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“Lunch with history” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Alcazar

Cafe Alcazar
Ranked #11 of 572 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
Kissimmee, Florida
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514 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 310 helpful votes
“Lunch with history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

We arrived 30 minutes before closing & were seated immediately. The restaurant is in the Lightner Museum formerly the Alcazar Hotel. The history of the old hotel is very interesting. Dining in the area of the world's largest indoor pool is pretty amazing. The service & food were great. We both had panini's. The grilled asparagus panini was delicious. Open for lunch 11a-3p daily.

  • Visited December 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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236 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“A Gourmet Gem In the Lightner Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

Here's a place you don't want to broadcast perhaps not even tell your closest friends.... otherwise you'll have to wait even longer than the traditional 30 minutes. (not so bad with surrounding art and antiques stores to occupy the time).
A charming restaurant floor design complements the Lightner Museum which was once the internationally reknowned Alcazar Hotel with its outstanding 19th Century collection. Café Alcazar is understated and yet elegant, simple but astonishingly eclectic in the bowels of what was once the largest indoor swimming pool in the world. With antique stores border both sides of the Café occupying what was once the hotel's bowling alley...add the high, high ceiling up to the museum's third floor and diners have a remarkable embiance....something quite special.

And what's even more special, as part of the Museum, Alcazar is open only for lunch 11-3 daily. The Lightner curator sets the tone, by closing his museum daily late afternoon, and it is his choice is not to have even the most determined foodies and diners trapsing through his basement.

There's no need to wax eloquent about the first class service and outstanding food. The menu drives every taste delight from a sumptuous French onion soup, to carefully designed pasta dishes, vegetarian fare including a Panini sculpted with fresh asparagus and other veggies in season, a beautifully crusted escargot dish---rich and richer. This menu will not disappoint foodies, antiquers, casual shoppers and hungry museum goers alike.

The proprietary pastries for desserts come from local chefs every day.
The wine menu is neither pretentious nor expensive, but it does match the dining fare as your server can explain.

Reservations are a wise choice. For a leisurely lunch, or brunch, of cutting edge continental food, Café Alcazar, a well kept busy little secret, is a mandatory visit amidst the art, shops and historical attractions that make Saint Augustine a gem on Florida's Atlantic Coast.

Museum parking is directly behind the Leightner museum an easy half block walk to the café entry which is on Granada Street side of the building.

While we were there the Café was preparing for a wedding with twinkle lights adorning the swooping stairways creating a fairy tale venue.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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St. Augustine, Florida
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126 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“very civilized with excellent food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

as everyone points out this restaurant in at the bottom of what was once the largest indoor pool in the US so the atmosphere is pretty cool - food is very well prepared continental dinning using the best ingredients -Paninis, tasty soups like a hearty beef barley, crepes - the word I used is civilized
since there is also a pianist and white table cloth - wait staff is top notch

open only from 11am-3pm most days - and do be aware given the large hard walled space the acoustics are not great so not sure I'd recommend for quiet conversation but a small issue for such a wonderful experience - cost is just a bit above but food is worth it

  • Visited December 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great food in a unique place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

The food is very good and the atmosphere is better. The restaurant is in the bottom of what once was the world's largest indoor pool. It is a must do. I recommend making reservations though as it can get busy.

Visited December 2013
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Southeast Florida
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Excellent lunch in the pool!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

Had a really nice lunch in this cool cafe. Great convenient location in the Lightner Museum. Large tasty sandwich. Super nice and attentive server. Reasonable prices. Also, there are a couple of fun antique shops in the pool.

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