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.