Dine Like A Local at These Hometown Favorites

Whether it’s food you love or food you’d love to try, Florida’s Historic Coast is a destination full of flavor.

September 15, 2020
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Try these favorites of St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach locals.

History is what St. Augustine is known for, so you may be surprised to find a burgeoning dining scene here. We’ve got flavors as diverse as the melting pot of people who founded and settled the Old City, and modern enough to satisfy today’s adventurous palate. Step off the main streets and away from the crowds to discover local favorite restaurants, bistros and culinary hot spots.

Seafood is a mainstay of the Northeast Florida coastal community. Cruise over to the Vilano Beach area and dine waterside at Kingfish Grill, Cap’s on the Water, The Reef and Aunt Kate’s.

Taste Culinary Cultures

Discover Spanish and Cuban culture on the menu at Michael’s, tucked away in the historic district on red-brick Cuna Street. Or find a table under the arbor at Taberna del Caballo and try the red or white sangria made fresh each day.

On Anastasia Island, you’ll find Mediterranean flavors are the focus at rustic Terra & Acqua. And Villagio Italian Grille is open to foodies whether you’re a hotel guest at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort or not.

For a romantic dinner, find your way to Raintree Restaurant, just a short saunter from the historic district, and sit under the stars on the meandering red-brick patio.

Modern & Eclectic Restaurants

In the mood for a modern and eclectic dining experience? Try Nona Blue in Ponte Vedra Beach. Enjoy a fantastic meal at NINETEEN with an even more amazing view at the TPC Clubhouse in the heart of The PLAYERS Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Sunset Grille serves up everything from hamburgers to tacos to fresh raw bar options, all with an ocean breeze on its outdoor upper deck on St. Augustine Beach. The rotating farm-to-table menu at Ice Plant Bar & Restaurant is accompanied by its famous specialty cocktails.

The view of Matanzas Bay in St. Augustine’s historic district is as great as the food at Meehan's Irish Pub. Enjoy views of the majestic Castillo de San Marcos from the balcony while noshing on fish 'n chips, one of their signature specialties.

A great way to discover a new favorite restaurant off the beaten path is by having a "moveable feast" with one of several local food and wine tours, including The Tasting Tours and St. Augustine Experiences.

For even more restaurant information to plan your next culinary adventure on Florida’s Historic Coast, visit our Food & Drink page.

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