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Columbia Restaurant

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 06/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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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. 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, 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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If you are looking for quiet and romantic, this is not the place. Very noisy, children running around, babies crying, air conditioner set at very cold. Food is average. Be careful with the wine you order, make sure you see the bottle that they pour...it from so you can make sure you are getting what you are paying for. The waitstaff is not fully trained about their wines, so BYOB. (My suggestion).More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was our first dining experience at Columbia Restaurant. We were not disappointed. Our server, Danica, was awesome. She made excellent mojitos table side, gave us perfect menu recommendations, and the food was superb. I am looking for a reason to go back and to...take friends!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My favorite restaurant in my favorite city is Columbia. It’s always delicious and the best time ever, but today was exceptional! I am visiting family, and this is our favorite outing when I’m here. We had Carlos as our server, who went above and beyond....Carlos was quick, he made our salads right away, and I believe mine was the best I’ve ever had at Columbia! It was my meal. The others’ entrees came out very fast. Everything was delicious and our glasses were never empty. Carlos was so attentive and always with a big smile and an engaging attitude. I can’t wait until the next time I am here and we eat at Columbia!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good is delicious! The hot bread once seated sets your buds up for an amazing Latin culinary experience. There will be no need for salt shakers as the chefs know their way around their kitchen!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of our absolute favorite restaurants! The wait staff was excellent, the food was incredible and the pitcher of Mojitos was amazing!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived just before 5:00 and were seated immediately. By the time we left there was a line for those waiting for a table. We have been here before and we're returning, looking forward to the delicious 1905 original salad and Cuban. We had not...realized the menu changes in the evening and our friends were looking for some type of sandwich also but not a Cuban. No other sandwiches available on the later menu. So that was disappointing but our waiter Bill was great. He suggested the 3 top sellers and they each picked one of those. One had the Pollo manchego and he just raved how awesome it was. I am getting that next time! Our friends said they don't have a good quality restaurant where they live and enjoyed a good dinner. Thanks for a great dinner.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend and I were in St. Augustine for 2 days and we made a reservation a month ahead. When we got there the hostess remarked immediately we were there 15 min ahead of time despite the fact pouring rain outside and we were walking...and all wet. Then she proceeded to say I gave her wrong cell phone number which I did not. They probably took it down wrong. Then said would text us when table available and I said I don't text and she looked at me like she just wanted me to go away and let me know this is the only way they do things. My friend and I are both 83. She texts so they took her number and then when called took us immediately upstairs to a corner table not far from the bar when we had specifically asked to be seated downstairs and there are about 8 steps to climb. However the waitress was fine and we ate a nice meal(s) there but I had asked for lemon with my water and this she did not bring. We were sharing one appetizer and one main course and we had to ask again when food brought to bring extra plates. So I am now asking is this the way to run a fine dining establishment and let's see what the hostess can do when she is 83. I do not text nor do I want to. Why should I have to text to be seated at a fine restaurant that is costing me a lot of money?More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was great and server girl did a good job taking our orders . Great place to eat with your family or whoever ..

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is amazing, the sangria is the best and if you sit at the bar you get waited on by the best bartenders! Michelle C and Mike are the best, Michelle has been there for 25 years and is the most friendly person I...have ever met. The managers or GM should recognize her and give her an award!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I love Cuban food and we could not wait to go to this place. There menu is limited at dinner and some items you can only get at lunch. We were questioning our waiter about the menu and he seemed to be...very irritated by our questions and just wanted us to choose something quickly. They made me a Cuban sandwich from the lunch menu even though it was dinner and my husband got some type of rice and seafood dish. The food was just ok nothing to brag about or get excited about! The only really good item was the fresh bread that they serve you. One thing that was very disturbing was the wrought iron chairs being dragged across the tile floors and get caught in the pulled up grout or big cracks in the door.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Understandably busy restaurant - make reservations! Excellent dinner! Outstanding service! The meats on the Cuban platter just melt in your mouth! You won’t want to miss this experience!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very busy at lunch the day after Memorial Day weekend. So we sat at the bar. Our experience certainly wasn’t lessened by that. Lot of unique and special dishes to choose from. My husband had the breaded sirloin and I had the salmon with artichokes....Both were excellent! Waitress and bartender were friendly even though very busy! We would visit again.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is not to be missed. The menu was fantastic with then variety of Spanish food. Our waitress was very caring and informative on the menu. We order Sangria, which was made at the table. We enjoyed the white Sangria. They also have red...Sangria. We ordered the salad 1905 that was also completed at the table. The food was gone and we left with happy tummies.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The 1905 Salad alone is worth the visit. I also highly recommend a pitcher of mojitos! The service was also outstanding. It is tough to get reservations so plan ahead!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great service and great atmosphere. Our lunch was excellent and our server was very good. You won’t be disappointed.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Columbia Restaurant

Yes, Columbia Restaurant offers takeout services.

Yes, Columbia Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Columbia Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5