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“Delightful lunch at Café Alcazar.”
Review of Cafe Alcazar

Cafe Alcazar
Ranked #13 of 601 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Casual fine dining in what was once the world's largest swimming pool. Offering international cuisine for lunch daily, and a special Art Walk dinner from 6PM to 9PM on the First Friday Art Walk of each month. Reservations recommended. Private events also available, please contact restaurant for details.
Reviewed May 15, 2012

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.

Recommended.

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Reviewed May 11, 2012

Find this place in the bottom of the Lightner Museum. No entry fee required. Loved it. Huge salads. I mean TONS of food. Great place to get out of the heat or cold. I will always eat lunch here when I am in SA. Serves lunch only!!!

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Reviewed May 7, 2012

When you visit Flagler College in St-Augustine, make sure you have lunch at this special restaurant. It used to be a hotel in the 1820s and the actual place where we were having lunch was at that time a swimming pool! Service and food are excellent.

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Reviewed May 4, 2012

The chef at Cafe Alcazar is amazing - we have had lunch here several times and dinner is served the first Friday of every month. The crepes are the most amazing I have ever eaten and the hummus salad us to die for. Everything is so good it is hard to pick what to eat. The staff is incredible and the atmosphere is one of a kind. Don't miss this restaurant!

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Thank sailstaugustine
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Besides the food being amazing, just to sit pool and reflect back and imagine people gazing over the railing where you are sitting when it was once filled with water. It now is a restaurant and lovely boutiques. Go early it is really busy.

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