The Columbia Restaurant - a Florida tradition since 1905.
For dinner, the exquisite Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine features marvelous Spanish cuisine. The century-old establishment first opened in Tampa by Casimiro Hernandez Sr. and then five subsequent restaurants were created. The award-winning cuisine is set in an atmosphere of beautifully Spanish designed rooms, such as the indoor patio dining room. The restaurant's tapas, such as the scallops "Casimiro" are colossal fresh scallops baked in clay casserole with butter and topped with seasoned breadcrumbs and white wine; the dish is fantastic. In addition, Columbia's signature salad, the Original "1905" Salad, is mixed tableside with gems of julienne of bake ham, olives, cheeses and a special garlic recipe. And, for entrees, the Paella Campesina is a luscious combination of Valencia rice with tender bits of beef, pork chicken and chorizo. Positively Entertainment and Dining
Columbia Restaurant attracts international guests for paella a la Valenciana and other award-winning cuisine. The Columbia is within walking distance of several historic landmarks including Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (the oldest masonry fort in the United States), the Spanish Quarter and Flagler College. Palm Beach Post
Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the nation's oldest city, and home to the Columbia Restaurant of St. Augustine, located in the heart of the historic district on St. George Street. Enjoy our award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine while eating lunch or dinner in our outdoor courtyard or dining rooms filled with hundreds of hand-painted tiles and Spanish-style fountains.
Here you can enjoy a taste of fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, along with century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Snapper "Alicante," Pompano en Papillot and Filet Mignon "Chacho".
The Columbia is located within walking distance of several historic landmarks including
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (the oldest masonry fort in the United States), the Spanish Quarter, Flagler College, and Casa Monica.
St. Augustine can boast that it contains the only urban nucleus in the United States whose street pattern and architectural ambiance reflect Spanish origins. As with any location steeped in history, there are many museums located in the area, including the Museum of Weapons and Early American History and the Old Florida Museum.
If you love to golf or play tennis, there are many courses to choose from located in the area. Ponte Vedra, home of The Players Association (PGA) and Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) are a 20 minute drive from St. Augustine's historic district.
St. Augustine also boasts 43 pristine miles of beaches. The many marinas dotted around the area make boating access convenient by sea, river or Intracoastal waterway. Fishing, diving, surfing, parasailing and other water sports are plentiful around the area.
After your meal, take a walk through history along cobblestoned St. George Street, a five-block-long, all-pedestrian stretch of mostly quaint-looking, Spanish-styled buildings that house shops with everything from T-shirts to gardenware.
Be sure to check out St. Augustine Transfer Company & Gamsey Carriage Company for horse-drawn carriage rides or a ghost tour. Explore the city in a horse-drawn carriage down the main streets and side alleys, passing through St. Augustine in its historical variety. Or join the spirits of St. Augustine on a nightly guided tour of the most haunted sites in the nation's oldest city.
We invite you to visit our on-site gift shop for a selection of unique gifts, fine cigars & accessories. And don't forget to take home "A Taste of Columbia" with our World Famous "1905" Salad TM Dressing, sangria mix, Cuban and American roast coffee, hot sauce and Columbia seasoning. You'll also find a wide variety of unique hand-made and hand painted ceramic pieces imported from Spain.
98 St. George Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Monday - Saturday (11 a.m. - 10 p.m.)
Sunday (12 noon - 10 p.m.)
Open 365 days of the year.
Serving Lunch & Dinner daily.
Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men.
Takeout: Our lunch and dinner menu items are also available for takeout. Please call (904) 824-3341 to place your order, and for pick-up details.