove 2 miles to the dock where Captain Glen and his Mate unloaded onto Sabrage. Guests arrived and boarded shortly after. We motored off for our sunset dinner cruise and everyone was thrilled with the food and the beautiful views of the St. Augustine harbor. Thank you Columbia Restaurant!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting a friend in the area and had lunch at this popular restaurant. We were seated promptly and service was excellent. We both ordered the half Cuban and 1905 salad. The salad was prepared table side and I would highly recommend! Will definitely return!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Celebrating my daughter’s birthday ! We enjoy the food the server was very nice and at the end he brought a mini flan and they sang happy birthday to my daughter

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Columbia IS St. Augustine. When I’m in town, this is where I choose to dine. My favorites are paella with a 1905 side salad, finished with a cup of Cuban coffee and churros— dip them in guava, caramel, and chocolate sauces. Treat yourself!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friends of ours raved about this restaurant and we were told to order the 1905 salad which we did. Each of us had the salad and a tapas as we had a late lunch. Salad was tossed at the table and dressing was very good,...but portions were very large. We really should have split a salad . My tapas was the empanadas and they were fair. Meat filling was tasty, but the crust was thick and not at all flaky. My husband had the grilled crab cake tapas which were very good. Crowded and loud restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First, I want to commend our server, Amber, for her very professional and attentive work. We dined at Colombia to commemorate our 50th wedding anniversary, and she made the occasion very memorable. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions. The food, wine, ambiance, service,...and location are first class. We had paella valenciana, a hard-to-find favorite of ours, paired with the Adelita chardonnay (recommended by Amber). For dessert, my husband had the key lime pie. (He's a key lime pie connoisseur, and he praised it highly.) I had flan--as good as I've had in Spain!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was excellent! The lobster cannelloni was incredible. The waitress brought more of the delicious crusty Cuban bread so we wouldn’t miss a drop of the sherry Morney cream sauce. We had our usual Sangria de cava which is prepared table side and is wonderfully...dry. The setting and decor was as good as the original in Ybor. Much truer than the disappointing decor of the Sarasota branch of this restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had about 14 in our group. Service was good and the food was good. The half and half pork sandwich with salad was good but was a little dry. I added yellow mustard and it was better. It had a great atmosphere and service...was prompt, even for our large group. Some loved their lunch, some not so much. They have a really good selection so I would think most people could find something they like as long as they stick with what they know.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We heard good things about this restaurant but ended up being very disappointed. The waitress upsold us on a pitcher of sangria (instead of a glass) and while it tasted great, we doubt there was any alcohol in it because we didn't even get a...buzz. Zero. Then she raved about their special and ancient "1905" salad which was...a plain salad. Lettuce and tomato in a gallon of oil? I make a much better salad than this. We ordered about 7 different tapas, and only liked the shrimp. Everything else was smothered in cheese and oil and lacked flavor. Unless that's your thing, I would suggest you pass.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A very pleasant setting, but not the food. We ordered soups and a mushroom dish. Soups were horrible, made with canned beans. Mushroom dish was very good. Servers were efficient and pleasant.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Response from Neilpilot | Reviewed this property |
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I am not sure. Most therapy dogs are welcome in many of the establishments in St Augustine and other areas in North Florida. Just give them a call. On a Friday or Saturday night, I recommend making a reservation anyway.
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Columbia Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5