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“Loved this place - Get the Salad.”

Columbia Restaurant
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Ranked #69 of 616 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Family-owned and operated for more than 113 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 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.
Reviewed December 8, 2017

So, I hadn't heard of their world-famous salad before arriving at the restaurant. When I go back, I will be getting the salad for my actual meal. It was one of the greatest dishes I've had at any restaurant - and they make it right at your table.

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Reviewed December 8, 2017

We heard of this restaurant chain for some time. Bought my daughter a $100 gift certificate to the chain a year ago because of the Ibor City one. We tried this one on Wednesday night and the food was good and service average . I had Spanish bean soup and it was good. Expected somewhat more but nice place.

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2017

Thank you for choosing to dine with us. We see that you enjoyed your food, but you felt the service was average. Our servers go through a rigorous training process in learning about how we expect them to care for our guests, but unfortunately we let you down on your visit. We are sorry that on your visit, you did not enjoy an experience that reflects our expectations and training. We hope to welcome you back in.

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Reviewed December 8, 2017 via mobile

We've been to the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City and loved it. This visit was just okay. We loved the 1905 salad but my veal and my husband's steak was just okay. $25 to $28 per meal is a lot to pay for okay food. The ambiance was beautiful especially with all of the Christmas decorations. I think we will go back for lunch sometime because we enjoyed the salad so much, but that is probably all. There are so many other amazing restaurants in Saint Augustine to visit while we are in town.

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2017

We always enjoy hearing from guests who have dined with us before, and have returned.
We are pleased that you and your husband enjoy our “1905” Salad so much. We are sorry that you both felt your meals weren’t delicious. We have precise recipes and portion sizes, so they should never vary. Thank you for bringing these to our attention. We have notified the executive chef who can ensure that our recipes are followed correctly. Did you happen to mention any of these issues to your server, or to a manager? We hope that issues never happen, but if it they do, we want to fix them immediately. On-site managers have the authority to address problems on the spot. We stress to our employees that we MUST provide an outstanding meal for everyone who chooses to spend their time and money with us, and we are sorry that we got it wrong on your visit.

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Reviewed December 8, 2017

The food here is very good and the setting is very nice too. I love the history of the restaurant so it was great to finally eat at this St. Augustine institution. Everyone in our group enjoyed their meal.

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Reviewed December 8, 2017

fun setting different looking rooms and a nice gift shop..very very tasty house salad and delicious sangria...

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