Last week for the second time in a year, we visited Café Alcazar restaurant, located in the pool area of the beautiful Lightner Museum, in the middle of downtown Saint Augustine.
The food was better, and every table was taken.
We had the special of the day, lobster, shrimp and haddock over freshly cut potatoes, in a light sauce. Everything tasted home-made, with a light, delicate touch not normally found in luncheon restaurants in Saint Augustine.
I commented to my companion that this same dish, in Miami Beach (where we lived for many years) would have been priced at about $29.00 or so, and in New York (where I visit frequently) maybe $39.00 or more.
The Pinot Noir was superb (they opened a fresh bottle for us, a nice touch), and I thought the crème Brulee’ cheese cake as dense and flavorful as found in New York.
The service was excellent (attentive without being intrusive), and was uniform between servers.
The decor? Well, a bit unusual, to say the least, as diners sit in the bottom of what is now a dry (of course) historic swimming pool. A bit off-putting to some, perhaps, but after a glass of wine, it curiously becomes part of the elegance surrounding the restaurant. Add candles to the piano player and white table cloths they already have, and Café Alcazar would be a romantic, elegant, nearly perfect dinner destination.