Like the rich mix of cultures that make up the community, St. Augustine’s restaurants and eateries come in many flavors. Some showcase fresh, local seafood and some nod to Old Florida Southern cuisine. Most, however, take advantage of one of the region’s most precious resources, year-round garden-fresh produce.
A1A Ale Works, 1 King St.
Caribbean, Cuban and Florida influences dominate the menu filled with fresh local seafood, but the establishment is best known for fresh, handcrafted beers on tap. The local brewery regularly serves up a variety of ales and lagers. For information, call 904-829-2977.
Caps on the Water, 4325 Myrtle St.
Widely recognized as an inviting outdoor dining experience, Caps on the Water borders the beach on the Intracoastal Waterway. Caps serves up new coastal cuisine, pairing fresh local seafood with traditional Southern and Mediterranean flavors. An extensive wine list and full bar is available. Though Caps on the Water is a casual dining experience, the oyster bar provides an even more relaxed feeling.
For information, call 904-824-8794.
Columbia Restaurant, 98 St. George St.
The Columbia Restaurant Café, a Tampa-based restaurant, has a rich history in the state of Florida. Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez Sr., Columbia’s cuisine in authentically Spanish with chorizo, black beans and plantains appearing in several dishes. Voted “One of 10 Great Places to Make a Meal Out of a Salad” by USA Today, the restaurant’s signature “1905” salad has not changed in more than 100 years. For information, call 904-824-3341.
Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sunday noon–10 p.m.
Conch House, 57 Comares Ave.
A Caribbean-inspired resort and marina built in 1946, the Conch House restaurant serves chicken, steak and pork dishes in addition to their signature seafood offerings. In addition to cabana-style outdoor dining, the homemade key lime pie is a local favorite. For information, call, 904-829-8646.
Gypsy Cab, 828 Anastasia Blvd.
Founder Ned Pollack introduced urban cuisine when he opened the doors of Gypsy Cab Company in 1983. Like St. Augustine itself, Gypsy Cab mixes the cultures of many into a smorgasbord of flavors. Borrowing from Italian, German, Cajun, Mediterranean, classical European, Southern, Oriental and “Floribbean” cuisines, the menu offers something for everyone.
Open Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m.
For information, call 904-824-8244
The Floridian, 39 Cordova St.
The Floridian has one simple goal: To make great food using local, seasonal, sustainable ingredients. Because the focus is on local, seasonal foods, the menu changes continuously but reflects a sincere appreciation for Southern cuisine. Sample items include Fried Green Tomato Bruschetta and Shrimp and Sausage Pilau.
Open daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Closed for lunch on Tuesday
Open Monday–Friday 5 p.m.–9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 5 p.m.–10 p.m. for dinner
For information, call 904-829-0655.
Creekside Dinery, 160 Nix Boatyard Road
Situated on a marsh-side creek in an old, white-washed Southern-style house, Creekside Dinery specializes in plank cooking — baking fish, chicken and steak on a 1-inch thick oak plank to seal in juices and add a subtle wood flavor to the meat. Entrees also include seafood and Southern-style favorites such as fried chicken and Okeechobee Catfish fillets. The diner also features nightly live music and marshmallows are usually available by the fire pit for roasting.
Sunday–Thursday, 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
For information, call 904-829-6113.
O.C. White’s, 118 Avenida Menendezdez,
Housed in a building dating back to 1790, O.C. White’s offers a unique dining experience and relaxing marina view. Specializing in fresh local seafood, crab cakes, homemade chowder and fresh catch are always on the menu. For information, call 904-827-0808.
O’Steen’s Restaurant, 205 Anastasia Blvd.
A wait of 30 minutes to an hour is typical at this highly popular seafood restaurant famous for its cracker meal breaded fried shrimp. The menu features simple seafood and local favorites like Minorcan clam chowder and chicken pilau. Fried chicken and pork chops are also on the menu.
Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
For information, call 904-829-6974.
The Raintree, 102 San Marco Ave.
Tristan and Alex MacDonald sailed from their native England on a 45-foot yacht in 1979 to escape the high taxation that limited their ambitions. Once they landed in St. Augustine with their two children, the couple bought and renovated a late 19th century-Victorian house north of the Castillo de San Marcos and turned it into a restaurant.
The Raintree, which has been recognized nationally and internationally as one of Florida’s top destination restaurants, serves an intercontinental menu that blends Mediterranean, American and Asian cuisine. Their signature dish, beef wellington, nods to the owner’s British heritage. A filet mignon and truffle pate baked in a puffed pastry and served with Bordelaise sauce, the dish has become a favorite among guests.
Open daily 5 p.m.–10 p.m., Sunday brunch 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
For information, call 904-824-7211.
Sunset Grille, 421 A1A Beach Blvd.
A relaxed, beachside atmosphere and upper deck outdoor dining make this Key West-style experience a treat. Though the restaurant offers fresh seafood, as one would expect from the close proximity to the ocean, American-style pub selections are also available including burgers, pasta and award-winning baby back ribs.
For information, call 904-471-5555.
Gas Full Services Restaurant, 9 Anastasia Blvd.
Gas serves up American pub cuisine in a fun, funky 1950s retro diner-style restaurant. A favorite St. Augustine lunch spot, Gas creates mile-high juicy burger combinations like the jalepeno popper burger and blue cheese bacon burger. If the loaded homemade chips with cheese béchamel, bacon and scallions seems a little heavy, patrons can opt for the Southern classic fried-green tomatoes. Known for its beer collection, Gas has a long list of bottled craft beer and plenty of brews on tap. Open Tuesday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
For information, call 904-217-0326.
St. Augustine residents Henry and Esther Whetstone opened their first ice cream store on St. George St. in 1966. The ice cream parlor, now known as Tedi’s Old Tyme Ice Cream, quickly gained a reputation for the best ice cream in town. Longing to break into the chocolate business, the Whetstones set out to learn everything they could about chocolate and began developing recipes in their small kitchen. By 1967, they were selling 13 flavors of fudge in addition to an assortment of hand-dipped chocolate confections.
When daughter, Virginia, joined the family business after graduating from Vanderbilt University, the business began focusing on artisanal offerings and wholesaling their superior chocolates. Although small wholesalers, Whetstone Chocolate remains highly sought after for its quality, creativity and innovation.
Whetstone Chocolate Locations
Open 7 days, Sunday–Thursday: 10:30a.m.–7p.m., Friday– Saturday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
42 St. George Street, 904-825-1720
Monday–Friday: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sun noon–5 p.m.
139 King Street, 904-217-0275
Monday– Saturday: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Closed Sunday
13 Anastasia Blvd., 904-825-1725