Living here, I've had the privilege of sampling a wide array of delicacies that span the spectrum from good old American comfort food to refined gourmet dishes.
This city is a food lover's paradise with culinary traditions steeped in its rich history and multicultural influences.
With an immense variety of eateries offering a unique culinary style, choosing where to dine can often take time and effort.
Whether visiting or a fellow resident looking to discover a new favorite spot, join me as I take you on a gastronomic journey through the 21 best restaurants St. Augustine offers.
Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself
A and A's Kitchen
Occasionally, I crave something that tastes like home, and A and A's Kitchen never disappoints.
It was only recently that I decided to try it, and oh boy, their food was delicious!
From the first bite, I knew that this place was something special.
The ambiance is just as inviting as the food, with its cozy and comfortable setting.
It's a nice place to dine in, and they serve some delicious food you would love to try.
A and A's Kitchen is about more than just the atmosphere.
It's primarily about the food, which was surprisingly tastier than I expected.
Sometimes you only find a place that surprises you with its culinary delights.
If you're in the mood for homely, delicious food, A and A's Kitchen is the place to be.
It's a culinary experience that I highly recommend!
DJ's Clam Shack St. Augustine
The other day, I was strolling through Historic Downtown St. Augustine when I stumbled upon a new addition to our local food scene.
Nestled snugly on Hypolita Street is DJ's Clam Shack St. Augustine.
It's a seafood joint that has been making waves since it opened.
I immediately fell in love with the laid-back atmosphere of the place.
Island music wafted through the air, creating a perfect backdrop for the breezy outdoor dining area.
I couldn't resist trying the shrimp tacos and wasn't disappointed - they were delicious.
The clam chowder was another standout, packing a flavorful punch unrivaled in this city.
My kid, not usually adventurous with food, opted for the chicken tenders, and even he was impressed.
The fries got two thumbs up from him too!
Meanwhile, the lobster roll with sweet potato fries and the overstuffed lobster roll with onion rings were divine.
Undoubtedly, the arrival of DJ's Clam Shack has added a vibrant new flavor to the gastronomic landscape of St. Augustine.
I can't wait to revisit this place!
The Sprout Kitchen
I discovered a fantastic place for a healthy and tasty lunch in this charming city called The Sprout Kitchen.
This little shop, which you can learn more about at thesproutkitchen.com, is my go-to place for fresh pressed juices and wholesome snacks.
Every visit to The Sprout Kitchen is like a mini retreat for the body and soul.
The sweet greens juice is my favorite, although my partner swears by the glowing green juice.
You can taste the freshness in every sip, instantly revitalizing you.
The salads are also a must-try - they look so tempting you can't help but regret not grabbing one.
What stands out the most is the welcoming atmosphere, making every visit an absolute delight.
I was especially impressed by their selection of healthy smoothies, bowls, and juices.
They even have a refrigerator full of sandwiches and other goodies.
I tried the chickpea sandwich, which was hearty and delicious.
The Sprout Kitchen also delivers locally, a service I am more than happy to avail of.
Having healthy and tasty food delivered to your doorstep is just so convenient.
But nothing beats the experience of visiting the shop in person.
A lesser-known secret of the historic district, The Sprout Kitchen is a gem waiting to be discovered.
And trust me, once you've tried it, you'll find yourself coming back for more.
I've been frequenting Drake's Bistro for some time now.
It's a cozy, intimate place that makes you feel at home.
Check out their menu and location at Drake's Bistro.
My Saturday mornings usually involve a visit to Drake's for breakfast.
Their homemade Hollandaise sauce is simply irresistible.
Pair that with ham steaks on eggs Benedict and your day is off to a good start.
My partner is a big fan of their homemade sausage gravy.
But Drake's Bistro isn't just about breakfast.
Their Philly Cheesesteaks are a lunchtime favorite.
Pair one with some French fries, and you're good to go.
Their portions are so generous you'll need to bring a box home.
I occasionally opt for their Cobb salad when I want something lighter.
One visit to Drake's, and you'll see why it's become one of my favorite spots.
All in all, Drake's Bistro is a place filled with pleasant surprises.
I can't wait to see what they cook up next!
There's only a weekend that goes by without me visiting Marina Munch.
The vast array of food trucks is something that always excites me.
