Top Down Dining

Lots of factors combine to create a great dining experience, but the “view” is an amenity that often ensures a meal becomes memorable.

September 22, 2021
Outdoor restaurant with rooftop view

That’s particularly true when the view is from a balcony or rooftop in an exciting, colorful setting like St. Augustine. Here are some suggestions for dining at the top – with a great view down below.

A1A Ale Works:
Outstanding views of the Plaza, Bridge of Lions and City Marina from a classic verandah. Good anytime, this perspective is particularly inspiring during the annual Night of Lights Celebration when the trains and trolleys carrying holiday revelers pass below.

: One of the city’s most popular restaurants, the small balcony with only three tables never fails to make diners seated there feel “special.” Sometimes overlooked in the hustle and bustle, it’s always a good idea to ask the hostess if the balcony is available.

: The highest perch on Avenida Menendez, this rooftop location is perfect for nighttime bay watching, especially for events like the Christmas Regatta of Lights.

San Sebastian Winery’s Cellar Upstairs
: Take the winery’s elevator to the rooftop Cellar Upstairs for a fun evening. Great views of the city, plus some of the area’s best live music performances, including jazz, blues and rock. San Sebastian’s best wines and appetizers are featured.

Panama Hattie’s
, Salt Life and Sunset Grille: Rooftop dining at any of these restaurants located in St. Augustine Beach never fails to create or re-kindle memories of happy beach vacations. Go here to drink cold beer, eat fried shrimp and experience the beach vibe at its best.

Sangria’s: Located upstairs in the Café del Hidalgo at the corner of St. George and Hypolita, the balcony here is perfect for watching the crowd squeeze past below. Custom-blended sangrias enhance the amusement factor in people watching.

O.C. White’s Seafood and Spirits
: Dating back to 1790, this historic home has a second floor porch that gives diners a grand view up Avenida Menendez, out over the bay and down to the popular court yard below.

Sainte-George Restaurant
: Located at the north end of St. George Street, the second story porch offers a unique perspective on the Castillo de San Marcos across the street.

Hyatt Place at Vilano Beach
: Not only does this three-story hotel’s Florida vernacular and Art Deco architecture create a tropical atmosphere, the rooftop bar provides extensive beach and ocean views. New in 2023.