10 Best Eats in Historic St. Augustine

St. Augustine has many allures: an ancient city founded by the Spanish in 1565, a striking bay front setting complete with a 400 year-old stone fort and national treasure, the Castillo San Marcos at the water's edge. It's not uncommon to see men an women in Colonial garb wander their street and hear cannon blasts from weaponry demonstrations pierce the air.

As America's oldest continuously occupied city450 years old this year, as a matter of factit's restaurant scene is far from stuffy and predictable. St Augustine's cuisine scene is growing, offering fresh and diverse options for dining.

You can sample authentic Spanish foods such as grab-and-go empanadas or a sophisticated meal of tapas paired with wine.   The farm to table movement is also emerging with chefs eagerly embracing Florida's amazing, seasonal produce.

For something more casual or a treat to keep you going on you walk through the Old City, local coffee shops, locally made chocolate, gourmet icy treats and fresh, hot waffles tempt your resilience when you catch a whiff or a glimpse of all the tasty things practically spilling out onto the streets. 

We show you 10 restaurants, bakeries and sweet stops to savor on your visit to this beautiful and historic city. 

Historic Downtown

As founder Stephen DiMare tells it, his inspiration for gourmet ice pops came on a flight home to St. Augustine. He told the woman next to him that he was thinking of opening a coffee shop. The stranger suggested gourmet Mexican style popsicles,...  Read More

Historic Downtown
Spanish Bakery
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This small bakery located in a courtyard smack dab in the middle of one of St. Augustine's most historic streets, St. George Street, serves cheap but tasty Spanish bites. Only open for lunch, the limit menu serves rustic baked goods like savory...  Read More

Historic Downtown

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...  Read More

Historic Downtown
Ice Plant
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This cool distillery that makes award-winning craft spirits in house is also an excellent restaurant with a funky, old-fashioned hipster vibe. Come for lunch and have an Old City Melt with Gruyére, mozzarella, cheddar, tomato and caramelized...  Read More

Historic Downtown
The Floridian
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The Floridain's owner and chef husband-and wife team, Jeff McNally and Genie Kepner have embraced not only native ingredients but Florida's Southern foods heritage as well, albeit lighter and fresher. The grit cakes, for example, is fried...  Read More

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 such as crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, burgers, po' boy sandwiches and salads. The casual and festive dining room is a cozy place to...  Read More

Michael's Tasting Room, which an a is a great fit for St. Augustine, a city full of Spanish influence. The fare is inspired by the Mediterranean region and traditional Spanish cuisine, In addition to the dishes that range from tapas to...  Read More

St. Augustine Beach
Cafe 11

If you're waking up on the beachside of St. Augustine, take your rumbling tummy here for a hearty breakfast or brunch. Piles of bacon and home fries compliment fresh egg sandwiches or scrambles smothered with cheese and fresh veggies....  Read More

Historic Downtown
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. The restaurant is a favorite for romantic evenings,...  Read More

Historic Downtown
Catch 27
Photo courtesy of D.J. Henson

One of the most raved about sea food restaurants in historic St. Augustine, Catch 27 is definitely special. Their dedication to serving fresh, locally caught seafood from Florida water along with seasonal ingredients and local produce makes the...  Read More


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