From the delicious arepa bowls to the classic hamburgers, the food here is always a treat to taste buds.
But the crown jewel for me has to be the Uptown scratch kitchen.
Their fish sliders and fried chicken paired with garlic rosemary fries are divine.
One of the best parts about Marina Munch is its location.
Nestled by the marina, it's always a pleasure to feast my eyes on the docked boats and those that lazily pass by.
There are signs around warning about Manatees, but I've yet to spot one.
The place has a relaxed vibe, with music playing at all times.
It's an experience I relish, like a mini carnival in my backyard every weekend.
You can check their social media for the food truck and music schedule.
I can't recommend Marina Munch enough.
There's something to be said about a place that makes you feel at home while offering an experience beyond the ordinary.
I found that at Celestino's, a local gem tucked away from the usual tourist hustle and bustle.
Upon entering, I was immediately enveloped by a cozy, intimate atmosphere that felt like a warm embrace.
I tried their meatballs, a dish I'd heard whispers about from my neighbors, and let me tell you; they were as impressive as promised!
The live jazz that evening was the cherry on top, creating a fantastic ambiance that made my meal even more enjoyable.
I paired their meatballs with truffle fries that boast the perfect balance of soft and crispy, and you're in for a treat.
Don't even get me started on the brunch they serve.
Their Quiche, biscuits and gravy, and avocado toast are a testament to their commitment to deliciousness.
The mimosas are refreshing, and with live music as the backdrop, it's the perfect way to start any day.
As someone who always seeks out the best local spots, I'm always drawn back to Celestino's.
Trust me on this: Celestino's is a little slice of heaven tucked away in our city.
PK's Roosevelt Room
On a lazy Sunday morning, I decided to treat myself to brunch and headed to PK's Roosevelt Room.
The vintage 1920s ambiance immediately set a mood of nostalgia which I found refreshing.
I ordered the much-raved-about Hipster Toast, and let me tell you, and it was an absolute delight!
And my friend's Croque Monster did not disappoint either.
Walking in, I was taken aback by the welcoming vibes.
But their unique take on food sets PK's Roosevelt Room apart from the other local brunch joints.
Every dish is an exciting blend of flavors and textures, making your palate dance with each bite.
This place is a must-visit if you're looking for some soul food with a twist.
Trust me, your taste buds will thank you for it.
PS, their cocktails are the cherry on top of an already delectable brunch.
Do yourself a favor and order one.
It's the perfect way to wash down your meal.
The brunch cravings kick in the next time you find yourself in St. Augustine.
Don't hesitate to visit PK's Roosevelt Room.
It's a dining experience you will remember.
The Drunken Horse St. Augustine
I've added this little gem to my regular dining spot in Saint Augustine, FL, called The Drunken Horse.
This cozy French restaurant has such a casual and inviting atmosphere that it's hard not to feel at home when you enter the door.
It has a welcoming atmosphere, making the dining experience even more delightful.
Going through their menu is like an adventure in itself.
Their fantastic food does not feel heavily French but delivers a beautiful slight kitchen flavor.
The Beet salad and the Flat Bread are my usual go-to starters, both equally impressive in their ways.
And their main courses?
They're nothing short of aesthetically beautiful, each designed with a matching, exquisite flavor.
And, of course, the dessert!
I always save enough room for it because it's worth it.
One of the things I enjoy about The Drunken Horse is their selection of French wines.
Meanwhile, a standout dish for me is their Cheese plate with duck mousse.
Trust me when I say pair that with a glass of wine, and you're set for a memorable evening.
The French Onion soup and the delicious Creme Brulee never disappoint, though.
Overall, The Drunken Horse St. Augustine is a place that is worth experiencing.
It's one of the reasons why I love my city even more - we've got hidden culinary gems like this one.
I can't wait for my next quarterly visit.
The best way to describe the culinary experience of the local Brisky's BBQ is "comfort on a platter."
I'm trying to remember how often I've visited this place, but it's become my tradition to swing by at least once a week.
As soon as you enter this place, the delightful aroma of smoked food fills the air, tingling your taste buds with excitement.
The menu is a mouthwatering array of smoked meats paired with classic comfort sides.
My go-to is the brisket, tenderly smoked and falling apart with just the slightest touch.
