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Travelers' Choice2022
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$15 - $20
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American, Seafood
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Lunch, Dinner

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0.9 miles from St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been many times around the world and have never...never had anything as fantastic as this dish. If you pass this up when in St. Augustin you have missed a "once in a lifetime" experience.

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

We were not sure going there because of all the fried food. We ended up liking the shrimp, it was a light batter and they were not over cooked. The lady at the front was beyond nice, our server was beyond nice. We had the...pickle side, grit and beets. Gritt was okay but the rest was perfect. We have to stay here a week, will definitely go back for their special menu for lunchMore

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

Holy moly…. This place is the real deal. Simple, delicious, clean, friendly, you can’t do any better for fried shrimp or hush puppies in my opinion. Will be back!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

CASH Only restaurant, small portions, plain old decor, food was good, but not great, service was great, lots of parking in rear.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 28, 2022

By far the worst seafood I've eaten in my life . I've lived here for 65 years never been and tried this place . There was always a line , so I thought it had to be good , nope , it was terrible !!...Coleslaw was the only thing I could eat , everything including the the oysters tasted like it came from a can , gross ! Oil was all in my plate , or grease what ever it was fried in . All those people waiting in line most be from the north and don't know real Florida seafood , that was not good seafood .More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 28, 2022

Heard about this restaurant from friends. Told we had to go here and we went with family. We were no disappointed, the food and service were wonderful. We will definitely be back.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 24, 2022

Been here many times just for the shrimp. Fresh, butterflied, lightly fried, and served with their own shrimp sauce. Can't beat it if you love shrimp. Casual friendly atmosphere, cash only, prices reasonable. Too bad they use frozen french fries by the case instead of...hand cut home fries which would add greatly to the meal. Fries are thin hard greasy strips of potato placed at bottom of patter to absorb oil draining from seafood and hushpuppies. Other side choices include fried okra, which is good. Salad I ordered was small, drenched in dressing. Expect some waiting if you go at peak meal times. Register at window before entering. Restroom outside. Old established quaint local favorite.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 8, 2022 via mobile

Recently read about this iconic restaurant. While visiting the Saint Augustine area wanted to experience it. The restaurant is on the smaller side but is very clean and welcoming. We arrived about 2 PM and there was quite a few people waiting outside. I put...our name in at the window and the hostess said it would be 30 to 40 minute wait; however counter seating was available within the next 10 minutes. We opted for counter seating & was seated shortly thereafter. The six piece shrimp dinner was delicious. So lightly breaded and their house dipping sauce was amazing. Great green beans and squash casserole accompanied by a hush puppy. All of this for under $11.00. Staff was very friendly, our server was very efficient, pleasant and accommodating. If you enjoy seafood definitely give this restaurant a try. Worth the wait! Support small business!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 4, 2022

We loved O'Steens! We are from Louisiana, so we know shrimp and these were delicious. Recommended to us by friends.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 21, 2022 via mobile

Very comfortable place. We had a 30 min wait but it was nice as the restaurant had a notification arrangement made with the pub just a 2 min walk away. Restaurant was very clean and staff was courteous. Pricing was a little above average but...the seafood was great/fresh. We had a party of 5 and spent $180 for drinks/food/tip. Portions were large, tasty and filling. Parking in the area was adequate. Definitely a stop to consider.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 12, 2022

We visited O'Steens for the first time with family who had been there before. Of course we had to have their famous fried shrimp. We were pleased by the quantity and quality of our fish and accompanying treats.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed September 10, 2022 via mobile

So we had a one hour wait and one Of the patrons says “it’s worth the wait.” No. No, it was not. Overrated.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 31, 2022

We visited this place 2 nights during our St Augustine trip. The wait was about 20 min, but worth it. No frills, no alcohol, no credit or debit cards, but great shrimp. Quick service.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 20, 2022 via mobile

Gummy batter dipped shrimp. Side dishes created from canned veggies, even the peaches (now in season) are served from a can with heavy syrup. Why all the hype?

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 10, 2022 via mobile

Excellent St. Augustine red shrimp. We had the smaller plate which was 6 large shrimp, hush puppies and two sides from a very varied long list followed by home made coconut cream pie. A staple in St. Augustine, FL for over 50 years. Mr.& Mrs....O’Steen opened the restaurant in 1965 and is a favorite with locals and visitors. Get there early or prepared to wait. Cash only. We will be back!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Lovejoy D
August 24, 2020|
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Response from happyhazel2013 | Reviewed this property |
Yes as of July was open for inside small dining room and take out. Long lines is very popular and worth the wait.
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No Alcohol served
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yep, sorry closed sunday and Monday... I pay cash, but am sure others answered this....ATM's around town worth the trouble to stop at one first..... Always jammed packed, but can browse in antique store right next store... More
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Yes, O'Steen's Restaurant offers takeout services.

O'Steen's Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5