St. Augustine is best known for being the oldest city that is constantly occupied in the United States, but it is also gaining reputation as a foodie destination. Walking through the cobblestone streets of historic downtown St. Augustine, you’ll find everything from artisanal cocktail bars to outdoor tiki bars with live music, cafes that serve snails, and fish restaurants that mix Mediterranean comfort food and Creole cuisine to offer.
With 500 years of history, from early explorers to pirates to robber barons in the industrial age, this coastal city in northeast Florida is truly unique. At the same time, the somewhat cheesy section of St. Augustine’s old town could be reminiscent of the streets of Key West or even New Orleans. However, if you venture into neighborhoods like Lincolnville, you may feel more like a stroll through Savannah or Charleston.
Whether you come to St. Augustine to enjoy the Spanish colonial architecture, eventful history, easy access to beautiful beaches or a sip at the fountain of youth, you always have to eat something. So on your next trip, choose from some of our favorite restaurants in downtown St. Augustine (plus a few nearby if you have a car to explore).
The best restaurants in downtown St. Augustine for lunch or dinner
In St. Augustine you will find strong Greek and Mediterranean influences as well as long and deep connections to Menorca datil pepper included in many dishes.
My favorite find on a recent trip from girls to St. Augustine was Catch 27. In the heart of downtown, just minutes from Castillo San Marcos, Catch 27 focuses on freshly caught seafood and local ingredients with Mediterranean and Creole flair. You can eat in the small dining room or enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the heated terrace.
The Teufelei BLT starter with fried oysters from the south and homemade tomato and bacon jam cannot be overlooked! You can’t go wrong with the fish of the day, but if you’re not a fish lover, the fried chicken and chicken sandwich is highly recommended.
Catch 27 is located at 40 Charlotte Street, St. Augustine, FL
Old town house
If you’re looking for an upscale dining experience in the old town, the Old City House offers creative cuisine with fresh seafood, pasta, beef, lamb and pork. The Old City House is housed in a beautifully restored 19th century building and offers a selection of world cuisine made with the best ingredients.
Although I wasn’t on the standard menu, I had a delicious starter of salmon with a crab filling – and I’m not usually a fan of salmon.
Old town house & inn is located at 115 Cordova Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Taberna del Caballo
Taberna del Caballo is a great place for lunch on the shaded terrace. Located in the colonial district, Taberna del Caballo is an 18th-century Spanish-inspired tavern that offers a menu inspired by Spanish and Latin American influences.
Expect the cochinita pibil pork tacos to be a little spicy. If you can only choose one, Taberna’s dirty rice bowl is incredible.
Taberna del Caballo is located at 37 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
For a truly unique dining experience or special occasion, reserve a lunch in Cafe Alcazar at the Lightner Museum with side entrances for guests outside the museum. This elegant restaurant is located in a former indoor pool when the museum was the Alcazar Hotel, one of Henry Flagler’s many hotels in the city during the Golden Age.
Cafe Alcazar offers a varied menu with regional and organic ingredients – from homemade hummus to Greek-style snails.
Cafe Alcazar is located at 25 Granada St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
The Athena serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves classic Greek dishes in a casual atmosphere. This family-run restaurant is located right on the central square in downtown St. Augustine.
Even children will enjoy the flaming presentation of Saganaki cheese and the Greek salad with gyro meat is delicious.
Athena restaurant is located at 14 Cathedral Pl, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Everyone I know is in the St. Augustine Distillery and recommends a meal or at least drinks in the Ice Plant Bar. This vintage bar serves farm-to-table dishes and craft cocktails.
Eispflanzenbar is located at 110 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
When you go to the beach, you may want to stop for lunch or dinner at Aunt Kate’s on the Tolomoto River. You can eat inside or dine outdoors while the kids frolic on the small beach or watch the pelicans trying to steal fish from the docks.
You might want to try one of the Menorcan dishes (or buy a bottle of homemade date pepper sauce) or enjoy the delicious roasted green tomatoes with key lime sauce – what a perfect mix of Mediterranean comfort cuisine with Florida flavors! The award-winning fish tacos and soft shell crab sandwich are also great choices.
Aunt Kates is located at 612 Euclid Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Right across from Vilano Beach Bridge from downtown St. Augustine, the Kingfish Grill serves the freshest fish and local seafood. The outdoor terrace is fun and the fire pits are the perfect place for a cocktail before or after dinner.
The Oysters Vilano are decadent and the sushi is incredibly fresh and delicious. All of the fish we tried were incredibly fresh and tasty. I ate more fish in St. Augustine than I normally did in a month at home!
The Kingfish Grill is located at 252 Yacht Club Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Where to eat snacks in St. Augustine
If your sweet tooth starts to beg for an afternoon treat, you should stop here in St. Augustine.
This ice cream parlor originated on the Jersey shore and brought its mild sweetness to St. Augustine. With gourmet ice cream sandwiches with a layer of cake filling, there are options for every sweet tooth. I haven’t tried all of them, but the salted caramel apple with vanilla ice cream, salted caramel and apple pie filling with cinnamon shortcake biscuits is delicious !! I’m not sure how they manage to keep the cookies crispy but not crumbly.
peace cake is located at 8 Aviles St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops
If you’re craving something cold that isn’t dairy, visit Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops. The flavors range from champagne mango to pineapple ginger or strawberry basil. I have to stay longer in St. Augustine to try them all!
Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops is located at 48 Charlotte St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Whetstone Chocolates Store and Tasting Tours
Whetstone is a family-run chocolatier that offers a downtown and factory shop. One-hour factory tours are offered daily that include a four-stage tasting to distinguish between the characteristics of dark, milky, and white chocolate, as well as cocoa nibs.
whetstone is located at 139 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084 and 42 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Where to have a drink in St. Augustine
Prohibition is a retro gastro-pub that pays homage to the days of prohibition and the golden age. There is a large selection of craft beers and handcrafted cocktails poured by aptly bearded hipster bartenders. Go out in the evening to enjoy live music. If you choose Pub Grub, make sure that the German-style pretzels are huge.
Ban kitchen is located at 119 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Casa de Vino 57
Casa de Vino 57 is a lovely wine shop / wine bar with an outdoor terrace and bar that often plays live music. They serve a common sausage board and pour vintage and small series wines.
Casa de Vino 57 is located at 57 Treasury St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Odd Birds Bar
Odd Birds is a pop-up bar that serves craft cocktails and weird appetizers. Odd Birds has a fun outdoor patio and regularly brings guest bartenders and uses a wide range of spirits from around the world.
Odd Birds Bar is located at 33 Charlotte St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Mi Casa Cafe
If you crave a cold beer and live music, visit the Mi Casa Cafe in the old town of St. Augustine. They serve tacos, sandwiches and vegetarian dishes and are proud to be the best pub.
Mi Casa Cafe is located at 69 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
The tasting tours
If you really want to learn about the food scene in downtown St. Augustine, sign up for a Food and Drinks tour The tasting tours, You know, I love a great food tour, and the tour in St. Augustine showed a wide variety of kitchens and lots of wine!
Before we went to St. Augustine, I asked for recommendations on Facebook and Instagram. Some other places that appeared at the top were:
- The Floridian restaurant – Mediterranean Cuisine – 72 Spanish St # 3638, St. Augustine, FL 32084
- Mango Mango – Caribbean & American – 700 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080
- Cap is on the water – Oyster bar and seafood with great sunset views – 4325 Myrtle St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
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