The savory flavor is complemented perfectly with their homemade BBQ sauces, my favorite being the Carolina vinegar sauce.
As a side, I usually switch between their mac and cheese and the potato salad depending on my mood.
Both are prepared perfectly and provide a balance to the hearty meats.
On the rare occasion, I have room for dessert, I don't pass up the opportunity to indulge in their banana pudding - a sweet, creamy end to a hearty meal.
Aside from the delectable food, what sets Brisky's BBQ apart for me is the ambiance.
It has an easygoing, comfortable vibe that invites you to sit back, relax, and enjoy your meal.
Remember to stop at Brisky's BBQ if you're ever in my city.
I can guarantee that every bite is entirely worth it.
The Blue Hen Café
I have always enjoyed having a good breakfast, and I must say that the Blue Hen Café has never failed to impress me.
I'm at this café in the heart of St. Augustine almost every Sunday.
There's something about the nostalgia it exudes that I can't get enough of.
From the kitschy decor to the old-school cafeteria-style coffee cups, it's a place that brings back childhood memories and creates new ones simultaneously.
It's always bustling, even during the opening hours, but the wait is worth it.
It's a testament to how good the food and service are.
I usually wait about 20 minutes before getting a table, and that anticipation only adds to the experience.
You can check out their menu on their website while you wait.
The breakfast menu is full of gems.
My go-to choices are the 'King French Toast' and the 'Biscuits and Gravy' with over-easy eggs and sausage.
The food comes out hot and packed with flavors that remind me of Southern comfort food.
The prices are reasonable, the portions hearty, and the taste – heavenly.
A memorable dish for me is their breakfast burrito with sausage and red chili on top.
The red chili adds just the right spice and warmth – the perfect way to start a day.
If you're ever in the vicinity, do yourself a favor and stop by the Blue Hen Café.
Trust me; for a reason, it's a beloved part of our St. Augustine community.
It's not just a café—it's an experience.
After all, nothing beats a good breakfast, and the Blue Hen Café does it right.
As someone who appreciates a good taco, I feel lucky to have Osprey Tacos in this city.
The first time I dropped by, I was taken by the vibrant interiors.
The place was buzzing with energy, and I had heard about their various tacos, so I tried them myself.
You can check their array of options on their website.
I was pleasantly surprised by the turn-around time - my order was up in just about 15 minutes.
I was even more impressed when I saw the portions.
The tacos were generously filled and tasted just as good as they looked.
I asked for their homemade sauces and got to try all four.
Each added a unique flavor to the tacos, making them even tastier.
Along with the tacos, I got a side of rice and beans, a hit with the sauces.
While there's no indoor seating, the outdoor picnic tables add to the charm.
It has a laid-back, relaxed vibe, making it an excellent spot for casual dining.
And suppose you're into craft beer like me.
In that case, a brewery next door pairs perfectly with the spicy salsa and mouthwatering tacos.
And yes, Osprey Tacos does have a vegetarian menu.
I have tried their black bean veggie tacos on another visit, and they're just as delicious.
Perfect with tortilla chips, salsa, and guacamole.
Osprey Tacos is a gem in downtown Saint Augustine, offering a taste of Tex-Mex that you would want to take advantage of.
Looking for a distinctive spot to spend your evenings? Look no further than Sarbez!
This isn't your typical grilled cheese joint, their gourmet sandwiches are
I remember trying the 'build your own' sandwich and the 'Green Ranger,' which were quite the culinary experience.
The atmosphere in Sarbez is lively and almost electric, with a crowd that is always buzzing.
The decor screams nostalgia, with arcade games and retro wall adornments.
It's a great place to unwind by yourself or with friends.
The arcade games add fun to the experience, and there's something for everyone, regardless of age.
Plus, they have a wide selection of craft beer on tap.
I remember getting a tasty lager to kick off the night, suggested by the friendly bartender.
All in all, Sarbez!
It's an excellent choice for a fun, laid-back night out.
Not to mention the outdoor seating option if you'd prefer a quieter experience.
I can't wait to go back and try more of their unique grilled cheese options.
De Leon Latin Cocina
As someone living nearby, I've often been heading to De Leon Latin Cocina for a quick bite.
Situated right inside a local hotel here in St Augustine, it isn't the grandest of locations.
