Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore St. Augustine dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our St. Augustine Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

10 The Tasting Room Wine & Tapas
Offering fare inspired by the Mediterranean region and traditional Spanish cuisine, The Tasting Room is a great fit for St. Augustine - a city full of Spanish influence. In addition to the delightful dishes that range from tapas to entrees/big plates, this restaurant has an extensive, award-winning wine list. You'll have the chance to choose from over 70 different Spanish wines, with several available in tasting flights. Add to that some authentic, live Spanish music and you have the perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner or special occasion. (9048102400)

9 Crucial Coffee Cafe
Located across from Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Crucial Coffee Cafe offers some seriously good views. . .and seriously good drinks and desserts. Housed inside of a building from the 1800s, which used to be a blacksmith shop, this cafe is a perfect spot to enjoy the history surrounding you (as well as the beauty found in the courtyard). It's incredibly easy to do considering the seating is outdoors. You'll be glad you stopped in at this quaint cafe offering coffee, frozen drinks and treats like cookies and cake. (904-810-2080)

8 The Hyppo
Especially great on a warm Florida day, but delectable anytime, The Hyppo, offers fresh, homemade ice pops in all sorts of flavors. Although the flavors change sometimes, some notable combinations include Mexican Hot Chocolate (cocoa, cayenne and cinnamon), Key Lime and Elvis Presley (peanut butter, banana and honey). Even better, all ice pops are made from local ingredients. (904-217-7853)

7 Gypsy Cab Company
The Gypsy Cab Company presents a fun and festive dining atmosphere where a friendly staff caters to your dining needs. The chef artfully arranges unusual food preparations with a variety of cuisines showing multi-national influences. The menu options change daily, but you may enjoy an entree of roast duck, pork loin with fruit chutney, or salmon and scallops. Whatever your choice, you'll enjoy time spent at this restaurant that prides itself on being a neighborhood establishment sporting a warm welcome. (904-824-8244)

6 Cafe Alcazar
Part of St. Augustine (in some form) since 1888, this establishment is full of history. Once called The Hotel Alcazar, it was home to a casino and the world's largest indoor swimming pool (which secretly played host to many monarchs and presidents). Nowadays, the deep end of the former swimming pool holds the cafe that is open daily for lunch. Here, you'll find fare that is still fit for a king. Menu items include escargot, curried chicken salad sandwich, shrimp Giovanni and a Florida favorite, key lime pie. ((904) 825-9948)

5 Casa Maya
When you're in the mood for good times and great cuisine, be sure to checkout Casa Maya. The restaurant is located in one of the area's mostpleasant settings and is known for its delightful staff and superb cuisine.The menu at Casa Maya features a wide array of great selections, madefrom only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sureto please every member of your group. Casa Maya has establisheditself as one of the area's favorite culinary destinations and is sure tooffer you a pleasant and unique dining experience every time you visit.Please stop in soon! (9042173039)

4 Collage
The name reflects the artful global cuisine. Collage offers an International menu of fresh steaks, seafood and more. An elegant atmosphere and extensive wine list add to the establishment's ability to please. (904-829-0055)

3 Harry's Seafood, Bar & Grille
Located in one of the oldest bay front houses in St. Augustine, Harry's furnishes tasty New Orleans style dishes that are sure to satisfy. Harry's wants you to enjoy yourself in their casual and festive dining room where creative selections of seafood, steaks, chicken and pasta are served fresh by a smiling staff. Harry's is known for its family friendly atmosphere, featuring a delightful children's menu and Mardi Gras beads for all small fry. (904-824-7765)

2 95 Cordova
Elegant Moroccan decor, fine wine and an eclectic mix of international cuisines define the 95 Cordova Restaurant, situated on the first floor of the splendidly restored Casa Monica Hotel. Since its inception in 1999, the restaurant has become a favorite for romantic evenings, business dinners and a myriad of other social occasions. A renowned chef offers a delicious tasting menu and changes the savory full course menu with the seasons. (904-810-6810)

1 Bistro de Leon
This intimate and oh-so-memorable bistro was established by a couple who moved to St Augustine from Lyon, France, after only a 24-hour visit. His confidence carries into every entree he prepares and she delights diners when she stops to make sure everything is okay. Lovely wines, incredible food, and top-notch service. One of the more memorable meals in Florida and worth the splurge. (9048102100)

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The Tasting Room Wine & Tapas 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Dancing, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking (outdoor area)
Cuisine: Spanish
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - UST
COST: $$$
Crucial Coffee Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: Historic Downtown
The Hyppo 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Cuisine: Ice Cream
Neighborhood: Historic Downtown
Gypsy Cab Company 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Live Music
Cuisine: Eclectic, Ethnic
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - UST
COST: $$
Cafe Alcazar 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: Historic Downtown
Casa Maya 10Best List Arrow
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - UST
Collage 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Ethnic
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - UST
COST: $$
Harry's Seafood, Bar & Grille 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - UST
COST: $$
95 Cordova 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Live Music, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef, Take Out
Cuisine: Ethnic
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - UST
COST: $$$
Bistro de Leon 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Take Out
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: Airport - Ust