Refreshing treats at Old City House

Refreshing treats at Old City House

The Columbia Restaurant

The Columbia Restaurant

Whetstone Chocolates

Whetstone Chocolates

Refreshing treats at Old City House
The Columbia Restaurant
Whetstone Chocolates

St. Augustine Dining Delivers From Breakfast Through Dinner

Restaurants Serve Up Contemporary Dishes with a Side of History

If the fastest way to the heart is through the stomach, you're bound to fall in love with St. Augustine. Whether you're craving contemporary cuisine or a side of history served with your meal, you'll find the perfect match for any appetite along the streets of this Old City.

Prepare for an active day of sightseeing with a hearty breakfast. By staying in one of the dozens of Bed & Breakfast Inns in the St. Augustine historic district, you'll enjoy a scrumptious breakfast.  You'll find authentic Cuban Cuisine served up along with a strong cup of Cuban coffee at La Herencia Cafe on Aviles Street.  It's a great send-off to your stroll down St. George Street past shops and historic stops like the 18th-century Peña-Peck House and the St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine.

If you find yourself seeking a sweet snack later, stop by the Whetstone Chocolates store, where chocolate infused with Florida flavors like orange and lime will tempt you. Behind Whetstone, the Spanish Bakery simmers with the smells of the Spanish colonial period, complementing the architecture and history these old streets are steeped in. Choose from almond, lemon and cinnamon cookies baked by the Salcedo family using recipes from the past. Lunch on picadillo (a chili served over rice), empanadas (meat pies) and the fresh bread that brings the locals back every day. The Columbia Restaurant  also celebrates St. Augustine's Spanish heritage, serving "the original Cuban sandwich" at lunch and for dinner, paella, Spain's national dish that combines seafood, chicken and pork with rice. Work up your appetite (or walk it off) at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the USA, both within walking distance of the restaurant and related in heritage.

Take St. George south to King Street for a meeting with St. Augustine's more modern history. Start at Flagler College , a fixture on the National Register of Historic Places. The tour through the former Hotel Ponce de Leon transports you to the opulent age of the late 19th-century, detailed in carved oak, Tiffany glass and marble. Across King Street, the Lightner Museum displays Victorian-era artifacts in the former Alcazar Hotel. The setting for lunch is as important as what's on the menu – the museum's Café Alcazar serves sandwiches, salads and daily specials in the hotel's (former) indoor swimming pool. 

Venture outside St. Augustine's historic district for contemporary cuisine. The Ice Plant Bar and Restaurant is known for its craft cocktails and inventive menu. Enjoy farm-to-table rustic Italian fare at Terra and Acqua. The upscale Vernon's First Coast Kitchen and Bar at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach pairs the ambiance of resort views with an extensive wine list.