Savor Brunch with a View on Florida’s Historic Coast

With more than 450 years of history, St. Augustine’s restaurants serve food inspired by the heritage of the Spanish, British and Menorcan peoples who are credited with the longevity of this picturesque city on the east coast of Florida.

The destination has a bounty of outdoor restaurants with fantastic views. Among those are two local favorites known for their friendly service, delicious food and a culturally traditional menu.

La Herencia Café
St. Augustine’s La Herencia is a Cuban American café located on Aviles Street, the oldest street in the nation. Diners sit outside along the narrow brick lined street in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district where they can watch the horse and carriages carrying visitors saunter by. The specialty of the house is the Gaujiro, an open face omelet on Cuban toast topped with black beans, feta cheese and red onion, served with a side of sweet plantains and strong Cuban coffee. Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday & Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. 904-829-9487, 4 Aviles Street, St. Augustine 

Aunt Kate’s
Tucked off the beaten path situated under a grove of live oaks in Vilano Beach is Aunt Kate’s. The riverside restaurant serves fresh seafood and Old Florida fare along with a healthy dose of history. In February of 1900, Henry Flagler, the Standard Oil and Railroad magnet, sailed to the North Beach hideaway and asked Catherine and Frank Usina if they could prepare a meal of roasted local oysters for his high society group of friends. The Usinas agreed and a restaurant was born. Over time, generations of the Usinas – who are descendants of the Minorcan people who came to Florida as indentured servants - have offered dining with a view of the the intercostal river. They still serve fresh local seafood, southern dishes such as fried green tomatoes, grits and collard greens and Minorcan dishes. The restaurant’s signature menu items are Minorcan Clam Chowder, Sausage Pilau and smoked fish dip. Hours of operation 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. 904-829-1105, 612 Euclid Avenue, St. Augustine
 
Additional Restaurants with a View

The Reef Restaurant is situated on a beautiful stretch of Atlantic beach. You’ll enjoy coastal views from inside the restaurant and from the outdoor deck. The restaurant’s generous Sunday Brunch boasts a variety of seafood along with traditional brunch fare. Savor crab legs with drawn butter, peel and eat shrimp and smoked salmon. Brunch is served Sundays from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 904-824-8008, 4100 Coastal Highways, St. Augustine 

The Conch House is a favorite among the locals with its funky Caribbean style. Located at the marina, guests will have views of the Intracoastal water way from inside and outside the restaurant. The Conch House’s Tiki Hut-style bird’s nests are a playful spot from which to dine. Unique menu items include the Minorcan Omelet, Shrimp and Eggs, and Pina Colada French Toast. Breakfast is served Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. 904-829-8646. 57 Comares Avenue, St. Augustine 

The TPC Clubhouse is the only place to dine with a view of the famous THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. Inside this opulent Mediterranean Revival -Style Clubhouse is NINETEEN, which serves American and Continental Cuisine. The restaurant’s outdoor veranda offers panoramic views of the 9th and 18th holes. Sunday Breakfast is served from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Open daily from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. 904-273-3235 110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach

O.C. White’s Seafood & Spirits is located in an historic building in downtown St. Augustine just steps away from the municipal marina. Guest enjoy water views from inside the restaurant and from the charming outdoor patio. Crab cakes and fresh grouper are popular menu items. At Brunch, along with eggs and omelets made to order, a steaming bowl of shrimp and grits will start your day off right. Sunday Brunch is served from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. 904-824-0808. 118 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine