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Foodies seeking a new dining experience in the Oldest City head here for "artful global cuisine" in a warm and intimate setting. Tucked away on Hypolita Street in the Historic District, the 48-seat restaurant highlights local seafood, which, depending on the success of the fishermen, will include several fish entrées each day. The ever-changing menu also often has steak, lamb, or veal selections. For dessert, the bougainvillea, an original dessert inspired by the colorful flowering plants that frame the building, is made of strawberries, ice cream, and cabernet-vanilla sauce served in a leaf-shape phyllo cup.

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Updated: 04-24-2014

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    A Special Restaurant For A Special Occasion

    Looking for a romantic restaurant? If, by "romantic", you mean small, warm and intimate with superb yet unpretentious service and an imaginative and eclectic menu, then I have the perfect choice for you. It is not only a "special occasion" restaurant, it is "Valentines Day" quality and more. The restaurant is Collage <http://www.collagestaug.com/>. We first tried Collage in mid-December of 2008. My wife had a house salad of fresh baby greens with orange balsamic vinaigrette, while I started with a tomato & basil soup. She had fresh black grouper, lightly coated in a parmesan, pecan & brown sugar crust then baked, finished with a buerre blanc. I had the duck breast with scallops, pan-seared crispy, thinly sliced and finished with a raspberry and shallot redux, a fried vidalia onion nest and two large scallops" poached in apple cider. It is strictly a special occasion restaurant...and pricey, but the portions are very generous and the quality was superb! That particular evening was not a true special occasion for us, but Collage made it so!

    by Orlando_Vic, 2/4/09
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    Wow! If I had a buck for every time either my wife or I said this during dinner at Collage last night, I could easily have paid the bill with them. We arrived in the "old-town" milieu at the reserved time and were warmly greeted by staff, and immediately shown to a great table with a window overlooking the charming street scene, all lit up for Christmas. Upon ordering a bottle of Rousanne, our waitstaff nodded approvingly, and we then learned that she was also the house Sommelier (and very knowledgeable: she often spends her time off cruising American wine country). She brought us this incredibly light but crispy-crusted french-style bread with an unexpected treat: fresh whole roasted garlic, and freshly-infused basil olive oil. Wow! (oh, I already said that) We split a fresh shrimp-scallop ceviche to die for, served with herbed tomato bread crisps, (Excellent!)then a fresh warm goat-cheese salad with a little surprise: a deep-fried artichoke heart. The melt in your mouth goat cheese was coated in brown sugar and pecans (a theme here) and was unexpectedly delicious. My wife chose a pecan-crusted grouper entree, and I fresh housemade lobster ravioli in a pesto beurre blanc topped with a 5-oz. lobster tail. My wife, who does not eat red meat, is somewhat of a seafood connoiseur; she took the first bite of the grouper (piping hot, roasted with brown sugar and pecan theme) and said "this is the best fish I've ever had in my life." Wow! some statement. My lobster ravioli were equally delicious. Topping this meal off with their signature "bougainvillea" dessert and a cappucino made for a very full couple, but perfectly pleased at finding this jewel in St. Augustine. We ended the evening with a stroll around the Christmas-lit central park to walk off dinner. Altogether, this place can't be beat, period. Go there, soon!

    by foodgroupie, 12/14/09

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