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“Great atmosphere and food.”

Columbia Restaurant
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Ranked #46 of 593 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Acworth, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and food.”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We had been to the Columbia on Lido Key, and enjoyed it. So we had to go here. Had the Sangria. Great as usual. The food was delicious. We were there on a Tuesday.Go there.

  • Visited July 2013
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Vero Beach, Florida
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“a Florida favorite”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is a Cubano restaurant that we have visited before while in Florida...The have many locations and the food is always delicious. They do not advertise a lot because they do not have to...If we did not have a reservation, it would have been a 1 1/2 hour wait..It is that good

Visited July 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A Lifetime Memory Tarnished”
Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

I grew up with the Columbia Restaurants. From my fathers experiences in the '50's thru my life time. It was a place we went for wonderful food and the experience of fine dining. This was not that!
I could have been at any chain.
The service was "get them in and get them out!"
It was a $200 dinner that I was held back to not tell the waitress what to do!!
She brought bread with no butter....Served 2 tables flaming dessert and table side salad and we finally had to ask for butter again!
Then we saw the writing on the wall and ordered only our salad and soup thinking it would"slow the pace" to what it should be.
Nope!
She brought our soup and salad at the same time! Salad was great but the soup was cold by the time we got to it.
We should have stopped then. But, we ordered mains...
After the 45 min wait on the mains (despite telling her that we wanted a "time to prepare" dish earlier to cut that time) we had nibbled bread and wine and could not enjoy eat the mains.
No desserts or coffee. We just wanted out.

I have such find memories of 3 different Columbia's. They should be humiliated. They have betrayed their history and roots here.
After 46 years of special meals and memories- I wanted to share with my family in St. Augustine for a wedding.
I will not go back to this Columbia and tell others not to waste their time nor money here. I am so saddened to say that....

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank FishinNoles
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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
We love to hear from long time guests such as yourself, and thank you and your family for your many years of visiting us at our restaurants in Florida. I am so sorry to read about the many ways that we let you down on your recent visit. I don’t know what went wrong with your server, but please know that we read all comment here, both good and bad, and will share your comments with our general manager. With the details you provided about the problems with service during your meal, our general manager can look into these issues and make corrections. We hope to have a chance to provide you and your family a better experience on a future visit.
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Winchester, New Hampshire
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Crystal made the visit wonderful”
Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stopped in for dinner a couple of days ago. We were told the wait would be about 30 minutes so we went to the bar to wait. While there we decided to order a drink and some tapas. Immediately we were greeted by Crystal who was terrific. She suggested the langosta (lobster) flatbread and we were so glad we took her advice. It was light yet flavorful. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Then Crystal brought us some piping hot bread. Wow. At that point we decided to stay right there and forget about dinner. We finished our night there with another tapas item, the stuffed pepper which was delicious. We had already had an appetizer elsewhere so these dishes really complemented the evening. Columbia was excellent and Crystal made the experience over the top.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Ps59_15
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Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great experience and great food.”
Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

The Columbia is a favorite of mine and I always have a great experience there. The atmosphere is bar none and food is always good. If you are looking for a restaurant that is nice but not over the top expensive look no further.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank SchrumEric
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