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“Good, but not worth the price.”

Columbia Restaurant
Ranked #42 of 579 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish, Cuban
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Family-owned and operated for over 111 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon and fresh seafood specialties. Don't miss Columbia's Original "1905" Salad(R), prepared tableside with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a 110-year-old 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 dining rooms, filled with hundreds of hand-painted tiles and Spanish-style fountains. We are a sister to the Columbia in Tampa's Ybor City, founded in 1905. Children's menu available. Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men. Open 365-days a year, including all holidays. Please visit our website for the most current menu listings.
Tallahassee, Florida
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“Good, but not worth the price.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

The service was great, but the food was not worth the price. Perhaps I had high expectations, but overall not the best Cuban cuisine.

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“Way too expensive!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2012

I know about real Spanish food. They just have a name but the Spanish food as paella, it's just a regular rice with chicken because to find a shrimp, you have to make an excavation. The prices for the small plates are way to expensive. I know what is a real paella, not even close in this place. I hope that St Augustine have very soon a real Spanish food place. Sangria OMG forget it!!! It taste like they mixed the wine with water...not even mention 2 hours wait in order to sit down having small children. I'm very disappointing of this place.

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this review, February 1, 2012
We never like to read that our guests are disappointed in their experience at The Columbia, and we apologize. The paella entrée that you are describing is our Paella “A la Valenciana,” it is prepared in a traditional paella pan, with clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, calamares, chicken and pork, baked with Valencia rice, extra virgin olive oil, green peppers, Spanish onions, ripe tomatoes, garlic, spices and splashed with white wine. Since you mention that you thought the dish was mostly chicken, we are checking with our chef to make sure that the recipe is being followed correctly, as you should have found a whole variety of items in your paella. As for the wait, we do offer the option of making reservations, both online or by phone should you wish to return in the future and not have a wait.
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“Whisked me away with to an authentic era”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2012

The ambiance of old spanish villa decor and wonderful cultural food choices always makes this restaurant a good top choice of a local!

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“Try the 1905 Salad!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2012

We have been to Columbia at Ybor as well. We love their Sangria (go for the Imported selection) & their 1905 Salad. Service was great at this location & lively. Great experience & highly recommended.

Visited January 2012
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“Authentic Spanish Cuisine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2012

Enjoyed the tiled wall decor, fountains, embracing St. Augustine's Spanish heritage and the food was very good served by friendly staff.

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