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.