It'sThe food is quite delightful.
They have reasonable portions and are affordable, especially by St. Augustine standards.
During my last visit, I ordered a bowl, a chicken sandwich, and a side of chicken for just $35.
I must give a special shout-out to the chicken sandwich - a simple yet satisfying offering that never fails to hit the spot.
Besides the regulars, one of their notable dishes is the sweet plantains.
Deliciously prepared, they are a must-try if you ever want something different.
I'm planning on returning soon to try the empanadas and the Arepas.
While I'm not the most familiar with this style of cuisine, I've heard good things about these dishes.
De Leon Latin Cocina is a charming place to grab a bite in St Augustine.
There's this local gem I've been frequenting for a while now.
It's called O'Steen's Restaurant; let me tell you, it's an absolute must-visit if you're around.
It's easy to spot, always buzzing with people, and the atmosphere is as cozy and welcoming as possible.
What sets O'Steen's apart is its seafood.
Fried shrimp, to be specific.
I heard they sell between 200-300 lbs of shrimp daily!
That's pretty impressive.
That's how you know it's a hit.
Of course, the menu isn't limited to shrimp.
Every once in a while, I'll see someone going for other entrees.
They look equally tempting, but I've never even thought about trying something else with the shrimp being so mouthwatering.
And for my gluten-free friends, while the options might be limited, the shrimp salad lunch special is outstanding.
So, O'Steen's Restaurant is where you must be if you're craving quality fried seafood.
Living in St. Augustine, I've been fortunate enough to enjoy various dining experiences.
But a particularly memorable one has been the Llama Restaurant.
Right from my first visit, this quaint and hidden little gem tucked away in the corner of our city instantly stood out.
As I walked in, the intimate setting and charming ambiance set the tone for the unforgettable culinary journey ahead.
This restaurant features Peruvian specialties' artful presentations.
The distinct flavors and creativity that go into every dish reflect the true essence of Peru's rich culinary tradition.
Every visit to Llama feels like an exploration where you discover something new and exciting.
As soon as you take a seat and taste the Peruvian corn snacks, you'll be pleasantly introduced to the diverse flavors of Peru.
Each dish that follows will be a delightful revelation.
Each dish tastes exquisite and looks like a work of art.
These little details make every dining experience at Llama a feast for both the palate and the eyes.
If you're looking for a unique and delicious dining experience, try the Peruvian cuisine at Llama Restaurant.
Gas Full Service Restaurant
In our city, there is a standout establishment that we consider to be a gem - the Gas Full Service Restaurant.
It's my little escape where I feast on juicy, flavorful burgers rated as the best in our area.
An exciting feature of this place is its funky retro space, a quaint nod to the past that adds to the charm.
But what sets this place apart is its steaks and chops.
The taste is simply incomparable since these are cooked to your preferred doneness.
The New American entrees are also a delight.
And if you are in the mood for seafood, they also have a good variety.
Pair any of these with a cold beer, and you are in for a treat.
Plus, it has a welcoming and cozy dining atmosphere, like being invited to a friend's place for dinner.
I remember my first time there quite well.
I ordered The Half Tank Burger, and my taste buds were treated to a delightful experience.
The homemade BBQ sauce was heavenly, and the French fries were served hot, perfectly seasoned with salt and pepper.
I couldn't resist the temptation of their sweet potato fries as well.
The flavors were just unique.
Each visit to Gas Full Service Restaurant is an experience that makes me look forward to the next.
I've lived in this city for nearly a decade now, and, quite frankly, I've dined everywhere, including the popular beachside Surfside Kitchen.
The restaurant offers a relaxed and inviting atmosphere and serves tantalizing beachside dishes.
On one of my recent visits, I indulged in their grilled shrimp basket, chicken wings, and sliders.
I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that Surfside Kitchen retained Puccini's delightful pizza quality, possibly surpassing it.
What especially caught my eye on the menu was the Wine Down Wednesday deal — a glass of wine for only $5.
I paired this with a Mediterranean salad and a hand-tossed pizza.
The salad came with an exciting cilantro lime dressing, a refreshing detour from the typical Greek or vinaigrette dressings.
As for the pizza, it was nothing short of divine.
The light, crispy crust, and the familiar sauce brought back fond memories of Puccini's.
On another occasion, I enjoyed trying their grilled shrimp tacos.
The shrimp were perfectly cooked, with a light mango slaw and a delicious cilantro lime crema.
This is a dish I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone looking for something unique and flavorful.
All in all, Surfside Kitchen has become one of my favorite local hangouts.
Green Papaya Thai & Sushi
Few restaurants can boast of a fusion menu like Green Papaya Thai & Sushi in St Augustine.
Every visit to this place is like a new culinary adventure.
It's an exciting blend of Thai and Japanese cuisine that will keep you returning for more.
Here's a sneak peek into one of my usual evenings at Green Papaya.
The place is charming, with modern decor and flashy accents that could give any high-end restaurant a run for its money.
But the highlight of the decor has to be the crystal chandeliers that add an air of elegance and warmth to the dining space.
Every visit to Green Papaya begins with my favorite Fresh Spring Rolls.
They're smaller and bite-sized compared to other places, which is convenient.
The peanut sauce served along with the rolls is delectable and adds a new layer of flavor to the meal.
The Shrimp Pad Thai here is something to die for.
It feels so fresh, and the flavor feels just right, making it quickly one of the best I've ever had.
Whether you're a couple, a small family, or even a single diner, you'll enjoy the ambiance, food, and service at Green Papaya Thai & Sushi.
Carmelo's Pizzeria has a warm and cozy atmosphere that makes it a charming Italian restaurant amidst the busy streets of our city.
Their hearty pies, salads, and comfort-food favorites have a certain charm that has me returning for more.
You can find them at Carmelo's, surrounded by warm decor that adds to the comforting dining experience.
My usual go-to is their New York-style, thin-crust pepperoni pizza; let me tell you, it's a delight.
The right blend of sauce and cheese harmoniously sitting atop a crispy crust it's a pizza lover's dream.
Their Sicilian Slice and Stuffed Crust Supreme are unique, the food that leaves you satisfied yet craving more.
Although there's an option to dine in, I prefer to grab it as a takeaway.
Despite being located in a gas station, Carmelo's Pizzeria has a unique charm that makes every visit worthwhile.
Gourmet Garden Indian Restaurant
One of the things I love about living here is the close-knit community, and the Gourmet Garden Indian Restaurant is no exception.
This place is not just about the meal, and it's a spiritual experience.
It feels like you're dining in a home, witnessing the pride, joy, and dedication this restaurant pours into planning, preparing, and serving its meals.
The food is fantastic and authentic.
From the fragrant and beautiful dishes to the friendly proprietor, the experience is always delightful.
My favorites are the vegetable biryani and the chicken Tikka masala; both are incredible.
And it doesn't stop there.
Not only was the food perfect — not too salty, sweet, or spicy — but the whole experience made me feel like I was part of their family.
Do you want to know the best part?
You can enjoy your dinner in their garden under the lights!
If you ever find yourself in our neck of the woods, you must visit Gourmet Garden Indian Restaurant!
Old City House Inn & Restaurant
It's pretty comforting to have a familiar spot in your city where people know your name, and the ambiance feels like a home away from home.
For me, that place is Old City House Inn & Restaurant, a charming Spanish inn dating back to 1873.
This place, nestled in the city's heart, has seen me celebrate numerous special occasions.
I was drifting back to this nostalgic haven to commemorate a dear friend's birthday last month.
This restaurant has excellent service that left us all feeling cherished.
Dinner is always a delight at the Old City House.
That night, we feasted various dishes from their exquisite menu - crab cakes, lamb chops, pork chops, and halibut.
The butternut squash and she-crab bisque was a highlight, lavish in its richness and instantly warming to the soul.
One must remember to mention the ambiance of this quaint establishment.
The place has an exclusive feel, an intimate setting, and professionally maintained grounds.
The Old City House Inn & Restaurant is more than just an eatery for me.
It's a place that holds memories, fills the stomach, and warms the heart.
Having dined at many culinary spots in St. Augustine, I can confidently say that the city truly is a food lover's paradise.
From the delectable seafood at DJ's Clam Shack to the mouthwatering BBQ at Brisky's, there's something to suit every palate.
What makes dining in St. Augustine so special isn't just the food and the people behind these establishments who pour their hearts into every dish.